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Monthly Archives: June 2012
Although reportedly boasting some of the most enthusiastic drinkers in the country, the District has a history of hostility toward alcohol comsumption. Subject to Congressionally-imposed prohibitory laws before and after they were levied at the national level, DC still boasts lingering, hotly-contested blue laws today. However, there’s a growing brew culture and a string of small breweries are bringing local beer back to the DC metro area. The first of them, founded by Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock and christened DC Brau, became the District’s first local brewery in over 50 years.
I was pretty apprehensive to move to what I’d always though of as the “other side of the Mall.” We’ve lived in Dupont and Cleveland Park, and I’ve had my eye on Mount Pleasant for a while, but when Z told me we’d be at Navy Yard, my heart sank. People keep telling me this is the next “up and coming” part of DC. I’ve yet to be totally sold on that. Although living just blocks from the ballpark makes for an easy commute to work on the Hill and an ideal summer for Z, the biggest baseball fan I’ve ever met, there’s not much to do here … or so I thought. The truth is, there’s some really great stuff in Southeast and Southwest DC that I’d neglected because they were “all the way out there.” (Having to change Metro lines just once on a Sunday, when half the trains are single-tracking due to construction that never seems to end, can be a deal breaker in this town. At least it was until Capital Bikeshare showed up …) Now, I’m seeing all the things I missed out on and learning to love this part of the city in spite of myself.
One of those things is the Main Avenue Fish Market . Just a short bike ride away from our apartment, I find myself stopping by the Wharf a lot searching for something for Sunday dinner. Unfortunately, they do sell some fish here that are essentially a middle finger to the environment, but with a little information you can walk away with some delicious, reasonably-priced, sustainable goods from the Chesapeake and environs. Continue reading