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"Top Chef" All-Star, DC Restaurant Owner Spike Mendelsohn Plays Santa Claus in Anacostia

"Top Chef" All-Star, DC Restaurant Owner Spike Mendelsohn Plays Santa Claus in Anacostia

On Tuesday, December 14th, “Top Chef” Season 4 contestant and current All-Star Spike Mendelsohn played Saint Nick.

"The Best Sandwich I've Ever Ate": Capitol Hill

"The Best Sandwich I've Ever Ate": Capitol Hill

The other night I was watching Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate", a show that features Food TV personalities and celebrity chefs sharing their favorite dishes from across the country.

I began thinking to myself what I would say if there was a similar show specifically dedicated to dishes in D.C..

So here is the first installment of "The Best Thing I Ever Ate: D.C.", and we'll start with even more specific parameters: "The Best Sandwich I Ever Ate: Capitol Hill".

There are a number of great lunchy/sandwichy places in the Capitol Hill community, but every time I'm in the area I have to have the Market Lunch's North Carolina Barbecue pork sandwich.

Almost One Year Since Opening Big Chair Coffee Shop Benefitting Community, Battling Recession

Almost One Year Since Opening Big Chair Coffee Shop Benefitting Community, Battling Recession

“Two or three years ago, (Anacostia) was not as we see it right now.  There’s a lot of progress around here,” Bantamlak Yimenu said as he peered out onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue from a corner table in Southeast D.C.'s Big Chair Coffee Shop. “There’s a lot of big change coming up.”

Almost a year ago now, Yimenu and his sister kicked off that change when they opened Big Chair, the first true sit-down coffee shop East of the Anacostia River.

“There are a number of people who live in this neighborhood who want gourmet coffee, (and a) gourmet coffee shop,” Yimenu said.  “Instead of going across the River to get that kind of place, we’ve brought it here.”

Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen to Feature Gourmet Dog During Nationals Final Home Stand of Season

Well, the Nationals certainly aren't in playoff contention, but there are still reasons to visit the ballpark before the season ends.  One in particular will be the presence of a brand new gourmet concession option from Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen. 

Moonen is the chef and owner of Rick Moonen’s rm seafood in Las Vegas.  Moonen has become a public figure since appearing as a contestant on Top Chef Masters in 2009, as well as a guest judge on Top Chef DC.

At the home stand, which will run from September 27 to September 29 and will feature the Nationals playing against the Philadelphia Phillies, Moonen will unveil the Moon ‘N Doggie, an all natural shrimp dog with Asian slaw and toga chips.

The Moon 'N Doggie is served on a toasted roll, and Moonen will offer creative sauces including Chipotle Dude, Horseradish Hell and Honey Ginger Goo.