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It’s cold and gray and snowy. Comfort yourself with all the food and all the drinks.

The Shutdown Continues

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Restaurant Week is in full swing

We have some recommendations for you here.

January 19 is National Popcorn Day  

I love popcorn. Going to the movies is really just an excuse for me to have popcorn and beer. If you want to have popcorn without having to go to the movies, visit these spots.

Popped! Republic, located in Alexandria, has all kinds of locally themed popcorn flavors, like Smithsonian salt and pepper, beltway old bay, and milk chocolate drizzled chocolate caramel. I don’t care what you call it, old bay popcorn is awesome.

Both Bindaas locations have a dynamite masala popcorn that is crunchy and smoky and spicy. I get it every time I go.

Stella’s Popkern, which has a brick and mortar on Georgia Ave., may have the coolest flavors of any popcorn shop I have visited. Basil lemongrass with ginger sea salt, black truffle, and peri-peri with lime salt are just a few of the innovative flavors to choose from.

Founding Farmers serves up a buttery, fresh kettle popped popcorn in all of its venues as an appetizer.

National Irish Coffee Week starts on January 20

The only thing that can warm you from the inside out is an Irish coffee.

The Salt Line’s Irish coffee is made with Jameson Irish whiskey, brown sugar, ME Swings coffee, and whipped cream spiked with Cathead Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur. The only thing that could possibly make Swing’s coffee better is whiskey.

Ri Ra Irish pub is serving four different versions of Irish coffee throughout the month of January.

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Fado’s Irish coffee is one of the most popular in DC. The team makes it with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and brown sugar in hot coffee, and tops it with cream and cinnamon swirls.

Where to Brunch on MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on Monday, January 21st, and you should celebrate by going to brunch?

Wake up and head straight to Bar Deco for bottomless mimosas and a brunch dishes like blueberry pancakes and challah french toast.

Founding Farmers has a great brunch menu with strawberries and cream waffles, beignets, and oatmeal.

$15 bottomless mimosas and Bloodys await you at Commissary. Pair your drinks with potato pancakes, an avocado bowl or a frittata.

Cold weather is the best excuse to eat and drink excessively

We tried all the impossible meat dishes around town and we were damn impressed.

We went to Gravitas and we want to tell you all about it.

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Some of D.C. most coveted restaurants are now offering reservations.

Eat sweets and support animals

Sticky Finger’s Bakery is hosting a benefits day on Wednesday, January 16 for Compassion over Killing, where a portion of the food proceeds from the day will be donated to the non-profit. Stop by for a donut, cupcake, or brownie – or all three.

Ping Pong social club opening party

SPIN, a new ping pong social club opens in Penn Quarter with a grand opening party this coming Thursday, January 17. There will be a live ping pong show with Olympians and national champions starting at 8:30 p.m.

Drink alcohol and support animals

Eight DC bartenders are joining a cocktail competition called Top Dog Bartender Shake Off this Sunday, January 20 at Capo Deli’s speakeasy. There is a four judge panel, and guests can sample drinks as well. Tickets are $20 and will benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance.

Toki Undergound hosting a dumpling and wine class

On Sunday, January 20, Toki Undergound guests will taste three winter wines that paired with dumplings, and will receive ramen to take home. Tickets are $55. I love wine and I love dumplings and pairing them together sounds like a dream come true.

Grape Expectations wine class and tasting

On Wednesday, January 23, Flight Wine Bar will host a conversation with women in wine. Starting at 7:30 p.m participants will hear from Swati Bose of Flight, Felicia Colbert of A Rake’s Progress, Michelle Lim Warner of DCANTER, Rebekah Pineda of Domestique, and Stacey Khoury-Diaz of Dio Wine Bar. They will discuss wine as an agricultural product, dissect conventional versus natural wines, and share more about the business of vino and how they’re shaping the way D.C. gets its next glass. Afterwards, guests will break into groups for a wine tasting session lead by the panelists. The $35 tickets include the discussion, tasting, and bites provided by Pear Plum Café.

Free avocado toast 

Fruitive is opening its second DC location in DuPont Circle on Friday, January 25 and will be giving away free avocado and herb toast all day.

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Mojito Mondays

Beginning Monday, January 28, 2019, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar will celebrate mojito mondays by offering pitchers and half pitchers of their house-made mojitos, no-jitos (non-alcoholic mojitos) and sangrias at half price.

New Menus, New Venues

Espita introduces lunch counter service

Instead of a sit down lunch, you can now save time by ordering lunch at Espita’s new lunch counter. The menu is filled with great options like yucca fries, brussel sprout tacos, or my favorite, the avocado tostada.

Blue Duck Tavern opens the fire garden

The newly created outdoor oasis at Blue Duck Tavern will have working firepits and cozy blankets provided on the terrace. Even more exciting is the fire garden menu, which includes a Bavarian pretzel with melted raclette, cheese fondue with seasonal vegetables and toasted country bread, and BDT Fries with spicy aioli. The spot will also serve winter cocktails like hot buttered rum.

Dirty Habit introduces daily brunch service

The new daytime menu at Dirty Habit will serve lunch and brunch items like Dutch pancakes, beignets, sandwiches and salads.

Flower Child opening in Foggy Bottom

This wellness-centric, fast-casual eatery is set to open its first location in DC on February 4.  The healthy dining option has a menu with items like soups and avocado toast, bowls, wraps, grains, greens, and other vegetarian and vegan choices.

Vic & Vim opens in The St. James complex  

We tried it. Here is what we think.

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