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October 16, 2015

Chuck Grassley Invites Web to Put Words in His Mouth

Iowa Republican Charles E. Grassley Friday created another blizzard of controversy by sharing a nebulous update on social media.

For those who don’t know, the six-term lawmaker adores Dairy Queen’s frozen treats ALMOST as much as he loathes the History Channel’s reality programming.

But, as Twitter is wont to do, Web crawlers quickly flipped the farmer-turned-lawmaker’s commercial plug into all manner of impropriety.

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October 13, 2015

Do the #DemDebate Right

It would appear there is a thing on TV tonight that some folks may be interested in.

Assuming yelling matches are your idea of a swell time, here are a few ways to enhance your viewing experience as the Democratic presidential candidates take the stage. Full story

October 8, 2015

Food Court: DCity Crew Branches Out at Wicked Bloom

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Ben Matz, left, and Jason Bolko mix a drink called “Sunny and 75” at Wicked Bloom. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By all accounts, fledgling bar Wicked Bloom Social Club has started off with a bang — a rollout facilitated in no small part by a certain mind-blowing menu item.

“I honestly didn’t think it was going to be the only thing people would want to talk about. It’s kind of taken on a life of its own,” Rob Sonderman, pit master at critically acclaimed sibling establishment DCity Smokehouse, said of the jaw-dropping “Smokehouse Bomb.” Full story

October 2, 2015

Slam Brews, Crack Claws to Your Heart’s Content on H Street

Queen Vic toque Ryan Gordon is migrating Saturday roughly a block-and-a-half east in order to oversee an all-you-can-eat crab feast hosted by Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar at 1104 H St. NE.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The fall fiesta is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., and is projected to feature steamed and spiced Maryland blue crabs (large), assorted sides — including pork belly potato salad, sausages, corn and house-made grits, among other offerings — and free-flowing kegs of Evolution Craft Brewing Co.’s  Lot #6 Double IPA, Primal Pale Ale and Alpha Six American Blonde Ale.

Tickets to the all-inclusive event are $58 per person.

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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 25, 2015

Ginning Up One Last Brush With John Boehner

Those worried about not getting to huddle with Speaker John A. Boehner before he officially steps down at the end of October might want to begin staking out some of the local eateries he’s historically frequented in order to orchestrate an “impromptu” farewell.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Ohio Republican famously grew up working in his family’s bar, Andy’s Café in Cincinnati.

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September 23, 2015

A True Outpouring of Support for #PopeinDC

Ashley Williams, a server at Brookland Pint, Sept. 23 sports apropos gear in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Ashley Williams, a server at Brookland Pint, sports apropos gear in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Those hoping to catch even a fleeting glimpse of Pope Francis began congregating outside the White House and along the National Mall Wednesday before the sun was even out, trudging through the last vestiges of inky darkness to secure the best possible spots from which to gaze upon His Holiness.



While crisscrossing the District, HOH happened upon religious figures aplenty. 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 15, 2015

Michigan Debbies to Tag Team Shinola D.C. Debut

Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sen. Debbie Stabenow are expected to help roll out the welcome mat Wednesday in the District for Shinola’s official arrival.

(Courtesy Shinola)

(Courtesy Shinola)

The Detroit-born operation is attempting to revitalize U.S. manufacturing by cranking out collectibles ranging from dress watches and high-end leather goods to fixie bikes and dog beds.

Organizers aim to introduce D.C. denizens to the upstart brand via a private reception scheduled to take place at the area’s flagship shop at 1631 14th St. NW from 6 to 9 p.m. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is projected to join the congressional welcome wagon (along with a few other special guests), and local business Dog Tag Bakery has been tapped to supply party-goers with vanilla cream puffs, red velvet cake, their signature brownies and mini apple pies.


When Interior Decorating Questions Get Weird

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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 9, 2015

Chellie Pingree Insists Divorce Won’t Cramp Nebo Lodge’s Style

Her separation from billionaire spouse Donald Sussman will in no way mean lights out for Nebo Lodge, an aide to Rep. Chellie Pingree assured HOH Wednesday.

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(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Maine Democrat established the gourmet retreat more than a decade ago and has since assembled a closely knit group — including renowned chef Amanda Hallowell and Pingree’s eldest daughter, Hannah, who serves as general manager — to oversee the homey establishment.

Per Team Pingree, all of that is expected to remain undisturbed, even after the four-term lawmaker disentangles herself from her husband’s myriad financial holdings.

“Rep. Pingree owns Nebo and nothing will change. They’ve got a great team on North Haven and it will continue to operate as it has,” Pingree spokesman Willy Ritch stated.

This hired mouth may have to race back up north next summer, just to make sure everything remains on the up and up.


Chellie Pingree, Donald Sussman Parting Company

Getting Our Fill of Vacationland

The Maine Attraction: Getting a Taste of the Chellie Pingree Experience

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September 8, 2015

Chellie Pingree, Donald Sussman Parting Company

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced Tuesday she has split from her financier spouse, Donald Sussman — a break that has so far stymied her administrative obligations and may still impact her hospitality holdings.

chellie pingree

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Donald and I are sorry to say that we have separated and have decided to get divorced. It is a very amicable and truly mutual decision,” Pingree said in a news release. “It is sad for both of us but we continue to have the utmost respect for each other. This is the only statement either of us will have on this private family matter.”

Per her office, the couple wed on June 18, 2011. Full story

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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