Friday, October 31, 2014

Bloomingdale Farmers Market this Sunday !

Subject: BFM Sunday
From: Robin Shuster
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:33:54 -0400

BFM Fans,

Yes, you want to make soup with Garner’s great, freshly-dried cranberry beans or black eyed peas or perhaps make this creamy broccoli soup that gets its flavor from roasting the broc rather than adding cream: or a pan roasted chicken over oven roasted vegetables  (I made it tonight and it was a great hit):

Are you celebrating Day of the Dead this weekend?  I always thought it was a shame to stop with just one day of Halloweenish celebration and always loved the Mexican tradition.  Why stop Friday just because that’s Halloween? The Days of the Dead continue until November 2nd.  How about this unusual taco potluck party: or Chicken Pozole or spicy Mexican chocolate?  Zarela Martinez has an interesting menu:
Please don't be a market weather wimp -- we will all be there!  KID POWER will be doing their cooking demo, Bike House will be helping us fix our bikes...
LAST DAY for Baby Ginger and Fresh young Turmeric.  Keswick is getting a freeze this weekend and has to dig up all the tender tropicals that have been growing in the high tunnel.  You can preserve them in a wonderful ginger syrup or pickle them and they will last all winter. 
  • Day of the Dead Treat:  Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie at Whisked!
  • Regular and Honey Crisp Cider freshly pressed at REID
  • Red Cabbage and Kale kraut with a touch of bay -- spooky good at Number 1 Sons.
  • Kohlrabi -- the alien vegetable is so good! 
  • Freshly dried Cranberry Beans and Black eyed Peas at Garner
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Pie to keep you into the Halloween mood at Whisked
  • ALL CROISSANTS on Sale at Panorama -- this week's weekly sale.
  • 22 different apple varieties this week.  You can sample them all.
  • Kohlrabi at many stands
KESWICK:  What a terrific selection of both Jersey cow and mixed milk (Jersey and goat) cheeses Melanie and Mark have created.  I remember trying their cheeses when they first started at Takoma Park FM around 2002 with the simplest of cheddars and now they are making Morbiers, Camemberts, Valancays, Tallegios, rind washed Tommes (where the cheeses are bathed weekly in a local cider or wine or Troeg beer).  Their yogurt loves all foods -- fruits, veg and meat.  (You can drain it for a few minutes if you prefer a Greek style)

TIP: Perfect weather for a Grilled Kimcheese sandwich to go with some soup.  Ted demo'd them for us a few weeks ago:  he sliced a  ciabatta loaf (but you can slice any sandwich loaf) and GRATED keswick vermeer and a good slather of kimchi inbetween.  The secret was slow cooking it on a cast iron pan.  You  could use Dragonsbreath if you want a double kick.
REID: I don't think any other orchard in the region cultivates as many different apples as Reid does --I have always felt very lucky that we have them at BFM.  Even apples like Red Delicious which are tasteless when you buy them at a store remind you why they were called Delicious! Apples  this week both popular and heirloom include: Honeycrisp, Gala, Macoun, Gold Delicious, Fuji, Yataka, Pinova, Jonathan, Haralson, Jonagold, Empire, Smokehouse, Red Delicious, Snow Sweet, Ambrosia, Orleans, Stayman, Nittany, Pink Lady, Arkansas Black, Black Twig, Granny Smith), Ciders are Apple, Apple Cherry, Apple Grape, Honeycrisp,  and Pear.
TIP: make an apple and cheese plate and ask Connor to choose the apples for you.  He is great at tasting a bit of cheese and telling you which of his apples will go well with it.  (I have asked him to do that several times).
IVY BRAND: Nick says: don’t panic, all organic. Carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, spinach, arugula, baby lettuce, spicy spring mix, head lettuce, bokSunc choy, cabbage, broccoli, swiss chard, kale, collards, mustard greens, parsley, cilantro, dill, scallions, onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, and cauliflower.
TRUCK PATCH: Gorgeous fronds of Dino(Tuscan) Kale. Broccoli, Cauliflowers and Fractal Romanesco.   Arugula, Mesclun, Spinach,  Swiss Chard, Beets, Green Peppers, and Eggplant. Green . Acorn, Buttercup, Butternut and Red Kabocha Squash, Herbs.
TRUCK PATCH MEATS:  Bacon, Bacon, and more bacon thin and thick cut!  New customers always ask me if this is the LEGENDARY BACON and it is.  Sage sausage, maple sausage, Hot Italian, Sweet Italian, smoked country, kielbasa , bratwurst, ground pork, bone in pork chops, boneless and bone in butt. Hammocks, fat back, pork liver, ham steaks, and pig feet. Whole free range chickens, boneless chicken breast, chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, and chicken wings.
TIP: Reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey Sunday.
GARNER: Broccoli for that soup I wrote about above. Tomatoes: “ordinary reds’. Newly dried Cranberry beans or Black eyed peas cook up quickly and make a good salad with roasted anything.  Good soup too. Japanese, white, Italian and Thai eggplant; Squash: Yellow. Zucchini, Ishtar, that pale green Lebanese variety, , golden zucchini.Last Okra, potatoes, rainbow of peppers sweet and hot, green and yellow and skinny, gorgeous green beans like French filet beans..  Swiss chard and arugula.  Mint, dill and parsley. Red, White Yellow Yukon Potatoes.  Lots of Greens.  Sweet Potatoes.

PANORAMA: They have a great sale every week  This week it will be their Croissants.  And have you tried the Parisian Macarons? Gorgeous jewel colors -- box them and bring them to a dinner.  Lots of rolls and buns. French bread baked by French bakers – baguettes, croissants, palmiers, Danish, scones, Breton specialties. The Kouign Amann wowed people 3 weeks ago.  (Ask for a sample from Loic). Whole wheat, rye, pumpernickel, rustiques, country, sour dough – boules and sandwich breads too.

TIP: Challah makes the best French toast.
KESWICK:  What a terrific selection of both Jersey cow and mixed milk (Jersey and goat) cheeses Melanie and Mark have created.  I remember trying their cheeses when they first started at Takoma Park FM with the simplest of cheddars and now they are making Morbiers, Camemberts, Valancays, Tallegios, rind washed Tommes (where the cheeses are bathed weekly in a local cider or wine or Troeg beer)
NUMBER 1 SONS:  Such a great collection of New York style brined pickles, krauts from all over the world and great kimchi.  Get your probiota with their delicious ferments, both spicy and just savory.

WHISKED:   Jenna says: Our featured pie this week is a Mexican chocolate cream pie.  (Perfect for a Day of the Dead party) Several customers have been requesting this pie - a chocolate cream pie spiced with cinnamon - and I decided it was time to put it back on the menu. We also have both of our pumpkin pies -pumpkin and pumpkin chocolate – since you can never have too many pumpkin pies for Halloween. Salted Caramel Apple too.Kale , Pesto Parmesan and Bacon, Cheddar, Onion Quiches.
Please spread the word that we double food benefit programs you spend up to $10 per household per market.  ( yes, that does mean that you can get up to $20 in bonus tokens if you use SNAP, WIC or SENIOR Coupons at both BFM and 14&U in the same weekend )
Robin and the Teds and Stephanie

Robin Shuster
14&U Farmers' Market
Bloomingdale Farmers Market

new mural at North Capitol and Bates Street NW

See this tweet and pic:

ICYMI - Mural on at Bates. Fresh painted barber pole for Fresh Cut Barber Shoo
11:52 AM - 31 Oct 2014 

Parker Flats dares you to enter the Tomb of Count Gageula -- tonight, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

See below.

WCP Y&H: "The Washington Firehouse Restaurant Is Finally Open"

Click on the link to read the entire Washington City Paper Young & Hungry column post.

The Washington Firehouse Restaurant Is Finally Open

Posted by  on Oct. 31, 2014 at 10:25 am
Aside from the fire pole in the middle of the restaurant and photos of fire engines adorning the walls, you might not be able to tell from the inside that the Washington Firehouse Restaurant was, in fact, once a functioning fire station.
“We don’t want to be super cheesy,” says Catering and Events ManagerJessica Henderson. “But it was a firehouse, so we really just want to keep that authentic, rustic feel.”
The Old Engine Company 12 firehouse, established in 1897, ceased operation in 1992 and was out of commission until the restaurant purchased the building three years ago. Since then, the team—led by the owners of Shaw’s Tavern—have worked to renovate the building, enduring multiple hurdles and setbacks that delayed the opening several months until Oct. 17.
The Firehouse Restaurant will be open exclusively for dinner during the week, as well as for happy hour from 4-6 p.m. with $5 rail drinks and house wine and $3 off draft beers and pizzas.

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale on 11/2/2014

The Centrie - 435 R St NW #402
The featured property shown above, located in nearby 435 R St NW #402 is being listed by Steve Swank with Urban Pace.  It is open on this Sunday from 12-2pm.  You can find more information in the links below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here.  A map of the same open houses can be found here

Have a Happy Hallowe'en and don't forget to vote on Tuesday!

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday.  If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments.  Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail david at 10 square team dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

St. George's Episcopal Church Women's Annual Christmas Bazaar -- Saturday, 12-06-2014

From: Janis Evans
Subject: Christmas Bazaar 12/6/14 Flyer
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:44:57 +0000

Hello All,
Attached is a flyer for St. George's Episcopal Church Women's Annual Christmas Bazaar
Please post on your respective listserves, church calendars, announcements, bulletin boards, and websites. We look forward to seeing you. Thanks in advance for your support.
Janis Evans
Bazaar Chair
Saint George's Church

special ANC 5E meeting to vote on Big Bear Cafe substantial liquor license change -- Saturday, 11-01-2014

Subject: Fwd: ANC 5E Special Community Meeting
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:04:11 -0400
Dear ANC 5E Community,

There will be a special community meeting of ANC 5E on Saturday November 1st at 11:00 am at The Summit Apartments.  Here is the agenda.

Michael J. Henderson


Here is the ABRA Notice that provide info on the "substantial change":

Monday, 11-03-2014: Mayor's Agent hearing part 2 on McMillan

Here is a link to the blog post that advises about the scheduled date for the continued Mayor's Agent hearing (courtesy of Bloomingdale resident Mat Bader). 

And here is the transcript from the first Mayor's Agent hearing on McMillan held on Monday, 10-06-2014:

bring the kids to see the Singing Lizard's Halloween Show at Grassroots Gourmet today!

Costumes are encouraged!

fun today from 5pm to 7pm: Northwest Learning Center Halloween From Tots to Teens

From: Karen Cotton
Subject: Northwest Learning Center Halloween Invite
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:50:00 -0400

Hi Scott,
Please share this daily until Halloween on all the list serves.
Thanks a bunch!

You're Invited to Take a Half-Day Off for End-of-Year Training: Holacracy(R) Taster Workshop on Capitol Hill -- Thursday, 12-04-2014

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:35:00 -0400
You're Invited to Take a Half-Day Off for End-of-Year Training: Holacracy(R) Taster Workshop on Capitol Hill, Thursday December 4, 2014 - 1:00PM-4:30PM

You're Invited to Take a Half-Day Off for End-Of-Year Training:

Holacracy® on Capitol Hill, Thursday December 4, 2014 - 1:00PM - 4:30PM


Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Holacracy® Taster Workshop on Capitol Hill
December 4, 2014 - 1:00PM - 4:30PM
The workshop includes a short break

The Experience:
A different way of organizing people and working together is emerging—one in which there are no longer any managers, titles, or top-down hierarchies, yet everyone is still given a voice and decisions are made rapidly--just not by consensus, majority or directive. It’s called Holacracy and it has the potential to create a more responsive, conscious and coherent world, everybody-all-at-once. This public event is offered on demand around the world to help spread a better way for humanity to get along, get things done, and work together for once and for all.  First time in Washington, D.C.   [Read More...]

"Holacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for organizations — it revolutionizes how a company is structured, how decisions are made, and how power is distributed."

Read more here:
The Holacratic Experience Top 12:
  • Harnesses the consciousness of every single person
  • Changes relationship to power ~ now, everyone has power to voice a tension
  • Is a tension driven system, letting reality pull issues through & change system
  • Gives everyone a voice, in a rapid, purpose-driven process
  • Makes a group of people smarter through collective intelligence
  • Senses & responds to the present moment vs trying to plan & predict the future
  • Shifts from a hierarchy of people to a holarchy of people
  • Is applied authentic communications and mindfulness practice
  • Distributes leadership ~ there is no longer someone at the top or above you
  • Tensions are seen as productive and useful for driving things forward
  • No one decides the structure; a structure emerges by processing tensions
  • It’s not just another way of structure, it’s a leap to a whole new way of being

Venue: TBD
Lead Presenter: Brian Robertson

Price: $150 Limited Seating, A Discount is offered on the first six seats, - "Early Seat"
  • $150 - Regular Seat
  • $125 - Early Seat
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

elevated sidewalk installed at 2nd & W Street NW

See this tweet and pic:

Thank you for the new speed bump on 2nd St NW!!!

"love my hood"

See this tweet and pic:

Happy Thursday! Love my hood;)
1:51 PM - 30 Oct 2014 

last opportunity to meet, greet and chat with ANC 5E07 candidate Bertha Holliday -- at the 1st & T St NW pocket park -- Sunday, 11-02-2014

From: Bertha Holliday
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:36:08 +0000
The HOLLIDAY CAMPAIGN will hold its last Meet and Greet on:
1st and T St., NW
11:30. AM to 1:30 PM
We look forward to seeing you!

ANC5E07 candidate Bertha Holliday: the Holliday Campaign will be placing bilingual door hangers on every ANC5E07 front door

HOLLIDAY CAMPAIGN will be placing bilingual DOOR HANGERS on every front door in ANC 5E07 to remind all of the location of their polling place -- and to VOTE on TUESDAY NOV. 4 for. BERTHA HOLLIDAY For. ANC 5E07. 
Bertha's campaign has reflected her commitment to PROMOTE
- TRANSPARENCY in public affairs
- RESPONSIVENESS to residents' needs and concerns
- growth and development informed by RESPECT for neighborhood character and concerns
- increased CONNECTION among neighbors and 

Vote HOLLIDAY for ANC 5E07 on NOV. 4!!

Bloomingdale epic stoop sale -- 1818 1st St NW front stoop -- Sunday, 11-02-2014

It's that time of year for our annual Stoop Sale. Thanks!

costumes encouraged! Grassroots Gourmet's Halloween Show with the Singing Lizard -- 10-31-2014 at 10:30 am

Bring the kids to see the Singing Lizard at Grassroots Gourmet tomorrow on Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WCP's Aaron Wiener: "On McMillan, location matters"

Click on the link to read the entire Washington City Paper Housing Complex post by Aaron Wiener.

On McMillan, Location Matters

To judge solely by yard signs, public opinion is decidedly against the planned mixed-use development at the former McMillan Sand Filtration Site. “Save McMillan Park” signs are everywhere in the neighborhoods near the long-vacant 25-acre site along North Capitol Street, which is set to become a mix of townhouses, apartments, offices, and an 8-acre central park. The slogan may be misleading—there has never been a park on the fenced-off site, and the development plan would allow public access for the first time since the perimeter walkway was closed in the 1940s—but it’s popular. By contrast, the cheekier “Create McMillan Park” signs that have popped up as a counterweight to support the development are considerably sparser.
But when it comes down to it, neither viewpoint predominates. Instead, the overwhelming plurality of D.C. voters appear to respond to the McMillan controversy with a collective shrug.
According to the Washington City Paper/Kojo Nnamdi Show poll, 46 percent of likely voters have no opinion on whether the McMillan project should be allowed to go forward. The rest are fairly evenly split: 26 percent support the development, while 28 percent are opposed.
For residents of areas near the site, however, there’s stronger opposition. ...
There’s a split by age, too:...

[Click on the link above to read the sentences that I intentionally omitted so that it cannot be claimed that I copied the entire WCP HC post.] 

[I have copied in the last sentence of Aaron's post, however.]

At this point, though, public sentiment may no longer matter: In September, eight years after the city awarded development rights for the site, the project received preliminary zoning approval, meaning it may finally be close to reality.

WCP Y&H: "Pimp My Restaurant: El Camino Brings East L.A. to Bloomingdale"

Click on the link to read the entire Washington City Paper Young & Hungry post:

Pimp My Restaurant: El Camino Brings East L.A. to Bloomingdale

An East L.A. apartment inhabited by a young Chicano gangster and his grandmother is the design inspiration for El Camino, a Mexican restaurant from the owners of 1905, which opens in Bloomingdale next month. Crushed red velvet tufted booths mimicking the insides of a tricked-out ride and concrete blocks are contrasted with a painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe and vintage plates. Light fixtures made of steering wheels illuminate a shrine-like U-shaped bar and, eventually, a mural inspired by brightly patterned oilcloth grocery bags.
"It's a little subconscious," says designer Lauren Winter of Edit Lab at Streetsense. "It's not directly in your face." (The design firm is also responsible for nearby Red Hen and Boundary Stone.)
Owners Tony Lucca and Phil Rodriguez decided to do a Mexican restaurant in part because they felt it was a niche missing in the neighborhood. Like the decor, the menu will also have an L.A. bent. "Southern California Mexican food tends to be a little bit more traditional than, say, Tex-Mex," Lucca says.

El Camino, 108 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Photos by Jessica Sidman

Vision McMillan Partners: "3 minutes for a New Park 30 years in the making"

Subject: 3 minutes for a New Park 30 years in the making
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:50:35 +0000

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Two weeks…14 days…336 hours…that’s it!  In just that short period of time, we will start the final piece of the approval process for the McMillan Sand Filtration site redevelopment project.  On Wednesday, November 12th, 10am at the Wilson Building, (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW) District Council will have a Joint Committee Hearing on Surplus and Disposition of McMillan.  Council approval is the last piece of the puzzle.  It is essential that we show Council how strong the support is for a new McMillan Park.  We need you there with us standing by our side in attendance or testifying in support.  Your three minutes of testimony in support can help move this project forward after almost thirty years!
To RSVP to attend the Surplus and Disposition Hearing in support of the project click here or contact Mike Cherry at 202-379-2819.  Public testimony is first and scheduled in the order that you register – so act now to minimize your wait.  Please also click here to send your written letter of support to the Council in advance of the hearing.
On Monday, October 6th, we presented our case to the Mayor’s Agent.  Due to the complexity of the project, there is a continuation hearing scheduled for this Monday, November 3rd at 1100 4th St SW (4th Floor) at 9:30am.  The hearing will begin with public comment from community members in support of the project.  Please join us and show your support by providing testimony.  Contact Mike Cherry at 202-379-2819 or if you would like to testify.  Whether you can attend or not, please click here to send a brief letter to the Mayor’s Agent in support of the VMP plan for McMillan.
Thank you again for your ongoing support.

Anne L. Corbett, Project Director
Vision McMillan Partners

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