Covering the Scripps National Spelling Bee
On Friday I was able to cover the Scripps National Spelling Bee here in Washington for DCist.
The kids who participate are just incredible. So smart, and so supportive of one another. Really just amazing. Out of 11 million kids who participate in qualifying spelling bees around the world, 273 made it to Washington this year, and of those 10 make it to the final round which is broadcast on ABC and ESPN during prime time. You can read more here. Below is my favorite photo Jeff shot that night.
After the bee, we hit up Old Ebbitt Grill. I had never been before, despite my father imploring that I go – he used to eat lunch there a lot when he lived in DC. The steak wedge salad hit the spot – and the bourbon chocolate chip pie a la mode = killer. Dad, you were right.
The late-night kitchen at Old Ebbitt feeds a lot of restaurant employees in the area–coworkers in matching gear were just sitting down to eat at midnight. This recent article in the Times describes the area of cuisine that’s risen around kitchen culture, fueled by marijuana used to unwind after a long, stressful night in the back: “haute stoner cuisine.” Deep fried cheese steak hot dog? Yes please.