I was in a foul mood this morning. The kind of no-good-rotten kind of mood when you have to use all your self-restraint and sensibility to not punch an innocent bystander square in the nose, you know, just because you’re pissy and they might have looked at you funny. Or, maybe they didn’t and you’re just grouchy. Whatever.
Well, as they say, when life gives you lemons …
You make lemonade. Or lemon cupcakes. Or lemon champagne cocktails.
Or, you order a double-shot chai latte, and, as Elizabeth Taylor would say, “put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.”
In that vein, we’re excited to be this month’s cover girls for Sweet Lemon Magazine, where we chat about brunch, fashion, Washington, and, naturally, our courses of action when life hands us lemons.
So, check out the issue, enjoy the beautiful April sunshine, maybe even have a glass of lemonade (with vodka) at an outdoor happy hour this evening.
Have a fabulous week, you deserve it.
Pasta lovers, rejoice. La Tagliatella, the European-based Italian restaurant concept with more than 130 restaurants globally in Europe, Asia, and now the U.S., opens its third U.S. location in Clarendon today. La Tagliatella’s menu boasts 400 pasta and sauce combinations (endless possibilities!) and Napoletano-style pizzas. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. 2950 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, Va.
Vinoteca, one of my favorite spots for bocce ball, outdoor happy hour, wine, and brunch, continues with its sporadic strings of wine classes, with an early spring set. Led by Vinoteca sommelier Tim Galvin, the series of wine classes will explore the “paso-bilities” of Central Californian wine this Tuesday. The wine classes are $40 per person, plus tax, and include a tasting of 5-6 wines, food pairings, and a $5 gift card to the restaurant. To register for the class, please contact Vinoteca at (202) 332-9463 or at w[email protected] 1940 11th St. N.W. Washington, D.C.
It’s Fashion for Paws fundraising season, with the big event occurring April 13! A group of attractive ladies and gentlemen are throwing a party at everyone’s favorite whiskey bar, Jack Rose, to raise funds for the annual fashion show, which benefits the Washington Humane Society. The party is aptly named Studs for Mutts. By making $10 donation, you’ll receive a wristband for drink specials ($5 Mutt Punch, $5 white, red, and sparkling wine, $2 off all 20 draft lines) and one ticket for the super raffle. 6:30 p.m. The Terrace at Jack Rose, 2007 18th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
If you’re feeling less social, go check out the newest Ryan Gosling flick for free at E Street Cinema. In partnership with Focus Features, Washington Post Live will host a screening of “The Place Beyond the Pines” starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, which will be followed by a reception at the nearby Elephant & Castle. Show starts at 7 p.m., register online. E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for Phillips After Five at the Phillips Collection, This month, it’s Italian themed, and I just may attend to brush up on my Italian. There will be live jazz by Project Natale, language lessons at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Italian refreshments. At 6 and 7 p.m., learn how artists have engaged in “la dolce vita” with a tour about artwork in the collection inspired by Italy’s rich terrain and vibrant culture. 1600 21st Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
It’s time for the hottest new soiree of the spring season, the Sumeria D.C. Gala at the Sphinx Club. The evening includes a four-hour open bar, light appetizers, great music, and a great group of young professionals. The evening benefits the The Carver Project, Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, and BUILD. Black tie optional, check out last week’s Lust List post for advice on what to wear. 10 p.m. Tickets, The Sphinx Club, 1315 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Allow me to introduce you to RaiseDC, an organization that throws killer parties for charity, run by a couple of really cool guys I had the pleasure of meeting a few weeks back. Their next party is Saturday at Bourbon in Adam’s Morgan, with Chris Burns from U St. Music Hall / Lost Society DJ’ing. The evening benefits the Earth Conservation Corps, a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth development and environmental service organization located on the heavily polluted Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, DC—one of our nation’s most disadvantaged communities. RSVP on Facebook and buy your ticket ($15). Bourbon, 2321 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Shaw continues to grow. This week, a new restaurant, Penthouse 9 opens. With a menu curated by Chef Howsoon Cham, Penthouse 9 will serve up a diverse smattering of small plates like Jamaican jerk chicken and crab cakes. Best of all, word on the street is that they serve my favorite, bread pudding. There are specials all week long, with neighborhood appreciation on Monday, taco specials on Tuesdays, whiskey specials on Wednesdays, and brunch starts this Sunday, April 7. Penthouse 9, 1318 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.