Ted’s BULLETIN: Good Food Mixed with Family Values

Gabriella Hoffman:

Check out my sister’s review of Ted’s Bulletin in DC!

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Recently, Gabriella and I went to Ted’s BULLETIN with one of our friends. Located in Eastern Market in Washington, D.C., Ted’s BULLETIN is a 1950s-style diner that is a true American classic. We heard wonderful things about their homemade pop tarts and good cuisine, and we’re grateful we got to dine there.

Ted’s Bulletin was founded by the sons of Ted Neal, who was known for inviting folks from his neighborhood over to his house for home-cooked meals. His meals featured homegrown produce from his garden and were opportunities for him and his neighbors to connect with others. Ted and his sons lived in West Virginia, but his sons wanted to bring Ted’s homemade goodness to D.C. What a wonderful family business story indeed.

One of the restaurant’s signature dishes is Ted’s Famous Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, which is absolutely scrumptious. I found the soup to be really refreshing.

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The Case for Wanderlust: Go to Charleston


Rainbow Row – Charleston, SC


Hello readers!

I visited Charleston, South Carolina, several weeks ago when the Beltway had its final winter snowstorm. It was the perfect escape!

Located in the Palmetto State, Charleston is revered for many things: Southern Charm, delicious food, and nice people. It’s also rich in history–especially for events that took place during the American Revolution, Antebellum, Civil War, and post-Antebellum periods. Though I didn’t have enough time to scout all of Charleston’s wonders, below is a list I’ve compiled of must-see things to see, eat, and do in Chucktown:

Best Touristy Places

Battery Park/White Pount Gardens: This is a scenic seaside park in downtown Charleston near the Battery.  Here’s how it got its name:

Battery Park is also known as White Point Gardens. White Point gets its name from the piles of bleached oyster shells. This point was occupied by Fort Broughton and Fort Wilkins during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. In fact, the cannons were placed in the Battery in response to the War of 1812 intended to defend Charleston as a last defense.

Rainbow Row: This is a series of rainbow houses in downtown Charleston. It is the largest strip of Georgian houses in the U.S.

St. Philip’s Church: Lots of famous people are buried here. Charles Pickney, a delegate to the Continental Congress and signer of the U.S. Constitution, is interred here–so is former VP John C. Calhoun. More importantly, this church’s steeple is impressive to look at.

The Citadel: The Citadel is the Military College of South Carolina. It was founded in 1842, making it one of the oldest military colleges in the U.S.

Best Food Options

Hominy Grill: Nestled in downtown Charleston, Hominy Grill is renowned for its unique breakfast/brunch items. They’re especially famous for their Shrimp and Grits and Charleston Nasty Biscuit dishes. (I ordered the Huevos Rancheros.) Check out the full menu here.

Kaminsky’s Baking Company: Who can resist delicious desserts? (No one!) Kaminsky’s is a household name in Chucktown. You must go. (Read my write-up about it on A Taste of Patriarchy.)

Tattooed Moose: If you go here, try the duck fat fries. It’s their most popular food item.

Bowen’s Island Restaurant: Bowen’s Island Restaurant is renowned for its seafood, especially their fresh oysters. (I opted for their seafood platter since I’m skeptical of oysters.) Learn more about the restaurant here.

Poe’s Tavern: Situated in Sullivan’s Island, Poe’s Tavern is a must-visit for the foodie with a knack for poetry. They have delicious burgers, salads, and cocktails. More details can be found here.

Best Views

Ravenel Bridge:  This is hard thing to miss. The Ravenel Bridge connects Charleston to Mount Pleasant.

Battery: This area is renowned for its unparalleled views of the water and its sunrises/sunsets. It’s a large seawall and promenade located near Battery Park. Check it out!

Do you have a case of wanderlust? Cure it by traveling to Charleston and elsewhere!

Stay tuned for my next ‘Wanderlust’ post soon about some gems here in the Mid-Atlantic…

New Counter Cultured Article: Glad UCSD is Evicting Ché Cafe From Campus

This is one of the rare times I offer some praise to my alma mater, UCSD. Kudos to the administration for following through with the Che Cafe’s eviction from campus. You can read about it at Counter Cultured today. Below is an excerpt:

On Tuesday, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) allowed the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to seize the Ché Cafe. The co-op was handed an eviction notice on March 17, 2015, after more than a decade of back-and-forth over the building’s decrepit state.

The controversial cafe- which pays homage to communist Ché Guevara and is a backronym for “Cheap Healthy Eats” – first opened in 1980 and is considered a “hip” concert venue among UCSD students. However, not all of us who attended UCSD hold that same view.

When I attended UCSD from 2009 to 2012, I viewed that place as a worn-out, shabby communist compound. Many campus leftists had congregated there. Admittedly, it was a scary place to stumble upon (especially at night). More importantly, few of my classmates questioned its very name and corresponding tribute to communist thug Ché Guevara.

The proposed eviction, which was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, has generated a lot of attention. Though outrage has been placed on the eviction, it’s greatly misplaced. Students and community members should be outraged by what the Ché Cafe stands for.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

NRA News Appearance on Article Criticizing Everytown for Gun Safety

NRA News

I appeared on NRA News on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, to discuss the problem with Everytown for Gun Safety’s latest misinformation campaign targeting young women who support gun rights and concealed carry. Here’s more on the appearance:

At the Counter Cultured blog, Gabriella Hoffman has written about Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, and its assertion that young women can’t handle firearms. A series of tweets from the gun control group characterizes young women as drunk, irresponsible, and a danger to themselves. Hoffman describes the responsible behavior of young gun owners, and the effect of reduced crime from concealed carry on campus. Originally aired on NRA News Cam & Co 03/24/15.

Click here to listen to the full NRA News segment.

Update I: Here’s the full YouTube clip from my March 24th NRA News appearance:

Kaminsky’s Baking Company: Southern Delight in Dessert Form

Gabriella Hoffman:

Here’s my latest restaurant review! I profiled Kaminsky’s Bake Shop in Charleston, SC.

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

I ventured to Charleston, SC several weeks ago for a work-related event and happened to stumble upon some delicious cuisine. From Hominy Grill to Bowen’s Island Restaurant to Tattooed Moose, I was able to immerse myself in some of the best dining spots Chuck Town had to offer. One place that stuck out to me was Kaminsky’s Baking Company in downtown Charleston.

Kaminsky’s is a local favorite and a foodie’s paradise. If you have a sweet tooth, this place is for you! I ordered a Toasted Marshmallow Steamer and a slice of Bourbon Pecan Pie. They’re pictured below:

Toasted Marshmallow Steamer and Bourbon Pecan PieEvery dessert is freshly prepared and made daily in-house. There’s a large assortment of desserts and dessert drinks to chose from. Check out the full menu here.

If you find yourself in Charleston, pay a visit to Kaminsky’s!

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New Counter Cultured Article: Everytown for Gun Safety Hates Young Empowered Females

I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured today. Below is an excerpt:

Everytown for Gun Safety,  a Michael Bloomberg-funded arm of the gun control lobby, issued a series of tweets last week suggesting college-aged women are too dumb to handle firearms.

This is the usual banter that emanates from the Left –especially those entrenched in efforts to disarm Americans under the guise of “gun safety.”  Women aren’t capable of being independent and self-sufficient unless government has a say, they claim. Any woman who defies conventional wisdom and takes up gun ownership – let alone any woman who rejects nanny statism – apparently can’t be empowered unless she sips the female victimhood Kool-Aid.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

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Ted Cruz First Candidate to Announce Bid for the Presidency: Why It’s A Good Thing


Last night, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) formally announced he’s running for President of the United States.

He addressed Liberty University. (Watch his speech here.)

Below are some of my tweets from his TedTalk at Liberty:

Now, naysayers have suggested that his campaign will be a flop because he doesn’t own the domain TedCruz.com. (He does have ownership of TedCruz.org, however.) Though this is a bit disconcerting, it’s nothing major to worry about. Clarification on this can be found at Twitchy.

Not that my opinion counts for much, but this could be very interesting–in a good way. Without a doubt, Cruz is a viable candidate. He’s smart, he cares about this country, he understands the importance of gauging young people, and he can duke it out on the cultural battlefield. Can he win the primary? Possibly. Regardless of who you may or may not be supporting this early in the race, it’s important for serious contenders to come about and mute passé ideas belonging to those in the party who are out of touch. It’s important for a candidate to unite conservatives and libertarians while espousing our ideas in an articulate manner; they must also champion true limited government in the face of crony capitalism/big government. ‪#‎DisruptDC‬ ‪#‎MakeDCListen‬

What will the senator bring to the table? Below are some points:

1) He’s smart and doesn’t need to read from a teleprompter.

2) He’s a sound conservative and is liberty-minded. (Fiscal, social cons can gravitate to him.)

3) He excites the grassroots.

4) He gets conservative policy and is consistent in the U.S. Senate.

5) He’s not an Obama reincarnate in Republican cloth. (Solicitor General of Texas, anyone? Accomplished lawyer much?)

6) He’s against big government. (See his opinions on Export-Import Bank, subsidies, NSA spying, Common Core, high taxes, bloated government departments, etc.)

7) He can rally conservatives, libertarians, independents behind a banner of faith, freedom, and free enterprise. (Few can actually do this.)

I can list more positive qualities about a Cruz bid for the presidency at a later time. Even if he doesn’t advance too far in the primary – though it’s plausible he could – his presence in the 2016 field will make squishes like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and others squirm. It’ll help narrow down what is expected to be a crowded field.

What do you think about Cruz’s presidential bid? Is it good or bad? Please remain civil in the comments section. Thanks!