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Tantric Tasting: Reporting from New York, Young & Hungry alum Todd Kliman takes the first bite into chef R.J. Cooper‘s pop-up preview of what’s in store at Rogue 24, his forthcoming 24-course tasting-menu restaurant in D.C.’s Blagden Alley. Cooper had previously compared the planned culinary circus to a  Widespread Panic concert. Kliman, meanwhile, finds it more akin to a night in Sting‘s bedroom: “It’s tantric dining, the chef as control freak. He’s not interested in gratifying you in the conventional bourgeois sense that we’ve come to expect of dining out, he wants to blow your mind with the taste that comes next.” [Washingtonian]

Wine ‘Em, Dine ‘Em: Nightlife’s Mister Manners Fritz Hahn deems Mount Pleasant’s new cocktail den Last Exit a great date spot and digs the bar bites, too: “truffled fries, fried chicken livers, even Southwest-style corn fritters.” [WaPo]

Clyde’s Cash: The Clyde’s Restaurant Group may be the last business getting D.C. tax-increment financing, a pot of $30 million the city set up to “attract large, signature retailers to the downtown core.” What will diners be getting with the $4.47 million the city is giving to Clyde’s? A 24-hour restaurant/lounge/entertainment venue in the old Border’s space at 14th & F streets NW. [WCP/Housing Complex]

Sub Buzz: Are the folks behind Medium Rare and BGR: The Burger Joint the same people now plotting a specialty meatball sandwich shop in Penn Quarter? [PoP]

Openings: Adjacent to George Mason University’s Virginia Square campus, you will soon have an option for hot pot! [DCFüd]

Does J. Peterman Work for Vermilion? Fancy words don’t necessarily impress weekend brunch warriors: “There’s carrot and ginger soup made with baby carrot ‘carpaccio,’ whipped mascarpone, and micro cilantro, which all sounds very dramatic for a soup. Or there’s the St. Mary’s asparagus, which comes with imported buratta, charred lemon, baby greens and toasted ciabatta. I repeat, charred lemon. Micro cilantro. Who writes this shit?” [Bitches Who Brunch]

Mommy, Why Are You Slurring? First mom jeans; now mom wine. You know it’s a trend when there’s a trademark dispute. [Examiner]

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