3. Waffles in Blagden Alley:
Hot on the heels of Tim Carman’s story on the District’s second class status as a breakfast city, comes news of the opening of a small waffle and smoothie bar on Bladgen Alley named, appropriately, Back Alley Waffles. The intimate breakfast spot is located in co-owner Craig Nelson’s ground-floor art studio, and it was originally conceived as a way to bring attention to his mosaic work.
Though the self-taught waffle maker had no formal kitchen training, he entered the world of professional cooking with some key votes of confidence. “I knew I could make waffles,” Nelson told me. “My friends really love them. And this is a town of world-class wafflers, so that’s really saying something.”
Right now, Back Alley Waffles is open from 7 a.m. until about 3 p.m., but Nelson may expand the hours. As of now, many of the restaurant’s operations are very rudimentary. High on the shopping list: a dishwasher. “Right now we’re serving on paper and washing everything by hand, which isn’t ideal, “ Nelson says.
The menu is a concise four-items long: Belgian-style waffles served with butter and real maple syrup ($8), a house smoothie made from apple, orange, pineapple, carrot juice, strawberries, banana, yogurt, honey and aloe vera ($6), coffee ($2) and chai tea ($2).
Unfortunately, being a first-time customer might involve some luck. The restaurant, unprepared for the Internet-fueled rush of waffle-starved Washingtonians, ran out of ingredients early today. A note posted on the front door at 10:45 a.m. thanked Prince of Petworth and Urban Daddyfor the coverage and the resultant “9000% increase in business” and asked potential customers to try them again soon “when we have, like, TWO knives with which to cut fruit.”
5. At the 19 April Blagden Alley, Megan Mitchell of Suzane Reatig Architecture presented the new plans for 926 N Street NW. We were all very pleased with the vast improvement in these plans which were also endorsed by the ANC 2F CDC on Wednesday night.
6. Here is the link to the Logan Circle Citizens Association Calendar. Note the Happy Hour at Veranda this Tuesday. http://logancircle.org/calendar
7. 10th Street Park Celebration:
10th Street Community Park Festival Saturday May 5, 2012
10am – 2pm
(Rain Date: May 6, 2012)
Join the Friends of the 10th Street Park for the Park’s 1st birthday! We have exciting events lined up for all ages.
10:00am YogainthePark Yoga will be led by Dominique Fernandez, the current President of the Board for Quincy Park Condos. Bring a towel, yoga mat and water for early morning yoga on the park’s lawn.
11:30am Storytime Join us for stories about gardening and springtime. Afterwards, meet at the park’s play feature for more fun with your neighbors. ~ Ages 6 months to 6 years old.
1:00 pm Gardening Chat
Join the 10th Street Park Friends Board Members to discuss future park enhancements and other issues impacting the park.
1:30 PM Happy Birthday 10th Street Park
We will have a birthday celebration for the park to commemorate the first anniversary of the park.
2:00 PM Music and Movement with Mr. Skip
Mr. Skip is veteran performer for children’s audiences. Come dance and frolic in the park to his youthful tunes. ~ Ages 6 and younger.
Sponsored by the Friends of the 10th Street Park &
For more information visit: www.10thstreetparkfriends.org
**Next Month's Meeting: Thursday May 17th @ Chatman's D'Vine Bakery and Cafe, 1239 9th Street (Convention Center) http://chatmansbakerycafe.com/index.html