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Blagden Alley Tease: Over in Shaw, chef R.J. Cooper partially removed his shirt in an alleyway “in a demonstration of badassery” in advance of the opening of what promises to be his culinary center-stage spectacle at Rogue 24. [The Feast]

In-Depth Vegetable News:When buying asparagus, girth is key.” Baby asparagus, you see, is just a marketing gimmick scheme. [TBD]

Pop-Up BBQ Lunch: For fans of barbecue, check out the Friday sidewalk special at Westend Bistro. A $14 picnic basket lunch “includes a choice of meat, slaw, a fluffy biscuit…, dessert and tea or lemonade.” [Metrocurean]

New Identity: Presto chango! A new tapas bar will emerge in Ballston after renovations conclude at Upper Crust Café. [Eat More Drink More via ARLNow]

Tremors in the Tysons Dining World! In some Fairfax County fine-dining news, Jon Mathieson, formerly of Inox and 2941 will be headed to Michel Richard‘s Michel at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner. Says Todd Kliman: “The mission is to make Michel more like Central and less like Citronelle.” [Washingtonian]

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