Posts Tagged ‘washington’

Now Open: GBD Chicken and Doughnuts, DC

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Happy opening day, GBD Chicken and Doughnuts! GBD is the latest from one of our favorite bakers, Tiffany MacIsaac, also of Buzz Bakery and her husband Kyle Bailey, chef at the popular Birch & Barley. Happy (organic, hormone- and antibiotic-free) fried chicken and delicious doughnuts — maybe not the healthiest of meals, but perfect for the occasional indulgence. My college years were fueled by California’s famed Donut Man, and my hometown spawned the most delicious doughnut on earth — so I’m delighted that the doughnut craze has finally reached DC. (And that the GBD crew spell doughnut properly, at least outside of Twitter where you’ll find them at @GBDchixndonuts.)

The younger foodie tot and I sampled the chicken and doughnuts at a pre-opening pop-up. Here’s her review:

GBDchixndonuts pop-up from Colleen | GlassBottle on Vimeo.

That tres leches rivals my favorite from NYC’s Doughnut Plant, so I’m thrilled to be able to get my fix without commuting to the Lower East Side.


Find GBD — which stands for golden, brown delicious — in Dupont Circle, 1323 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC.

Tea with Mrs. B {DC/VA/MD}

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

The holidays are approaching — time to brush up on manners with a special pre-holiday “Tea with Mrs. B” this Sunday, November 11, at The Fairfax at Embassy Row. In this two-hour event, Mrs. B will offer holiday etiquette advice, while The Fairfax’s Chef Ferrier will share healthy holiday eating suggestions. There will be a full kid-friendly tea service and even a photographer on hand for family photos while everyone is dressed in their fancy tea attire.

Tea with Mrs. B

We had such a fun time at a “Tea with Mrs. B” event at the Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria last year. If you can’t make it to Sunday’s event, the Morrison will also host holiday story time teas on November 17 (Thanksgiving) and December 15 (Christmas/Hanukkah). Visit Mrs. B’s website for additional details.

Holiday Etiquette and Tea Party for the Entire Family
with Mrs. B
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Fairfax at Embassy Row
2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
Adults: $49 per person; Children: $29 per person
Purchase tickets online here or call

Local Farm-to-Street Party in DC

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Washington, DC’s first ever Farm-to-Street Party takes place tomorrow, Saturday, July 16, on V Street, NW, between 13th and 14th Streets. (Right outside Busboys & Poets.)

eat local first

Part of the inaugural Eat Local First DC local foods week, the Street Party will feature activities for kids, a chance to soak Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal in a dunk tank, a pie-eating contest, and of course, locally-sourced food, beer and wine. The event is sponsored by Think Local First, a coalition of locally-owned businesses supporting sustainable economic development in DC. Buy tickets online ($15, includes 2 food tickets) or at the door.

Plant Your Own Cherry Blossom Tree

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Happy April! There’s no worse time to be a locavore, in my opinion, than the month of March. I don’t mind winter, when potatoes and squash are roasted, braised and otherwise dished up along side comforting stews and other hearty meals. But by March, they’ve gotten old. Inevitably here in Washington we’ll have an unexpected warm day that prompts shopping for new spring clothes, and suddenly asparagus and strawberry recipes are popping up on blogs and websites. But you see, asparagus and strawberries aren’t actually in season just yet — no matter how much you try to will them into appearing at the farmers market. In fact, some of our seasonal markets don’t even open till May.

Now I’m not above buying a carton or two of Florida strawberries for my son (oh, how his eyes light up when he sees them at the grocery!), but the first thing that really reassures me that spring will eventually arrive are the cherry blossoms’ arrival. The key to surviving Cherry Blossom season as a local is to get down the the Tidal Basin on a weekday before the official start of the festival — though sometimes visiting relatives don’t always cooperate. I picked the kids up early last Friday and staged a (brief) photo shoot (on Hains Point, for you locals) as it was a brisk 40ish degrees, unfortunately. (That’s the other thing about spring in DC — one week it’s 40 with a chance of snow, and the next it’s sunny and 80 degrees.)

boy with cherry blossoms

I was excited to find that we can order our own flowering cherry trees from the Arbor Day Foundation, so in future years we can take our annual spring photos right in our own backyard. (A portion of the proceeds benefits the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which in turn is fundraising for Japan relief efforts this year.)

You may know that Washington’s cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan 99 years ago —  it’s hard to reconcile their ethereal beauty with the images of the devastation in Japan today. I’m pleased to share that I’m a contributor to Peko Peko: A Charity Cookbook for Japan. Visit the website for a sneak peak, and I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available for purchase.

April will be Kitchen Garden month here at FoodieTots, so check back to see what we’re planting and share what you plan to grow this year!

From the White House to DC School Cafeterias: Local Flavor Week

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama opened the new FreshFarms Market by the White House. Next week, the fresh, local food movement will march not on the marble steps of the Capitol, but down hallways of the District’s public, charter and private schools. As part of this week’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” roll-out by the US Department of Agriculture, additional tools and $50 million in funds were announced to help bring healthy, local foods into schools, now, without waiting for Congress to take up school lunch re-authorization. (Which isn’t going to happen until next year.)

dc farm to school

Also not waiting for Congress to act is the new DC Farm to School Network, which is launching “Local Flavor Week” September 21-25 as the opening foray into bringing the regions farmers into local schools. Together with the Capital Area Food Bank, Whole Foods and other community partners, DC Farm to School is coordinating a full week of taste tests, cooking demonstrations, farmer visits and nutritional education activities. The festivities kick-off Tuesday at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School cafeteria in Southeast DC, where local chefs Peter Smith of PS7 and Oliver Friendly of Eat and Smile Foods will compete Top Chef-style using ingredients grown in the school’s garden.

Andrea Northup, coordinator of the DC Farm to School Network, notes that the District has one of highest child obesity rates in the nation. “School-aged children consume most of their daily calories in school meals, so it makes sense that we should connect school with nearby sources of fruits and vegetables to serve in their cafeterias. The only way the District’s schoolchildren will thrive is if they are well nourished and armed with the skills they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

If you’re in the area, find out more about participating schools and activities — and volunteer opportunities — at And to find a Farm-to-School organization in your state, take a look at the National Farm-to-School map.

PS If you didn’t catch my live tweets from the White House market opening, here’s a slideshow recap (click picture to view):

white house farmers market whrrl

You can read more about the market opening, and see pics of the First Lady and Chef Kass (whom I missed waiting in the security line), on Cookography, Obama Foodorama and the twitter stream from @FreshFarmMktsDC.

Don’t forget it’s Fight Back Friday — visit the Food Renegade to join in!