hood happenings may17links and photos left to right: washington post, urban turf, washington city paper, price of petworth

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whole foods ground broken

Exciting news in the ‘hood this week.  Ground has finally been broken on the Whole Foods site.  According to the Urban Turf article about upcoming development in Shaw/U St. Corridor, it’s delivering in 2020.  I’m not looking forward to years of construction noise and dust but YEA!!!!

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Earlier this year, I mentioned I was going to renovate my master bathroom. Happily, things are progressing and I have plans!! (I’m going to use a lot of !! in this post as I’m super excited).

This is the first time I’ve ever had use plans when doing a project in the condo.  When I renovated the hallway bath, I knew I wasn’t changing much.  I painted the original vanity, swapped out the fixtures and re-tiled.

bathroom plans2

This renovation is going to require more finesse.  I’m converting the shower stall into a vanity for my husband and keeping the tub. While neither of us like to take a soak, it’s the only one in the house.  For resale, it’s important to keep at least one bath tub. Some buyers are really attached to their baths!

I’m retiling everything, adding an angled cabinet for storage, replacing the vanities, adding medicine cabinets and new light fixtures.

The tile I mentioned in this post was no bueno in person.  It was frustrating and a good lesson. Make sure you get samples!  I was sure it was “the one” and it wasn’t! Gah.

The next step is organizing the timeline and getting the materials ordered. I’m shooting for the reno to begin mid to late May.  Hopefully it’ll all work out! Stay tuned.

 

 

 

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union groc ext

The second location of Union Kitchen Grocery has opened in Shaw.  Located on the corner of 9th and N St, NW, the store features a coffee bar, house made sandwiches and a hot/salad bar. Many of the available grocery items are produced locally. You can also grab basic necessities like a bottle of wine. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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1251 9th St, NW Washington, DC

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all-purpose

Over the holidays, I finally went to All Purpose.  The pizzeria in Shaw has had a lot of good press and Tom Sietsema said it was his #1 restaurant in DC.

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My husband and I went for lunch and we shared a roasted squash and apple salad and each had a pizza.  I really enjoyed the salad of red endive, carrots, apple, celery and radish atop the roasted butternut squash.

all-purpose-pizza

My husband went for the DIY pie and got pepperoni.  He said it was better than 2 Amy’s and in the DC pizza world, that’s the highest compliment you can receive.

I had the gluten free pizza with pepperoni.  There’s no photo because gluten free pizza is sad. Dairy is out for me too so it’s just dough and pepperoni.  Who wants to see that?  As for the pizza itself, it was OK. I don’t know if I’d go back for it. However, gluten free pizza is hard and the whole place shouldn’t be judged on this one category.  I’ve only found ONE decent gluten free pizza in all of DC.

Overall, I’d go back for the antipasti and because everyone else will enjoy a fantastic pizza.

Located at 1250 9th St, NW. WDC 20001.  202-849-6174

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hood-happenings-declinks and photos clockwise: washington city paper, washington business journal, urban turf, urban turf.

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Hazel Restaurant opened at 808 V St, NW in June and it’s been a welcome addition to the slew of new restaurants in the ‘hood. The menu is divided into several categories: vegetables, breads and batter, fish and shellfish, meats and poultry. There’s also a section called Lazy Susan dinners which requires 2 or more people to eat the dishes.  So far, my husband and I have sampled the regular menu but not the Lazy Susan items.  The food is globally inspired which means the menu is a wonderful mish mash of flavors from different places.  The chef, Rob Rubba, is skilled at blending these elements and creates a delightful dining experience.
hazel-sashimi

One of my favorite dishes is the hamachi crudo with crisp rice, black lime, radish and hibiscus. One thing I love about Hazel is the presentation.  It’s thoughtful and creative.  Then there’s the food itself: not only does this look beautiful, it tastes amazing.  I order the crudo every time we eat at Hazel.

hazel-clams

This one of my husband’s favorite dishes: steamed little neck clams, brown butter miso broth and steamed potatoes with a side of rice to sop up the broth.  Yum!

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On our last visit, Hazel had just added this dish to the menu.  DO NOT MISS this one: it’s duck sausage, roasted squash, shaved pear, mizuna and spicy cashews.  It’s unbelievable and I can’t wait to go back and eat it again.

Not every dish at Hazel is a winner but that’s not going to deter me from returning.  Welcome to the neighborhood Hazel.  We’re glad to have you!

 

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haikan

Haikan, the latest ramen joint from the Daikaya folks, has finally opened at 805 V St, NW in Shaw/U St.  It’s been open around two weeks and my husband has already been twice. It’s going to be his local spot and his reviews are favorable. Which means it’s amazing.  He’s a tough critic.  It’s open for lunch (right now) Friday-Sunday from 12-3 and for dinner 5-10:30.

ramenThis is the Shoyu ramen with extra noodles and corn.  There’s not 2 pictures because unfortunately, there’s no gluten free ramen at Haikan.  I know I can’t expect every restaurant to offer a gluten free options but I’m bummed.  I love ramen.  The dinner menu has a few offerings I could enjoy but it looks like Haikan is not going to be a regular haunt for me. However, that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out!

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2120-Ver-602-lr

2120 Vermont Ave NW #602
Washington, DC 20001
1 bedroom + den
750 sf | $415.00 monthly condo fee | taxes $3026 yearly
list price | $499,000

sold price | $557,000

Congratulations to my client!  Multiple offers and $58,000 over list. Sunny, top floor 1 bed + den. 2 levels with amazing private, outdoor patio. Open floor plan, floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, juliet balcony in the bedroom, Elfa closet system, w/d in unit and a garage parking spot. Pet friendly. Building amenities include a rooftop deck, communal grill and exercise room. 2 blocks to U St. Metro, Shaw/U St. retail and restaurants. Across street from upcoming Shaw Whole Foods. 98 walk score

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2120-Ver-602-lr

2120 Vermont Ave NW #602
Washington, DC 20001
1 bedroom + den
750 sf | $415.00 monthly condo fee | taxes $3026 yearly
list price | $499,000

Sunny, top floor 1 bed + den. 2 levels with amazing private, outdoor patio. Open floor plan, floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, juliet balcony in the bedroom, Elfa closet system, w/d in unit and a garage parking spot. Pet friendly. Building amenities include a rooftop deck, communal grill and exercise room. 2 blocks to U St. Metro, Shaw/U St. retail and restaurants. Across street from upcoming Shaw Whole Foods. 98 walk score. Open House Sunday, August 7th from 1-4pm.

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hood happeningsphotos and links left to right: borderstan, washington city paper, popville, washingtonian

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cnn, washington business journal, borderstan, washington business journal

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