Heard around the DC Foodies blogosphere this week...word quickly spread around news outlets, blogs and other websites about the passing of Ben Ali, co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl. Ali's iconic restaurant and writ large red and yellow sign have been a fixture on U St. since 1957, through riots and revival. "To all young and old, this gentleman who fed us, nurtured us when we were hurt, made it ok to be a Washingtonian", commented EJ Jones on City Desk Blogs. Young and Hungry reported that somber music played from the jukebox at Ben's, as workers went about the business of serving customers, some unaware of the patriarch's passing, others seeking to sooth their sorrow and pay tribute with chili-topped half smokes.
Barton Seaver, executive chef at Blue Ridge in Glover Park, was interviewed by The District Domestic this week. Seaver disclosed that humility and a good understanding of ingredients tastes better than manipulation, and a microplane is perfect for adding last minute touches to his dishes. After work, you can find Seaver unwinding over a plate of cavatelli with broccoli rabe at Sette restaurant. More on Seaver's interview is here, including his biggest customer pet peeve.
With her fingers on the DC food pulse, Metrocurean has identified a new trend in our area; retail/wine bar combinations. Soon to be joining the ranks will be Twisted Vines Bottleshop & Bistro in Arlington. Metrocurean reported that the new endeavor will offer 20 wines by the glass along with cheeses and charcuterie, among other items.
Brunch is something you might want to consider over this weekend, especially if you're lucky enough to be off on Monday. iEatDC reported on an enjoyable brunch at Poste Brasserie including an assortment of homemade donuts and Brioche French Toast. While those sound terrific, you've got to read about the Eggs Hussarde and drool over the photo here.
Things got a little frisky at the Blue Duck Tavern the other night, reported Counter Intelligence. Apparently, it's not all that uncommon either. When President and Michelle Obama ate there on Saturday night, diners were frisked at the door. POTUS and FLOTUS enjoyed oysters and crabcakes. CI can't wait until the Blue Duck returns its pumpkin custard to the menu. Until then, she has the recipe on her site.
What could be better than Happy Hour? How about a Bacon Happy Hour! Dining in DC reported that is exactly what Restaurant 3 will be offering during the week of Oct. 21-27. There will also be a 3-course tasting menu with house-cured bacon by Chef Brian Robison.