Category Archives: Beyond Brookland

Woodridge Library Overhaul To Be A Game-Changer For Rhode Island Ave

Woodridge Library NE Washington DC  Last night there was a public meeting to discuss the overhaul of the Woodridge library. Representatives from Bing Thom  Architects  and Wienceck and Associates were there to discuss plans. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend the meeting, but #WoodridgeDC (on Twitter) was abuzz last night with updates, comments and pictures. Highlights included a 3rd floor roof terrace with a reading room, a cafe, a community meeting room, and a rooftop garden – wow! This is sure to be an energizing shot in the arm to the Woodridge section of RIA, much like the Shaw was to its neighborhood. We will keep on an eye on any major developments here, but if you want to keep on top of it we recommend following  The New Woodridge Library blog.

Bloomingdale To Get Spanish Tapas And Italian Restaurants

Every now and then things happen outside just outside Brookland borders that we think you will be interested in. The area around Rhode Island Avenue and 1st street NW in Bloomingdale is already popular with Brooklanders because of hotspots Boundry Stone and Rustik, and yoga studio Yoga District. Be prepared to trek across North Capitol street even more often in the coming months. According to the Prince of Petworth blog, a  Spanish Tapas restaurant, Costa Brava and an Italian influenced restaurant are coming to that area.

Takoma Park Farmers Market Offers Tasty Food Just A Short Drive Away

One of the things that’s great about Brookland is it’s central location to just about anywhere in DC. That includes a place I love to get to on a lazy Sunday in late summer and fall: the Takoma Park Farmers Market.

Just a ten minute drive from Brookland up Eastern Avenue, a cornucopia of luscious produce and other farm-made goods await you. Whether it’s heirloom tomatoes, all kinds of fruit, fresh baked bread and churned butter, powerful herbs, or even meats and cheeses, you can find it all at this bustling market.

The Market’s 23 vendors are required to be producers themselves, meaning that they must grow whatever it is they are selling. Therefore most of the food available is locally grown, which is great from a quality and sustainability perspective.

The tomatoes you find here deserve special mention. The incredible flavor and diversity of types (yellow, pink, red, orange) will beat anything you will find in a supermarket, hands down. To me, they make tomatoes bought elsewhere pale by comparison.

I also love the breads sold here, which are equivalent to what you would expect to find in a bakery: very fresh, and made with wholesome ingredients. From stoneground wheat to rosemary bread, you can find it all.

Lunch after today’s visit to the Market was sandwiches made from very tasty whole grain bread, heirloom tomatoes, cheese, and a touch of fresh basil. Delicious!

So if you’re looking for something to do on Sunday, get yourself and your family out to buy some of the best that local producers have to offer. Before you go you can check out their website to see what is currently in season and being sold. But they have a strict no-dog policy, so leave the pooch at home!

Enjoy the pics….

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FoRIA To Give Langdon Elementary School A Face-Lift

The Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FoRIA) are seeking volunteers to help beautify Langdon Elementary School (located at 1900 Evarts Street NE, south of RIA). Help get the school ready for the new school year by landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers, setting up classrooms, creating leveled book rooms, etc. DCPS will provide the supplies, water and a t-shirt. RSVP for this event here.