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December 2, 2015

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October 1, 2015

Good Stuff, Shake Shack Roll Out Rachael Ray Specials

D.C. diners can start chowing down on not one but two beefy tributes to 30-minute-meals maven Rachael Ray on the occasion of her 10-year anniversary in the publishing game.

Restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn today is expected to begin serving the commemorative Double Peppers & Onions Burger exclusively at his Capitol Hill location, Good Stuff Eatery, at 303 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.


A Mendelsohn aide told HOH the limited-time offering — featuring sautéed onions, Serrano peppers, provolone cheese and sun-dried tomato aioli — was inspired by a skillet pie he prepared in 2014 during an appearance on Ray’s show. Full story

Noshtalgia: Relishing the Past One Arepa at a Time

A “Peluda” arepa, stuffed with shredded beef and shaved gouda, served at La Caraquena in Falls Church, Va. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

A “peluda” arepa, stuffed with shredded beef and shaved gouda, served at La Caraquena in Falls Church, Va. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The man who taught me how to eat was not a trained chef.

But the late Gustavo Rojas did enjoy spending time in the kitchen.

He strived to instill in his children an appreciation for home-cooked meals, family dinners and, perhaps most of all, the cultural traditions that bound us to our ancestors.

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September 30, 2015

Office Space: Charlie Rangel’s Lenox Avenue Lair (Video)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., shows off African statues, fake fruit and a George W. Bush talking doll.

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WednesDaze: Sake to Me

D.C. tastemakers Wednesday are turning Japanese, invading the Carnegie Library (801 K St. NW) for a grand sake tasting designed to whet one’s appetite for the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Event organizers are flying in more than a dozen Japanese brewers to educate the attendees about the myriad craft beer, sake and shōchū offerings that are projected to flow like water.

Noteworthy pours include Dassai “23” Junmai Daiginjo, the premium sake served to Prime Minister Shinzō Abe this past spring during his visit to the White House, and Nanbu Bijin “Southern Beauty” Nama Nama, Tokubetsu Junmai, a seasonal selection that’s only produced once a year. Full story

September 22, 2015

Worship Your Way During #Popeapalooza


UNITED STATES - September 21: Mike Normile, of Cleveland, Ohio, packs up his cardboard cutout of Pope Francis after offering people the chance to take a picture with it in front of Union Station in Washington, Monday, September 21, 2015. Normile paid $160 for the cutout and plans on coming out every day this week before Pope Francis' visit to Washington. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Pope-mania was on display at Union Station on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:45 a.m. | Ridiculously long lines. Highly intrusive security screenings. Terribly limited access.

It’ll be a miracle if we survive Pope Francis’ visit to Capitol Hill.

Luckily, a host of #ThisTown’s finest are offering up myriad ways to commemorate the papal fly-in: Full story

September 17, 2015

Lawmakers, Hill Reporter Dodge Salmonella Scare

For lawmakers, dining within eavesdropping distance of a D.C. newshound can prove hazardous to one’s professional health. Add in a mass food poisoning situation — as turned out to be the case recently at Fig & Olive’s fledgling District outpost — and you’ve got a truly gut-wrenching scenario.

The New York-based restaurant, which took up residence in the swanky CityCenterDC complex earlier this summer, was shut down on Sept. 10 after numerous patrons fell ill with a suspected salmonella outbreak. The Washington Post’s Tim Carman reported Wednesday the Mediterranean-themed establishment had been cleared by the D.C. Department of Health to reopen — but only after destroying its entire food supply.

The wide-reaching hygiene scare has, so far, resulted in 10 confirmed cases of salmonella as well as reports of dozens of other potential illnesses.

NBC Capitol Hill producer Frank Thorp V revealed on social media that he’d broken bread there just before the forced quarantine. And, apparently, so had Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and John Fleming, R-La.

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September 16, 2015

Pols Brace for BBQ Battle

Rather than grilling one another as their Simi Valley-bound colleagues are expected to do, Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Ga., and Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Wednesday are expected to headline an anti-cancer fundraiser featuring pork barbecue.

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September 15, 2015

Licking Our Chops for Mystery Meat

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

Racing to get up to speed on House dining services is obviously taking a toll on Sodexo’s menu writers.

The jury is still out on whether the food vendor tapped to replace Restaurant Associates will manage to win over congressional patrons (the promised Dunkin’ Donuts should help shore up support from displaced New Englanders). But it’s clear from a photo shared by one dumbfounded client that the pressure to be all things to all people is clearly getting to hospitality workers. Full story

Garrison Is Rob Weland’s Call to Farms | Food Court

Chef Rob Weland is pictured in his restaurant Garrison, on Barrack's Row. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Weland in his restaurant Garrison, on Barrack’s Row. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Hill denizen Rob Weland is making himself right at home with Garrison (524 Eighth St. SE), a passion project that’s allowed the pioneering local toque to finally put down roots on his own terms. Full story

September 11, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Sept. 7, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers returned from a monthlong recess ready to ask Siri for advice, recite movie lines and pay tribute to their favorite Mexican restaurant.

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September 9, 2015

For Hungry Conservatives, a Chick-fil-A Rival Emerges

" We the Pizza" at 303 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Washington, D.C. July 29, 2010. The owner is Spike Mendelsohn, former Top Chef contestant and owner of Good Stuff Eatery next door..(Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call via Getty Images)

On the menu at this week’s Conversations with Conservatives: We, the Pizza (Douglas Graham/Roll Call via Getty Images)

Conservatives may love their chicken sandwiches, but Conversations with Conservatives returned from the August recess with an important change: We, The Pizza for lunch.

It’s the second time Conversations with Conservatives has opted for We, The Pizza, after the Capitol Hill eatery became the first non-Chick-fil-A lunch that CWC offered about five months ago.

By Matt Fuller Posted at 2:20 p.m.

September 4, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Hank Johnson (Video)

HOH wraps up its August recess member marathon this week with Rep. Hank Johnson, the Georgia Democrat known for his love of analogies, geography and “little people.”

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August 28, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Ted Cruz (Video)

Congressional Hits and Misses’ member marathon rolls on this week with Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and presidential contender who doesn’t shy away from “wacko birds,” syrup guzzling or scaring children.

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August 25, 2015

Free Snow Cones for Those Who Hate Internet Taxes


(Flyer image courtesy of SBEC)

In its push to freeze efforts to tax Internet access, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council will be passing out snow cones on Wednesday.

The shaved-ice desserts will be dished up on Delaware Avenue and D Street Northeast for two hours, starting at noon. Planners invite anyone on the Hill to stop by for a free cone.

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2016 Candidates on Display at Iowa State Fair

Ah, the Iowa State Fair, where 2016 candidates vying for the highest office in the land and their surrogates hoist themselves into tractors (John R. Kasich), hork down pork on a stick (Lindsey Graham), pose for awkward selfies (Debbie Stabenow), toss footballs with little kids (Marco Rubio) and try, unsuccessfully, not to look to sweaty for the camera (Tom Harkin). Roll Call’s Al Drago was there for the sugar-induced highs and lows and everything in between.


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