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Foodie To-Do List: Weeks of Bacon, Pumpkin and Belgian Celebration

TodoAs part of an ongoing effort to alert you, the readers of DC Foodies, to all of the really cool food-related events, classes and opportunities throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, we give you this week's edition of the Foodie To-Do List.

Each Wednesday, we give you a heads-up on a few of the upcoming events that we think look particularly interesting.  This week, we've got:


Week o' Bacon at Restaurant 3 in Clarendon:

What: 
Starting tonight, enjoy daily bacon happy hours and a three-course bacon tasting menu to celebrate the smoky, salty taste that makes everything better.  A week's worth of celebration should be just enough to make you (and your cardiologist) very happy.

When: 
Wednesday, October 21 - Tuesday, October 27
Happy Hour 4-8 PM; Tasting menu during normal dinner hours

Where: 
Restaurant 3
2950 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA

Why: 
Executive Chef Brian Robinson cures his own bacon in-house, and this is his way of sharing his love of cured pork belly with his guests.  Do we really need to sell you on this one?

Cost:
Bacon appetizers (bacon on a stick, bacon-wrapped shrimp) are $5 each during happy hour.  The tasting menu is $30 per person for a meal including a bacon and egg salad, bacon crusted mahi mahi, and a bacon-studded waffle with maple bacon ice cream.


Asian Inspired Pumpkin Dishes for Halloween at Asia Nine:

What:
Pumpkin is the true taste of the season, and Asia Nine is going all out to serve up dishes that show off the gourd with Asian flavors.  From Friday until November 1, check out offerings like Halloween Chinese Dumplings with Pan-Fried Squash and Thai Pumpkin Custard.

When: 
Friday, October 23 through Sunday, November 1

Where:
Asia Nine
915 E Street, NW
Washington, DC

Why: 
Dishes like Twilight give a whole new meaning to the Great Pumpkin.  Stop in to see how Asian flavors blend with one of the most traditional American vegetables (fruits?).  They're even offering a Pumpkin Ale to accompany the pumpkin-focused recipes.  Just don't expect roasted pumpkin seeds...those are strictly do-it-yourself at home.

Cost:
Pumpkin items are available alongside the regular menu and run from $6 to $12.  Check the menu for pricing.


Celebrate Five Years with Belga Cafe:

What:
It's hard to believe, but Belga Cafe is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month.  In honor of this milestone, Executive Chef Bart Vandaele is holding a series of special events.  They begin with a four-course, seven wine dinner tonight, move on to a three-course, five-beer dinner tomorrow night, and culminating with a tasting of Belgium's Straffe Hendrik beer on Monday night.

When: 
Wednesday, October 21 - Monday, October 26
Times vary

Where:
Belga Cafe
514 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC

Why:
Five years is no mean feat, and it bears celebrating with this bastion of Belgian brews and bites on Barracks Row.  Maybe the most exciting of all the deals is on Friday and Saturday, when they'll be serving up the original menu from October of 2004 - complete with 2004 prices!  Stop by and wish them a happy anniversary.

Cost: 
Costs vary by event.  Tonight's wine dinner is $125 per person inclusive of gratuity and tax.  The beer dinner tomorrow is $59 per person not inclusive of tax and tip.  The rest of the week you'll be ordering off the menu.  Reservations are recommended, so call 202-544-0100 to lock yours in today.

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Comments

Brandon Green

Mmm...bacon...

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