It all started with an email from Union Market, a warehouse food market in Washington, DC. Chef Kwame Onwauchi was doing a mini pop-up to support the charity organization No Kid Hungry. I was stoked. I'm a beauty girl, but I'm also a food girl. I've never met a good meal I didn't like and I will eat anything. No food restrictions. I like to think of myself as a flexitarian. I'm flexible in all my food choices.
Chef Kwame made a name for himself on this season of Top Chef. I knew from episode one I wanted to one day eat at his restaurant. I am eagerly awaiting the reservations opening at his fine-dining establishment The Shaw Bijou. In the meantime, I settled for his take on the Philly Cheesesteak with his #PhillyWingFry concept - wagyu cheesesteaks, wings with a tamarind glaze, and waffle fries. Yep, I know. You wish you could have been there.
It might seem crazy that I waited in line for over 2 hours to eat, but to it was worth it. I made a few new food friend, I got to take a photo with Chef Kwame (I expect big food things from this man), and it made me ridiculously happy. It was a good food adventure despite the cold, the delays, and me regretting not ordering two boxes of food like my friend Arthur (who I met in line) told me to do. Next time I will take his advice. There are cool pop-ups like this taking place everywhere. If one comes to your city you should attend.
The photo that started it all.
The lines started early.
All the magic happened here.