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The upscale Indian restaurant is serving jumbo lump crab curry and “naan pizza” at Pike & Rose.

The gold entryway welcomes diners to Commonwealth Indian at Pike & Rose. Photograph courtesy of Commonwealth Indian.

Fine-dining Indian restaurants have been popping up across the DC area, from Punjab Grill’s glittering palace of mirrors in Penn Quarter to Bombay Velvet’s lobster malai curry in Reston. Missing from the mix? An upscale Indian dining room further down the Red Line in Montgomery County. Enter Commonwealth Indian, now open in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose complex. The 100-seat restaurant is helmed by chef Sunil Bastola, proprietor of Bollywood Bistro in Fairfax and Great Falls.

Bastola was born in a Nepalese city bordering northern India, and his menu focuses on the Indian subcontinent’s northern region. Regional delicacies include apricot dumplings in a creamy gravy sauce and spiced lamb chops. Bastola is also adding some local flare: the kitchen simmers jumbo Maryland lump crab in turmeric, coconut milk, and royal cumin for a yellow crab curry.

Bastola’s cooking is tinged by culinary school lessons from places like Japan, France, and Italy, he says. You can collaborate those places into your Indian food and make it something unique,” he says. “In Italian [food], you say meatball. We say kebab. The difference is the spices.”

The “prelude” section of the menu embodies Bastola’s philosophy on melding global flavors, layering mozzarella and korma sauce on a “naan pizza” and pairing Israeli salad with roti and chicken seekh kebabs. For dessert, the chef tucks chilled rose vermicelli under custard apple ice cream, and chocolate ganache is paired with cardamom for a “chocolate curry.” 

The drink menu includes classic cocktails like an old-fashioned and a negroni, as well as tropical tamarind margaritas and basil lychee mojitos. Brunch, on the hand, is all about the bubbles. On Sunday mornings beginning in June, Commonwealth Indian is rolling out a bottomless Champagne brunch ($19.95 per person) underneath the sleek dining room’s opulent gold ceiling. The brunch features a buffet of predominantly north Indian appetizers, curries, tandoori dishes, and breakfast plates, washed down with free-flowing sparkling wine.

Commonwealth Indian. 11610 Old Georgetown Rd., North Bethesda. 240-833-3055. Open Monday to Saturday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM for lunch, Monday to Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM for dinner, Friday to Saturday 5 PM to 10:30 PM for dinner, Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM for brunch, Sunday 5 PM to 9:30 PM for dinner. 

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Book a stay at Vista Celestial in Costa Rica by July 1 and receive discounts and credits worth over $1,000. Photo courtesy of Vista Celestial.

A Trip Back in Time

Where: Greensprings Vacation Resort, 3500 Ludwell Pkwy., Williamsburg, VA; 800-438-2929.

What’s special: About a 15-minute drive from Colonial Williamsburg is this resort, which has three pools (a heated indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and an outdoor children’s pool), a poolside bar, a fitness center, tennis, basketball, and a playground. Plus, accommodations come with a full kitchen and a washer/dryer. Also nearby are Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, golf courses, and the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

The deal: Book three nights and receive two complimentary tickets to the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, valued at $35 each. Rates start at $89 a night. To book, click here.

When: Valid for stays through December 31, 2019.

The Quieter Side of Myrtle Beach

Where: Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Pl., Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-913-1333.

What’s special: Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is a luxury hotel located within Grand Dunes Resort, a more secluded section of Myrtle Beach. Guests have access to an infinity-edge pool, a fitness center with pool, golf, tennis, and a shuttle bus to a private beach, five minutes away, with umbrellas, chairs, towels, showers, changing rooms, and the Beach Cabana Café. Next to the resort, you can rent a jet ski, go on a backwater adventure, or take a jet ski dolphin-watch tour. Close by is Broadway at the Beach (with restaurants, entertainment, and rides), Barefoot Landing (restaurants, shopping, Alabama Theater and its country-music shows, and the House of Blues), and the Carolina Opry. Or, head down to the boardwalk, with its frenzy of rides, games, and food options.

The deal: The “Couples Anniversary Grande Devotion” package includes luxury accommodations for two nights, sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, two cocktails at the on-site Reflections bar and eatery, a three-course dinner for two at on-site Waterscapes restaurant, and breakfast for two each morning. Washingtonian readers also receive a complimentary bottle of red or white house wine, a $28 value. The package price starts at $325, depending on season, which is at least 30 percent off of the regular rates. To book, call 877-913-1333 and mention the Washingtonian deal.

When: Valid for stays through December 30, 2019.

Kick Back in the Keys

Where: Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina, 84001 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada, FL; 305-664-2321.

What’s special: This 14-acre oceanfront resort offers paddle boarding, a dive center, a swim-up pool bar, an expansive beach, three restaurants, four bars, and rooms with personal fire pits. Opened in 1969, the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar inspired the Beach Boys song “Kokomo.” The Keys are known for sport fishing, and the resort has a new, fully equipped marina where guests can book fishing charters.

The deal: Washingtonian readers receive 10 percent off the leisure rate plus two free welcome drinks. To book, click here or call 305-664-2321 and ask for promo code Washingtonian. Rates start at $214 per room per night after the discount.

When: Valid for stays through December 19, 2019.

Not Just for Winter 

Where: Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, 0130 Daybreak Ridge; Avon, CO; 970-748-6200.

What’s special: In the rolling hills of Colorado’s Beaver Creek Mountains, this luxury resort offers a 21,000-square-foot spa and fitness center (with a sauna, steam rooms, co-ed grotto, and hot and cold plunge pools), as well as tennis, an outdoor pool, six places to dine, access to the Red Sky Golf Club, a Ritz Kids for ages 5-12, and shuttle transportation to and from Beaver Creek Village. Guest rooms feature Frette linens and marble bathrooms with a separate shower and oversized soaking tub; some rooms also have a fireplace, some have a balcony, and some have both. Guests can bike, sign up for guided hikes with an on-site naturalist to learn about the plants and animals that thrive on the mountain, take sunset strolls to stargaze, and ride the chair lift to the top of the mountain.

The deal: The “Edge of Wild” package includes a $200 resort credit when you stay three nights; the credit can be used toward a naturalist-led mountain hike, a spa treatment, or dining. Washingtonian readers also receive two signature cocktails at the new Fireside Bar at the base of the mountain. Mention Washingtonian at check-in to get this extra. Rates start at $199 per room per night.

When: Valid for stays June 15 through September 28, 2019.

A Tropical Escape

Where: Vista Celestial, 2 km Noreste de Catarata de Uvita, Uvita de Osa, Puntarenas Costa Rica, Uvita; 888-829-7560.

What’s special: Escape to a place with tropical flowers, toucans, monkeys, parrots, butterflies, and a rainforest. Private villas offer views of the Pacific Ocean, the rainforest, and jungle mountains. Each villa has an individual infinity pool/hot tub and an outdoor rainfall shower. Spa treatments can be done right on each villa’s terrace. Guests also can do yoga, and stroll to the main pool and waterfall Jacuzzi area. Only minutes away are 13 tropical beaches, more dining, and entertainment. The resort can arrange activities including surfing, whale- and dolphin-watching, and snorkeling.

The deal: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Deal” includes five nights of accommodations, a $200 credit towards tours or spa services, meals, beverages, alcohol at meal times, and all taxes. The price is $4,398 for two. For seven nights the price is $6,155, with a $250 credit. Washingtonian readers also receive an extra $50 credit for either package. For reservations with the extra $50 credit, email reservations@vistacelestial.com and mention the Washingtonian online deal.  Book before July 1, 2019, and you will receive an extra $850 discount.

When: Valid for stays through July, 2019.

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Monday mimosas for your long weekend.

Get a full Irish breakfast at Boundary Stone. Photograph courtesy of Boundary Stone

Can’t get out of the city for the Memorial Day holiday? Across the District, restaurants are extending their brunches for the three-day holiday weekend. Here’s where you can spend your staycation sipping Aperol spritzes.

All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront
79 Potomac Ave. SE
Whether you’re munching on breakfast pizza or sharing plates between friends, top off a meal with bottomless drink options including Aperol spritzes and mimosas for $21. Plus, $1 from every pizza sold will go to MTEC, an organization that helps develop medical solutions to prevent and treat injuries to U.S. armed services members.

Ambar DC & Clarendon
523 8th St. SE; 2901 Wilson Blvd.
Diners can indulge in endless libations and an array of Balkan small plates at this Capitol Hill haunt for $39 per person. At the Clarendon location, guests enjoy a similar deal for $34 per person and cocktails priced at 25 cents each.

Baba
2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Get your fix with fresh eats from the kitchen like a veggie omelet with ajvar sauce, or snag some pastries from the display counter. Baba’s unlimited brunch offerings are priced at $29 per person and $14 for children, with cocktails at a discounted price of 25 cents.

Boundary Stone
116 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Come to this laidback pub for hearty brunch favorites like a breakfast burger or the decadent Full Stone Breakfast. The bar doesn’t offer bottomless drinks on Memorial Day, but feel free to pair your meal with a bloody Mary or mimosa.

Boqueria Dupont Circle & Penn Quarter
1837 M St NW; 777 9th St NW
Not feeling a hearty plate? For $42 a person, diners can enjoy unlimited classic tapas options and a boozy brunch at all of Boqueria’s locations throughout the long weekend.

Brookland’s Finest
3126 12th St. NE
Enjoy some classic American cuisine on the holiday weekend at Brookland’s Finest, paired with brunch cocktails like the gin-based Finest 75 or the boozy Funky Monkey.

Chilaquiles are part of Buena Vida's unlimited small plates deal. Photograph courtesy of Buena Vida.Chilaquiles are part of Buena Vida’s unlimited small plates deal. Photograph courtesy of Buena Vida.

Buena Vida Silver Spring & Clarendon
8407 Ramsey Ave.; 2900 Wilson Blvd.
For $35 per person, guests can share an endless array of Mexican plates including tacos, quesadillas, guacamole, ceviche, and more. Quench your thirst with a Bloody Maria, made with blanco tequila and Buena Vida’s signature Bloody Mary mix. The Clarendon location offers a similar deal for $34 per person, with drinks ranging from $6 to $12 each.

DNV Rooftop
1155 14th St. NW
This trendy rooftop pool and restaurant at the Kimpton Donovan Hotel reopens for the season on May 24, offering beach-y drinks and bites along with a sweeping view of the District. Poolside brunch starts this weekend too with options like “booze on a stick” (a.k.a. boozy ice pops) and chicken and waffles.  The Sunday Pool Parties series start at noon and the $10 ticket includes a canned cocktail.

Farmers Restaurant Group
Multiple locations in DC, MD, VA
This local restaurant group, which includes Founding FarmersFarmers & Distillers, and Farmers Fishers Bakers, serves an extensive brunch on holiday weekends. Menus and formats vary by location (including buffets at Farmers & Distillers and Farmers Fishers).  Expect an eclectic, crowd-pleasing mix of dishes, cocktails, and fresh juices at all.

Slate Wine Bar + Bistro
2404 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Celebrate the holiday with some modern American fare like beef short ribs or vanilla bean french toast. Top it all off with unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas for $15, or sangria for $20.

Supra
1205 11th St. NW
Treat yourself to a Georgian feast as Supra extends its brunch offerings to Monday. Choose from savory dishes like the breakfast khachapuri with potato and cheese, or a sweet Georgian coffee cake with a cinnamon butter filling.

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DC sommelier Erik Segelbaum proposed to Ryann Deering at the National Museum of African Art

Want to know how to propose like one of DC’s top sommeliers? We got the scoop on Erik Segelbaum’s elaborate engagement at the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum.

It was roughly two years ago when Segelbaum, a recognized figure in the DC restaurant community, started thinking about how to propose to his girlfriend of four years, Ryann Deering. The pair met while working in the hospitality industry and have been inseparable ever since. “I knew we belonged together and that a grand gesture was necessary for proposing,” says Segelbaum. So, what better place to pop the question than their favorite Smithsonian museum? From creating a secret email for discussing logistics, to building a mock exhibit, here’s how he pulled off a wow-worthy proposal.

The Location: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art

Thanks to his career, Segelbaum has been a bystander to many (maybe too many) restaurant proposals. So he knew he wanted his engagement to be somewhere unique and also in a way that hadn’t been done before. “Ryann and I love visiting museums,” he says, noting they’ve especially grown a liking to the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum. So, it was a no-brainer that the underground art institute was the ideal setting.

Photograph courtesy of the National Museum of African Art

The Plan: “The Reverse Heist”

Typically heists involve stealing a diamond, but if you want to know how to propose in a museum, then it’s, well, the exact opposite. Segelbaum, instead, had the engagement ring placed inside the museum’s “Good as Gold” exhibit—a display of all the most powerful female Senegalese jewelers. But how did he get the museum’s staff to go along with such an elaborate plan? “At first they were hesitant to the idea,” Segelbaum says. But once he started explaining the details, they were taken by his story—”caught up in the romanticism,” he says. Eager to make the magical moment come to life, the museum helped Segelbaum design a case, stand, and label with proper text so that the engagement ring looked like it belonged in the exhibit. “I worked with the Smithsonian for months,” he says. He even created a secret email account—thesomlyay@gmail.com—just for communicating so that Ryann wouldn’t find out.

The Ring: Oval-Cut Diamond

The sparkler itself was its own work of art. To find the perfect rock, Erik actually got in touch with a jeweler in California who sources jewelry for celebrities. After picking out the ring, a 2.5-carat oval-cut solitaire set in platinum, Segelbaum had it shipped to the Smithsonian where they kept it in one of their vaults until the big day. Talking about a mastermind.  

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The Proposal: A South African Wine Class Turns Into An Engagement

In order to get Ryann to the museum, Erik told her he was teaching a South African wine class there and they were invited to a luncheon beforehand. “That way she would be dressed up without it being suspicious,” says Erik. At the museum, the Smithsonian’s events team had a few tricks of their own. They kept the proposal foolproof by taking the couple on a (fake) walk-through of where the wine class would be and then suggested they kill some time by exploring the museum—specifically the must-see “Good as Gold” exhibit. From there, Erik’s plan came to life. As they were walking around the exhibit, Ryann stumbled upon the piece and stopped. “She saw her name on the case and was like ‘Wait—what is going on?’ ” says Segelbaum. On display was the oval-cut ring with the text that read, “On loan from the collection of Ryann Deering Gifted to her on May 9, 2019 on the occasion of her engagement to Erik Segelbaum.” And how did she respond to this dreamy proposal? After Erik swiftly removed the case, retrieved the ring, and got down on one knee, Ryann knelt too, and burst into happy tears. “Everyone was crying,” Erik says, and one by one employees of the museum—from the light director who lit the case to the mount maker who mounted the ring—came over to not only congratulate the couple, but also to tell Ryann how they pulled it all off. A grand DC proposal for the books.

With friends and family all over Europe, the pair plan to wed next summer in Portugal. 

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Michelle Dickson and Todd Betor’s DC wedding at the DAR takes chic to a whole new level.

Before their gorgeous DC wedding, Michelle and Todd were coworkers. They met when Todd bumped into Michelle at the printer machine—where he instantly became smitten. “I was immediately struck by Michelle and kept finding excuses to talk to her in the office,” says Todd. From small talk to coffee breaks and sushi lunches, the two finally became a pair after Todd surprised Michelle with a coffee on her desk and asked her out. “We have not looked back since,” says Michelle.  

When they began planning their swoon-worthy DC wedding, they wanted a “classic black-tie wedding without the stuffiness” and were able to achieve an elegant aesthetic with the help of a neutral color scheme that was accented with pops of pink peonies, gold decor, and lush greenery. Along with their timeless color palette and stylish decorations, Michelle and Todd served a delicious plated dinner duo featuring seared steak and sea-salt-crusted salmon—yum! If those details haven’t satisfied your wedding taste buds just yet, check out more of their big day below.

Couples planning a DC wedding should definitely take some notes from Michelle and Todd’s black tie event.

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Invitations featured gold calligraphy on crisp white paper to match the couple’s classic wedding theme.

Greenery was used to accent the couple’s florals in a subtle (and trendy!) way.

To make the big day even more special, Todd surprised Michelle and her ‘maids while they were getting ready with Champagne and Georgetown Cupcakes.

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Michelle’s mom helped with the finishing touches.

Michelle looked stunning in a satin A-line gown accessorized with a V-neckline. She completed her DC wedding-day look with her hair pulled back in a chic updo.

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Her bouquet was filled with pretty florals, such as snapdragons, peonies, poppies, and anemones.

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Todd looked dapper in a black tuxedo accessorized with a pink-peony boutonniere.

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Before they headed to the altar, the couple opted for an adorable first look.

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When planning their wedding, it was important to the couple that their guests would also have a great time celebrating. So, they surprised their guests with late-night snacks, such as grilled cheese sandwiches, fries, and dipping sauces.

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Bridesmaids wore blush chiffon gowns in a variety of different necklines.

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Groomsmen also looked handsome in matching black tuxedos.

Fun fact: Todd popped the question to Michelle at the Jefferson Memorial where he arranged for a professional photographer to capture the entire proposal. Afterwards, the couple headed to an engagement dinner at Fiola, then ended the night with celebratory drinks at the Gibson with their closest friends.   

A welcome sign greeted guests as they entered the Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial Hall.

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The ceremony site featured an assortment of florals, such as a magnificent fireplace arrangement.

White peonies tied to Chiavari chairs were used as aisle markers.

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Michelle and Todd were all smiles as they exchanged vows.  

After the ceremony, the couple held a formal sit-down reception that featured round tables dressed in white linens, Chiavari chair seating, and soft, romantic lighting.

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Michelle’s favorite detail from her DC wedding were the Champagne-filled flutes that doubled as escort cards.

Tabletops were decorated with candle votives and gold vases overflowing with florals, which easily complemented the elegant setting.

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French 75 cocktails and Bourbon Sidecars were served as the couple’s signature drinks, and a three-tiered almond cake filled raspberry jam and adorned with hand-piping details was cut and served, as well.

After Michelle and Todd’s DC wedding, they spent their honeymoon road tripping throughout France.

The Details:

Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography
Venue:
Daughters of the American Revolution  | Event Planning & Design: L&L Events | Florist: Cedar & Lime | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch
Caterer: Purple Onion Catering | Dessert: Buttercream Bakeshop | Hair & Makeup Artist: Best Face Forward Bride’s Attire: Sareh Nouri | Groom’s Attire: Read Wall | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Azazie  Groomsmen’s Attire: Black Tux  Music/Entertainment: Dapper DJs
Videographer:
SkipperFilms | Lighting: Frost DC

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Photo via iStock.

Finding the time to exercise while traveling is tough, yes, but so is finding the space. Maybe you’re stuck in your grandmother’s tiny house during Thanksgiving or in a crowded beach condo over Memorial Day weekend, with nary a gym in sight.

No worries. Thanks to DC trainer Errick McAdams, this workout is crafted for those in tight spots who need to get in a sweat sans gym equipment. So now you really have no excuse—sorry!

Beginners should complete the below workout once, while advanced athletes should perform all the rounds twice. Happy sweating!

Round One:

10 jumping jacks
1 squat thrust (a burpee without a push-up or jump at the end)

Repeat for 10 sets, for a total of 100 jumping jacks and 10 squat thrusts.

Round Two:

10/8/6/4/2 bodyweight squats*
1 pushup (regular or modified on the knees)

*Reduce bodyweight squats by two reps each set, so that you do 10 the first set, eight the second, and so on. 

Repeat for five sets, for a total of 30 squats and 10 pushups

Round Three: 

10/8/6/4/2 plank walk-outs*
10 crunches or full sit-ups

*Reduce plank walk-outs by two reps each set, so that you do 10 the first set, eight the second, and so on. 

Repeat for five sets, for a total of 30 plank walk-outs and 50 crunches or sit-ups. 

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Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She previously was the editorial assistant at Walter Magazine in Raleigh, North Carolina, and freelanced for PoPVille and DCist. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Adams Morgan.

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HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 23, 2019) – Ryan Tapani cruised through his first start in the South Atlantic League and the Suns offense came out early to support him in a 5-1 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators at Municipal Stadium Thursday night.

Tapani finished his debut after four scoreless innings. He fanned four while allowing just three hits, but did not factor into the decision. 

The offense came out immediately to support him. Cody Wilson started the first with a drive over the center field wall, his third lead-off homer of the year to break the scoreless tie. After that, Justin Connell reached on an error before Jacob Rhinesmith laced a triple into the right field corner to score him and make Hagerstown’s (21-25) lead 2-0.

The inning did not end there. Nic Perkins dribbled a single to the outfield to plate Rhinesmith then Kyle Marinconz smacked a double down the left field line off Kannapolis (20-26) starter Kade McClure (L, 1-3) to put runners on second and third with two outs for Jose SanchezSanchez rocketed the ball between the legs of third baseman Luis Curbelo to score the two runners and put the Suns in front 5-0.

That’s all the pitching staff needed. Chandler Day (W, 1-1) took the ball from Tapani. The Vanderbilt-product matched the starter’s four innings, allowing just two hits while Kannapolis scored one unearned run against him. 

Jacob Howell finished off the Intimidators, spinning a scoreless ninth while fanning a pair of batters. It was Howell’s first outing since July 1, 2017.

The win put the Suns a game in front of Kannapolis in the standings and one game back of the West Virginia Power for fourth place in the Northern Division.

Hagerstown finishes their series with the Intimidators tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. at Municipal Stadium. RHP Tomas Alastre (3-3, 5.89 ERA) gets the start for Hagerstown, while righty Jonathan Stiever (3-3, 4.59 ERA) gets the nod for Kannapolis.

Tomorrow is High School Pride Night at Municipal Stadium. If you use the promo code for your local area high school, portions of the ticket sale will go towards that high school. For tickets and more information call 301-791-6266 or visit hagerstownsuns.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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The third DC location is now open, with two more opening this summer and fall.

The May 23 ribbon cutting at the Wawa in Columbia Heights. All photos by Elliot Williams.

Early on Thursday morning in Columbia Heights, students ran in to grab snacks before class, and commuters, lured by the free coffee, were greeted by Wally Goose for the opening of Wawa’s third DC location. It wasn’t quite the melee of the chain’s local debut in 2017, when crowds waited more than an hour for a hoagie, but Philly’s Wawa fanaticism has clearly started to spread to Washington. (More free coffee through May 26 doesn’t hurt.) Already, two more locations are on the way: a Tenleytown store will open in June, and an Adams Morgan store is slated for early fall.

“This is what I grew up on,” says 26-year-old Philly native Willy Annan, who used to go to Wawa almost every day in high school. (Go-to order: a pint of half & half lemonade-iced tea, a Sizzli sandwich for breakfast, or a hotdog for lunch.) “You might be underwhelmed when you first come in, but when it’s part of your daily life, that’s when you’re like‚ oh wait, I get this.”

The latest store, at the corner of 14th and Irving streets Northwest, replaces a rotating roster of restaurants, which has included Five Guys, Potbelly, and Pete’s Apizza. It’s also smaller than its DC counterparts—about 6,000 square feet compared to the 9,200-square-foot store downtown and the 7,100-square-foot Georgetown location, which opened in December.

The new location also comes with new menu items, including customizable salad and grain bowls as well as additional milkshake options. But for Columbia Heights Educational Campus teacher David Jaramillo, it’s still all about the hoagies.

“Any sandwich you get, you can put whatever you want on it,” he says. “As a teacher, you need all the good experiences you can get.”

The Columbia Heights Wawa on opening day. Teachers at the nearby Columbia Heights Education Center pose with Wally Goose. Representatives from Capital Area Food Bank and a team raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night event participate in a hoagie-building competition. Each participating charity received $1,000.

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Elliot joined Washingtonian in January 2018. An alum of Villanova University, he grew up in the Philadelphia area before moving to Syracuse to pursue a master’s in journalism. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, CatholicNews.com, and Syracuse.com. He lives in Eckington.

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On the menu: a rooftop pool party, summer luau, and winery concert.

Chill by the rooftop pool with summery drinks at DNV near Logan Circle. Photograph courtesy of DNV

Overindulge the Georgian way—with big platters and big wines—at Logan Circle’s Supra on Thursday night with an all-inclusive dinner (8 to 10:30 PM). The $125 ticket includes patronage of a tamada (toastmaster), who will regale guests with customary Georgian toasts. Expect to walk into work full on Friday.

Head to The Chocolate House on Friday for chocolate truffles paired with Spanish red, white, and sparkling wines from Tradewinds. The “DC Wine Guys” will be on hand to offer pairing tips and other helpful advice.

An assortment of dips and cheeses on the Supra tasting board. Photography by Evy Mages

Visit Brookland food hall Tastemakers on Friday from 7 to 9PM for a vegetarian cooking class that bounds across Thailand, Spain, and Greece. That means learning about—then consuming—plates as eclectic as bamboo salad and moussaka in a single sitting. Tickets, which go for $75, include a choice of beer or wine.

Hit the beach—in downtown DC—this Friday when the Kimpton Donovan Hotel opens its DNV Rooftop for the summer. The conga line of cocktails  includes the dark rum-based Sand in Ya Shorts and Sunrise in Ha Long Bag, a blend of cognac and cold brew coffee. To eat: pool-friendly fare like grilled mahi-mahi tacos and drunken pork ribs. This weekend also kicks off the Rooftop Sunday Pool Parties series starting at noon, where the $10 ticket includes a canned cocktail.

If Memorial Day weekend is any indicator you’ll be partying on rooftops this summer. Radiator in Logan Circle will host a rooftop luauFriday to Sunday at 5 PM, with Hawaiian fare like coconut shrimp and kalua pork. Guests are free to watch chef Jonathan Dearden roast the whole pig on Friday while sipping tiki cocktails. Entry is free.

Catch a sneak peak of The Eastern—Eastern Market’s incoming wine bar—during a Saturday happy hour from 4 to 7 PM at its Capitol Hill sibling, Barrel. The preview includes bites and sips and you can also heckle The Eastern’s managerial staff  for an opening date (it’s currently TBD). 

Grab a bottle of vino and kick back amongst the vineyards of Tarara Winery on Saturday for a musical journey through the ’80s when the winery kicks off its summer concert series at 6PM (for the non-wine drinkers, there’ll be beer). A small fleet of food trucks like Red Hook Lobster Pound and Uncle Fred’s BBQ Smoke Shack will also be on site. Tickets start at $20.

The Graham. Photograph courtesy of epg PR.

Test that summer body on Sunday at The Graham Rooftop, which is hosting a Memorial Day bash from noon until 2 AM. Amongst the specials are a $25 barbecue platter for two with brisket, pulled pork, and mac n’ cheese. Chicken sliders and smoked brisket tacos go for $12, while wines are only $3 and drafts are $5. Entry is free.

Victory Brewing Company is swinging down from Philadelphia to City Tap Penn Quarter on Monday from 11 AM to 4 PM to help kick off summer. The Penn Quarter beer bar is dishing up $18 barbecue plates with honey barbecue chicken or a half smoke and sides. If you’re feeling nautical instead, City Tap Dupont is shucking oysters for a buck and has its own drink deals like $8 frosé and $5 brews.

In celebration of Memorial Day and its third year of existence, Atlas Brew Works in Ivy City has extended hours on Monday from 1 to 8 PM and plans to knock a dollar off its lager, District Common, for the whole day.

Toki Underground best ramen restaurant DC.Ramen at Toki Underground. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Heading into the work week…

Catch the up and coming DC soul outfit “Oh He Dead” at the H Street ramen spot Toki Underground on Tuesday at 9PM. Tickets, available for $40, gets you entry to the show and is redeemable for your first drink (try sangria, spring cocktails, or a simple Sapporo). Mini banh mis, profiteroles, and other small bites are available.

Will Peischel

Editorial Fellow

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You won’t want to miss these hotspots.

Thamee, DC’s only full-service Burmese restaurant, is open on H Street (pictured: mohinga, a catfish curry). Photograph by Farrah Skeiky

Thamee
1320 H St., NE
The District’s only full-service Burmese restaurant is now open on H Street, Northeast from the Toli Moli team. The name, which means “daughter,” nods to mother-daughter duo Jocelyn Law-Yone and Simone Jacobson (Eric Wang is also a partner). Dine family-style on boldly flavored dishes like mohinga (catfish-lemongrass curry with somen noodles), three-layer pork with pickled mango, whole steamed turmeric fish, and ginger salad. And if you’re a fan of Toli’s faloodas, you’ll like the desserts.

Denizens Brewing Co. opens in Riverdale Park Station with a 150-seat pub. Photograph courtesy of Denizens.

Denizens Brewing Co. Riverdale Park Station
4550 Van Buren St., Riverdale Park, MD
Silver Spring’s star brewery is branching out with a huge second location at Riverdale Park Station, which opens May 25. In addition to finding core brews like the Southside Rye IPA and Born Bohemian Pilsner, look for seasonal creations like Backyard Boogie, a wine barrel-aged saison plus a full bar with cocktails and wine in the 150-seat taproom. Chef James Marroquin leads the kitchen serving eclectic, pub-style eats like burgers, steamed mussels, quesadillas, and chicken satay.

Hanumanh Thip Khao tiki drinks Lao bar food ShawHanumanh serves tiki drinks and Lao bar fare (pictured: red crab curry and banana blossom salad).

Hanumanh
1604 Seventh St., NW
Thip Khao’s mother-and-son chef team, Seng Luangrath and Bobby Pradachith, are going lively and modern with their new Shaw spot, which nods to Laotian drinking culture. Look for herb and chili-infused tiki drinks from former Barmini head bartender Al Thompson matched with a small, oft-changing menu of charcoal-grilled dishes, bright salads, crab curry, and more. A colorful patio is the place to be in nice weather.

Lucy's burger bar PetworthLucy’s is now open above Little Coco’s for burgers and fries. Photograph courtesy Lucy’s.

Lucy’s
3907 14th St., NW
Petworth has a new burger spot thanks to Little Coco’s restaurateurs Jackie Greenbaum and Gordon Banks, who’ve converted the rooftop of their Italian restaurant into a home for cheeseburgers and “McDonald’s-style” fries. The fanciest thing on the menu is the Royale with sliced foie gras and truffle aioli, but the rest is no-frills down to the $7 American cheese burgers with “saucy sauce” and $3.50 PBRs.

Dacha beer garden Navy Yard Nationals Park drink by the water.Dacha opens an 800-person beer garden near the water in Navy Yard. Photograph courtesy of Dacha

Dacha Navy Yard Beer Garden
79 Potomac Ave., SE
Dacha just opened a swanky new restaurant and lounge near Nationals Park, and now they’re getting back to their beer garden roots with a huge outdoor bar. The 800-person biergarten, located steps from the eatery, is lined with linden and maple trees and boasts waterfront views. You won’t find drafts, but a big list of packaged brews will satisfy beer nerds, including Dachnik, DC Brau’s special can of Helles-style lager exclusively for Dacha. Look for a beer garden food menu to launch soon.

Anna Spiegel

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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