Well, my darlings, they say summer is a quiet time in Washington, yet this week seems to be anything but. I’m looking forward to a jam-packed week beginning with a Kastles match on Monday, Washingtonian’s fabulous Best Of Washington soiree on Wednesday, and an enchanted evening inspired by Alice in Wonderland at the Smithsonian Castle on Friday. As it’s summer, there will be enough hours in the day for long runs, picnics, pool time, and brunch outdoors. Enjoy yourselves, ladies and gents.
Unfortunately, my tennis game has not improved much despite a summer of lessons. As I love the sport, I’ll be at the Washington Kastles tennis match this evening. Unlike yours truly, the Kastles are in the middle of a never-before-seen 34-match winning streak. Plus the star player, Martina Hingis, is absolutely lovely in person. So, support another Washington home team—one that’s actually winning. They’re playing at the George Washington University Smith Center. The season is short, with matches most weeknights this month. The evening games begin at 7 p.m., with VIP ticket holders having access to the pre-party from 5-7 p.m. Learn more online.
All week long, Et Voila! is marking Belgian National Day with a three-course prix fixe dinner menu paired with Belgian beers at $40 per person. The menu begins with Mussel Casserole paired with Hoegaarden Original White Ale, followed by Guinea Hen served with braised endive and ricotta gnocchi sauce, then diable paired with Gouden Carolus Classic. For dessert, there will be a trio of chocolate, with a gianduja tart, chocolate speculoos ice cream, and chocolate beignet paired with Lindemans Framboise Lambic. Monday-Friday, 5-9:30 p.m. Et Voila, 5120 MacArthur Blvd. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Take in a midweek breakfast at Commissary, Logan Circle’s casual American eatery. The restaurant, which serves up a great, reliable brunch and breakfast all week long, launched a Breakfast Club rewards app in the iTunes store. Commissary, 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
For dinner, we’d suggest heading to the Loews Madison hotel and its new restaurant, Rural Society. Becca checked it out last week and fell in love with the new Argentinian steakhouse, not to mention Philadelphia chef Jose Garces’ delightful menu of meats. Formerly The Federalist, the restaurant space has gone through an amazing transformation, and is now a truly romantic spot to dine. Rural Society, Loews Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
We go to dozens of parties at the National Building Museum each year; it’s such a beautiful space. One I will never forget is Best of Washington, Washingtonian magazine’s annual feté celebrating its issue highlighting top local businesses. The party is always over-the-top, with fabulous decorations, amazing food and cocktails from more than 100 vendors, activities, live music, and all sorts of surprises. It’s a night to remember—and a party I refuse to miss. You can get 15 percent off your tickets with the code “BWB15.” 6-10 p.m., National Building Museum, F St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
For our Bitches up in New York, there’s a fresh juice bar on every corner. Here in Washington, the options are limited. But recently I’ve spotted two new juice bars in Washington: Press Juice DC on 14th Street and Tasty 6, a new juice startup available online, in Union Market, and at the Kastles Stadium. Tasty6, distilled in the purest form with deliciously fresh, raw, organic fruits and vegetables, aims to be a delicious power drink for individuals on the go. Every Tasty6 juice holds a full blast of nutrients of up to five cups of freshly cold-pressed vegetables and fruits, providing fuel, nutrients and antioxidants in just one sip. Press Juice DC, 1630 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Tasty 6, online for more information.
One of my favorite things about summer in Washington is the fact that everyone’s gone, and there are far less events and mandatory “fun” obligations. As such, I’ll be packing a picnic and heading to Jazz in the Garden. Jazz in the Garden takes place every Friday in the National Gallery of Art’s outdoor permanent exhibit, on the corner of 7th St. N.W. and Constitution Ave., at 5 p.m. Bring your own blanket and picnic—there’s sangria available for purchase there, and you have to sneak in your own alcohol. Dogs are welcome, so bring Muffy on a leash.
After that, I’ll be at the Smithsonian at 8’s Alice In Wonderland-themed outdoor cocktail party at the Smithsonian Castle. The Madhatters at the Smithsonian castle are transforming the Victorian-style Enid A. Haupt Garden into a landscape of delights. Follow the rabbit down to Wonderland to enjoy music, dancing, moonlight croquet, craft activities, and surprises. VIP ticket holders will have access to a private bar, complimentary cocktails and dessert in the Queen of Hearts’ castle. Tickets,$15 in advance, $20 at the door, if available. VIP admission tickets $35 in advance, $40. Call 202-633-3030 or purchase online. 8 to 11 p.m. Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Castle, Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C.
Last weekend, I enjoyed a lovely morning of yoga and brunch in the courtyard at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. The class began my weekend right, with a strengthening and calming class taught in the grass, followed by a bottomless, gourmet brunch for $45. 10 a.m., Ritz Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South Street, Washington, D.C.
If you love beer and Asian food, as many Washingtonians do, you’ll want to head to Daikaya, which just partnered with 3 Stars Brewing. There’s a special beer on tap, the Sansho Panza, priced at $9, that debuted last week. The beer will be featured along with other special offerings from 3 Stars at Daikaya and Izakaya. 705 6th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Lately, we’ve enjoyed brunch at Bar Charley, Casa Oaxaca, and Satellite Room, which just updated its alcoholic milkshake repertoire. Now, in addition to a dozen regular flavors, Satellite Room serves up breakfast cereal flavored liquor milkshakes, offered only during weekend brunch. There are five milkshakes inspired by your favorite childhood treats, including a Bamm Bamm, Fruity Pebbles and Bacardi, Cinnamon Toast Punch, with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Old Overhold Rye Whiskey, and a Count Creamy, with Count Chocula and Baileys.