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It’s been just more than a year since Indigo co-founders Dinesh and Nidhi Tandon formally established their brick-and-mortar neighborhood restaurant. But the writing on the wall (literally) suggests they have already firmly cemented their place among Indian dining enthusiasts.
The quaint establishment at 243 K St. NE, which replaced a dilapidated corner store in the steadily shifting NoMa section of town, has allowed the Tandons to graduate from cult following to community anchor. The family-run operation — he’s the carnival barker-like gent often calling back orders from the register area to the kitchen, while she juggles day-to-day cooking duties and recipe development — marks the continuation of the alimentary evangelism they began while doling out aromatic servings of their native dishes to adventurous shoppers at Eastern Market.
An early Wednesday morning scare could have sent Indigo founder Dinesh Tandon’s hospitality dreams up in smoke. Luckily, things were brought under control before the budding restaurateur was forced to switch careers.
“Yes, sir, a small fire broke out,” Tandon said of the minor skirmish that compelled first responders to swing by his NoMa outpost.
“A washer/dryer that we use for aprons and other rags used in the kitchen,” Tandon explained. Full story
A cadre of Turkish-American organizations are returning to Capitol Hill Thursday to campaign for their independence-seeking, European-bound brethren — and the group is bringing a host of regional delicacies to help sweeten the deal.
Turkish Cypriot Day on the Hill is scheduled to swoop into the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Assembly of Turkish American Associations is spearheading the annual reception. Full story
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is scheduled to join religious leaders on Dec. 16 for the ceremonial lighting of the National Menorah.
The 35th annual holiday gathering is expected to take place on the Ellipse at 4 p.m. The gates are projected to open earlier to accommodate seasonal visitors. Full story
Now that Louisiana’s runoff is a thing of the past, and the results map (How much more time do you need, Arizona?) is more or less set, HOH is pleased to announce the winner of the Roll Call 2014 Election Contest. Congratulations, Christopher Stewart!
“I am incredibly surprised to get this email, since I never win contests,” the legislative assistant for Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., wrote to us, adding that he has lost “badly” in other picking contests such as March Madness brackets and fantasy football. Full story
Congress kicked off the final month of the year brining turkeys, plugging favorite movies and crying on the House floor.
Relentless cancer warrior James Brandell continues to rake in donations to help vanquish the life-threatening diseases that have encroached upon his inner circle.
His latest fundraising efforts are set to be unveiled Tuesday when he presents his boss, retiring lawmaker and lymphoma survivor Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., with a $50,000 research grant bearing his name. Full story
Rep. Linda T. Sánchez may be a team player, but she knows her limits. Hence the reason the California Democrat had to draw the line at giving her all to one congressionally related charity event over another.
In the closing moments of her recent “Newsmakers” interview on C-SPAN, Sánchez brought Roll Call Editor-in-Chief and Bad News Babes member Christina Bellantoni up to speed on why she chooses to mix things up at the Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game instead of lending her talents to the Congressional Women’s Softball Game.
Pull up a seat, friend. Let me share the tale of how a half-baked scheme to whip up a handy guide to the most interesting places to grab a bite around #ThisTown was kneaded, chopped, seasoned and lovingly molded into the “Nom, Nom, Nom-nibus.”
As the resident food scribe here at Roll Call, I pride myself on ferreting out local establishments worthy of your hard-earned dining dollars.
Whether that search leads me to a smoke-belching truck idling along some random curbside, or forces me to elbow my way through a throng of high-rollers in order to claim the last bar stool at the latest hot spot matters not.
For my money, it all comes down to what winds up on the plate.
From handcrafted snacks to house-aged steaks, I weigh them all against what I believe our devoted readers would consider a pleasurable experience at a fair price. Which is why I’m as comfortable sending folks out to feast on half-smokes (D.C., represent!) as I am directing traffic toward a Michelin star-worthy outpost.
This handy, dandy e-book aims to do just that, shining a light on novel eats from across the culinary spectrum. Some of the recommendations might be perfect for dazzling discerning palates. (Exotic nibbles at The Source! Mouth watering barbecue at DCity Smokehouse!) Others might help advance your career. (Hobnobbing at Johnny’s couldn’t hurt.) A few — such as the Indian carry-out favored by a certain civil rights champ — you may want to keep to yourself.
Need a drink? Sample the sip selections.
Craving comfort foods? Dig into the specials.
Jonesing for sugar? The sweet section runs both hot (doughnuts!) and cold (gelato, yo).
Mind you, this is just the first bite of the apple. There’s plenty more exploratory eating to be done. And I, for one, can’t wait to continue savoring everything the District has to offer.
“Vote, n. The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.”
— From “The Devil’s Dictionary” by Ambrose Bierce.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Presents and snow, and mistletoe and … massive appropriations measures to ring out the season. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.
Send us a caption by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick five finalists on Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.
To see our previous winners, check us out on Pinterest.
Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.
The winner will receive a signed color print suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.
Politicians can sometimes be charged with tap-dancing around questions, but one member of Congress will be putting on actual dancing shoes this weekend.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., sent out a statement Friday that she will be a part of the Washington Ballet production of “The Nutcracker.” She will be playing a “merry widow” in Saturday’s performance, which will take place at the Warner Theater at 7 p.m. Full story
What’s orange and crimson and Oklahoma all over?
That would be the office of Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., on the day before the annual “Bedlam” football game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.
Each year, Inhofe’s office snaps its annual “Bedlam” photo, which a staffer kindly forwarded to HOH on Friday. Judging from the incredible mixing of OU crimson and OSU orange splashed across T-shirts, pants, scarves and the like, it truly is fashion bedlam, as well as a demonstration that the boss doesn’t discriminate when it comes to university allegiances.
For the record, Inhofe attended the University of Tulsa.
A prominently displayed plea for tightly zipped lips has got tongues wagging in Cannon.
The campaign to dial things down a bit is the brainchild of newly displaced members of the House Budget Committee’s minority staff; the congressional aides recently got uprooted from the basement of Cannon by ongoing renovation efforts.
The migration from secluded workspace to heavily trafficked juncture has proven more jarring than expected — hence the oversized request (“Quiet Please! Offices at Work,” the announcement reads) for passersby to show a little respect while milling about outside.
“It is a temporary sign during our transition to the first floor, as the stairwell opposite the new space is an unusually noisy gathering place,” a Budget Committee aide told HOH.
One House staffer bristled at the visual pollution, chiding the new arrivals for making much ado about nothing. Full story