We round up the stories, blog posts, tweets and going-out scuttlebutt that have us talking.
Swirling around Twitter: Actor Dominic Monaghan, known for his roles as Merry in “Lord of the Rings” and Charlie on “Lost,” was in town this weekend to watch his beloved Manchester United take on Barcelona. After the game, he was spotted at American Ice Company, where, at closing, witnesses tweeted, he was told to leave because “this ain’t the Prancing Pony, bro.” (For non-Tolkeinites, that’s the pub where the hobbits gather in “The Lord of the Rings.”)
The Washington City Paper tackled the subject of why food critics seem to take months to review the restaurant du jour — in this case, Mike Isabella’s Graffiato — while bloggers are declaring a resto incredible en masse after a week. Should critics feed the “public’s vastly increased appetite for scoops on the new spots in town,” or stick to the long-held rule about giving a place time to work out its kinks? Many critics, including the writer of the article and The Post’s Tom Sietsema, are sticking to tradition. [Washington City Paper]
Frozen Tropics notes that Red Palace has started hosting cocktail classes, for those folks striving to move past Adult Chocolate Milk. And, as further proof the music venue/burlesque club is trying to stretch, Tuesday is “bring your own ingredient” night; the mixologist behind the bar will attempt to work whatever you bring into a drink. [Frozen Tropics]
And finally, Eater has news of the first fro-yo casualty, TangySweet, which closed up shop in Dupont Circle even as more Pinkberrys are infiltrating the city. The sour-yogurt slinger remains on busy Seventh Street NW for now, however and owner Aaron Gordon just opened the salad/fast-casual restaurant Rabbit. But of the TangySweet concept, he says: “It’s dead to me.” [Eater]