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FDA nominee to face questions on issues from vaping to salmon
It might be hard for Stephen Hahn to win over Democrats because of a pending White House vaping decision

Stephen Hahn, President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Food and Drug Administration, faces a confirmation hearing on Wednesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (Courtesy The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center)

When President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration appears for the first time before a Senate panel on Wednesday, he’ll likely face tough questions about some policy issues that he may not have thought much about previously.

While the nominee, Stephen Hahn, is a highly regarded cancer doctor who has helped lead a research hospital with a budget nearly the size of the FDA’s, the confirmation hearing will be a reminder of the breadth of the agency’s work.

California ice cream shop milks D.C. impeachment hearings
I scream, you scream for “Im-peach-mint Pie” ice cream?

California-based Smitten Ice Cream debuts "Im-Peach-Mint Pie" flavor in light of Washington's impeachment hearings (Courtesy Smitten Ice Cream)

You can run, but you can’t hide from the buzz that continuously surrounds congressional testimonies — even if you mute your Twitter notifications.

The House impeachment hearings continue to inspire clever cocktails around D.C. such as the “Quit Bro, Go” at Capitol Lounge and “Impeachment Please” at Union Pub.

Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ tradition very much alive on Capitol Hill
Offices display lively altars with vibrant colors and food for dead relatives

A Día de los Muertos altar is on display in the office of Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva on Capitol Hill on Monday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Marilyn Zepeda may have left Mexico, but she made sure to bring along a piece of its culture to the United States: vibrant “papel picado,” loaves of “Pan de Muerto” and photos of the dead.

The legislative correspondent for Arizona Democratic Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, who is himself the son of a Mexican immigrant, Zepeda has been in Washington, D.C., just over a year, and she’s already raising spirits around the office. After all, it’s almost the Day of the Dead, or “Día de Los Muertos.”

Campus notebook: Digitizing Congress, a flu shot shortage and spotting an owl
Plus fall treats and process for reviewing franked mail is entering the 21st century

An owl peered into Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office in the Hart Building on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

There was good news this week for serious Congress nerds everywhere, especially those without access to a massive academic library.

The Government Publishing Office and the Law Library of Congress announced a plan Tuesday to digitize the entirety of the Congressional serial set — bound volumes of legislative reports and related documents dating all the way back to 1817.

First it was lawmakers, now Members’ Dining Room has to deal with Yelp
Restaurant has frequently been subject of lawmaker criticism, scrutiny

The House Members’' Dining Room in the Capitol is now open to the public during recess. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House Members’ Dining Room has historically served only lawmakers and their guests in a private annex on the first floor of the Capitol. But over the past year the restaurant has opened its doors, first to Capitol Hill staffers and now to the general public to dine — not like kings, but like members of Congress.

Other restaurants with tough-to-get tables may have Michelin stars or James Beard Award-winning chefs. The House restaurant, despite its privileged pedigree, has tough critics and a troubling track record on profitability.

Members’ Dining Room embraces 21st century — sort of
Recess time will be open to the public, via OpenTable

The House Members’ Dining Room in the Capitol is open to the public during recess. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Quite some time has passed since the Capitol’s Petinaud and Bennett rooms opened their doors as the Members’ Dining Room in 1858, but walking into the House-side restaurant, with its red carpet and 20th century chandeliers, you’d hardly notice — unless you booked a reservation on OpenTable.

And when Heard on the Hill found out the dining room was opening to the public this recess, that is exactly what we did. Once a haven of exclusivity, the eatery can now enjoy a global presence outside Congress with the reservation-booking app.

Your Hill Horoscope: We just took a DNA test and we are 100 percent pizza
What to do in D.C. the week of Sept. 23-30

Pizza? Just wait for this week's Pizza FESTIVAL. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call file photo)

“Heard it from a friend” that blast from the past is taking the stage Tuesday night at Warner Theater. If you’re feeling nostalgic, and looking for a good time, hop on board the REO Speedwagon. Show starts at 8 p.m.

But you know what doesn’t? Seeing Lizzo on Wednesday night at The Anthem. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Cups is back in session!
We can all return to our regularly scheduled programming

Cups & Company reopens in the Russell Senate Office Building on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Our long caffeine-less nightmare has ended: Cups is finally open again.

After several weeks of staffers being without their favorite cup of joe in the Russell Senate Office Building basement, Cups & Company overflowed Friday morning with coffee and prepped food refugees from around the Capitol. 

Eastern Market can haz ‘Eat Brgz’
Concept burger shop stretches boundaries with custom menu

Eat Brgz owner Brandon Gaynor discusses with Heard on the Hill his take on burgers and milkshakes. (Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call)

Brandon Gaynor didn’t completely know the “how” behind opening a restaurant, but he had a good feeling about the “when.”

The launch of his Eastern Market burger shop during August recess “allowed us a little bit of a ramp-up period,” the former investment analyst-turned-restaurateur told me as we sat down in his new joint at 250 7th Street SE.

Chicken fight: Steve Scalise settles Popeyes vs. Chick-fil-A debate

Yet another arbiter has spoken in the Popeyes vs. Chick-fil-A debate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Just when we thought the dispute between Popeyes and Chick-fil-A was cooling down, Steve Scalise added a little heat.

In the fowl feud heard round the internet, the restaurant chains have been at war over which has the better chicken sandwich. Popeyes, long known for its Louisiana-style chicken, only added the sandwich to their menu in August, announcing the news on social media and turning the internet into a feeding frenzy.