Friday, April 15, 2005

Food follow-up

In today's Washington Post online chat with sportswriter Thomas Boswell, he claims that outside food is allowed in the stadium:

Reston, Va. - concession comment: Concessions in my opinion were not as bad as everyone said. Anyone who has been to any kind of game at any stadium knows the food is overpriced and underwhelming. My $5 beer and my $4 hot dog were not that great of course, but who cares? My feeling is some of these folks commenting on the concessions prices were used to nickel beer and quart tickets.
Tom Boswell: At least they're letting fans bring food and bottled water into the games. If you don't like lines, you don't have to stand in them

Well, this seems to be at odds with the DC Sports Commission's web site and previous Post reporting. This morning I got through to the Commission, who told me the Nats have made an exception and are allowing outside food and bottled water, although no "big buckets of chicken", according to the friendly operator.

Huzzahs all around.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

But no lemonade!

The Moonie Times reports that veggie dogs will be offered at RFK, although vegans are out of luck as they contain egg.

Still, this is good news considering that outside food is banned from RFK by the DC Sports Commission, acting as always in the public interest. Here's the list of what's banned:

Metal, plastic, glass containers of any kind
Backpacks and large bags
Large flags and banners
Poles and staffs (metal, plastic or wooden)
Weapons and illegal substances
Food and Beverages
Professional cameras w/detachable zoom lenses and/or tripods

It's unclear what food not enclosed in metal, plastic or glass has in common with any other item on this list.

Let's see. Poles and staffs, fireworks, pit bulls, machine guns: all good for impaling or otherwise maiming others. Banners can block some views. Whistles? I don't want to see any whistles.

The camera rule is likely a baseball-wide intellectual property issue. Does Camden Yards allow outside food? Yes. Feel free to call your friendly local sports commission/greedhead bureau at 202-547-9077 and inquire.

If anyone tries their veggie dog, let us know.


Where do DC vegetarians go for online news gathering/kibbitzing?

We've got VegDC offering comprehensive listings, but only once-a-month features. There's the Vegetarian Society of DC, which brings people together with events and a paper newsletter, but not much online excitement. There may even be an antiquated listserv floating around, for all I know.

At long last, Veg DC: The Blog is your source for info and debate on new restaurants, fake meat sightings about town, gossip, and the like.