Well, chickadees. I’m back from a whirlwind week in Amsterdam. I was there for work and for play … and for brunch, of course. Don’t be too jealous, I nearly lost my life to brazen bicyclists upwards of a dozen times and was close to losing my toes to frost bite. (Literally, I’ve never seen so many bicyclists nor have I ever been so cold.)
This week, I’ll be trying to ward off the jet lag by getting ready for a busy weekend of brunch and running around in my underwear (no really). Happy February, ladies and gents!
If you’re hungry and jonesing for a delicious-yet-affordable meal, head to Policy. Their happy hour lasts all night on Mondays—you can enjoy wine, beer, cocktails and their gourmet small plates for $5 each. I was there two Mondays ago, enjoying two of my favorite things: hand-cut fries with black truffle mayonnaise and a goat cheese roasted beet salad. Additionally, they have a curried lentil dish with fried cauliflower puffs that is mind-blowing—for a whopping $5. Policy, 1904 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Like shoes and cocktails? Feeling charitable? Join me and the ladies of the Madison Tuesday evening at Sassanova, the most fabulous shoe boutique in the city, for a Sock-Em with Sassanova shopping event. Enjoy cocktails and snacks with 20 percent off all merchandise. To help support the troops, all attendees are asked to bring a new package of male or female socks to be shipped off to troops deployed overseas. Please RSVP no later than Monday, February 6, to [email protected]. 6 to 8 p.m., Sassanova, 1641 Wisconsin Ave N.W., Washington, D.C.
Or, if you’re a fashion lover in NoVa (a la Becca), head to Crystal Couture, the nightly fashion show and trunk sale that takes over Crystal City Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. each night. More than 40 boutiques and designers show their wares, plus there’s free hair and makeup makeovers, cocktails, chats with fashion consultants, music from DJ Neekola, and more. Click here for more information on participants, runway schedules, and more.
Now, I’m competitive. But, I’m a horrendous singer. If you’re more talented than I (very likely) and like a little friendly competition, then head to Policy, for the launch of District Karaoke Wednesday night.
If karaoke isn’t your style, join the Washington Ballet for Beer, Ballet and Bubbly. The event lets you see behind the scenes of the ballet through a working rehearsal of an upcoming production in the England Studio Theater. Then, grab a beer and network with friends and dancers at a post-rehearsal reception. Get tickets here. 3515 Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.
Some charity events really are worth the ticket prices, and the SOME Jr. Gala is one of them. Enjoy a night of cocktails, dancing, and live music by the Blue Tips Rhythm Revue to benefit So Others Might Eat (SOME)’s Griffin House. Tickets, $85 and up. The Corcoran, 500 17th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Want to see the Bitches in their underwear? Then head to the U.S. Capitol at 2 p.m. for the Cupid’s Undie Run. This is our second year participating in this sold-out and super-fun event, an intoxicated one-mile run around the U.S. Capitol to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. We have matching red Bitches Who Brunch underwear, duh.
Hungover? Have a breakfast sandwich. Everyone’s favorite sandwich shop, Taylor Gourmet, rolls out their breakfast menu on Saturday, which will only be served at their U Street location. I’m doubly thrilled—as it’s by my house and they serve breakfast. Double win. Options include the Jefferson Street, with pork roll, caramelized onions, egg ‘n cheddar; the Frankford Avenue, with bacon, egg, arugula, and Parmesan; and the Aramingo Avenue, with sausage, hash browns, egg, and a house-made beer cheese sauce. 1908 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Celebrate President Lincoln’s birthday with brunch at his namesake restaurant. This Sunday, Lincoln will feature a performance by The Sexy Man Duo, featuring Juan Carlos Sanchez. He is quite the crooner! This will be his second brunch performance, much to the delight of Lincoln brunch regulars. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After brunch, join Becca at the International Food & Wine Festival in the Ronald Reagan Building. The Grand Tastings are Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. featuring gourmet food and wine from around the world. Plus, tons of local restaurants and artisans showing off their goods. It makes a great Sunday afternoon stroll. Get tickets here.