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Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Thompson I have advocated on the Internet most is probably Fred Thompson, whom I supported and worked for during the presidential primaries. Lately I've been helping to spread the word around the District, to Prince of Petworth and elsewhere, about another Thompson entirely: Ellwood Thompson's.

The Richmond-based grocery store is coming to the District sometime next year, filling out the awesome (if horribly named) DC USA retail complex in Columbia Heights. If you're not familiar with the expanding chain, it's an organic grocery store that emphasizes its local inventory. That is to say, the arugula you (or future President Obama) just bought probably came from the immediate area. As a strong supporter of globalization and international trade I can't say the local aspect moves me greatly, but I'm still looking forward to Ellwood Thompson's arrival.

So why have I, as a man of the Right, taken an interest in this store? Well, it doesn't hurt that the chain is a client of a friend's design shop (JESS3, who I'm working with here). But it's also worth remembering that even after half a decade inside the Beltway I remain an Oregonian at heart. I may disagree with the prevailing political positions of Portland, my hometown, but I still dig its crunchy vibe. (Note: I would not, however, call myself a Crunchy Con.)

Oh, and it doesn't hurt that the location will be going in across the street from my Metro stop. And did you notice that Ellwood Thompson's is a grocery store? It's all about capitalism, baby!

The new location should be open around this time next year, which means many a trip out of my way to the Giant on Park Rd still to come. In the meantime here's what I have to look forward to (well, an artist's rendering of it, in any case):

Ellwood Thompson's in Columbia Heights

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

My friend and colleague Jon Eick, the man who introduced me to Guitar Hero and a talented comedian who will one day host a godawful stand-up show on Comedy Central (made watchable by his presence, natch) has just launched his first blog, So Good, about something we all know well, but which he can write about with more insight because he's spent more time thinking about it than anyone should.

It's a food blog, you see. But unlike most food blogs already in existence, it's a food blog relevant to those of us who don't set our calendars by Restaurant Week. As he explains in his inaugural post:
What you won’t find here:

- Reviews of expensive restaurants
- Confusing Recipes
- Discussion about Martha Stewart

What you will find here:

- Absurd over-analysis of real foods that you and I eat every day
- Thought provoking “Would You Rather?” questions
- Frequent over-use of the phrase “So Good”
Good. So good, even.

And a terrific way to invite free samples, which he just might share with the office. Myself, I can't wait to give that bacon salt a day in court.

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