We Love Weekends: Feb 10-12

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Takoma 1791 Boundary Stone
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Tom: I’ve got a wild weekend of work this weekend, but I’ll be continuing my quest for a new breakfast place. My trip to Boundary Stone last weekend, though, was very promising. This week, it’s over to Rustik for some biscuits. I’m also looking forward to putting together my new garden frames and getting my new seeds in from Burpee’s. The garden season is coming!

Marissa: In addition to the copious amounts of sleep I’ll be catching up on, this weekend I’m headed to the International Wine and Food Festival. Rows of food vendors and wine tastings–it’s pretty much the stuff of dreams. Saturday or Sunday morning I’ll head back to Taylor Gourmet to snag one of those breakfast sandwiches, since last weekend they had run out. Then Sunday afternoon I might head out to Old Town, since it’s been a while, and stroll in and out of some shops.

Fedward: This weekend is pretty much a replay of one last September, so I’ll just self-quote and annotate: The Social Chair and I will be visiting friends near Front Royal, which usually means a winery tour. Past favorites have included Linden Vineyards (a Virginia wine pioneer and consistent producer of high quality wine – last time we didn’t manage to get by), Glen Manor Vineyards (check the updated where to buy list for restaurants and retailers in the area – I personally recommend the Hodder Hill, an excellent Bordeaux-style blended red), and Chester Gap Cellars (a place I’d go just for the view from the tasting room, even without Bernd’s excellent wines – last time we were torn between three Viognier bottlings, one from the nearby Boisseau Vineyard and two from Bernd’s grapes, of which one was oaked, and ended up buying some of each). If we’re organized we might even squeeze in a visit to a distiller or two (but Addison has now beaten me to Catoctin Creek). I should try to remember to bring along some WLDC business cards, huh. And then on our way back we’ll stop at the Apple House in Linden for some donuts (the Social Chair swore I had never taken her there, but admitted after we sat down that it looked familiar after all).

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98/365-2 the Strathmore hall from the stage
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Rachel: This should prove to be a fun-filled weekend, for sure. I’ll be starting off at Strathmore on Friday night to see The Grey Area live followed by an in-store performance by yours truly at Nana‘s in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. as part of their handmade Valentine’s Day bazaar event. Saturday night some friends of mine from college and I will be celebrating a birthday in Adams Morgan with likely stops at Millie and Al’s and jumbo slice. Sunday will be time to sit back, relax, and finally finish book three of The Hunger Games (my latest obsession) over some coffee. Ideally, I’d like to head to BeanGood in Arlington but it’s kind of far from my place in NW DC. Who knows, maybe I’ll be feeling adventuress.

Patrick: My weekend is just another example of the wide range of things I cover here at We Love DC. Friday night the Miami Heat come into town and unlike other games of the season- this one appears to be doing well on the ticket front, so it should be a good crowd. Haven’t thought about my Saturday night yet but there are some good options, among which my friend Meredith over at The FFJD is throwing a birthday party at The Dunes and everybody is invited. Open bar anyone? Sunday night I’ll be seeing Really, Really over at Signature Theatre- a preview piece on that should be up Friday or Saturday. Nothing like basketball and theatre to make it a good weekend.

Huzzard: Guess what? I actually have stuff to do this weekend. It has been a long time I have been able to say that, but with Opening Day less than two months out and business beginning to heat up this won’t be the last time I get for the next few months. Or at least that is the hope. The first exciting and wonderful thing I will be doing is on Saturday I will be sitting an Open House at 3904 Plum Run Court in Fairfax, Va. from 2-4 pm. It will also be held open on Sunday at those times but I will be far away in my wife’s hometown eating lunch at Buttersburg Inn because it is Grandma Green’s birthday. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot but add three baseball game and now we are talking about a good weekend.

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Big and Small
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Moses: a chilly weekend means indoor activities for me.  Maybe Friday night includes making chili from my recent share of locally-raised organic beef.  Saturday and Sunday are the International Wine & Food Festival, so I’ll be making a visit to chat with the many wine makers and importers.  Sunday afternoon I’ll catch my Georgetown Hoyas (tough luck last night) beat up on St. Johns at the Phone Booth @ 1:00.  Post-game celebration with fellow alumni at Matchbox! Bundle up and enjoy everyone!

Mosley: I have a friend’s birthday party to go to Friday night at Rocket Bar in Chinatown.  Saturday is up in the air, though I might try to go to a few museums on the Mall; haven’t done that in quite some time.  And February is the best month to do it; next to no tourists and very few locals too.  And Sunday, I’m going with some friends to see Singing In the Rain at the AFI in Silver Spring.  Not my typical B-movie movie, but I’ll be seeing it with friends, so that’ll make it f

Rebecca: Friday I’m checking out a preview for Gilt City D.C.’s featuring top Gilt merchandise at insider prices; tickets to sale are available at www.giltcity.com/dc at $10 for the first time slot and $5 for all others (FYI you have to sign up to see the event). After the preview, I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day early, which in my opinion is the best way to it because you avoid the crowds, at Proof. As the winter weather has been so mild, Saturday I’ll be planting my tomato, pepper, eggplant, etc. seedlings for some indoor gestation and getting the garden fencing all in order so I can kick off the growing season early. Fingers-crossed! Sunday, I will continue basking in the glory of my Giant’s victory and prepping for the comeback of AMC’s Walking Dead.

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Fojol Bros
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Addison: This is one of those weekends that somehow filled up really quickly without me realizing it. Friday, I get an excuse to bust out the tux for the second time this year when I attend the Washington Capitals’ Casino Night charity event at the Alexandria Hilton. Unfortunately, they don’t have Baccarat tables, so I think my James Bond impression will be limited. Saturday, I need to run some errands in the morning, then I’m helping my buddy start to remodel his kitchen. Saturday afternoon is Woo at the Zoo, the National Zoo’s annual talk about their breeding programs and baby animals. Last year it was lions and cheetahs, so I’m hoping for pandas this year, but we know pandas aren’t Spices, so some sushi and Suicide Curry is in order. Sunday is adventure day. First, a stop at Bob Evans will fortify me with enough calories for a busy day. Then, its off to the Nation’s Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center to peruse two football fields worth of guns, knives, and accessories. Afterwards, I’m going to be heading over to Blue Ridge Arsenal to test out any of my new purchases (God bless Virginia – cash and carry!). Hunting paper targets gets a little boring sometimes, so then its on to the most dangerous game… with some lazer tag at Shadowland in Chantilly. Sunday evening is time to relax and watch the Caps-Rangers game on the DVR.

Jenn: I’m starting the weekend tonight! Well, perhaps I started it last night, when I sampled three lovely white whiskey infusions over at Art and Soul – fig and rosemary, yuzu and lime, kumquat and star anise – each one mixed and served in jelly jars. I definitely recommend heading over to try Ronald Flores’ newest creations. Chef Wes Morton is experimenting on a delicious new dish with milk-braised lamb shoulder too. Back to tonight – I’m hitting the 9:30 Club for Rebirth Brass Band and intend to enjoy myself thoroughly. There’s lots of theater to be had right now. I’m off to see Synetic’s latest, Genesis Reboot, on Saturday, and if you find yourself out in Tysons, 1st Stage is performing Almost, Maine which should be a sweet pre-Valentine’s outing about young love. If you’re in the mood for drooling over sexy furniture, Room & Board is debuting the 2012 Collection Saturday and Sunday – follow that with a drink at the re-opened Bar Pilar (just drinks for now). Plenty of eclectic options for your weekend fun.

Brittany: Weekend theme: Femme-tastic. Admitedly, it starts by drinking whiskey with my male bestie in a menswear showroom at a little party at the Hugh & Crye space. Those guys are the best and I cannot wait to hear about their extended sourcing trip/holiday to Thailand and India. After that, though, there is a Tarts by Tarts party at Treasury Vintage. Friday night, I am delighted to be stopping by the “Cupid’s Not Stupid: Cocktails to Fall For” event kicking off the International Wine & Food Festival (not-so-secretly rooting for the lady participants) and then a birthday house party which will migrate to She.Rex. Lots of shopping on Saturday, between the Butler + Claypool pop-up shop and the Gilt Groupe warehouse sale at Long View Gallery. The majority of American vegans and vegetarians are women – and you can find us wrapping up DC Meat-Free Week at a get-together at Boundary Stone, after the Trash Cat Vintage fashion show and brunch at Mama Chuy.

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Farmer’s Market – Mushrooms
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Natalia: This is a weekend for taking it easy and enjoying some arts. On Saturday I will go to the Smithsonian American Art Museum to check out Annie Leibowitz’s The Pilgrimage exhibit. Then continue to escape the chill and head to Poste for some french fare. On Sunday, I’ll start the day at the Dupont Farmer’s Market for weekly grub getting. To be the inevitable Sunday night blues, I am heading to L’Enfant Cafe for their incredible comedy cabaret performance nights and supper club.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.

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