Episode 1: ACTIVATED LIVE! El Tamarindo ft. Ana Reyes and Mary's Center

El Tamarindo ft. Ana Reyes and Mary’s Center

Ask anyone about Adams Morgan. We guarantee that 50% of the time you’ll get responses about the nightlife. The music, raunchiness, and drunken charades of power-hour enthused twenty something year olds. When asked about the food scene – newcomers and college students alike will rave about the grease-streaked slices of jumbo slice.

But, Adams Morgan is more. It’s vibrant, dynamic, and ever-changing. It’s a cocktail rich in neighborly love. Representing DC’s past, present, and future, while reflecting the exploding diversity across the region. How did we get here? Well, we’ll find out through this exclusive #TasteofAdMo miniseries. I will say though, within these handful of blocks there are eclectic individuals, beloved community institutions, and incredible restaurants with dishes that shattered DC’s segregated restaurant scene and defied the notion that Washington was ever a “culinary backwater.”

In this special episode, we’ll learn about one restaurant at the forefront of DC’s pupusa fever. A representation of the city’s Latino diaspora, El Tamarindo has been a cornerstone of the AdMo community for over 35 years. Family owned, this super funky restaurante not only has incredible food, but a story that shows us what it means to achieve your own American Dream. So, “Wepa!”

Without further ado, let’s listen to my conversation about familia, cultura, and comida with El Tamarindo’s owner, Ana Reyes.Like the music on today’s podcast? De Mi Tierra by Cindy Zavala aka Salvadoreina. She is an incredible Cumbia-Hip Hop Entertainer and a good friend of Mary’s Center and Taste of Adam’s Morgan.

Episode 2: Activated LIVE! ft Roofers Union, Pitango + Mary's Center

Activated LIVE!
ft Roofers Union, Pitango + Mary’s Center

Welcome to episode numero dos of Mary’s Center’s #TasteofAdMo miniseries. Today, we have a roundtable conversation with two participating Taste of AdMo restaurants creating super groovy spaces, cookin’ up some bomb cuisine, and collaborating with the local community to build a more welcoming, accessible AdMo familia.

Here with me is Alisa Dan, Brand Manager from Pitango Gelato, a father-daughter operated gelato and Italian eatery that prides itself on providing simple, natural flavors And Dave Delaplaine, General Manager at Roofers Union, a champion for local beer offering classic American fare.

Like the tunes? Your hearing Sidewalk Jazz by our good friend Complex Music. Find more on Soundcloud and on IG at @cmplexmuzik!


Activated is a podcast on the future of content and technology’s role in leading the creative spirit. As two creative entrepreneurs that run a digital production company called Caandor Labs – we’re fascinated by the growth of DC’s creative economy and the rapidly changing world of digital media. We wanted to start conversations with influential creative minds to better understand how they interact with new media, technologies and ideas that will revolutionize the way we engage with the future of content.