Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The restaurant opened early this summer to the joy of DC residents and sustainable food advocates alike. Blue Ridge draws inspiration from the mountains which it is named for; understated communal tables acquired from Eastern Market, refurbished church pews, modern (and fantastic) light fixtures and hardwood floors. The atmosphere is perfect for an enjoyable dining experience, and is paired quite nicely with a great wine selection; including many well priced wines and local Virginia wines. Emphasizing local food and sustainable as well, Blue Ridge is all about one thing; quality food.
Barton Seaver's famed Grilled calamari with basil-walnut pesto is a total knock out. Whether you choose fresh seafood, heirloom tomatoes, chicken pot pie or the fried green tomato BLT, you will not be disappointed. I will be returning VERY soon.
This Fall I am looking forward to classic cool; minimalism, classic silhouettes and crisp polish.
Perfect examples are Victoria Beckham in voluminous white trousers courtesy of Stuart Vevers for the label Loewe. Then we see Sienna Miller in chic military-inspired top and pleated pants from Loewe as well. Also the futuristic R&B singer Janelle Monae in the very retro boyish look in Deadstock boyfriend jeans.
The film promises to be a low key, authentic and sweet story and if that is not enough just go to stare at Hugh Dancy and how utterly gorgeous he is- as the New York Times describes him, "delicate features and Byronic curls...a natural heir to the heartthrob throne."
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The speakeasy that joins Eric Hilton's the Gibson, shares some similarities; the idea, the seriously killer cocktails...however PX aims to keep it intimate and idyllic.
PX is the brainchild of the team behind Restaurant Eve and the Majestic and is in its own world as far as typical bars go. The speakeasy's man at the helm is Todd Thrasher, DC's own cocktail king.
The team has taken often sleepy Old Town by storm in the past few years and has redesigned the standards of Old Town dining.
Look for the blue light on a side street of busy King, knock and await the pride land....you creep up stairs and enter into dimly lit quarters.The hostess seats you in a quiet, yet communal area and presents you with your treasure of the evening; the menu.
Beware, attempts to sip a vast array of concoctions will leave your mind quite hazy...
By far the most enjoyable aspect of PX is the chance to witness the true skill of mixology.
The concoctions created are pure liquid art and a true delight.
Aside from the killer cocktails, PX is a place unlike any other; a cozy spot where you can sit down, enjoy a drink and actually hold a conversation.
PX now offers online reservations, click here to reserve your spot now.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Located at 109 South Saint Asaph Street in Old Town Alexandria VA 22314. There are a limited number of reservations accepted nightly, call 703.683.1776.
Don't let the words "burger joint" fool you...BGR isn't your typical fast food joint; rather more of a burger joint made slow. The menu will be identical to the Bethesda location, including four different cuts of prime, dry-aged beef for burgers, turkey burgers, lamb burgers, and much talked about lobster burgers.
Personally, I love sipping on coffee as I peruse fresh flowers, pass by aromatic fruits and witness the bountiful produce and bold, beautiful colors.
Washington has always offered a lovely array of Saturday markets to choose from, but now it seems as the farmer's market trend has taken a full hold of DC residents as consumers begin the understand the benefit of eating local for farmers, the local economy and for your body!
You chose; Old Town in Alexandria(a whopping 5:30am-10:30) Adam's Morgan (8am-2pm) Chevy Chase (9am-1pm) Columbia Heights (8:30-1:30pm) Eastern Market (7am-4pm)
To find your local farmer's market check out this list from the Washington Post.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
The film de jour this evening will be Stephen Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Film starts at sunset (8pm) Despite the cloudy weather currently here in the District the show will go on, except in the case of severe weather.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Ahh, Rollerblades (technically in-line skates, as Rollerblade is the brand)
I admit, I am not above chuckling upon seeing a goofy fellow head to toe in blading gear (almost worse than after work white sneakers...almost)
Rollerblades are due for a comeback.
After saying this, imagine how ecstatic I was when I saw that the people over at DC's own Durkl are craving a Rollerblade come back too!
As for now, it's a lonely road for the renegade Blader.
The Corcoran will host designer Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein and interior designers Calvin Tsao and Zach McKown of TSAO & McKOWN Architects on July 24th from 10am-11:15am. All three won in their respected categories at the National Design Awards. The event titled, Design X Details: Materials and Their Effects will be free of charge...that's right, free! Call (202) 639 -1770 for advanced registration. Thanks at Project Beltway's Rachel Cothran for the tip!
The event is a part of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's Celebration of the 10th Annual National Design Awards. "The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Design Awards with free public programs that explore the intersection between design and the world around us."
Urban boutique, Redeem will welcome DC artist J. Coleman, the wonder behind those Eatonville (Busboys newest venture) murals. Kicking off at 6pm, J. Coleman will premiere 13 new pieces and will mix up the scene with Object from Brooklyn, fusing art and music.
Redeem is located between Logan Circle and U Street at 1734 14th St NW.
Thanks at Fashion.Washington. for the tip!
I will be wandering around U Street with pals over at ReadySetDC
to check out not only Redeem, but to take my first look at Treasury (can you say excited??)
If venturing to the National Building Museum to pay tribute to ol' blue eyes, prepare yourself for some uber preppy attire.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
And, don't forget today is the grand opening of DC's own Treasury on 14th Street.
Friday, July 10, 2009
(Images; Annapolis Virginia Wine Festival)
Check out the Annapolis Sailing School to become a maritime pro (or at least to have some fun on the water!)
And don't forget to check out Jack White's newest venture, as he mans the drums for the Dead Weather 9:30 Club on Monday and Tuesday; but hurry Monday is already sold out!
Doors open at 7pm.
Their album Horehound drops July 14th (US)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Head down to Oronoco Bay Park Saturday, July 11th to listen to the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky's famous 1812 overture, complete with cannon. The fireworks begin 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Tomorrow Bliss Spa opens with a "Skin"-auguration as DJ Neekola will spin at a lobby happy hour celebrating the opening of the W Hotel.
DC prepare to indulge yourself and relax your worries away at Bliss Spa.
Trademark Bliss® touches under a translucent film mural of blue sky with clouds await at the reception, as Bliss-isms welcome at every turn: jazzy bluesy tunes, a luxe nail lounge, pampering treatment rooms featuring a textured cherry blossom wall covering with globe-drop pendant, and retail boutique. [W]
July 20th- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
July 27th- Dog Day Afternoon
August 3rd- On the Waterfront
August 10th- Rebel Without a Cause
For more information check out the Screen on the Green blog.
The first Screen on the Green begins at sunset on July 20th. Cannot wait!
Click here to get in on the action!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Dan Barry of the New York Times recently wrote a piece wonderfully titled, "Ambassador Hotdog."
"In the formal language of diplomacy, perhaps, the presentation of a hot dog may say: “On behalf of the United States of America, may we offer you this tubular delight of meat, meat byproducts, curing agents and spices?” But what it really says is: “How ya doin’? Wanna beer? Such is the democratic charm of the hot dog."
Only in America would we celebrate the birth of a nation with a hot dog eating contest at Nathans Famous Frankfurters.
So, go forth Washingtonians and celebrate the red, white and....uh, yellow!
This 4th of July weekend would be a prime occasion to try out Alexandria's Butcher's Block market picnic packs. Butcher's Block is Robert Wiedmaier's (of Brasserie Beck) newest venture in Old Town, along with Brabo and Brabo Tasting Room.
Butcher's Block offers two options;
"The Fourth of July Sandwich Pack ($45) includes two gourmet sandwiches, chips, fresh Lucques olives and cornichons, housemade brownies or cookies, bottled water, and a choice of a bottle of wine or a pint bottle of beer. The Fourth of July Cheese and Charcuterie Pack ($60) includes a choice of two cheeses, Columbus Crespone dry salami, fresh Lucques olives and cornichons, a freshly baked baguette, bottled water, and a choice of one bottle of wine or one pint bottle of beer." [Metrocurean]
Fourth of July or not, I will surely be planning some summer picnics along the Potomac with friends...which will of course include Butcher's Block goodies!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This Friday, Artomatic presents Art in Fashion 2009.
Beginning at 8pm, the event is a fashion free for all, with carnival like apparel and nothing for the average bear.
Some notable Artomatic events thus far;
The benefactor (below) where several Artomatic received a small gesture on the behalf of a visitor. A charming show of appreciation from visitor to the artist.
Here are some images of several pieces courtesy of the Washington Post.
Top; a diptych by painter Jessica Van Brakle, Brian Lusher's "Presidents," and down at the bottom, glass pipettes by Stephen Reveley.
Maybe I will wander around without lenses...wonder if anyone would notice.
The model is the designer, Anna Laub, the creative director behind PRISM London.
The frames are beautifully structured with insane attention to detail.
The frames drop into stores July 2009 (...so now) check out the full collection online here.
Damn my eyes man...
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1. Moros, a Mediterranean restaurant from chef Ed Witt is reportedly slated for Georgetown.
2.Birch & Barley
Replacing Dakota Cowgirl is Birch & Barley a neighborhood beer centric spot boasting 500 beers.
109 St. Asaph St., Alexandria
The Neighborhood Restaurant Group renovates the building once home to Alexandria's local fire station. Look for all-American fare.
4.Cuba Libre Restaurant
Cuba Libre, a Cuban restaurant which channels Old Havana circa the 1950s heads to DC.
5. J&G Steakhouse
Famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is at the helm of J&G Steakhouse at the new W Hotel, which is slated to open in July in the old Hotel Washington.
6.Point of View
I am most excited for this little gem. Point of View sits atop the new W Hotel, boasting incredible views and a chic bar with an impressive cocktail program. Point of View will Sasha Petraske of Manhattan's Milk and Honey and Little Branch and DC's own Justin Guthrie, formerly of Central.