Wednesday, August 8, 2018

New ice cream shop from Maine, Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, opens in Mt. Pleasant

If you're an ice cream fan, here's something awesome: two employees of Dischord Records have opened an outpost of Maine's Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, based in Bar Harbor. The ice cream has had rave reviews over the year, including from President Obama.

DCist has the story: the owners Brian Lowit and Melissa Quinley discovered it on regular trips to Maine and made friends with the owner, who suggested they open their own branch. The ice cream is made on site with the same recipes as the Maine locations, but with more local ingredients. There are 24 flavors including vegan sorbet, plus some seasonal ones as well as coffee and espresso. And given the connection with Discord Records, they may do music events too, like album releases or listening parties.

They're open now at 3110 Mt. Pleasant Street NW, and there is outdoor seating. The location used to be Pupuseria San Miguel.

Summer hours: Sun-Thu noon-9 p.m.; Fri noon-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Kraken Axes axe-throwing bar temporarily moving; getting renovations, adding outdoor beer garden, food

Kraken Axes was a big surprise when it opened in the old Murry's grocery store at Georgia and Morton: it's a bar with axe throwing, a popular pastime in Canada, but not too well known here. I went a few months ago and had a blast, and heard about lots of other plans for the owners.

And now, Eater reports those plans are underway. The space on Georgia is temporarily closed as they're renovating the inside, with the axe-tossing moving to 1901 1st Street SW, near the new DC United stadium.

The plans for the current Kraken space sound pretty awesome: Kraken plans to add a 5,000 square foot beer and wine garden outside (facing Morton Street), which we previously heard would be Viking-themed. They're also adding a bar food menu with things like burgers and wings, as well as cup holders for axe-throwers. They're also considering a dance floor, a scotch whiskey library, a sports bar with rugby, cricket and soccer on TV, plus outdoor fire pits. Sounds ambitious and awesome.

They're aiming for opening in the fall for Oktoberfest.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Outdoor documentary movies on gentrification screening tonight at Sankofa Books, 2714 Georgia

This is neat: there's an outdoor movie series tonight at the parking lot next to Sankofa Books at Georgia and Fairmont, where District Bridges and Howard University are showing two documentaries about gentrification: Brick by Brick from the 1970s and What Happened 2 Chocolate City, currently finishing production. There's also a panel discussion before the films. Read on for more!
Bring you chairs, blankets, picnic dinner and inquiring minds to a neighborhood summer movie night on Georgia Avenue that will take place on the Howard University parking lot beside  Sankofa Video, Books and Cafe in the Pleasant Plains community.  
In partnership with Howard University, District Bridges is hosting a panel discussion with two local documentary filmmakers, whose films examine issues of gentrification in Washington, DC. Filmed in the 1970s, Brick by Brick is by Writer, Director, Producer and Howard alumna, Shirikiana Aina of Sankofa Video, Books and CafĂ©. The second film, What Happened 2 Chocolate City focuses on current dynamics and is in its final stages of production (donations to get it over the finish line are happily accepted online). Free popcorn will be provided by our partners and volunteers of Encounter Church. 
This is District Bridges'  4th Community Outdoor Movie Night this summer and we welcome volunteer assistance, so please reply to Jennifer Kuiper, Neighborhood Director, Lower Georgia Avenue Main Streets at:  or (202) 450-4409 if you are able to help with the set-up and/or clean-up!  See details below. 
6:30pm Set-up
7:30pm Gates open to the public
8:00pm Panel Discussion
8:45pm Movies start
10:30pm Clean-Up 
We are fortunate to have several popular restaurant options nearby, including right next door at Sankofa Cafe and within a block at Salt & Pepper Grill (Indian/Pakistani Cuisine), Dulcinea (Mexican Food), Sweetpea's (Classic Soul Food) and Howard China Take-Out.
LOCATION: Howard University parking lot beside Sankofa (2616 Georgia Ave NW)
DATE: Friday, July 20

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The History of Cannabis Museum now open on Georgia Ave.

A few months ago, we heard about The History of Cannabis Museum coming to Georgia Avenue near DC Reynolds -- it was a museum about doobies, plus (my guess) a shop of some kind. (Get it THC Museum?) We didn't hear much since, but now it's opened in a new spot at 2822 Georgia Avenue NW, near Girard Street.

Their website doesn't say much, but does mention that there are tours for $10, and their social media talks about various products they have. A video about the spot (below) shows exhibits about the usage of cannabis through time, from the Egyptians to George Washington (presumably that he grew hemp) through the scary movies about weed in the 30s and through the modern day.

Has anyone been? How is it? It looks like Flavor Flav paid them a visit at some point. If it's like other weed shops in DC, to comply with the city's marijuana laws you can't actually buy weed directly -- places will have people buy something else random and then give you free doobies. The city has also raided a few pop-up shops lately.

The museum is run by Grow Club DC in Adams Morgan, which focuses on tools and techniques for growing weed yourself.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Postcard writing at the Midlands on Wednesday: help write to voters in swing districts

A couple weeks ago I wrote about an event at Midlands, 3333 Georgia Avenue NW, where you could write postcards to encourage Democrats to vote in a tight special Congressional election in Ohio. The organizers are planning to do them every two weeks going forward, and they've scheduled their second one to be held this Wednesday, July 18 from 6-9:30p. And from 6 to 7 pm it's buy one-get one free with some of the beers on draft!

I went last time and it was fun and pretty straightforward -- you get a list of addresses (which is public record) and a script and you write them up. 

In case you need a reminder, Congressional elections are important for the country of course, but also to DC, as Congress controls DC's budget and has the power to block things that local voters have supported -- in the past they've blocked medical marijuana, reproductive rights, and a lot more.

Here's more information. Bring your friends!
Dear Neighbor, 
We hope you can join us for our second ‘Vote Them Out’ postcard writing event at the Midlands on Wednesday, July 18 from 6-9:30pm.  In light of recent events, it is more urgent than ever that we work together to support Democratic candidates in the upcoming Midterm Elections.  This event is  organized by a small, concerned group of neighborhood friends. We know folks are looking for ways to get involved, and this is a great, low-commitment way of doing so. Did I mention there is BOGO free beer until 7pm? 
If you could please join the Facebook group here we would greatly appreciate it:  If you could also please RSVP on the events page so we can get a headcount for the Midlands that would be very helpful. Please feel free to add your friends into the group.   
We are working with an organization called "Postcard for Voters" to get the address.  Each night we will usually be supporting a different candidate, writing to known democratic supporters in their district, and asking them to remember to vote.  
We hope to see you at the next event!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Boil water advisory in effect, maybe for a day or two: smaller area than before, check the new map

It's been an interesting day or two -- a brief water outage, followed by nothing, and then this morning the word came out that you should boil water you use to drink, cook, brush teeth, use in baby formula, give to your pets and more. Even for making coffee, a coffee maker won't get it hot enough.

DC Water does say it's precautionary, it's possible contaminants got into the water supply, but there's no evidence that happened -- to be on the safe side you should boil.

The original area for the boil advisory was nearly half the city, but DC Water just released a new interactive map with a smaller area. It's useful to be able to zoom in and see if you're in the area. It still includes most of our area, but at least it's smaller than before.

It's unclear when the issue will be resolved, but the Washington Post says it's expected to last a day or two.

Follow DC Water on Twitter to get the latest -- they're actually updating it now, unlike last night.

The full advisory is below. Note that the map above is the most up to date.

DC Water Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

July 13, 2018

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) advises customers to boil their water for cooking and drinking until further notice if they live within the area that is bounded by the following:
* The north is bounded by Western Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue to Nebraska Avenue to Military Rd to Missouri to New Hampshire Avenue.
* To the east by Eastern Avenue
* To the South by New York Ave to K St to Whitehurst Freeway, and
* To the west by Canal Road to the Clara Barton Pkwy.
Map of Affected Area:
They should also boil their water if they experienced low water pressure or had no water after 8:30 p.m. on July 12. If customers do not have water service, they are advised to boil water when service is restored. If customers did not experience low water pressure and do not live in the affected area, customers do not need to boil their water.
On Thursday, July 12, at approximately 8:30 p.m., an open valve at Bryant Street Pumping Station resulted in a loss of pressure in portions of our distribution system for about an hour. A loss of pressure in the pipe system makes it possible for contaminants to enter the water. Due to this loss of pressure, as a precaution, affected customers are advised to boil their water until further notice. To minimize risk, customers should follow the instructions outlined below.
Customers should:
* If water is discolored, run the tap until clear, prior to boiling.
* Bring water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes.
* Allow water to cool before using.
* Store cooled water in a clean container with a cover.
Customers should use cooled, boiled water or bottled water for:
* Drinking
* Brushing teeth
* Preparing and cooking food
* Making ice
* Preparing infant formula
* Giving water to pets
 The valve problem was corrected and pressure has been restored. Our teams will continue to test samples of the water and we will lift the advisory when we determine the water is safe. Customers will be notified immediately when the advisory is lifted. If you are concerned about your health or the health of your family, please consult your health care provider. Please share this information with everyone who drinks this water, especially those who may not receive this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).
For more information, visit, or read the FAQs at You may also contact DC Water Customer Service at 202.354.3600 or the 24-Hour Command Center at 202.612.3400.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

What’s the best delivery pizza to our area? Let us know

Now that Pete’s Apizza at 14th and Irving has closed (to be replaced by Wawa), a few people were asking what’s the best pizza that delivers to our area. Do you have any favorites?

I’m a fan of Italian Kitchen on U (great sandwiches too), Duccini’s and Pizza d’Oro. If you’re looking for fancier pizza, Pizzeria Vetri on 14th delivers via some of the delivery apps such as Uber Eats or Caviar, but it’s not cheap.

But that's just my opinion, what do you think?