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I can sense the excitement as we approach DC’s summer Restaurant Week, August 11-17th.  While we’re waiting for the full list to be released on July 21st, there are some restaurants who are already posting their menus.

If you’re looking for deals on dinner like Restaurant Week all year long, visit here.

And to walk down memory lane, here’s the list of restaurants that participated in January 2008.

**UPDATE 7/21/08 – I know you’re looking for the list.  It’s not published yet.  I’m still waiting myself!

**UPDATE 7/22/08 – It’s here!

I have to confess — I’ve never been to Nando’s, nor have I ever heard about it until Bacon and Blue’s review on the restaurant.  Nando’s has opened in Chinatown, but they’re also developing a restaurant in the Golden Triangle. 

To be exact, it’s going to be in the old Candey’s Hardware store on 18th and M Street NW (by Eighteenth Street Lounge). 

It seems like it’ll be a good place to grab a quick and fun lunch. 

Not sure when it’s going to open, but would expect in the next couple of months.  Will keep you posted!

Imagine — two days celebrating beer for only $20.  On Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd at the Morven Park in Leesburg, 40 of the areas best breweries will offer their beer starting at 11 AM (both days). Buy your tickets in advance because they’re $20, but you can also buy at the gate for $25. 

The event will happen rain or shine, but I think this weekend’s weather is supposed to be really nice forecast is scattered rain…either way, sounds like a fun event!

To learn more about the event, please click here.  And don’t forget, don’t drink and drive. 



To know me is to know I love few things more than Visakha Puja Day (or as I affectionately call it, “Thai Fest Day”).  This year, it’ll be on May 18th.  It’s a one day Thai food festival!  Who wouldn’t love it? 

The food is amazing and your eyes (or at least mine) are always bigger than my stomach.  They offer all the staples — Pad Thai, mango with sticky rice, various Thai chilies/spices and at incredibly reasonable (dare I say cheap?) prices. 

While I’m sure there are other Thai Festivals in the DC-metro area, this is the one that I happened to stumble upon one year and will always be one of my favorites.

The festivities are held at 13440 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, MD.  They also have buses from the Silver Spring metro to take you to the festival. 

And in case you’re wanting more information on Visakha Puja Day, here you go.


My bus was running late this morning so after reviewing my email on my “Berry,” I switched to check out what was in the WSJ.

Imagine my delight and surprise when I saw WSJ’s “wine people” write all about our DC wine bars!  Gaiter and Brecher write a fun and highly complementary piece that mention Vinoteca, Veritas, and Proof, but focus primarily on Cork. 

Such fun! 

Check out the story here.  They also offer an interactive map and video.

It seems like there’s a lot of great food-related charity events.  Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is celebrating its 20th year — quite an impressive feat.

The event will be March 24th with a VIP Preview at 6 and general admission at 7 PM at Washington Hilton.

According to their Web site:

Enjoy incredible samples from over 50 of Washington’s best restaurants. Wines from over 20 vineyards will pair perfectly with the evening’s haute cuisine.

Witness DC’s own, Gina Chersevani of Eat Bar, Justin Guthrie of Central, Tiffany Short of PS 7’s and Derek Brown of Komi battle in the Event’s first live Bar Chef Competition.

Here is a just sample of the Participating Restaurants:

1789 Restaurant * Belga Café * Berliner Distributors * Best Buns Bread Company * Bistro Bis * BLT Steak * Bobby Van’s * Butterfield 9 * Cafe Saint-Ex * Capital Grille * Carlyle * Caucus Room * Central Michel Richard * Charlie Palmer Steak * Circle Bistro * Dino * Farrah Olivia by Morou * Finn & Porter * Firefly * Hank’s Oyster Bar * Hook * ICI Urban Bistro * IndeBleu * International Trade Center at the Reagan Building * Kinkead’s * La Tasca * Lebanese Taverna * Les Halles * Locanda * L’oustalet * The Majestic * Mark and Orlando’s * Mendocino * New Heights * Neyla * Noras * Notti Bianche * Oceanaire Seafood Room * OLiVES * Oya * Perry’s Restaurant * Poste * Proof * PS 7’s Restaurant * PX * Restaurant 3 * Restaurant Eve * Ristorante Tosca * Rustico * Sam & Harry’s Steakhouse * Ten Penh * The Capital Grille * The Caucus Room * The Source * Vermilion * Vidalia * Zengo

Returning this year, the “Chocolate Bar” promises a sweet centerpiece to a decadent event with chocolate as far as the eye can see from top area pastry chefs served alongside premium coffee roasted by Caffe Pronto.

If you want to buy tickets, click here.  Sounds like a great event!

If you enjoy eating in the Adams Morgan and want a deal, why not check out “First Tuesdays” where you can get food and drink for 2 for $25 (plus tax). 

What they offer for that price, of course, varies.  But why not check it out?

  • The Grill from Ipanema
    (1858 Col Rd)
  • Chloe
    (2473 18th St. NW)
  • Saki
    (2477 18th St. NW)
  • Bossa Bistro
    (2463 18th St. NW)
  • Left Bank
    (2424 18th St NW)
  • La Fourchette
    (2429 18th St. NW)
  • Felix
    (2406 18th St NW)
  • Bourbon
    (2321 18th St. N.W.)
  • Tom Tom
    (2333 18th Street NW)
  • Spaghetti Garden
    (2317 18th St. NW)
  • Las Canteras
    (2307 18th St NW)
  • Duplex Diner
    (2004 18th St. NW)
  • L’Enfant Café
    (2000 18th St. NW)
  • El Tamarindo
    (1785 Florida Ave. NW)

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