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A Tenleytown Woman Found a Live Frog in Her Cava Bowl

The chain says it is investigating the incident

Cava Grill
Cava Grill

Crazier than crazy feta

Crawling its way across cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta cheese crumbles, the small frog is trapped under the see-through lid of the Mediterranean bowl from popular, Rockville-based chain Cava. Naomi Stahl took a video of the amphibian in her Tenleytown apartment Friday, November 16, and later shared the footage with the Washington Post. Stahl returned the bowl to the Cava on Wisconsin Avenue NW and left without accepting a replacement. She set the frog free near her apartment. In a statement to the Post, a Cava executive says the chain is investigating the incident and takes the handling of its ingredients very seriously. “We have strict steps in place to ensure everything is washed and inspected before serving our guests,” chief operating officer Dan Jones told the Post. [WaPo]

Cider house on tap

The cider brewing craze in D.C. will extend to the Virginia suburbs. Washington Business Journal reports that a company called Virginia Ciderworks has filed plans to open a production facility and tasting room, dubbed Lost Boy Cider, near the Eisenhower Avenue Metro station in Alexandria. In Washington alone, apple lovers can sample brews from Anxo (Truxton Circle and Brightwood Park), Supreme Core near the National Arboretum, and Capitol Cider House in Petworth. [WBJ]

Rebranded Indian fare

The 1947 restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, is now operating under the name Tamarind Indian Cuisine. Northern Virginia Magazine reports the news about a venue it had named as one of its 50 best restaurants in the region this year. Founded by Asad Sheikh, 1947 had kept the same menu once he sold it to Shruthi Reddy and Venkat Aella. Sheikh told Eater late last month that he sold out of all his Virginia businesses to focus on opening Bombay Street Food in Columbia Heights. Sheikh said then he was still consulting with new owners to maintain high standards for the food. [NVM]

Incoming deli

The former Pinz-N-Needles tattoo shop on U Street NW is close to transforming into a deli. Popville reports that a new sign for Grand Opening Eatery has been slapped on the building. A permit on the window says the proposed use for the space is to become a deli. As far as names go, a permanent Grand Opening sounds way more fun than an ever-present Going Out of Business sign would be. [Popville]

National nods

StarChefs magazine last week announced its lineup of rising stars for the D.C. region. Washington insiders will likely feel like many of these names are firmly established, but the rest of the country might not be so in the know. Washington City Paper shared the list here, [WCP]