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This Week: July 8-14

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This week I’m embarking on a trip to celebrate a milestone birthday. The destination? A sunny beach in Southern Spain, good friends, cava and jamon serrano, blissful Internet detox. Cori Sue will be taking the reins until July 24. Adiós!

Head to Britt Ryan to score some summer duds on sale. The new Georgetown boutique is offering up the designer’s signature dresses, tops, and even bikinis at lower prices as style sell out. Check their Facebook page for quick steals. Or head to the store at 1625 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Mintwood Place will be honoring Chef Maupillier’s French heritage by celebrating Bastille Day the entire week from Tuesday to Sunday. The AdMo favorite will offer a taste of Provence—more specifically Toulon, where he is from—in recognition of Bastille Day. There’s an a la carte menu or a five-course tasting menu for $65, complimented by wine pairings for $35. 1813 Columbia Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

Another recommended dinner spot this week is Policy. The 14th Street fave has completely revamped dinner and cocktail menus. Prepared with fresh and authentic ingredients and scratch-made sauces, the new menu has more vegetarian options, our favorite signature dishes, and a couple new vegan dishes as well. Behind the bar, Policy tapped top mixologist JP Caceres to enhance the existing cocktail program and bar menus with pre-prohibition style offerings. 1904 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Break out your inner Emma, because for the second year running Jane Austen returns to Dumbarton House. The first of three films in a festival celebrating the works of Austen will be Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy. The grounds will open at 7 p.m., and the film will start at sunset, around 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, some girlfriends, and enjoy the movie with popcorn and white wine or champagne, served on premises. RSVP here. 2715 Q St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Cori Sue will be at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s annual fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo, Thursday evening. The zoo will host more than 60 craft and microbreweries from around the nation. Proceeds go toward supporting the Zoo’s efforts in research and wildlife conservation. Hope you got your tickets early; they’re sold out.

Checking out the Eighth Annual Capital Fringe Festival? Go see Washington Improv Theater’s Lore, running from Thursday through July 28. In every Lore show, Washington Improv Theater performers create new, spontaneous tales of every shape and size as the audience’s guiding hand shapes the outcome. Included in Lore’s grab-bag are campfire stories to chill your bones, offbeat fairy tales that flip the script, and Choose Your Own Adventure-style stories where the audience collectively decides the outcomes. Get tickets here. Source, 1835 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Saturday head to the AFDC Bastille Day French Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens. In memory of the beginning of the French Revolution, Bastille Day is observed every year as France’s National Holiday. This annual D.C. festival celebrates France both past and present, with festivities for visitors of all ages, including dance performances by The New York Baroque Dance Company, live music, French games, and hands-on art projects. Get tickets and information here. 4155 Linnean Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Brunch, of course! Lately we’ve loved The Occidental Grill, B Too, and Vinoteca.

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