Though they sound like names for Paul Bunyan's fists, redwood and burlap are two of the key components for crafting bagels at Ize's Deli & Bagelry. When Angie and Lee Greenberg move their bagels from a broiling kettle to a stone oven, the two materials work to form a pleasantly crispy bagel exterior. Angie and Lee also prepare handmade spreads and cream cheeses to schmear their doughy creations in flavors like strawberry and scallion. This process is a family endeavor—Angie's parents assist in the kitchen to ensure that all bagels are prepared in small, fresh batches.
Guests seated in the cozy dining area reap the benefits of the Greenbergs' lunch and breakfast labors. In addition to their New York–style bagels, the owners serve up omelets, knishes, soups, and deli sandwiches stacked with savory meats. On some of the sandwiches, they swap bread for the venue's namesake: the Empire, for example, features layers of hot roast beef, cheddar, and horseradish mayonnaise on an onion bagel.
Though the staff delights in passing out meals to their countertop customers, they also arrange artful platters for catered events. The gourmet smoked-fish platter nestles lox, whitefish, and tuna salad amid lettuce and imported cheeses, and party servings of bagels and subs accommodate feasting groups.
High-fived by the Washington Post, Addie's sets the culinary stage with an eclectic spread of fresh seafood and ingredients harvested from a slew of local farms. The dinner menu spotlights dishes such as sautéed spanish mackerel delicately serenaded by grated pasta and tomato-anchovy fondue ($21), as well as a locally raised pork chop chaperoned by pumpkin grits, turnips, and brussels sprouts ($24). Diners can fortify meals with desserts ($8–9), wines, or an impenetrable fortress of toothpicks. Addie's lunch menu showcases lighter fare, such as sautéed shrimp and stone-ground grits ($16) or the fried oyster po boy loaded with cornmeal-coated Chincoteague oysters and chipotle remoulade ($12), which adds a creamy punch rivaled only by a boxing glove filled with ranch dressing.
Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1953, The Original Pancake House has since put local hungers to rest by using only the highest-quality ingredients such as Grade AA eggs, 93 score butter, pure 36% whipping cream, and a secret spy-guarded sourdough starter recipe to craft each breakfast dish. The wide-ranging menu includes blueberry pancakes ($7.95), light and lemony Dutch Babies ($9.25), crêpes ($6.95–$10.95), omelettes ($8.25–$10.95), Belgian waffles ($6.75 - $10.25), flap jacks ($7.95), fresh fruit, and more. The restaurant also offers a full lunch menu on weekdays, featuring wraps, sandwiches, and salads. The Original Pancake House offers a charming abode where butter and jam meld with lovingly lavish early morning and afternoon fare to energize diners like an edible game of underwater field hockey.
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Miniature electric chandeliers help illuminate the crimson walls in Il Pinito Trattoria's dining room, which proudly announces its Old World roots with displays of wicker-wrapped chianti bottles and grape-vine trim along the ceiling. Back in the kitchen, the cooks demonstrate their passion for Italian traditions by rolling homemade meatballs from ground veal and crowning platefuls of toothsome pasta with spicy marinara and alfredo sauces. Their pizzas emerge from ovens with cheese that bubbles like a jacuzzi full of cheese or laden with such toppings as eggplant, sausage, and mushrooms.
Looking beyond a strict Italian focus, the restaurant also hosts live Latin jazz jam sessions on Thursday nights.:m]]
It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.