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The Usual Powerful People Dining at the Usual Power Dining Spot: On the evening before Mother’s Day, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dined at Ristorante Tosca downtown, a place popular with powerful folks, lobbyists, and rainmakers. [Obama Foodorama, WaPo]

Improvements Pho the Future: Pho 14 in Columbia Heights will be expanding its space on Park Road NW and its menu. [PoP]

Those Aren’t Bay Leaves: The owner of Diredawa Cafe on Georgia Avenue, already tied to the taxicab bribery scandal from two years ago, is also accused of dealing khat, the leafy drug popular in East Africa and parts of the Middle East. [City Desk]

Hostess Hazards: El Centro, D.F., is now open on 14th Street NW near the Black Cat. But watch your step when you waltz in! “There’s a tricky bottle neck by the hostess stand – servers are bringing out trays of food right where the servers are leading guests to tables. I watched servers trying to get past guests and thought ‘this is a disaster waiting to happen.’ If you go, please watch out for the servers until you are safely seated!” [DonRocks]

Pop Tarts Keep Popping Up: Buzz Bakery of Alexandria is opening up a new location in Ballston, and “will add treats like breakfast pop tarts, made-to-order waffles, individual serving quiches, homemade ice cream, sorbets, popsicles and ‘take-and-bake’ products.” [ARLNow]

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