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This Week: July 11-17

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Did you have fun at the Summer Brunch Soiree on Saturday? We had such a blast. But, more on that later. Now that our party planning is done and we’re back to the Bitching, we’re diving into July with a packed calendar!

All This Week

We’ll be celebrating local farms and local restaurants at the Eat Local First events, including Farm-to-Table Restaurant Week. The campaign highlights organizations and people who are making locally grown food more accessible in D.C. There’s a ton of fun events happening, including the first ever Farm-to-Street Party. See the events calendar here. Plus, the restaurant week means featured local entrees and special farm-to-table menus. See the list of participating restaurants here.

Monday

We’ve been hearing about Nectar Skin Bar for so long; we’re excited that it’s finally opening its doors this week. I’m making my appointments today (Chocolate Sun Organic Sunless Tanning? Yes, please), and Cori Sue is stopping by tonight to shop through the beauty products, which include lines such as Darphin, Butter London and GlamGlow. Saturday, Nectar is hosting an open house in its 800-square-foot garden. Guests will get mini spa treatments, makeovers, product samplings and refreshments. 1633 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest; 202-333-4332.

Courtesy: Glitterazzi

Tuesday

This Brit will be heading to Georgetown to check out D.C.’s newest U.K. import, All Saints Spitalfields. The store celebrated its grand opening last week, and I’m tres excited to check out the two-level, 5,000-square-foot fashion house. I think I fell in lust with the brand when I saw the Singer sewing machine installation in the windows of the Las Vegas store. The clothes are known to be well made, with a vintage-inspired design, which is my calling.  Also, the Georgetown shop has patio space. So, I expect some stylish cocktail parties this summer.

Courtesy All Saints

Wednesday

The Washingtonian’s LivingSocial Best of Washington party is one of the biggest events of the summer, with more than 1,500 guests attending the long-sold-out soiree. The reason being? The magazine’s reader-picked 100 Best Restaurants are serving up their best food and cocktails all under one roof (and who would pass that up?). A portion of the proceeds generated from ticket sales and a silent auction will go to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Hope you got your ticket early!

Thursday

Get a bunch of friends together and head to the seventh annual Brew at the Zoo this Thursday evening. You’ll get to sample unlimited beer from more than 40 microbreweries while wandering around the National Zoo. Plus, there’s live music by local band White Ford Bronco. Sounds like the perfect summer evening, no?  VIP tickets also get you tastings from Belga Café, Et Voila!, Firefly, Locolat Café, and Brasserie Beck. The best part is all proceeds support animal care, conservation science, education, and sustainability at the National Zoo.

Courtesy: National Zoo

Or if you feel like getting dressed up, join the Capital Club for a night of cocktails and carousing at the 19th Annual Summer Sinatra Soirée. D.C.’s Sinatra band, SWINGTOWN, will be crooning it up at the National Building Museum from 8:30 to 1 a.m. The dress code? Ladies, strong cocktail. Gents, summer ahoy (love that). Get tickets here.

Courtesy: MetroMix, Alfredo Flores

Saturday

While Bastille Day is technically Thursday (and don’t miss the Michel Richard’s Central celebration that night), the Comité Tricolore is officially celebrating Bastille Day at the Embassy of France on Saturday. Cocktails, live music, dancing, plus a great silent auction where you could snag a trip to France. The best part, of course, will be the food, from Bastille Restaurant, Belga Café, Bistro Lepic, Café du Parc at Willard InterContinental, Citronelle, CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Et Voila, Ici Urban Bistrot, Pâtisserie Poupon, Ris Restaurant, the Ritz-Carlton, and more. Click here to buy tickets.

Courtesy: Comite Tricolore

 Sunday

One of my favorite 14th Street dinner spots, Cork Wine Bar, will be serving brunch, beginning this Sunday. After having dinner there, I can only imagine the brunch will be just as fab. The menu is set to include everything from bread pudding and a curry tofu (or egg) scramble to baked or coddled eggs, crispy polenta and oven-crisped brioche french toast. Yum.

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