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DC Tastemakers

October 18, 2013

This week, the Washington Post selected Chaya, our pop-up restaurant, by designating us as one of nine up-and-coming DC “Tastemakers”. We are not classically trained chefs but were honored this designation based on our innovative “plant-based” tacos sold on a weekly basis at various markets throughout DC. The Post reported: “Trying to find the Chaya […]


The founders of Brooklyn Flea are popping-up shop here in Washington starting this Saturday (and every Saturday through October) in the lot just behind the 9:30 Club at 815 V St, NW. District Flea, inspired by the overwhelming success of New York’s largest venue for artisans, small shopkeepers, vintage aficionados and such – selling a […]


We are very excited to announce that we have taken our online world to the streets! Operating under the name Chaya, every Thursday from 11-2:30 we pop-up at the White House Farmers Market (801 Vermont Avenue) to sell a selection of seasonal tacos (made with handmade corn tortillas) for lunch. Chaya is a restaurant idea […]


Chaya at Market

May 10, 2013

“I had the supreme pleasure of having one of your potato-and-chard tacos at the DC farmer’s market yesterday. It was so delicious I tried my best to visualize those tacos as being available for purchase whenever I wanted them. Unfortunately, though I have a vivid imagination, my positive visualization didn’t work as planned. So I […]


Microgreens seem to be “the thing” these days. We have noticed them in grocery stores, at farmers markets and on the menu at many restaurants – “topped with microgreens”. But, don’t confuse them with sprouts. Sprouts are seeds germinated in water just long enough to grow roots and underdeveloped leaves. Microgreens are tiny, baby, leaf […]


Designed by Vagabond Vintage, we love having this very cool, heavyweight clip we found at Proper Topper. You can hang it on your kitchen wall, use it as a table clip, or give it as a hostess gift. It’s an elegant way to post recipes, notes, cards, invitations or even hang wall art. We decided […]


New Columbia Distillers is bringing boozy to the District with small-batch gin crafted locally in Ivy City, NE. Soft winter wheat is mashed and fermented, then concentrated and clarified in copper pots before the final step of distilling “hand-selected botanicals”. The product, Green Hat Gin, is the first legally distilled liquor to be produced in […]


Here is the menu we are cooking this weekend for our first Chaya pop-up restaurant event. In addition to us, there will be other delicious craft and food vendors selling their products. Tickets can be purchased in advance or just come this Saturday, December 1 from 1-4 at Chocolate City Beers


Exciting Announcement!

November 25, 2012

We have decided to test a new idea. A restaurant concept called Chaya that is based on rustic cooking with more plants and less meat. Our first pop-up event will be Saturday, December 1st as part of the StartUp Market (see details below). We hope you can join us as we test a sustainable spin […]


DIY Fall Cleanse

October 2, 2012

Bettina is about to begin a 10-day whole foods cleanse developed and overseen by holistic nutrition counselor Christy Halvorsen Ross. Together with an online group of fellow “detoxers”, Christy will guide, support and offer encouragement through the difficult task of cutting out so many everyday foods: sugar, dairy, gluten (wheat, soy sauce, barley, spelt), red […]

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