The District Dish: Erica Perl

Local children's book and young adult author, Erica S. Perl dishes with us on The District Dish at Bambule on her new novel "Vintage Veronica."  Veronica (and Erica) love vintage shopping in DC.  Not only does she share the story of secondhand savvy, she also dishes on her favorite places to score great fashion finds.

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Art & Soul - Where the Stars Were partying Last Night

Art & Soul at the Library of Congress Thursday evening was headlined by actors and Co-Presidents of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly and Dana Delany; actor Adrian Grenier(Entourage, The Devil Wears Prada); actor CCH Pounder (Avatar); director Barry Levinson (Poliwood, Wag The Dog); actor Ashley Greene (Twilight); actor Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm); legendary news anchor Morley Safer (60 Minutes); actor Omar Epps (House); actor Marlon Wayans (White Chicks, Scary Movie); actor Steven Weber (Brothers & Sisters); actor Wendie Malick (Confessions of a Shopaholic; Just Shoot Me); actor Richard Schiff (A Solitary Man, The West Wing); director Spike Lee ( Inside Man, Do The Right Thing), among others.

This event served as a salute to Arts and Entertainment at the Library of Congress and kicked off a full schedule of events for the Creative Coalition surrounding the White House Correspondents Dinner and other advocacy initatives while in Washington.  

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Creative Coalition Takes Over Hudson for Late Night Dinner

Lani Hay of Lanmark Technology (at left with Tim Daly) hosted a private dinner for the Creative Coalition Thursday evening at Hudson Bar and Grill before taking the Pollywood players back to her home for some late night lounging.

The evening's events followed the Coalition's earlier performance at the Library of Congress in which such actors as Dana Delaney, Adrian Grenier (at right), Cheryl Hines, Omar Epps, Marlon Wayans,  Wendie Malick and Patricia Arquette did script readings.

"I'm the President," said Creative Coalition head Tim Daly of the arts advocacy organization.  "So my part was just to read the boilerplate.  I got the boring bits."

What's not boring?  The Creative Coalition's schedule.  Thursday's performance and dinner kicked off a full itinerary of White House Correspondence Dinner weekend events for the philanthropic entertainers.

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All Fired Up... to Re-Open

Restaurant Piccolo re-opens this week, 18 months after a two alarm fire destroyed Georgetown's 31st Street eatery.  

From A to Zuppa, this intimate hideaway serving pastas and other traditional Italian plates, has been a neighborhood favorite since 1986.  The second floor balcony overlooking the C & O Canal is popular for romantic reservations - while Piccolo's indoor roving violin player strikes the right notes for a bella noche.  

A Wink...and A Smile - You're Invited

Join us for a GNO - that's Girl's Night Out - at Wink!  Thursday, May 13th, from 7-9 PM shop contemporary fashions and peruse the Stella & Dot jewelry that the celebs just can't seem to get enough of... and neither can we.

Champers, light fare, prizes and all the pretty things.
Your purchases benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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Chris Gardner's Pursuit of Happyness,Words of Wisdom

The White House's Vivek Kundra, Venturehouse Group's Mark Ein and Blackboard CEO Michael Chassen (honoree) were among the ballroom full of businessmen and women who feted the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Wednesday night at the Wardman Park Marriott.

There to celebrate the achievements of hundreds of ambitious youth who have started their own businesses, local legends were also humbled by on-and-off homeless salesman turned stockbroker Chris Gardner (left with NFTE DC President Julie Cantor) sharing his personal story, as portrayed in the motion picture Pursuit of Happyness.

"When I get a reception like that, the first thing I have to let people know is Will Smith ain't coming," Gardner joked.  "And every time I see a piece of that film I think -- those people spent $70 million to recreate what I did with nothing!"

A fierce advocate for entrepreneurial education, Gardner made a $15,000 donation to DC's NFTE Chapter while reminding everyone to protect their dream.

"I decided young that I was going to be world class at something... and my mother told me not to let anyone else tell me what I can't do."

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North vs. South, but Friends of Facebook

This week, we got a sneak peak at the new National Archives exhibit opening on April 30th, Discovering the Civil War

Ken Burns, Emmy award winner (for his documentary, The Civil War), was on hand to explain the significance of the Exhibit and the Archives. “The United States 'are' has become the United States 'is' - we have become a singular force because of the myriad of documents that we celebrate here.”

If the last time you learned anything new about the civil war was from a high school textbook...  this is your chance to view old records presented in the most contemporary forms -- like a touch screen Facebook for Civil War Generals that shows unknown connections and “friendships” between Confederate and Union leaders. You can even discover your own personal “bottom-up American History” just like Burns, who discovered documents detailing his Great Great Grandfather’s military service. 

The 6,000 square ft exhibit will eventually hit the road on national tour so don’t miss your chance to re-discover the civil war, at the National Archives through September 6th.

*Whitney Ksiazek contributed this post.

The District Dish: Gen O's Late Night Affair

"A Late Night Affair" Chair Morgan Ortagus dishes with us about the Washington National Opera's Generation O, the largest young professional arts organization in the city, and it's "hiphopera" party next week. 

See The Marriage of Figaro and then party the night away with the young artists at their cast party at Circle Bistro.  Only $100 for a date night extraordinare on May 6!  (But you know The District Dish has a hook-up... save 10% with our Dish Discount.)

Here's how to get your tix:

·         Go to and on the upper right-hand side of the page click “LOGIN”
·         Click “REGISTER” to make an account
·        Input SAVE10 in the source code box and the screen will go to April’s calendar
·         On the calendar page, scroll to May 6th and click “GENO LATE NIGHT AFFAIR PACKAGE” 
·         Once at the event page, click “BEST AVAILABLE” to purchase your tickets

See you at the opera!

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Young Professionals Show Heart

The American Heart Association kicked off its new young professional group, PULSE, with a vodka tasting at ONE Lounge last night.

Photos from slideshow available on K Street Kate's Flickr and Facebook Fan Page.

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Maybach today, Aston Martin tomorrow? With Xautx, your garage just kicked into high gear. 

Xautx (pronounced “exotics”), is a luxury and exotic car club, launching here in the greater Washington region in late Spring. Think of it as a sportscar share.  Members will have access to a wide variety of vehicles to choose from at any time -- and initial members will get to weigh in on the founding fleet. .

Maserati Monday to Ferarri Friday.  Xuatx is fractional luxury ownership with a hint of frugality.  Life is a highway, and members can test drive it all life long.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream... S'mores

Campy gets creamy - and complimentary - this summer at the Ritz-Carlton.

Ice cream versions of the popular tent-side treats, S'mores, are on the lobby menu now at the hotel's Georgetown location.  An intense rocky road gelato, without nuts, has us going nuts every evening from 6:30 - 7:00.  That's when the butler passes around the FREE mini-cones daily!

Prefer to drink your dessert?? S'more-tinis, chocolate martinis garnished with flaming marshmallows sound like a great way to light up your night.

DC's Crush on James Cameron

Academy Award Winning Filmmaker and Director James Cameron may have created his own Avatar clone for his recent trips to DC - larger than life and capable of major multitasking.  But though he seems to be everywhere, the city can't seem to get enough of him.

While in town for Earth Day's 40th Anniversary festivities, the man/the myth/the legend attended a climate rally on the Mall, testified on Capitol Hill regarding climate change and also managed a prominent appearance at the Imagine Cup Finals, sponsored by Microsoft.

As tech teams from across the country made their final presentations at the Newseum, Cameron stopped in for a review of their projects... and to praise Microsoft, which he credited with some of Avatar's success.

To view Cameron's full remarks, see the video.

James Cameron at Microsoft's Imagine Cup Finals from Kate Michael on Vimeo.

The Blade: Skating on Thin Ice?

First reported by the Washington Post, The District's gay weekly - The Washington Blade - will resume publishing (under the same name) this week. 

Just after declaring bankruptcy in late February, staffers pooled together $15,000 - the asking price to purchase the paper's name, copyright, trademark, archives, computers and office furniture.  

The 40 year old paper, which has published under the name D.C. Agenda since ceasing operations and filing for bankruptcy, will undergo a redesign before hitting homes and news stands Friday. 

The District Dish: Henry Jones

DC Boxing Hall of Fame Ring Announcer Henry "Discombobulating" Jones joins us at Bambule to talk about DC's vibrant boxing bouts.  What a knockout!

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Kitty Kelly "Unauthorized"

At a DC Public Library Foundation fundraiser in Georgetown Sunday night, famed biographer Kitty Kelly dished with friends and neighbors on Oprah's family secrets as told in her latest book - except for one whopper that she swore she wouldn't divulge.  

"People are terrified of Oprah,"  she said.  "As much as they love her, they are scared of her... but I live and die by a motto that I have above my desk that says: Tell the truth, but ride a fast horse!" 

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Isabel Toledo, Determining Gown Trends and Grades

Designer Isabelle Toledo, frontpage fashion news since First Lady Michelle Obama selected her lemongrass yellow wool lace dress and overcoat to wear to the inauguration, may have been channeling a bit of Heidi Klum behind the scenes of Marymount University's Portfolio in Motion year end event last week.

Invited to receive the University's 2010 Designer of the Year Award, Toledo wasn't just in attendance to be "All Doll'd Up."  She was also responsible for critiquing each of the student designer's portfolios. This Project Runway didn't end in elimination, but rather a grade and a career goal.

*Portfolio in Motion's jury-selected garments are designed and made by students in Marymount's Fashion Design program.  The show's production aspects (set, lighting, music, choreography) are the work of the University's Fashion Merchandising students.

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Jete Dance Party: Snow Can't Spoil the Show

All plans for a Winter Wonderland go awry when blizzards huff, puff and blow your party from February into April.  But the Washington Ballet's Jete Society pirouetted their changed plans into perfection.

The annual Jete Society Dance Party, co-chaired for the last few years by Winston Lord and Ashley Taylor, this year with the help of Michael Saylor, found solid footing at the House of Sweden with guests enjoying every level of the superb space --rooftop rendezvous to basement bar and dancing around everything in between.

"I wouldn't mind always having it in April," Taylor confessed, "As long as we then don't have to deal with rain!"

Check out more photos from the night, available on K Street Kate's Flickr and Facebook Fan Page.

Queen Latifah tells DC students to dream big and "rock on!"

Queen Latifah, rapper/actress/singer/children's book author, was in town Friday to host the annual Fight For Children School Night 2010 fundraiser at the Ronald Reagan Building, an event to raise money for public, charter and independent schools that work with low-income kids in Washington DC. 

She encouraged students to "Dream Big" - the official theme of the evening - but when young Michaela on stage confessed her dream to one day become a "rock star," the Queen added an unofficial musical motivation: "Rock on!"

Victoria Sanders contributed to this post. 

Evidence Returns to Harman Hall - Discount Tix

You saw them in last fall’s acclaimed VelocityDC Dance Festival.  Now, the Brooklyn-based Evidence performs two full-length programs featuring their signature blend of traditional African dance fused with contemporary movement and spoken word at the Sidney Harman Hall.  

K Street Kate readers save big! Get 20% off when using the code ‘save20’ (online or by phone) and $15 student tickets when using the code ‘student’ (phone only). Visit or call the box office at (202) 785-WPAS. Act quick: Offer begins and ends TODAY!

Toasting the 2010 Georgetown House Tour

In anticipation of Saturday's annual Georgetown House Tour, the neighborhood social set gathered in the garden of a marvelous mansion, toasting the tour's eleven homes and its benefit to St. John's Episcopal Church.

Pictures available on K Street Kate's Flickr and Facebook Fan Page.

The District Dish: Dr. Claudia Cotca, DDS/MPH

Your mouth will thank you for watching this episode!

Not only do Oyamel's apps and cocktails taste scrumptious, but you'll learn some things about dental hygiene courtesy of Dr. Claudia Cotca DDS/MPH.  She dishes with us about the current increase in cases of oral cancer, how often you really need to see your dentist, and whether or not dental insurance is a must.

News you can use!

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Deals and Drinks: HH @ The Reserve

Cheers to everyone who joined K Street Kate to celebrate our new partnership with What's the Deal at The Reserve Thursday evening.

Guests enjoyed a complimentary vodka bar and other specials throughout the night.

*Visit the What's the Deal spotlight on our site's sidebar to get your daily deal, and return to our sponsor The Reserve for a great night out anytime!

Spring style joins the chorus

The Choral Arts Society held a private fashion event with Spring fare and flare at Bloomingdale's Thursday afternoon.  With tips from Bloomies' senior stylist, these ladies who lunched were sitting pretty... while patronizing the performance arts.

Eco-Chic Among the Stars

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Surrounded by couture in lieu of cameras, rumored Real Housewife of DC Lynda Erkiletian sipped champagne among the stars - and rising stars - Wednesday night at the Corcoran/Fashion Group International Eco-Chic Awards.  Owner of local modeling agency, The Artist Agency, the style siren admitted it may have taken her longer to find something to wear for the evening's event than to choose her winner in the category of Eco-Chic Fashion.   
Fashion and accessories star, and Vogue Fashion Fund Runner-Up, Monique Pean returned home to her native DC to win the Corcoran/Fashion Group International Eco-Chic gold star for her sustainable, repurposed and brilliant baubles, worn by the likes of Angelina Jolie!

The District Dish: Reed Sandridge

Meeting Reed Sandridge just might make your day! The "Kindness Investor" joins us on the latest episode of The District Dish to explain his Year of Giving campaign.. and why Reed just might surprise you with $10 one of these days.

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Spotted: American Idol Kris Allen

Winner of the 8th season of American Idol Kris Allen was spotted lounging atop the W Hotel Tuesday evening.

Our spy in the lobby said that crowds of young girls recognized the young spiky haired singer first and accosted him for pictures as he left for a special appearance at the Hard Rock Cafe.

No "diva" in this dude: Allen was reportedly "very nice" and posed for everyone.

He plays in Las Vegas Friday.

(Photo courtesy, Kris Allen Official website.)

Brzezinksi on Penn's morning mugging: "It happens."

"Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi (left) shared their own opinions of the week's early happenings at The Week's annual Opinion Awards, held Tuesday evening atop the super swanky W Hotel.

The event, which brings together political players and thought leaders for a reception honoring a selection of those who write about them, had guests' tongues wagging about the early morning mugging of White House staffer - and well known actor - Kal Penn.

Brzezinski, who was also mugged in DC in late 2008, wasn't so empathetic.  "I think Joe (Scarborough) was even more upset about the mugging than me," Brzezinski admitted.  "I gave the guy all I had on me, $6, and it wasn't a big deal... I don't think Washington is a dangerous place despite what happened to [Kal Penn] this morning.  It's a big city.  It happens."

Ever the newshound she continued, "What was he doing walking by himself at 1:30 Tuesday morning?  You have to ask the real questions."

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(Image above right: Scarborough with Susie and Tucker Carlson.  Left: Barbara Martin with Rahm Emanuel. Right: John Murray and Brad Dayspring with Tammy Haddad.

4/20 Gets "Baked"

4.20 Gets "Baked" from Kate Michael on Vimeo.

4/20 means a lot of different things to different people, but at one local sweet shop (plus!) it definitely meant to "Get Baked" today.

DC's Baked & Wired gave new meaning to having "the munchies" today as it celebrated its anniversary (of sorts) with a giant cupcake eating contest and other specials throughout the day.

Double Old Fashioned Love

A single malt Scotch tasting event sounds like a great place for gals to meet a guy... but some adventurous men just might meet their match via whiskey this Wednesday night (4.21.10).

Save the Date(ing), a innovative introductions company, began with Founder Hattie Elliott first introducing her own circle of friends.  The group has grown, through memberships and referrals, to hold events in cities across the country, now including Washington, DC.  She holds true that the best way to meet someone - for friendship, business or romance - is through a friend or referral, not an online matchmaking site.  But can a liquor tasting translate to love?

"I never would have expected this before I started the company, but women are actually the first to sign up to try new things,"  Elliott said, explaining how Save the Date(ing) lessons in everything from squash to surfing - and even pizza making -  have brought interested singles together.  "Women and men are looking for the same things.  Looks are important... but so are interests.  These events are fun and introduce lots of singles, but even if the dating doesn't work out, you can still be friends!"

Click here to e-mail for more information on Save the Date(ing) and Wednesday's event.

Gold Cup: Use Your Head

Horseracing and hats go hand in hand.  Whether wide brimmed, "ascot" or a fascinator, everyone will be off to the races tip topped.   Style setters Anthony Gaskins of The Hattery and Anna Fuhrman of Propper Topper show us the 2010 hat looks we're lusting after for the big day - whether its a steeplechase, the Kentucky Derby, or our own local Virginia Gold Cup (we'll be there!)

Get that Gold Cup hat before the best bonnets go flying of the shelves... and find us at the races on May 1 so we can snap your style!

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This Message May (Literally) Self Destruct

Erasing errors, nixing naughty forwards and taking back midnight mistakes.  Yep.  There's an app for that.

Everyone's talking about TigerText:  a smart phone application that allows users to exchange messages - and then make them disappear.  The founders claim one *legendary* golfer had nothing to do with the apps' development, but one can't help thinking he might have welcomed the opportunity to use it!

It works like this:
A user sends a message to recipient, predetermining how soon after its opening it will be destroyed.  In anywhere from one minute to five days, the message will literally disappear without a trace.  Gone (in sixty seconds if you choose it) from your phone, his/her's, and any computer storage server.

Have fun... but cover your tracks.
(Now available for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.)

The District Dish: Goals for Good

Goals for Good Founder David Meslar joins us on the latest episode of The District Dish, as we film at Michelle Obama's fave, Oyamel.

Like so many of us, David was touched by his loved ones suffering with Alzheimer's Disease, and decided to use his athletic ability and some friendly competition to kick start a fundraising effort that can be fun for the whole family!

Check out this episode (apologies for our sound issues!) and then check out Goals for Good, April 24th 9PM at the Georgetown University Lacrosse Field.  More info on the event and the long hair hotties, here.

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So, What's the Deal??

K Street Kate is thrilled to announce a new partnership with What's The Deal, an online organization that brings you a daily deal on DC's hottest and hippest attractions and local businesses.  

Combine our extensive coverage of DC's need to know lifestyle news and reviews with What's The Deal discounts and free experiences (just a click away - always available in K Street Kate's righthand sidebar.  Go on over there now!)

Be our guest.  Pay less than the rest.  That's the deal!

****Aaaaand!  We're kicking off this partnership the way you'd expect, with a free open bar at K Street Kate sponsor, The Reserve.  Here's the deal and the deets:

Thursday, April 22nd from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Absolut Open Bar
Then stick around and enjoy $5.00 rail drinks from 6:30-7:30 and $5 tequenos until 10pm! Sign-up here.

Bachelors & Spinsters tradition becomes sexy singles party

A by-invitation-only annual D.C. social calendar tradition for the last 30 years, the annual Bachelors and Spinsters Ball was once one of Georgetown's most exclusive benefits.  A printed paper invitation came from one of the event hosts, rumored to be named to the committee until death... or the "death sentence" of getting hitched!

These days, while invites are still mailed, most hear of the happening digitally - though still no Facebook or Twit-vite.  Chairmen Christopher van Roijen and Chris Larsin stand strong while the old guard seems to have given way, watching both the bachelors and the "spinsters" getting younger year to year.

Held this year at the City Tavern Club, sexy single social butterflies mixed and mingled (amongst some real winged ones!) at the Grey Goose Eden Lounge, Heineken Beer Garden, Barefoot Bubbly Nook, and a Vitamin Water Photo Booth, which took the 2010 event and its open bar over the top.

Images available on K Street Kate's Fickr and on our Facebook Fan page.
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Harvey Feirstein battles True Love vs. Tradition at National Theatre

In our ever-changing world of entertainment, the draw to the theater is as shaky as the old word traditions in the beloved classic, The Fiddler on the Roof.  But mix in the mighty personality of four time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, and that Fiddler sure betters his balance!

Now at National Theatre, Harvey Fierstein reprises the role of Tevye the Dairyman, which he played in the record-breaking Broadway revival of the musical.  He lends his distinct voice and unmistakable personal character to this traditional theater staple and changes Tevye's role from "everyman" to.. the showstopper, the scenestealer, and the pillar of the community whose over-the-top presence allows audiences to contemplate a tinkering with tradition.

What is Fiddler's tradition?  Father knows best (even when he may not), a girl's only hope for social status is a well matched marriage, and success means sticking to your own - especially when it comes to religion.

Yet the reason this musical is so magnetizing may be that it is the timeless (nay, traditional!)  tale of aspiration, youth in revolt, and culture clash - as told by a laughable, loudmouthed, and truly loveable lead.

And as Fiddler shows us, tradition can't trump true love!

Tickets available here. (Photo credit: Joan Marcus/ Mirvish Productions)

High Tea

Here's another reason to stop in for some interiors and inspiration at the DC Design House we told you about earlier this month:

The Washington School of Ballet and June B Sweet are throwing a Sunday (every Sunday April 18 - May 8) tea party to benefit the Children’s National Medical Center 3-5 PM in the historic gardens.  Tour the home, see a spectacular show and get some Spring sweets!

Tickets available here.  Tell 'em you read it on K Street Kate!

A Night for the Notables: Young & the Guest List

Celebrating its annual designation of 250 under-40 notables from the realms of politics, society, arts and business, Washington Life magazine feted its Young and the Guest List Thursday night at Dupont's Washington Club.

The Corcoran's Rachel Cothran and Kristen Guiter, Miss DC 2009 Jen Corey,  iStrategy Labs' Peter Corbett and stylist Lana Orloff were among WL's "A-List"  that anticipated "A Return to Glamour" at the former literary clubhouse.

"I'm the unconventional one," admitted Editor Michael Clements.  "I, personally, like to highlight some of DC's movers and shakers in the growing arts community" -  though political personalities, sports stars and the magazine's event supporters make a strong showing on the 2010 list.

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Shecky's Girls Night Out

Ladies looking for fantastic deals in DC were probably shopping at Shecky's on Thursday night! Gathering in Constitution Hall Funktional FootwearX Rated Fusion Liqueur, and Body Magic were among the frenzy of vendors and exhibitors showcasing lots of steals and deals. The Pampering Junkies offered $5 eyebrow threading and $5 makeovers. Everything from beauty products, snacks to hangover relief tablets were inside the glorious goodie bag filled with essentials for every chick! 

*Victoria Sanders contributed this post.

Sake To Me!

Awww sake, sake!

Jason Whiteside, WSET certified wine educator, led us through a complete Sake tasting at Clarendon's Best Cellers this week.  We learned so much about this delicious drink made from rice, yeast, water and Koji, that we just had to pass it on to you. 

Here's the three sake secrets you need to know:

  • Only cheap Sake is served warm, so for goodness sake, be chill.
  • Sake's not solely for sushi.  Try it paired with fruit or salty savories or... swap it for the white wine in your kitchen to cook clams and seafood.
  • Speaking of chillin' - it's perfectly acceptable to put an ice cube in your sake cup.
We suggest Best Cellars' Yaegaki Nigori Sake, unfiltered, very sweet and kind of creamy or the Mu Sake Jun-Mai-Daiginjyo Sake, a crowd pleaser with a very delicate, light, and fruity flavor.  


*Whitney Ksiazek contributed this post.

NFL Players at "Play"

Wednesday evening's annual NFL Players' Gala (aka the James Brown (JB) Awards) brought together a host of field rivals at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for an event to recognize players for their contributions off the field and in their communities.

 At the end of the day, how do these players like to play?  Apparently, they eat.

Last year's Byron "Whizzer" White Awardee, the NFL Player's Association's highest award, Brian Dawkins returned to DC to pass the torch to the 2010 winner at the annual NFL Players Gala this year.  It seems the Denver Bronco is always in and out without any time for some Capital culture.. but he's making a list.  

There's a theme when NFL players are off the field, they like to eat.  Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings) tells us fish tales.

Baltimore Ravens' Matt Birk's "exciting life" revolves around burritos and 'biscuits in the basket'... hockey speak for scoring a goal.

This Minnesota Viking's homecoming revolves around food and fun.  Madieu Williams learned to crack crabs while at the University of Maryland, and while he's here receiving his JB Award, he's taking time out to give his own accolade for "best crab shack."

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The District Dish: NAKID Kickball

No, Adult Kickball Isn't Dumb. Or so the folks at NAKID kickball tell us on the latest episode of The District Dish. Representative Danielle Giovanelli does not advocate for nude play, but they are proud of their blue balls (yep!) and just may be in favor of socialism... Huh?? You just have to watch!

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Down to earth Ling takes us all over the globe

Image info:(L-R)Steve Burns, Lisa Ling and Michael Rosenfeld cut a cake to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Explorer television show during a party at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington DC on April 13, 2010.(Cleared for all media, domestic use in perpetuity with promotion of the National Geographic Channel.  NO SALES, NO TRANSFERS).   Photo Credit: National Geographic Channel / Kris Connor.

Lisa Ling would tell you there is no "single other show on television that really explores as far reaching a world and assignments and stories as this show does."  She might also tell you there's marijuana in the anniversary cake - but not this time!

Explorer, the longest-running documentary series on cable television, which takes viewers to "places they would never have imagined going," according to Ling, boasts nearly 1,500 hours of programming (on all seven continents!) that have aired in the last quarter century.

Tuesday evening, National Geographic and Capitol File magazine hosted a screening of select scenes of the two hour anniversary "introspective" showcasing Explorer's unprecedented access, historic discoveries... and even Ling's coverage of  "Inside North Korea," a topic to which she didn't anticipate returning until her sister's remarkable ordeal.

While Explorer doesn't turn the cameras on Washington, DC, Ling suggests her own take on taxicab confessions Capitol-style and is collecting ideas for her own show, on Oprah's network, currently in the works.

Explorer: 25 Years will air on Monday, April 19th at 9 PM.
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This CIA is NOT the Culinary Institute of America

Spies and spices naturally come together at Zola Wine and Kitchen, but Tuesday's intimate discussion with former CIA operative Kay Shaw Nelson involved some delicious dish from the "Cloak and Dagger Cook."

"I tried to make [the book] interesting... and combine the travel and spying, despite the fact that I had to cut out some of the spy stories," Shaw said while sharing some recipes she picked up in her travels around the globe.

As she opened up about her life with the newly established Central Intelligence Agency, she explained how a cover helped to refine her interest in the only safe topic she could always cook up -- food.

"The life of a CIA operative requires secrecy at all times," Shaw warned.  "But food makes for harmless conversation...  Good food and good drink go hand in hand with the spying business."

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You're Invited: A Late Night Affair

You've heard of the Washington Ballet's Jete Society and the Corcoran's 1869 Society, but did you know about the young professional organization of the Washington National Opera?  

K Street Kate invites you to join us at Generation O's Late Night Affair - your chance to see Washington's talented young Opera performers in action as they perform The Marriage of Figaro... and meet them at a first-ever afterparty appearance at Circle Bistro.  

*Simply create a Gen O account (if you haven’t already done so) and use the source code “9724” at this link to purchase your premium seat tickets and afterparty admission for only $100 - a truly operatic opportunity.
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