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Join us Friday, February 8 at 11 AM to chat with Ann Limpert. Have questions about our brand new 100 Best Restaurants list? How best to take advantage of this outdoor dining/drinking weather? Or maybe you just need a dinner recommendation. Leave a question below, and Ann will get to as many as she can.

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Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

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She’s one of several Democratic lawmakers bringing furloughed feds as guests.

Wexton on election night in 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Virginia’s 10th Congressional District contains three major air traffic centers, including Dulles International Airport, the Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, and Manassas Regional Airport. So, to newly elected US Representative Jennifer Wexton, bringing a constituent who’s also an air traffic controller as her guest for Tuesday’s State of the Union felt like a sure thing: “For me, when [furloughed constituents] started sending pay stubs with a $0 balance after eighty hours of work it was horrifying,” Wexton tells Washingtonian.” When it happened a second time, it was even worse.”

Wexton invited Linda McCray, an air traffic controller who was furloughed during the partial government shutdown, to join her for Tuesday night’s big speech. Both women reside in Leesburg and knew each other even before Wexton won a seat in the Virginia state senate in 2014. McCray is attending with “some trepidation” about the fast-approaching deadline for avoiding another shutdown, Wexton says. “I think she’s very worried, for herself and for her colleagues.”

By one estimate, the shutdown cost DC over $1.6 billion in lost economic output and wreaked havoc in the lives of feds like McCray. During the lapse in funding, Wexton was among one of several lawmakers who asked for her paycheck to be withheld or reappropriated during the shutdown. Wexton says she’s cautiously optimistic about the President’s announced themes of unity and inclusion. “Time will tell whether that’s sincere or so many words.”

Some of the 2020 presidential hopefuls, including US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, have also invited invite constituents who were affected by the shutdown. US Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois will be joined by an EPA employee as well. Despite all the lingering hard feelings over the shutdown, Wexton says she’s looking forward to tonight’s speech: “Having grown up in the Washington area, seeing all of the State of the Union addresses over the years, to actually be here in person is so humbling and kind of surreal for me.”

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José Andrés served over 10,000 meals for furloughed federal workers during the government shutdown. Now, the well-known chef (and vocal critic of President Trump) plans to join Nancy Pelosi as her guest during Tuesday night’s of the Union address. As he heads into the speech, Andrés says he’s looking forward to chatting with other members of Congress and their guests. “It’s an honor. I know this doesn’t happen often, this is my second time but I think those are important times,” he says.

That’s right, this is Andrés’s second time at a big Trump speech: He attended Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress back in 2017 as a guest of US Representative Filemon Vela, a Democrat from Texas. At the time, Andrés was still in the midst of a legal fight (since settled) with Trump after he backed out of opening a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel.

A senior Trump administration official told reporters during a planning meeting last Friday that the theme for Tuesday’s speech would underscore bipartisanship. “We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds,” Trump’s slated to say according to remarks in a flyer that was circulated to GOP supporters. Andrés hopes Trump delivers on that promise. “I hope that tonight we hear a speech of unity, inclusion,” he says. “Not a speech of exclusion.”

Andrés will attend tonight’s event alongside Planned Parenthood’s new president, Leana Wen. “We go there on behalf of everyone else,” he says. “I feel like I’m there on behalf of the workers left without a job, who didn’t receive a check for over a month. On behalf of the 11 million who are waiting to be a part of the American dream, on behalf of the Dreamers, on behalf of those children who are separated from their parents without any logical explanation.”

“In the end, I’m there on behalf of many Americans who are hoping their leaders will do just that, lead them.”

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Little Serow. Photograph by Scott Suchman

There’s still time to snag a Valentine’s Day reservation—or plan your perfect walk-in strategy—at these places, which are among the top 50 on our 2019 Very Best Restaurants list (on newsstands now).

1250 9th St., NW; 79 Potomac Ave., SE
While some people’s idea of a Valentine’s meal is caviar and roses, we’d be happier splitting a great bottle of wine, snacks, and creative pizzas at chef Mike Friedman’s red sauce-y pizzerias. A few faves: the Caesar, calamari, and pepperoni-honey pie.

2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 3309 Connecticut Ave., NW
Looking for a Valentine’s date spot that’s not super fancy/expensive but still serves great food? Rasika restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s Indian street food spots in Cleveland Park and Foggy Bottom fit the bill (and unlike Rasika you can still get reservations). In addition to the a la carte menus, look for specials like grilled spiced lamb chops and shrimp biryani.

801 O St., NW
Early and later reservations are still available at chef Cedric Maupillier’s charming French bistro, where you can split classics like leeks dijonnaise, bouillabaisse, and duck a l’orange. Note that rustic sister restaurant Mintwood Place (also on our top 100) would make a charming date spot as well.

At Convivial in Shaw, Washington, DC, diners can share plates of scallop boudin blanc with snow peas and trout roe (opposite left) or pickled rockfish with green papaya and winter radish. Photograph by Scott Suchman.Convivial. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

The Dabney
1222 9th St., NW
No surprise, dining tables are booked for Valentine’s Day. But! The Dabney Cellar, chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s romantic wine bar below the restaurant, opens at 6 PM for regular no-reservations service. Think delicious wines, oysters, hams, and more.

1520 14th St., NW
This Spanish restaurant is a reliable partner—it’s been going strong and steady for over eight years. Most of the dining room is reserved for walk-ins, so grab your date for a night of stellar Spanish cocktails and tapas. We love the seafood options such as garlicky shrimp or wild razor clams.

Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana
12207 Darnestown Rd., Darnestown
If your partner is serious about Neapolitan pizza, take him or her to the best: chef Tony Conte’s destination-worthy restaurant near Gaithersburg. Go for the winter black truffle pie to make it feel even more like a special occasion. 

Iron Gate
1734 N St., NW
While the snug dining room is booked for the holiday, you can still head to the “Tunnel of Love” bar housed in the atmospheric carriageway. Elaborate decorations and a special music-themed food and drink menu are on tap for the festivities.

A sashimi platter at Izakaya Seki. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Izakaya Seki
1117 V St., NW
People who love Japanese food—sans Valentine’s hoopla—will do well at this cozy izakaya, where it’s walk-in business as usual. Always swoon-worthy is the lineup of sashimi, small plates, and sake.

751 Wharf St., SW
Chef Cathal Armstrong’s Filipino/Thai/Korean spot at the Wharf serves a shareable “Some Like It Hot” menu ($50 per person) for the holiday with four courses, including blue crab curry with basil and stuffed baby pig with long peppers.

Little Serow
1511 17th St., NW
Tables are first-come, first-serve at Komi chef Johnny Monis’ fiery Thai restaurant—all the better for last-minute V-Day plans. (Just get there before the doors open at 5:30 PM due to the inevitable line.) The six-course menus are $54 per person.

Mirabelle’s “beehive” with lemon curd and meringue. Photograph by Scott Suchman.Mirabelle’s “beehive” with lemon curd and meringue. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

900 16th St., NW
Pretty Mirabelle goes the decadent route with a four-course menu from chef Keith Bombaugh dotted with luxe items like foie and oysters. V-Day reservations are still available around 5 PM and 9 PM. 

Poca Madre
777 I St., NW
Chef Victor Albisu’s sultry modern Mexican restaurant makes a great date spot, especially if you like mezcal cocktails, ceviches, and DIY tacos with platters of duck or grilled pork chops. Early and late reservations are still available at the time of this post.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar
1309 5th St., NE; 1150 Maine Ave., SW
These first-come/first-serve oyster bars at Union Market and The Wharf are turning out some great seafood these days, from bracingly fresh shellfish to creative plates. (Try the riff on clams casino with Thai sausage and coconut.) Add a few delicious cocktails or a bottle of bubbly, and you have a celebration.

The dining room at Sushi Nakazawa. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Rose’s Luxury
717 8th St., SE
Make it a double date—ticketed reservations for four-to-five guests are still available at Rose’s Luxury for Valentine’s Day weekend (Thursday-Saturday; $95 per person tasting menu). Nearby at wine-centric sister Little Pearl, take your favorite Japanophile for the prix-fixe—Japanese snacks matched with natural wines—on Friday ($99 per person).

Sushi Nakazawa
1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Plan a Valentine’s Day funday lunch at this transportive omakase counter, which has splurge-worthy midday reservations available for February 14 ($150 per person).

2 Amys
3715 Macomb St., NW
Our idea of low-key date night happiness involves the back bar of this pizzeria, a bottle of great wine, and the kitchen’s beautifully simple Italian small plates (and sure, maybe a pizza).

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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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Maybe we should all start prioritizing self-care (looking at you, Mitch McConnell).

Ocasio-Cortez in DC this past November. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

When Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted her skincare routine on Instagram last week, the internet immediately lit up. Some heralded her down-to-earth-ness, a breath of fresh air and personality in what can be a very stagnant world of politics. Some decried the posts, claiming that it detracted from the seriousness of her role. Others were just simply happy she shared her tips. (I mean, regardless of where you lie on the political spectrum, we can all agree on this—the woman has great skin.)

Greater implications aside, I wanted to know: What is a day in the life of AOC’s epidermis like?  To be honest, pursuing this story was a lazy move on my behalf. Her routine is basically the same as mine—that is to say, not very involved: taking off my makeup, washing my face, toning, moisturizing, putting on a mask every now and then, using sunscreen and minimal makeup, repeat. 

It turns out that, as far as self-care routines go, we have a lot in common: She’s a big fan of having a separate wardrobe for work and lounging, which, as someone with as many pajama sets as a retired divorcee in Palm Beach, I fully endorse. And I, too, follow a vegan-ish diet: I try to eat as little cheese and dairy as possible, but, like monitoring my oxygen intake or keeping my cells from dividing, it’s hard.

And just like Ocasio-Cortez’s mom, my mother also used to berate me for touching my face, prying my fingers from my chin like they were nails in a board. She even used to call me at my first job post-college and nag me to sanitize my phone speaker so I wouldn’t break out. Yes, you’re coming to the correct conclusion—AOC and I are probably long-lost sisters separated at birth. 

It makes sense, then, that nothing earth-shattering happened after giving my pores the AOC treatment. It was pretty much business as usual, and I didn’t wake up one morning ready to dedicate my life to progressive politics or with a burning desire to don a white pantsuit and take on the establishment.

After a week of Ocasio-Cortez-ing, I still just looked like me, although I did follow her lead and wear highlighter, which made me look like a dewy cherub glowing post-sauna, and the gold hoops-and-red lipstick combo, which gave me a certain mystique, like Annie Leibovitz might pop out at any second and photograph me against velvet drapery. I also followed her lead and decided not to wear makeup for a weekend, which was great. (I did this while camping outside of Charlottesville, which made me momentarily worried someone would mistake me in my makeup-less state for Bigfoot and try to tranquilize and taxidermy me.)

All this aside, what was most revealing actually had nothing to do with my skin at all—it was the response to Ocasio-Cortez’s posts. Of course, plenty of people were glad she’d posted her skincare tips, but there were also many on social media who thought she was downplaying her seriousness as a politician by doing so. A male politician would never do something like this, said some. I don’t care about her skincare habits; I just care about her policy, said others.

Don’t get me wrong—I certainly believe there’s a burdensome and unrealistic amount of pressure on women to maintain physical appearances. Comparing the shit in my medicine cabinet to my boyfriend’s makes my brain pulse like a forest fire (and that’s a whole other essay for another day). But the fact that people, especially women, would give Ocasio-Cortez flak for sharing her skincare routine—well, I find that ridiculous. 

Why must a woman interested in policy automatically be disinterested in her pores? This reductive assertion perpetuates the myth that women are only legitimate when they fit neatly in a certain role: namely the one displayed by stodgy, older male politicians who apparently were born pore-less, like smooth, filibustering seals (although, my apologies to you, Mitch McConnell, if you are actually a fan of Korean beauty products).

This is probably one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my 20s, and one it seems AOC holds close, too—that taking care of yourself is one of the best things you can do for others, too. You’re happier, more productive, more balanced, more centered when you’re prioritizing your health and needs. And let’s be real—if anyone needs to be prioritizing this, it’s members of Congress. Consider this an invitation to any Senate or House members that need to decompress post-State of the Union tonight: My apartment door is always open. I’ll have the jade rollers and clay masks waiting.

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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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Ring in the Year of the Pig with Peking duck parties, pig roasts, and more.

Destination Wedding is transforming into Destination Hong Kong to celebrate Chinese New Year. Photograph courtesy of Raisa Aziz.

Restaurants across the District are going big for the Year of the Pig. Here’s where to join the festivities.

American Son
1201 K St., NW
This Eaton Hotel restaurant helmed by Tim Ma is serving a special New Year menu all day today. Feast on whole roasted duck, scallion pancakes, and spicy sesame noodles for lunch or dinner.

423 Eighth St., SE
Danny Lee and Scott Drewno’s Chinese-Korean spot is celebrating with events and specials through February 10th. Pay homage to the Year of the Pig with whole pigs roasted daily and a special pork plate featuring pulled pork and spicy pork dumplings. Guest chefs are popping in this weekend for ticketed, multi-course brunches.  

Destination Wedding
1800 14th St., NW
On February 8th and 9th, this wedding-themed bar is transforming into Destination Hong Kong. It will serve cocktails that pull together ingredients like black sesame, yuzu, and lemongrass liquor. Take a break from eating food from Laoban Dumplings and belt out your go-to karaoke jam.

1351 H St., NE
Erik Bruner-Yang’s Chinese New Year celebration is on February 9th, replete with lion dancing and a three course prix-fixe menu. Look for crystal shrimp dumplings, a roasted-red-pork bao platter, and fan-favorite fried chicken.

Q by Peter Chang
4500 East West Hwy., Bethesda
Family-friendly festivities are happening from 11 AM to 2 PM on February 17th at Peter Chang’s Bethesda flagship (tickets are $50 per person and $20 for children 12 and under). Enter the main dining room, bedecked with red lanterns and a 40-foot dragon, for stations serving dumplings and Peking duck. Activities include paper cutting and calligraphy. 

The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
The Newseum restaurant has an action packed evening tonight, with live cooking demos from nine DC area chefs. Plus, Sloppy Mama’s BBQ will be roasting a whole pig. The celebration continues on February 9th with a dumpling making class followed by a family-style dim sum brunch.

Spoken English
1770 Euclid St., NW
The standing-room-only spot at the Line Hotel is featuring a special menu with chicken-skin dumplings and Cantonese-style barbecue pork. Well-wishes for the new year come in the form of dessert, titled Health, Gold, and Fortune with dishes like a coconut/lotus-seed pastry and chocolate fortune cookie.

Tiger Fork
922 N St., NW
Thursday, February 7th, look for a night market (8 PM to midnight) with speciality candies, fruits, and gifts. Wash down spicy wontons with bartender Ian Fletcher’s Chinese medicinal cocktails. On February 9th, complimentary tea will be paired with kung fu demos and performances by lion and dragon dancers.

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Find drink specials, bingo, and live screenings for Trump’s second SOTU address

Trump’s 2018 State of the Union. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

After being pushed back a week due to the government shutdown, President Donald Trump will give his second State of the Union address at 9 PM tonight, followed by a Democratic response from Stacey Abrams. Whether you’ll be cheering at the speech or crying to it, here are some Washington bars and restaurants where you can watch the 2019 SOTU.

Busboys and Poets
450 K St., NW
Come watch—or hate watch—the State of the Union at Busboys and Poets’ recently renovated Mount Vernon location. Starting at 8 PM,  activist group CODEPINK will host a pre- and post-SOTU discussion with actor Danny Glover, Busboys and Poets’ owner Andy Shallal, and others. Seating is first-come first-served, and the restaurant’s full menu and bar will be available throughout the event.

Hawk ‘n’ Dove
329 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
The Capitol Hill standby will air Trump’s speech along with its Flip Night. From 9 PM to 10 PM, ask the bartender to flip a coin, and if you get a blank, the bar will pay for your drink. One drink per flip, and one flip per person.

Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St., NW
From the people who brought you 2016’s “An Election Returns Cry-In” and 2017’s “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Drink” comes 2019’s “How Has This Only Been Two Years” watch party. Columbia Heights’ Wonderland Ballroom will start playing State of the Union Coverage at 8 PM and offers complimentary cheese puffs to anyone who wants something to throw during the speech.

Mission Navy Yard
1221 Van St., SE
DC Young Republicans and Arlington Falls Church Young Republicans will host a watch party at Mission Navy Yard from 7:30 to 10 PM. Specials include $5 Estrella pints, $6 rail drinks, $8 margaritas, and $9 wings and nachos.

Lost & Found
1240 9th St., NW
Watch the State of the Union and Stacey Abrams’s response with Planned Parenthood advocates of DC, Maryland, and NoVa from 9 to 11 PM at this Shaw bar. No advertised drink specials so far, but the bar will donate 10 percent of all purchases to the organization.

Union Pub
201 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Union Pub is expecting a big crowd and good patio weather for tonight’s speech. Featured cocktails for the event include the “This Drink Isn’t Fake It’s Good Genes,” a mix of vodka, ginger beer, orange juice, and lime and the “Who’s Gonna Pay for It?–Mexico”* a tequila and sweet vermouth drink. Drink specials include $15 buckets of Budwiser and Bud Lite, $5 rail drinks, select bourbons for $4, and $4 Belgian bottles from 5 PM until close.

*Mexico will not actually be paying for this drink. Sorry!

Duffy’s Irish Pub
1016 H St NE
All eight flat screens at Duffy’s will be tuned to the State of the Union. The bar will offer drink specials from 8 to 11 PM plus SOTU bingo.

Shaw’s Tavern
520 Florida Ave., NW
For those pre-gaming the SOTU, Shaw’s Tavern will offer $5 house wines, $5 Sam Adams seasonal beer and half-priced burgers starting at 5 PM. They’ll crank up the sound when Trump’s speech starts at 9 PM.

1340 U St., NW
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will host a watch party at this U Street bar starting at 8 PM. Expect drinks, SOTU bingo, and prizes including a drawing for Caps tickets, gourmet chocolates, a Bryce Harper bobblehead, and more. Can’t make it? Download your bingo card here and tag @BradyBuzz in a photo of your bingo on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to win.

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Jason Geske and Patrick Wilson wed in November of 2017 in Washington, DC.

Browsing the travel section at DC’s Kramerbooks in 2009, Jason Geske struck up a conversation with Patrick Wilson, whom he says he found both funny and—as a Republican and an Army officer—“slightly exotic.” Patrick, on the other hand, thought Jason was too young to date, noting with disbelief that he had never been to a hockey game. This could never work! But after getting to know each other by text, they agreed after several weeks to meet for drinks at a Cleveland Park sports bar.

Later that year at a family wedding in New Jersey, Jason came out to his loved ones by bringing Patrick as his date, one of the defining moments the couple would face together. The military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy prevented the couple from formalizing their relationship, but they persevered through a first deployment. When it was time to gear up for another—Patrick’s yearlong stint in Iraq—they decided to celebrate New Year’s Eve and all that was to come at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. As midnight struck, Patrick presented Jason with a ring and asked that he wait for him while he was overseas.

Nine years later, Jason, a congressional staffer, and Patrick, a lobbyist, finally celebrated their nuptials—a simple standing ceremony in the Hay-Adams’s mahogany-paneled dining room. “There was laughter, tears, and amazing warmth from all of our guests—more people mentioned the vows than the expensive dinner and dancing details that we’d sweated over for weeks,” Patrick says. One of the special touches that no one could overlook: a tiered “cake” made of various fine cheeses, served with an assortment of ports and spirits from around the world, and accompanied by a cigar to savor the evening.

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Plus menu changes are underway at the Capitol Hill flagship. 

Chopped brisket bowls and “orange-ish” chicken are coming to Dupont Circle next week as Chiko opens its next  DC location on February 14. Chefs/co-owners Scott Drewno (formerly of The Source) and Mandu’s Danny Lee bring their respective Chinese and Korean cooking experiences to the modern menu, which will differ in a few ways from the Capitol Hill flagship.

Service in the 28-seat space is still “fine-casual”—so yes, you’ll order at a counter and most of the seating is communal, but the food and booze go beyond your average quick eats (hence the James Beard nod). The biggest change will be the addition of lunch for Dupont only, which is expected to start soon after the opening. Lee says the team is creating a menu designed for office workers on a short lunch break; think quick items like rice bowls and a bulgogi hoagie. (The latter is already on the menu at Chiko’s new Capital One Arena concession.)

In the opening weeks, the dinner menu will look much like Chiko’s early days on Barracks Row with a curated lineup of classics like potstickers and spicy cumin lamb noodles joining new dishes such as chicken-and-egg fried rice. The four-seat tasting counter where guests are invited to “eat the menu” will also start in the weeks following the opening along with takeout and delivery via Caviar. 

Chefs and partners Danny Lee (left) and Scott Drewno (far right) in the open kitchen at Chiko on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile Drewno and Lee—along with co-owner Drew Kim—have just freshened up the menu on Capitol Hill to vary from the new sibling’s. A la carte, you’ll find items like chilled peanut noodles or a “year of the pig” plate with spiced pulled pork, pork dumplings, pickles, and rice cakes. At the reservation-only kitchen counter there’s a new “Royal Menu” with items inspired by the imperial cuisines of China and Korea. From the latter, Lee created a “box of nine treasures,” a traditional octagonal tray whose center is filled with spongy rice crepes that are surrounded by a kaleidoscope of fillings. Guests are encouraged to mix-and-match their own little wraps of seasonal vegetables, meats, and seafood. From China, Drewno is hearkening back to his days at The Source and making crunchy-skinned Peking ducks served with homemade pancakes and sauces. 

Both restaurants are open on Valentine’s Day with a special prix-fixe that’s only available via tickets purchase online ($65 per person including food and a glass of bubbles). Though true to Chiko, space is limited and going fast. 

Chiko Dupont. 2029 P Street, NW. Open Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 PM; Friday and Saturday 5 PM to midnight; Sunday 5 to 10 PM. Lunch starting soon. 

Chiko’s Dupont shop. Photograph by John Rorapaugh

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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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Photograph by Evy Mages.

Happy Tuesday morning. Tonight is the State of the Union—I’ll be there, so be sure to keep up with me on Twitter for updates. President Trump and Melania Trump‘s guests include Joshua Trump, a sixth grader from Wilmington, Delaware. The White House says Joshua has been “bullied in school due to his last name.” Alice Marie Johnson, the woman who Trump granted clemency after his meeting with Kim Kardashian West, will also be the Trumps’ guest tonight. (Doubtful that KKW herself will show up.)

Problems in the commonwealth continue. According to Sarah McCammon of NPR, a California woman who accuses Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault has tapped DC legal firm Katz, Marshall and Banks—the same team that represented Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford—and are in talks about how to proceed. Fairfax emphatically denies the allegation, insinuating that Governor Ralph Northam‘s team or Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney could have been behind a “smear.”

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In case you missed it: Washingtonian is starting a new interview series, and I’m going to host the first one!!!!! Join me and Brad Jenkins, a veteran of both the Obama administration and Funny or Die’s DC office, for a discussion on what it’s like to work in the White House, how Americans get their information, how to make policy entertaining, and more! Listen: The bar is open, the laughs will be plentiful, and I’ll probably sing and dance for you guys or something. I take requests, but I have a preference for disco. It’s happening on February 27. I really, really, really hope to see you there. Get tickets here.

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THEATER Perhaps fitting for our current era, the Shakespeare Theatre presents Richard the Third, the classic tale of a ruthlessly ambitious man who will do anything to snatch the crown of England. Beyond just his rise to power, the play also illustrates how others are so willing to ally themselves with such a tyrannical leader. Through March 10. $44-$118.

Good reads:

Should you keep a résumé of your failures? I’m not so certain, but it’s worth chewing on. (New York Times)

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