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Being Social: the Weekend of 8.17.12

17 Aug

It is sadly nearing the close of DC Beer Week.  The events can be found at City Paper.  Also,Summer DC Restaurant Week ends on the 21st, and August 17–26 Alexandria Restaurant Week ends the 26th.

In addition,  registration for the Social Sports of Alington Fall Sports leagues (co-ed Softball, Football, and Volleyball ) are now open, if you’re an athletic geek.(LindyPromo).  Besides that, we have:

Friday

7pm

Black Cat continues to be awesome, and has been holding weekly Dr. Who happy hours!! Watch one episode of Dr. Who & enjoy drink specials every Friday! /nerdchills.   It’s free, and at the ‘Backstage’ venue.

Saturday

Right Round 80’s dance party will be on at Black Cat.
7pm-1am
To finish DC Beer Week off right, Penn Social will be hosting the No Sleep Till Brooklyn Lager Party.  It’s meant to have cheap drinks and tunes spinning all night long. [PoP]


Sunday
12-3pm
Bourbon Steak is having a Pig roast!  Unfortunately, it’s $60 a head. [DCist]
12-6pm
There will be an Alexandria Cambodian Community Day Festival around Old Town. It will include displays of traditional Cambodian arts, crafts, paintings, souvenirs, and food. [DC.about.com]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The National Gallery of Art has once more begun its ‘Jazz in the Garden’ series.  This has jazz bands that play in the Sculpture Gardens and is quite the relaxing and entertaining affair.  Check it out if you get a chance!  It will be held every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30, through August 31st.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.   If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

August

  • August 25 – October 21st the Maryland Renaissance Faire is back! A ways away, it is still epic awesome.  I’ll be going at least twice this  year.
  • Funky Fresh Foodie Fest is an amped up Truckeroo to be held August 25th. Tix are $60, which seems a bit steep to me.
  • Eighties Mayhem dance party August 25th at Black Cat.

September

  • DCGames Fest hosts a series of games on Washington D.C.’s National Mall on September 1
  • September 8-9 will host the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con.

October

November

  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.
  • 9-11 November will be Anime USA here in the District. It’s by the zoo, so totally accessible. I’ve already pre-reg’d!

December

August 2013

  • Otakon will be late this year: August 9 – 11, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Being Social: the Weekend of 8.10.12

10 Aug

While it’s not local, it’s time for the second Geekgirlcon will be in Seattle, WA! For those attending, I want a con report from you!

If you’ve been following me on twitter, you’ve read that I have been sick this week, so I won’t be going out. I’ll throw out a few suggestions for you healthy folk, though:

Friday

until 11pm

Truckeroo is back at the Fairgrounds near the Navy Yard / Ballpark. As usual, there are tons of food trucks, booze, music, etc.

7pm

Black Cat continues to be awesome, and has been holding weekly Dr. Who happy hours!! Watch one episode of Dr. Who & enjoy drink specials every Friday! /nerdchills.  The weekly ‘marathon’ started from the beginning of the new series. This week is The End of the World. It’s free, and at the ‘Backstage’ venue.

Saturday

Mystery Day!

Sunday

Forget the Olympics.  Why not try the Ale-lympics instead? With a few flights of beers to taste and test for supremacy, this event at the Paradiso chains sounds pretty epic to me.  [WaPo]

Along those lines, it is also DC BEER WEEK! ❤  With tons of specials, rare casks being tapped, and food/beer pairings out there, you should definitely check at least one event out. :3  The events can be found at City Paper.

Monday

Harry & the Potters is back at the Black Cat, this time with Potter Puppet Pals!!! While Harry Potter is so last decade, I’m tempted to go just for the puppets. ❤ Tickets are $15.

This week is also the Maryland Sales Tax holiday, from the 12th-18th. You can save 5% on purchases of school supplies costing $20 or less per item, or clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less.

Time is almost up! Make sure you have reservations in for:

August 15th-21st

August 17–26

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parades are Tuesdays until August 14th, from 7-8pm.
  • The National Gallery of Art has once more begun its ‘Jazz in the Garden’ series.  This has jazz bands that play in the Sculpture Gardens and is quite the relaxing and entertaining affair.  Check it out if you get a chance!  It will be held every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30, through August 31st.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.  It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong.  If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

August

  • Right Round 80’s dance party August 18th at Black Cat.
  • Funky Fresh Foodie Fest is an amped up Truckeroo to be held August 25th. Tix are $60, which seems a bit steep to me.
  • Eighties Mayhem dance party August 25th at Black Cat.

September

October

November

  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.
  • 9-11 November will be Anime USA here in the District. It’s by the zoo, so totally accessible. I’ve already pre-reg’d!

December

August 2013

  • Otakon will be late this year: August 9 – 11, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Being Social: the Weekend of 7.20.12

20 Jul

What’s going on this weekend… hmm…

A Steampunk ballet? Sure! At the Capital Fringe Festival, everything happens! Flights of Fancy will be shown at Gala Hispanic Theatre at Tivoli Square. Showtimes include 4:45 pm Saturday, July 14 12 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 11 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26. [WaPo]

Friday

6:30pm

Here’s something different, and right up my alley! Japanese Ink Painting & Wine will explore the subtle art. Tickets are $59. [WUSA9]

I think I want to learn this style…

Saturday

6-9pm

Whole Foods Market is having a Best Butcher Contest and Rooftop Party at their P street location. Food and drink will be served, and tickets are $20 (with profit going to the DC central kitchen).

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Heads up, foodies! Make your reservations now for:

July 14-21

July 16–22

August 15th-21st

August 17–26

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parades are Tuesdays until August 14th, from 7-8pm.
  • The National Gallery of Art has once more begun its ‘Jazz in the Garden’ series.  This has jazz bands that play in the Sculpture Gardens and is quite the relaxing and entertaining affair.  Check it out if you get a chance!  It will be held every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30, through August 31st.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.  It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong.  If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

July

  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

August

  • Love LEGOs? Then check out the Brick Fair August 4-5 at the Dulles Expo Center. It’s America’s largest LEGO con! The theme is FIRE! And I’m sure some of the sculptures there will actually look real. Sick! [theDistrict]
  • August 11-12 – Geekgirlcon will be in Seattle, WA

September

October

  • Taste of DC‘s main event will be on Pennsylvania Ave on October 6-8.

November

  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.
  • 9-11 November will be Anime USA here in the District. It’s by the zoo, so totally accessible. I’ve already pre-reg’d!

Being Social: Restaurant Weeks update!

17 Jul

I found yet another restaurant week going on, so an update is called for:

Courtesy of my Volt meal, March 2010

July 14-21

July 16–22

August 15th-21st

August 17–26

Being Social: the Weekend of 7.13.12

13 Jul

Another weekend nears!  Tonight, Truckeroo will again be serving awesome food until 11pm, and have live music and games at the Navy Yard Metro (Half and M Street SE).

And for us this weekend, the controversial Capital Fringe Festival will begin!  It runs July 12-29. This annual performing arts festival will feature more than 140 unique performances in 20 venues around Washington, DC. [DC.about.com]

Want something else fringe? On Saturday night, there’s one of those crazy sushi tastings where you eat it off a ‘model’.  Apparently that art is called Nyotaimori. 18+ [wusa9]

Another event this weekend is the celebration of French Independence!  Of note is the Bastille Day Gala Celebration at the French Embassy – a grand French feast of music, art, cuisine wine and dance! Of course, tix are $100+ so you might want to just wear your whites and go to one of many French restaurants in the DC/Georgetown area.  For example, on Saturday at Paul’s Pennsylvasian Ave location, they will be having a Bastille Day Baguette Relay Race.  Entrants are asked to pre-register. [TheDistrict]

At L’enfant café and grill, they will also host a Bastille Day street party & French Maid relay.  Tickets are $5

Also on Saturday from 7-11pm, Adult Recess at the National Harbor will host 80’s to 90’s music, have booze, and have games like Monopoly, Twister, Connect Four, Battleship, Uno, Chutes And Ladders, Nintendo Wii, And Many More.  Tickets are $10.  Rooms are $99 if you want to imbibe safely.

The DC Rollergirls will be having another derby on Sunday at 3pm, which is sadly their final home bout of the summer. Be sure to bring your own chair. Tickets are $12. [DCist]

Belgian waffles count, right?

Finally, Belgian restaurant week has begun, and there are many neat activities and cheaper beer deals to be found.  A good guide is at huffingtonpost.

And as we’re heading into the next wave of restaurant weeks, heads up, foodies! Make your reservations now for:

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parades are Tuesdays until August 14th, from 7-8pm.
  • The National Gallery of Art has once more begun its ‘Jazz in the Garden’ series.  This has jazz bands that play in the Sculpture Gardens and is quite the relaxing and entertaining affair.  Check it out if you get a chance!  It will be held every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30, through August 31st.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.  It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong.  If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

July

  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

August

September

October

  • Taste of DC‘s main event will be on Pennsylvania Ave on October 6-8.

November

  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.
  • 9-11 November will be Anime USA here in the District. It’s by the zoo, so totally accessible. I’ve already pre-reg’d!

Being Social: the Weekend of 7.7.12

7 Jul

There isn’t much to do this weekend, since everyone was partying on Wednesday. It’s meant to be record-breaking heat out there, so it might be a good idea to stay indoors and play a video game. And if you do, please tell me which one(s) you end up playing!

Mass Effect - the Xbox 360 original

I may be playing this for the first time…

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is ongoing, but bring a lot of water if you go! And, if I’m not mistaken, you can legally drink water on the metro due to the heat this weekend, too!

“Chef José Andrés and his team at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (401 Seventh Street NW) are offering a unique menu to celebrate the birthday of one of Mexico’s most famous artists, Frida Kahlo. Starting tonight, Kahlo’s birthday, to July 13, Oyamel will showcase a unique menu inspired by a birthday dinner she made for herself in 1942 at her home “La Casa Azul” in Coyoacán, a neighborhood of Mexico City. The special menu items and cocktails inspired by her birthday will be available for one week, and the restaurant with showcase an altar dedicated to this legend.” [DCist]

via Virtual Gourmet

If you want to do something, Saturday there will be the Alexandria Birthday and Independence Day Fireworks
July 7, 2012, Oronoco Bay Park. The annual event includes children’s activities, a concert performed by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake and a fireworks extravaganza. [DC.about.com]

Also Saturday evening at 8pm, music of John Williams will be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Included will be music from films such as “Harry Potter,” “E.T.”, “Star Wars”, and “Jaws”. [WaPo]

Finally, Sunday will play host to a discussion by six comic strip creators “Comics in the District: A Discussion with Local Creators” at Curls Studio (1529 16th Street NW) at 515pm. [DCist]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall has started up again, and will run through July 8th.  It always includes a bunch of exhibits, as well as fair foods. This year features a massive AIDS memorial quilt (nearly 48,000 panels), the USDA, Anacostia River arts, as well as a Chuck Brown Tribute Day.
  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parades are Tuesdays until August 14th, from 7-8pm.
  • The National Gallery of Art has once more begun its ‘Jazz in the Garden’ series.  This has jazz bands that play in the Sculpture Gardens and is quite the relaxing and entertaining affair.  Check it out if you get a chance!  It will be held every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30, through August 31st.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.  It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong.  If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

July

  • Brew at the Zoo will again be held by FONZ on July 12 from 6-9pm. They will have beer from more than 40 microbreweries, and proceeds go towards animal care and education at the National Zoo. Tickets are $50 for FONZ Members, $65 Nonmembers. Tickets include a commemorative beer mug, and the booze.
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

August

September

October

  • Taste of DC‘s main event will be on Pennsylvania Ave on October 6-8.

November

  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.
  • 9-11 November will be Anime USA here in the District. It’s by the zoo, so totally accessible. I’ve already pre-reg’d!

Tasty Interlude: Rochester Plate Sauce!

4 Jun

Ah, the Garbage Plate. A Rochester, NY staple of cheap eats aficionados and drunk college students wanting something to sop up their booze-filled stomachs.  Many a late night I had eaten these plates.  Consisting of heaping piles of home fries, macaroni salad, and cheeseburgers drowned in a rich, greasy meat sauce, this record holding fatty meal often averages over three days’ fat intake. One plate of this stuff is insanely greasy, filling, and delicious – and is often too much for one person to handle.  I proudly would finish one off by myself, besting many of my male friends. (Of course, my diminutive figure is misleading!)

While New York City has bagels and Chicago has pizza, Rochester has the Garbage Plate, originally created by Nick Tahou’s and duplicated across the city and region.  However, this culinary beast is rarely recreated well outside of its hometown. Enter Rochester Plate Sauce by Hot Top Foods, which has taken on the daunting task of making the key secret ingredient in this dish – the greasy, spicy meat sauce that tops the garbage plate.  I somehow garnered this company’s attention, and was able to sample some for your reading pleasure. While the meal may not be eye candy, it is pretty darn tasty.

The sauce comes shipped in a very well packed box. Within the sauce box are three packets, and I found one packet was more than enough for two Garbage Plates. With a sheet of instructions included, the preparation seems complex.  Partially due to the fact that the Plate has many purists and loyal fans, the reproduction of this plate outside of Rochester is pretty much nonexistent.  The recipe included helps the home cook to recreate a semblance of an authentic plate.  I will provide the instructions, and the shortcuts. Trust me, the shortcuts work wonders, but I tried it whole hog for the demo.

Part 1: Home fries.

Shortcut: Frozen home fries or French fries (I prefer shoestring). Bake until done.

Instructions: Cube potato, boil until just getting tender. Pan fry in oil with onion until browned.


Part 2: Mac salad

Shortcut 1: Store bought

Shortcut 2: Easy Mac – cook without the cheese sauce. Add a bit of chopped celery onion, mayo and mustard at the end.

Instructions: Cook up mac, add celery, onion, mayo and other preferred flavourings. Cool.

Part 3: Burger

Shortcut: Omit, or make the dog type of plate by microwaving your hot dogs

Instructions: cook burger and melt American white cheese on top

Part 4: Sauce

Shortcut: Rochester Plate Sauce – microwave or boil for a couple of minutes.

Shortcut 2: Use pasta sauce. Add in a lot of red chili flakes. If you are ambitious, fry up ground meat and add to sauce.  This really doesn’t taste authentic, but you can pretend.  Still, with this new Rochester Plate Sauce, trying to create a sub-par sauce without that distinctive flavor is much more difficult.

Instructions: SECRET!

Assembling the plate is not very artistic. The ones from Nick Tahou’s are always a sloppy pile of deliciousness. I tried to make mine look nicer. My traditional plate has a ton of Frank’s hot sauce and some mustard on it. Others add ketchup, but I don’t. Some put more raw onion on top, but it’s more of a luxury to me.

Then we have the final product! To eat, cut off a bit of meat, stir everything around and enjoy!  Don’t feel bad if you can’t finish it, though.  Leave that to the experts.



I have to say that the concept of portable plate sauce is pretty awesome. Not only is it a very easy way to complete a homemade garbage plate, but having the sauce also makes me want to make the meal! Trust me, I do get the craving every once in a while.  As I’m about a seven hour  drive from ROC  (that’s Rochester), this is a great alternative to going up there for the real thing.  And now, you too can try a Garbage Plate,  just like any ROC expatriate.

The sauce itself did have the greasy sheen on top that is typical of a Garbage plate, and it was not excessive to worry me. The colour actually looks a bit more red and vibrant than many of the website’s pictures – it is not just a brown pile of deliciousness. The consistency surprised me – while it is a meat sauce, the meat is extremely fine, almost adding a gritty texture to the sauce.  I have been told by the manufacturer that this is being refined – and I can’t wait to see how it can get better!  It also had a bit of an irony aftertaste, attributed to secret ingredients and preservatives.  To the consumer, I would recommend adding your own ground meat.  The sauce is a bit spicy, but not up to my standards; I had to add a lot of Frank’s Hot Sauce (my personal bit of heaven, though others prefer Tabasco) to it.


I would recommend folks try this if they are adventurous foodies who have never experienced a Rochester Plate.  Expat Rochesterians may also enjoy having such a simple way to top off a food that reminds them of home.  I know that when I have mine, I think of late night eating contests, grease soaked fingers and games of drunken Super Monkey Ball.  How about you?

If you’re interested, visit www.platesauce.com to order your box of plate deliciousness, and get ready for some Rochester memory waves!  And a special thank you to them to treating me to their tasty wares :3