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Happy lunchtime, DC! This is a good week(end) to take advantage of great menus and events before the havoc of tourist season kicks in. Do you really want to be competing for reservations against tourists coming to gawk at cherry blossoms, or bros line the streets during St. Patrick’s Day? Didn’t think so. Oh, and James Murphy has a new espresso brew out. Let’s dig in.
This week in BYT food:
- Are you stuck at home with nothing to eat? We’ve got news for ya: you absolutely have something to eat. Stop window shopping your fridge and try one of our paltry pantry recipes.
- La Colombe opens in Blagden Alley and everything. is. adorable. Three words: Pistachio. Cardamom. Pastires.
- If you are looking for a place with a menu making the most of identity crisis (Italian Jambalaya Risotto) AND bocce and bowling, Pinstripes is probably definitely for you. We’ve got a first look to tell ya more.
- Red Apron’s got a new butchery shop on D Street. Whatever you do, DO NOT walk in and ask for one of their “mcmuffin thingies.” There is no 2 for $3 when it comes to quality.
- We are trying to improve your condiment knowledge, one hot sauce at a time. This week we introduced you to the fantastical Mina Harissa.
- Hole in the Sky hosted a pizza themed art show over the weekend. If you didn’t think you could ever find pizza unappetizing, think again.
- And finally, this week’s happy hour hotline highlights where you should go to drink while watching the Oscars. We’ll live tweet along with ya.
Upcoming food events:
- Zentan offers a four course DC Brau beer pairing dinner to get you through hump day tonight.
- THE HOUR, DC’s first regularly scheduled gluten free happy hour, takes place tonight at Meeps. No second-rate bar options here.
- Also tonight, the Fine Wine Divas take you to DCanter and teach you how to navigate a wine shop so you don’t look like a complete dummy.
- APPARENTLY there aren’t enough drinking options already tonight, so Barmini is hosting a cocktail class. Pace yourself.
- Tomorrow, Righteous Cheese schools you on Parmigiano and Reggiano. You already love cheese, and now you can attain an intimate knowledge.
- Also tomorrow, Glen’s Garden Market continues their chef’s tasting table series in Dupont.
- Now for the weekend. On Saturday, Mussel Bar Bethesda celebrates Mardi Gras with lots and lots of jambalaya and cask beer.
- Also on Saturday, BlackSalt hosts ‘Bubbles and Barrens’ with Maryland’s Barren Island Oyster Company
- The Third Annual Bayou Bakery Mardi Gras Block Party takes over on Tuesday— plenty of time to recover from the weekend’s festivities.
- You can enjoy an evening with Ina Garten this time next week, thanks to this groupon.
- The DC Craft Beer Festival is NEXT SATURDAY, so hold onto your britches and your valuables.
- On that same day, Oyster Fest returns to Early Mountain Vineyards.
- Looking WAAAY ahead to March 17, Bourbon Steak hosts a Pappy Van Winkle dinner. In your face, St. Patrick’s Day.
Everything else that’s fit to eat (and drink):
- Get to know your barista– they might be an Olympic Medal-Winning women’s hockey player for Switzerland, like Jessica over at the Coffee Bar.
- Domenico Apollaro has been named the Chef de Cuisine at the 100-seat Italian restaurant Lupo Verde.
- Aren’t tapas the perfect size for a somewhat healthy fast food serving? José Andrés thinks so, and plans to expand in that direction.
- Refinery29 asks a good question: what’s worse for you between too much salt and too much sugar?
- Over at NPR’s kitchen window, Emily Hilliard delves into the different donuts of Mardi Gras.
- Store-brands with good branding have a good chance of going home with you– here’s why.
- Nutritional labels will soon see a major, much needed makeover so that you can be completely educated on your poor food choices.
- LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy has a new espresso brew out– House of Good– that he developed with Blue Bottle.
- Portlandia is back this week, so it’s time to eat your way through the show.