Saturday, December 15, 2007

Green Gift Guide - DC - For Everyone!!

So, here are some ideas for everyone and anyone else on your list . Or even yourself. Or even me.

Part I: Gifts that are not things at all.

The gift of a night out:

Your friends love food. Even more, they love food that they don't have to buy, cook or clean up after. Especially after the stress-filled, busy holiday season. And, luckily, the Washington, DC, area has a growing collection of restaurants that focus on organic and sustainable food. Here are a few good choices . . . run on out and get some gift certificates and give your friends a night off from cooking after the holidays.

Hook, 3241 M St. NW; 202-625-4488. Why I love Hook: Well, first of all, the chef, Barton Seaver, is super hot. I mean hot. Here's a pic. So anyway, besides the fact that the chef is hot - and young - and, obviously brilliant, he also runs the first sustainable seafood restaurant in DC. The restaurant serves only sustainably-caught seafood and locally-grown produce, and tries to educate its customers about the plight of the oceans.

For the people in your life who like to limit their meat intake - or for the people in your life who you would like to encourage to limit their meat intake (there are many reasons to eat less meat: In the summer 2007 report, Livestock’s Long Shadow, UN researchers concluded that livestock contributes to “problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity."), gift them the gift of Vegetate, 1414 9th St. NW. Not only does Vegetate use organic and locally-raised produce, but, dude, it's owned by the awesome DJ Dredd, who you might catch spinning the in the upstairs lounge on Saturday nights.

If Adams Morgan is more the preferred scene for your crowd, The Reef Restaurant, 2446 18th Street, NW, is a good choice. Yes, kids, The Reef is not only the place that 20-somethings go to get totally effed up on Saturday nights, it is also a restaurant that serves interesting food made from only the highest quality organic produce and free-range meats all provided by local farmers. And now that there is no smoking in the main room, you can enjoy your dinner without guessing how quickly most of the colorful fish swimming in the tanks will die from the second-hand smoke. Also in Adams Morgan - esp. for the jazz aficionados - is Bossa Bistro and Lounge (2463 18th Street, NW), which also uses organic ingredients in its menu.

If pizza is more your thing, look to Coppi's Organic Restaurant at 1414 U street, NW. Coppi's boasts sustainably-sourced fish, locally-grown produce, grass-fed/free-range meats and poultry and energy from windpower.

For more restaurant ideas, see the list here.

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