Heard around the DC Foodies blogosphere this week...Are Washingtonians as in love with cupcakes as Carrie Bradshaw was with Manolo Blahniks? Do they press their noses against the glass and whisper "hello, lover" to a devil's food cupcake topped with soft, pillowy icing? Apparently, the answer is an enthusiastic yes!
Hello Cupcake opened this week to throngs of people waiting with whetted palettes to buy as many as 4 (maximum at the time) of the store's palm-size confections. In fact, at one point about mid-afternoon, the inventory dropped so precipitously low that it caused Hello Cupcake to shutter its doors in order to bake more to meet the demand that kept coming in unrelenting waves.
In stark contrast to the buzz (sorry for the pun, Buzz) created by the opening of Hello Cupcake, Lavender Moon Cupcakery opened at 116 S. Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria. Owner Peter Durkin's store is located next to Grape + Bean. By Indulgent Health Blog's account, he's off to a delicious and local start, with a Summer Peach Basil Cupcake made with peaches bought at the Alexandria Farmers market in the wee hours of the morning.
In even more cupcake news, Warren Brown's Cake Love is opening at National Harbor.
This week brought a couple of interesting and revealing interviews with 2 of DC's cherished chefs: Barton Seaver, formerly of Hook and advocate of local and sustainable food, and Tom Powers of Corduroy.
This week, the Washingtonian's Thursday interview was with Chef Seaver. Seaver's paean to mankind's great contribution to the world, champagne and bacon, gives insight into how his mind works. He credits his parents for his love of cooking along with supping in Adams Morgan and frequenting the Fish Market on Maine Ave. Seaver advocates small changes when it comes to eating sustainably, positing that "a 5-percent change is better than no change".
Chef Powers dished to Melissa McCart, of Counter Intelligence, on his most popular menu items, including his soups and poussin. Powers describes the new Corduroy's opening as "smooth", despite having the building inspected a mere 90 minutes before the doors opened for the first time. The Chef's staff is loyal, many of whom left the Sheraton with Powers to help start his new restaurant. Powers credits his efforts to keep his staff happy to doing what it takes to retain them for their loyalty. Perhaps none more loyal than Ferhat Yalchin, the General Manager of Corduroy. Yalchin told CI that Power's food "speaks for itself" and raves that his soups are "killer".
McCart also penned an article for the Washington Post's Food section this week. Front page and above the fold-congratulations, Melissa! The article featured local foodie Heather Shorter, and her love of pickling. Shorter has launched a part time business making pickles out of the kitchen at Rays the Classics, called Jam Tomorrow. She is currently making samples for restaurants and pickling cocktail ingredients for bartenders.
DC Foodies writer and blogger, Mike Bober, of Capital Spice, reports this week that the space formerly occupied by Murky Coffee in Capitol Hill is once again pumping caffeine through the veins of Hill residents as Peregrine Espresso. Bober reports that owner Ryan Jensen and his wife, Jill , "will be running Peregrine as a coffee-lover’s paradise that will feature brewed coffee and espresso as well as pastries and cold drinks." Best of all, the only cup you'll need at Peregrine Espresso will be one that holds coffee.
For the first time, DC Foodies would like to name the chatter of the week. This intrepid and incredibly hungover Washington Post Wednesday Chat person wrote this:
Washington, D.C.: Tom,
I drank far too much last night. Told my boyfriend's dad I wanted to marry him (the boyfriend) and passed out in my office only to wake up at 6 a.m., go home and shower, and come back.
Anyway. I'm starving. Had a bottle of Gatorade - but need to eat. Somewhere in Penn Quarter, not Central - I don't share the joys of it. Please help, I am totally feeling like crap.
Tom Sietsema:"Paging Miss Hax, paging Miss Hax" ....
You can do one of two things. Be good to yourself with something light and easy (the Asian fare at Teaism comes to mind) or go for something fatty to absorb the booze (chorizo or duck at Jaleo maybe).
Just curious: Did the guy say yes? Was he even asked?
Oh, it gets even better!
About the boyfriend question: Oh god. He's in N.Y. with his family. I told his dad over the phone -- and I have no idea what happened in the conversation. The only reason I even remember is because a friend that was at the bar reminded me of it this morning.
If you need someone to eat with tonight and tell you the rest - let me know...oh man..
Tom Sietsema: I've got plans, but thanks!
To that wonderfully honest chatter-we hope whatever you ate soothed your soul. Chin up!