Summer’s End, Plus DC Food Events

Some of you may have wondered how I could possibly afford to eat out all the time. The answer: I can’t. Summer is a time where I find myself making plenty of excuses and rationalizations for dining out all the time. The weather is fine and there are few greater things than dining al fresco, the living is easy and everyone is in a good mood and venturing out to begin with, I hibernate in the winter so it doesn’t matter if I spend a ton of money now, and so on and so forth. There is no end to my rationalizing. And then I look at my credit card statement and want to die.

So for the next couple of weeks I will be trying to limit the dining out experiences and focus on my cooking, testing out some new recipes. I have  a really awesome entry coming up on my first -ever cooking class that I participated in this past weekend with the bf (need to upload the pictures).

Don’t worry though,after a summer of spending, what more could a young DC foodie want than Washingtonian’s annual Cheap Eats issue? They definitely know what they’re doing over there in that editorial department. Check out the latest issue for tons of cheap restaurant options. This just might save me (and my blog?).

This week and weekend’s food events include:

  • Tomatina Festival at Ripple– this Wednesday; the website states:

Ripple invites guests to enjoy an evening of tomato fights, tasting menus and tipples celebrating the tomato. Inspired by La Tomatina, an annual festival held in Valencia, Spain in which participants throw crushed tomatoes at each other, Ripple’s event, taking place on August 31st to coincide with La Tomatina in Spain, will include a five-course menu created for the occasion by Executive Chef Logan Cox. There will also be a tomato fight by performance artists at 7:30 PM. In addition to the tomato fight, Ripple will also play the 1978 cult film, “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.”Priced at $65 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, the five-course menu will highlight local tomatoes grown in Northern Neck, VA and from Fresh Link Farm in Culpepper, VA in each course.

  • “Still Standing-Still Free,” a 10-year photography exhibit of 9/11 by Sean Kelley, Stephen Jaffe, Bob Pugh and other artists. Live music by the Michael Clem Trio and food catered by Brion’s Grille. Cash bar. Saturday, September 10, 7-11:30 p.m., Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center 703-966-6520 or
  •  Pie Contest at the Bethesda Central Farm Market- this Sunday
New Restaurants:
  • TruOrleans is the latest New Orleans- style restaurant to hit the DC scene. Tom Sietsema’s reaction suggests you might want to skip this one….
  • American Tap Room in Clarendon: This bar already has locations in Bethesda and Reston, but it looked last night as if the Clarendon site was nearly ready to go!
  • Freddy’s Lobster and Clams: Opened this past July, the restaurant has gotten some decent reviews. The Claw- Freddy’s Bloody Mary is one for the books- “Speared on a swizzle stick are pieces of lobster, lemon, tomato and olive, all immersed in a potent slurry of tomato and horseradish, and garnished with celery and a menacing lobster claw reaching out of a salt-rimmed glass.”