Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
But whatever, we went to brunch at The Heights - as usual. For a snowmageddon day, Columbia Heights is bustling! The Heights was seriously bumpin'. We were able to grab some bar seats and sample two of the new menu items.
On the way back we thought we might hit Target, having heard it was open. But whoa! Half of DC was at DCUSA and Target and Bed Bath & Beyond had CLOSED! Also, we hear the gym closed earlier, too. Payless was open. And Chipotle. And Starbucks. Not sure about Radiance MediSpa, but if you miss your botox appointment you can just do what I did and try making a face imprint in the snow. Or don't... I still can't feel my left cheek.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Also in pizza news, the PoP has the scoop on possible RedRocks and Pete's expansion: http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2009/12/red-rocks-and-petes-apizza-to-open-more-in-more-locations/
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Friday Friday Friday!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
this one for instance. It recently appeared on 14th Street by the CH
metro stop heading north. This is one way to make people actually
park at DCUSA. Have you seen any others?
Monday, December 7, 2009
follow, btw), is hosting a Good Beer Tasting at the Red Derby on
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8 pm.
For just $20, the tasting will feature eight beers in four side-by-
side comparisons and will take place in the back by the pool table.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Just stop by the Red Derby (3718
14th St. NW) any day this week to get your ticket. Remember the bar is
Still need convincing? Orr sums it up best: "it's going to be really
fun and informal, kind of like an ideal night at Derby plus good beer."
Sunday, December 6, 2009
But - Commonwealth is showing Georgia Tech - Clemson. RedRocks only has one (or two) TVs. The Heights usually has one on sports and one on news, but it's not a good place to watch football. I would have to head to Solly's or Nellie's to have any hope of catching my game (or of course - hit the Husker bar all the way over on Capitol Hill, love the Union Pub and their cheap Bud Light!). But - I can't really get to U Street in the break halftime allows.
So... I'll just stay home and drink my free beer and yell, "SSSSUUUHHH!" at my own personal TV. But I'm just saying - if we did indeed have a Columbia Heights Sports Bar, I'd totally go spend money there RIGHT NOW.
Oh shit - Texas just scored. And I have to yell at the TV in private!
Friday, December 4, 2009
We Love DC hands out neighborhood superlatives. Columbia Heights is named "Easiest Neighborhood to Live In Without a Car."
Washington Business Journal reports that Columbia Heights will lose its Target bragging rights for December. Georgetown is set to get a Target To-Go pop-up store for the holiday shopping season.
Same goes for our Pete's Apizza bragging rights. They will be announcing a second location soon.
The Washingtonian Best Bites blog (and others) are super excited (me too!) for today's opening of Cork Market on 14th Street.
Brightest Young Things is hosting a space fantasy New Year's Eve party. Can I go as a Cylon?
Vote for your fave DC sweetest things in Daily Candy's year-end poll. However, come January 1, 2010 the DC edition will be no longer.
Yay, Taylor Gourmet is now on Twitter.
DCist has owned the Butterstick beat since the little guy was just a tiny panda fetus. And now he is leaving us.
In addition to making their donation and taking time to give back to those less fortunate, attendees will enjoy a 20% discount on all purchases, hors d'ouevres from CommonWealth Gastropub and sip champagne from Barefoot Bubbly, as they browse the best shoes of the season at Kassie Rempel's SimplySoles.com showroom. Courage for Kids is inviting their supporters to contribute to this worthy cause. This is the true spirit of the season.
The event is complimentary, however attendees should bring a new toy or make a donation to Courage for Kids.
1438 Park Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
longer 24 hours. The new hours are 6 am to Midnight. I noticed this
when waiting for the bus this morning. Did this start today because
it's the first of the month, or have I been oblivious to the sign? Let
us know in the comments below.
While I rarely stop by the CVS anymore it did allow for some fun late-
night shopping trips like 3 am mac 'n cheese.
Monday, November 30, 2009
We'll have guest tap Brooklyn Winter Ale, a Scotch-style Ale (think dark rich and malty) on draft while it lasts. From 8:30 to 10 pm Scottish gin Hendrick's will be offering free samples and free shoeshines! We'll also have Scotch whiskey and cocktail specials from Compass Box and we'll declare the winner of the Highland Bitters Scottish Cocktail Smackdown. Will the Mel Gibson (Hendrick's Martini with house-made Highland Bitters and a house-pickled onion) or the Liam Neeson (Compass Box Asyla with sweet and dry vermouth and house-made Highland Bitters) emerge victorious.
Next week on Tuesday, Dec. 8 the Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association will be hosting a block captain training session for the neighborhood watch program. To RSVP, please e-mail email@example.com by Sunday, December 6. More information about the neighborhood watch is available from MPD.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Do you have your eye on a great deal at Best Buy on Friday? Or just need to run to Target to get some toilet paper? Either way, save your receipts and head over to CommonWealth. On Friday, November 27 only you can get a free 16 oz. pint or dessert with the purchase of a lunch or dinner entrée. All you have to do is show your receipt from Target, Best Buy, or Bed Bath & Beyond from earlier that day.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
quite strict - wifi policy? I haven't been to the coffee shop in the
past week, so I was surprised to see it's new laptop rules. It seems
like an extreme step to take in today's computer & coffee lifestyle.
Let's see how long this one lasts ...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
I was checking out some local real estate and came across some great copy for condos around 11th Street / Pleasant Plains. The agent for this one-bedroom at 907 Euclid writes that the place is "a few blocks from the new 11th St party zone." And this two-bedroom at 11th and Columbia has a "great location on that trendy part of 11th. .. wonderland bar, hot rocks pizza, new wine bar plus more."
So maybe this is why I encountered yet another line at the Wonderland last week. Hype from real estate agents. Do you have another great example of Columbia Heights real estate hyperbole? Post it in the comments.
Once again the paper takes misguided look at Columbia Heights. It was a just a few months ago that the WaPo jovially wrote: "Columbia Heights is still edgy. A few blocks from the Target, semi-permanent police cars monitor the muggings and shootings that still happen ..." And as today's headlines states, the neighborhood does indeed have some ways to go. So why doesn't the newspaper make an effort to use its award-winner editorial staff to take a real look at Columbia Heights, rather than skirt around the issue of how the boom of gentrification is affecting a one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods.
The Prince of Petworth posted a letter from local ANC commissioner Cliff Valenti, who rightfully addresses the problems with Dvorak's column:
Your column today would have been really good if it wasn't for the intentional deception you added at the end to portray newcomers as shallow self-absorbed yuppies. PrinceofPetworth's blog had a section dedicated to this murder where people listed all sorts of ways they are involved in trying to reduce crime, but your article referenced a separate issue about service at a coffee bar as if it was related to this event.
Never before have I lived in an area where newcomers and old timers alike are working together so hard to improve a community. Some of the same people who frequent coffee bars are working with groups like Mentoring Works, In the Streets, and DC Youth Power Network. In this area of Ward 1 black/white rich/poor are working together in a lot of creative ways to improve life for everyone living here, rather than move out to the suburbs where they can live in peaceful bliss. I really resent that you chose to lay insult to our diverse community rather than explore the positive ways people are working to improve the situation around here.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Do you think the new civic plaza can be more than just a cool fountain and weird light poles? Then attend a planning meeting hosted by the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace team. This Saturday they are having a planning meeting to discuss:
- a Columbia Heights Farmers Market
- programming for the civic plaza
- maintenance and upkeep
- fundraising opportunities
The group's goal is to have a Farmers Market and other programs in the civic plaza set by Spring 2010.
Saturday, November 21
10 am – 12 pm
The former SCORE space next to Ritas
CH civic plaza, 14th / Kenyon / Park
Well that's called The Passenger now and it's re-opening as such tomorrow, just down the Green Line by Mt. Vernon Square.
It still looks a lot like the Warehouse - same general configuration, same bar. It's definitely received a face-lift and the back area of the space will soon be a new addition designed to look like a rail car.
The drink menu has a range of wine by the glass (broad range of prices), beer (Pils, Arrogant Bastard, Bells and more) and a couple of specialty cocktails (which you can buy by the pitcher at $40 a pop). One of the gin punch variety which was very popular and another incuded egg whites - the sherry flip. I'm not sure I want egg in my drink - a little too sweet and tangy, but the proseco I sampled was excellent and if you like the protein with your booze, you can get it here.
The highlight for me wasn't the drink menu - it was the food... which I guess is bar food with a twist? The kimchi hot dogs ($7) Moroccan almonds ($3 a bowl) and paninis ($10 including chips) were delish. Worth checking out with the added bonus of green line convenience.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Countdown Columbia Heights: Best Boozy Concoctions
5. Bottomless Mimosa, Red Rocks: So what if the French are offended by the very idea of the Mimosa? It's bottomless, people!
4. Red Pill/Blue Pill, Wonderland: Does Wonderland still make these? Because they used to - and they were NEVER a good idea.
3. Jack-O-Bite, Commonwealth: Strongbow hard cider + pumpkin ale and a few spices on top. Fabulous for the Fall.
2. Bloody Mary, The Heights: Hair of the dog, guys. On Saturdays, ask for the Dalton Special.
1. Glogg, Room 11: This warm mulled wine with spice, almonds and raisins is the perfect pairing for a chilly night on the patio.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Chief Lanier and Mayor Fenty--who were both on the scene-- stated that there are persons in custody.
MDP was out in force in the neighborhood, it being an All Hands on Deck weekend. Police were on the scene immediately.
More information will be available soon.
Our hearts and prayers go the family. I have sent messages that my office is prepared to do we can to help.
Sincerely, Councilmember Jim Graham
Then, we were walking home down 14th street after 11PM and saw a massive police presence and crime scene tape closing off 14th from Irving to Columbia. Channel 7 news was on the scene. It looked like they were starting to remove the crime scene tape to re-open the road as we walked by.
And here is the WUSA story: http://www.wusa9.com/rss/local_article.aspx?storyid=93710. WJLA was still on the scene interviewing folks as of about 11:30PM.
The sign is shining bright, the menu is up, and we only have to be taunted by burrito dreams for about another month.
Random aside on Chipotle - my favorite thing about New York's calorie labeling laws is the Chipotle menu. Because you can customize so much at Chipotle - they just post ranges next to any item. And so if you look at the burrito, for example, it says something like 150 (if you just get the shell?) to 3,000. Or the burrito bowl of like 10 calories (if you just get lettuce?) to 1,500.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
quiet mind is happy to present our recent graduates from the YogaWorks teacher training program, while supporting causes close to our hearts. for the next month, we will be supporting a local charity, martha's table (14th and v street). martha's table's mission is to help at-risk children, youth, families and individuals in our community improve their lives by providing educational programs, food, clothing, and enrichment opportunities.
join us for a one-hour class with our recent teacher training grads!
I want to thank those that called and wrote my office yesterday regarding
street sweeping and tickets.
Here is what we know. There was much confusion caused by the Dept. of
Public Works' quick decision to suspend street sweeping last Friday. This
resulted in very little warning to residents as there was only one
announcement of the decision.
This week, tickets were issued to residents who moved their cars to comply
with sweeping regulations unaware that cleaning was suspended. In all of
these cases, residents receiving tickets lived on streets where parking was
allowed on one side only, except on days of street cleaning. I requested and
received assurance that the Dept. of Public Works will review and dismiss
such tickets. Only tickets issued for violating a date and time restricted
zone connected to the same day of street cleaning will be rescinded.
If you have received such a ticket, please contact Ms. Nancee Lyons at the
Dept. of Public Works for help. Send the ticket information to
Bests, Jim Graham
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Also, since tomorrow is a federal holiday, there is no parking enforcement or trash and recycling pick-up.
Open Bar Happy Hour to Benefit Tubman Elementary School
Local 16, 1602 U St. NW (Metro: U St.)
(Federal employees: Veterans Day holiday tomorrow!)
$20 minimum donation (cash only)
At Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Columbia Heights, 87% of students are in poverty, and only 42% of students are reading on grade level. Reading All-Stars is a new volunteer reading program at the school—in addition to weekly one-on-one reading sessions with the kids, volunteers are doing a variety of parent outreach, greening, and other projects to help transform Tubman into a full-service community school. Proceeds from the event will be used for books, school supplies, and educational programs at the school. For more information, visit: http://www.grassrootseducationdc.org/2009/07/announcing-the-grassroots-education-project/
Sunday, November 8, 2009
"...the building's developer, Metro Properties Inc., hasn't rented enough apartments to pay the bills. The company was served a foreclosure notice in October from one of its lenders, New York-based iStar FM Loans. And in a sign of how the economy still hasn't kicked the crutch of the housing market, the problems are still going up the ladder: iStar FM is also in danger of a cash shortage.
The result is that the Allegro Apartments, the largest apartment building in Columbia Heights, is headed to auction Nov. 18. Alex Cooper Auctioneers ran advertisement listing it Friday."
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Australian wines from 5 to 8 pm. Wineries represented at the tasting
to include Puppeteer, Gotham, and Stalking Horse and all will be
available to purchase by the glass. Also be sure to try some
Australian small bites from Room 11 Chef/Partner Ben Gilligan.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Pumpkins on the Plaza
Saturday, October 31
11am to 2pm
(Costume judging at 1:30)
Columbia Heights Civic Plaza
14th Street and Kenyon Street and Park Road NW
Celebrate Halloween with Columbia Heights Community Marketplace Committee and Giant. Join us on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza for free face painting, Halloween arts and crafts station, costume contest with a $100 Giant Gift Card for the winner, and pumpkins for sale.
Full details are here.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Lots of turnout yesterday for the unveiling of our very own Columbia Heights Heritage Trail. The Civic Plaza was full of booths with info from Cultural Tourism DC and others.
The entertainment started early and folks enjoyed some dancers while waiting for the formal program.
The afternoon activities were rained on, but it's sunny today so you can check out the trail on your own.
Friday, October 23, 2009
You can check out the event's facebook listing here.
Or read our previous coverage of it on here.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The goals: Avoid the awkward, keep it light.
Countdown Columbia Heights: <3 <3 <3 Best First Date Spots <3 <3 <3
5. The Heights - If you can dine outside, The Heights is an excellent option. Also good for a brunch first date.
4. Tynan Coffee & Tea - If you need a quickie - hit Tynan not Starbucks. Why? Because Tynan serves booze.
3. Red Rocks - Red Rocks is just good enough that you'll enjoy it, and just bland enough to make it stress-free.
2. Commonwealth - It's dark here. Dark is always good. So is beer.
1. Room 11 - Wine, good desserts, cozy without pretension, priced to avoid pressure.
Bonus section! The "what ifs..."
What if your date is ugly? Ruby Tuesdays - nobody will catch you.
What if your date is shy? Wonderland or Red Derby - a few rounds will get 'em talking.
What if your date is awful? Emergency errand, run to Target and hide.
What if your date is broke? Julia's Empanadas by the fountain.
What if your date is vegan? No, don't go to Sticky Fingers. Go home. It won't work unless you're also vegan.
(...and now I will wait for that person who LOVES red meat and also LOVES a vegan to chime in via the comments section...)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
@petes_newhaven CONFIRMED: Pres Obama to host small bz mtg @ Treasury @ 1:30; Pres expected to mention Pete's; Tom & Joel attending. TUNE TO C-SPAN at 1:30!
This is a tale about a bus called the Circulator. A little more than six months ago the new Circulator loop which connected Woodley Park, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, the 14th Street corridoor, and McPherson Square opened and it was good. It could take me to work, take me home from work, and was a great option to have on the weekends. Sitting backwards was sometimes weird but the giant back window was always fascinating. Then Columbia Heights became an awful construction zone again, and the Circulator was caught in it all.
So now, as a regular rider who uses the Circulator for my commute, I have started to see an unfortunate habit developing among Circulator bus drivers heading east on Irving St. NW. They no longer pick-up passengers at the designated stop!
Because of the general traffic in the mornings, there is often a back-up at 14th and Irving streets. While Metro buses wait to advance to the H2 / H4 / H8 stop, Circulator drivers are instead dropping off and picking up passengers at least 50 feet before the actual corner stop. This is causing a great inconvenience for a Columbia Heights rider, like myself. There have been mornings where I patiently waited at the designated stop only to have bus drivers give me grief when I ask them why did they almost drove right by me (and other waiting riders).
And then there are mornings such as today in which I followed the crowd and got on the bus a little past Commonwealth. The Circulator stopped further up the street because there was a H4 bus and cars in front of it. However, the Circulator then stopped three more times to pick up passengers before it turned right on 14th Street. As the bus continued down 14th Street, it stopped right at the bus shelters at the U Street and P Street intersections.
DC Circulator needs to remind its bus drivers to drop-off and pick-up passengers at the designated stops. Has anyone else encountered this problem?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The space was a lot bigger than I had expected. It's bright, open and comfortable with different types of seating - tables, comfy chairs, a laptop friendly area.
The staff was really friendly and my drink was excellent - I couldn't decide between espresso or hot cocoa, so I went for the mocha. They made it extra hot since it was chilly and rainy out. I didn't try any of the food items - but the menu isn't small. Breakfast options include quiche and waffles, lunch boasts a long list of sandwiches and wraps - like lemon pepper tuna and roasted turkey & havarti, and they also have salads, chili, hummus, pastries, bagels and fruit. They also have beer, wine, and spirits to spike your coffee.
The drink prices seemed to be Starbucks-ish. My drink was just more than $4 for a medium. More than I'd like to pay, but I liked Tynan enough that I'll probably pay it fairly often.
I had a seat and did some reading. Others were chatting or on their computers. The only complaint I've heard so far is that you have to renew your wireless code every hour (probably keeps the neighbors from stealing bandwidth), and when someone I know inquired for the new code - she was told that the owner preferred you buy something every hour. It seems reasonable to avoid people camping out on a $1.25 coffee drink, but also not terribly friendly for opening weekend.
They are open 8AM - 8PM on weekends and 6:30AM - 8PM on weekdays (I wish it was later). You can visit them online here: http://www.tynancoffeeandtea.com/.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Book sale in the neighborhood this weekend. The details:
Great books at great prices! Saturday, Oct. 17--10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Columbia Heights Educational Campus used book, DVD and CD sale at 3101 16th Street (corner of 16th and Irving Sts. NW--5 blocks north of Meridian Hill Park). Proceeds to benefit Lincoln Middle School and Bell Multicultural High School (named by Newsweek as one of the top 100 public high schools in the nation). The campus is a block west of the Columbia Heights Metro stop, and we'll have free parking in the underground garage at the school. Garage is on Hiatt Place, just around the corner from Irving behind the Columbia Heights Shopping Center. Come do some early holiday shopping for a great cause to help the library and literacy programs and to purchase LCD projectors.
Bests Councilmember Jim Graham
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
For the purposes of this list, I didn't count places I consider "coffee shops."
So now it's time for another COUNTDOWN COLUMBIA HEIGHTS: Best Fast Food.
5. The Uptowner Cafe - For sandwiches that don't look like they were hit by a truck (cough cough - Subway).
4. Julia's Empanadas - Baked pockets full of delicious.
3. Chipotle - Ok, so it hasn't opened yet. Whatever, even closed it beats anywhere else.
2. Five Guy's - Because you always know where the potatoes came from.
1. Pete's Apizza - It may not be the fastest, but it's by FAR the best.
Disagree? Share your dissension in the comments section.
The usual Thursday night pub quiz at Looking Glass has now moved to TUESDAY, starting today. The Quizmaster of Georgia Avenue will still be on hand, hosting as always.
You can also now keep up with the Quizmaster, host of Looking Glass and Commonwealth's trivia nights, on Facebook. Check him out here.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
But! The good news is that it's not that hard to find food in the neighborhood and stick by these rules the book ("In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan) convinced me to follow.
Mt. Pleasant Farmer's Market
This is obviously the best choice for locally grown and organic. The amazing thing is that while some food is way more expensive - $9 for a pound of arugula - other food can be cheaper here than at the grocery store. Honey crisp apples, for example, are up to $.25 a pound cheaper here if you find the right booth.
I also bought this awesome looking orange head of cauliflower and didn't have time to cook it for about a week. It stayed good AND I was able to turn it into an awesome puree (microwave steamed cauliflower, a few tablespoons of organic butter, sea salt, one clove chopped garlic, two grinds pepper, all tossed in the blender).
Our local supermarket has a surprisingly good amount of organic options. The organic stuff definitely costs more - about a $1 more for most single items, but Nature's Promise is prevalent in every section of the store and almost any basic item (apples, tomatoes, yogurt) had 1-2 organic options. If you look carefully, you can even find locally grown stuff on occasion in the produce section.
Not so organic and nothing is fresh. I guess I have to stop buying so much food at Target. Oh! But they have the Annie's palak paneer frozen dinner I like (also at Giant). I would say they have some options for what I might call "processed organic" - dry and frozen but technically organic.
Pete's uses all organic ingredients and lots of locally grown stuff. Their salads are delicious and you can tell it's super fresh. Sometimes they have a "farmer's market salad" from whatever they were able to buy over the weekend. Love this place.
You'll notice that at the bottom of the Commonwealth menu they have a "thank you" to the local producers that are currently supplying the restaurant.
Any other suggestions? Places I'm forgetting to acknowledge?
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Here is some more information from the organizers:
Join Cultural Tourism DC, Councilmembers Jim Graham and Mary Cheh, and the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail Working Group when we unveil Cultural Convergence: Columbia Heights Heritage Trail.
WAMU’S Kojo Nnamdi will emcee the 1 pm program, which features the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers and celebrated DC author Marita Golden, who will speak about how Columbia Heights influenced her writing.
After the unveiling, lace up your walking shoes and join officials, neighbors, and Cultural Tourism DC staff for the inaugural stroll at 2 pm! Working group members will be stationed at signs to tell stories of how the trail came together, and three important community institutions - Mexican Cultural Institute, Dance Institute of Washington, and Art and Media House - will open their doors, offering tours and entertainment.
Activities will also take place on Civic Plaza throughout the afternoon, including performances by GALA Hispanic Theatre, jazz band Rhythm Accents, and Ghanaian drummer Kweku.
The Bombay Sapphire Collins Experience Tonight!
Please join us at Room 11 tonight, October 7 (or next Wednesday, October 14th), for the Bombay Sapphire Collins Experience. From 6 to 8 pm we will be featuring Bombay Sapphire Gin giveaways, Tom Collins samples made with Bombay Sapphire, and demonstrations of how to make the perfect Tom Collins at home by Room 11 partner and DC Craft Bartenders Guild member Dan Searing.
Punch Club returns, now on Sundays at Room 11!
Starting Sunday, October 11, at 5 pm the popular event featuring classic, modern, and original punches comes to Columbia Heights wine bar Room 11. Hosted by Room 11's partners at the Warehouse Theater Cafe earlier this year to much acclaim, Punch Club will now take place starting at 5pm every Sunday and will last until the punch runs out. Join us this Sunday for some classic favorites like Glogg (mulled wine) and Rocky Mountain Punch
(made with sparkling wine, rum, and maraschino liqueur) and look forward to more many new punches in the coming weeks.
I am glad to report that yesterday I introduced and the Council passed legislation to help an organic market to locate in the DCUSA retail center . This bill will ensure that Ellwood Thompson's -- a full-service, organic, natural and sustainable food store -- will receive tax relief benefits that are available to every qualified supermarket in DC.
Ellwood Thompson's is dedicated to high-quality products, supporting local farmers and the community. It signed a lease with DC USA Operating Co., LLC for space in the DC USA Shopping Center in Ward 1. The construction of their supermarket space was delayed due to the downturn in the economy. The is the second time the council passed this bill. The earlier measure was about to expire, and so this action was necessary. the legal action pertained to the fact that--unlike many supermarkets--this one is not free standing and is part of, and within, an existing development. So some technical changes were needed.
I am told that the plans for this supermarket are again underway. Our latest report is that Ellwood Thompson's has submitted construction diagrams to the developer and they are awaiting approval.
With the passage of this bill, the Council is again doing all it can to make this happen.
Bests, Councilmember Jim Graham
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
In keeping with my tradition of visiting new neighborhood eateries and bars within a week of their opening, I stopped by Thai Tanic II for an early dinner on Saturday. Short review: Great space, well-trained staff, quick kitchen, good food.
Having visited its other location (near 14th and Rhode Island) many times, I knew I would not be disappointed by the food. My vegetarian Kra Pow was delicious, and my friends said the same about their entrees. What I was really impressed by my first visit to Thai Tanic II, was that it didn’t contain all the normal management pitfalls of a new restaurant opening. Especially what I have experienced in Columbia Heights. Our waiter knew what he was doing, the food came out quickly, and the staff did not look frazzled. Nor were they too absent or too pushy.
I was also very impressed by the space. Thai Tanic II is easily the anchor retail for the Allegro, and it is one of the larger restaurants in the neighborhood. There are plenty of tables set along the windows looking out to 14th Street. The interior is very Southeast Asian Jetsons, but it works. Particularly the orange dining chairs; love them. At 5:30 pm on Saturday, its second day, the restaurant had only a few tables occupied but I am sure it picked up later in the evening.
When it was first announced in the spring that we were getting a Thai restaurant, I had high hopes. Those hopes were easily met.
Friday, October 2, 2009
William Jordan (aka BroNat) reports in the Columbia Heights Forums that Ellwood Thompson's grocery store might still make it's way to DCUSA - and he keeps my IHOP hopes alive:
The construction going on is related to Ellwood but not exclusive to it. DC USA is adding another enterence to the internal mall and elevator to the garage. This will support Ellwood when it comes and other retailers including the IHOP which is on the way.
So in keeping with a The Heights Life tradition ...
COUNTDOWN: Thai Tanic Menu Picks
5. Bird Nest on Fire
Chicken, peppers, chili paste and some greens. Hot, hot, hot but so, so, so good.
4. Pad Prik Sod
A standard on any Thai menu but always well-prepared here. Good for those who need a mild dish.
3. Tom Ka Goong
Spicy, smooth, and just a bit tart. This shrimp and coconut soup is a great way to start a meal and perfect for the cooler days of early fall.
2. Pad Kee Mao
Drunken Noodle is a common dish, but I find that Thai Tanic’s is better than the rest. Their noodles are superb.
1. Spicy Eggplant
If I am going vegetarian, I will pick eggplant over tofu most days. In this dish it is all about the sauce.
The full menu is available on their website at http://www.thaitanic.us/home.php. (Warning, there is music.)
In regards to the recent arrest of Teddy Loza, we should all be patient while the authorities conduct their investigation. Corruption is a very serious matter. As much as anyone else, I want this investigation to be thorough and all guilty parties held to account. I have pledged 100% cooperation to the FBI.
I have committed no wrongdoing or crime.
Please also keep in mind that the Washington Post on September 30 (linked here<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/29/AR2009092903638.html?sid=ST2009092403248>) reported-based on law enforcement sources-- that I am neither a "target" nor a "person of interest" in the FBI investigation.
Bests Councilmember Jim Graham
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Ok, maybe all day - but not all DAYS... the caveats: patio diners only, and not valid on the weekend (Friday at 7PM - Sunday at 7PM). Which means we're probably going to have to rush the patio tonight, right?
But tonight... tonight I picked up my first round of cleaning from OXXO. They are greener... they are 24 hour... and my clothes... they smell... well, they don't. Yes, I think it was more expensive ($34 for two girl-suits and 1 errant jacket), but have you seen their 24 hour pick-up? And seriously, the chemicals might be greener - but that stuff... it smells like NOTHING. My clothes smell of NOTHING. Brilliant!
So now, I bring you - Columbia Heights Countdown: Best Dry Cleaners.
3. Georgetown Valet
2. Kenyon Square
1. OXXO - try it... you'll like it.
These are the only three I've tried, so feel free to give your favorite dry cleaner a shout-out in the comments section.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
But despite the nice looking space - the rest of the neighborhood remains torn up by road construction. Kenyon Road is open again and the progress is visible daily.
Check out our slide show - Plaza v. Construction.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I was deeply upset and deeply saddened to learn that Ted Loza was arrested yesterday by the FBI on charges of taking a bribe.
As my constituents, I want you to know --
I have not personally engaged in any illegal behavior or activity.
What Teddy allegedly did in no way influenced any action I took on legislation. Indeed, Teddy generally is not involved, nor is he consulted on legislative matters which are instead handled by myself and our committee staff.
As I said to FBI agents yesterday, I will fully cooperate with their investigation bringing forth all of the information relevant and needed.
I have placed Teddy on administrative leave effective yesterday, with pay, until there are further developments. Teddy--like all of us-is entitled to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
If you have concerns or questions, please let me know--as always--by using this direct email address for me.
Sincerely, Councilmember Jim Graham
Rough few months for Councilmember Graham's office.
Here's the story from the Washington Post: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dc/2009/09/graham_chief_of_staff_arrested.html
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This has not been officially confirmed, but we look forward to seeing it on the Mayor's schedule.
If you can make it, please e-mail any photos from the event to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My top three Washington Sports Club Columbia Heights classes would be...
3. Sarah's Cardio-Kickboxing on Tuesday at 7:30PM
2. Erika's Spin class at 6:30AM on Thursday
1. Claudette's Spin class at 8:15PM Tuesday or 10:00AM Sunday
I don't do yoga or pilates or step or total body conditioning or boot camp or zumba or... you get the point.
So, any more recommendations from the peanut gallery?
These things always seem to get delayed because of permits, mostly, so it's not unexpected that they're still working on it. PoP says this weekend, maybe.
BUT - let me just reiterate my excitement... we're getting Thaitanic II! Thaitanic the original is one of my favorite places on 14th Street, and THL predicts this will be a seriously popular addition to the neighborhood.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
We got an email asking if Rumberos had closed, so we walked by and sure enough - the windows are papered over and the outdoor tables were stacked up.
As we took this photo, two men came by and started pulling down the banner sign that hangs over half the restaurant.
We've heard rumors of Rumberos demise for a while now. One local restaurant industry leader noted it had some management issues. I thought it had some price issues.
We aren't sure what's going on there, but for now - you'll have to hit Social, Ruby Tuesday or The Heights.
Speaking of The Heights, the Kenyon Street construction is practically on their patio.
UPDATE: Despite what we heard and saw last night, PoP says they might reopen... In which case? What's up with the papered windows. Sketchy....
Monday, September 21, 2009
This includes their special panini, antipasta, pasta and al forno. If you are super skinny and can get away with eating anything - the al forno is ALWAYS to die for. It's also always half cheese or cream or both.
I'm a big fan of their antipasta - and at just $4.95 for a small serving, it's one of the best bargains on the menu. The small serving is a meal on its own and the different four small portions keep it interesting. Check out this week's specials here: http://petesapizza.com/specials.html.
But one thing is missing, Michael. What happened to the farmer's market salad you've been doing?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Check it out online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/3930649846/
According to this info, the average sale price in Columbia Heights was $378,729 and 51 homes were sold, which seems like a lot of sales to me... but hey, I rent.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Link here: http://dcist.com/2009/09/metro_train_jumper_at_columbia_heig.php
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thought 1: Why am I such a sucker for bonus card savings? Bags of shredded cheese are on sale 2 for $5... do I really need 2? No. But they are on sale... One still costs just $2.50... but they are 2 for $5. Of course... I get 2. Anyone want to come over for cheese and crackers? Nachos maybe?
Thought 2: Today I checked out in lane number 10 which is designated as "family-friendly." I guess this means it's not covered in candy as the sign said something about "good choices." It was, however, still full of gum, the same magazines, and had cookies locate precisely at the child eye level. I call BS.
Thought 3: Remember how Giant represented at Columbia Heights Day, sending over members of their team all day long and dishing out their delicious soft cookies? That was awesome.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Lots of activity this week on the neighborhood's civic plaza fountain construction with the installation of the towers seen above. There are still several large pieces of construction equipment on site, so the work continues.
Last time we wrote about how the space was already getting used as a community gathering site. Now the construction has taken up enough of the area that it's pretty much useless for another little while.
The street construction has also shift around some, notably working its way down Irving Street.
As always, crossing the road anywhere near Park Triangle continues to be the bane of my existence.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Funding for the project came from a small projects grant from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. Has anyone else received a small projects grant for local works?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
And here is a description of the program from on of the founders:
Through tutoring, mentoring, parent outreach, grant writing, community outreach, fundraising and others activities, we hope to transform this school into a true community school and improve the overall quality of education. Instead of simply going in and focusing our resources on the school to achieve short-term results, we endeavor to cultivate leaders within the surrounding community that can sustain our progress. If we're successful in our efforts, we'll replicate this model across the city.
Some people say the WSC sucks - overcrowding, not that clean, crappy customer service. I will agree that the customer service is generally pretty bad. I've complained about a class before, worried that the instructor was SO BAD that people were actually going to get injured, and the gentleman in charge of their classes couldn't care less.
But you know what? I don't hate WSC. The treadmills work and I like spin class even if most of the bikes need a tune-up. And, that extra three bucks still leaves it a bazillion times cheaper than Results.
I guess we may as well learn to love it... then again, if CH got another gym, I'd probably quit and switch.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
*Now as we made this list, we had a debate about whether an owner can also be a bartender. For the purposes of this list a bartender is one who tends the bar regularly, even if he or she is also an owner or manager.
*Also, you know Sheena from Looking Glass/Wonderland? We do, and we love her, but we counted her as Looking Glass which is of course in Petworth. Sorry Sheena!
Countdown Columbia Heights: Favorite Five Bartenders
5. Bill, Commonwealth (Bill made me feel better after I dyed my hair a dramatic color. That's a good bartender.)
4. Suzanne, Ruby Tuesday (Sure, she has to make the drinks by the Ruby Tuesday book, but it's a good book and she does a fantastic job.)
3. Dalton, The Heights (Saturday brunch isn't the same without a Dalton Special Bloody Mary, which isn't on the menu - but should be.)
2. Dan, Room 11 (We were lucky to steal him away from Petworth and happy to have him picking our wines.)
1. Soren, Wonderland (Sundress Party? He's there, in a dress. Columbia Heights Day? He's there, pouring beer as fast as he can. Damaged hand? Oh you thought this would stop him - but no! Soren is always there for your alcoholic indulgences, making him our favorite bartender in Columbia Heights.)
Disagree? Make your own list in the comments section.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
"Sprinterbuses leave from the Wesleyan Commons Shopping Center on Wesleyan Drive in Virginia Beach.
New York tickets are $35 one-way and $60 round-trip. The bus stops at 34th Street between 6th and 7th avenues, near Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.
Washington tickets will be $20 one-way and $35 round-trip. The bus will stop at 14th and Irving streets near the Columbia Heights metro station."
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Despite the construction all around - from the torn up streets to the guy who had been toiling all weekend under a tarp doing work on the fountain tiles - the civic plaza is already working as a great community meeting place. I'm pretty excited for the final result.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Here's the line-up:
The Neurobiology of Zombies
by Jeremy Kay
Description: Zombie mind control is real! Some types of parasites have the ability to turn their hosts into zombies that serve the needs and whims of the parasitic invader. I'll give some more examples of real-life zombies and delve into the neurobiology of how a parasite can control the behavior of its host.
Bio: Jeremy is a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at Harvard. His professional work concerns vision, but he thinks parasite mind-control is far more interesting. His interest in zombies is purely academic. Really. Like, your brain will totally not get eaten if you show up. We promise.
by Seth Cain
I’m not telling you, but it involves the elimination of human waste in space. Yep, I said it.
Vaccines Are Helpful, But Making Them Is Gross
by Rebecca Blank
Description: Vaccines. We’ve all had them (well, ideally all of us). They keep us healthy even though they may make our arms and/or buttocks sore. But since they’re in the news, there are also a lot of misrepresentations of them. Rebecca will dive into the history of vaccines because you probably want to know that some methods involved taking pus from cow's lesions and injecting it into humans. Or that there once was an actual Cooties vaccine which we should all have been immunized against in childhood if our friends were nice enough to provide us with. Oh, and she’ll talk about the real science behind them, besides just recounting the icky details.
Bio: Coming soon (Rebecca currently has the swine flu – seriously – so she’s currently focused on fever reduction instead of bio writing)
Music and mental hygiene and Cold War film footage by indie rock supergroup Overlord (http://www.myspace.com/overlordisnotmetal) which features former Nerd Nite presenter George Pasles on vocals and lead guitar, current Palomar (http://www.myspace.com/palomar) bassist and former Nerd Nite presenter Sarah ‘Brockett’ Brockett, part-time Palo keyboardist Tris McCall, and past drummer Matt Houser. And Kerry too.
More information is on the Nerd Nite website or its Facebook page.
Anyhow, I'm sorry Columbia Heights, but you must choose. Vote here. You have until noon tomorrow. May the pizza be with you.