Heard around the DC Foodies blogosphere this week...I hope everyone weathered the storms this week, and that you all have electricity to run your air conditioning. The weather is going to be hot, hot, hot! If you like the heat, then this weekend's food festivals may be just the ticket for you.
Don Rockwell members are reporting on festivals and fairs in our area, including a few in Alexandria, VA. This Saturday, June 7, there will be Bluegrass and BBQ at the Lee Fendal House with music and of course, some of the finest 'que in Northern Virginia. The 16th annual Armenian Festival is also on Saturday, and will be held at Market Square in the heart of Old Town.
On Sunday, the City of Alexandria will hold an annual Alexandria-Chirilagua Festival with delicious food such as empanadas, tamales, tacos and enchiladas.
In Falls Church, St. Katherine's 46th Annual Greek Festival will be held June 6, 7 and 8. You can live like a Greek, and enjoy music, dancing, food and pastries.
In Leonardtown, MD, the St. Mary's County Crab Festival will be held on June 8, rain or shine. Go for what else? Crabs!
Apples and Bananas tells readers how to cool down just in time for the 100+degree heat index days expected. You can visit the newly-opened frozen yogurt store called Tangysweet, in Dupont Circle. Owned by DC native, Aaron Gordon, Tangysweet is DC's first tart yogurt store and claims to be calorie conscious and environmentally friendly in design.
Speaking of health and environment, this week's WaPo Business section reports that good-for-you-fast-food-options are growing in the DC area, with the purchase of 4 local High Noon cafes by Organic to Go, a Seattle-based company. Organic to Go will join an expanding roster of establishments such as Sweetgreen in Georgetown, which brings the Whole Foods prepared-food concept out of the grocery store, and into areas where people can go from their cubicle to quickly access a healthy meal.
DC Foodies is happy to welcome HowChow to the local food blogging scene. HowChow, based in Howard County, MD, celebrates the ethnic food and markets, as well as other small independantly owned eateries in our area. This week, readers can learn about fresh tortillas hot off the press at Lily's Mexican Market in Columbia, MD, and lychees at the H Mart in Catonsville, MD.
DC Gastronome gives readers an account of a relaxing in-home cooking lesson taken with a few friends and given by Chef Oliver Friendly, a graduate from L'Academie de Cuisine. Friendly focuses his meals on local foods from farmers markets, and simple, straightforward preparation to let the ingredients shine. Friendly is a personal chef and caterer, and has a terrific farmers market blog on his website, http://eatandsmilefoods.com/.
Well, that's all Wii have for today. Stay cool, and let's meet again next Friday for the Weekly Blog Round Up.