Feasting Famously with Emily Hines Private Affairs Director of DC’s New Members Only Hot-Spot, Sidecar As non-pretentious and seemingly unassuming as they come, Emily Hines looks like the out-of-your-league girl next door on first meeting. However, a few short sentences into a conversation and you not only realize how nice and charming she actually is; but that she is very knowledgeable about her craft and really doesn’t have time for your B.S.
Top Chef Season 10 contestant and owner/Chef of DC’s own Belga Café lunches with us for his thoughts on the DC food scene, where he thinks it’s trending, and wonders if DC is ready for Michelin stars. Walking down the restaurant and bar lined Barrack’s Row neighborhood of Capitol Hill, I see many familiar haunts that serve cold beer, and I am sure, decent food. Yet I am comforted with each step I take as it brings me closer to Belga Café. Opened in 2004 by Chef Bart, this place has been consistently cranking out some seriously delicious Belgian-inspired food, providing amazing mussels, and some of the all-around best dishes (and beers) to be found in The District. However, it’s not Chef Bart’s entertaining and hilariously hard-to-understand-sometimes performance on Top Chef Season 10 that brings me here…ok, well, it sort of is. I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want to have lunch with this guy. He’s always happy, he had a crazy ass partner Josie in the last challenge that resulted in his elimination (tear), oh yeah, and there’s mussel’s on the half-shell with garlic butter and an ice cold Kasteel Rouge waiting for me on the inside. Onward we march in the name of food journalism!
Feasting Famously with Allie Hagan The Suri’s Burn Book author dishes on eating/drinking in The District and what “Suri” would think of the DC food scene. Blogging takes time. Blogging well takes talent and time. Blogging as the personality of a celebrity child commenting (judging) other celebrities, their children, and their choice in attire – and turning said blog into a book – takes time, talent, and an entire set of skills that many of us are completely void of. However, Allie Hagan, George Washington University alumna and seven-year Washington, DC resident mastered this art with the launch, and extreme success, of her blog Suri’s Burn Book, and subsequent printed book bearing the namesake. Suri’s Burn Book is, as stated on the website, “A study in Suri and the people who disappoint her.” Suri, in this case being Suri Cruise, the daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. On the blog, Allie (writing as the fashion-forward, ever-judging “Suri”) despises her mother’s sense of fashion, loathes the children of Will and Jada Smith, and desperately wishes to save Penelope Kardashian-Disick from whatever doomed fate she is certain to fall prey to. But what of Allie Hagan the person? I chat with her about the Washington, DC food scene, get the scoop on some of her favorite restaurants, and sneak a few comments from “Suri,” in this FamousDC exclusive.
Feasting Famously: Suzie Robb Half the brains, all the boobs behind BoobsBaconBourbon.com, and totally crushin’ on Mike Isabella. Launched in April 2012 by Suzie Robb, Eric Wang and one other anonymous writer as a dating (boobs), eating (bacon) and drinking (bourbon) website, BoobsBaconBourbon.com has quickly spread throughout the DC area like a Spike Mendelsohn restaurant. Suzie says she bought the domain name initially because it was catchy and available. “I started it because I had a bottle of wine to myself and I decided to write about my feelings,” she jokingly adds as we sit down at District Commons in Foggy Bottom. She bought the domain in February, discussed the idea with the two other partners of the site, and tada, triple-B was born shortly thereafter. “The name is what makes people go to the site,” she says, “and hopefully the content is why they stay.”
Feasting Famously with Chef Geoff Tracy Geoff Tracy, aka Chef Geoff, is the man behind the wildly popular Chef Geoff’s DC restaurants, of which there are four, and his one non-name sake, Lia’s. The restaurants are known for their inviting, non-pretentious atmosphere; the cuisine freshly American; and the happy hours bring college students and K Street lobbyists alike together over affordable “supermugs,” burgers, and pizzas. However that is “Chef Geoff” the restaurants, but what of Chef Geoff the owner?
Feasting Famously with Tucker Carlson A man truly living in his own Never, Never Land of food Some might know Tucker Carlson as the conservative knight in pastel bow-tie armor who battled the fire-breathing Ragin’ Cajun’ himself, James Carville, when they co-hosted CNN’s Crossfire. Others know him for his political commentary on networks such as MSNBC, and still ongoing, Fox News. However most recently, people will likely think of his wildly successful online journalism effort in launching The Daily Caller, a political news website reported to easily average over one million visitors every month. I know Tucker as a down-to-earth guy who loves Phish, The Grateful Dead, and liberal use of profanity.But what of Tucker Carlson and food? Surely he must subsist on more than a diet of Ayn Rand and coffee? Right? I sat down with the man himself to find out.
Meet Philippa Hughes. Philippa is a well-known art collector and art connector in DC who is famously known for creating the Pink Line Project, a consolidated and searchable calendar of all things cool and creative in DC. FamousDC was lucky enough to chat with Philippa about the DC art scene and what makes our city just as fun as any other. Here is what she had to say about the past and present. Written by FamousDC contributor Brittany Horowitz.
Meet Becca Clara Love & Cori Sue Morris. Better known as the Bitches Who Brunch. “Becca and Cori Sue are brunching their way around Washington, D.C….” was all it said in March of 2010 at the inception. More than 200 brunches later, Bitches Who Brunch has become the website Washingtonians turn to when they want to know where to brunch—or what to wear and where to party. The Bitches provide their readers with fresh content every week day, starting with Monday’s This Week events calendar and continuing with District Divas event and party recaps, Lust List fashion posts, and Bitchtastic Brunch reviews throughout the week. Bitches Who Brunch has become a staple for selecting the perfect brunch spot for a Sunday whether it be hungover with friends or out with your parents and with a new design around the corner FamousDC is looking forward to even more bitchtastic things from Becca Clara & Cori Sue.
Meet Clinton Yates. Yates is the local news editor for the WaPo’s Express and writes Lunchline, a feature dedicated to commenting on the day’s headlines. One of the proud few, he is a DC native. And he clearly loves his city, his Caps and his Nats. Yates began his career in radio and then jumped to the newspaper industry to become one of the districts favorite journo personalities. Luckily we caught him in between deadlines to answer a few questions. Find Yates on Twitter, Storify & Instagram
Meet Karl Johnson. Karl owns Pound the Hill in Eastern Market together with his partners Khalil Ghannam and Frank Rinaldi. Originally a coffeehouse, Pound the Hill recently launched a new expanded menu that includes an impressive wine list and gourmet bistro fare. We were able to catch Karl for a …
Meet Cullen Gilchrist and Jonas Singer. Cullen and Jonas run Blind Dog Cafe, a pop-up coffeehouse located a few blocks north of the U Street Corridor, inside Darnell’s bar during the day. Serving unbeatable coffee, house-made eats, and drool-worthy confections alongside all the free Wi-Fi you can handle, it’s no wonder …
Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill duo recently answered some questions for FishbowlDC. Funny stuff. If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be? WR: Scotch and soda. NS: Champagne in a can. How often do you Google yourself? WR: Every few (Hold, please) … (Okay, back now) …