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Happy lunchtime, DC! Whether you’re a federal employee grumbling to work with a 2 hour delay or lucky enough to have no work at all on this mushy slushy snow day, there are a TON of specials specific to today’s inclement weather. Get cozy, read up, and dig in.
This week in BYT food:
- Most relevant to your snow day interest, behold our DC WINTER OUTDOOR DRINKING GUIDE, because it’s nice to drink as close to nature as possible without actually hanging out in it.
- Happy Hour Hotline is overflowing with snow day specials, many of which continue as long as there’s snow on the ground. Stay warm, my friends.
- We’re in the kitchen with The Source: first, to bring you beautiful Chinese New Year drinks and their recipes…
- …and second to give you step by step video instructions from the Source’s Scott Drewno himself on how to prepare some stunning Chinese New Year dumplings.
- BLT Steak has a new Chef. This is not your dad’s steakhouse experience. We taste-tested for proof.
- We visited the brand new Den of Thieves, which is about as divey as 14th and U gets (which is to say, not divey at all).
- Flight Wine Bar opened in Chinatown over the weekend, guaranteeing you a swanky date night with little to no wine expertise required.
- We also got a first look at Silo, the lovely new George Vetsch establishment in Federal Triangle.
- We’d really like to mash-up pizza with everything.
- The latest installment of Nature Calls is all about outside beers, so if you are in fact into that, there ya go.
Upcoming food events:
- Tonight and tomorrow, you can preview Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s Roofer’s Union menu at a pop-up at Ripple, served as a prix fixe dinner.
- Also tonight, Zaytinya welcomes back Aglaia Kremezi for the traditional Greek Choirosphagia festival (a celebration of pig). The Choirosphagia menu will be available through the end of January.
- Tomorrow, Hank’s Oyster Bar invites you to a Sam Adams anniversary beer dinner.
- Also on tomorrow’s beer agenda is “Winter Brews: A Seasonal Beer and Chocolate Tasting with the Beer Activist” at 6th & I.
- Friday is Get Your Bourb On: Bourbon, Bacon and Wine Supper at Gramercy Mansion. We’ll forgive bad puns for a delicious event.
- SATURDAY IS THE SIPS PART OF SIPS & SUPPERS, benefitting Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen. Drink with the best, for the best causes.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth on Sunday at the McLean 3rd Annual Chocolate Festival.
- All you Ron Swansons out there– DC Meat Week returns, running from January 26th through February 2.
- On Monday, The Pig hosts a five-course Dogfish Head beer dinner, featuring an Ancient Ales menu.
- Bistros and Brasseries at the Caucus Room takes place on Tuesday, thanks to Alliance Français.
- La Tasca continues their series of Wine Wars on Wednesday. This time it’s Spain vs France. Don’t choose sides, and have an even better time.
- Next Friday, Bluejacket offers its first ever Tasting Tour, with 5 tasting and barrel samples.
- Looking ahead to February 4th, Mari Vanna hosts an Olympics kickoff happy hour party– which means traditional Sochi dishes, and vodka.
Everything else that’s fit to eat (and drink):
- DC is one of the country’s top 11 cities for vegetarians. We continue to surprise ourselves.
- In other snow day news, Zentan has discount Oxtail Pho and house-made ramen, all day today.
- Venture into the world of half smokes beyond Ben’s Chili Bowl. It doesn’t have to be drunk food.
- Whole Foods is banning food grown with “sludge,” but not everybody wins.
- The creator of Candy Crush Saga has trademarked the word “candy.” We wish we were joking. We’re not.
- Apparently, working at Cheesecake Factory is a good career move. Such a good career move that we need a guide to tell us how to get hired there.
- What would this list be without a round-up of 7 great bar snacks in the district?
- The annual dumpling party at Mandu is one of the most fascinating things you’ll read about this week. We’re serious.
- Several classic, essential cookbooks have let their copyright expire and are now public domain. You can get five of them for free.