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May 26, 2011

Tasty Politics = DC Dining

Sorry for the Hiatus! I am moving to DC For the summer for an internship at WUSA9 News, so what better time to come back to Tasty Politics? A friend has given me a wonderful list of restaurants and dives to try in Washington DC. I doubt I’ll get to all of them but my goal is to visit as many as possible while in the Capitol and then report back to you.

This list courtesy of Aubrey at Politigirl:

Cupcakes: Baked + Wired in Georgetown is my fave. It’s really close to Georgetown cupcakes, but I like it so much better. Other good options? Red Velvet in Chinatown and Sprinkles in Gtown.

Asian: Chinatown Express in Chinatown. get a noodle dish, the noodles are freshly homemade and delicious.

Mexican: Cactus Cantina in Cleveland park. It was George bush’s favorite restaurant while he was prez. i’d recommend a chicken fajita and swirled margarita…sooo good.

American: Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street.

Ethiopian: Dukem on U St.’s food is wonderful, and you get to eat with your hands. Cool cultural experience.

French: Monmartre in Eastern Market. they have an amazing brunch, and the crepes are to die for.

Italian: 2 Amy’s in Cleveland park (amaaaaazing neapolitan style pizza) or Toscana’s on Capitol Hill (homemade pasta, gelato, tiramisu, etc.)

Ice cream: Dolcezza Gelato in Dupont circle. literally tastes just like gelato in Italy

Bars/happy hours: I think my favorite is Hawk & Dove on Capitol Hill, but some other good ones are McFadden’s in Foggy Bottom, Union Pub on Capitol Hill, and Capital City Brewing downtown.

I hope you stick with me as I eat my way through DC!

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March 23, 2011

Health Care Law Anniversary

To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans
and reduce the growth in health care spending, and
for other purposes. ~ H.R. 3962

The saying “Time heals all wounds” isn’t really ringing true today. A year after the Affordable Health Care for America Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama, debate continues.

While Health Insurance companies seem to be doing just fine, and talk of Death Panels has mostly died out, there are still concerns about affordability and constitutionality.

In early March the Obama administration issued an appeals notice to a Federal court in Pensacola, Florida, after Judge Roger Vinson ruled against the health care law on grounds that Congress went beyond its authority in requiring individuals to purchase health insurance. Twenty six out of the 50 states have challenged the law.

If you’re interested in some light bedtime reading – to the tune of nearly 2,000 pages – you can read the entire Health Care bill here at OpenCongress.com.

And if 1,990 pages isn’t really your style, you can muddle through some of the confusion with the help of Politifact.com’s Greatest Hits on Healthcare.

March 21, 2011

TSA, Tea, & Kimchi

Last week representatives from the Transportation Security Administration – more commonly known as the TSA – testified in front of a House Oversight subcommittee hearing on body imaging technology. Other witnesses included health and security experts, and first-hand accounts from travelers. The goal of the hearing was to help lawmakers assess the effectiveness, health risks, and privacy issues involved with the full body scanners, which have caused quite a stir from travelers. (source)(source)

While some travelers were testifying about their less than comfortable experiences with the TSA, I was gallivanting about Philadelphia and Boston, having left my full body scan on some unknown computer at the Orlando International Airport (my philosophy being I just won’t think about the fact that a picture of me is out there floating around in some computer and rather I’ll just act like I’m going through a regular ol’ metal detector. Whatever helps me sleep at night, man).

I had delicious vegetarian food and flavor packed Korean cuisine, and of course I documented every last bite. Along the way I also ran into some political signs and statements….Here you go!

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March 10, 2011

Veggie Planet Galaxy Universe

The past week has been such a whirlwind – for me, and for the country.

I flew up to Boston Friday night to visit my friend Bailey.

She’s a strict vegetarian turned Vegan, who has mad skills in the kitchen. So the food I’ve been eating has been meatless but delicious. We went to a hole in the wall vegetarian restaurant the first day I was in town called Veggie Planet (interestingly, a new vegetarian restaurant just opened in another part of town called Veggie Galaxy…sounds like a copy cat to me!). They offer vegetarian or vegan options that you can have on pizza dough, rice, or brown rice. Everything was delicious, and I even indulged in a non-diet Root Beer soda. Mmm-mm! I ordered the Unsafe & Sound. mozzarella, Basil, and spicy pepper sauce. Delicious!

After long discussions with Bailey and reading the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Foer, I’ve decided to give up meat and poultry for Lent. So here at Tasty Politics we’re going to be embarking on a whole new taste adventure!

Also, we met an adorable dog. His name was Wallace:

Now, onto the state of our Nation!

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January 31, 2011

Orange Chicken

I’ve been wanting to make this dish for months now, and finally got around to it! It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had anticipated; for some reason anything requiring me to fry food sends up the red flags. A pot of  near-boiling oil on the stove makes me little bit nervous – and not without reason.

Have you ever had a pot of near-boiling oil and a pot of boiling water on the stove at the same time? Then have you gone to put the rice into the boiling pot of water just to get distracted and dump it into the pot of practically boiling oil? No? You haven’t? Well that makes one of us.

But after I scooped the now black white rice out of the pot of oil, detached the screaming fire alarm from my ceiling, and opened both the front and back doors, it was back to business!

Hey. Nobody’s perfect.

Despite that little…adventure, the dish really was simple to make. The prep work is a little time consuming, but with a little planning it doesn’t take long at all!

Crepes of Wrath: Orange Chicken

And here are some pictures of my own adventure creating this delicious dish!

For the fried rice, it’s recipe from my abuelita. She’s Lebanese, but raised in the Dominican Republic…there isn’t an ounce of Chinese in her, yet she makes better fried rice than any I’ve had at any Chinese restaurant.

Usually she starts off with pork, ham, or bacon. Since I was making a chicken dish I skipped the meat.

First make your rice, then throw some oil or butter in a pan. Stir in the rice with a healthy dose of soy sauce to taste and color. In a separate pan (or the same pan depending on how you’re feeling) fry an egg. Stir the egg in with the rice. Add garlic powder to taste, then add thinly sliced scallions. Enjoy!

January 27, 2011

SOTU in a Second

Let’s make a bet. How many times was President Barack Obama interrupted with applause during his State of the Union address? Over/Under 50?

Answer after the jump!

 

Not! You’re just going to have to wait until the end of this post. I know, patience isn’t my strong suit either.

So if you missed all the action, the thrill, the sleepy eyes of Joe Biden and John Boehner…never you fear. Here’s your SOTU in a Second.

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January 25, 2011

The State of the Macaroni Address

The State of the Union address is tonight! Are you excited? I’m excited.
Unfortunately, I’m going to be at the gym working off this next delicious dish while the president speaks, but after I break a sweat I’ll be back here with an update on all the action! Highlights of President Obama’s speech and the Republican response. These types of annual political events get me excited about America and voting and the whole game that is the political system. It’s like watching a great sports game – it can be passionate, surprising, and sometimes you get angry over bad calls.

So, while we wait for the speeches, let’s play a word association game.

America –> The 4th of July

The 4th of July –> Hamburgers!

 

Which leads me to this: What do you do with a leftover half a hamburger???

Usually I’d just nuke it in the microwave for a minute until the bread was leathery and the cheese was sizzling, then dip it in what most people would probably believe to be a disgusting amount of barbecue sauce. However, tonight I decided to get fancy…sort of.

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January 20, 2011

Unexpected Harmony

According to the latest Pew Research Center Poll, the majority of Americans want President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans to work together.

Even among this majority there is a sharp partisan divide. According to the poll, Republicans who agree with the Tea Party believe 3-to-1 that they need to stand up to the president.

But, in lieu of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I’m feeling the need for some unity.

So here is a recipe that combines two ingredients that would seem a very unlikely match…yet can meld together in perfect harmony under the right conditions: Pineapple and….wait for it…Cheddar Cheese.

It’s a recipe courtesy of my abuelita. She makes it for me at every family function and church potluck. It is divine. Trust me. Divine. Sweet and Salty: my favorite flavor combination. To top it all off, it’s quick and requires only 6 ingredients.

Abuelita's Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole

20 oz can pineapple chunks (in juice)

1/2 c. sugar

3 tbsp flour

half a stick margarine, melted

1 c. Ritz crackers, crushed

1 c. Cheddar cheese, grated

Drain and save 3 tbsp pineapple juice. Mix juice, flour, and sugar. Add pineapple and mix to coat, put in a small baking dish. Spread grated cheese on top. Combine crackers and margarine, spread over cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Then Dig in!

Mmm!