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There seems to be a bit of a competition in the last two weeks ‘round Washington (and no, I’m not talking about the Ravens). While many of you, including the co-Bitch, get very excited about Meat Week. I much prefer Meat-Free Week, which is this week!

Washington has a ton of vegan and veg-friendly options around town, and this fourth annual Meat-Free Week offers fun foodie events like BBQs, cocktails, and brunch that are yummy-yet-compassionate. Proceeds benefit Compassion over Killing and you can get the full schedule here.


Start the week off right with $4 margaritas all night on Mondays at El Centro. (They also have $2 taco Tuesdays, awesome.) El Centro, 1819 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Photo credit: Drink the Nation
Photo credit: Drink the Nation


It’s a day near and dear to the Bitches’ hearts: National Pancake Day. Celebrate this momentous holiday the right way by making your brunch reservations, making pancakes, or making your way to IHOP for free pancakes. While IHOP is not Bitch-approved, it is free, and, since it’s a holiday, we’ll keep our judgements quiet. But, most importantly, tomorrow we’ll post a run-down of the best hotcakes ‘round town to honor the special day.



Beat the mid-week blues with amazing specials at charming Italian restaurant Lavagna, where Becca and I had dinner last week. They are offering 25 percent off all wines by the class, $5 starters and $4 peroni. 4:30 p.m to close. Lavagna, 539 8th Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

The Crystal Couture Show and Sale begins today. In its fifth year, Crystal Couture is doing the unprecedented: bringing 360 degrees of fashion to the top floor of 251 18th Street in Crystal City. Surrounded by windows, fashion fans will enjoy spectacular views of DC landmarks while models stroll the runway. Guests will also enjoy a massive trunk sale with discounts of up to 50 percent off, a cash bar, free make-up and hair makeovers, chats with wardrobe stylists, and music from DJ Neekola. Admission is free. February 5 – 9, 6-10 p.m. each evening.Second floor of 251 18th Street, Arlington.


It’s that time again; time for Phillips After 5. The Phillips Collection’s monthly cocktail hour, which features art, special events, life music and cocktails happens this evening. This month the theme is Carnival, with Brazilian language lessons, a performance of Brazilian martial arts by Abada-Capoeira DC. Band DC Choro will perform old-school Brazilian jazz and popular music. In collaboration with the Embassy of Brazil.Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students, free for members. 1600 21st Street N.W. Washington, D.C. (202) 387-2151


Friday night, I’ll be at the SOME Jr. Gala at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Rated as one of DC Magazine’s top 10 events of the winter, the SOME Gala will feature a live band, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres. The Bitches agree—it’s one of the best formal functions to happen post-Holiday bender. Funds raised through the 2013 Jr Gala will help to provide affordable housing, such as 30 apartments for homeless veterans and their families at Fendall Heights. Tickets, $85. 500 17th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. (202) 639-1700


As I mentioned, it’s Meat-Free Week. So, as this is Washington, there is, of course, a special meat-free brunch! Our pick for a vegan brunch is being served up by Todd Gray at his pop-up Muse at the Corcoran. It’s all-you-can-eat vegan brunch, with 20 percent of ticket sales donated to Compassion Over Killing. Tickets, online. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

That night, join the Junior League of Washington for Fête to toast the League’s 100 years of service to the D.C. community. This black-tie gala will be held at the National Building Museum starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a cocktail reception before a plated dinner and program featuring JLW leaders and guest speakers. The celebration will then continue with drinks, desserts, and dancing. Benefits from the gala will go towards “JLW Resolution Read,” which is an effort to purchase and distribute 100,000 new books to Washington’s neediest children throughout the 2012-2013 year.


Head to Tar-get Boutique for the launch of Prabal Gurung for Target, which launches today. If you missed the fabulousness that is this collection, check out the Lust List post with my favorite looks from the collection.


Or, if you missed Wednesday at Lavagna, enjoy half-priced bottles of wine this evening.

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