Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Over the next few months, I plan to totally reinvent my blog into separate categories including: Upcoming Events, Things-to-Do, Restaurant Reviews, and All Else Random. Additionally, I'm moving it to Wordpress or another host, because Blogger is definitely not where it's at.
I think this change will help those visiting better be able to navigate and find exactly what it is they are looking for.
With that said, I have so many new things to share. Hmm where do I start...
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
With so much is going on with life, the new job, and everything else, I just need a break.
Don't fret though! I will continue to post DC events and happenings via Facebook.
If you haven't already, please 'LIKE' my page:
P.S. If there's an event you're in dire need of me promoting, please let me know and I may make an exception ;-). Email me at shessavvy at gmail.com or tweet me at @shessavvy.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Artomatic Returns to Crystal City
Free and Open to the Public: May 18 – June 24, 2012
Opening night is Friday, May 18! Doors open at 6:00PM
Artomatic is well known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that celebrate creativity and create a unique and exciting event for tens of thousands of visitors - all free to visit.
Discover new art, listen to music, go on dates, grab a drink, and mingle with the creative community. Artomatic features dozens of daytime art workshops for kids and adults.
Just one block from the Crystal City Metro Station, with free parking, great food and drinks at the event, and plenty of restaurants nearby.
For more information, visit: http://Artomatic.org
WED & THU: noon – 10:00PMFRI & SAT: noon – 1:00AM
SUN: noon – 5:00PM
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Vornado/Charles E. Smith Building
1851 South Bell Street
Crystal City, VA
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
One of my favorite organizations, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, is hosting the Second Annual Erica Paul Fabulous Event on Saturday, June 23rd at the Clarendon Ballroom.
Come out and help support colon cancer patients under the age of 50.
Tickets are on sale now for $15, but they will be $20 at the door, so make sure to get yours in advance!
Hope you can make it out for this "fabulous" event! To learn more about Chris4Life and this event, visit http://www.chris4life.org.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be found here.
3185 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Join DC celebs and athletes for an evening of charity at the "Share Love, Spread Hope" Celebrity Date Auction to benefit The Autism Society of America on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Shadowroom in Washington, DC.
Doors Open at 7:30pm, admission is FREE and complimentary Remy Martin cocktails will be served.
Register Today www.sharelovespreadhope.eventbrite.com
2131 K Street NW
1615 Rhode Island Ave NW
Monday, May 7, 2012
West End Cinema
All Screenings Free
Free Snacks and Beverages
(FYI, West End has the best popcorn!!!)
To RSVP contact email@example.com or register for individual films.
More information about the film festival...
Since its inception in 2008, the D.C. International Human Rights Film Festival (DCIHRFF) has grown into an annual event that offers free film screenings on human rights topics from around the world, from Senegal to South Africa to Argentina and beyond. Pressing social and civic issues – including terrorism, women’s rights, censorship, political repression, and multiculturalism – come into focus through screenings, panel discussions, and artistic performances.The festival aims to highlight international human rights issues and build understanding between cultures, exposing audiences to under-reported human rights challenges and underscore the universality of individual rights. Our films fulfill a unique, untapped segment where we cover not only the Arab world but the entirety of the Muslim world and our audience is not only the Muslim Diaspora. This year features films such as Incendies and Circumstance.
To find out more and to view a listing of films, click here
West End Cinema
2301 M St. NW
Washington D.C. 20037
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Being that I am a self-proclaimed foodie, several weeks prior to our mini-vacay I did some research on restaurants in Virginia Beach, Hampton, Norfolk, and Newport News to find out which ones had the best reviews. The ones that kept popping up were Krungthai Street Grill and Circa 1918.
When we arrived down in VA, I thought to check the Yelp Reviews for Krungthai, why I hadn't checked them weeks ago I have no idea. The Yelp reviews were a mix of high praise declaring it the best Thai restaurant for miles around to people who expressed petty dislikes.
There were a few recent negative comments, one of the reviewers complained "the food was good but the sauce was too thin" and another said "they kept trying to upsell him". Hey, it's a restaurant, that's what they do. Fortunately, for us we ignored the reviews.
So we drove to Krungthai and it was located in a small, strip mall that appeared to be straight from the 1970s. I expected people with afros and bell-bottoms to walk out of the neighboring establishments at any moment. We walked in and were instantly greeted by the hosted. It was a small venue, I'd say there were about 10 tables and it was half full, which was surprising for a Friday night.
We were starving so we ordered your typical spring rolls as soon as we sat down along with some Thai Iced Tea. I was surprised the iced tea came out in a large glass, guess that's because they didn't offer refills, not that I expected them to. It was good, never had bad Thai Iced Tea before. The piping hot spring rolls came out shortly after. I ordered the shrimp with garlic sauce (because of my newly acquired adult peanut allergy, I can no longer order my favorite Thai dish, Massaman Curry) and the bf ordered the Drunken Noodles with beef.
Within 5 minutes, both dishes came out and were huge, hearty portions. My entree had 12 extra large shrimp on it, yes I counted, which is rare these days when everyone is cutting back, with a large helping of steamed broccoli. I'm a garlic lover so I relished in the fact I could actually see slices of garlic in the sauce. (Let's just say my bf wasn't too pleased with my breath after dinner, LOL).
Usually, I'll eat half of my meal and save the rest for later. That night, I devoured every last morsel and the bf did the same. Everything was delicious. As much as I wanted to try their sticky rice for dessert, I was too full to even utter, we can take it to go.
The food was excellent and the service was even better. For a hole in the wall Thai restaurant in not the most desirable neighborhood in Hampton, VA, I was extremely impressed. Our waitress was extremely friendly and accommodating. Our laugh of the night was when she brought back our check with my debit card and said my manager said, "You look like Oprah Winfrey". Hmm ok, I've never heard that one before but it made for a great laugh.
By the way, our check came out to $40, which wasn't bad at all. It was maybe more than someone on a college budget could afford (it's about 5 minutes from Hampton Univ), but it was a great deal to us.
If you ever find yourself in the Newport News/Hampton, VA areas, I'd definitely make a visit to Krungthai Street Grill you won't be disappointed.
Krungthai Street Grill
1109 North King Street
Hampton, VA 23669
Next post: Circa 1918
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The International Club of DC is hosting yet another one of their lovely events. Each spring and summer, they host Soirees at the Dumbarton House, a historic mansion in Georgetown, where young professionals gather for live music and entertainment.
I've attended in the past and would highly recommend you try it out for yourself. It's makes a great date or grab some friends and make an evening out of it.
My advice is to bring a collapsible lawn chair or a blanket as seating is extremely limited and it's nice to just sit outside on the lawn and listen to the music.
See below for all of the details of this week's event.
Georgetown Dumbarton House Seersucker and White Dress Garden Soiree
Friday, May 04, 2012
Attire: Seer sucker or white requested
Celebrate warm summer days ahead with chic cocktail attire in either seersucker or white!
We cordially request the pleasure of your company at the Historic Dumbarton House Museum and Gardens to experience a night of sophisticated jazz, elegant fashion, and dancing under the stars as we celebrate the warm summer days to come! Your night begins with a jazz performance, as you meet other ICDC members and stroll around the gardens, and culminates in a night of dancing under the stars and in the elegant ballroom to our live orchestra.
This is a wonderful opportunity to discover and explore one of Georgetown's most historic mansions as you make new friends. Come on your own or invite friends for a spring evening of music and dancing to the sounds of our jazz ensemble! Wine and sumptuous crepes will be available for purchase. Very few tickets are left so reserve your tickets early!
Our last garden soiree at Dumbarton House sold out in advance and we expect this event to be very popular and sell out. Please reserve your tickets soon!
Tickets are $25 for a limited time and $35 afterwards.
Reserve your tickets online: http://www.internationalclubdc.com
2715 Q Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
Monday, April 30, 2012
Below is the announcement I received from the event organizer...
In about a week, the Washington, DC Food Trucks Association (DCFTA) is organizing ‘Curbside Cookoff: Trucko De Mayo’ - the largest DC food truck festival yet. Trucko De Mayo will have more than 40 food trucks, two bars, live music, and more. Better yet, there’s a sweepstakes with many prizes including a pass for a free lunch at each of the 45 DCFTA food trucks, a Kindle Fire, and more.
Join us Saturday May 5 from 11:30am to 9pm for ‘Curbside Cookoff: Trucko De Mayo’ at RFK stadium.
As always the event is free. And this year you will have even more choices, because there will be more trucks.
All of us on the food trucks are so excited for this event. We all love festivals like this. And the chance to do it again is so exciting. So I hope you join us at RFK Stadium on the 5th. We’re going to have a good time.
Trucko De Mayo
Saturday, May 5, 2012
11:30AM - 9:00PM
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
So my boyfriend lives in Friendship Heights, on the border of Upper NW and Chevy Chase, MD, in a very residential part of DC that is definitely not known for their food establishments. From the looks of the places that have popped up over there over the past year, they are trying to change that.
Next to Blue 44 is a great wine shop called Circle Liquors. Their selection is amazing and the staff is incredibly helpful in aiding you to find the perfect pairing for whatever meal you are planning. But I digress, back to Blue 44.
It's a quaint little restaurant that couldn't possibly seat more than 45-50 people, including the few seats at their bar. They have a few tables in the window, perfect for people watching, then several small tables along the outer walls. There are larger tables in the center perfect for groups or families.
For brunch I've had the pumpkin pecan pancakes and the bourbon spiced french toast with sides of home fries and bacon. The french toast was very filling but I loved the taste of the pumpkin pecan pancakes so much more. I liked the fact that the flavors weren't overly pronounced and the pancakes were light and fluffy.
I'd have to say what impressed me the most was their bacon. I'm a bacon aficionado and their bacon is definitely in the top 3 best I've ever had, in life. It's peppery, thick cut and not too oily. If eating bacon daily was healthy, I'd definitely be there every day.
Hopefully, I'll go back soon to try their dinner. I've heard great things about their Monday Night Special. It's a 3 course meal including a salad, fried chicken "with all the fixins'", and house-made dessert for only $19. Not bad right?
Blue 44 is a one of those neighborhood gems, you only hear about via word of mouth or from a food blogger. Also, Washington Post Food Critic Tom Sietsema, wrote a review about them recently. He didn't give them a great score, but don't let that deter you.
Again, I've only been there for brunch but I'd recommend it solely based on that. It's great for small groups and families and those who want a great brunch experience without the hassle of a long wait. The staff is extremely friendly and does their part to ensure everything is to your liking.
5507 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20015
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
6:30 to 9:00 PM
Enjoy a night celebrating arts education with music, wine and Lincoln’s signature hors d’oeuvres. The DC Collaborative is committed to providing all DC public and charter public school students with equal access to the region’s rich artistic and cultural opportunities. Working with their members, they provide free arts and humanities events for 30,000 DC students at no cost to schools each year.
Music soundscapes by DJ Jahsonic
Live student performances
Guest Raffle with Gift Certificates, Fine Art, Wine and Travel Excursions
To purchase tickets, visit: http://bitly.com/Aq8HiB
$25 in advance ($30 at the door)
Includes: 1 raffle ticket, beverages and passed hors d'oeuvres.
1110 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Ritz Carlton - Tyson's Corner
6:30 - UNTIL
Every year, the Bethesda Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA Bethesda) The Children's Inns largest annual fundraiser, “A Night for the Children” Gala. The event brings together nearly 1,000 attendees, including senior executives of leading government contractors, high-level government officials and local philanthropists.
A little about The Children’s Inn at NIH...
It's a non-profit “Place Like Home” on the campus of NIH in Bethesda, MD. The Inn’s mission is to facilitate research at the world’s leading biomedical research center while offering families comfort and support. AFCEA Bethesda’s Children’s Inn Gala has raised more than $4.1 million since its inception in 1999.
“The Inn continuously operates – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – to serve the emotional and spiritual needs of children and their families at no cost to families, “ said Robert Guerra, chair of The Children's Inn Gala. “In these difficult economic times, this Gala has become the Inn’s single largest fundraiser; therefore, the Gala’s contributions are absolutely essential for the Inn’s continuing ability to serve these children and their families in the future.“
For information, visit the event website at http://www.childrensinngala.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
I first fell in love with Frida and her work after watching the movie based on her life that came out ten years ago and starred the beautiful Salma Hayek. She was quite a controversial figure in her day and it's reflected in her art.
According to Artisphere's website: Artisphere is the first and only venue in the United States of America to present this exhibition of photographs revealing moments of this extraordinary figure's private life.
For more information about this exhibit as taken from Artisphere's website, see below.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)'s extraordinary life and iconic biographical paintings have earned her international renown in the world of modern art. Upon Kahlo’s death in 1954, more than 6,500 personal photographs and items belonging to her and husband/artist Diego Rivera were sealed and put in storage. For more than half a century this great collection of personal memorabilia remained hidden from the public. In 2007 this collection was opened and Mexican photographer and curator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio inventoried and catalogued 240 images to create the Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibition. To read more, click here
Another interesting fact, although Frida's work is on display in Virginia. According to Diego Rivera's will, he specified that the original images belonging to him and Frida Kahlo should never leave Mexico. As such, the images on view in this exhibition are carefully crafted reproductions.
Make sure to check out this FREE exhibit before it's too late!
Artisphere1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Friday, February 17, 2012
It will be hosted in partnership with the Pamela's Punch team for Chris4Life's Seventh Annual Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk.
To learn more about Scope It Out, please visit: http://www.scopeitout5k.com
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Featured Speaker: Mario Armstrong
Mario Armstrong is a digital lifestyle expert, radio and award-winning TV tech-show host, commentator, small biz tech advocate and youth tech motivator. Read more
To learn more about this FREE program and to register for the DC event, click here.
By the way, this event will be held in various cities througout the country through the month of February. Vist http://att.com/28days for more information.
2455 6th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20059
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The 1869 Society hosts a number of events but my favorite is Artini, an annual event that's typically held in February/March. This year's event will be held on March 31st. They typically feature 10-12 local bartenders who will each create one specialty drink based on inspiration from a painting currently on exhibition at the Corcoran. The 4-hour event is attended by young patrons of the arts and local socialites alike.
Ladies, this is your chance to wear that cute new cocktail dress and fellas can wear their best dark suit, tuxes aren't needed. There will be tons of heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts, plus an ample supply of drinks. As always there will be a great DJ spinning all of the latest music, which makes for a lively evening after sampling each of the drinks.
At the end of the night, one of the bartenders is selected as having the winning Artini. I've never figured out if they actually win anything other than the prestige but it's a great event and the proceeds go towards the Corcoran ArtReach program.
Tickets are not yet available for Artini but for more information and to view photos from the 2011 event, visit http://www.corcoran.org/artini/Cultural Cocktails -
February 2, 2012 or February 21, 2012
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Cost: Members - FREE, General Admission - $20
For more information and to RSVP for the 2/2 Event: https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/1869culturalcocktails02022012
For more information and to RSVP for the 2/21 Event: https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/1869culturalcocktails02212012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Cross Creek Golf Club
Beltsville, MD 20705
Stay Connected with the Get Courageous Movement:
Friday, January 27, 2012
In its fourth year, Crystal Couture features an amazing array of more than 40 boutiques and designers from inside the Beltway and beyond (for the full list of participants, click here).
Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, from February 7 – 11, 2012, Crystal Couture takes over the former food court turned fashion hot spot at the Crystal City Shops, transforming the space into a shopping site, rocking runway and lounge.
The one-stop shopping experience allows guests to browse discounted styles on the rack and on the runway as models showcase offerings from participating boutiques and designers. Cool off from the sizzling styles with sips from the bar, free makeup and hair makeovers, chats with wardrobe stylists and music from DJ Neekola.
February 7 – 11, 2012
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Crystal City Shops
Thursday, January 26, 2012
During the entire month of February, Saks Chevy Chase will donate 5% of all registered Saks card sales to the AHA. To register your card, simply visit Saks Chevy Chase.
An Affair of the Heart Luncheon
Tickets for the event are $125 ($50 of which is tax deductible). Table and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information about the Affair of the Heart Luncheon and Fashion Show and sponsorship opportunities, contact Jay Blackwell, Executive Director at 703.248.1704 or Jay.Blackwell@heart.org.
Saks Fifth Avenue - Chevy Chase
5555 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Recently, I was invited to attend the upcoming 14th Annual St. Jude Gourmet Gala which is being held on February 21, 2012 from 5:30 - 9:30PM at the National Building Museum.
I've heard so many great things about the event in the past and have always wanted to participate, but couldn't for one reason or another. Looks like this year I will finally have a chance.
If you're not familiar with the St. Jude Gourmet Gala, please see below for more information, as obtained from their press release.
Led by Honorary Chair and Chef Geoff Tracy, more than 40 top chefs from the area’s finest restaurants will lend their culinary skills to create a memorable experience for more than 750 business, financial and political leaders.
“It’s an honor to share our talents at an event that will help St. Jude find answers to save the lives of countless children,” said Tracy. “On a lighter note, the gala presents the perfect setting for collaboration among some of the industry’s best and a friendly competition to produce the perfect dish.
Attendees will vote for their favorite dish of the evening to determine which chef is the winner of the Taster’s Choice Award. Last year’s award recipient was Chef Scott Drewno from The Source by Wolfgang Puck who prepared spicy tuna tartare-filled sesame miso cones with shaved bonito and tobiko. Additionally, guests may choose to participate in live and silent auctions, featuring items such as a trip to Memphis to tour St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
To date, the St. Jude Gourmet Gala has raised approximately $3 million for the hospital, which opened its doors 50 years ago. St. Jude relies primarily on the public’s generosity to support its lifesaving mission. It costs $1.7 million to operate the hospital every day, with more than 75 percent of that funding coming from the public through fundraising events like the Gourmet Gala. And in keeping with its mission, families never pay St. Jude for anything. St. Jude covers the cost of treatment, travel, lodging and food for each patient and a family member.
Below are some of my faves who are participating in the gala:
Brasserie Beck, Cakelove, Estadio, Founding Farmers, Graffiato, Indique, Michel Richard's Citronelle, Sou’Wester, Taberna del Alabardero, Zaytinya
For more information, to become a sponsor, and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.stjude.org/gourmetgala.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, visit www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
National Building Museum
Thursday, January 12, 2012
College and Career Pathways' 2nd Annual New Year's Fundraising Event!
Friday, January 27, 2012
5:30 - 8:30 PM
They will be celebrating the new year by having fun and raising funds for the students of College and Career Pathways! You can look forward to an evening of great music, networking, appetizer and drink specials, and yet another exciting raffle with great prizes! Please spread the word and bring a friend (or two)!
Suggested minimum donation for admission is a tax-deductible contribution of only $10 to College and Career Pathways. Your donation will help to supply the staffing, resources, and materials necessary for us to provide students with academic advisement and tutoring, college campus tours, workshops, job shadowing experiences, scholarships and much more!
Purchase your tickets in advance by clicking here
For more information about the organization, visit http://www.collegeandcareerpathways.org.
2017 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 2009
Friday, January 6, 2012
Just came across a weekend event called the 1K Wine & Beer Walk and had to share. Unfortunately, I'll be away on a ski trip for the wine walk, so please have a glass, or two, in my honor. Cheers! See below for more information.
January 14 & 15 (Wine) - $40
January 21 & 22 (Beer) - $35
Calling all athletes and couch-potatoes alike! Cross the start line into the shops of Crystal City and rest your weary legs periodically at our hydration stations along the race course- but you won’t find any sports drinks or bananas here- just beer and wine! With 30 + beers & wines to choose from before the finish line, spend your Saturday or Sunday walking with friends along the indoor, shops of Crystal City.
Choose heats starting every half hour from 2:00 to 5:30 PM and make your way through the race course in the Shops at Crystal City with your 20 tasting tickets while snacking on cheese, bread and more to keep those muscles working. Best part, each racer receives a1K Race Tee Shirt! Remember...no running please
To learn more about this event and to purchase your tickets, click here.
***Note several of the times are already sold out so if you're interested, you should act fast.
Crystal City Shops
If you don't have anything planned this weekend, you should take a trip to see The Shakespeare Theatre Company's newest play, The Two Gents of Verona. They are hosting 2 open rehearsals, which of course means they're FREE. The play is scheduled to run January 17 - March 4, 2012, but this is your chance to see it before everyone else, plus it's free.
Here's a brief description of the play, "...Directed by PJ Paparelli, a bold staging of Shakespeare’s classic play of excess, young love and shape-shifting selves." Sounds interesting, right?
For more information about the play visit:
The Two Gentlemen of Verona - Open Rehearsal
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Seatings: 2:30PM & 3:50PM
Cost: FREE (seating is first come, first served)
450 7th Street NW