Grapevine: Esquire’s Weekend Fix to Feature DC Hotspots, 11/26/14

The Esquire Network’s television series Weekend Fix will feature DC in its new episode premiering on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 10pm on the cable channel.

Here is a description of the series from the Esquire website:

“Actor Omar Miller and fashion designer Andres Izquieta of Five Four Clothing know that the best travel experiences don’t come from following a schedule—they come from following advice. And a good Wi-Fi connection. In each episode of Weekend Fix, Omar and Andres travel to a different city, using every social networking tool at their fingertips to seek out recommendations from friends, locals and strangers alike for the go-to hotels, off-the-radar restaurants and can’t-miss local experiences that the guidebooks just can’t tell you about.”

In the clip above, Omar and Andres visit the Dram & Grain Speakeasy in the basement of Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St. NW, DC), where they experience some rare drinks thanks to Mixologist Trevor Frye.

If you catch the episode, let us know what you think about the places featured on the show and if it did a good job of fulfilling its objectives.

Food Park: Thanksgiving Dinner in DC, 11/27/14

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving for many involves travel to a relative’s house outside of the DC area for a day of food and reunions.

But for some, including myself on occasion, we remain here in town, holding down the fort. And yet we may seek a festive meal in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday or simply to slake our annual craving for too much turkey and stuffing.

Fortunately, some DC restaurants realize the need to cater to folks like us, and so they offer a Thanksgiving dinner to those who want to get out of the house on Thursday.

Here are a few quick recommendations for you to consider if you’re dining out in DC for Thanksgiving dinner:

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Grapevine: New Thai Restaurant coming to CityCenterDC

Khao Phad (Khao Phad by Jonas)
Since I love Thai food, I need to highlight a report from The K Street Magazine that a new Thai restaurant, Mango Tree, will be opening soon in the new CityCenterDC.
K Street Magazine reported: Prolific restauranteur Richard Sandoval is expanding his DC empire, this time partnering with Founder and CEO Pitaya Phanphensophon of Mango Tree, for some revolutionary Thai. DC’s Mango Tree — the first in the United States — is on track to open this December in CityCenterDC.

Don’t Miss: DC Craft Beer Festival @ Washington Convention Center – 11/22/14

Beer on a sunny and cold winter day

This Saturday, come out to the Washington Convention Center, for a Winter Harvest beer festival.

A cornucopia of seasonal winter beers will be waiting for you in two sessions. There will be 75 breweries serving up 2 oz tastings of 150 beers, ciders or flagons of mead.

Get your tickets now, they have sold out in the past.

 

Tickets are available online

DC Craft Beer Festival: Winter Harvest
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Saturday, November 22
Two times @2-4:30 pm and @7-9:30 pm (add 1 hour for VIP)
$49 ($65 VIP)
21+

Food Park: DC Capriotti’s One-Year Anniversary, 11/21/14

Biden at CapriottisJoe Biden orders a sandwich at Capriott’s in DC

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, my classmates would rave about the opportunities to eat a sub from Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the first of which was established in Wilmington, DE, in 1976.

Now it seems the shop has swept the country with a surprising fervor.

And DC got its first Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop (1800 M St. NW, DC) on Nov. 21, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden, ardent supporter of all things Delaware, was in line to get a sandwich that day.

DC’s Capriotti’s will celebrate its first anniversary this Friday, Nov. 21. Starting at 11am, the shop will give a free Bobbie sandwich to the first 50 people in line.

The Bobbie, hailed by Capriotti’s as “Thanksgiving on a roll,” comes with house-roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo.

Bobbie high res

You couldn’t blame Biden if he showed up again!

Free Sub to the First 50
Capriotti’s
1800 M St. NW
Friday, Nov. 21
Doors @11am

Music Park: Stars @ 9:30 Club — 11/14/14

_images_uploads_gallery_STARS_1_Photocredit_SHERVIN_LAINEZStars (Photo courtesy Shore Fire Media)

Torquil Campbell is a man with something to say.

And the Canadian singer often does so surrounded by the five other members of his chamber-pop band Stars, which recently released a marvelous new disco album, No One Is Lost, last month.

I confess that I was pleasantly surprised by the band’s performance at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Nov. 13, when I learned why they have amassed a large following over a seven-album tenure. But the standout performer among the band that night was Campbell, who put passion, grit and catharsis to a powerful set of songs, the best of which hailed from the latest album, in my opinion.

First let me say that I caught a performance of Stars only once previously at the Coachella Music Festival in 2013. In that performance, I was thrown a bit by the clear new wave influences in the band’s music, as I tend to anticipate our chamber pop bands to foray more into folk pop.

But Campbell and company weren’t interested in conforming to my preconceived notions. He and co-lead singer Amy Millan poured themselves into a 22-song set that began with the lovely “From the Night” from the new album and closed (before the encore) with the same album’s title track, a musically and lyrically mighty confrontation of loss, grappling with the concepts of loneliness and death — while remaining a stunning dance track.

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Don’t Miss: Bluejacket Pop-up Beer Garden — Nov. 14-16

Union Market

Bluejacket will host its first ever pop-up beer garden, as part of the 5th Street Folly fair hosted by Union Market.

Four different beers will be on offer ($6-8). In addition, Red Apron will serve some of their famous franks.

 

Bluejacket Brewery Pop-up Beer Garden

Penn Ave. NE, a lot between 4th St. and 5th St. NE (outdoors near Union Market)

November 14 – November 16

4-7pm

Free to enter – beers ($6-8)

http://bluejacketdc.com