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Taan Noodles Finally Closes

In Closing, Food, News by RUNINdc

Almost a year ago to this day, Taan Noodles tweeted that it had closed it doors for good.  That was a bit premature and Taan immediately reopened with a new chef, Michael Than. Taan which opened in October 2011 was known for its sake, steam buns and okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style cheese pancake. But Taan always played second fiddle to the renowned  Sakuramen …

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Taste of Tara Temple

In Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

  Upon entering Tara Temple, you are immediately greeted by a majestic row of tori gates transporting me to a foreign, exotic land. Once you enter the dining room, you are taken back by the look and feel of a cool and comfortable lounge, perfect for drinks and cocktails. Tara Temple is known for its Pad Thai, and also its …

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Lyon Hall – Mussels & Donuts

In Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

If you come to Lyon Hall, you must have the mussels. They are literally out of this world!!  Perfect for two to share although I could easily consume it all by myself, if no one was watching. The sauce is rich, buttery, and oh so Heavenly!  You need a lot of bread to dip soak it up, or else I might …

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Four Sisters Clarendon – Third Time’s a Charm

In Asian, Food, Fun, News, Review by RUNINdc

Clarendon doesn’t have many choices for authentic Asian.  Last year, we wrote off Rien Tong after several not too stellar episodes with bland food and rude service. So when Four Sisters moved into Clarendon, we had to roll up our sleeves and flex our tastebuds. Four Sisters is a long running family owned business that originated at the Eden Center and  Merrifield Town …

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Noelia Metro Center — First Look

In Food, News by RUNINdc

Finemondo sold the business to Kaiser Gill and the venue has magically transformed to Noelia, a 238-seat space Italian restaurant. Gill tapped former Sette Osteria and Cafe Milano chef Carmen Piazza as the restaurant’s executive chef. She has designed a menu of “modern, Italian comfort food,” said Gill. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant also includes a 1,400-square-foot dance floor so the restaurant can transition …

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Cafe Paradiso

In Food, Italian, Wine by RUNINdc

If you want fabulous Italian cuisine and terrific wine in a quaint and cozy spot, then look no further than Woodley Park’s majestic Cafe Paradiso. Walk inside, you are greeted by a friendly staff and modern decor. The restaurant is spacious, capable of handling a large party and on this unseasonably cool summer day, the patio was a big winner. …

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DC Communicators Happy Hour

In Fashion, Food, Fun by RUNINdc

For the last several years, military Public Affairs Officers held a monthly social in Crystal City, VA.  Starting with Vapiano, the group decided to invite all communicators (Gov, Non-Gov, Corporate, startups) This event held at Vapiano was a smashing success   The event is hosted by Suzette K from Navy Public Affairs

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Duffy’s Gets a D

In Bar, Beer, Food, Irish, Review by RUNINdc

Duffy’s is good for what it is.  It’s ideal to get bar food and drink beer.  The place is known for its wings, but when I took a bite, I quickly realized it’s definitely not the best in the city. In fact, it’s not even close.  The tots also weren’t amazing. Some were soggy and too salty. it’s a good …

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Medaterra Raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief

In Charity, Events, Food, Fun, Fundraiser, Happy Hour, Lebanese, Mediterranean, News, Review, Wine by RUNINdc

Medaterra Raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief Medaterra, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Woodley Park, raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief fund The tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan has left us heavyhearted,” said Angela Aly, owner. “Everyone was very giving and happy. My staff was commenting how every table wanted to donate to the Red Cross,” said Owner Angela Aly. Here is a …

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St Paddies Day @ Irish Channel

In Bar, Beer, Chinatown, Events, Festival, Food, Fun, Irish by RUNINdc

Back in the 1600’s, the Catholic church created St Patrick’s Day to commemorate Christianity’s arrival in Ireland — boy has the holiday evolved over the years. Today, St Patrick’s Day is a week long event featuring several Irish bands and specials.  During the week our beloved Brian Gaffney, Peter Baker and Aine Doherty performs. On Sunday, the Channel participates in …

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Rien Tong – Tasteless & Rude

In Asian, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

Rien Tong is a Thai Sushi shop in the heart of Clarendon.  It’s perfectly located since there’s a dearth of good Asian restaurants this side of Arlington. I’ve visited several times over the year and got a mixed reaction.  Sometimes the service was fast.  Other times, I would have done better just going to Whole Foods. The food is ok,  but …