Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New barbecue place Small Fry from the Sundevich folks now open at 3212 Georgia Ave

Oh man, I am excited for some BBQ. Park View DC reports that Small Fry, a new barbecue and fries concept from the folks behind the delicious Sundevich sandwich shop in Shaw, is now open.

They're at 3212 Georgia, just up from Kenyon and next to Petworth Liquors.

The website for Small Fry isn't up yet, but their Twitter is up and running and posting some delicious photos and a shot of the menu, which includes pulled pork, catfish, pulled chicken, sausage, poutine, Scotch eggs, haloumi cheese, mac and cheese, and more: basically lots of things that sound amazing. I have been missing Scotch eggs  (hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and fried) since Commonwealth closed a few years ago. (It was replaced by Acre 121.)

This is next to the coming Union Drinkery bar we heard about a while ago, and Small Fry is presumably one of the "fast casual" places that were opening in collaboration with the bar.

I'm still looking for details on hours, what the second fast casual place is, and more. Here's their logo.

(h/t to Eater)

Bad news: stinky ginkgo seeds are dropping again, but the city can help remove the trees

If you like things that smell like poop, this is your time of the year: the ginkgo trees are dropping their seed pods, which means stinky, sticky sludge on sidewalks in the neighborhood.

I noticed a few the other day on Spring Road, and with the cold weather, there will be many more soon. I dread the thought. The odor sticks to shoes and bike tires and smells like feces or vomit or very bad milk. Not fun. Thank the butyric acid inside.

The city's Urban Forestry Administration actually will spray the female trees, which drop the seeds, to stop them from dropping, as well as remove them from a whole block in some cases.

The city will replace a whole block's worth of ginkgo trees for free, but there are some requirements first: you have to get 60% of the property owners on the block to agree, as well as the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission. Seems like a good deal, though maybe not the easiest to accomplish. Their site has a petition and such you can use.

If I had a whole bunch on my block, however, I definitely would start to process.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Redskins great John Riggins broadcasting live from Lou's City Bar for 106.7 FM

This is pretty cool: local radio station 106.7 the Fan will be broadcasting Redskins great and NFL Hall of Famer John Riggins and radio personality Chad Dukes live from Lou's City Bar the next three Mondays, starting today the 5th. They'll be hosting their sports talk show from 2pm to 7:45 pm, with 1/2 price burgers until 7 pm, plus deals on New Amsterdam vodka drinks, Monday Night Football trivia and more.

Seems like a cool opportunity to meet a famous Skins player from the past in our neighborhood. Riggins is a Hall of Famer with historic seasons for the team and the Jets before that, and was a hero in the playoffs and Super Bowl XVII.

Here's more from Lou's, which is on Irving Street just west of 14th:
Chad Dukes & John Riggins
106.7 The Fan Live at Lou's 
Chad Dukes, John Riggins, and 106.7 The Fan are broadcasting LIVE from Lou's on Mondays starting this week! Join us Oct 5th, 12th & 19th from 2-7:45pm as Chad and Hall of Fame Redskin John Riggins talk sports leading up to Monday Night Football. 
We'll have 1/2 price burgers all day until 7pm, specials on New Amsterdam Vodka all night, and our new MNF Trivia Blitz with prizes for predicting TDs, sacks, scores and more plus Sports ‪Trivia‬ at halftime!

Friday, October 2, 2015

The rye whiskey and Angostura bitters soft serve at the Airedale is my new favorite food

I've been to the Airedale, the awesome new European gastropub at 14th and Spring a few times, but had not yet tried their whiskey soft serve. I was there the other day and gave it a shot, and it was amazing. It's my new favorite food in the neighborhood, maybe in the whole city. You should go get it right now.

The Airedale folks mix Old Overholt rye in the vanilla soft serve mix so a serving is the equivalent of an ounce of booze, and they just recently started making an Angostura bitters flavor as well -- and since it's a soft serve machine, you can do a swirl of them both.

The final result is a creamy, delicious treat. It doesn't really taste like whiskey, just kind of a tangy, sweet and slightly herby result. It's like nothing else I've eaten and I immediately considered getting a second one. (I was too busy scarfing it down to take a good picture.)

The rest of the food is really good too -- on a recent visit my buddy got the fish and chips, which were perfectly fried: light, airy and crispy, with a lot of good fish and fries. I tried the currywurst, which is two sausages covered in a German curry sauce with fries. It was tasty and I had plenty to take home to eat for lunch the next day. They have a lot of other good hearty European food too, like a Monte Cristo sandwich, schnitzel, brats, and some vegetarian options too.

The Airedale also recently opened their patio, which is nice.

If you haven't been to their Airedale, go check it out, and get the soft serve swirl.

The Airedale is at 3605 14th Street NW. Here's their website.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Homestead, new bar coming next to Qualia Coffee from the Blaguard folks, making good progress

The other day I was at Qualia Coffee at 3917 Georgia Ave NW and noticed some serious construction next door at 3915 -- workers were pouring concrete and there was a new balcony that wasn't there before.

I asked the Qualia folks and they said it was a new bar coming from the folks behind the Blaguard, the pretty relaxed bar in Adams Morgan. I spoke to the men working on the building and they confirmed it was a restaurant and bar.

We first heard about this years ago and there wasn't much news lately aside from a brief update from PoP a few months ago.

The Homestead folks also have a Twitter account with updates and have named a chef, Marty Anklam, who according to his bio has cooked around the country and went to the Culinary Institute of America. So far he's tweeted about making catfish nuggets for Homestead. That sounds good to me.

They've also tweeted about their balcony, which looks pretty good. There seems to be a good deal of outdoor space.
I'll be talking to the Homestead folks shortly, so stay tuned for more updates this week! I'm looking forward to it, can always use another restaurant and bar.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Deal for NCH readers: save 10% off house cleaning from Ecoverde Maids

I like getting deals for blog readers, and am happy to announce a new one to help get your house clean.  Ecoverde Maids, a neighborhood house cleaning business, have teamed up with me for a deal for New Columbia Heights readers: you can save 10% off house cleaning if you use the code NCH10 when you are booking.

Here's a bit more about Ecoverde, who also just updated their website. They have 5 stars on Yelp too!
Dedicated to providing convenience for residents of the nation’s capital city, as well as its surrounding vicinities, the newly designed website is easy to navigate and even easier to use. The convenient online booking feature can be used by simply clicking the “Book Now” button at the bottom right of the site’s screen and filling in simplistic details. Once booked an email confirmation is sent and a team of two professionals will arrive on the scheduled date and time with supplies in hand leaving one to ask, “What could be simpler?” 
Carolina Rodriguez, CEO of Ecoverde Maids said of the new website with the online booking option, “Ultimately purveyors of convenience. With that in mind, we want to assure that our clients need not have to think about the cleanliness of their homes for longer than it takes to book our cleaning service. And now, because of the Ecoverde Maids booking online feature, they will only have to think about it for about 30 seconds.” That said, the new website’s flat fee rates and online payment option via credit card are a substantial added perk as well.  
Offering discounts for recurring services the company keeps the convenience of their clients top of mind. The cleaning service in Washington, DC keeps client’s safety in focus as well. They can rest assured that the Ecoverde Maids service team of professionals have gone through rigorous training and background checks before ever arriving at their home. Additionally, the company provides ongoing training and routine performance quality checks with field experts to allow for the highest standards to be met. 
About Ecoverde Maids
Ecoverde Maids is based in Washington, DC and provides optimum cleaning services to areas in and around the city. Embodying the height of convenience Ecoverde Maids offers an online booking and payment option that is available 24/7 as well as a live chat option for any incidental need.  
For more information visit www.ecoverdesolutions.com

Google Express same-day delivery is now in DC, have you used it?

I've been hearing about Google Express for some time, their same-day delivery service, kind of like Amazon's similar service (or kozmo.com and DCSnacks back in the day.) And then the other day I received a mailer with $25 off my first order, the first I've seen them around.

They'll deliver items, things like groceries, clothes, baby items, pharmacy stuff and more from lots of big retailers like Giant, Costco, Staples, Walgreens and others, plus even our local Logan Hardware. Apparently they don't deliver booze or beer though, better check our other options for that.

It's kind of an interesting idea, and sounds pretty handy. Anybody tried them?

Monday, September 28, 2015

New coffee shop coming to corner of Georgia and Irving

Looks like there's another option for coffee in the Park View area: the other day I spotted a permit on the door of 3100 Georgia Avenue NW, which is at Irving Street, and then I chatted with a worker inside, who confirmed it would be a coffee shop. The permit says "deli, coffee shop" so maybe they'll have sandwiches and such too.

I'm always in favor of coffee shops, but this is right down the block from Colony Club, another block from Heat Da Spot and two blocks up from Harrar Coffee Roasters. Then again, Colony Club often has good crowds, so maybe another coffee shop is necessary.

I'll report back when I have more info.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Cider tasting and Basque grilling pop-up tonight at Colony Club

Colony Club, the cool bar and coffee shop at 3118 Georgia Ave NW, is hosting a pop-up cider event tonight called "Drinking with Basquach," which focuses on international cider and Basque food. I spoke to Max, the owner of Colony Club, and he said they had organized a big collection of ciders from around the world for the event.

The event is organized by folks from Anxos, which is a cider bar and Basque food concept -- their logo says "cider and pintxos," which are meat skewers popular in Basque cuisine (and also Latin America, where they're called pinchos.) They're looking to open and brick-and-mortar space and will be having pop-ups in the meantime.

Sounds like a pretty neat idea.