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Got tickets to Jersey Boys at the DC National Theatre! Everyone I talk to loves this show, so I figured it would be a nice early birthday present to myself.
There are still some discounted tickets available here, but I’d definitely act fast.

Got tickets to Jersey Boys at the DC National Theatre! Everyone I talk to loves this show, so I figured it would be a nice early birthday present to myself.

There are still some discounted tickets available here, but I’d definitely act fast.

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DC’s H Street: Venturing Off The Beaten Path

For someone like me who loves finding new things to do in DC, H Street NE is a goldmine. Having changed radically in the last couple years, the four-block stretch of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and music venues, sometimes referred to as the ‘Atlas District’, has something to offer everyone. Yes, it’s kind of a schlep to get to and the public transportation access isn’t exactly convenient (Metrobus X2 or X8), but if you’re visiting from out-of-town, planning a night out with friends, or wanting to impress a date, you should definitely venture out to H Street.

There are a TON of places to go (and half the fun is exploring the area), but here are a few favorites:

For Dinner:

  • The Atlas Room: I completely agree with DC foodie Don Rockwell that “Not only is it the best restaurant in the Atlas District, it’s also the best restaurant in all of Northeast or Southeast DC, including everything on Capitol Hill.” Make a reservation in advance and try the mahi mahi with fennel risotto and the short rib ravioli… heaven.
  • Granville Moore’s - This is a cozy belgian mussel joint with a fantastic selection of beers and an unbeatable ambiance. Get the Belgian White mussels and the frites with bacon chive and chipotle aiolis. Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations, so plan to arrive early.
  • Toki Underground - If you’ve never had authentic Taiwanese food, or just want to try the best DC has to offer, go here and get the steamed seafood dumplings, corn with cotija cheese, and, of course, the classic Hakata ramen noodle soup.

For Post-Dinner, pop around to:

  • Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar - Two words, “The Awesomeness” a.k.a. a highly-alcoholic peach ring slushie served in a mason jar. Great music, too.
  • H Street Country Club - Indoor mini golf, skeeball, shuffleboard, Xbox Kinect and yummy Pimm’s Cups. Great place to take a date.
  • Palace of Wonders - Even if you’re not drinking, walk around and admire their two floors of 19th century sideshow relics and vaudeville artifacts. It’s weird and… awesome.
  • Biergarten Haus - Has a good selection of draft beers from Deutschland and a traditional outdoor beer ‘garden’ patio with long tables and benches.
  • Rock & Roll Hotel - It’s not actually a hotel, but it is a fun up-and-coming concert venue for bands from far and wide.
  • Star and Shamrock - Half irish pub, half jewish deli. Enough said.

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I challenge anyone to come up with a $12 dish in the DC area that is more delicious, unique and satisfying as The Atlas Room's pan  roasted chicken breast with gnocchi, rutabaga, apple, red onion and pomegranate caramel sauce.
I think I may have found a new favorite restaurant last night…

I challenge anyone to come up with a $12 dish in the DC area that is more delicious, unique and satisfying as The Atlas Room's pan roasted chicken breast with gnocchi, rutabaga, apple, red onion and pomegranate caramel sauce.

I think I may have found a new favorite restaurant last night…

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LEGO Chicago Spire Building - By: Adam Reed Tucker
After seeing John’s post about the LEGO Architecture Exhibit at the National Building Museum, I rallied a few troops to join me for a visit on Saturday afternoon.
Even though the exhibit was quite small, crowded with lots of screaming children, and required a $5 admission fee, I really enjoyed it! The LEGO buildings were breathtaking. Truly amazing works of art. Looking at the massive recreation of the Twin Towers, I had a little bit of an emotional moment when I realized that the children running around the exhibit weren’t even alive when the originals stood. Crazy.
After you pass through the exhibition, there’s an area where you can sit down and build your own creations using tens of thousands of LEGOs. As long as you’re not a crazy germaphobe (like my dear friends), it’s a lot of fun and definitely takes you back to your youngin days.
The museum is located at 401 F Street NW, Washington DC 20001, right across the street from the Judiciary Square metro. Hours are Mon-Sat: 10am–5pm, Sunday: 11am–5pm. The exhibit will be open until September 5, 2011.

LEGO Chicago Spire Building - By: Adam Reed Tucker

After seeing John’s post about the LEGO Architecture Exhibit at the National Building Museum, I rallied a few troops to join me for a visit on Saturday afternoon.

Even though the exhibit was quite small, crowded with lots of screaming children, and required a $5 admission fee, I really enjoyed it! The LEGO buildings were breathtaking. Truly amazing works of art. Looking at the massive recreation of the Twin Towers, I had a little bit of an emotional moment when I realized that the children running around the exhibit weren’t even alive when the originals stood. Crazy.

After you pass through the exhibition, there’s an area where you can sit down and build your own creations using tens of thousands of LEGOs. As long as you’re not a crazy germaphobe (like my dear friends), it’s a lot of fun and definitely takes you back to your youngin days.

The museum is located at 401 F Street NW, Washington DC 20001, right across the street from the Judiciary Square metro. Hours are Mon-Sat: 10am–5pm, Sunday: 11am–5pm. The exhibit will be open until September 5, 2011.

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Soooo, who’s excited for this?
DC is going to be insane this weekend. Between the Rally, the March, the Marine Corps Marathon, Howard’s homecoming parade, the Red Bull Soundclash, Halloween bar crawls and parties all over the place, it’s going to be madness.
So pumped.

Soooo, who’s excited for this?

DC is going to be insane this weekend. Between the Rally, the March, the Marine Corps Marathon, Howard’s homecoming parade, the Red Bull Soundclash, Halloween bar crawls and parties all over the place, it’s going to be madness.

So pumped.

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DC’s 2010 High Heel Drag Race!
Each year on the Tuesday before Halloween, thousands of DCers head  to Dupont Circle to enjoy  Washington’s fabulously ridiculous High Heel Drag Race. People go ALL out, the costumes are crazy, the surrounding bars are packed… it’s such a fun event! If you’re in the area, you should go! Here are the details for this year’s race:
When: Tuesday, October 26th at 9pm (arrive early for a good spot)
Where: 17th Street NW between P and S Streets (closest metro: Dupont Circle)

DC’s 2010 High Heel Drag Race!

Each year on the Tuesday before Halloween, thousands of DCers head to Dupont Circle to enjoy Washington’s fabulously ridiculous High Heel Drag Race. People go ALL out, the costumes are crazy, the surrounding bars are packed… it’s such a fun event! If you’re in the area, you should go! Here are the details for this year’s race:

When: Tuesday, October 26th at 9pm (arrive early for a good spot)

Where: 17th Street NW between P and S Streets (closest metro: Dupont Circle)

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DC Area Halloweeners:
The good folks at Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) will be offering their annual SoberRide program this Halloween. From 10pm on Saturday,  Oct. 30, to 6am on Sunday, Oct. 31, anyone 21 or older who’s  celebrating with alcohol can call 1-800-200-TAXI to arrange for a free  ride. Eligible jurisdictions include DC, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and  eastern Loudoun counties.
Sweetness.

DC Area Halloweeners:

The good folks at Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) will be offering their annual SoberRide program this Halloween. From 10pm on Saturday, Oct. 30, to 6am on Sunday, Oct. 31, anyone 21 or older who’s celebrating with alcohol can call 1-800-200-TAXI to arrange for a free ride. Eligible jurisdictions include DC, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, and eastern Loudoun counties.

Sweetness.

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Here are some of the photo highlights from today’s White House Garden Tour.

Couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather, company or surroundings. (Yes, I’m a cheeseball, but it’s true!)

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