Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Things to Do: Eat•Drink•Go LOCAL

Today, I was looking at LivingSocial's deal for an event called Eat•Drink•Go LOCAL. I'd never heard of it so I decided to take a moment to familiarize myself with it. It's an event held in three locations in Maryland that combines two of my loves, wine and food. The first event will be held in Frederick, MD on July 9.

Today's LivingSocial deal offers over 50% off of the cost of the wine tasting, it's only $7. Get your deal before it expires here.

Below is more information from the Eat•Drink•Go LOCAL website...

Eat•Drink•Go LOCAL Frederick

Join us for a pairing of the best of what the Frederick region has to offer. Browse local produce from regional farmers and enjoy cooking demonstrations -- all the while learning which local wines to pair with local fare.

Ticket Options

Entry into the Eat•Drink•Go LOCAL events is free; attendees can shop the market and enjoy chef cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

For $15, attendees can purchase a TASTING PASS and receive a stemless sampling glass and samples of Maryland Wine. (<-- this is today's LivingSocial deal)

For $25, attendees can purchase a FOOD & WINE PAIRING PASS and receive a stemless sampling glass, samples of Maryland wine, a six bottle carrier (for wine & produce!) and pairings of local ingredients and local wines.

Learn more


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Things to Do: Safeway BBQ Battle

In case you hadn't heard, the annual Safeway Barbecue Battle is this weekend, June 25-26. It's held downtown along Pennsylvania Avenue (between 9th and 14th Streets NW). I went last year with a couple of my girlfriends and we had so much fun.

Despite the extreme heat, we made our way up and down the streets a few times, sampled some delicious BBQ, picked up a bunch of goodies, listened to live musical entertainment (can't remember who it was though) and ended up cooling in the shade with some BBQ. All I remember is leaving full and happy.

Unfortunately, I'll be out of town for this year's event (I'll be at the Taste of Chicago) but don't let that stop you. Have a big, greasy rack of ribs for me.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. If you plan to go both days, buy the weekend pass it's only $18. Also, if you can try to buy your tickets in advance so you don't have to spend time waiting in line. Get your tickets here. The best part of the event is the proceeds go to support the Boys and Girls Clubs.

To learn more about this year's event visit:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Things to Do: Refugees Int'l Event (FREE)

Just received an email about this and wanted to spread the word...

In commemoration of World Refugee Day, please join co-hosts Refugees International’s Young Humanitarian Circle and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area for award-winning photojournalist Greg Constantine’s photography exhibit “Nowhere People: The Global Face of Statelessness.”

Greg Constantine’s photos give faces to a select few of the world’s 12 million stateless people in need of citizenship, rights, and protection. The exhibition aims to show the human toll of the denial of citizenship that has caused the involuntary exclusion of individuals from society, and to provide tangible proof that millions of people hidden and forgotten all over the world actually exist.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Photo Exhibition, Sponsored by UNHCR and UPS
Kennedy Center, Hall of Nations, 2700 F Street NW
Exhibit is free and open to the public. There is no fee to attend.

7:30pm – 9:30pm
Networking Reception featuring Dr. Michel Gabaudan, President of Refugees International
Maté Lounge, 3101 K Street NW
Sponsored by Peroni and Maté Lounge, featuring complimentary Peroni, cash bar with $5 cocktails and food specials.

Event is free to attend, but registration is required.
Register Here

If you would like more information, call 202-828-0110 ext. 241 to speak with Katherine Wynne.

Refugees International
2001 S Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202.828.0110
Fax: 202.828.0819

Monday, June 20, 2011

Restaurant Review: Souk Moroccan Restaurant

Last weekend, I decided to go to Souk, they call themselves a Moroccan Tapas Bar, located in the revitalized H Street Corridor. I'm a lover of all things Moroccan so when a deal for the restaurant was on Groupon, I jumped at getting it.

I made reservations for 7:30, but had to call them to let them know I wouldn't be there until closer to 8. They said no problem, which was cool for a Saturday night. We walked in right at 8 and were given the choice of sitting in the front bar area or the dimly lit cozy back room, we chose the latter. I have to say it wasn't at all what I expected. While there were random Moroccan elements such as lanterns, it wasn't at all like the Moroccan restaurants I've been to where you sit on pillows and the wait staff are dressed in their native clothing wearing a fez. But different can be good right?

As soon as we were seated, our waiter came over to take our drink orders. I was feeling adventurous so I ordered this blackberry whisky & vodka drink that our waiter suggested. When he brought it out I took one sip and was like whoa, it was way too strong. I told him I didn't like it and 2 minutes later he came back with a better, less lethal version of the same drink.

Since, I'd done my research I had an idea of what I was going to order. Although the reviews were a little shaky, everyone seemed to rave about how good the Baba Ghanouge (photo 1) was. So we went with that for starters. Truthfully, I think I like saying it more than anything. It was tasty and the perfect consistency, but when our waiter brought out the spices, that really complemented it and changed the taste completely. Needless to say, we devoured it within a matter of minutes, and it was an ample size for an appetizer.

I'd never had a shrimp dish, nor any other type of seafood, at a Moroccan restaurant so I was pleasantly surprised to see some there. They usually specialize on chicken, beef and lamb. We ordered the Harissa Shrimp for our second course. It was seasoned with just the right amount of spice. The only thing was the shrimp were really small, but at least we got a lot of them and they were fresh. (photo 2)

For the entree we wanted something different than just the usual Moroccan dishes, i.e. bastilla, chicken with lemons or beef kabobs. Once again our waiter came to the rescue and suggested we try the Mixed Grill (photo 3). According to the menu, it was a combination platter of chicken and kafta kabob and lamb merguez (sausage), served over rice with saffron-infused tomato sauce. It was dee-lish! I will say I'm not a fan of lamb so that was the only thing on the plate I didn't eat but everything else was amazing.

I'll definitely be adding Souk to the list of my places to recommend. The food was excellent and the servers were very attentive and full of suggestions. So glad I didn't listen to the reviews on Yelp.

Food A+
Ambiance B
Service A


1208 H Street Northeast
Washington D.C., DC 20002
(202) 658-4224

Friday, June 17, 2011

Things to Do: Helen Hayes & Ristorante I Ricchi

Just passing this on...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 7:00-10:00PM
Ristorante I Ricchi, 1220 19th Street, NW

A beautiful summer night on the outdoor piazza at I Ricchi - one of DC's premiere restaurants serving authentic Tuscan and regional Italian cuisine. A sophisticated selection of delicious wines and complimentary hors d'oeuvres to be savored.

A special summer menu in signature I Ricchi style (available for purchase).

Pianist Glenn Pearson setting the scene with his sensational song stylings. All in support of the year round audience building programs and services of the Helen Hayes Awards.

Complimentary Valet service will be provided.
Wine will be sold by the glass at the outdoor wine bar.

Free glass of prosecco! Sign up at I Ricchi to receive a free glass of prosecco upon arrival, as well as other special offers and discounts as part of I Ricchi's VIP Customer Rewards Club.

20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Helen Hayes Awards.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Things to Do: Silverdocs Documentary Festival June 20-26

Next week, marks the start of the ninth annual AFI Silverdocs documentary festival. It will be held, June 20-26 and features over 100 documentaries from around the world. Additionally, there is a conference held concurrently for those who are interested in film-making.

More information about Silverdocs is posted below, taken from their website:

Silverdocs encompasses a seven-day international film festival and five-day concurrent conference that promotes documentary film as a leading art form, supports the work of independent filmmakers and fosters an atmosphere for public dialogue and civic engagement around the issues and ideas explored in the films.

Silverdocs plays host to more than 27,000 attendees from across the globe with a diverse range of films, filmmakers and film subjects representing more than 60 countries.

Silverdocs takes place in and around downtown Silver Spring, Maryland – just minutes from downtown Washington, DC - at the AFI Silver Theatre, the flagship theatre of the AFI, one of the premier film exhibition spaces in the country, and the top art house cinema in the region.

To learn more, visit:

Tickets are available for purchase here.
For a chance to win tickets, follw them on Twitter.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Things to Do: Jack's Boathouse - Kayaking in DC

About a year ago, I came across a deal on Groupon for a twilight kayaking tour at Jack's Boathouse. Since, I'm all about doing random things and trying out all that DC has to offer I bought it.

Last Friday, I grabbed a friend and we headed to Jack's Boathouse. It's literally a shed on the waterfront of Georgetown right under the Key Bridge (the bridge that connects DC to Arlington, VA). But don't let the size of Jack's fool you. They had tons of 1 and 2 person kayaks and canoes available. As suggested on their website, we arrived by 6:30 for the 7:00PM Twilight Tour. We walked up, signed a waiver, were handed our life jackets and were on our way.

We walked to the pier and were given our oars and got into a 2 person kayak instantly, and were pushed off without any type of instruction. I'm not really a scaredy cat and my friend had been kayaking before (or so he said) so next thing I know we were in the middle of the Potomac River. I'll admit the first time I got splashed with the water from the river, I was a little disgusted by I quickly got over it and got used to rowing.

Right at 7, we all met back near the pier and started our tour. The tour went up toward the Watergate Building and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Next, we had an amazing view of The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monuments as we took a short break. We made a circle around Roosevelt island where we saw large birds swooping down and even people fishing. Who really fishes in the Potomac River? Yuck!

With about 20 minutes to spare, they gave the group an option of rowing back to shore or continuing on for another 30 minutes. By that time, my hands and arms were sore so we headed back. It was definitely a great work out but with our earlier start plus another 70 minutes of the tour, I was wiped out. All in all it was a great time.

My advice:
* Get there early, to have a chance to get used to rowing, especially if you've never been before
* Bring water, a snack, bug repellent and sun block if you tan/burn easily
* If you bring electronics make sure you keep it in a Ziploc or plastic bag because you and your things will get wet. (I won't not bring your phone, self explanatory)
* Wear a tank top, shorts, and flip flops because you will get wet!

Also, they have a small parking lot (can accommodate maybe 8 or 9 cars) and there's parking on K Street after 6PM, right in front of the Jack's.

Jack's Boathouse
3500 Water St NW
Washington D.C., DC 20007

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Things to Do: Hawthorne Premiere Party

Recently, I was invited to a series of events celebrating the premiere of the third season of TNT's hit show, Hawthorne, featuring Jada Pinkett-Smith. The next event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, and of course I had to share it with you. See below for the details and to RSVP.

You are cordially invited to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area HAWTHORNE Watch Party!

Hosted by: April Watts,

This exciting and casual evening will be featuring a showing of the Season 3 premiere episode of TNT's hit drama series, HAWTHORNE. Guest will also enjoy free cocktails, wine, light tapas and giveaways! A videographer and photographer will be present to capture this fun and engaging event!

To RSVP, contact Alisa Reese at Please let her know you found out about the premiere party through "She's Savvy". Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 6, 2011

She's Savvy is on Facebook

If you know me in real life or have been reading my blog(s) for a while you know how anti-Facebook I am. Well, about 2 weeks ago I decided to create a She's Savvy Fan Page on Facebook to share more about the things I like to do as well as post more pictures.

Please take a moment to stop by my new page and "Like" it. I'm hoping to have a customized URL and apparently you have to have at least 25 likes on a Fan page before that's possible.

So if you like my blog, please take a second to "Like" me on Facebook. Much thanks.

She's Savvy

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Things to Do: DC Scavenger Hunt

I'm such a sucker for scavenger hunts, especially those that require you to roam around exploring the city for hours at a time. But for some reason I always seem to miss those I really want to participate in for one reason or another. Well, lucky for me I've found another opportunity.

On Saturday, July 9 United Social Sports will be hosting a scavenger hunt, and it's open to everyone. You'll have the opportunity to discover DC while having tons of fun and earning prizes. Another great feature of this event is the proceeds will support local charity, Bread for the City.

IMPORTANT...One of the free deal websites, What's the Deal is offering a "super early bird rate" which is 50% off of registration from now through Thursday, June 9. To purchase your discounted registration before it's too late, click here.

Below is a little more information about the Scavenger Hunt...

Starting Location:
Aria Pizzeria & Bar (13th Street and Pennsylvania NW)
Time: 11:30AM - registration
5:00PM Deadline to return to Aria Pizzeria & Bar

Your Mission: Scurry around our Nations Capital on a hunt for forgotten places, off the wall items, and little known facts! The Hunt will test your ability to solve clues, crunch mind bending riddles and plot your game winning strategy as you go head to head with dozens hundreds, of other DC hunters!

Your Reward: After the Hunt you’ll be treated to a laid back after party at Aria Pizzeria & Bar in the beautiful Ronald Reagan building courtyard. You’ll lounge in the shade on the patio, enjoy cool music, and sip your FIRST DRINK FREE on us! We’ll also have Cornhole boards setup to help you toss your worries away.

Prizes: The top 3 teams will be awarded prizes! The more teams we have the bigger the prizes will be. They’ll range from Gift Certificates to cash prizes!

Hope to see you there!

United Social Sports

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Things to Do: DC Social Innovation Project Launch Party

I recently heard about a new nonprofit in DC called the DC Social Innovation Project (DCSIP). The organization was founded by a fellow alumnus of my undergraduate university by the name of Darius Graham, who's a lawyer turned philantropist.

The DCSIP will host a launch party on Wednesday, June 8, at Funxion from 6:00 - 8:00PM. It will be an evening to learn about their organization and its mission to encourage individuals to tackle some of DC's most pressing social issues.

To learn more about this up and coming organization, please come to the launch party to show your support. Tickets are $20-25 and include light appetizers, one drink, and the chance to win prizes.

To purchase tickets, please visit:

1309 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

For more information about the DC Social Innovation Project, visit
or follow them on Twitter