Heard around the DC Foodies blogosphere this week... Start your weekend with a cup of freshly brewed coffee at Mid City Caffe on 14th St. According to Metrocurean, the shop above Miss Pixie's is scheduled to officially open tommorow morning at 8 a.m. Mid City Caffe will be serving Counter Culture Coffee and offer free WiFi.
Congratulations to local blogger, The Arugula Files, for being featured this week in Washingtonian's Blogger Beat. TAF shared her love of local farmers markets, and her successes, along with failures, in the kitchen. Among her recommendations for other aspiring cooks and foodies are to have a very sharp knife, use fresh herbs, and in-season brussel sprouts, which can be downright delicious.
Lately, The Bitten Word has been taking full advantage of summer's crop of watermelons. First, the duo made Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges described as "what Martha Stewart might take to a frat party". Yet the dish turned out to exude simple sophistication. Next, they made Pickled Watermelon Rind, using the leftovers from the aformentioned dish.
Last week, DC Foodies reported that the opening of Kora in Crystal City was going to be delayed until sometime this week. Now, Washingtonian's Best Bites Blog gives us an early look at the new Italian eatery. Chef Morou Outtara's wife Heather warmed the space with deep purples, while his brother, Amadou, is in charge of a menu that aims to provide familiar comfort food such as spaghetti-a favorite of the restaurant's three-year-old namesake. Check here for more details, and a video interview with Morou Outtara.
Finally, DCist reported that DC farmers markets are among the best in America. Making the Top 20 list of smaller markets are Smart Markets at Mason in Fairfax, Crossroads Farmers Market in Tacoma Park and Bloomingdale Farmers Market in DC.