Us Brooklanders already know that Menomale serves up the best pizza in DC. Now the rest of DC will know about it soon too. Congrats to Menomale on their 3 page spread in the October 2012 food section of Washingtonian Magazine!
On Saturday the Friends of RIA (FoRIA) held their first annual Fall Fest. The concept was to showcase and celebrate Rhode Island Avenue. Most of the activities took place between South Dakota and 20th Streets, NE. It was great to see neighbors of all ages and backgrounds come together in the spirit of neighborhood pride. Some of the highlights of the day included a food drive, several flea markets, free HIV/AIDS testing, RIA history talks, demonstrations at Art Enables, and a discussion by Neighbors United for DC Statehood at Lace restaurant featuring beer from DC Brau. We are looking forward to next years fair, which I am sure will be even bigger and better. Great job FoRIA!
On Saturday night the owners of Little Ricky’s hosted a private art show and sneak peek of what’s to come. It was an evening of fantastic food, warm hospitality, great art and live music. I have to confess, by the time my wife and I left, we were downright giddy.
This place is a fantastic. Here’s what separates it from most of the Latin restaurants in DC – it has a crisp, clear point of view – decidedly Cuban. Many places offer a hodge-podge of Latin dishes spanning South, Central and North America and the Caribbean. Not this place. The music, art, decor, and most importantly, the food, stays true to a distinctly Cuban heritage. Notably, the tostones (fried slices of green/unripe plantains) are not something you can find in most catch-all Latin restaurants, and they were scrumptious. My wife was blown away by the heavenly croquettas with their crunchy outside and soft delicious fillings inside. The other striking thing about this place is how high-end everything is. From the fine artwork by Cuban artist Ahmed Gomez to the smallest details, the owners have clearly taken a lot of time and effort to create a wonderful ambiance that is a step above anything we have seen in the immediate area.
Ok, already! So when do they open? The owners, Lola and Chase are planning on a soft opening in early October, so they can work out the kinks first. The next steps are hiring the wait staff and other last minute details. At first, they will only be open Friday though Sunday, including brunch service. Little Ricky’s is located at 3522 12th St. NE. If you would like to keep up with their developments, we recommend liking their Facebook Page or stay tuned here.
September brings blissful reprieve from August’s harshness, and pulls us back into our gardens. Most flowers have bloomed and are done, and it gets increasingly challenging to maintain fall colors unless you go with plants like mums. But the skilled gardener can do so much more.
This stunner of a garden is at 3012 16th Street NE. Devoted almost entirely to roses, the gardener takes advantage of the fact that these shrub roses love the cooler weather and recent rains to burst back into bloom after going dormant in the heat of high summer. They are meticulously kept, with hardly a spent rose in sight. The scene from the front is absolutely beautiful, especially in combination with the short yellow flowers in front (I don’t know what they are), a touch of red geraniums, and a birdbath that together surely make this space a joy to behold from the front porch. The home itself is a gorgeous American Foursquare popular at the turn of the 20th century.
Congratulations to 3012 16th Street NE for being the Brookland Garden of the Month for September!
Many thanks to reader Inez Steigerwald for sending us this pic yesterday. She says:
I took some pictures at sunset today (first official day of fall!) and I got a nice autumny one from the batch.
We agree! HAPPY FALL BROOKLAND! 🙂
Today Col. Brooks’ Tavern held a sale of remaining restaurant equipment and some memorabilia. It was sad to see the place so vacant. It really hit home that this Brookland institution has come to an end.
A hot summer is coming to an end, but the work isn’t done! Our trees need our continued attention and TLC.
Check out the Casey Trees Autumn Almanac, in which they encourage residents to:
- Continue watering through September. Practice 25 to Stay Alive — 25 gallons of water per tree per week in times of little or no rainfall — on warm days through the month of September. Do not water after the ground freezes.
- Remove slow-release watering bags in October. Tree trunks and the tree flare need to be exposed to air, so once October arrives, remove any watering devices and store them until next spring.
- Check the mulch. Refresh mulch by adding two to three inches in a ring around the trunk. Be sure to practice the 3-3-3 rule — three inches of mulch in a three-foot ring with a three-inch space around the tree trunk. Avoid volcano mulching.
Check out Portland chillin’ on this chair! A 5-year-old, Portland lives on 12th St. and is a protector, vigilant and alert, and always on the defense. But once he no longer feels someone is a threat, he becomes the cutest and lovable tender pup. His owner says Portland is a mix, with some Chihuahua, but added – who knows! If you would like your pet featured here, contact us.
Got plans for Sunday afternoon (besides football)? If not, you may want to check out the open houses for these beauties.
This home at 1254 Irving is going for $625,000. I know from first-hand experience that this house is impeccable, superbly cared for and the finishings are very high-end. (Full disclosure, I am friends with the owners.) You can’t really see it from the photos, but the wood floors are spectacular!
This federal style home at 1805 Monroe St. NE is dripping with charm and on the market for $569,900. Not only is this a huge home and property, but I just love all those hardwood floors and wood trim.
On Wednesday night, Brookland’s Turkey Thicket Recreation Center hosted an open house to inform the community about its fall programs. The event was well attended with residents of all age groups enjoying music and a myriad of activities from table tennis to dance instruction. A plethora of classes will be offered this fall including Double Dutch, Chess, Flag Football, Senior Tennis, Senior Walking Club, Senior Chair Exercise, Dance Explosion, Fitness Boot Camp, Zumba, Soccer with DC United, Youth Tennis, Hand Dancing, Basketball, Volleyball, Water Aerobics, Adult, Senior and Children Swimming Classes, and Senior Aerobics. Most classes are free and some (mostly the aquatic classes) have a small fee for residents. The Turkey Thicket website does not offer much in the way of class information, so you are better off going to the center, picking up a flyer about the class you are interested in or speaking to one of the helpful staff. Turkey Thicket is located at 1100 Michigan Ave, NE and is open Monday – Friday from 6:30 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm and is closed Sundays.