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Comment of the Week: A Soviet debate

Last week, I announced our first cookbook giveaway to the week's best comment on a blog post. It's an effort to echo what we do every Wednesday on our Free Range live online chat, and to encourage conversation by, well, out-and-out bribery. The first winner was LeDroitPark for a comment about pizza rustica (remember "torture pie"?), and this week's comes from one of the many comments to Bonnie Benwick's post about renovations at the Social Safeway.

My favorite comment, because I was thinking the same thing myself, was this corrective from Bethany76 in reaction to a commenter who insisted that Georgetown had the nickname of "Soviet Safeway."

Actually, the "Soviet Safeway" is the one near Dupont Circle on 17th St/Corcoran, because it has/had long lines and no food.

Of course, she's right. I say that as someone who lives near that one. Its nickname is well-documented.

For setting the world straight on that bit of local shopping lore, Bethany gets "The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget," by Leda Meredith (Lyons Press, 2010). Just send your mailing information to us at, and we'll get you your book.

-- Joe Yonan

By Joe Yonan  |  April 9, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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