D.C. Happenings: Delicious Food, The Caps, & More!

I had a couple big foodie events this week, and def need to detox through next week to rebalance myself!!

This past Wednesday was Jose Andres’ annual Dine-n-Dash event to benefit World Central Kitchen.   This was my fourth time attending this amazing event, and honestly, it’s my favorite night out in D.C. each year.  A little over 30 restaurants in the Penn Quarter and 14th St areas close for regular service and turn into incredible cocktail parties with passed drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  You start by checking in at your designated restaurant, and then just walk from place to place sipping on cocktails and nomming on the restaurants best.

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D.C. Happenings: District To Dos

The weather in D.C. is finally getting itself together.  Both yesterday, and today, have been 90 degrees.  SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE!!  With warm weather brings plenty of fun, and mostly, outdoor, District activities that should be on everybody’s to do list.

Toned Up Tuesdays FREE Yoga in CityCenter !! 

It’s a leeeetle last minute, but every Tuesday, for the rest of May, CorePower Yoga hosts a free,YES FREE, hour long yoga class.  Toned Up Tuesdays is a great way to get in a class, all while enjoying the awesome environment of CityCenter D.C.  I haven’t been able to attend this year as of yet, but last year it was super fun!  The class is from 6-7pm & you’ll need to bring your own mat…I suggest getting there 5:45 at the latest because it does really full up  The workout is totally worth it, and plan ahead & decide what restaurant you’ll be hitting up for drinks after!!

Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

This is one of my favorite events in the area.  I go to both the fall and spring Wine Festival at George Washington’s house, and it’s always a great time.  Tons of wine from all around the region, and great prices for any bottles and glasses you might want to enjoy while picnicking on the property.  You can also take tours of the house, and wander around the grounds.  There’s plenty of food options too, all perfect for pairing with any vino.  There are still tickets available, but they’re selling out quickly!!

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D.C. Happenings: A Visit with Pennsylvania 6

I had the pleasure of touring D.C.’s Pennsylvania 6 Restaurant this week for D.C. BarScene.  As you may know, I posted a couple of weeks ago about a new venture I’m working on…@dc_barscene!  You can check out the full post here, but basically I’ve created an Instagram that will focus on the District’s best cocktails & wine.

I’ve been having so much fun reaching out to bars & restaurants in D.C. to feature them on my page.  I’m learning so much about the bar scene in the Capital and I’m super excited to feature Pennsylvania 6 both on D.C. BarScene and Love. Life. Beauty. today!!

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D.C. Happenings: Fare Well on H St.

Before the start of the new year I had this grand idea in my head of attempting to go vegan.  It ended up not working out so well, but the good news s, I have been making healthier eating choices.  D.C. is def a health conscious city, and there are yummy vegan restaurants popping up left & right.  My personal favorite has been Fare Well, a cute little bar/ restaurant/ bakery on the H St. corridor.

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D.C. Happenings: Follow DC_BarScene

Happy Friday!  I cannot wait to celebrate the day of my people tomorrow at my friend’s house.  I know I’ll be enjoying plenty of green mimosas…because…who doesn’t want to be festive?!

Speaking of libations…last month I started a new side venture, an Insta dedicated to all things D.C. BarScene related.  Hence, the handle, DC_BarScene.

District Winery

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D.C. Happenings: MetroCooking D.C. 2017

Happy Friyay!
D.C. is bustling this time of year with holiday events and pop-ups everywhere you look.  One event I make sure to attend every year, since college actually, is MetroCooking D.C., aka the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show.  This year the convention will take place on both Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10- each day has its own unique offerings along with hundreds of food, drink, and exhibitors.  With a tagline like Shop. Sip. Sample. you know it has to be good.  Shopping, sipping, and sampling are three of my favorite hobbies!

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Sunday Things: Photo Share

HOW IS IT ALREADY OCTOBER 22…2017!?!?!
Does anyone else have this feeling…or is it only me?????
I’m pretty sure it’s not only me.
Anyway, I haven’t posted in a while, life is totally in the way.  Also, I’ve been so in love with the products I’ve been using for a while now, and I haven’t really switched anything up…which is so unlike me…and doesn’t really give me anything to write about!!  Ugh.
I’m usually the ultimate time manager, and as far as teaching goes I still am, but I’ve realized that for the past month I’ve totally gotten off track in every other aspect of my life.  So, my big focus this weekend has been to rebalance myself, get some great posts written, and get back to being on my #girlboss grind.
This past month has been so busy and fun, so here’s a sneak peek of everything I’ve been doing lately.
I decided to take myself out to lunch before an appointment one Friday, I’d been wanting to try Barley Mac in Arlington for a while, so I hopped in and sat at the bar with my book.  I wanted to try a few things, and I knew a pizza would be perfect to take home as leftovers, so I started with the Caesar salad, and then had one of their popular pizzas…the Fresh Fig Prosciutto & Goat Cheese, sans figs because I’m not really a fig gal.  Everything was so delicious!!  I especially loved the cucumber margarita, it was so beautiful and tasted delicious on a Fri-yay afternoon.  If you’re in the Arlington, VA area for a day of shopping…or doctor appointments…stop by Barley Mac for lunch!

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D.C. Happenings: Green Pig Bistro in Clarendon, VA

I planned a day all to myself during my school’s spring break this year- I booked a massage, walked through Clarendon’s Market Common to do some shopping, and then found myself starving…of course.  I’ve been wanting to visit Green Pig Bistro for, literally, the past 5 years, so I figured why not take myself out to lunch?!
The decor of Green Pig Bistro is fresh, clean cut, and sustainable.  I love the reclaimed wood throughout the restaurant, and the set up of the bar is sleek and clean.

It was a quiet afternoon when I popped in, so I took a seat at the bar, and asked the bartender pick their best drink for me.  He mentioned how incredible the Green Pig’s Moscow Mule is because of their homemade ginger- beer.  I ordered it, and the prettiest Mule came a few minutes later, in a highball glass, much different than how your average Moscow Mule is served.  I really enjoyed seeing the color of the drink, it was a great reminder that summer is right around the corner!

The ginger beer was amazing, it was strong, but had such a great crisp taste. The bartender explained how they use a fair amount of peppercorns and cinnamon sticks to get that strong spice taste- I wish I had one right now it was so refreshing and delicious!

I wanted to start with an appetizer, so I opted for the Onion Soup with Emmental cheese and croutons.  Had I been with a group of friends, I probably would’ve opted for the “buffalo” ribs.  I was told it’s their most popular appetizer, but I knew that would be way too much food.  So, I stuck with the soup…which was so incredibly yummy.  The onion soup was super cheesy and hearty, and not too salty, which is really easy to do with onion soup.  It was a big serving, so I took about half home for my boyfriend, he absolutely loved it too!

For my main course the bartender suggested the Black Angus Cheeseburger with GPB sauce and fries.  The GPB sauce is the chef’s version of a Thousand Island dressing, & it was perfect for the burger.  One interesting aspect of their burger I loved is that they add ground bacon into the burger meat, doesn’t that sound like a dream come true?!  The burger was so flavorful, and the homemade bun added another unique element to a classic lunch.  My server also brought out some of their homemade spicy mayo for the fries, & just like the rest of the meal, it was delicious!

The Green Pig Bistro is the perfect spot in Clarendon to get a relaxing lunch, it was everything I had expected and more.  The food, atmosphere, and attentive service were all great, and I can’t wait to return to check out their brunch options!

XO.
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D.C. Happenings: Waxing the City in Del Ray, Alexandria

Waxing…the age old, it hurts, but I have to do it, beauty routine.  This is about to sound unreal but, I actually had a waxing experience over at the brand new Waxing the City in the super cute Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  I can honestly say I’ve never had an experience while getting my brows waxed…until I visited Waxing the City!
First of all, if you haven’t ventured out to Del Ray, Alexandria, I highly advise it.  Go with some girlfriends for a wax, followed by happy hour somewhere on Mount Vernon Ave.  This area of Alexandria is so cute with a few great restaurants and coffee shops…the location for this new Waxing the City is perfect.

If you live in the D.C. area, and haven’t heard of Waxing the City, it’s because this is the closest location to the city, aside from the store located out in Ashburn, VA.  The overall vibe of Waxing the City is so much more than simply a wax salon.  There’s only one big competitor for them, and while I won’t mention them by name, I have to say I’ve visited the waxing competitor quite a few times in the past.  Here’s what’s different about Waxing the City…
The orange and grey decor is warm, comfortable, and inviting- it was honestly unexpected, but in a great way!  The waxing room was clean, there was plenty of space to put my things down, the table was comfortable, and all of the waxing materials are neatly laid out.
Laura, the owner of this Waxing the City, gave me a quick, but informational, brow consultation before getting started.  Waxing the City uses their own custom hard wax, and let me tell you, it did not hurt or feel any type of uncomfortable, AT ALL.  They also have a soft wax for more stubborn hair removal. 
The whole process of Laura crafting my brows to perfection was truly an experience versus a check off my beauty to do list.  I’ve never had a waxing experience before, and I have to tell you, I really enjoyed it!  As I said, the wax didn’t feel uncomfortable at all for me, so I was able to just relax while she worked on my brows.  Sounds so different than the waxing norm, right?!  I have to be honest, the process was a little longer than your average brow wax, but it was so worth it after a long day at work.  I didn’t feel rushed, and I really enjoyed my conversation with Laura. 
When I was done, I was amazed by how great my brows looked, and I headed out to the front desk to look at their retail items for sale.  From pre-wax treatments to bath bombs and sugar scrubs the manager, Olivia, did an incredible job at giving highlights to each product.  I’m looking forward to going back and picking a few up in the near future.
Right now the Del Ray location of Waxing the City is accepting bookings for services & the best part is that you can book online, here!  They also have great packages like Buy 9, Get 3 Free for their various waxing services.  I can’t wait to head back to Waxing the City, I truly value the experience I had- which still seems so odd since it was just a waxing, but really, that’s how great it was!
PS: Receive 50% off your first visit!! 
[Disclaimer: Waxing in the City invited me in to experience complimentary services.  All opinions are my own.]

XO.
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