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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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August 21, 2015

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: Dinner and a Groove-y

What better way to cap off a full day of eating and drinking than by feasting on Caribbean cuisine and salsa dancing the night away?

If that program sounds like musica to your orejas, then the Arepa Zone Launch Party happening Saturday night may be just the ticket.

(Courtesy Arepa Zone)

(Courtesy Arepa Zone)

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August 20, 2015

Office Space: Jeff Landry’s Louisiana Lair (Video)

UNITED STATES - MAY 3: An alligator head and mini bottles of tabasco sauce decorate the lobby of Rep. Jeff Landry's office in the Cannon House Office Building.  (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

An alligator head and mini bottles of tabasco sauce decorated the lobby of Landry’s office in the Cannon House Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Then-Rep. Jeff Landry gave a tour of his congressional office in 2011 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.

Landry, who is running for attorney general in Louisiana, represented the state from 2011 to 2013, and filled his Cannon House Office space with New Orleans Saints posters, Community Coffee Co.’s brew and bottles of Tabasco sauce.

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August 19, 2015

D-I-Y Sabado Gigante: Break Fast, Texan-Style

“The startups are coming! The startups are coming!” is what those not busy stuffing their faces should be saying this coming Saturn’s Day, as a trio of intrepid hospitality players officially get into the game.

HOH has plotted a full slate (check back tomorrow and Friday) of dining/imbibing activities for you, beginning with a little something to get you going: sweet and savory kolaches. Full story

August 18, 2015

Ben & Jerry’s Founders #FeelTheBern

Sanders has earned the support of ice cream company's founders.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sanders has earned the support of Ben & Jerry’s founders. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

As Sen. Bernard Sanders is inspiring some to “#FeelTheBern” of his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president, his leading rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, might be feeling a bitter Northeastern chill.

On Monday, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield — the founders of the ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s — announced their support for the self-described socialist who identifies as an independent from Vermont, pointing to his opposition to the influence of corporate money in politics. Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 12:17 p.m.

August 13, 2015

Marsha Blackburn Digs What Gingham Café Is Cooking

Rep. Marsha Blackburn took to social media Wednesday to plug an old pal’s restaurant, a homespun establishment specializing in comfort food and tantalizing sweets.

The Tennessee Republican told HOH she originally met Gingham Café owner Niesha Wolfe shortly after arriving in Congress. Full story

August 12, 2015

Shining a Light on Sodexo’s Hospitality Protocol

Just-arrived House restaurants handler Sodexo appears to have already rubbed at least one congressional diner the wrong way due to a concern about food-handling practices.

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The French-born hospitality conglomerate Monday formally assumed control of all House dining operations, replacing outgoing food-service vendor Restaurant Associates.

Mere hours into the transition, a tipster searching the Rayburn Café for sustenance told HOH he overheard a Sodexo manager instruct staff to gloss up the apples by giving them a once over with commercial cleaning cloths. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:15 a.m.
Food, HillSide

WednesDaze: Get Wild at Cashion’s

Cashion’s toque John Manolatos has an idea he’s hoping will catch on: family-style seafood dinners featuring line-caught whole rockfish.

(Courtesy Cashion's Eat Place)

(Courtesy Cashion’s Eat Place)

He’s serving up his inaugural fish feast — featuring a 13- to 15-pound sustainable rockfish that’s been oven-roasted for an hour, flanked by fresh sea salt, olive oil, fresh lime, scallions-marinated olives, house-made hot sauce, salsa verde and paprika aioli — Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m.

The all-inclusive meal (Greek salad and fruit clafoutis with buttermilk sorbet bookend the experience) runs $55 per person, and reservations are limited to the first 20 requests. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:03 a.m.
AwesomeSauce, DC, Food, Restos

August 10, 2015

Exit Interview: Amy Harris Honored to Walk the Halls of Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Harris loved the solitude of the Rotunda at night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican aide Amy Harris has found a new home at the National Association of Home Builders’ BUILD-PAC. But she’ll remain forever grateful for the highly instructive time she spent learning the ropes of the legislative branch.

“I have been very fortunate to work with some incredible members. People I never thought I would be standing in the same room with, let alone them knowing my name,” Harris told HOH about her experience on Capitol Hill. Full story

August 6, 2015

Rob Portman’s Guide to Properly Rocking Cleveland

With the first GOP debate almost upon us, the eyes of the nation are turning to Cleveland — a destination Sen. Rob Portman insists is well worth exploring.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“It’s a great town. There’s so many beautiful areas now,” the Ohio Republican told HOH about the Rock and Roll Capital of the World.

Lord knows if any of the 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls will circulate anywhere other than the Quicken Loans Arena lobby — not a single one mentioned “sightseeing” when they shared their pre-debate rituals with IJ Review — before or after Thursday night’s Fox News Channel-moderated media circus.

Per Portman, anyone who’s feeling adventurous ought to spend some time getting to know the city. Full story

August 3, 2015

Fill the Hours on GOP Debate Night

In the time it took to type these words, another 12 jillion Republicans announced their candidacies for the 2016 presidential race.

Sadly (not really), there’s only so much time/space/willful suspension of disbelief the media can devote to this quest, so only the highest polling politicians will make it on stage Thursday for the first internecine squabble on national TV.

Can’t make it to Cleveland for Fox News Channel’s four-hour grilling of everyone who’s anyone in GOP primary land?

Have no fear, democracy junkies! Full story

July 30, 2015

Longworth Scores a Baskin-Robbins



Cheer up, Creamery fans!

You may be losing your lemme-see-what-better-jobs-are-out-there meeting spot, but House administrators assure HOH that once the transition from Restaurant Associates to Sodexo is complete later this year, you’ll have 31 flavors with which to self-medicate.

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July 24, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 20, 2015 (Video)

Members spent the week recalling their college days, drafting grocery lists and touting their love for San Francisco.

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