Heard around the DC Foodies blogosphere this week... Pizza fans and Italian food lovers who have been awaiting the opening of Kora may soon have their chance to be among the first to sample the fare in Chef Mourou Ouattaro's (formerly of Farrah Olivia) new restaurant in Crystal City. Reports of an opening earlier this week were a miscommunication, but according to Gut Check, Ouattaro's restaurant could be opening as early as today - but perhaps not until Monday or Tuesday. I'd say give a call first. Writer and blogger, Kelly DiNardo, wrote about the experience of butchering a whole pig on her eponymous site this week. After meeting Nathan Anda (Red Apron Butchery) at a Virginia farm-to-table- dinner, she asked the chef if she could watch the process of turning a whole pig into 98% delicious, useable parts. You'll never look at a piece of porchetta quite the same way again.
From Komi to Marvin continued to chow through the Washingtonian's Top 100 Restaurant list this week with a visit to Art & Soul. FKtM enjoyed Art Smith's "filibuster buster" deal-a 3 course lunch for $24 that is meant to please your palate, and keep you on schedule. The fried chicken and sausage gravy was described as "amazing". Too full after the 3-piece chicken main course, FKtM got 2 precious cupcakes to go-devils food and mango-lime.
Can you ever get too much bacon-flavored food? Not long ago, the answer seemed to be a resounding no. From bacon brittle to candied bacon, the porkification of savory and sweet foods was everywhere. But perhaps, the tide of popular opinion is turning. I'm officially declaring bacon used in conjunction with desserts both trite and just plain gross", declared Don Rockwell, as bacon finally made its way onto the community's "Trite Food List". Jason Andelman (Artisan Confections) was in agreement, stating "I finally tried Mo's Bacon Bar by Vosges. Ummm, not a fan."
Coincidentally, Metrocurean reported on Buzz Bakery's cupcake of the month-devil's food chocolate with peanutbutter bacon icing and a topping of? You guessed it-bacon! Mouth-watering or stomach-turning? You decide.
Cupcakes are still going strong in the DC region, and this week eat Washington has a review of the newly-opened Something Sweet, in Cleveland Park across from Two Amy's. Cupcakes are $2.75, and you can also treat yourself to frozen yogurt. ice cream, baked goods and milk shakes.