A day after putting on a well-received show at FedEx Field outside of D.C. last week, ageless Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger visited Rasika West End for dinner. According to a representative for the restaurant, he stayed for about two hours and ate with seven other guests on the Fourth of July. Jagger, 75, underwent heart valve surgery a few months ago, but with the vitality he’s shown at his shows, it’s easy to imagine he went straight for the spicy vindaloo. Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj shared a picture of the singer with group executive chef Vikram Sunderam.
Everyday Moroccan grits
Unconventional Diner, the Convention Center adjacent comfort food lab from Central chef David Deshaies, has begun offering its brunch menu seven days per week. As of yesterday, customers can get merguez and grits, fried chicken and waffles, corned beef hash and more from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. [Popville]
Trolling crab pickers
The Washington Post is engaging in an extended troll job with a series about why summer actually sucks, and the latest example takes aim at a beloved Maryland institution. Maura Judkis interviews several people who hate picking crabs. Predictably, some crab lovers were upset. [WaPo]
Bold new look
Hanumanh, the new Lao bar in Shaw from the Thip Khao team, has a new attention-grabbing paint job out front. Artist Henley Bounkhong painted the plain white exterior in red and gold patterns inspired by a temple in Laos.
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A little info on the new look of our Monkey Bar by @goldenrabbitsilentmonkey Reposted from @goldenrabbitsilentmonkey - HANUMANH’s facade facelift The colors and patterns were inspired by my trip to Laos last November. So many beautiful temples in Laos, and all were amazingly decorated and adorned with many Buddhist statues, paintings, imageries, and patterns. The one temple that really inspired me was Wat Xieng Thong. It was red and had yellow/gold decorations and wall patterns. So when @chefseng and @pradachith23 asked me to paint the facade, I immediately thought about the temples in Luangprabang, Laos. I extremely enjoyed and proud of this one. Each stencils were personally designed and made for Hanumanh. I’ve used stencils before but never for my own projects. It was definitely a challenge but learned so much. Thanks again @hanumanh_dc @chefseng @pradachith23 for giving me the opportunity to paint for you again. Swipe left for progress pics #hanuman #hanumanhdc #shawdc #dc #dcrestaurants #laos #lao #laotianfood #laosrestaurant #thipkhao #laospainting #murals #mural #paintings #paint #laosart #laoart #laotianart - #regrann
Plea to the president
Post reporter Tim Carman tweeted yesterday that celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern was filming a new project at Union Market in Northeast. Shortly after, José Andrés posted a video sitting side-by-side with Zimmern saying that the two were making a documentary about the “root causes of immigration.” In the video, Andrés and Zimmern invite President Donald Trump to come have lunch with them so they can discuss immigration reform. Maybe Red Apron could cook them up a well-done steak.
Mr. President @realDonaldTrump my friend @andrewzimmern and I, we are doing a documentary about root causes of our immigration situation and what solutions we can all bring to the table to pass immigration reform once and for all! Can we invite you to lunch to talk about it? pic.twitter.com/ta14F9w04m— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) July 8, 2019