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The Wharf’s Mi Vida Could Win the Title of America’s Best Restroom

Plus, Chef Todd Gray’s adventures in recreating the biblical food manna

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Contest wire

Voting for Cinta’s America’s Best Restroom contest is open, and the Wharf’s Mi Vida could take home the prize. Designer Michael Reginbogin explained the thought process behind Mi Vida’s hot pink, selfie-friendly loos to the Washington Business Journal.

Booze news

Tenth Ward Distilling Company’s new Absinthe Nouvelle is Maryland’s first absinthe, and DCist breaks down its notes of chrysanthemum and chamomile.

Coming attractions

A new pizza place called Stellina Pizzeria is headed to the Union Market area at 399 Morse Street NE, according to PoPville.

Food mishaps

Teens are going to the hospital after trying “Dragon’s Breath” snacks, foods made with liquid nitrogen that are meant to look like you’re exhaling smoke. The Washington Post traces this fad back to Chef José Andrés, who created a similar dish at Minibar. Andrés says he’s never had any issues with liquid nitrogen, and the Post reminds diners not to touch the liquid nitrogen and to let it evaporate before eating.

Biblical eats

The Washington Post tells the fascinating tale of chef Todd Gray’s attempts to recreate the biblical food manna for his restaurant at the Museum of the Bible after struggling with importing traditional Iranian manna due to sanctions on Iranian goods.