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This Week: June 4-10

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Hello, chickadees! Becca’s still in the Vegas for her annual work excursion and I’ve been running the show. She returns this week just as I flee to Cuzco, Peru, to study sustainable tourism development and visit Macchu Picchu. There’s plenty to keep you very busy all week long while the two off us hop on-and-off of airplanes. Enjoy!


Start your week off right—with carbs. French carbs, to be more specific. PAUL, the French bakery founded in 1889, opens its third Washington location today. The café will give away complimentary baguettes and macaroons to the first 1,000 customers. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PAUL, 1000 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Join Guest of a Guest for a Greek Summer happy hour at Agora. Come out for $3 beers, $4 Bacardi and Stoli cocktails and get your photo snapped by the Guest of a Guest photogs. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Agora, 1527 17th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


Beat the mid-week blues with an affordable meal at Washington institution 1789. The restaurant marks its 50th anniversary with an affordable summer prix fix dinner menu. Executive Chef Anthony Lombardo is showcasing a five-course tasting menu priced at $50 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included.) Guests are invited to select any combination of three dishes from the soups, salads, pastas and cheese sections, along with an entrée from the menu, and a delicious dessert. Wine pairings are available to complement the dinner. Guests can take advantage of the special Monday through Thursday from 6-10 p.m. and Sunday from 5:30-10 p.m. by downloading the offer online or mentioning it to their server. 1789 Restaurant, 1226 36th Street N.W.,Washington, D.C.


Head to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum for a fabulous food and sustainability event “Sustainable Seafood: Ensuring a Healthy Supply.” We went last year and enjoyed a really neat lecture on the state of our oceans followed by a delicious seafood reception. This year,  stations will address how to maintain a safe seafood supply and present various solutions that advance a sustainable supply of seafood. Local, celebrity chefs—including Mike Isabella of Graffiato and Bandolero, Jeff and Barbara Black of Black Restaurant Group, Ris Lacoste of RIS, Jamie Leeds of Hank’s Oyster Bar, oysters from Rappahannock River Oysters, and the Virginia Marine Products Board and sushi from Wegmans Food Markets—will complement the theme with sustainable seafood hors d’oeuvres served alongside specialty cocktails and wine. Tickets, $125. 7-10 p.m. The Museum of Natural History, 1000 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

If you’d prefer art over seafood, head to the monthly Phillips After Five at the nation’s first modern art museum. Phillips After 5 combines a mix of young professionals, jazz, gallery talks, modern art and a cash bar for a lovely little evening. Tickets:$12 for adults, $10 for visitors 62 and over and students, free for members and visitors 18 and under. 5-8:30 p.m., The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


Becca (that lucky Bitch) will be at SAVOR, the beer lover’s dream come true. Unfortunately, tickets sell out far in advance, so you should try StubHub or get prepared for next year. The evening includes a reception-style sampling of your choice of 35+ sweet and savory appetizers and 120 craft beers from 65+ breweries. Luminaries of the craft beer industry– brewery owners, brewers and representatives will be on-hand– serving your beer. National Building Museum, 401 F Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


Gilt City is throwing a party at Italian hot spot Bibiana to celebrate the restaurant’s RAMMY nomination. Enjoy unlimited cocktails and small plates and wine by Chef Stefanelli and Wine Director Amodeo for a mere $41. Get more details and purchase your tickets on GiltCity. 2-4 p.m. Bibiana, 1100 New York Ave., Washington, D.C.


Brunch! Lately we’ve loved Art & Soul, Boqueria and Birch and Barley and Argonaut (review coming this week). Becca found Billy Martin’s Tavern and Level One’s Disco Brunch just so-so.


To continue the party after brunch, head to El Centro. The 14th Street restaurant is offering half-priced sangria from 1-5 p.m. all summer long. 1819 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

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