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District Taco’s restaurant opens in October, frozen treats go artisan, Yes! Organic Market opens in Anacostia, and September cooking classes

August 31, 2010 - 09:11 PM
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The opening of District Taco’s brick and mortar restaurant has been pushed back a month to Oct. 1, reports ARLNow. The owners of the Arlington-based taco truck are planning to open their first storefront at 5723 Lee Highway in the location that previously held Vero. They're planning a fast-food style restaurant that include tacos, ceviche, burritos, and carne asada, and will hopefully add beer to the menu next year, says Nycci Nellis.

Food section: Seedless watermelons: blah. Ginger ale: not blah. Sietsema on Biergarten Haus: "oom-pah-blah"

The very first organic grocery store east of the Anacostia River is scheduled to open today at 10 a.m., reports And Now, Anacostia and TBD’s Sommer Mathis. The new Yes! Organic Market is located at 2323 Pennsylvania Ave. SE in Fairlawn. Developer Tim Chapman and owner Gary Cha received a $900,000 grant from the District to open the store in Chapman’s 118-unit apartment building, Grays on Pennsylvania. See additional photos of the market here...

Pitango Gelato opened another location in D.C. earlier this year. The Italian ice cream that’s prepared with organic milk, cream, and fresh farm-raised eggs sells for about $5-6 dollars a cup.  But despite the high cost, NPR reports that people are nonetheless lining up to pay for the rich and flavorful treats. Tamara Keith reports that ice cream is the latest food to go artisan, and that people seem willing to pay higher prices for products made from fresh, local ingredients. Listen to the full report here...

Pitango isn’t the only chain to offer a fresh and locally-sourced menu. Sweetgreen boasts environmentally friendly food options as well, including frozen yogurt.  And Dolcezza, an Argentine gelateria also serves artisan gelato made from fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.

But if you’re on a budget and looking for a sweet fix, you could always trying making your own frozen treats.  This week, Jessica Sidman of Frozen Fix shares her latest creation: Reverse Root Beer Float.

It’s September, which means back-to-school for some folks. But if you’re not going back to school (or even if you are) and interested in learning how to cook, check out Florida Girl in D.C.’s list of cooking classes in September.

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Write-ups and reviews from TBD’s Community Network

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• Every other week Metrocurean orders from the Great Wall Szechuan House on 14th Street
• Capital Cooking reviews Red Rocks in Columbia Heights
• EatMore DrinkMore unscrews the details behind Screwtop in Arlington

Plan Ahead - This Week’s Food and Drink Events

• August 30 - September 12 -- Jaleo’s Seventh Annual La Tomatina Festival
• September 1 -- Sky and Five Rooftop Happy Hour at Public Bar
• September 1 -- D.C. Food Bloggers Happy Hour at Poste
• September 1 -- Liquid Soul
• September 2 -- What’s the Deal Free Drinks Happy Hour
• September 2 -- BBQ Feast Thursdays at Art and Soul
• September 2 -- Lobster Roll and Beer Happy Hour
• September 5 -- Family-style picnic at Addie’s

Sweet Deals

Free samples: Kashi snacks
Two free happy hour drinks at Paolo’s if you sign up (for 9/2)
Free queso and chips at Chili’s
Ted’s Montana Grill: Save $5 when you spend $15 (through 9/19)
Lebanese Taverna offers Ramadan special

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