Awesome DC-based deliciousness alert! I first ran across Nomad Dumplings during a record fair at Right Proper Brewing in Brookland – they were so good that I got two orders! Handmade with whole foods, Nomad’s line of precooked dumplings can be steamed, pan-fried, or even microwaved. Even better? Two of the flavors, Hunan Hottie and Xi’an Warrior, are vegan! My personal favorite is the Hunan Hottie (I’m partial to the spiciness), but the Xi’an Warrior is a close second. I picked these up at Old City Market just off of H Street, but I hear they’re expanding into Whole Foods, so I’d expect to start seeing them all over. You can check the website for more locations.
Made in DC
Just a few blocks east of Union Station sits the DC Craft Beer Cellar, one of a growing number of stores across the country run by “beer geeks” and dedicated to… well, the craft. DC’s lovely, museum-like store is curated by said geeks, who can help you find just what you’re looking for, and probably about 15 fantastic things that weren’t looking for and never knew you definitely needed.
A literal case in point – the 6-pack carrier that houses each month’s beer of the month club selections:
For $20 a month the experts at the Cellar put together 6 beers (or 12 for $40, if you’re feeling extra Sampler-y), usually revolving around a monthly theme. Along with the selection comes a monthly rundown and description of each brew, because this is DC and nerdiness and drinking goes hand-in-hand.
So far we’ve enjoyed a box dedicated to sours, sessions, Oktoberfest, and porters and stouts.
The design nerd in me would like to point out that while the beers are certainly awesome, one of the things I look forward to is actually the labels… I mean, how cool is this one?
If you’re in DC, definitely go check out the Cellar and pick up something you haven’t tried before (or check their website to see if a store is near you). Backyard BBQ pro tip: they can order kegs!