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Spices Heard around the DC Foodies blogosphere this week...DCist took a first look at U Street's new restaurant addition, Eatonville. Described as "eclectic" and "channeling its namesake's southern roots", Eatonville is not to be mistaken with Busboys and Poets, a sibling restaurant across the street. Highlights at the one month old eatery are reportedly the oyster po'boy and fish and grits (catfish on that particular visit). You can read more about Eatonville's style of blending history, tradition and soul food, here.

The Washingtonian's Best Bites Blog also took an early look at Eatonville, here.

Nothing says summer in our region like sitting outdoors, cracking open crabs on a butcher-paper lined table, and chasing the feast down with cold beer-lots of it. But, where to do this in DC? Art and Soul on Wednesday nights, reported Metrocurean. Crab and Beer Wednesdays will run from 5:30-10:30 on the patio, until it closes for the season. Crabs (3 jumbo per platter) will sell at market price.

On Wednesday, A Life of Spice's Monica Bhide was a guest on NPR's Kojo Nnamdi show, during which she spoke with guest host Rebecca Roberts about how to bring Indian cooking into the American kitchen. Bhide offered, "learn the spices first...see what happens when you sizzle cumin in oil."  Or, try cumin dry-roasted, and sprinkle it over yogurt.

Sauce on the Side reported on tomorrow's Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor. In fact, SotS will serve as Master of Ceremonies on the Viking Culinary Stage. Hopefully, sunny skies will prevail for this event, where Barton Seaver will speak about sustainable seafood from Alaska and prepare Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with Raisin-Herb Salad and Broiled Broccoli with Pine Nuts. A trio of veteran Top Chef contestants (including Spike and Carla) will also be there demonstrating summer recipe favorites.

Finally, check out these seasonal dishes, perfect for a homemade meal, or even for entertaining friends. First, make The Bitten Word's Soy-Glazed Flank Steak (Martha Stewart, May 2009) and perhaps add grilled local asparagus on the side. Then, finish with The Garden Apartment's Coconut Layer Cake with Strawberry Filling and Coconut Buttercream Frosting.



Anyone go to the Food & Wine Festival? If so, how was it?

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