This Week: September 24-30

Gosh, isn’t fall pretty? After a brutal summer with record heat (also featuring Becca’s Great Air Conditioning Disaster of 2012), I am lapping up every single second of this weather—windows permanently open, scarf and sunglasses on, searching for fabulous patio brunches. Here’s how you can enjoy this week, too.

Capitol Building in Fall

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Monday

I know where I’m going on my lunch break. Juniper at the Fairmont (which Baby Bitch just reviewed last week) launched Juniper Xpress, a fast and fresh lunch option that’s available on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. until it runs out. On M Street between 24th and 25th, it will be serving up $4 lobster rolls, fresh sandwiches, salads, and house-made French macaroons for lunch. Yum.

Tuesday

Praline Bakery & Bistro in Bethesda is hosting a five-course pairing dinner tonight, but not with wine. Instead, it’s partnering with Flying Dog Brewery to pair French-American dishes with signature brews. It will go from quiche flamande paired with Belgian white to grilled lamb chop paired with a fall seasonal Marzen. The whole thing sounds fantastic. $65 excluding tax and gratuity. Call 301-229-8180 for reservations or go to their website for more information.

Photo credit: Praline Bakery & Bistro

Photo credit: Praline Bakery & Bistro

Wednesday

This Sunday, Cori Sue will be running in the Prevent Cancer 5k at National Stadium (Join our team! Click here!). On Wednesday, the organization is celebrating the impending race with the final kick-off party at Lost Society. There will be drink specials, hors d’oeuvres, a DJ spinning, and more. All proceeds benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Get your tickets for Wednesday’s event here.

Thursday

As half of my Facebook feed is getting hitched, I must recommend heading to Carine’s Bridal Atelier for the Bliss by Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 Trunk Show, beginning this Thursday. Appointments are necessary, so call 202-965-4696 or email marketing@carinesbridal.com.

Friday

“Art, Drink, and Be Happy” is my kind of tagline for an event. Head to Asia After Dark for an Asian soundscape with live performances from digital media artists and instrumentalists set against a backdrop of silent Asian films, plus specialty cocktails from Ping Pong Dim Sum. Just before the night breaks into an Asian electronica dance party, take exhibition tours led by the curators. Get tickets ($25 advance; $30 at door) here.

Saturday

In April, LivingSocial held its first-ever Craft Beer and Food Truck Fest. It was such a success, they decided to do it twice in one year. They’re bringing it back this weekend at the Half Street Fairgrounds, featuring craft breweries, food trucks, live music, games, and an interactive art installation. Move for Hunger will also be onsite collecting nonperishable food donations. Get brunch at Station 4 in Southwest first, then waddle over to the festival for the afternoon. Get tickets here.

Sunday

We’ll be running in the Prevent Cancer 5k this Sunday! Join our team and help raise money for the foundation. After that, head to another festival. It’s a weekend of festivals, it seems, with the Green Festival also returning to D.C. this weekend. Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the event will feature authors, leaders and educators; an organic beer and wine garden, a Good Food Stage featuring vegetarian cuisine as well as a dedicated kids’ area for learning about easy and fun ways to incorporate green at a young age. Get tickets here.

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