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WE DID SO MANY FOOD THINGS IN THE PAST WEEK. So, so many. You can be part of this unreasonable amount of food, too! It’s Best of DC polling time, RAMMYs season is underway– we’re trying really hard to break your spirits and break your resolution. The good thing is, once you’ve done that you’ll be comforted by all the great food the city has to offer this week. Dig in!
This week in BYT food:
- It’s DC Meat Week! Meaning all week long, we’re celebrating barbecue. Find out more about all the great things you can eat.
- If you want the complete opposite of that, we’ve put together a GUIDE TO THE BEST VEGETARIAN DISHES IN DC (and veg week is next week).
- Yes, it’s RAMMYs season. Show some love for your favorite spots and check out the new categories.
- We got a first look at ROOFER’S UNION, the highly anticipated new venture from the team (and chef!) at Ripple. Easily the best imaginable replacement for the Reef.
- GCDC (which we assume stands for Grilled Cheese DC) gave us a look at their Grilled Cheese Lab. Put on your eating pants. We know you have them.
- Spain Arts & Culture is hosting an exhibition: TAPAS, SPANISH DESIGN FOR FOOD, and we got a first look. Basically this is a tribute to the closest thing DC has to a native food.
- We stopped by the Sips portion of Sips & Suppers. Is a liquid diet compatible with our healthy eating resolutions?
- The Super Bowl is on Sunday. You might want to watch it. You might not. We’re looking out for you either way with the best bars without TVs, as well as the best non-douchey bars to watch the Super Bowl.
- In other Super Bowl news, this week’s Happy Hour Hotline highlights all the cheap drinking options you’ve got to look forward to on game day.
- Your next favorite drinking destination may be Georgetown. Seriously. Ri Ra opens a Whiskey Room at their M Street location.
- In other Ripple news, Don Ciccio & Figli Italian Liquers hosted a sampling at the Adams Morgan gem and impressed us with surprisingly powerful flavors.
- Frederick de Peu’s Menu MBK had us over for a first look of their market space. You won’t want to go back to regular grocery shopping after this.
Upcoming food events:
- Gordy’s Pickle Jar kicks things off tonight with a Preserving for Equality event to benefit HRC at Salt and Sundry.
- It’s still Meat Week- you can find the rest of the week’s events here.
- Nothing’s sweeter than baking your sweetie some goods– good thing Buzz Bakery is hosting a class for that tonight.
- ALSO TONIGHT, La Tasca continues their series of Wine Wars. It’s Spain vs France. Don’t choose sides, and have an even better time.
- A brand new Ted’s Bulletin opens in Reston on Friday 1/30.
- Friday is a big day for Bluejacket – the brewery offers its first ever Tasting Tour, with 5 tasting and barrel samples.
- Scott Drewno, resident dumpling champion at The Source, teaches you how to make dumplings for Chinese New Year on Saturday.
- Osteria Marzano begins a series of cooking classes with Chef Carmine— Saturday’s is an introduction to the Piedmont region.
- Hill Country gets you in the Super Bowl Snack mindset with a Chili Cook-Off on Saturday. No one needs to know that those are leftovers.
- On Sunday, the Georgetown Neighborhood Library hosts Eat Your Vegetables author Joe Yonan.
- Looking ahead to Tuesday, February 4th, Mari Vanna hosts an Olympics kickoff happy hour party– which means traditional Sochi dishes, and vodka.
Menu specials galore:
- Astro Doughnuts has a patriotic doughnut on offer for the olympics: a smart confection yielding red, white and blue.
- Pearl Dive Oyster palace has a swanky new brunch menu worth checking out.
- To win Ruth Gresser’s new cookbook and a $25 certificate, instagram your meal at Pizzeria Paradiso and use the hashtag #kwpizzacontest.
- Doi Moi kicks off their Winter of Riesling from now through March 21st, with 30% off bottles from 5 to 7.
- Firefly offers a bitter cocktail to give you a break from all the lovey dovey Valentine’s nonsense: Wilted Bouquet made with lots of Campari and Smith and Cross Navy Strength Rum.
- Ambar now offers BOTTOMLESS DINNER, similar to the bottomless brunch option traditions at most Richard Sandoval eateries.
Everything else that’s fit to eat (and drink):
- We care about you, and we want you to know that you’re probably pronouncing that thing incorrectly.
- DC is up for the honor of America’s Favorite Food Cities. You can vote/rage/etc.
- Thrillist offers up their top picks for best dumplings in the city.
- We apparently really like hot sauce. We as in America. We need a chart to explain this to ourselves.
- Most of us don’t know how to cook with salt properly. These chefs are going to tell you how to do that correctly.
- Columbia Heights has a lot of tacos. Like, an inordinate amount. Enough to warrant a blog post.
- Pay-What-You-Want restaurants exist all over the world. Maybe we’ll get our own soon?
- Here’s a handy guide to all the food we know for sure can be 3D printed— so far.
- Meet the guy who’s cooking for the 80,000 Super Bowl fans at MetLife Stadium this weekend.
- A heart surgeon tells us something we’ve known all along: natural food is better for you. DUH.
- Apparently kids in Rome don’t go for fancy snacks like prosciutto anymore, and are just as unhealthy as their American counterparts.
- Your soup could be better. Yes, there are soup pros. Yes, they are going to tell you some of their secrets.
- The menus from royal dinners of the 1730s prove something very unsurprising: these guys were fancy-pants foodies.
- Forget about the game for a minute– how do the beers of Washington and Colorado compare?