Monday, June 29, 2015

DOWNTOWN: July 4 and new breakfast and ice cream sandwiches at Astro Doughnuts

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will celebrate 4th of July by offering their popular birthday cake and USA doughnuts.

The birthday cake doughnut is a chocolate cake doughnut with vanilla glaze, buttercream and sprinkles from India Tree in Seattle, a specialty confection company that uses concentrated vegetable colorants in their sprinkles and no synthetic dyes. The USA Doughnut is a vanilla glazed doughnut with raspberry drizzle, blueberries and the letters USA piped in chocolate. The specialty doughnuts will be available on July 4 only, and will also be available by special order on July 3. One half dozen order with 3 birthday cake and 3 USA doughnuts will be available for $14, and an 8-piece chicken can be added to the order for a total of $33
 Starting on Tuesday, June 30, Astro will also launch some new sandwiches for the summer: a breakfast egg sandwich and a doughnut ice cream sundae. The new breakfast sandwich is a poached egg on a savory doughnut for $4.50. A fried chicken rendition is available for $5.00 and add-ons include an egg (from Trickling Springs) for $2, bacon ($0.75), Trickling Springs cheddar cheese ($0.50) and sausage gravy ($0.75)

The breakfast sandwiches are available Monday to Friday 7:30AM-10:30AM and Saturday 9 AM-12 PM. The Doughnut Ice Cream Sundae features ice cream and toppings on a brûléed vanilla doughnut. Ice cream varieties from Trickling Springs Creamery include butter pecan or vanilla and toppings include caramel or hot fudge, whipped cream and bacon **there's a $0.75 add-on for bacon only. The Doughnut Ice Cream Sundae is available for $5.50 Monday to Friday 1:30-4 PM and Saturday 12-3 PM. 

To pre-order by emailing or calling 202-809-5565

Astro Doughnuts is located at 1308 G Street, NW Washington DC 20005

U STREET: "Once In A Lifetime" Lumen Condos Available on DC's 14th St. - 1,540 SF Penthouse Has Private Elevator

Homebuyers in the Nation’s capital will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “Own Fourteenth Street” as Urban Pace begins sales at Lumen, the first new condominium development on 14th Street in five years. Lumen’s 18 elegantly appointed residences, delivering in early 2016, will provide direct access to one of the city’s most vibrant entertainment and commercial hubs. One fortunate buyer will enjoy a full-floor penthouse with direct private elevator access, a 600 square foot private terrace, and expansive southern views. Prices will range from the $500,000s to over $1 million. 

Located at 2200 14th Street, NW at the intersection of 14th and W Streets, NW, Lumen will offer six one-bedroom, 11 two-bedroom residences, and the spectacular 1,540 square foot penthouse. 
“It is very rare to have this level of finishes and layout in this location, and rarer still to offer a penthouse with private elevator access,” said Urban Pace President Lynn Hackney. “Lumen will allow residents to take ownership of everything that 14th Street is and has to offer.” 
Designed by locally based VestaNova Architecture, Lumen will be distinguished by floor-to-ceiling southern-facing windows, Electrolux Energy Star® qualified appliances (Viking in the penthouse), Moen and Kohler fixtures, white quartz countertops, Elfa storage systems, modern white full overlay cabinetry, and white oak hardwood flooring. Most of the homes will have private outdoor terraces or balconies. 

Like other Community Three developments, Lumen provides an extensive array of sustainable features such as a green roof, low-E windows and doors, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and high-efficiency lighting and HVAC systems. UIP General Contracting, Inc. is employing a variety of resource-conserving construction practices including local materials sourcing, recycling and salvaging construction waste and demolition debris, and more.

And then there’s the irreplaceable location. The dizzying array of entertainment, shopping, and dining destinations just outside Lumen’s door includes Kapnos and G by Mike Isabella, Pearl Dive, Ted’s Bulletin, Le Diplomate, Barcelona, Lupo Verde , Policy, Studio and Source Theaters, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Room & Board, and Shinola, to name a few. 

Having achieved record sell-out pace for his most recent condominium project, Centrie, Grant Epstein of Community Three Development is excited to “fill the gap” that previously existed on the northwest corner of 14th and W Streets. Lumen incorporates the façade of a restored two-story commercial townhouse. The remainder of the site had been used as a parking lot for the past 50 years. 
“The 14th Street corridor renaissance has proven good urban-oriented design can resurrect long-dilapidated areas and create a solid foundation for community progress,” Epstein remarked. “Working closely with the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office and local neighborhood groups, Community Three employed a design strategy that reinvigorates the site and complements the surrounding architectural fabric.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CITYCENTERDC: First Lady Desserts for July 4 at RareSweets

Pastry chef and RareSweets owner, Meredith Tomason, will offer a variety of First Lady inspired sweets this 4th of July from lemon bars to fudge to angel food cake to chocolate chip cookies. See below for the line-up, along with a special 4th of July "BBQ Dessert Essentials Kit", perfect for barbecues and cook-outs this Independence Day. 

RareSweets will be closed on July 4th, but the below offerings will be available between June 29 and July 3rd.

Lady Bird Johnson's Lemon Bars $2.50. Lady Bird Johnson was known to serve a lemon bar recipe popular in her native Texas. This RareSweets version has the prefect balance of tart and sweet. 

Mamie Eisenhower's Chocolate Fudge $6 per pack. Inspired by the first lady's "Million Dollar Fudge" recipe, Tomason's version adds a bittersweet twist to a popular classic.

Eleanor Roosevelt's Angel Food Cake $5 per slice or $40 for a whole cake with mixed berry compote. Inspired by the book "Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride," this light and airy summery dessert is a perfect fit for Independence Day. Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart were good friends who shared a love for flying, and were known to have flown together in April of 1933, from Washington DC to Baltimore. The book ends with a recipe for angel food cake, a nod to the clouds they flew threw together. 

Hillary Clinton's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies $2 The former first lady was known for her award-winning chocolate chip cookies, which were pitted against those of another former first lady, Laura Bush. She often baked these with daughter, Chelsea, and the recipe was an inspiration for this Independence Day

4th of July BBQ Dessert Essentials Kit: Includes 6 Lemon Bars, 6 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, 1 8-inch Blueberry Nutmeg Cake: $65.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PALISADES: Master Sommelier Dinner at BlackSalt with Jackson Family Estates - July 8th

Master Sommeliers Lead Seven Course “Sommelier Smackdown” Wine Dinner with Jackson Family Estates at BlackSalt.
On Wednesday, July 8, BlackSalt will partner with Jackson Family Estates to host a seven-course wine dinner featuring dishes from BlackSalt Chef Mike Huff and wines from the Jackson portfolio. Leading the tasting will be two educators from Jackson Family Estates, Thomas Price and Emily Papach, both holders of Master Sommelier certificates; the highest distinction in the global wine industry (there are only 234 Master Sommeliers in the world).

Thomas and Emily will each choose their own pairings for the seven-course meal, which includes seasonal highlights from Chef Huff such as soft shell crabs and other seafood dishes including oysters and Spanish turbot. Guests will enjoy both pairings with each course, and at the end of dinner a vote will determine the crowd favorite declaring either Thomas or Emily the winner. 

Jackson Family Estates carries wine from the world’s leading producing regions including Bordeaux, Tuscany, Willamette Valley and others. The wine dinner menu features: 

Coromandel Oyster
Italian Ossetra Caviar, Cucumber Mignonette

Japanese Hiramasa Sashimi
Fresh Wasabi, Pickled Local Melon, Radish

Crispy Soft Shell Crab
Corn Risotto, Sweet Peas, Smoked Guanciale

Spanish Turbot
House Gnocchi, Wild Mushrooms, Shaved White Truffle

Beef Duo
Roasted Barrel of Ribeye, Braised Deckle, Baby Vegetables, Red Wine Jus

Pecorino Oro Antico Cheese
Local Honey, Toasted Hazelnuts, Grilled Bread

Assorted House Made Cookies by Pastry Chef Susan Wallace

A welcome reception starts at 6:30, and dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. Reservations require a credit card hold and dinner will be $145 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations email or call 202-342-9101.

BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant is located at 4883 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007. 

The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

For more information, reservations, or to check fish market availability, please call the restaurant directly at (202) 342-9101 or visit

GUEST BLOG: Mapping Washington DC Outdoor Art - Expanded (Lots of Photo's)

[Badwolf] Here is Michael Antonucci's latest Update to the "Mapping Washington DC's Outdoor Art" which has become a DC phenom. With your help and Michaels hard work, this update has increased the number of mapped locations to over 250.
For those already using the Map, its an update that will add to the existing map/link. For those who have not tried it yet go here and check it out.

This, amongst other things, is a crowdsourcing project, so let Michael know if you find something not yet on the Map.


[Michael Antonucci]

Glad to have received such a great response on the updates so far. I'm going to be teaching in Austin for the next few weeks, so I'll depend on crowdsourcing for updates and additions.

I've added a bunch of new stuff; the map has over 250 locations, and I think they're all still accurate.

A few highlights:

1. The Georgetown Cliff

Georgetown's not the most promising venue for street art; high property values and a purse-clutching neighborhood association conspire to keep most everything sterile, including walls.

A ledge above the Key Bridge boathouse is a notable exception, though. If you don't mind lawbreaking and some risk to your personal safety, you'll see both a great view of the Potomac and accumulated years of graffiti.

2. Georgetown Garage Murals

One of the garages behind Sweetgreen houses a set of three Lichtenstein-ish pieces. The chain of ownership isn't clear, but they appear to be fragments of a larger piece made by Faile for a 2006 exhibition.

It's a weird placement, but it works. Concrete and fluorescent lights make the comic book images even more stark and dramatic.

3. Klingle Road Bridge

Klingle Road's a disused arterial road running east-west under Connecticut Avenue. Decades of neglect and placement under a huge bridge makes this a graffiti artist's dream. Art covers both sides of the bridge,

any nearby surfaces,
and even extends into the bridge's interior. The bridge itself is open and appears occupied, apparently since at least 2014. When I visited, a vase of fresh cut roses was directly in front of the bridge entrance. There's no natural light source, so bring a flashlight if you intend to venture inside.

If you do go inside, remember that this seems to be someone's home, and they don't have the highest housekeeping standards.

4. Maiorana Sculpture Garden

For years, engineer and sculptor Charlie Maiorana has used the front yard of his home at 4318 Fessenden NW as a display venue some of for his work. In the process, his house has become "something of a local roadside attraction." Guests are invited to step onto the lawn and take pictures.

5. Storey Park Paint Jam

I mapped this previously, but there's a wreck of new art, painted within the past few days. Works by Cita Sadelia aka Chelove , Rose Jaffe aka RoseInk, Eric B. Ricks, and others pictured.

5. Benning Road Bridge Tagging Arena

This location's features an unusual hidden gallery. If you're willing to scale a high barbed wire fence, this is a great spot for you. I saw the way in, since there's a break in the barbed wire perimeter. I took my pics through a fence, though - I'm neither athletic nor daring enough. Several artists have, though, which deserves a shout out for pure athleticism - it's like the graffiti decathlon.

6. Anacostia Freeway Graffiti Paradise

Train tracks and highway bridges are graffiti magnets. When the two meet, there's a paint explosion. The rail line underneath the Anacostia Freeway sports an host of colorful tags, pictures, and even old work from some of the bigger names in aboveground DC street art.

It's also legally accessible, unlike many above locations. Take the Anacostia Riverwalk trail.

[Badwolf] This is just a taste of what's been added to the can spend a few hours just going through it - and be amazed

All photographs copyright Michael Antonucci