Food

District Roundup: August 7, 2014

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Photo Credit: District Doughnut, Twitter

Brace yourself, Barracks Row! District Doughnut will be giving away doughnuts to the first 500 guests beginning at 6pm on Friday. You’ll probably need to get there early. [Twitter]

The fourth annual DC Zinefest happens this Saturday at St. Stephen’s Church in Columbia Heights. More than 50 zine makers, writers, and artists from around Washington, DC, and the United States will be showcasing their work. The event is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. [DC Zinefest]

DC’s Summer Restaurant Week starts on Monday. This guide from Washingtonian will help you find the best restaurants for your buck. [Washingtonian]

DC’s Hugh & Crye has launched a Kickstarter to create the perfect fitted T-shirt for men. If the campaign is successful, the T-shirts will cost $20 (shipping included) and will be made in the U.S. [Kickstarter]

It’s a great weekend for big comedy in DC. Jerry Seinfeld performs at the Kennedy Center on Friday and Saturday and Jim Gaffigan performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap on Saturday  in nearby Vienna, Virginia.

Three Fifty Bakery & Coffee Bar is now open at 17th and U St NW. [PoPville]

And, finally, one last sweet treat for your week: District Style favorite Baklava Couture is offering 15% of all online orders until August 31. [Baklava Couture]

Sunday Snapshot: Farmers’ Markets in Washington, DC

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One of my favorite weekend activities is to shop at DC-area farmers’ markets. Above is just a snapshot of what’s currently available at area markets this summer. (Sadly, there’s still no way to capture the delicious smells of fresh food and produce in a blog post!)

If you haven’t been to any of the farmers’ markets yet, check out this great interactive map from the Washington Post detailing more than 170 markets in this area.

This beautiful design from DC’s own Cherry Blossom Creative can also help guide your purchases by showing you what is (and is not) in season.

Bon appétit! 

DC Bites + Style: July 23, 2014

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It’s been 30 years since Prince’s Purple Rain. Celebrate the music and the movie this Saturday with DJ Dredd’s Purple Rain Anniversary Dance Party. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12  at the door.  [Black Cat]

Want to incorporate more local products into your beauty routine? This article is a great starting point. [Shop Around Blog]

Sauf Haus Bier Hall opens tomorrow above the Shake Shack near Dupont Circle. Bavarian beers will be available on draft for $8 a half liter. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can pay $35 for a two-liter glass boot – and keep it as a souvenir! [Zagat]

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Silver Line is opening this Saturday. The Post has a great guide to all the food and shopping you can now discover near its new stations. [Washington Post]

Beginning August 1, you’ll be able to have Dolcezza gelato shipped to anywhere in the continental U.S. Yum!  [Dolcezza]

Photo Credit: rogerebert.com

How to Make a Healthy Creamsicle Smoothie

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Creamsicles were a favorite childhood treat – but as an adult, I try to avoid desserts loaded with artificial flavors.

That’s why I decided to experiment and create a healthy creamsicle smoothie recipe. The combination of pineapple and carrots creates a delicious, naturally creamy flavor without dairy. As an added bonus, this recipe is gluten-free and can easily be incorporated into a vegetarian or vegan diet.

What You’ll Need

  • Blender
  • 1.5 cups of pineapple (cubed)
  • A handful of shredded carrots
  • 1 small celery stick (optional)
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of ice

How to Make It

  1. Put the pineapple, shredded carrots, and celery (optional) in the blender. I prefer to shred the carrots (or purchase them pre-shredded) because it helps to create a creamier texture. The celery is optional, but it’s a nice way to add another vegetable to the mix without changing the flavor of the smoothie.
  2. Add the lemon juice. You can use freshly squeezed lemon juice or bottled organic lemon juice.
  3. Add the cup of ice. 
  4. Press the “juice” setting on your blender. If your blender does not have this setting, start at the lowest setting for approximately 10 seconds and slowly increase the speed every 5 seconds after. Stay on the highest setting for about 20 seconds.
  5. Enjoy!

Consume immediately for optimal freshness.

Inside DC’s Vigilante Coffee

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In the heart of the Arts District of Hyattsville lies a coffee lover’s paradise – the new home of Vigilante Coffee.

Located in a former 1920s Ford auto showroom, Vigilante Coffee’s first brick-and-mortar location houses its roasting and production facilities, offices, and training space. The café portion of the space – which will offer coffee and espresso roasted and brewed on site – opens this Saturday to the public.

For owner and founder Chris Vigilante, it’s the culmination of years spent in pursuit of great coffee – a pursuit that began when he was just a sophomore at nearby Virginia Tech.

“I was watching people graduate only to get jobs they didn’t like,” Vigilante says. “That didn’t appeal to me. I had already done internships that showed me what I didn’t want to do. So when a few friends pushed me to find something I was passionate about, I took a chance.” (more…)