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James Beard finalists in DC

5 Mar

Who says DC isn’t a foodie city? Ok a lot of people but it’s getting better, really! The James Beard Foundation seems to think so, because several DC establishments and chefs have been nominated for their 2012 Restaurant and Chef awards. In case you don’t know of the awards, they’re basically the Oscars of food. Here’s the full list of nominees nationwide.

Here’s the list of DC nominees according to

Best New Restaurant: Fiola, Little Serow
Outstanding Bar Program: Columbia Room, PX
Outstanding Chef: Frank Ruta (Palena)
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Tiffany MacIsaac (Birch & Barley)
Outstanding Restaurant: Marcel’s
Outstanding Restaurateur: Ashok Bajaj (Knightsbridge Restaurant Group)
Outstanding Service: Restaurant Eve
Outstanding Wine Program: CityZen, Restaurant Eve
Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional: Greg Engert (Neighborhood Restaurant Group)
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve), Tony Conte (The Oval Room), Scott Drewno (The Source), Johnny Monis (Komi), Peter Pastan (Obelisk), Vikram Sunderam (Rasika), Bryan Voltaggio (Volt)

Manzanita branches

5 Mar

I know you’re thinking what the hell is a manzanita? I actually have no idea. But I’m assuming it’s some sort of tree. A tree with branches. Branches that will look good in your place.

This is a really easy way to snazz up the old man cave. It’s modern, it’s classy, and it’s cheap. This will go great in your living room or bedroom. They come in a variety of styles, the cheapest being the natural variety ($3.63!). Naturally the actual product’s shape varies from the picture since they’re real branches from real trees.

The more space you have to spare, the bigger you can go on the size. Put them in something simple like this container. Fill it up with sand or gravel and plop that sucker in!

[WWGWD] Making a toast

5 Mar

What would George Washington do?

Whoever buys the round of drinks gets first dibs on giving a toast. Don’t swagg-jack.