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This Week: August 8-14

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I’m in the U.K. this week, brunching with tea and crumpets and whatnot. But if you’re in D.C., there’s still plenty to do.


Rescheduled from its June date, Cuisine Contra with Chef Barton Seaver is tonight. The two-part event will be earth-friendly and art-filled, beginning with a cocktail reception and book signing with Seaver, followed by a three-course sit-down dinner designed by him, using recipes from his book. Open bar, artful performances, and more, all to benefit DC Greenworks. Tickets are $100, get them here. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. N.W. (at 23rd St.), Washington, D.C.


There’s a happy hour planned for Wednesday featuring a group of panelists talking about the “ABCs of D.C.” One of my favorite ladies, Rachael King, will be there, plus the Prince of Petworth himself, Free in D.C.’s Amy Melrose, and Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project. They’ll be talking about Americans, blogs, and culture. Their message? Anyone can tweet and blog their way into a career. A percentage of your tab will support the Humanties Council of Washington. Tabaq, 1336 U Street NW, Washington D.C.

If you’re feeling more sceney, guest your photo snapped and sip cocktails at the Guest of a Guest Dog Days of Summer Social, co-hosted by Cori Sue and held at Coco Sala from 5-8: 30 p.m. Check out photos from the last GofG event, which was held at Smith Point and a total blast. 929 F Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


It’s Girls’ Night Out in my ‘hood on Thursday. Pentagon Row will be hosting live music, and each of the shops (and spas) will be giving away specials, samples, gifts, and prizes. If I were in town, I’d be heading to the Red Door Spa, which is my spa of choice anyway. They’re offering complimentary eyebrow waxes with the purchase of a manicure, or complimentary makeup with the purchase of a blow out. Check out all the events and specials here.


The third ever Foodtruck Truckeroo will bring food trucks, live music, and beer to Navy Yard this Friday from 11 to 11. More than 18,000 people came out to the first two events. This time, there will be between 20-25 food trucks to accompany the live music. Das Bullpen will be serving beer and other beverages. Corner of Half and M Streets, SE (Across from Navy Yard metro).


The brick sidewalks of Old Town Alexandria will be buzzing with shoppers on Saturday. Participating merchants from the river to the Metro, on King Street and the side streets, will be showcasing their products in the Second Annual Old Town-wide Summer Sidewalk Sale. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (individual store hours vary). Check out which of your favorite OTBD stores are participating.


It’s not a brunch, exactly, but it might be even more fun: Bourbon Steak is hosting its second annual “Pig Out” Patio Party this Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Guests will enjoy a 300-lb Spit-roasted pig from Eco-Friendly Foods, among other offerings from executive chef Adam Sobel and his team. Grilled, housemade bratwursts, sausages and BBQ ribs, as well as cornbread, coleslaw and baked beans will all be on the menu. Plus, a Bourbon Steak Taco Stand dishing out street food favorites, including chicarrones, carnitas, cabeza and barbacoa. DC Brau will be pouring perfect pork-pairing beers for the event. To purchase tickets to Pig Out (priced at $35 per person for food, and $50 inclusive of food and drink), call 202.944.2026.

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  1. Becca, have you ever been to the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop in Derbyshire? I went while there a few weeks ago and finally got to try their famous pudding recipe, with my cream tea, and it was well worth the trip!

  2. Lexi! I was in Bakewell today! How funny. Didn’t go into the shop, but passed by and it looked adorable. Then headed to the beer garden around the corner. 😉 Derbyshire is so beautiful. Sometimes it blows my mind that I’m from here.

  3. So funny! I adored it. It really is just gorgeous.

    Our friends live in Coxbench, a little village about 20 minutes from Bakewell. We didn’t go to the beer garden…next time! I have to do a post about Bakewell, and I will send you the link when I do!

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