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Free Food for D.C. Feds on Thursday, 12/8!

Below is a guest post from GovLoop’s Lauren Modeen.  As a former federal employee and a friend to many Feds out there, I’m happy to help promote this event!  Plus, the free food at issue here includes two of my favorite food groups: mac and cheese and BBQ.  Now if only I could find that old Government ID . . .

There is such a thing as a free lunch. For government workers, that is, on December 8!

Being a government worker is a thankless job and in most instances that’s just not cool. GovLoop.com, the “Facebook for Feds” sees the good work govies do every day, and wants to say thanks.

That’s why GovLoop is planning to feed public servants, FOR FREE, on December 8 from 11:30am – 1:30pm (or until supplies run out) at the L’Enfant and Federal Triangle metro stops. It’s simple – government employees just need to show up with a government ID, business card or something else to prove their public service credentials. If indeed a government employee, they will get their choice of lunch from one of two food truck partners: BBQ Bus (L’Enfant Plaza) or Cap Mac (Federal Triangle). The lunch menu will include:

  1. Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich with chips and a drink
  2. Three Bean Vegetarian Chili with a drink
  3. Classic Macaroni and Cheese with a drink
  4. Goat Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with a drink

The exact locations of the food trucks will not be known until the day of the event. When arriving at the metro stops, follow @GovLoop on Twitter to find out exactly where the trucks are stationed. You can also call (202) 709-7472 on the day of the event for exact locations.

Want more details? Check it out here.

Image source, http://www.facebook.com/bbqbusdc

Best lobster roll in DC?

Winning lobster roll -- Luke's!

I’ve been on a search lately for the best lobster roll in DC.  Yes, this search is being conducted simultaneously with my search for the best burger in DC.  I can multitask.  For those New Englanders out there, you may be laughing and thinking just how ridiculous and futile my search must be.  I know I’m from Texas and I’ve had a lobster roll in New England . . . once.  I like to think I know good food.  And I think DC sometimes doesn’t get the recognition it deserves — it’s been making culinary leaps and bounds in recent years.  So far, my overall assessment is that there are some really good options out there to offset those that miss the mark.  Below I assess four versions of lobster rolls I’ve eaten around town recently in order of increasing preference.  Check it out and chime in with your thoughts on the best lobster roll in DC!

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Food truck review: The Rolling Ficelle — Another food truck, but not just another sandwich!

Are there any of you out there that still believe that I just *happen* to walk by a food truck?  If so, then let’s say it happened again.  This time, I happened to be walking by the Rolling Ficelle food truck.

The menu features several sandwiches, all of which are served on a “ficelle” from Lyon Bakery.  What’s a ficelle? Well, the picture to the left says it all.  It’s a very long, thin baguette-style bread.

If you’ve read some of my other sandwich-musings (e.g. El Floridano, America Eats Tavern’s lobster roll), you’ll know that I have talked about key metrics for assessing the quality of any sandwich.  First, the bread-to-filling ratio.  No one wants too much of either.  Second, the bread.  Obviously, it needs to be fresh.  It also needs a little texture.  It needs to hold its own against the filling but not fight with you as you try to get to the filling.  Based on my first and only experience with Rolling Ficelle, its sandwiches pull in high scores with respect to both of these metrics.

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Food Truck Review: Tacos from Takorean

Yesterday, I *happened* to pass by the Takorean food truck around the time people eat what’s commonly known as lunch.  I can’t pass up a good taco, especially given that one of Takorean’s options yesterday was a beef bulgogi taco.  Beef bulgogi is a delicious Korean dish.  In simple terms, it’s beef that has been marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, peppers and other yummy stuff.  At the truck, I opted for two tacos: the beef bulgogi and tofu.  They were also offering a chicken taco but I felt like that would be too safe a choice.  Plus, I actually do like tofu despite my love of the meats.  Tacos are $3.50 a piece, but you can get 3 tacos for $9.   Though I found that two tacos were filling enough for me.


Each taco comes with your choice of meat or tofu nestled in two corn tortillas and topped with Sriracha (hot) sauce, cilantro, lime crema (a/k/a lime flavored sour cream), one of two types of slaw, and sprinkled with sesame seeds.  Your slaw options are napa romaine or kimchi.  The tacos were tasty.  In fact, I may have like the tofu taco more than the beef!  I know, insane!!   It’s probably becaues the tofu soaked up the hoisin marinade resulting in a spicy, salty finished product.  Now, my one big disappointment was the kimchi slaw.   I thought it would be real kimchi until I re- read the description on Takorean’s website a little more closely. It accurately states that you’re getting cabbage with a “kimchi style sauce”.   Daggers!  So much for my reading comp skills.  The slaw didn’t do much for me, but it’s a necessary component of a good taco — you need the crunch to add some texture and brine to the savory filling. Maybe Takorean can consider souping up the kimchi sauce a bit and/or marinating the cabbage a little longer so as to absorb more of its flavor.  I guess using real kimchi might be too expensive…


So Takorean is a good choice if you’re looking for a quick lunch and are in the mood for some Asian-style tacos.  They change up their taco menu periodically.  For example, today they will be featuring a special short rib taco.  Sounds awesome.  Now where did they say they will be parked . . . hmm.

Until next time folks, remember, life’s too short to eat crappy food!

Food Truck Review: El Floridano’s Banh Mi hits the spot!


The other day, I was running a few errands during my lunch hour when all of a sudden I realized I was sooo hungry.  Because I’d consulted my Twitter list (@ellinida_dc/food-trucks) earlier that day, I remembered that El Floridano would be parked in the area.  So, I went in search of what I like to call the “world market” of sandwich trucks.  El Floridano offers the Fidel and Pan con Lechon, both Cuban-inspired sandwiches as well as the Chiang Mai and Banh Mi.  The first time I tried El Floridano, I opted for the Chiang Mai, which I’m guessing is Thai-inspired since it shares its name with a Thai province and its capital.  I have to say I wasn’t a fan.  The chicken was dry.  When coupled with the somewhat tough roll it came sandwiched between, it turned out to be unsatisfying and hard to eat without washing it down with plenty of liquids.

So this time I tried the Banh Mi, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich.  I’m not sure where El Floridano’s version stands on the Banh Mi authenticity scale, but I frankly don’t care.  That was a darn tasty sandwich that so hit the spot!

Pause for encyclopedia lesson of the day:

I understand that a traditional Banh Mi is a baguette containing a “slaw” composed of thinly sliced pickled carrotsand daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chili peppers, pâté,mayonnaise and meat or tofu.  The meat can be pork, sausage,chicken, head cheese or ham.

El Floridano’s version is similarly served on a baguette filled with turkey meatloaf, crunchy, pickled slaw, and slathered in a spicy mayonnaise.  (El Floridano also offers a non-spicy version of the sandwich for the weak eaters among us.)   Along with my rather large Banh Mi, I purchased a Mash grapefruit-citrus soda.  I’d never heard of Mash, but came to learn that it’s a new line of bevvies offered by Boylan.  (Thank you, Google.)

So, I took my sandwich and bev back to my office, closed the door, and went to town.  I’m so glad that went down behind closed doors because it was neither pretty nor lady-like.  Oh well.  The spicy mayonnaise brings a nice heat to the flavorful meatloaf that hits your tongue only to be followed by the cooling effect of the pickled slaw.  And let me just say that I may have developed a slight crush on the Mash grapefruit-citrus soda that I can only describe as a cross between a flavored soda like Sunkist or Fresca and a flavored carbonated water.

The one suggestion I’d make to El Floridano is to switch the baguettes they use to ones that put up less of a fight when I try to bite into them.  The bread interfered with my ability to eat (that’s bad), which in turn meant that I had trouble really tasting the filling.  In fact, I ended up discarding some of the bread so I could really savor the filling (and eat faster).

Bottom line: If you happen to see El Floridano parked on a street near you, stop by and check out the Banh Mi.  I hear the Pan con Lechon and Fidel are pretty good too!