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A gal whose obsessions lie within fat, sugar, carbs, caffeine, and beverages that could strengthen the heart or seal up a womb.

Marvin Gaye’s Belgian Soul Salvation in Washington DC

The Shaw neighborhood restaurant called Marvin is the designated go to spot on Monday night in Washington DC for a reason. The atmosphere and the vibe, combined with a little dose of my ‘former home’ nostalgia made for a great evening. It mentally took me back to the Republic Gardens, Howard U, Adams Morgan, and all things U Street days in the District. Along with the perfectly concocted martini the bistro level bartender cleverly created, my friend insisted that I try the Chimay.

Since I left beer behind with my yard days at NCA&T I was a bit hesitant. Curiosity along with his commercial ready background on the particular brand made me try it anyway. Need-less-to-say it was really good. Not to mention it is an authentic Trappist beer which translates to the champagne of beers, and is a part of the International Trappist Association. It also comes in the Red, the Triple, and the Blue Cap and has a line of cheeses perfect for pairing. Yeah this beer is kinda major and might quietly be a movement.

Courtesy of Chimay Official Site

It also ties into the history of Marvin and its Belgian marriage to soul. The story of Marvin Gaye and his journey to find solace overseas in Ostend, Belgium was apparently the inspiration behind this bistro, bar and rooftop establishment. This restaurant has a tremendous amount of history which is apparent by the décor the minute you walk in. The musical legend was born and raised just around the corner in this Shaw neighborhood and his spirit lingers on with the locals.  The Belgian culture plaid an integral role in his personal and spiritual development after his open and quite publicized inner struggles.  So frankly the beer makes sense, as does the menu, the theme and everything else.   I think the creators of Marvin have done a proper job of combining the cafe society of Belgium, with the proud soul of the Shaw neighborhood in DC. The next time I’m in town I will have to see if Chef James Claudio’s food is as good as the concept, because everything else is winning.  Truly an amazing place..

 

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4 thoughts on “Marvin Gaye’s Belgian Soul Salvation in Washington DC

  1. Anonymous on said:

    I really enjoyed reading this piece. I myself am a huge Marvin Gaye fan and the history of the ‘Marvin’ restaurant along with the brief history of Marvin Gaye is very enlightening. I didn’t realize that Marvin had taken solace in Ostend, Belgium. I’ll have to do my research on that one. This Chimay beer ‘champagne of beers’ sound very…enticing. I’ll have to look for it down here in the QC

    Thomas S

  2. Thank you! MG is an inspiration for many. This link should help you spot a bar/restaurant with Chimay in Charlotte… http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610835

  3. boulalovestoeat on said:

    Great article. I’m interested in hearing about the food on your next trip. The Chimay is enticing after discovering the brewing process..

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