We Love Weekends: Jan 11 — 14

Katie: Nothing makes me giddy like nice weather, which means you’ll find me OUTSIDE! Friday night I’ve got wine club, so I need to find a cozy red to take with me. I’ve heard good things about Arrowine, so I might try and head there to pick up something to share. Saturday I’m thinking about hiking at Turkey Run or heading out to Mount Vernon. Sunday, my mentee from the College Bound program asked if we could bake cupcakes together, and who am I to say no to that? We’ll probably go to Hills Kitchen first to scout out cute cupcake liners and get appropriate sprinkles.

Mosley: I’m not exactly prizing my weekends right now. That’s probably because they’re seven days a week for me. But I think I can come up with something. First, I just got a book that’s been 28 years in the making, over 15 of which I’ve been reading them: A Memory of Light, last book of the Wheel of Time series. I’ve never finished reading a fantasy series that’s so long, and I expect to be addicted to this for the next week (think reading Harry Potter, only infinitely better). Lastly, Sunday I have a friends birthday brunch at the Blue Duck Tavern.

Jenn: In anticipation of what will be a brutal next week, I’m in need of some serious serenity this weekend. As the weather will be a bit mild, I think I’ll indulge in some long strolls through my city to start — my favorites include the lovely stretch of Q Street from Logan to Dupont, or the majestic 16th Street from U to downtown, or hell, just wing it and see what new corners I can find. There might be a visit to the venerable Second Story Books, to spend several hours browsing dusty bookcases. Perhaps the mesmerizing Rothko Room at the Phillips will do the trick, or the Roads of Arabia at the Freer.  Of course there’s also sybaritic serenity: a massage at Celadon, dinner at the bar at Mintwood Place, rum cocktails at Hogo… and whatever form the search for peace takes this weekend, it’ll also include catching up with dear friends. 

Tom: After last weekend’s jaunt to Boston, I’m ready to be back in the DC Groove this weekend, and boy is that weather forecast helping matters. Warm weather?! In January?! Sign me up! Time to get my bike off the trainer and back on the streets! Also look for me on Friday night at Doctor Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat for their showing of Fear Her, which takes place during the London games. I’m also in a mood to head down to the SW Waterfront to check out the site for a notional Half Street Market, something along the lines of Union Market but for the SW Waterfront. My beloved 49ers play this weekend also, so I was giving some serious thought to extra wings at Boundary Stone and some brews during the game.

Addison: It’s getting to that point in the year where my sports addiction just can’t be sustained. With the Redskins out of the playoffs, no hockey yet, college basketball just starting conference play, and baseball and MLS still a ways off (no, I’m not even going to mention the Wizards), I’m forced to seek other forms of entertainment, and actually get some culture or something. There’s some great art going on, between the final weekend for Carol Goldberg’s sculptures and paintings at Addison/Ripley, the opening of the Nam June Paik retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the arrival of Michelangelo’s David-Apollo at the National Gallery of Art. As a new Alexandria resident, I’m slowly working my way through the myraid restaurant offerings, and one I especially want to try is the new Virtue Feed and Grain, for some Irish-inspired American “pub grub.” The weather is supposed to be spring-like both days, so hopefully lots of time outside with the pup, and maybe a walk over to Del Ray to grab some breakfast at one of my favorite spots, Mancini’s.

Natalia: After a nice, and oh so very necessary, couple of days away from the District for some Holiday R&R, I am looking forward to a weekend back in my city of friends. A lot of food happenings went down while I was gone too, so catching up with the new while revisiting some of my classic hang outs. Friday night, I am headed to Hogo, after reading a nice little preview on it, and always interested in what the guys behind the Passenger are up to. Saturday, a day trip with friends will take us to Woodberry Kitchen, which was on the must list for the end of 2012, but we never made it. Saturday nights with two bdays, too much food and many glasses of wine later, I will take it easy Sunday, stroll the farmers market, maybe head to Big Bear Cafe or Boundary Stone, and at night head to The Howard Theater, for a show to take me back to the island life, by The Wailers.

I live and work in the District of Columbia. I write at We Love DC, a blog I helped start, I work at Technolutionary, a company I helped start, and I’m happy doing both. I enjoy watching baseball, cooking, and gardening. I grow a mean pepper, keep a clean scorebook, and wash the dishes when I’m done. Read Why I Love DC.

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