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This Week in DC: Jan. 6-12

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I’m back above the equator (just spent two weeks in beautiful Peru) and absolutely shocked at the weather here. With the fuzzy and frightening Polar Vortex heading our way, this week’s agenda will include a lot of indoor activities to stay cozy!


I’m super pumped about getting back into the swing of things at VIDA Fitness now that it’s the New Year. To help, they’ve set up a six-week intensified program to jump-start health, including a Weight Loss Challenge. It begins today, but participation is super limited, so make sure you get to your nearest location to inquire, or email Alexx Zamudio at [email protected] VIDA has locations at Verizon, Renaissance downtown, U Street and Metropole (15th and P).

We need a cozy happy hour Tuesday night to beat the polar plunge. Let’s go Mexican and pretend we’re south of the border where it’s warmer. Head to Cactus Cantina; the high-energy restaurant and bar is offering a killer happy hour. A margarita or mojito will make you believe there’s no such thing as snow, right? Right?? 3300 Wisconsin Ave N.W., Washington, D.C.

Do some good this week and donate your non-perishable holidays leftovers to the Chocolate & Bubbles Canned Food Drive benefitting the Capital Area Food Bank. The organization will be collecting your goods from 4 to 7 p.m. at a fun event where you will get, in return, champagne and a flight of Co Co. Sala’s signature chocolates. Coco Sala, 929 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Appropriately, it’s time for Winternational! This Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. learn about and experience the winter season from a global perspective with cultural performances, gingerbread cookie decorating, complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and apple cider, and cultural exhibitors at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Three years in the making, El Rey Beer Garden finally opens this week. Located on 9th and U Street, the Mexican beer garden and taqueria is made entirely of shipping containers. We’re not sure if this will be too warm this winter, but it sure will be fun come summer. We’ll be braving it at the media preview Thursday either way. 919 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

For me, the perfect way to spend a freezing Saturday is indoors at a museum. We’re loving the Freer Sackler’s exhibit on yoga (it also gets us inspired to get out our own mats!). We weren’t aware of the activity’s incredible history until we saw the exhibit, Yoga: The Art of Transformation. There are temple sculptures, devotional icons, vibrant manuscripts, and court paintings created in India over 2,000 years—as well as early modern photographs, books, and films. Freer Sackler, 1000 Jefferson Drive S.W., Washington, D.C.

Brunch. Lately, we’ve loved Copperwood Tavern and Kapnos (reviews coming this week) as well as Et Voila and Palena. Or, refer to our Best of 2013 for your brunch planning calendar.

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