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Gifts to Give & to Get
It is the most wonderful time of the year. Okay, it's usually the most wonderful time of the year and you know what? We are sticking with that notion. So it’s time to start thinking how you’re going to make those you care about most merry & bright. We started curating a list here. As we gather more interesting things to buy and places to shop, we will share the love with you:  Baked by Yael Challah Subscription Give the gift of fresh baked challah from a local, woman-owned small business. Made from scratch, their kosher challah is the perfect addition to your Shabbat dinner or any special occasion. In the event you don't gobble it all down on the first day, turn it into challah French toast later. For more information, visit bakedbyyael.myshopify.com. Cooler Gifts From the Boss What do you do when your company has transitioned to a work-from-home model, and there can’t be an employee holiday party or white elephant gift exchange in the office this year? One DC based company has an alternative to a run-of-the-mill employee gift this year -- Cooler --   a monthly, subscription-based perk box that shows appreciation, boosts morale, motivates, and delivers shared experiences regardless of how distanced your team. Each month, team members receive a curated box filled with artisanal beverage and craft snacks from small makers throughout the US along with a purposeful, fun object for the home office and supercharged with signature Conversation Cards focusing on staff engagement, resilience-building and personal development. Whether you sign up for monthly subscriptions or just send  a one-time Holiday Appreciation box, Cooler brings your team together. For more information about or to order boxes, visit cooler.work. Cork Wine Bar Virtual Wine Tastings A great gift to bring people together, even when they are apart. Cork ships or delivers the wines and prepares the tastings, along with tasting notes, a tasting “how to”, and a live Zoom tasting event. These tastings start at $50 per person, and are available for groups of 4 to 50 people. For more information, contact [email protected] Downtown Holiday Market  The Annual Downtown Holiday Market, presented by DowntownDC Business Improvement District, Diverse Markets Management, and Events DC, has returned for its 16th year. Located at F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW, Downtown DC’s spacious, open-air village will feature small businesses, local artisans and entrepreneurs from across the region. This year, additions to the market include an exciting mixture of interactive digital experiences, which include an awe-inspiring lumina projection show by artist Zak Forrest titled “Chroma” blanketed on the National Portrait Gallery. ARTECHOUSE presents a first-of-its-kind mixed reality (XR) adventure throughout the market, utilizing smartphone technology and the museum’s XR app to unveil Instagrammable surprises at various checkpoints hidden among vendors. Shoppers will encounter an 8’x16’ jumbotron screen illuminating the heart of the village, replacing live center stage performances with curated, streaming entertainment including holiday-fun films, Saturday Morning Theater Shorts from The National Theatre, and musical acts. Returning favorites and new food vendors for visitors to savor include the Taste of Germany, Alexa’s Empanadas, Old Blue BBQ, The Capital Candy Jar, Bindaas, and Migue’s Magnificent Mini Donuts. The market is laid out with a single entryway and streamlined one-way, distanced foot traffic to ensure safe circulation around the market's back-to-back retail vendor tents. All affiliated market workers, exhibitors and shoppers will be required to wear masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) upon entry and at all times within the market. Hand sanitizing dispensers will be widely available, and easily accessed throughout the market. Market is open daily through December 23rd, and is closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 30th, and December 7th and 14th. Events by Danny Lledó The most awarded paella chef in the US is currently offering paella kits and virtual classes nationwide. Share the gift of teaching your foodie friends how to make the notoriously tricky yet delish Spanish dish by sending them a paella, kit, and tutorial. Kits include everything you need to make award-winning paella in your own home plus a live Zoom link where Chef Lledó will take you step by step through the process. For more information, visit exploretock.com/specialeventsbydannylledo You Want This Filibuster  Filibuster Distillery has the ultimate gift offerings: For the newbie that deserves an upgrade: Filibuster Dual Cask Bourbon pushes traditional bourbon aging methods to a new level through its dual cask process. Finished in French Oak barrels, the expression enhances the caramel and vanilla nuances that fans come to recognize from bourbon flavor profiles and adds complexity to the overall taste.  For the person always up for a challenge: Filibuster Boondoggler Whiskey is far from traditional. Finished in five different barrels, this expression takes unique qualities of the barrels to form a complex yet well-balanced liquid. This expression offers an unparalleled sipping experience and makes for the perfect base to any modern-day twist on a cocktail. For an individual you're looking to impress: Filibuster Single Estate one of the finest whiskeys from Filibuster Distillery released to date. This special, limited-edition release was created from one farm, one distillery and one barrel in order to achieve the ultimate bold yet balanced flavor. For packages and more information, visit filibusterbourbon.com. Hoptimist Holiday Market Like much of 2020, the holidays will be a little different this year, but we’re being “hoptimistic!” DC Brau has teamed up with the Heurich House Museum to create a fun way for you to still buy unique gifts for everyone on your list while supporting your favorite local small businesses like you normally would at their annual holiday markets. Plus, now you can do it all from the warmth and comfort of your own home. In lieu of Christkindlmarkt and DC Brau’s Holiday Market this winter, shop the first-ever Hoptimist Holiday Market. This festive, two-week virtual holiday store will feature hundreds of curated creations from some of the National Capital Region’s best artists and artisans. The Hoptimist Holiday Market “opens” at noon on Black Friday. Want to get a jump on your holiday shopping over Thanksgiving? Early Bird Ticket holders will get pre-sale access two days before anyone else, starting on Wednesday, November 25th. Early Bird shoppers will also receive a small gift from Heurich House Museum and DC Brau as a token of appreciation! Tickets are now available on the Hoptimist website at for $15 each. Mah-Ze-Dahr Sweets & Kits Nationally acclaimed bakery Mah-Ze-Dahr is offering all sorts of goodies this year. From scone making kits to premade cookie dough, boxed brownies, cookies, and pastries, Mah-Ze-Dahr has something for everyone. Gourmet gingerbread making kits will be available specially for the holidays as well. Check out their packages here for more. Holiday Market in Mount Pleasant Mola, the Mt. Pleasant-based, Michelin Bib Gourmand recognized eatery, is hosting an outdoor holiday market featuring handmade goods from local artists and festive food and drinks to enjoy while shopping. Mola’s Eat + Shop Holiday Market will take place every Saturday from November 21st through December 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will feature a host of items from local makers, including: mugs, planters, plants, plates, bowls, salt cellars, spoon rests, cutting boards, rolling pins, and face masks. The holiday market will set up outside in front of the eatery. Mola will also offer gift packages from its wine shop and pantry, including curated natural wine bundles, cocktail kits featuring local favorites like Republic Restoratives & Capitoline Vermouth, and specialty Spanish food & pantry items. Saturdays through Dec 19 10-1:30. For more information, moladc.com. Olio2Go Italian Gift Selections If you can’t travel to Italy, this is the next best thing to an Italian holiday. Olio2go features fine Italian gifts for the foodies on your list with selections of extra virgin olive oils and vinegars, as well as fun extras and gift boxes. Shop online or in their Fairfax store’s bountiful table of treats, including panettone, panforte, biscotti and amaretti, figs, and Modica chocolates to celebrate the season. Olive & Loom: Kin & Care Collection Olive & Loom is a Mediterranean lifestyle brand featuring a curated selection of home and gift items. Its retail and online shopping experience evokes a love of discovery and gift giving as well as creative inspiration for unique home and entertaining décor. Olive & Loom’s founder, Ferzan Jaeger, built her business on the belief in a consumer’s “power of purchase” by partnering with organizations who benefit from sales proceeds of select items, as well as employing refugees to develop her signature Kin & Care candle collection. Kin & Care is a maker of handcrafted small batch candles, soaps, and scent diffusers located in Silver Spring, MD. They use sustainable, cruelty-free ingredients poured skillfully into reusable containers and have ten fragrance blends that bring warmth to any setting. Each Kin & Care product is made exclusively by refugee women resettled in the Washington DC region. Additional signature items developed by Olive & Loom are their Turkish robes, towels, woven bowls, scented hand sanitizer sprays, perfumes, and more. For more information, visit oliveandloom.com. Park View Holiday Market at Hook Hall  A holiday market will take place at Hook Hall during December featuring items from local and regional artists and specialty food producers. The Park View Holiday Market will be held December 5th, 12th, and 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Vendors range from candles to ceramics,  jewelry to honey and cookies to hot sauce, the exhibitors  offer a wide range of locally and regionally made goods. Among the vendors are:  DC ‘s RavenHook Bakehouse; Baltimore’s Personal Best Ceramics; Silver Spring, MD’s Soul & Ink ; DC’s Sauce City USA Mambo Sauce and Chantilly, Virginia’s Family of Nuts. The market planners recognize the ongoing nature of COVID-19 and are dedicated to making the market a safe shopping environment for all. Masks must always be worn, strict capacity limits will be in place, and the market layout will be conducive for one-way traffic flow and social distancing between both customers and vendors.  Relish Catering Gratitude Gifts  As the holidays approach, people are reminded of the many things for which they are thankful. In the spirit of giving thanks, Relish relishcateringdc.com is offering their latest concept in holiday entertaining: Gratitude Gifts. Whether you wish to show appreciation for your employees, members of your book club, the PTA volunteers or simply those really good friends, Gratitude Gifts can help you send that message. Individually wrapped gift boxes featuring sweet treats, date night supplies, regional fare, and more offer options for everyone on your list. For more information, contact [email protected] Pour One Over with Santa Lucia Because everyone deserves to treat themselves this holiday season, Santa Lucia Estate Coffee is taking its wholesale coffee program to e-commerce. Guests who have long enjoyed one of Washington DC’s original sustainable Coffee companies can now have the option to enjoy the coffee they’ve loved in so many area restaurants and hotels in the comfort of their home. Perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover, The Santa Lucia Sampler, includes three one lb. bags of Santa Lucia Estate favorite roasts (Classic, Vienna and 2014). Whether it’s the Holiday Sampler or the “Classic” medium, “Vienna” bold or “2014” deeper roast all Santa Lucia Coffees are available in three and five pound packages with pre-ground or whole bean options. All include free expedited shipping. Shop Small Georgetown Shop Small Georgetown kicks off on Small Business Saturday (November 28th) and runs through Saturday, December 12th. The Georgetown BID is encouraging everyone to shop small and support local during this time, with participating businesses offering special promotions, gifts with purchase, raffles, curbside pick-up and more. The Georgetown BID is also celebrating the season with several holiday gift guides. Each guide will highlight curated items and experiences from Georgetown’s shops, services, and food retailers, featuring categories such as Self-Care, Buying on a Budget, Local Love, and Eat, Drink and Be Merry. View their guides at georgetowndc.com/guides. Retail and experiential specials include a free mini Daylesford candle with a $100 purchase at Pillar and Post, holiday cards at Just Paper & Tea, and an open exhibition, in the company of silence, at Jewelers'Werk Galerie. Food favorites include hard hot cider and mulled wine at Georgetown Social, one 12" pizza and an appetizer for $25 at Pizzeria Paradiso, and a bonus $10 with the purchase of a $50 Brasserie Liberté gift card.  Taste Hungary Hungarian Wine Shop Give the gift everyone on your list will like - especially those who would have been traveling Europe this year! Taste Hungary, a DC-based importer and retailer of fine Hungarian wine, offers a variety of terroir-driven, small-batch Hungarian wine. Free delivery/shipping available for purchases of 12 or more bottles. For more information, visit tastehungary.us Tea Drunk Classes & Gifts Tea Drunk is the producer of some of the world's most prized teas, and they go to the deepest mountains in China to eat, sleep and work alongside the heritage farmers to ensure the highest quality product. Find the perfect gift for your tea aficionado with the options like the Tea Crash Course, Classic Tea Sampler or a variety of other teas and tea-related products. The tea available through Tea Drunk is truly one of a kind. Like nature cannot recreate itself, no two batches of tea are the same. Some tea leaves are picked from ancient tea trees which are 200-600 years old with the actual harvesting season containing only 10-15 days per year. Every tea is prepared with lots of love and hard work by Shunan Teng who heads to the deepest mountains in China in the Spring Season. Todd Thrasher’s Rum-Ron-Rhum Shoppe It's never been easier to "Have a Blast" as the front bar at Tiki TNT is transformed into the Thrasher's Rum-Ron-Rhum Shoppe. Special holiday gifts include Thrasher's Rum and Thrasher's Rum Custom Cocktail Cases, seasonal cocktails to-go, handcrafted mixers, elixirs, and bitters, hard to find rums, Tiki TNT apparel, and limited edition custom Tiki Mugs and Flasks. For more information, visit tikitnt.com    Wigle Whiskey Spirit Gift Set Wigle Whiskey’s limited edition three-flask "Medicinal" Spirit gift sets offer quarantine relief in a tongue in cheek nod to 2020. A flask of Straight American Whiskey is labeled as Quarantine Solution and promises to “maximize mirth among relations in close quarters", joined by a flask of Straight Rye Whiskey, called Conversation Fluid “to conquer chronic cases of conversation cowardice", which might strike at the Thanksgiving table. Third, a flask of Eye Opener Extract, or Wigle Organic Gin, promises “to elevate excitement and eradicate ennui,”  which might hit during your 11th Netflix hour. The flask set comes beautifully packaged in a Prohibition themed gift box, harkening back to the last period in America in which whiskey was offered for its “medicinal” values. Only 500 kits are available for shipping throughout Pennsylvania and DC. Visit takeout.wiglewhiskey.com for more information. Women’s Food Fest Holiday Market A collection of women-owned food businesses in Washington, DC, Women's Food Fest grew from a James Beard Foundation program and decided to take collective action, and help each other survive the present economic and health crisis. This Holiday season, they are highlighting women entrepreneurs who now need your support by your patronage as they navigate the new "normal" and try to keep their businesses open during this pandemic. Exclusive holiday offerings include these gift baskets: Bubbly and Sweet Gift Basket (Walnut Biscotti from Ruth Gresser, chef/owner Pizzeria Paradiso; Organic Earl Grey Tea and Ginger Scone Mix from Linda Neumann and Michelle Brown, owners Teasim; Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Doron Petersan, chef/owner Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats; Best Loved Plant Based Recipes in Decorative Box from Ellen Grey, owner Equniox; Cranberry Orange Bread from Ris Lacoste, chef/owner, RIS; Baklava Mini Box from Yamrot Ezineh, chef/owner Letena; Oatmeal Cream Pie from Shannan Troncoso, chef/owner Brooklands Finest; Ice Cream Sundae Toppings from Victoria Lai, owner Ice Cream Jubilee, and  Blanquette de Limoux from Diane Gross, owner Cork Wine Bar) or the Savory Snacks with Rich Red Gift Basket (Ben’s Original Half Smoke Pack from Sonya Ali, owner Bens Chili Bowl; Marinated Olives from Ruth Gresser, chef/owner Pizzeria Paradiso; Hog Smoker Packet (two BBQ sauces and spice rub) from Mandy Neuman, owner SloppyMamas; Infused Organic Olive Oil Dip from Yamrot Ezineh, chef/owner Letena; Brookland’s Finest Pasta Sauce from Shannan Troncoso, chef/owner Brooklands Finest; Pasta from Jamie Leeds, Hanks Oyster Bar; Eye Gift bag from Rose Privite, owner Maydan; and Red Wine from Diane Gross, owner Cork Wine Bar). With more to come, visit exploretock.com/letstalkdc to support fabulous local women in food.
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Still Time to Get Your Gobble On: Sides, Pies, & Don’t Forget the Main Event
Photo: Dawson's Market Like everything else in 2020, this Thanksgiving is going to be different. So, how you plan is important. Whether you want a small bird, someone else to assist with all the sides or a cornucopia of desserts — however you want to do — you will need to organize ahead. Good news, the DC Area restaurant and hospitality scene is here to help.
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Foodie & The Beast from Home: November 22, 2020
Foodie & The Beast pre-games for the coming Thanksgiving holiday with this week's lineup of delicious guests:  Natalie Vachon, Area Director of Marketing for half luxe, boutique hotel and half spectacular art gallery, Hotel Zena, and Jasmine Diaz, Assistant Food & Beverage Director and the creator of the cocktail menu at the hotel's Fig Leaf bar.   Bonnie Moore, Executive Director of Real Food for Kids, a group of Fairfax County, VA parents who advocate for increased quantities of fresh, whole foods in schools. Real Food for Kids has several important initiatives for feeding kids and families disadvantaged by aspects of the COVID lockdown.  The Navy Yard's La Famosa brings soulful Puerto Rican cooking to Washington, DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood. Chef and owner Joancarlo Parkhurst talked about menu creation and rollout.  Have you tried Money Muscle BBQ? It’s a food truck concept from the husband and wife team of Chef Ed Reavis and Jennifer Meltzer, who also owns All Set Restaurant & Bar in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.  Another Sunday, another show and more incredible ways to eat and drink your way through the DMV area. Listen to the full episode here.
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On a Liquid Diet? Come Sit Next to Us
No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants ANXO ANXO has released a new cider available for DC residents only - Imperial Blanc,  a boozier version of their Cidre Blanc. This cider lies at a high 8.3% ABV (ANXO ciders are typically 6.9% ABV). This new cider is made completely from Southern Virginia Goldrush apples from Silver Creek & Seaman’s Orchards in Nelson County, VA. 300 Florida Avenue NW; 202.986. 3795; anxodc.com  Bammy’s  Bammy's winterized patio includes open-air tents, outdoor gas heaters, and a unique selection of new Fall/Winter drinks. Offerings include mulled wine, a blackberry bramble, and guava and Campari cocktails. 301 Water Street SE; 202.599.2400; bammysdc.com Brasserie Liberte Brasserie Liberte is offering mimosa kits, which include a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices for $35. For guests who prefer just the sparkling wine, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label” is $75 or a bucket mini bottles (4) of Le Grand Courtâge Rosé are available for $40. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; libertedc.com Dc Brau DC Brau has released Wake Up in the Future, this year’s vintage of the barrel-aged Imperial Stout. The stout includes notes of raisin, orange marmalade, black strap molasses, and more. The stout has been soaking in bourbon barrels for the last nine months and is available in single 16oz cans for $9.99 starting on Black Friday. They have cellared a limited amount of the 2018 and 2019 vintages to offer a special mixed 4-pack vertical, featuring one 16oz can each of the last two vintages with two cans from this year’s release. The WUITF vertical is available for $49.99. The second installment of DC Brau’s barrel-aged sour Harmonious Funk series is also available. DC Brau has partnered with Whisked! for a special beer and pie pairing with an accompanying tasting sheet. The $39.99 package includes a six-inch chocolate chess pie, a six-inch pumpkin pie, a six-pack of Penn Quarter Porter, and a four-pack of Barrel-aged Stone of Arbroath. 3178-B Bladensburg Road NE; 202.621.8891; dcbrau.com    NEW:  El Techo  El Techo’s has added to their list of hand-crafted cocktails. Offerings include:  sol ahumado ($13)with rayu mezcal, old overholt, lime, ginger, cinnamon, egg white, the gin berry ($13) with gin, lime, raspberry, simple syrup, basil, soda water, the hot coco ($12) with homemade chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, all spices whip cream, tequila, or rum, and more. 606 Florida Avenue NW; 202.836.4270; eltechodc.com NEW:  Fight Club Fight Club has outfitted its patios with fire pits available to reserve for private parties of 4-6 guests. Guests gathering around the fire pit can enjoy warm drinks including Mike & Ike’s Hot Cider with spiced honeycrisp cider spiked with a choice of scotch or rum topped with maple foam and Mulled Wine with amaro served in vintage copper tea kettles as well as s’mores kits ready for roasting. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue; 202.733.1384; fightclubdc.com   NEW:  Guinness Guinness Open Gate Brewery announces the release of two new seasonal beers just in time for the holidays: Gingerbread Stout and Imperial Stout. These limited-edition bourbon barrel-aged beers pair with the flavors of the season, make a wonderful hostess/group gift to share with the holiday table or as a special gift for beer lovers.. The Gingerbread Spiced Stout features hints of allspice, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg with rich notes of gingerbread and bourbon with an ABV of 11%. The Imperial Stout s a ‘beer geek’s dream, with rich notes of chocolate, vanilla and coconut aromas with an oak finish and a 10.3% ABV. 5001 Washington Blvd; guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com NEW:  Mandarin Oriental  Mandarin Oriental is now offering “The Warm & Cozy Menu” for the winter months. The menu offers gourmet hot chocolate options and boozy hot chocolate. There are hot ciders and bites to accompany the drinks like 55% chocolate fudge brownies, homemade s’mores, and more. 1330 Maryland Avenue SW; 202.554.8588; mandarinoriental.com NEW:  Masseria Officina  Masseria Officina has announced a new experience to activate their Amaro Library on the second floor at the Wharf. The Amaro Experience is a curated '4 course' cocktail and amari tasting guided by one of their bartenders. The experience is $75 per person. 1340 4th Street, NE; 202.747.5222; officinadc.com Rako Pop Up with Oyster Oyster Oyster Oyster is having a daytime coffee shop pop-up with local RĀKO Coffee Roasters. Oyster Oyster’s pop-up with Rako includes espresso carts dispensing made-to-order milk and alt-milk based espresso drinks, baked goods and teas from Chef Rubba, and a retail shop selling brewing essentials and bagged coffee. 1440 8th Street NW; oysteroysterdc.com NEW:  Santa Lucia  Santa Lucia is now offering beans to the dining public via E-commerce Santa Lucia Estate Coffee. The product is by the pound or a complete commercial package for a restaurant or hotel with freshly roasted coffee, brewing equipment and hands-on coffee education, equipment training and service. 202 S. Tower Avenue; 360.807.9600; santalucia.coffee NEW:  Tenth Ward Tenth Ward Distilling Company has released two new canned cocktails: The Corpse Reviver No. 10 and the Smoked Whiskey Sour. Both flavors will be available for retail purchase at Tenth Ward’s Cocktail Lab located in Downtown Frederick, Maryland and for wholesale purchase to liquor stores and restaurants throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. The Corpse Reviver No. 10 is made with Tenth Ward’s double-gold winning Genever Inspired Gin and Absinthe Nouvelle, lemon, chai vanilla bean syrup, and lavender bitters. The Smoked Whiskey Sour is made with Tenth Ward’s signature Smoked Corn Whiskey, lemon, honey, ginger and ancient bitters. 55 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD; tenthwarddistilling.com
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How We Winter (Outdoor Activations, Holiday Markets, & Popups)
As the great late Tom Petty said, Into the great wide open … or not actually wide … but definitely open. Area restaurants and bars are once again going to put on their thinking caps and offer warm, fun, and safe ways to drink and dine outside during the cooler months.   Conrad Après Ski The third floor Conrad Lounge and North Terrace exterior space are offering a unique wintertime offering inspired by the traditional flavors of French and Italian alpine cuisine from December 4-31, 2020. Offered as part of the full dinner service, the Après Ski experience takes guests on a journey to the Alps with both its indoor space in The Lounge and outdoor terrace space decked out in Alpine décor. The Après Ski menu features a contemporary take on time-honored dishes such as tartiflette, fromage et charcuterie, croque madame, and pipee d’oignon francais & caviar, offering guests a true taste of peak mountain fare. As guests enjoy bites and the impeccable décor of a chic mountain chalet, they will also be invited to sip on classic winter cocktails with a modern spin such as Haute Toddy and a daily punch. Menu items are available for purchase a la carte. The Conrad Lounge and North Terrace also offers a daily lunch and dinner menu. Del Mar Winter Igloos Enjoy fine food and drink from Del Mar’s full a la carte menu in the private retreat of their cozy winter igloos. Igloos are located on the 2nd floor Terraza overlooking the Wharf and accommodate up to 6 guests each for a two-hour experience. Igloos require a $150 rental fee and a food and beverage minimum of $75 per person. For more information, visit exploretock.com/delmardc. Downtown Holiday Market  The Annual Downtown Holiday Market, presented by DowntownDC Business Improvement District, Diverse Markets Management, and Events DC, has returned for its 16th year. Located at F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW, Downtown DC’s spacious, open-air village will feature small businesses, local artisans and entrepreneurs from across the region. This year, additions to the market include an exciting mixture of interactive digital experiences, which include an awe-inspiring lumina projection show by artist Zak Forrest titled “Chroma” blanketed on the National Portrait Gallery. ARTECHOUSE presents a first-of-its-kind mixed reality (XR) adventure throughout the market, utilizing smartphone technology and the museum’s XR app to unveil Instagrammable surprises at various checkpoints hidden among vendors. Shoppers will encounter an 8’x16’ jumbotron screen illuminating the heart of the village, replacing live center stage performances with curated, streaming entertainment including holiday-fun films, Saturday Morning Theater Shorts from The National Theatre, and musical acts. Returning favorites and new food vendors for visitors to savor include the Taste of Germany, Alexa’s Empanadas, Old Blue BBQ, The Capital Candy Jar, Bindaas, and Migue’s Magnificent Mini Donuts. The market is laid out with a single entryway and streamlined one-way, distanced foot traffic to ensure safe circulation around the market's back-to-back retail vendor tents. All affiliated market workers, exhibitors and shoppers will be required to wear masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) upon entry and at all times within the market. Hand sanitizing dispensers will be widely available, and easily accessed throughout the market. Market is open daily through December 23rd, and is closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 30th, and December 7th and 14th. Fiola Yurts Beginning December 3, eleven custom-designed Yurts will rise from the Fiola patio, amidst a fleet of seasonal trees, transforming 601 Pennsylvania Avenue into a festive winter village. The tents each seat from four to six patrons of immediate family or friends, offering a one-of-a-kind dining experience at a safe distance from others. The restaurant has partnered with American Express – there is no fee to reserve the yurts – all diners must reserve through Resy and pay with an American Express card. The five-course menu begins at $135 per person and offers an array of courses showcasing the seasonal abundance of Chancellors Rock Farm in Rappahannock County, Virginia. Trabocchi and his team will create a variety of seasonal items from the Fiola Harvest Menu and one signature dish – the Papillote of Wild Foraged Mushrooms with White Truffle –  which will be served exclusively in the Yurts. You may add on enhancements from Calvisius Caviar to imported Culatello, as well as offerings from Fiola’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning cellar. As a special gift, all American Express Platinum Card Members will receive complimentary cider coffee cake to bring home as a morning treat. For reservations, visit resy.com. Friluftsliv at Sloppy Mama’s Catoctin Creek Whiskey Garden  Embrace the Nordic tradition of friluftsliv, or outdoor adventures. No, that's not a weird auto-correct, and yes, eating BBQ in a socially distanced whiskey garden is an adventure. So get some proper winter gear and get ready to have some good times. Bundle up and enjoy a meal outdoors regardless of weather, and enjoy Cotoctin Creek cocktails to pair with the BBQ. No reservations. Whiskey garden is located at 5731 Lee Highway in Arlington. Georgetown Holiday Window & Streatery Competition  Back and bigger than ever, the Georgetown Holiday Window & Streatery Competition will run December 1 - 31, 2020. This year’s theme is Silver Linings, as businesses find festive, playful and creative ways to express the hope and positivity they’ve found in the midst of a challenging year. Participating windows and streateries will be decorated throughout December, when visitors can vote via QR code for their favorite display. Cash prizes will be awarded in the various categories including Best Small Business Window, and a Best in Show prize awarded by a panel of judges. A non-cash prize will be given to the business whose window or streatery garners the most Facebook ‘likes.’ Visit georgetowndc.com for more information. Masseria Courtyard Experience Extend your La Cucina experience with Masseria’s Aperitivo or Dolce experiences. The Aperitivo is a small collection of savory bites and antipasti to enjoy in the courtyard. If you like a little bit more luxury, add on a caviar service and foienoli to enhance the experience. The Dolce begins with a composed cheese bite and is followed by a series of sweet bites. This is an excellent way to enjoy some after-dinner drinks and desserts in the courtyard. If you are a cheese lover, add a cheese plate to your experience. If you are a chocolate lover, you can always add an additional chocolate course as well. Each experience can be enjoyed for $90 for two people. You have the option of adding on pairings (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cocktails, or wines from the beverage menu. As the weather gets colder, the courtyard will be tented to allow for outdoor dining into the winter. Reservations required. For more information, visit masseria-dc.com. Miracle Christmas Pop-Up Miracle is coming back to Maryland with Miracle at Libs’s Grill Perry Hall, Miracle at Lib’s Grill Maple Lawn, and Miracle at Mutiny. From November to the end of December, each Miracle location will toast the season with a festive menu of signature cocktails and over the top holiday décor- classic to contemporary and everything in between. New Miracle cocktails this year include the Jolly Koala with Gin, Vermouth and Pine-Cardamom-Sage Cordial; the On Dasher, a concoction of Bourbon, Mezcal, Sweet Vermouth, Spiced Hibiscus, Burlesque Bitters, and Lemon; and theFruitcake Flip, made of Brandy, Jamaican Overproof Rum, Amaretto, Fruitcake, Cherry Bitters, and a Whole Egg. Classic Miracle cocktails back for the season include the Snowball Old-Fashioned, Christmapolitan and Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! Proper Christmas: A Holiday Spirit Pop-Up Proper 21 closed on election night and has reopened through December 23, 2020 with a new makeover, ringing in the holidays early. With wall-to-wall Christmas-themed décor, whimsical photo opportunities, holiday-inspired cocktail list, prix-fixe food menu and more, the Proper 21 team will have you in the spirit. The Christmas-themed menu will include a three-course meal served with an alcoholic beverage for $37 per person. You can enjoy their choice of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert plus split a bottle of wine or each enjoy a Christmas inspired cocktail. The menu will include traditional family comfort food such as braised short ribs, goat cheese mashed potatoes, glazed crispy brussel sprouts, and homestyle calamari. You can also order anything off of the menu a la carte. There will be six featured Christmas cocktails for $13 a piece as well as beer and wine specials. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 202.847.674.  Stable Indoor Chalets & Outdoor Parklet Jake Charrow, with partner Kyle Carey, have constructed five individual chalets - two measuring 7’ x 12’ that seat six guests and three measuring 6’ x 8’ that seat four guests -  with open entries spaced over six feet apart at Stable. Each chalet will be sanitized after each seating and guests are required to wear masks at all times when they are not eating or drinking inside the chalet. The back bar seating will also be open with adjustable plexiglass installed to separate each party. Those  dining in-person will be able to enjoy Stable’s full menu of Swiss classics including fondue and raclette as well as their beverage menu featuring seasonal and warm cocktails perfect for the cozy atmosphere. The chalets provided the perfect landscape for early holiday decorations, so guests will find Stable fully decked out to provide a welcome dose of cheer when they reopen. For those opting not to dine indoors, Stable received a parklet permit from the city and added outdoor seating outfitted with heaters and wool blankets with capacity for 20 guests on the sidewalk outside the restaurant. “Private” seating perched in a window opening out onto H Street will also be available to accommodate one party at time. Stable’s carry out operation and to-go Swiss bread, wine, beer and spirits market will continue without interruption. Both Stable’s in-person seating and carry out will be open for dinner on Thursday-Saturday from 5:00-9:00 p.m and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Chalets require reservations via Resy and 12-hours advance notice for cancellation or parties will be charged a $50 fee. For more information, please visit stabledc.com or call 202.733.4604. Tacky-Ass Tiki Christmas Tiki TNT will host the ultimate "Tacky Ass" Tiki X-Mas from November 23, 2020 through January 6, 2021, featuring the "Thrasher's Rum-Ron-Rhum Shoppe" - a pop-up liquor store. A colorful bonanza of Christmas lights will project on every wall, snow machines will blast throughout, two-feet tall Santa’s sporting beachwear will stand perched at the bars and entryway, and, you will be hard pressed to miss the oversized Christmas Tree hung upside down, adorned with a collection of tiki ornaments and whatever else the beach brought to the shore. Imbibers are invited to toast to the holidays over the Tiki TNT Holiday Spectacular Punch and Hot Pineapple Cider served in decorative Santa Mugs. The TVs will loop Christmas classics and you may choose to partake in special table games. All the fun will honor the safety and health codes provided in CDC guidelines - masks required.Todd Thrasher has also reopened the doors to his workshop, Potomac Distilling Company, for tours and tastings. For more information, visit tikitnt.com. The Viking Village at Hook Hall  Hook Hall has been transformed into a Viking Village with themed “huts”, rows of firepits, and a Viking-inspired menu and cocktails. The summer’s “cabanas” have turned into cozy spaces with firepits, sectional lounge seating  and blankets. Additional huts have been added to Hook Hall’s backyard along with 16 fire pitted seating areas in the center of the yard. Each themed hut, available with 2.5 hour reservations at $125,  includes a welcome bottle of champagne, heaters, special food and drink menus, a table  and the option to keep the “doors” (curtains)  open or closed. All huts are weatherproof, keeping heat in and the thunder of Thor out. Each comes with  bottle service and a special prefixed food and beverage pairing menu. The Voyages of the Valkyries menu, to be shared by up to six guests, at $24.99 per person, includes winter hummus to share, a rustic beef stew Beef S’kause and a huge macadamia nut cookie. A drink pairing at $19.99 per person includes a welcome glass of mead; Glühwein, the traditional European mulled wine and a Thor’s Hammered, a specialty mulled hot cider. You also have the opportunity to enjoy a Viking experience for six people called the Feast of Valhalla. The $59.99 per person feast comes with a winter salad, a two-pound Bavarian hot pretzel, a shield (or tray) of assorted meats and the massive cookie. The drink pairing, at $29.99 per guest, is mead, Viking beer, dark Scandinavian beer and finished off with Thor’s Hammered hot cider. Those preferring to be seating in  the center yard’s firepit area, with a 2.5 hour $15 reservation, have blanketed benches and a personal firepit. For socially distanced celebrations  Hook Hall’s Viking Village offers lounges both inside its main hall and in the yard: Viking King’s Quarters for up to 18 people across 3 tables; Odin’s Lounge, inside the main hall for 18 people in lounge seating socially distanced in three groupings;  Freya’s Field, socially distanced lounge furniture for up to 18 people  in the outdoor covered space in front of the bar; an d  Thor’s Retreat, outdoor private area for up to 12 people socially distanced at two tables. For more information, call 202.629.4339. Watergate Winter Igloos Stay warm all winter long in cozy winter igloos. These heated igloos are located on the patio of the Next Whisky Bar and can accommodate up to eight guests each. Rental fees start at $150. Food and beverage minimums range from $50 to $75 per person, depending on time and size of party. 90-minute seatings are available seven days a week from 4:30 p.m. Reservations are available by calling 844.617.1972. For more infromation, visit thewatergatehotel.com. Photo Credit: Amanda Hoey
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When You’re Done with Turkey, More Treats to Eat
Area restaurants are upping their delivery and to-go offerings, still, and for those who are ready, you can dine on their patios and socially distance indoors: Brasserie Liberte  Brasserie Liberté is offering Friday lunch with French classics such as a croque monsieur, escargots, burgers, moules frites, and more. Brasserie Liberté serves lunch on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; libertedc.com Call Your Mother Call Your Mother deli is introducing a selection of seasonal items to its menu including new products, local partners, and cold weather updates. Additionally, they are hosting a community patio pop-up, a weekly showcase of local creatives and their wares, whether that be art, crafts, or other items at their flagship Park View location through winter. Menu offerings include tuna melts, horchata rice crispy treats, and more. 3301 Georgia Avenue NW; callyourmotherdeli.com NEW:  Equinox  Equinox is offering Eight Nights of Hanukkah (3-Course Menu $38), 'Nox Box Fulla Latkes ($25), and Menorah-tinis To-Go ($10). The Hannukah menu features local cauliflower soup, potato latkes, and more. The Latke box includes:  10 latkes with chive sour cream, apple quince puree & ginger-blackberry jam, ready to heat and serve. 818 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.331.8118; equinoxrestaurant.com NEW:  Fare Well Fare Well has just released a lineup of cheese and charcuterie boards featuring plant-based meats, cheeses, and accoutrements. The boards feature mix and match choices of cheeses, including smoked cashew mozzarella, almond cheddar, herby cashew chevre, and macadamia ricotta, and charcuterie made with lentils, chickpeas, wheat, and spices, including capocollo, chorizo, pepperoni, and roast beef. The boards are rounded out with accouterments like seasonal pickles, mustard, fig jam, and thyme crackers. 406 H Street NE; 202.367.9600; eatfarewell.com Fresh Baguette Fresh Baguette is launching a new lunch menu including four new sandwich Cro'gels and two new salads. Offerings include Cro'gels in Norweigan, breakfast, an autumn chopped salad, and more. 1737 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 888.648.0009; freshbaguette.net Jack Rose Dining Saloon Jack Rose is expanding on the popularity of its sweet-meets-spicy drumettes, by launching the “Jack Rose Wing Club” – a ghost kitchen pop-up featuring take-out and delivery-only wing feast. Offerings of wings include harissa wings, Carolina BBQ style, and more. 2007 18th Street, NW; 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com Mah Ze Dar Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery is offering new sweet (and savory) treats. Offerings include vanilla bean marshmallows, vegetable quiche, and more. Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery is offering Holiday pies and treats for pick-up on Wednesday, November 25th and Thursday, November 29th. Everything from whole pies (pumpkin, pecan, apple crumble, lemon meringue) to pastry packies and pumpkin loaves. 1201 HALF STREET SE; 202.817.3133; mahzedahrbakery.com Marcel’s  Marcel’s has designed a new menu to temporarily replace Marcel's 20 year pre-theater menu. Marcel's is offering a three-course menu from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. , Tuesday-Thursday for $65 and Friday and Saturday, for $80. Pianist Michael Price is back in the lounge playing on Friday and Saturday evenings. Menu offerings include amuse bouche, black bass with cured cauliflower, and more. 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; 202.296.1166; marcelsdc.com NEW:  Nobu  Nobu has added two new offerings – a “Date Night” dinner for two and the abundant, “Family Style Set." Date night dinner for two ($95) includes a baby spinach salad, hand rolled box, and more. The family-style set ($148) includes edamame, black cod in butter lettuce, and more. Nobu also offers selection of wines, signature cocktails or premium, medium-bodied, delicate, and creamy sakes, all 20% off. 2525 M Street NW; 202.871.6565; noburestaurants.com NEW:  NRG Provisions  In preparation for the holiday season, NRG Provisions has brokered relationships with several new farms to bring American Wagyu beef, fresh duck, and much more. The red apron larder box ($100) includes quality meats, sides and some special snacks to last you a whole week. 709 D street NW; 703.224.5051; nrgprovisions.com Red Hen Continuing The Red Hen’s current pop-up series inspired by Italian hot spots, the Aprés Ski menu includes new antipasti like Frank’s Burrata with roasted grapes, fried rosemary and toasted hazelnuts, shaved apple and celery salad, and more. 1820 First Street NW; 202.525.3021; theredhendc.com Rose’s Luxury  Rose's at Home is the newest branch of the Rose's Restaurant Group, a Michelin-starred restaurant group in Capitol Hill. Rose's at Home is focused on bringing the award-winning food and hospitality from Rose's Luxury, Pineapple & Pearls and Little Pearl into the comfort of guests home. Guests can now choose from three night packages menus. Menu offerings include:  breakfast for dinner (broccoli and ham quiche + more), pizza night (buffalo chicken dip, build your own pizza + more), and Rose’s classic (carmelized cauliflower + more). 717 8th Street SE; 202.580.8889; rosesrestaurantgroupdc.com SeoulSpice Seoul Spice has transformed two of its locations into Korean Barbeque concepts. Beginning Wednesday, November 11, fans of the NOMA and Tenleytown locations will be able to enjoy high-quality, dry-aged beef, served tableside with an ample selection of Korean banchan (sides) and scratch-made sauces. Guests who visit the new Korean BBQ concept can also enjoy a 25% discount for the month of November, followed by a 10% discount for the month of December. The full price menu will launch on January 1, 2021. 45 N Street, NW, Suite 400; 202.817.6927; seoulspice.com   NEW:  Souper Girl Throughout the holidays, SouperGirl customers can save 10% on all Soupergirl soups by using the GIVE10 customer code. In return, Soupergirl will donate 10% of all holiday discount sales to DC Food Project, which provides DC school children and their families with essential food via bi-weekly pick-ups. Soupergirl offers plant-based, healthy, certified-kosher soups and gazpachos. Soupergirl ships its soup-based meal packages nationwide. thesoupergirl.com Photo Credit: Alysa Turner
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Tea for Two, or Three, or Four (No More)
Did somebody say teatime? Area restaurants are offering tea for two (or more!) to warm up your winter season: The Ivy The Ivy is offering afternoon tea. Guests are offered a selection of rare teas from around the world. Tea is served alongside British style scones and savory treats. The Tea Room has walls that are covered in a mural painted by local artists. The room’s layout mimics a living room, where guests can read, play board games or have a drink by the fire. Daily service only available to hotel guests between 2pm-4pm. 205 E Biddle Street, Baltimore, MD; 410.514.6500; http://www.theivybaltimore.com/  Fairmont This holiday season, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is offering Festive Tea To-Go. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, beginning Friday, November 27th, and through Sunday, December 20th. Festive Tea To-Go will be available for pick-up at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Executive Chef Jordi Gallardo and Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat are creating festive savory and sweet treats like a citrus cranberry scone, pretzel croissant, and more.  NEW:  Mandarin Oriental Mandarin Oriental is offering afternoon high tea conveniently in your guest room with your stay. Colleagues will set up your guest room for the private luxury tea experience including a special curated downloadable playlist to accompany the affair. 1330 Maryland Avenue SW; 202.554.8588; mandarinoriental.com Ritz Carlton Tea The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City is now offering Afternoon Tea, bringing a time-honored tradition at an affordable price. Afternoon Tea ($42 per person) includes a selection of tea sandwiches, a chef’s sweet plate, and more. Tea Royal ($50 per person) offers a glass of sparkling wine, mimosa, or bellini, a selection of tea sandwiches, chef’s sweet plate, and more. Teddy Bear Tea ($20 per person) includes a selection of tea sandwiches, a chef’s sweet plate, and hot chocolate or tea. 1250 S Hayes Street, Arlington, VA; 703.415.5000; ritzcarlton.com
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A Weekend Left of DC Cocktail Week
RAMW kicks off its celebration of cocktail culture and restaurants as DC Cocktail Week returns – with a twist (get it?!) – November 16-22, 2020, at more than 75 restaurants across the DC Metro area. Chefs and mixologists collaborate to offer tasting experiences in the form of cocktails paired with small plates. Most items are available for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup (check all listings). And, some restaurants have created cocktail-kits-to-go. Cocktail fans can order the kit and make the cocktail in the comfort of their own home with easy-to-follow instructions or video tutorials. And cause everything is different in 2020, new this year: An impressive lineup of daily virtual events that have been crafted with both food and spirited enthusiasts in mind. Click here to link to the live interactive conversations and educational programming, and all participating restairants.
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Foodie & The Beast from Home: November 15, 2020
David and Nycci were joined by Mitch Berliner & Deb Moser of Central Farm Markets who had plenty of good info about last-minute Thanksgiving freshness available. Then, Brandon Bayton of Wunder Garten beer garden in NOMA dropped in with updates on some great pop-ups and special events for the crisp, fall days ahead. Later, Adam Gerson, founder of Near Country Provisions, a subscription-based farm-to-doorstep service that delivers premium, locally-sourced, pasture-raised beef and pork, had great tips for delicious, farm-to-table dining in these otherwise, challenging days of the pandemic.  Greg Bolton, whose mom and dad founded the now-nationally famous, Bob and Edith’s Diner in Arlington, chimed in to chat about how 24/7 comfort food keeps its patrons sane and happy. Lastly, award-winning paella chef and owner of DC’s Xiquet, Danny Lledo joined Nycci and David to talk about his highly-regarded, Valencian restaurant, and about his offerings coming up while surviving and prospering in the pandemic. Listen to the full episode here.
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Not Your Average Breakfast: Area Ways to Jumpstart Your Day
As restaurants and businesses adjust to this new normal, more varied offerings are appearing for takeout and delivery, including breakfast and weekend brunches: Albi  Chef Michael Rafidi will begin serving Sunday brunch to-go. The menu features wood-baked bagels, man'oushe flatbread, shawarma hash, harissa bloodies, and other Levantine-inspired dishes. 1346 4th Street SE; 202.921.9592; (albidc.com) Anju  Anju is now offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday on their patio. The menu features creative cocktails and pastries brought to you by O'Bread. Brunch will include savory dishes like our breakfast Juk, kimchi baked eggs, spicy chicken sandwiches, and more. 1805 18th Street NW; 202.845.8935; (anjurestaurant.com) Barrel & Bushel  Barrel & Bushel serves classic American cuisine handcrafted from the region’s freshest seasonal ingredients. On warm days, enjoy a breezy dining experience in the dining space when the glass garage doors are opened on to the patio. Breakfast offerings include steak and eggs, double chocolate French toast, and more. Their breakfast also includes a full-service coffee bar and other breakfast cocktails. 7901 Tysons One Pl; 703.848.6340; (barrelandbushel.com) Best Buns Bread Company + Great American Restaurant Group Great American Restaurant Group has expanded the Best Buns Bakery & Cafe into its existing restaurant establishments, with a walk-up counter service offering daily baked artisan pastries, sweets, savory breakfast sandwiches like sausage and egg, and drinks like Screwdrivers. 4010 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA; 703.578.1500; (bestbunsbreadco.com ) Commissary  Logan Circles Commissary has launched a Summer daily bottomless brunch. The seven-day brunch menu includes bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, Southern fried chicken sandwich, avocado Bowl with poached eggs, and more. 1443 P Street NW; 202.299.0018; (commissarydc.com) El Techo  El Techo is expanding its limited menu to include an all-new weekend brunch menu. Food offerings include ritos, tacos, nachos, and can be paired with bottomless drinks on Sundays. Drink offerings include unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, El Techo Margaritas, or Tecates. 606 Florida Avenue NW; (ritoloco.com) Espita Mezcaleria Espita is offering brunch on the weekends, including brunch tacos and tlayudas with tequila-and-grapefruit Palomas ($36, serves six) or bottomless mimosas ($14, includes a bottle of cava and choice of juice). There are also liter margaritas available ($40). Brunch items are available for pickup and delivery via Caviar Saturday and Sunday only. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.621.9695; (espitadc.com) Fight Club  Fight Club has introduced unlimited mimosas paired with their lineup of breakfast sandwiches on Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. -4:00  p.m. Parties opting for the bottomless beverages, priced at $18 per person, are limited to 1.5 hour seatings. New additions to the menu include the smoked brisket biscuit with smoked beef brisket, pimento cheese, spicy pickles on a scratch-made buttermilk biscuit, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; (fightclubdc.com ) Jack and Rose Dining Saloon Jack and Rose Dining Saloon has introduced a brunch service running every Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Hosted on its safely-distanced open-air terrace, guests can enjoy morning cocktails, brunch fares like mornay-smothered Kentucky hot browns, veggie-packed frittatas, and more. 2007 18th Street NW; 202.588.7388; (jackrosediningsaloon.com ) I Egg You The Fried Rice Collective is hosting an event called “I Egg You” at Chiko Capital Hill every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The menu features egg sandwiches, open-faced griddles, and more. Local partners include Rako coffee, Logan Sausage, and more. 423 8th Street SE; (ieggyou.com).  Jaleo  Jaleo Penn Quarter and Jaleo Crystal City have introduced weekend brunch.  Available for dine-in only, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dish highlights include torrijas (Spanish french toast); huevos estrellados with jamon, and more. 480 7th Street NW; 202.628.7949; (jaleo.com) La Famosa La Famosa has recently opened and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while offering an extensive coffee program and a full bar of tropical-inspired drinks. The menu features a wide selection of “picadera”, Puerto Rican finger foods, including a variety of savory and sweet fried turnovers called Pastelillos, Bacalaito a salt cod fritter served with salsa verde, and sandwiches such as the Tripleta made with roast pork, beef and ham, and more. 1300 4th Street, SE; 202.921.9882; eatlafamosa.com La Vie  La Vie is offering a Mediterranean Sunday Brunch (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The extensive menu includes some of La Vie’s favorites such as savory appetizers like Greek lamb meatballs, grape leaves, and smoked salmon tartine.  Main course dishes include tiramisu French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and merguez muffin. Prices range from $7.00 - $22.00.  88 District Square SW 5th floor; 202.560.5501; (laviedc.xyz) Lincoln  Lincoln restaurant has Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings on the menu include French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and more. Lincoln offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody mary option for $45 a person. In addition to indoor dining, Lincoln has patio seating for 45 guests. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW; 202.386.9200; (lincolnrestaurant-dc.com) Logan Tavern  Logan Tavern has launched a bottomless daily brunch menu. The new brunch twist has new items like flour tortillas, roasted turkey and sunny side eggs breakfast enchilada, and more. 1423 P Street NW; 202.332.3710; (logantavern.com) Mission Dupont Mission Dupont has added a bottomless brunch to its menu. Offerings include tinga brunch bowl, apple French toast, jumbo steak and egg tacos, and a chicken breakfast burrito. Available Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Mission Dupont’s $25.99 bottomless brunch include pitchers of mimosas, margaritas, and Bloody Marys or Shocktop beer. 1606 20th Street NW; (missiondupont.com) NEW:  Nada  Nada offers brunch on the weekends starting at 10:00 a.m. Menu offerings include burrata, crispy brussel sprouts, and more. 11886 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, MD; 301.770.4040;(https://www.eatdrinknada.com) Nina May Nina May’s sidewalk and rooftop patios are now open for socially distant outdoor dining, featuring a new, seasonal weekend brunch menu. Dishes include spring herb and cornmeal waffle, cornmeal biscuit with strawberry rhubarb jam, and more. The cocktail menu includes both regular and strawberry mimosas, as well as the mandarin delight, and more.  1337 11th Street NW; 202.518.3609; (feast-dc.com) Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie is offering breakfast-to-go beginning August 26th. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli is preparing a menu of traditional French and American breakfast fare, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and, on Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Menu offerings include smoked salmon bagel, yogurt parfait, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; (opalinedc.com) Ottoman Taverna Ottoman Taverna is offering bottomless brunch. The Turkish restaurant offers bottomless food and mimosas for $39.95. The menu features classics, such as “Patates Köfte,” “Muhummara,” “Red Lentil Soup,” “Cauliflower Stew,” and more. 425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389; (ottomantaverna.com) Rako Pop Up with Oyster Oyster Oyster Oyster is having a daytime coffee shop pop-up with local RĀKO Coffee Roasters. Oyster Oyster’s pop-up with Rako includes espresso carts dispensing made-to-order milk and alt-milk based espresso drinks, baked goods and teas from Chef Rubba, and a retail shop selling brewing essentials and bagged coffee. 1440 8th Street NW; (oysteroysterdc.com) NEW:  Sababa Sababa is introducing a new Sunday brunch menu that has features from its modern Israeli concept. Brunch is served exclusively on Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is available for in-house dining, carryout, and delivery. Guests can look forward to salads, hummus, mezze and kebabs off the regular menu along with a selection of newly added breakfast sandwiches and benedicts, served on potato latkes or house-made Jerusalem-style bagels. 3311 Connecticut Avenue; 202.244.6750; (sababauptown.com) Sheesh Sheesh Grill is thrilled to introduce their new weekend brunch offerings at their Mosaic District location. Guests may enjoy Middle Eastern style brunch items which include: Shakshouka ($8), ricotta toast ($7), saffron jam, topped with Zaatar; Borek ($6) [filo dough stuffed with feta], saffron mimosa ($3.90) and chai latte ($2.90). Brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 8190 Strawberry Lane Ste 4Falls Church, VA; 571.282.3204; (sheeshgrill.com) Shilling Canning Company Shilling Canning Company is adding a brunch menu online that will be available for pre-ordering. Some favorites on the menu  include the pastry board, egg mcmaggie, french toast, and to-gosa kits. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; (shillingcanning.com) Stellina  Stellina offers a prix fixe weekend brunch menu ($35 per person) that is available for takeout and delivery from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The meal features a bottle of prosecco with fresh-squeezed orange juice, a choice of one entre like italian toast, and a choice of two dishes such as pizza carbonara and pizza bismark. 399 Morse Street NE; 202.851.3995; (stellinapizzeria.com) Summer House Santa Monica Grab a Rise & Shine breakfast special of an egg sandwich & coffee at Summer House’s Market. Call to place an order in advance or stop by the restaurant. In addition, Summer House offers regular breakfast staples like pancakes, yogurt parfaits and more, available all day. Every day, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. View the complete menu here. Regular menu is also available for pick up or delivery. Click here to order. 11825 Grand Park Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.881.2381; ([email protected]) Tabla  Tabla is now offerings breakfast items to their menu. Offerings include Matsoni: Yogurt & Granola with seasonal fruit ($6), Guruli khachapuri: a breakfast khachapuri with boiled egg, cheese and fresh herbs ($8), and Nazuki: a Georgian spiced bread with dried cherries and currants, served with honey butter ($3). 3227 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.291.3227; (tabladc.com) Teddy & The Bully Bar Teddy & The Bully Bar is holding Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings include a brunch burger with egg, buttermilk pancakes, crab benedict, and more. Teddy & The Bully Bar offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody Mary option for $40 a person. 1200 19th Street NW; 202.872.8700; (teddyandthebullybar.com) Thamee Thamee is bringing back rice rolls this Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The kitchen team has prepared a simple, satisfying Asian breakfast spread consisting of "Toli Roli" egg and rice rolls, curry puffs, coffee and milk tea.  Thamee's breakfast menu includes 3 rice rolls and 1 curry puff with the option to add Chinese sausage and coffee to your order. 1320 H Street NE; 202.750.6529; (thamee.com) The Game Sports Pub  The Game Sports Pub will be offering a pop-up brunch in collaboration with Hawaiian food truck, Eat Mana. The menu rotates by week, and guests are encouraged to follow social media and the website for updates. Available Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2411 18th Street NW; 202.846.1952; (thegamedc.com) Tiki TNT  Tiki TNT is bringing back brunch with a new menu with a variety of options from small snacks to larger plates. Menu offerings include the “Feel Good Bowl” featuring a tropical blend of fresh banana, mango, and pineapple over Greek yogurt, granola, “The Spam Musubi” with grilled slabs of the canned meat, layered between sushi rice wrapped in nori, and more. Drink options include bottomless mimosas, tomato cocktail, and more. 1130 Maine Avenue SW; 202.900.4786; (www.tikitnt.com ) TTT TTT introduces a new $33.99 unlimited brunch menu for summer 2020 with 25 cent cocktails. The unlimited brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Guests can indulge in a variety of egg dishes, breakfast burritos & quesadillas like chorizo hash taco, breakfast quesadilla, and more. 2900 Wilson Boulevard. Arlington, Virginia; 703.888.1528; (tttrestaurant.com )   Photo Credit: Greg Powers
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