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Go away winter, the cherry blossoms are here. The cherry blossom festival is one of D.C. greatest gifts–well, more like the cherry blossoms are the greatest gifts ever received by the district. So thanks Japan for the hundreds (or thousands?) of tiny, flowery trees. In a show of solidarity, I suggest we all caught a buzz at a hibachi joint.

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  • For me, happy hour is often about beer drinking. But sometimes its about sushi. If I lived in Japan I’d have happy hour sushi everyday. Which makes me wonder if happy hour is a thing in Japan? No matter, Momiji has a super happy hour sushi list and isn’t located in Japan.
  • Or if you’re not in the mood for sushi or any other form of Japanese fast food than just grab a Japanese cocktail at The Gibson. The cocktail is made with angostura bitters, brandy, and orgeat, a syrup made of almonds, sugar, and orange-flower water. Suppose I could get a tall glass of orange-flower water? Because that sounds like the kind of thing that makes Perrier look like tap water.

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  • Speaking of specialty cocktails inspired by the festival, Firefly has three of them. There’s the  Spring in Bloom, made with cherry vodka, elderflower liqueur, white wine, and grapefruit; the Cherry Bomb, which is cherry brandy with sparkling wine; and some drink based on Bing cherries. They also offer a beer made with cherry juice–that’s different.

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  • In honor (or whatever) of the festival there’s this thing happening called the Cherry Picks program in which participating restaurants showoff creative spring menus. One place participating is The Argonaut who hosts a happy hour Mon-Fri from 5-7 PM, which includes $10 bottles of wine and 1/2-price draught beers.
  • City Tap House is also participating in Cherry Picks. Their happy hour features $5 Select Craft Beers, $6 House Wine and $7 Shot & a Beer. This place is not Japanese in the least, take that as you will.

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Thanks again Japan for the beautiful, beautiful trees