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Retailing this weekend? Here’s where to get a frozen margarita flavored with sangria. By Jessica Voelker
Fajitas from Mi Cocina, a new chain restaurant now open in Chevy Chase. Photograph courtesy of Mi Cocina via Facebook.

Most of us head to Friendship Heights for high-end and discount retail adventures, but the area, home to Sushiko, Indique Heights, and Lia’s, has recently attracted a few more good dining options. Bryan Voltaggio’s Range jumps to mind—he’ll open a second location of Lunchbox there soon, too. And on May 10, Chevy Chasers can start ordering margaritas and tamales at Mi Cocina, a Dallas export specializing in Tex-Mex cuisine.

The new restaurant at the Collection (5471 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest) has a modern, fairly sparse design with potted cacti, massive, modern chandeliers, and some large canvas paintings of desert flowers by artist Luis Sottil. There’s a stone patio off to the side and a pretty glass-walled private dining area that seats 25 people.

This is the 22nd restaurant for the Dallas-based chain, which debuted in 1991. The menu doesn’t reinvent any wheels—you’ll find enchiladas, nachos, tacos, and tamales, and nearly everything is under $20. There’s no happy hour, but drink prices are relatively low for Washington—signature cocktails include a frozen margarita-sangria mashup called the Mambo Taxi. The Mambo Limousine adds Chambord to the slushie and costs $10. Mi Cocina also caters.

Mi Cocina. 5471 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite F-1; 301-652-1195 Open Sunday through Thursday 11 to 10 and Friday and Saturday 11 to 11.

Posted at 12:20 PM/ET, 05/10/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A locavore’s shopping paradise debuts in Dupont. By Anna Spiegel
Glen’s Garden Market, opening in Dupont, stocks products from Chesapeake Bay Watershed states. Photographs by Andrew Propp.

Many grocery stores mark their debut with a corporate ribbon-cutting, but when Glen’s Garden Market unlocks its doors this Sunday it will celebrate by popping a few Port City beers. Owner Danielle Vogel has created a 10,000-square-foot emporium devoted to all things tasty from the six states within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed—Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York—as well as the District. Vogel hand-picked each item on offer, with an emphasis on environmentally sustainable producers. You’ll find everything from dry foodstuffs to fresh produce and pastas, house-made charcuterie, and a variety of takeaway items from chef Sean Sullivan (formerly of the Hamilton). Here are six things to look for at the independent grocery store.

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Posted at 03:00 PM/ET, 04/19/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
The season for spending sunny afternoons perusing local produce has returned. Here’s the schedule for farmers markets all around Washington.
By Anna Spiegel
Seasonal farmers markets have begun to open all over Washington. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user PhilaSilva

With the weather warming and ramps replacing root vegetables on seasonal menus, our thoughts have turned to foraging for all the delicious produce at local farmers markets. Many are still on the brink of opening, so mark the dates in advance to plan a spring's worth of market-fresh meals.

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Posted at 09:45 AM/ET, 04/05/2012 | Permalink | Comments ()