This Week: July 9-15

Well well, it’s cooled off just a bit, hasn’t it? Finally. Despite a raging Fourth of July and birthday hangover, Cori Sue will be at six events in four days—there’s just too much fun to be had this week. We hope you make the most of yours, too!

Monday

Penn Quarter’s newest bar, Penn Social, opens today—and we love the concept: games! The new spot feature an outdoor patio, a street-level bar, and a big gaming and entertainment space. The street level bar will have board games for tables, and host karaoke, trivia, and comedy open mic nights. Downstairs, two bars, 30 draft lines, and huge projector screens. Not to mention bocce ball, shuffleboard, darts, and a stage that will host interactive game shows. Sounds like our newest playground. 801 E St NW, Penn Quarter.

Also opening, is Dolci Gelati’s pop-up gelateria at the Living Social Headquarters. Living Social will be rotating various frozen treat shops throughout the month. (We’re loving anything that will cool us down!) The flavors include kettle corn gelato, peach tarragon, raspberry lemonade, and chocolate mint. Chef Gianluigi wants gelato fans to have a say in some of the flavors that will be served throughout the week. Tweet @DolciGelati your flavor requests using the hashtag #918FST or post requests on Facebook . For more info click here. 918 F Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Tuesday

There are a couple crab dinners this week, one Sunday and one today. Wildfire Restaurant hosts a Chespeake Bay crab and beer pairing dinner. Items on the menu include crab, crab and more crab: hard shell crabs, spicy Maryland crab dip, crab bruschetta, crab salad and more, all paired with beer from Flying Dog Brewery and concluded with peach cobbler. Sounds pretty yummy to us! The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Wildfire Restaurant, Tysons Galleria, 3rd floor, McLean, V.A., (703) 442-9110.

Also today, Cori Sue will be heading out to her new fave spa, Vitalia Med Spa, for a facial today. They’re offering two specials this month– $150 for a customized facial and 45 minute massage and 40 percent off any beauty or facial product after your treatment.

Wednesday

We are thrilled to be named one of the “Best Blogs” in this month’s Washingtonian “Best of Washington” issue—even if we’re in the “also popular” section. Hey, we’ll take “also popular” any day. We’ll be celebrating with Washingtonian magazine Wednesday evening at the AT&T Best Of Washington event! Last year, more than 1,500 guests, celebrities and restaurateurs filled the National Building Museum to sample, sip and socialize. Over 60 of Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants, such as Michel Richard’s Citronelle, Robert Wiedmaier’s Brasserie Beck, and Scott Drewno’s The Source, will serve tastes of their famous dishes. All funds from the silent auction and a portion of the ticket proceeds will once again go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Get tickets here. 6-10 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Thursday

You have two options for this evening—drink beer with zoo animals or sip cocktails with preppy boys. Or, you could even do both.

From 6-9 p.m., there’s Brew at the Zoo, where you sample beer, snack on bites from food trucks and enjoy live music by the Four Star Combo. Regular tickets are sold out but VIP tickets are available for $100.The Smithsonian National Zoo.

Over at the National Building Museum, the Capital Club, a philanthropic organization of 100 Washington gentlemen, hosts their annual Sinatra Soiree. Think cocktailing and dancing to live swing and big band music. Tickets include open bar, appetizers and desserts and are available for $65-85 online. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The National Building Museum, 401 F Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Friday

It’s the annual Bastille Day celebration and summer soirée with La Maison Française and the Comité Tricolore—and we’ll be there to help celebrate. This highly anticipated event offers foodies the chance to rub elbows with Washington’s top chefs, plus dancing, live music, and an auction featuring luxury items and exotic escapes. 7 p.m. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW. Click here to get tickets.

Saturday

D.C.’s top Belgian toques and restaurants come together to celebrate their heritage and history with the third annual Belgian Restaurant Week, a week’s worth of activities to honor Belgium’s National Day, July 21st. From Saturday, July 14th, to Saturday, July 21st, restaurants Belga Café, Brabo, Brasserie Beck, Et Voila!, Granville Moore’s, Locolat, Le Pain Quotidien, Marcel’s, Marvin and Mussel Bar will host a series of festivities showcasing the traditions and customs of Belgium as well as marking the 182nd anniversary of Belgium’s independence. Click here for all the restaurant week details, and make reservations.

Sunday

Brunch, my little Bitches. Lately, we’ve enjoyed Art & Soul, Patisserie Poupon, Lost Society and Blue Duck (review this week).

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If you’re looking for some crabs, Black Restaurant Group is hosting a mid-summer crab feast at Addie’s Restaurant in Rockville Pike, MD. For two hours and $70, guests will enjoy unlimited Maryland steamed crabs, a whole smoked pig, a selection of seasonal, American sides and Dominion Brewery’s Beach House Pilsner along with live music will be provided by Sean Chyun and The Destroyers. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online. Addie’s, 11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville, M.D.

Looking to make your own Bloody Mary’s? Check out Demitri’s Bloody Mary mix—it’s absolutely delicious and comes in four flavors: classic, extra horseradish, chilies and peppers and chipotle habañero. They mailed us some and we were spicing up our mornings all weekend long!

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