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Good morning, brave District denizens! The franken-pocalypse is arriving today (because this seems far greater than a Frankenstorm and I think it involves snow–so it’s a Franken-pocalypse in my book).

I hope you all have food, water, candles, wine, fully charged Apple devices, magazines, more wine, and loved ones around you.

The Bitches have already had a harrowing 24-hours thus far–Becca is stranded in Florida for an entire week. Meanwhile, I narrowly escaped New York City on, literally, the last train out just before they shut down the subway and Amtrak. My father, who sponsored my escape, is still not speaking to me as a result of the stress I caused. I did make it back to Whole Foods 20 minutes before closure, picking up the bare necessities: water, wine, and granola bars.

As we are both Florida girls, we’re no stranger to braving hurricanes–or hurricane parties. That said, we think Sandy is a Bitch no one wants to mess with. So, be careful, kiddos.


Work is canceled, so are events, parties, and anything that occurs outside one’s living room. However, the crazies at Balance Gym are still hosting crossfit classes at present. Somehow, that’s not surprising.


Pending weather, it’s time for one of the best things about Washington– the annual pre-Halloween DC Drag Queen Race. Since 1987, the DC High Heel Drag Queen Race has probably left a lot of unaware drag race-seekers mighty confused upon arriving at Dupont Circle. Traditionally held on the Tuesday prior to Halloween, the DC High Heel Drag Queen Race attracts thousands of spectators to witness lots of costumed men sprint down 17th street, with high heels a-clacking and fake boobs a-bouncing. Free to attend, kicks off at 9 p.m. Get there early to snag a good viewing spot. If anyone can handle Sandy, the Queens can.


Trick or treat! Pending weather monstrosities and power outages, we recommend attending Halloween parties at either Napoleon in Adam’s Morgan, Irish Whiskey Public House downtown, or Nick’s Riverside Grill at the Georgetown Waterfront. All are hosting open bar costume parties that begin around 8 or 9 p.m.


Planning on tying the knot? Then you should certainly visit Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Georgetown, which is hosting a special trunk show for the Liancarlo collection by designer Carlos Ramirez. Ramirez is known for his trademark feminine silhouettes, exquisite hand-work, and use of luxurious fabrics all paying homage to Latin roots. Brides to be can reserve a time to see the latest Liancarlo wedding gowns in a customized shopping experience. Carine’s Bridal Atelier, 1726 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Second Floor, Washington, D.C.

If you’re nowhere near tying the knot, head to the Phillips Collection for its monthly Phillips After Five. This month, it’s French artist Xavier Veilhan’s first major U.S. museum exhibition along with a film screening, food, and gallery talks. In collaboration with the Alliance Française de Washington. Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for visitors 62 and over and students, free for members and visitors 18 and under. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


Last November, I spent the week at Artisphere for DC (Digital Capital) Week, a conference on all things digital, tech, social media, start-up, you name it. I learned a ton and networked with a bunch of really awesome people. DC Week kicks off with an opening party tonight at Penn Social, the epicenter of drinking and games (skeeball, air hockey, board games and loads more). Tickets, $25. 8 p.m. to midnight. Penn Social, 801 E Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


Like to cook? A fan of the Food Network? Then head to the Washington Convention Center. Some of the biggest names in the culinary world will grace the stage at the 2012 Metro Cooking Show, headlining this year’s show will be Giada De Laurentiis (check out our interview with her last week), Jacques Pepin and daughter Claudine, Top Chef judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, The Chew’s Michael Symon and Carla Hall and Next Food Network Star winner “The Sandwich King” Jeff Mauro.Tickets: $24.50 in advance, $27 at the door. Celebrity theater: $60 and up. Children 4-12 – $12.50 in advance; $15 at the door. Children under 4 free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place N.W., Washington, D.C.


Check out the second day of the Metropolitan Cooking Show. Or, head to brunch. Lately we’ve enjoyed Lavagna, Drafting Table, and Town Hall.

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