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August 12, 2015

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

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(Screenshot)

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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July 23, 2015

Support Democracy: Devour Drumsticks!

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Uber, Nestlé and Capital One are teaming up Friday to see which side of the aisle also happens to be the biggest fans of brain freeze.

DC denizens that can make chauffeured rides appear via smartphone will from 11 to 5 p.m. be able to summon partisan cones — red for the GOP, blue for Democrats and white for independents — by electing for the “ice cream” option.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:58 a.m.
DC, Food

July 22, 2015

Congress, Between a Sausage and a Veggie Burger

Rep. Doug LaMalfa goes all in on a corn dog. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa goes all in on a corn dog. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Dietary allegiances were tested on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the meat lobby and vegetarian-friendly toque Todd Gray squared off in a culinary tug of war for control of the hearts and minds — and mouths — of the legislative branch.

Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association founder Adam Sarvana sinks his teeth into some plant-based nosh at inaugural Veggie Burger Smackdown event in Rayburn. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Sarvana sinks his teeth into some plant-based nosh at the inaugural Veggie Burger Smackdown event in Rayburn. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The North American Meat Institute and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine arranged for the widely attended free lunches, with each group courting its specific constituency with custom touches. Full story

July 21, 2015

NAMA Offers Up Free Nom, Nom, Nom

Staffers who live and die by the omnipresent snack dispensers that dot congressional office buildings can, on Wednesday, feast on the future offerings the National Automatic Merchandising Association plans to dish out as part of its lobbying day.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of the self-proclaimed “refreshment services industry” are expected to share a preview of the healthy alternatives making their way into coin-operated circulation during a reception slated to be held in Rayburn 339B from noon to 2 p.m.

Per a NAMA aide, some of the alternative munchies that should be up for grabs include: Trio nut bars, Fiber One bars, Nature Valley granola bars and Nutri-Grain cereal bars. No word on what types of guilty pleasures (oversized bear claw, anyone?) might also be on the table.

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July 17, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 13, 2015 (Video)

Lawmakers spent the week vomiting, giving weather forecasts and “failing to communicate.”

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July 14, 2015

Take Five: Rep. Ruben Gallego

Gallego would go back to being on active duty in the Marines if not in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gallego would go back to being on active duty in the Marines if not in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, freshman Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., talks about his favorite food, baseball and “The Walking Dead.” Full story

July 9, 2015

Doug Collins Fans the Flames of Barbecue Dominance

Bragging about award-winning eateries residing in one’s district is nothing new in the House of Representatives. Georgia Republican Doug Collins Wednesday did so with gusto, putting colleagues on notice that the unexpected rise of Joe’s BBQ in Blue Ridge proved their barbecue providers were the pits.

“He calls it beginner’s luck. I think we’re just turning into a legacy and tradition in North Georgia,” the two-term lawmaker boasted of TripAdvisor’s crowning of Joe’s back in May as the top barbecue restaurant in the nation. Full story

Prescient Flick Tracks the Roller Coaster Ride That Is Restaurateuring

Dustin Harrison-Atlas has a long, hard summer ahead of him.

The ambitious documentarian has given himself just a few more months to condense nearly two years of filming with headstrong D.C. chefs — including unprecedented access to the evolution of nationally acclaimed dining destination Rose’s Luxury — into a 90-minute feature about the mad genius required to make it in the hospitality game.

Frankly ... Pizza! founder Frank Linn, Rose's Luxury founder Aaron Silverman and filmmaker Dustin Harrison-Atlas pose for a friendly pic. (Courtesy Dustin Harrison-Atlas)

From left to right: Frankly … Pizza! founder Linn, Rose’s Luxury founder Silverman and filmmaker Harrison-Atlas pause for a breather. (Courtesy Dustin Harrison-Atlas)

Harrison-Atlas aims to capture the Horatio Alger-like rise of Rose’s founder Aaron Silverman and fellow food visionary Frank Linn, the proprietor of Frankly … Pizza! in his forthcoming project, “New Chefs on the Block or This is What Happens when you Open a Restaurant.” And much like the budding restaurateurs, Harrison-Atlas is well aware of all the stars that had to align to propel this labor of love promisingly forward.

“I know I’m the only one in the whole country that’s got the best new restaurant in the country on film since day one,” he said of his unique perspective.

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July 6, 2015

Union Kitchen Grocery Adds CSA Option

Hillites who favor farm fresh foods now have another resource at their disposal, thanks to a fledgling partnership between newcomer Union Kitchen Grocery and alimentary aggregator Smucker Farms of Lancaster County.

(Courtesy Union Kitchen Grocery)

(Courtesy Union Kitchen Grocery)

UKG serves as an official pickup point for Smucker’s community supported agriculture program, a custom delivery service that ushers assorted comestibles from field to fork once each week throughout the summer. Full story

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Barbara Boxer (Video)

HOH pays tribute this week to California’s junior senator, who opines on candy, “little babies” and the rapper 50 Cent.

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