This Week: June 25-July 1

I’m back! I’m barely alive after two exhausting weeks at high-altitudes in Cusco, Peru, and thrilled to be back at home in the District. And, I’m of the opinion that there is no better time to enjoy Washington than summer time.

So, don’t let the obnoxious interns, sweaty tourists, unbearable heat, crowded metro and stifling humidity fool you. There is no place in the world where you can run past the White House and see BObama, enjoy an iced coffee and croissant by the canal on an early Georgetown morning, take in nighttime views of the Washington monument from your rooftop, and see great art and learn about our nation’s history at a slew of museums for absolutely free whenever you want. Plus, there’s always a new food, fashion or art event happening every day of the week.

I certainly feel blessed to be here—don’t you? Now, let’s go enjoy our city—and maybe show an intern or two who’s boss.

Monday

I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about Seasonal Pantry, a small market and restaurant that offers up high-end local cuisine and culinary classes in Mt. Vernon. This evening, the Pantry is hosting a cheese class. The small 12-person class allows participants to savor seasonal, artisanal cheeses along with craft beer pairings. $49, details online. 7 p.m., 1314½ 9th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Tuesday

The Bitches will be at the Food & Friends Chef’s Best Auction at the Washington Hilton. Sixty local chefs will provide tastings of delicious appetizers along with cocktails, wine and an auction. The proceeds benefit Food & Friends, which will provide specialized meals for more than 2,800 hungry individuals this calendar year. Tickets, online. 5:30 p.m., 1919 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday

Head to Bethesda Row to join Washingtonian for their final “Best of” happy hour. Bethesda Row will be closed off for pedestrians, enabling guests to enjoy delicious food and drinks from several participating restaurants while strolling the Row. A $10 donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the door will get you a Redwood drink ticket and four tastes from other participating restaurants, which include American Tap Room, Dolcezza, Jaleo, Lebanese Taverna, Luke’s Lobster, Mon Ami Gabi, Mussel Bar, Redwood, Tandoori Nights, Taylor Gourmet and Vapiano. Guests will be able to purchase discounted tickets to the AT&T Best of Washington blowout event at the National Building Museum on July 11. 6-8:30 p.m., Bethesda Row, Bethesda, M.D.

Thursday

Why not head to happy hour at the newly opened A Bar? The Bitches were there for the media launch Wednesday and it opens the following day to the public—with a Foggy Bottom location that makes it perfect for happy hour. Located in the Avenue Suites Hotel, the 20-seat small-plates cocktail lounge features a lush outdoor patio that seats 60. Featuring fresh, seasonal small plates, paninis and flatbreads, A BAR’s menu offers up classic dishes with a twist like chilled corn and crab chowder with cucumber and crème fraiche; kumquat, prosciutto and maple yogurt flatbread; and pork topped with blackberry compote, served over bacon bourbon lentils. The menu will rotate constantly and will feature seasonal daily specials. 2500 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Washington, D.C.

Friday

It’s been far too long—years, in fact—since I’ve enjoyed Jazz in the Garden. Now that grad school is over, I plan to take better advantage of Washington’s museum options, braving the tourists and all. Enjoy some sangria and live jazz in the Sculpture Garden every Friday. Cost is free. Schedule, online. 5-8:30 p.m., NGA Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 700 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Saturday

You should check out the DC Brunch Party, hosted every Saturday this summer at Lost Society. Gorgeous patio, fab DJ, Congo drums and bottomless mimosas and Bloodies—it was an absolute blast! My review is coming later this week. Tickets, $25. More information on the website. Saturdays, 1-6 p.m., Lost Society, 2001 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Sunday

Brunch! Lately we’ve enjoyed Art & Soul with its Southern soul food and fabulous patio, Patisserie Poupon with its to-die-for pastries, and The Grille at Morrison House with its upscale charm. Go enjoy it for yourselves. Lincoln—home of Obama and his burger—is also hosting a patriotic brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Details).

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