Category Archives: DC Love

Dining Out for Life Returns on April 24

unnamedWhat’s better than an afternoon or evening out at one of your favorite restaurants? Knowing that your money is supporting a good cause. On Thursday, April 24th, more than 100 area restaurants have pledged to contribute 25% to 100% of that day’s proceeds to benefit Food & Friends’ clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses throughout the National Capital Region. Continue reading

Give Some DC Love This Holiday

I am frequently teased by my friends for how much my DC pride shows through. I proudly state that I am truly from DC and not the ‘burbs, I joked about having the DC flag painted on the roof of my Mini Cooper, and I even sport a DC-shaped necklace on a regular basis.

If you know anyone who has some love for DC too, there are countless gifts that they would surely love to open this holiday season! Here are just a few of the many great items on my list. Continue reading

A DC Staycation

As nice as it is to get away for a long weekend, Labor Day weekend is actually a great time to stay in DC. Friday night was the last Jazz in the Garden for the season and another great weekly concert at YardsPark, just to name a few things. However, I ended up in Annapolis, checking out boats, eating seafood and enjoying the amazing weather.


On Saturday I ran from Georgetown to the Zoo and back with my DC Road Runners training group. It might not be how many of my friends want to spend a Saturday morning but, as my friend Katie said so well, it’s actually a great way to fall in love with the city all over again. Continue reading

Embassy Chef Challenge 2013


One of my favorite things about DC is that, with fairly minimal effort, you can be exposed to one of the widest range of cultures you can imagine in just one place.  That’s because, in being the political center of the U.S., we have more than 175 embassies, ambassadors’ residences and foreign cultural centers.  And thanks to Cultural Tourism DC, it’s pretty easy to find ways to get a taste and feel for the many countries represented.

That’s where the Embassy Chef Challenge comes in.  The event, which is in its fifth year, brings together chefs from different embassies to participate in an Iron Chef style competition.  While the main event is at a gala on March 14 (get your tickets here), it starts a month earlier in a closed-door competition which I was invited to attend. The chefs were given the same ingredients and two hours to prepare a main dish.  And, of course, each chef added a twist that represented their home country’s flavor. Continue reading

2013 Inauguration Brunch Guide

Scan0001.tifHaving lived here for so long, I’ve experienced more than my fair share of inaugurations.  The last one was amazing and I am so grateful to have been able to be there (despite the many issues) but this time around I’m more inclined to and enjoy a quiet weekend away from the crowds.  But if you’re in town and need to satisfy your brunch cravings, plenty of our best restaurants have you covered.  Yes, even on Monday.

Visiting from out of town and looking for a traditional DC locale for your brunch?  I’d recommend any of the following: Continue reading

Sunday brunch at Muse in The Corcoran Gallery of Art

I feel like Chef Todd Gray is everywhere these days.  Watershed Restaurant has been getting plenty of buzz and now he’s taking his brunch to the Corcoran on the first and third Sunday of every month. I personally love the idea of brunch at a museum — enjoy a lovely meal and then spend the next hour or so wandering through art exhibits in a beautiful building.

This Sunday, November 6, stop by for brunch and then enjoy free admission to the The Corcoran Gallery of Art as part of FotoWeek. Continue reading

The Search for Boundary Stones – Part I

I recently learned a bit of DC history that has now turned into a scavenger hunt for me and a few friends.  In the last 1700s, Andrew Ellicott, a surveyor who helped map the boundaries of the District of Columbia (and continued and completed Pierre L’Enfant’s work on the street plan for DC), laid a stone at every mile marker along the original DC boundary lines.  At the time, the DC boundary lines formed a diamond shape that extended west of the Potomac River.  Now a big chunk of that land is Virginia and Maryland, but the stones still mark the original boundary lines, or at least come close — many have been moved as the areas were developed, or when the stones had been damaged or destroyed. Continue reading

Rally for Breakfast

I joined a few thousand people on the Mall for a rally on Saturday, and while I couldn’t see or hear much of the actual show but I did get to see a lot of very funny signs.  No, the rally was not really about breakfast, but the food-themed signs were very much appreciated by a fellow pancake and bacon fan.

by Brunch Girl on Flickr

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Tune in on Monday: WETA Special on Breakfast in Washington

WETA, our local public television station, put together a documentary on breakfasts in the Washington area featuring “power breakfasts” for everyone from policy makers to the rest of us.  The special, which will air this Monday at 9pm, includes a number of great brunch spots, as well as numerous places that serve weekday breakfast — because this is the kind of city where people like to have meetings over an order of eggs and bacon.

I immediately recognized most of the places featured, but there were a few restaurant I have never heard of, such as MGM Roast Beef on Brentwood Road, which has been around for 20 years.  I’ve driven past this place more times than I can count but never thought to stop; had I known about their breakfast, I would come in have long ago. Continue reading

Cupcakes, pies, boxing, music and more at H Street Festival this weekend!

hstreetfestivalIf you don’t have plans for Saturday afternoon yet, add this to your calendar:  H Street Festival is back and it sounds like it will be bigger and better than ever!  Among the many many things planned, Curbside Cupcakes (which will soon be delivering in DC) and Dangerously Delicious Pies (which will soon be opening on H Street) will both be debuting their tasty treats.

Other reasons to come:

  • Rock and Roll Hotel has a full line up of bands and a DJ
  • Palace of Wonders is reportedly putting on a family-friendly version of their burlesque show.  Maybe some of their sword swallowers will be walking around too?
  • The Pug is sponsoring a boxing ring with our local Nomis Gym and Babie Doll Productions.
  • The H Street Country Club will have piñatas in the alley next to their restaurant and mini-golf tournament inside.
  • More than 15 Art Cars will be on display
  • While Biergarten Haus (the new beer garden) won’t open for months, the owner is building a German beer garden in front of his under-construction restaurant at 1355 H.

That’s all just a taste of what you’ll find.  Lots of vendors and other entertainment will be filling up H Street NE between 10th and 14th Street.  Free shuttle bus service from Union Station and Chinatown will be available as well as free shuttles from Eastern Market (I’m waiting for more info on this).  There will also be free bike valet service available.  So come on down from noon-6pm!

The H Street Country Club will have piñatas in the alley next to their restaurant and mini-golf tournament inside.