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This Week: November 18-24

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Hope your weekend was as productive as ours. Cori Sue was galavanting around New York City, while I was hard at work relaxing in the mountains of Shenandoah. Hey, we all get our kicks in different ways. Here are a few options for your fun this week …


Daikaya, the 90-seat izakaya is Chinatown, is extending a helping hand to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that struck central Philippines. The restaurant will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of its Sisig dish to World Food Programs (WFP) for families in the Philippines. The Sisig is available at both lunch and brunch service now through the end of the year. 705 Sixth Street NW; (202) 589-1600.

The Art Deco-inspired jewelry line Sophie Blake NY will host its first ever D.C. launch party and trunk show at TABANDEH boutique in Friendship Heights Tuesday night. A gaggle of D.C. bloggers will be on hand to offer styling tips. Plus, there will be signature punch cocktails prepared by Bourbon Outfitters. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 5300 Wisconsin Ave NW.

November means the Corcoran starts its Uncorked series, beginning this Wednesday with “Eye on Design.” The event will feature creative art making activities, gallery talks, tours and games, lively music, a cash bar, and much more. Hear interior designers and architects discuss their fashion designs; try your hand at fashion illustration and discover some of the most fashionable pieces in the Corcoran’s collection. Tickets are $12.

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop opens its first location Thursday at 18th and M Streets NW and is giving away free sandwiches to the first 50 people in line. Known for roasting whole turkeys daily and making sandwiches to order, Capriotti’s is being brought to D.C. by George Vincent Jr. The best seller, The Bobbie, voted “Greatest Sandwich in America” by AOL readers, is made with in-house roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce and a touch of mayo. The store will be open seven days for lunch and dinner.

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Start your weekend early at Le Grenier in the H Street Corridor in honor of Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Leave it to the French to create a holiday celebrating the traditional first wine of the season.

Le Grenier will be serving complimentary food and of course, vino, to celebrate this Bitchin’ occasion! Come cozy up in one of the romantic coaches or booths and channel your inner Parisian for the night. Celebrations last from 5-11:30 p.m. 502 H Street N.E., Washington, D.C.

The tradition of the Junior League of Washington’s major holiday fundraiser returns this year to the elegant and historic Sphinx Club. This year’s Holiday Shops begins Thursday and continues through Sunday, featuring a variety of merchants with unique selections during four days of shopping. The 55th Holiday Shops will certainly put you in the holiday spirit while supporting JLW’s literacy programs through proceeds and a portion of merchant sales. The Sphinx Club 1315 K Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20005

This weekend marks Cori Sue’s favorite event of the year, Oyster Riot, hosted by Old Ebbitt and the Clyde’s Restaurant Group. It’s an epic party where you try all types of oysters from across the country as well as lots of vino as part of the International Wines with Oysters Competition. There’s always a great live band, a photo booth, and generally an amazing time, all to benefit Oyster Recovery Partnership in the Cheseapeake Bay. Tickets are a whopping $140 and sell out extremely quickly, as tix worth every penny. There are three sessions: Friday night, Saturday day, and Saturday evening. More details online. Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

We’re so excited for the new Osteria Morini D.C. to open this week at The Yards Waterfront. The newest restaurant from Chef Michael White and the Altamarea Group,
Osteria Morini at the Yards introduces D.C. to the soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. In Italian, “Osteria” means a please where the owner “hosts” guests. It is a relaxed place to be with family and friends. 301 Water Street Southeast.

Brunch, of course. Lately we’ve loved Palena in Cleveland Park, Nopa Kitchen & Bar, and Lavagna.

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