Another frigid week in Washington means plenty of fun indoor events. Stay warm, kittens! The groundhog will be poking his head out on Superbowl Sunday, hopefully bringing some good news.
A lot of restaurants are extending their restaurant week specials through this week, including J&G Steakhouse in the W Hotel. Head there for a fab $35 three-course dinner. Speaking of steak, this week is the fifth annual Meat Week, a solid reason as any to check out some new barbecue joints and food trucks. Click here for the full list of carnivorous events.
Tuesday night is Obamarama’s State of the Union. Where are you watching it? Head to your fav Capitol Hill bar, or if you’re way too hipster for the political stuff, rebel at Chez Billy in Petworth. The restaurant, in conjunction with American Ice Co., presents The Boilermaker, featuring PBR and Old Overholt Whiskey. For $40, you get all the PBR and Overholt your heart’s desires (well the whiskey is open bar for only the first hour), plus PBR-inspired hors d’oeuvres. 7 to 10 p.m.
Class it up and head to Georgetown’s Rialto restaurant Wednesday night for its five-course Italian winter tasting menu. Chef Ryan Ficher hand-picked all the dishes, including ravioli all’aragosta, a gorgeous branzino, and even a seared filet of Mediterranean sea bass. Yum. $65 per person with an optional wine pairing for $35 more. 2915 M St.N.W., Washington, D.C.
Get some culture in (while staying warm) and head to the Arena Stage for its newest show, and world premiere of, the Tallest Tree in the Forest. We’ll be posting our review later this week, but rest assured it’s brilliant acting and singing. The show runs through Feb. 16. Get tickets here.
We were lucky enough to snag invites to the grand opening of Joe’s Stone Crab this week. As Florida girls, we absolutely love stone crab, and we enjoy treating ourselves to a phenomenal meal at Joe’s when we visit Miami each year for Art Basel. Head there Friday to get your fill. 750 15th Street NW.
After dinner, do some good with the VIDA Fitness team. Our favorite trainers, nutritionists, and staff are going to be running in their undies at the Cupid’s Undie Run next month. On Friday, they’re toasting to raise money for their team at the Iron Horse. From 8 to midnight, you can get an all-night happy hour for just $10, including $4 beers and $5 wine. 100 percent of the money raised goes to the fundraiser. 507 7th St NW.
There is only one thing that will get avid shoppers up early out of bed on a chilly February day to head to Alexandria: one heck of a sale. The Ninth Annual Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale is Saturday at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. There will be clothing, shoes, jewelry, home furnishings and more up to 70 or 80 percent off retail prices.
For post-shopping brunch, how about a cooking class? After a successful series of cooking classes this past fall, Chef Carmine Marzano is resuming cooking classes at Osteria Marzano in Alexandria. This Saturday, he will be teaching about the Piedmont region, where he grew up, and cooking bagna cauda, ravioli, and bonet. Complimentary champagne will be served. Classes are priced at $85 per person per class. Osteria Marzano, 6361 Walker Ln #140, Franconia, Va.
Saturday night is the final night of Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton’s three-week residency at the new Den of Thieves. Cori Sue and I went over the weekend and had a blast dancing to his tunes. Head there Saturday night with your party pants on. Den of Thieves, 2005 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Get a solid brunch in before your Superbowl party. This February, Richard Sandoval’s colorful Latin-Asian-inspired restaurant, Zengo, will celebrate Chinese New Year 2014, the honored Year of the Horse, with a ton of brunch specials. The brunch specials will be available in addition to its normal $35 bottomless-endless menu. 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. 781 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.