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This Week in D.C.: March 10-16

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This week will be difficult for me, kittens. Last week, I was on an extended Florida vacation, with a weekend wedding jaunt turning into a week-long vacay as a result of a two-day flight delay.  Yes, I sat poolside sipping Tipsy Golfer cocktails, reading great books, and canoodling with the beau for six days.

Coming back and cramming five days of work into two was not pleasant. And this week proves to be just as challenging. However, with the slew of funtivities in the evening, I’ll be up and at ‘em in the a.m., getting my VIDA workout done in the morning, finishing my work checklists, and heading out the door.

Let’s make it a good one, ladies and gents; here is your social itinerary.

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Monday
Two weeks ago, I went to the media preview for Jose Andres’ Tequila & Mezcal festival at Oyamel. It was an absolute blast, with all types of fruity, flavorful unique cocktails made with tequila or its Mexican cousin, mezcal, which I’m told is the new trend in spirits. In addition to delicious cocktails— like the Oyamel Margarita—there were guacamole, whole-pig cochinita tacos, street-style ceviches, and other gourmet interpretations of classic Mexican streetfood. The party opens to the public today in Penn Quarter  with food, cocktails, and live Latin music from the band Montuno. Tickets, $60 per person (all inclusive), and can be purchased online. 6-9 p.m., Oyamel, 401 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 628-1005.

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Tuesday
My favorite dive joint for brunch and beers, Granville Moore’s is pairing up with DC Brau for a beer dinner this evening, with three courses of gourmet Belgian food and beer pairings. The first course is a camel (yes, camel!) carpaccio, a dry-rubbed, cured, smoked camel tenderloin with chili oil and grilled peppers paired with a Penn Quarter Porter. Next up, Brau Moules en Frites, mussels with leeks, mustard, cream, and pork sausage, with the best fries in the world, paired with DC Brau’s Theory & Practice. The gluttony continues with Asian-style crispy duck wings, pasta bolognese, and a cheese plate, all with DC Brau pairings. Call the restaurant at (202) 399-2546 for reservations.Tickets, $55 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Happy hour begins at 6:30 p.m., the dinner begins at 7 p.m. Granville Moore’s, 1238 H St. N.E., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday
I’m quite the oenophile, only occasionally opting for a cocktail over wine. That said, the Elixir of Love party, hosted by Washington City Paper and the Washington National Opera, really caught my fancy. As such, I’ll be at the Embassy of Italy Wednesday evening as local mixologists interpet love in a cocktail to celebrate DC’s latest opera. Mixologists from Founding Farmers, Satellite Room, Gibson, Room 11, Osteria Morini, W Washington D.C., and more will battle to win our hearts and votes. Tickets, online. 6:30-9 p.m. at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Thursday
As I am a bit of an enviro-geek (read: prissy hippie who loves clean energy and sustainability), I’ll be heading to BYT’s Environmental Film Festival launch party. The shindig will feature an open bar, dancing, and a sweet DJ set from Fatback’s Sean Peoples, a silent auction, a light show, and fun times to kick off one of D.C.’s finest film fests. The evening includes an open bar with specialty cocktails by Adam Bernbach of 2birds1stone, and hors d’oeuvres from Restaurant Nora, le Pain Quotidien, Chipotle, Mom’s Organic Market, Shake Shack, Baked and Wired, Del Frisco Grille, Cava Mezze, and fizz floats  by Honest Tea and Dolci Gelati! Tickets, $45, online. 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Friday
After a busy week of events, Fridays I tend to prefer a visit to the gym and an evening in, either with Matthew of Downton Abbey (RIP) or the boyfriend. Rather than happy hour, why not close out the week with an evening sweat session with a friend? March is free guest month at VIDA Fitness. So, you can bring your friend to the gym for free and, as an extra bonus, your pal gets a three-day trial membership. Current members who bring a guest will be entered into a lottery to receive free six months of membership. VIDA has multiple locations, see the website.

Saturday
Biz Bitch Emily Ellis and I will be running the Rock n’ Roll Half-Marathon, formerly known as the National Half Marathon. Naturally, we will celebrate our athletic triumph with a brunch immediately thereafter. Lately, the Bitches have enjoyed Beuchert’s Saloon, Duke’s Grocery, Osteria1909, and Quench, though some a bit more than others.

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