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“Maryland crab cakes” at D.C.-area restaurants are often made with crab from locations other than Maryland, a new study found. Inspired by a 2012 Young & Hungry column, the organization Oceana tested crab cakes at 86 restaurants in D.C. and Maryland.


  • Mayor Bowser promises streetcar in Ward 7 and Georgetown in her first State of the District speech. [Loose Lips]
  • D.C. bans official travel to Indiana. [WAMU]
  • Cava Grill is expanding to California. [Young & Hungry]
  • National Zoo increases security with bag checks. [ABC7]


Pop-Ups Voted Down: The Zoning Commission voted to limit property owners’ ability to turn rowhouses into pop-ups.

Behold: Renderings of the future MLK Library, with TED talks and a roof garden.

Infectious: Listen to this new Pleasure Curses track.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Muriel Bowser lays out goals in State of the District address. [LLPost]
  • Bowser backs ambitious streetcar plan. [Housing Complex]
  • Polling rumors abound in Ward 8 race. [LL]
  • Zoning commission pushes back on pop-ups. [Housing ComplexWAMU]
  • Mary Cheh unhappy with Wilson budget cuts. [Post]
  • Post ed board: Free the gas stations. [Post]
  • Bowser bans District government trips to Indiana over anti-gay law. [BladeBladeWAMUPost]
  • Check out this library. [Housing Complex]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Beer garden raising funds to move to Anacostia waterfront until development arrives. [Y&H]
  • Big Union Market expansion gets zoning approval. [WBJ]
  • Shaw dog park could become condos, but ANC objects. [SALM]
  • CityCenterDC and the Trump Hotel battle for Tiffany & Co. [WBJ]
  • Another developer goes all in on New York Avenue NE. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Pleasant Plains 4BR condo—-$700,000

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Listen to Pleasure Curses‘ infectious new disco-pop track, “Concrete.” [Arts Desk]
  • Perfect for a Sunday stroll: Nick Cave‘s garish, Easter-themed Soundsuit at the Hirshhorn [Smithsonian]
  • Listen to Maryland R&B outfit April + VISTA‘s debut EP, Lanterns. [Bandwidth]
  • Renderings of a renovated MLK Library, TED talks and all [Housing Complex]
  • How a new D.C. DIY house show venue (Babe City) and cassette/vinyl label (Chimes Records) got started [D.C. Music Download]
  • FAQs about this year’s Helen Hayes Awards ceremony and afterparty [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Filipino restaurant Bad Saint launches a Kickstarter campaign. [PoPville]
  • Food and drink festivals to look forward to this spring [Eater]
  • Where to find Passover menus at D.C. restaurants [Post]
  • Six places where you should never skip dessert [Zagat]
  • Five places to eat in Clarendon [Washingtonian]
  • The Curious Grape closes in Shirlington, but an Italian restaurant will take its place. [ARLnow]