Resident mixologist and cocktail nerd Derek Brown guest posts on Young & Hungry, explaining how he stays in the loop of new cocktail trends and educated on vintage ingredients.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Lyons

Photo courtesy of Matthew Lyons

Carla Hall fans should stop by the Banana Republic at 13th and F NW. The store’s display features professional photographs of Chef Hall wearing clothes from the new fall season. . 
Is the famed New Jersey diner scene in danger?  

All We Can Eat has a recap of the American Cheese Society’s annual competition. Cowgirl Creamery’s Red Hawk, that stinky beast of a cheese, took second place. You can find Red Hawk at Cowgirl Creamery downtown and Cheesetique in Del Ray.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse makes some changes to adjust to the economy.  

Brunch and the City checks out Argonaut brunch
Tips on making your own condiments.
Three DC farmers markets have been named the best small markets in the country based on a new poll by the American Farmland Trust. You’ll never guess which three.  

Rouge My Knees found some fantastic olds ads from late 60s Playboy issues, including this Henessy ad.

Have an abundance of peaches from the market? Try The Bitten Word’s peach-cardamom pie with cardamom-vanilla ice cream.   
Frank Bruni of the New York Times hands out a 4-star review to Eleven Madison Park, before stepping down from his post. 
No plans this weekend? Check out Café Atlantico’s Caribbean rum tasting events.