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Posted at 2:48 PM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Rabbits, cats & new bike maps: D.C. blogs

By Lori Aratani

Good afternoon. I hear it's nice enough outside to go … coat-less?! I'll have to get outside and see for myself, but first -- today's roundup of intriguing posts from the D.C. area blogosphere. It's New Year's Eve for those who celebrate Lunar New Year. This year is the Year of the Rabbit -- unless you go by the Vietnamese calendar, in which case it's the Year of the Cat. Life in Mount Vernon Square reminds us about the annual celebration D.C.'s Chinatown, which will take place Sunday. Food & Think offers us a brief history of the fortune cookie.

Fame, fortune – well, at the very least regular cardio workouts could be yours. The Nationals are holding their annual tryouts for folks who want to be a Racing President for the 2011 season. There are a few requirements: You have to be between 5’6” and 6’6” and you must be able to wear a costume weighing about 45 lbs for several hours. You have until Feb. 11 to send a cover letter, résumé and photo. Selected candidates will then be invited to the ballpark later this month to perform a dance. Yes, folks, a dance. Prince of Petworth has more details.

The Hill is Home bids a fond farewell to one of the longtime merchants at Eastern Market. Chris Calomiras died in late January. He was 86.

If you depend on two-wheeled transportation to get you around Arlington, you’ll be delighted to know that there’s a new bike map available which has an updated list of bike facilities. Check out Wash Cycle for the details.

For those of you thinking of celebrating Lunar New Year (it’s the year of the rabbit) with a nice Chinese dinner, Food & Think offers this brief history of the fortune cookie, which actually may have been invented by the Japanese, though most associate it with the Chinese. Meanwhile, Life in Mount Vernon Square reminds us about the annual Chinese New Year celebration that will take place in D.C.'s Chinatown (Chinablock?) from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Bitten Word had their doubts about this restaurant offering: broccoli with Cheetos. They ordered, they ate ... and now they’ve declared it delicious. Next up? Doritos fried chicken.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and get out and enjoy the unusually warm temperatures. I'll be back tomorrow with more great posts from the D.C.-area blogosphere. Got a comment? Post below or send me an e-mail at aratanil@washpost.com.

By Lori Aratani  | February 2, 2011; 2:48 PM ET
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