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This Week: December 9-15

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It’s a winter wonderland out there, snow bunnies. We were skiing down the snow slopes yesterday, clearing our heads for the busy week ahead. Now we’re in the thick of holiday parties, merrymaking, and gift shopping, and there is plenty of fun to be had this week!

Plus: This week we announce our Best & Worst Brunches of 2013! Be sure to visit tomorrow and Wednesday for our annual list of the brunch bites we loved, and the spots we loved to hate. Can’t wait to reveal it to you!

Not sure what to wear to your office holiday party? Check out this month’s Fashion Menu and our latest Lust List on holiday cocktail frocks.

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Monday
With snow on the ground, tonight’s the perfect night to go ice skating! There are lots of places to tie son your skates in Washington, including the Georgetown Waterfront, the National Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden, and Pentagon Row (if you’re in Arlington). Head out on the ice for a romantic evening–or a silly evening with friends. Don’t forget the hot cocoa afterwards.

Tuesday
Make Tuesday night an evening of bacon, bourbon, beer, and bluegrass with the Washington City Paper. The publication is hosting a party at Longview Gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. Served up? Bacon dishes from local restaurants, bourbon tastings, cold brews, and the sounds of live bluegrass music. Oh, and there will be a mechanical bull, too! Get tickets here and get $5 off general and VIP tix with the Bitch promo code “Bitches13”.

Wednesday
Cori Sue will be at the Young & the Guest List, Washington Life’s annual guide of up-and-coming young residents in the D.C. area, are said to be those who will soon be leading the capital. While the list was announced in April, the under-40 sought-afters, ranging from dapper clothiers to politicos, will be celebrating their glory at a special bash Wednesday night. The event is private, but you can try to snag an invite, here.

It’s half-priced wine night at Policy, so that’s always a safe bet. Policy, 1904 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Thursday
One of the funniest duos I’ve ever seen at the Woolly Mammoth is back for a second round of laughs this week. The Pajama Men’s brand new show, Just the Two of Each of Us, blends their fast-paced physical comedy with plenty of new surprises. I can’t wait to see all their new quirky characters, which they play in their eponymous button-up pajamas, of course. The show will run through Jan. 5. Get tickets here. Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Friday
VIDA Fitness isn’t letting Friday the 13th superstitions get in the way of achieving New Year’s resolutions. On Friday, guests may sign up to sample VIDA Fitness 13 times for only $13 – a value of $325. With plenty of time to follow through with New Year’s resolutions, the 13 VIDA visits expire on January 31, making perfect stocking stuffers for family and friends.

Saturday
Le Mirch restaurant opened this week, and Social Bitch Amanda Jean will be at the opening of the farm-to-table Indian restaurant on Thursday. The food looks phenomenal, and as we love Indian, we can’t wait to try it. 1736 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

There are also Gingerbread House decorating parties at both Cork on 14th Street and Ris in Foggy Bottom.

At Cork, there are two sessions of gingerbread decorating and Christmas cookie eating: 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, which includes the gingerbread foundation and all decorating materials, hot cocoa, cider, gourmet holiday treats, and Christmas cookies courtesy of Cork Executive Chef Kristin Hutter. Cork, 1805 14th St. Washington, D.C.

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Ris is hosting a gingerbread house workshop to benefit DC Central Kitchen. RIS will provide all the tools and materials needed, and will display completed houses through the end of the year should the builder not want to take it home. Guests will sample the latest holiday treats from new Pastry Chef Beverly Bates while making the perfect gingerbread masterpiece, and enjoy hot apple ginger cider made with Laird’s Applejack rum and house-made ginger beer. All proceeds from donations will benefit DC Central Kitchen. Tickets: $20/adult or $10/child. RSVP to Leah Cheston at (202) 730-2500 or [email protected]. Ris, 2275 L St NW, Washington, D.C.

In the evening, the dapper gents of the Capital Club host their annual holiday party, Santa Soiree, which is one of our favorite events of the year. There’s a great live band, open bar, and plenty of merrymaking. Get tickets, here. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. City Tavern Club, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

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Sunday
Brunch, of course. Lately, we’ve enjoyed J&G Steakhouse’s champagne and mimosa cart, Nopa Bar + Kitchen’s cocktails, Flat Iron Steak & Saloon for steak and cowboy fare, and American fare and Palena’s unique, gourmet cuisine. Or, refer to our Best & Worst Brunches of 2013, arriving tomorrow.

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