Just this afternoon, a suspicious package was called into Penn Quarter near 7th and D streets — which just so happens to be right near José Andrés' Mexican restaurant Oyamel. Fortunately, Andrés himself was on the scene and reported extensively via a series of videos posted to Twitter.
1:46 p.m.: Andrés films his own news stand-up: "People of America: Suspicious package on 7th and D Northwest. All the streets are blocked, police everywhere. Let's hope it's nothing."
1:49 p.m.: Andrés tweets that it's funny to feel like a hostage at one's own restaurant, accompanied by a video surveying the empty street marked off with yellow police tape.
2:04 p.m.: The Spanish chef gets a visit from the police, who ask Andrés where he's from and whether he speaks English.
2:10 pm.: He takes a quick scan of Oyamel, where people are waiting for the all-clear with margaritas — as though there's any other appropriate way to wait for the all-clear from police.
2:17 p.m.: The ordeal draws to a conclusion with the last video, in which Andrés once again steps in front of the camera: "People of America: All back to normal. The police did great. We are all safe. Let's keep moving." He follows up with a picture of the "suspicious package" that caused all the ruckus. What was it? A handbag filled with junk that looks like a hair brush, notepad, Chihuahua doll and much, much more.
If only they hadn't already found Katie Couric's replacement.
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