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This Week: March 19-25

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Good morning, kittens! I’m bright-eyed and bushy tailed—ready to start a hectic work and school week after landing at Dulles at 6 a.m. this morning (lies). However, my jaunt back to my homeland of Argentina was more than worth it. Best of all, after a ridiculous delay (thank you, United), I should be back in time for sunshine and cherry blossoms. Spring is the best season in Washington; let’s get out there and enjoy it. Saludos a una semana maravillosa, cariños!

All-Week Long

Last week, we celebrated our second birthday. This week, one of our favorite restaurants, Policy, celebrates its third birthday with specials all week long. Monday, it’s 30 percent off dinner. Tuesday, it’s all-you-can-eat mussels (some of the best in the city) with artisanal beer specials. Wednesday, it’s half-priced wine night. The week rounds out with Thursday’s neighborhood appreciation party, an open-bar event from 6-8 p.m. Policy, 1904 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


Haven’t done your grocery shopping yet? If not, head to Eastern Market to check out the District’s first oil and vinegar shop, Sapore, which opened last week. Sapore is a boutique culinary store with authentic oils, vinegar, salts and pastas imported from around the world. Products include California Blackberry Balsamic, 25-year-old aged Italian balsamic, white truffle salts and other culinary luxuries. Hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 660 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.


We love pink. We love men. We love cherry blossom season. So, naturally, we love men in pink ties kicking off Cherry Blossom Season with great food and cocktails. The Mayflower’s annual Pink Tie Party features spring-, cherry-, and blossom-inspired cuisine and cocktails by Washington’s top chefs. Participating restaurants include everyone from Ardeo + BardeoBrasserie Beck, and Estadio, to J&G Steakhouse, Lincoln, Masa 14, Taberna del Alabardero, and more. Tickets, $200. 7-11 p.m., 1127 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Beat the mid-week blues with artisanal wine at the Capital Grille. The Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine hand-selected by master sommelier George Miliotes, will be available for a limited time. Less than 1,000 bottles of this unique wine, produced in Napa Valley, will be available. For each bottle sold, the Capital Grille will donate $25 to Share Our Strength. Reservations may be made online or by calling the restaurant. There are three local Capital Grille locations: 601 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.; 5310 Western Ave., Chevy Chase; and 1861 International Drive, Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.

After vino, head to the Longview Gallery of Art for the 6th Annual DCist Exposed Photography Show. 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Tickets, $10-15. Longview Gallery, 1234 Ninth Street NW  Washington, D.C.


Performance art rarely happens in D.C., so when it does, Becca runs to it. Check out Ben Hur, a time-based endurance pieced by Jefferson Pinder. Accompanied by DJ Tony Tech, six male performers will engage in a performance that tests their strength and physical stamina. Loosely inspired by the galley scene in the 1959 Hollywood epic Ben-Hur, the piece demands that Pinder’s crew row themselves to exhaustion. Does it evokes our collective experience of human predicament and struggle? Who knows. Ask Becca. 7 p.m., North Atrium, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


Enjoy the amazing weather with great live music and beer all-day long at Shamrock Fest. In its 12th year, the day-long outdoor concert is hosted at RFK Stadium and features 50 bands and DJs, including Gavin DeGraw and Dropkick Murphys, beer trucks, carnival rides and games. Tickets, $25-85. 2400 East Capitol Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

After brunch, we’ll be at Urban Chic in Bethesda for its Susanna Monaco trunk show. It runs Thursday through Saturday, and the boutique will be pouring bubbly and offering treats and specials to all its guests. 7126 Bethesda Lane  Bethesda, MD 20814.


Head to brunch, but of course. Lately (when we’re in the District), we’ve enjoyed Graffiato, Ben’s Next Door, Lincoln and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace (review this week).

By nightfall, celebrate the long-awaited return of everyone’s favorite period drama at Bourbon Steak. The restaurant, located in the Four Seasons, hosts a viewing party for the two-hour return of Mad Men. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, followed by a three-course dinner. At 9 p.m., guests will settle down with truffle popcorn in the private dining room and catch up with Don, Peter, Peggy and Joan. $75 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C.

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