Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MVT: Eye Street Cellars Tasting Schedule for This Friday and Saturday

Eye Street Cellars continue to have regular weekly tasting' is the Tasting Schedule for this week.
This weekend provides a tasty schedule, of Wine's, Beers, and Spirits,  so get over there and check it out.

Schedule for this week:
Friday, October 24
5:00 - 8:00 pm


Pelissero Barbaresco Nubiola 2009

Il Baciale Monferrato Rosso 2011
Sant Elena Sauvignon 2009
Soligo Frizzante Prosecco

Saturday, October 25

4:00 - 7:00 pm


Mitravelas Estate Nemea Agiorgitiko 2011

Mitravelas Red On Black Nemea Agiorgitiko 2013
Malagouzia Antonopoulos 2012
Adoli Ghis Antonopoulos 2012

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Devils Backbone Brewing Company of Virginia

Vienna Lager / Schwartz Bier / Eight Point IPA

Get a Free Bottle of Wine!!  
Every Sunday with every purchase above $20
Badwolfdc will continue to post the tasting schedule each week (its oh so worth a visit)


Asurface: a New Concept in Shopping for 'Surfaces' Opening in Colombia Heights

There is a soft opening happening in Colombia Heights on the 29th October, that will attract people looking for Tile, Glass, Terrazzo's, Cement Tiles and Wood. Asurface, a brand new concept, not only to DC but the United States as well.
 "Asurface DC is a boutique showroom incorporating the concept of a lounge; architects, designers, developers and contractors can choose their product of choice in a comfortably, implicit way. An innovative approach in providing architectural products for architects and designers interested in exploring creative solutions. Asurface eliminates the uncomfortable experience of being overwhelmed with aisles of samples and product suggestions, and replaces that with a comfortable atmosphere where guests discover the products through their own curiosity.
Incorporating the approach of a boutique or lounge, guests enter to find distinctly designed interior spaces providing comfortable seating, tables, and bars, integrating the products carried by that location. It is here where he or she will find product menus amongst magazines and may also discover subtle product samples through their own inquiry."
Rendering Courtesy Asurface

Asurface is located in Columbia Heights, at 500 Irving Street NW.  
Because of the unique shopping experience offered, please call ahead for an appointment (yes it is by  appointment only
Telephone Number is  267-346-5461

Colleen Conrad Joins Pearl Dive Oyster Palace as Executive Chef

Washington. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is pleased to announce a new executive chef, Colleen Conrad, who joins the restaurant from its sister establishment, Republic in Takoma Park, where she worked as sous chef, alongside co-owner and executive chef Danny Wells.

Conrad, who has come up through the ranks of Black Restaurant Group, starting out as a junior sous chef at Pearl Dive, and working her way to opening sous chef at Republic, has a strong commitment to quality sourcing and letting ingredients shine on the plate. After a semester abroad immersing herself in the food culture of Seville, Spain, Conrad decided to switch academic focus and enroll in the culinary program at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, NC.

Her food philosophy is simple: use the best quality, properly raised ingredients, and handle them with respect. She emphasizes the immense care that she and the rest of the kitchen staff have for the products they utilize, often going on staff field trips to the farms where they source their products.

Since joining Pearl Dive this fall, Conrad has worked to add her personal touch to the menu, and recently debuted several new dishes on the dinner menu, including:
  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with fall greens, pickled red onion, smoked Marcona almonds, Benton’s ham, Meyer lemon vinaigrette, Creole mustard crème fraîche ($11)
  • Coriander and Panko Crusted Fluke with jicama and apple slaw (jicama, apple, jalapeno, orange, lime, cilantro, fennel tops) fennel and sunchoke purée, roasted fall vegetables ($26)
  • Wood Grilled Market Fish with roasted cauliflower, snow peas, and seared mushrooms, served over a smoked paprika and sweet onion cream sauce, and fines herbes ($25)
  • Whole Wood Grilled Bradford Bay Farms Black Bass with confit sweet potatoes, sautéed winter greens, spicy peanut sauce ($26)
The full dinner menu can be seen here:

In the coming weeks, Conrad will be adding dishes to the restaurant’s popular brunch menu. 
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is located at 1612 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.
Pearl Dive will now accept reservations from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., seven days a week, and also offer valet parking service Monday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. The cost is $12 per vehicle.

Condo's at 2030 8th Street NW Now Available for Purchase

 Washington DC – The JBG Companies and Walton Street Capital are excited to announce the commencement of sales at an iconic building in the North End of Shaw neighborhood. The mixed-use residential and retail project is located at 2030 8th Street, NW and features 62 residences offering dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the city. Building amenities include ground floor restaurants, public and private rooftop terraces, a fitness center and a resident lounge.
The building features one and two bedroom residences with over nine-foot ceilings, and interior design finishes paying homage to the structure’s commercial past – when it served as a plumbing supply warehouse. Prices range from the upper $300s to $1.9 million. Floor plans, features and renderings are now available on the 2030 8th Street website:
Interior finishes will be a study in cool, contemporary design incorporating natural finished, hardwood floors, custom cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Bathrooms will be appointed with floating vanities, floor to ceiling porcelain tile surrounds and full-width mirrors.
The building was designed by the New York-based firm, Morris Adjmi Architects, which has recently completed a number of prestigious projects in Tribeca, SoHo and the Gansevoort Market Historic District in New York, including the distinctive High Line Building and 837 Washington.

Residences at 2030 8th Street are being sold by McWilliams/Ballard; consultations are scheduled by appointment only through email: or by phone: 202-792-8880. For more information on the Atlantic Plumbing mixed-use residential and retail development, please visit: or on Facebook: and Twitter: @2030AP.

3 Day's of Fun Planned by Republic for Halloween Weekend

There are some fun Halloween events planned at  Republic in Takoma Park. They will host, throughout Halloween weekend,  three days of festive food and drink specials and live music. It all starts on Thursday, October 30th with a Belgian Americain Beer Dinner; continues on Friday, October 31st with a Pirate Party complete with live music from One Word and Tony Grasso, a costume contest and a rum cocktail called the "zombie killer"; Closing out the weekend The Day of the Dead brunch on Saturday, November 1st with live music from The Moon and You as well as mezcal specials, churros, tostados and a day of the dead burger.    

 Here are the full details:

Thursday October 30: Belgian Americain Beer Dinner
Chef Danny Wells and Bar Manager and Cicerone Brett Robison will collaborate on a "Belgian Americain" (an homage to the space's previous tenant, Video Americain) beer dinner, at 7pm. The beverage pairings will be all local beers on tap, made in Belgian style, selected by Robison, and paired with Chef Wells' seasonal menu (below). 
The prix fixe dinner is $75 per person. Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 301.270.3000

Belgian Americain Beer Dinner
Port City- Optimal Wit
Barren Island Oysters with Green Apple Mignonette
Brewers Art- Harlequins Cap
Blue Shell Mussels with Peachy Mama Peppers
Denizens –Third Party Triple
Grilled Haloumi with Loukániko sausage
Flying Dog - Raging Bitch
Braised Pork Belly, spicy red chili paste, roasted eggplant
Jail Break- Van Dammit
Maryland Pheasant Confit, Cherry Gastrique, Roasted Sunchokes
DC Brau- Ghouls Night Out Quad
Pear and Blue Cheese Tart, Sea Salt & Star Anise Caramel
Friday October 31: Pirate Party with Live Music and Costume Contest 
On Halloween, Republic will deck out the restaurant for a pirate-themed Halloween evening featuring live music from Tony Grasso and One Word starting at 10pm. All are welcome, with no cover charge, and a costume contest will begin at 10:45 p.m. All in costume will automatically be entered, and the band will select the winner, who will receive a $250 gift card to Republic, with the runner up receiving a $50 gift card to Republic. Bar manager Brett Robison will be serving up "Zombie Killers" a rum-based punch cocktail with house-made alcoholic gummy worm garnishes, in addition to a lineup of special Belgian-style beers on tap.

Saturday, November 1st: Day of the Dead Hangover Brunch 
During Republic's Saturday brunch, from 11:00am to 2:30pm, there will be live music from acoustic duo, The Moon and You, and an array of drink specials. Mezcal shots will be served with orange wedges and chili salt for $8, a twist on the restaurant's popular wood-grilled charred bloody marys with house-made arbol and guajillo pepper chili paste with mezcal will be available for $10, and 'beermosas' made with Port City Optimal Wit will cost $8. The popular slow smoked pork tostadas with spicy black beans and avocado ($16) and churros with espresso dulce de leche ($5) will also be available, in addition to a special Day of the Dead burger made with Smith Meadows farm beef with a fried egg and smothered with a spicy pepper sofrito on a brioche bun from Chef Danny Wells.
Republic is located four blocks from the Takoma Park Metro Station, at 6939 Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, Md., 20912.

PAUL Offering Special Trick or Treats for Halloween

Paul, the bakery, is offering special products for the Halloween/Fall at all 6 locations in DC, plus if you show up at one of the DC locations in costume on Halloween you can snag a special treat...check it all out below;

PAUL brings you special Trick or Treats for Halloween / Fall!

With Fall now upon us, and Halloween just a few weeks away, PAUL is embracing the season with special breads and pastries to help you celebrate! In France, we’re not typically accustomed to celebrating Halloween, but here in the US, it’s one of our favorite holidays!

Our chef has concocted a ghoulish treat for the occasion: our Millefeuille Pécan, a Napoleon filled with pecan cream and topped with a chocolate spider web to put you and your family in a spooky mood! Our trick is: “How can you resist?”

And on HALLOWEEN DAY, we encourage all Trick or Treater’s to stop by ALL of our Bakeries! If you show up in Costume, we’ll give you a special treat!

The following items are in store from the middle of October into November:

Surprise your guests with delicious bread made especially for the fall season.
Cranberry Twisted Bread $1.95
Cranberry Brioche $2.95 small; $5.45 large
Cranberry Bread $4.80

Croissant Noisette $3.60
Our iconic croissant enhanced with hazelnut cream & glaze

Millefeuille Pécan
A Napoleon of crispy puff pastry encases a pecan cream, and topped with a yummy mix of white & coffee fondants covered by a chocolate spider web! $5.45 single slice
Also available in larger portions of: 4 slices: $19.95, 6 slices: $29.95, 9 slices: $43.95, & 12 slices: $54.95

Éclair Pécan $4.95
Our crispy choux pastry éclair filled with a pecan cream.

Tartelette Pécan $5.45 individual serving
Tartelette Pécan $19.95 for 7 inch size.
Our sweet pastry shell filled with pecans & our homemade mix, available
in 2 flavors: Cranberry or Chocolate Chips

Tartelette Citrouille $4.95 individual serving
Tarte pumpkin $16.95 for 7 inch size.
It is all about pumpkin…. Our French version of the iconic Pumpkin Pie! Pumpkin lovers, here you go!

Try our Orange Spice Latte & dream about your Halloween costume!

Orders can be taken with a 24 hour notice either at your favorite PAUL bakery or over the phone or via email to:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quick Shots #86: Halloween Fun Comes to 10th Street NW

Did this last year, but its so fun, that I thought I would put out this years version...this is on the 1200 block of 10th Street NW...if you are walking along the block just look up (opposite Blagden Alley entrance)
Just good fun at Halloween......