A look at what's going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and in the larger area north of Capitol Hill.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Original Sin Pin-Up Contest at Rock & Roll Hotel


Original Sin Cider is running a pin-up girl contest, and you can join in Tuesday at the Rock & Roll Hotel  (1353 H Street). Contestants should sign up online beforehand. Original Sin is looking for "memorable, artistic and independent women who reflect [the brand's] commitment to creativity and boldness." The winner of each city's contest will be featured in a pin-up style poster similar to the one above.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Danny Todd's Brings Breakfast All Day To Late Risers And Late Partiers


Formerly Chef Corner Cafe, Danny Todd's (802 13th St) is a great spot on 13th St, just north of H, to get breakfast any time of day. The decor is pretty awesome. Has anyone stopped by to try Danny Todd's yet?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Michael Brown Protestors Hope to "Shut Down" H Street Saturday Night

Participants in a related protest marched through the streets of DC 8/23

The official name of the event is the "March To Shut Down H St. For Mike Brown: No Justice No Economic Peace," and they are headed our way starting at 7pm Saturday. Here's how the organizers explain the protest: "We are continuing our protests for justice for Mike Brown and his family by shutting down another one of DC’s major economic thoroughfares." One might be forgiven for thinking Dupont or Georgetown could better serve the purpose, but it's happening here, so plan accordingly. Those wishing to take part in the protest should meet in front of Union Station by 7pm. The official hashtag is #DCFerguson. Please note that this is the second such protest in DC in recent days. The last one passed through Chinatown. You can find pictures and video of it in this post on Democratic Underground. More about this event from the Washington City Paper.

Panorama Bakery Opens Today at Union Market

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3-Day Sourdough, a photo by Steph on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons license

A new bakery has set up shop in Union Market (1309 5th Street) and you can sample their wares starting today. Panorama Bakery was previously a mostly wholesale business, with the exception of tables at the Bloomingdale, and 14th & U Street NW farmer's markets. Panorama currently supplies breads to several well regarded local restaurants and hotel chains, including: Citronelle and Central, Bastille, the Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, Westin, Crowne Plaza, Faccia Luna, Overwood, 100 King, Tempo, Table Talk and Le Gaulois. In addition to fresh breads, they also sell pastries, viennoiseries, and cakes.

Old City Crossfit Gets A New Rolldown Door!

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Old City CrossFit (810 H St) just got a new rolldown door. Looks pretty cool! Do any Old City CrossFit members post here? What do you think of it?

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant Coming to 700 Block


Addis Ethiopian Restaurant is coming to 707 H St. This is the latest in a string of new businesses opening on the 700 block. On the 600 block, a CVS is coming soon. Looks like the middle of the H St corridor is really on the move!

New Business Replaces Heaven & H: Punto De Encuentro

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More changes to come for 701 H St. We reported earlier on how Heaven & H took the place of Grace's Deli, whose owner was tragically murdered by a robber. Heaven & H closed several months ago and a new business will be opening soon named Punto De Encuentro (which translates roughly to "areas of common ground"). The Washington Business Journal ran an article in late July saying that 701 H would be christened The Spot Deli, but the name of the establishment apparently has changed (although there is some overlap between the two concepts, since the same article outlined the initial expectation that The Spot Deli would spotlight "Latin fare such as pupusas, tamales and burritos"). Punto De Encuentro will feature breakfast sandwiches, other sandwiches, and Latin fare. More info to come on this new establishment as we get it.

DC Harvest Opens 9/2

Photo courtesy of DC Harvest

DC Harvest (517 H Street) will open for dinner Tuesday. I was inside the building during construction, and the space looked very promising. They were putting the finishing touches on the bar during my visit. They specialize in cuisine created with locally sourced ingredients, and the sample menu items I've seen suggest they will bring a new flavor to the H Street Corridor. Press release after the jump.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Trinidad Neighborhood Association Meeting Tomorrow


What: Trinidad Neighborhood Association Meeting
When: Tuesday, August 26, 7pm
Where: Trinidad Recreation Center 1310 Childress Street

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Missing Dog: Dexter [UPDATE: He's Been Found]


I was hoping you could help me find a list dog by posting to your blog. I'm [in the 1700 block of] Montello, and the house next to mine just burnt down for the second time in about 3 months. I was dogsitting Dexter for my good friend who lives down at Florida and Montello. [A neighbor] called me to tell me about the fire so I raced home from dinner. The house was full of smoke and Dexter was hiding. I let him out to the gated front yard but he managed to escape. He's an older Australian Blue Heeler and is not familiar with this end if the neighborhood. I've attached some pics ([second] one is a stock photo, but looks just like him). Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. I'm at berryhill@gmail.com; 814-512-0078.


Dexter was found in the Arboretum.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Pack Lunches for those in Need at Avery's Saturday Morning


This monthly event is held every third Saturday morning of the month at Avery's (1370 H Street). Volunteers & donors help pack lunches for the less fortunate. Lunches are then distributed to those who need them at five locations in the District.

XX, the Cabaret at Gallery O on H Saturday

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Like vaudeville? Interested in cabaret? Check out this Saturday's show at Gallery O on H (1354 H Street). Tickets available online. Find out more about XX, the Cabaret on their Facebook page.

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Congressional Chorus Auditions

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mysterious Parakeet Still Touring NE, Last Spotted in Trinidad

Photo from the original Reddit post reporting a sighting of the parakeet

While the exotic white-eyed parakeet is native to the tropical island of Trinidad, a more familiar common parakeet (often known as the budgerigar) seems to have made its home in our District neighborhood of the same name. Gracing first Gallaudet and now Trinidad with its striking blue plumage, the little guy seems to be exploring NE. While "wild" parakeets are not unknown in the United States (Connecticut of all places has a large colony of green and yellow budgerigars), it seems likely our exotic visitor is an escaped pet and not part of feral flock. If you know of anyone who may have lost a pet parakeet in the past few weeks (he was first spotted August 4th), let them know about our this little guy (or girl). Otherwise, just keep your eyes open for the startling blue among the drab plumage of our more common avian friends. I do imagine he/she might be open to a new housing situation as the weather cools.
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American Youth Chorus Auditions

AYC Audition Flyer 2014-2015 - Copy-page-001

Capitol Hill Corner: What's Next for XII Space?

XII back before things went awry. Photo provided by XII

Capitol Hill Corner has the latest from a recent community meeting in which a representative of the new owner (who reportedly has no ties to the owners of the troubled XII Lounge) outline plans to transform the space into a restaurant (all the time)/entertainment venue (evenings)/culinary & service training academy(days). The space in question is located at 1123 H Street.