Friday, June 24, 2016

WASHINGTON DC: Pizzeria Paradiso Celebrates "JulyPA" - All Locations - July 1st thru 14th

Pizzeria Paradiso will celebrate their sixth annual “JulyPA” event, where all three locations will be tapping IPAs and IPA variants for the first two weeks of July. 

Below is a list of the drafts they currently plan to tap, selected by beer director Josh Fernands, which will grow as the date gets closer. See if you can find a favorite - then visit Pizzeria Paradiso and get it
  • DC Brau Space Reaper
  • Ommegang Great Beyond
  • Rhinegeist DIPA #5
  • Epic Tart & Juicy Center of the Universe Pocahontas
  • Hardywood Great Return
  • Lickinghole Creek Til Sunset
  • Apocalypse Hopocalypse
  • Cigar City Jai Alai
  • Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
  • Ballast Point Sculpin
  • Oskar Blues IPA
  • Long Trail Limbo
  • Four Hands Incarnation
  • Ninkasi Total Domination
  • Rar Nanticoke Nectar
  • DC Brau Space Reaper
  • 3 Stars Ghost
  • Atlas Ponzi
  • Boulevard The Calling
  • Brooklyn Defender
  • DC Brau The Corruption
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed
  • Dogfish Head 120 Minute
  • Dogfish Head 60 Minute
  • Dogfish Head 90 Minute
  • Fair Winds Howling Gale
  • Firestone Luponic Distortion vol. 2
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack
  • Flying Dog Bloodline
  • Flying Dog The Truth
  • Foothills Jade IPA
  • Hardywood The Great Return
  • Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
  • Ithaca Flower Power
  • Jailbreak Brewing Big Punisher
  • Lagunitas IPA
  • New Belgium Ranger IPA
  • New Belgium Slow Ride
  • Old Bust Head Graffiti House
  • Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  • Stone Enjoy by IPA
  • Stone IPA
  • Ocelot TBD
And More to come.........
3282 M Street NW
Washington DC

2003 P Street NW
Washington DC

124 King Street
Alexandria VA

SHAW: GRAND CATA TASTINGS: This Weekend: Ready for Fútbol and New Wine Classes?

This Weekend at Grand Cata 

Sunday:  Copa América Andes Rivalry
Whether you're a fan of Albiceleste or La Roja, everyone's a winner with these delicious wines from Argentina and Chile. Taste them both Sunday afternoon from 2-4pm at the #DailyCata counter, then enjoy them with friends during the Copa América Final later at 8pm.

FRIDAY:   Featured vinos from premiere South-American Wine Guide Descorchados
Our #DailyCata selection tonight will show off picks from the 2016 edition of Descorchados, which means "Uncorked". The first guide of its kind offered in English, it is an exclusive and in-depth review of Latin American wines written by top Chilean wine critic Patricio Tapia. Our co-founder Julio Robledo got an inside look at more exciting wines at the Descorchados launch last week in New York City -- check out his experience on the blog.

SATURDAYUnwind with these Vinos Naturales
Explore the world of natural wines with these three selections by Phillip from Williams Corner. Minimal intervention techniques both on the vines and in the winery means these wines deliver a surprising and healthy experience. #DailyCata starts at 2pm.

Last Chance to Secure Your Spot for June Wine Club's Pick-Up Party! This Sunday at 3PM
Sunday at 3pm is our June wine club pick-up reception. 
Sail to Sardegna for the next Wine Class! Wednesday, June 29 at 7PM
We travel to Argentina this month to show you some exclusive picks from Mendoza Valley. These wines are so special, they still aren't available on our shelves to everyone. The two bottles are great representation of tradition and terroir-driven wines. If you can't make the party, you can still pick up the wines any time during the week. There are still some available spots for this month -- sign up here!
 Grand Cata, Latin Wine Shop
1550 7th St NW
Washington DC, 20001
(202) 525-5702

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MVT: Eye Street Cellars Tasting Schedule for This Weekend

Mount Vernon Triangle's home for Fine Wines and Spirits, Eye Street Cellars, continues to have their regular weekly tasting' is this weeks 'Tasting',  Friday Italian Wines, Saturday Wines from California's Smoking Loon Winery. Don't forget to check out the Beer's and Rose's below. No excuses!  Get over there and check it out. 
"Keep Calm ... Summer is here"

We are currently stocked with Bud Light, Miller Lite,
Goose Island IPA, Coors, and Yuengling kegs.
If you want a specific beer, let us know and we would
be happy to bring it in stock for you. Get your
fourth of July party started right by ordering your kegs now!

Boulevard Hibiscus Gose
This is a fantastic introductory gose.
Gose is a style of sour beer that started in Germany.
Gose's are renowned for having a slightly sour flavor
because of a special fermentation process and
being flavored with Salt and Coriander. Boulevard
went ahead and made it better by finishing the brew with
refreshing hibiscus flowers. Delicious.

Plymouth Gin

This veritable distillery has been making world class
gin for over 200 years. They use only the finest juniper
and other botanicals to make a truly one of a kind sipper.
Enjoy this neat, on the rocks or part of your
favorite cocktails.

Tangle Tree Sauvignon Blanc/Pinotage
Excellent wine coming from South Africa,
their 'tropical' Sauvignon Blanc is perfect
for these warm days ahead. Did I mention
that they are both pool friendly? That's
right, no glass so feel free to pop it open
when your lounging pool side.

Summer Cocktail Guide :
The modern Long Pink 'Tonic'
2 Parts Navy Strength Gin (Plymouth or Leopold's)
6 Parts Soda Water
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Large Orange Peel for Garnish

Add large ice cubes to a high ball glass.
Add the Gin, Soda Water, and Angostura bitters.
Stir several times until it begins to slowly turn pink.
Garnish with a large twist of a orange, sip and enjoy!

All featured wines are 10% off during tastings!

Weekend Tasting Schedule!
Friday, June 17
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Italian Wines :
Paltrinieri, Bianco
Paltrinieri, Piria
Paltrinieri, L'Eclise
Paolo Cali, Mandragola

Saturday, June 18
4:00-7:00 PM
Smoking Loon Winery :
Pinot Grigio
Unoaked Chardonnay
Pinot Noir
Delicious wines that showcase why
value driven wines are still worth seeking out.
These are perfect everyday sippers.

12 TO 6 PM
Delicious Roses in Stock
Alexander Valley, Sangiovese
Charles and Charles, Syrah
Camas, Rose of Pinot Noir
Chateau Vignol, Merlot
Domaine Pelaquie, Grenache Blend
Grand Bouqueteau, Cabernet Franc
Pietraventosa, Primitivio and Aglianico
Pigoudet Premier, Cabernet & Grenache

Delicious Beers in Stock
21st Amendment, Hell or High Watermelon
Austin Aleworks, Celestial Garden
Avery 23rd, Brett fermented Dark Farmhouse Ale
Ballast Point, Grapefruit/Pineapple/Habanero Sculpin
Bell's Oberon
Cigar City, The Wise and the Lovely
DC Brau, 5 year Anniversary Collaboration
DC Brau, On the Wings of Armageddon
Evil Twin's, Geyser Gose
Founder's Mango Magnificent
Four Hands, War Hammer
Founder's Devil Dancer
Maine Brewing Company, Pepper Ale
Perrenial, Ripa the Dipa
Ommegang, Shadow Tower
Victory 12, Belgian Quad

Build your own 6-pk!
We offer mix-n-match 6-pks
from a variety of over 35 beers!

We offer a 10% discount for all 6+ bottles of wine
15% for 12+ (Mix and match 750ml only. Champagnes and Sparkling's excluded.)

Join our free and simple Loyalty Program
and automatically receive $10 back for every $200 you spend.

Text 'eyestreet" to 80777
to turn your credit or debit card into a rewards card.
Or sign-up at

We carry a large variety of wine, spirits, liqueurs, and beer/craft beer.

Also featured is a selection of cigars and gourmet cheeses, crackers, & meats!

Deliveries are available with a $100 minimum purchase - Call us for details.

U STREET: Lupo Verde Announces Its New Featured Pizza & Cocktail in Support of Wolves through Defenders of Wildlife

From July, 2016 through the remainder of the year, the popular rustic Italian restaurant, Lupo Verde, will be lending support to Defenders of Wildlife (, a 501(c)3 non-profit conservation organization with the mission to protect all animals and plants native to North America in their natural communities, and which shares a wolf logo as its brand of recognition. 

You can visit Lupo Verde for dinner or weekend brunch and order Executive Chef Domenico Apollaro’s new featured Pizza Capitano, with tomatoes, eggplant, red peppers, smoked scamorza, nostralina, olives and oregano, which is priced at $16, and $2 from the sale of each of these pizzas will be donated to Defenders of Wildlife.  For something thirst quenching from the craft bar, there is the Lupo Alberto, made with Don Ciccio e figli fennel liquor, rye, fennel bitters, and strong tonic, which is priced at $12, and $2 from its sale will also benefit Defenders of Wildlife.  
“We are very pleased to be supporting an important nonprofit whose headquarters are here in the nation’s capital, and that does incredible work to preserve and protect wildlife, especially the majestic wolf which is currently under attack in many places in North America and beyond,” states Lupo Verde Owner/Partner Med Lahlou. “Lupo Verde translates to green wolf and our logo for the restaurant is a symbolic wolf head. This fall we will be opening a second Lupo Verde location in The Palisades area on McArthur Boulevard and plan to support Defenders of Wildlife at this location as well.”   
The Mexican gray wolf, the “lobo” of southwestern lore,  is one of the most endangered mammals in North America and faces a serious risk of extinction. There are only 97 lobos existing in the wilds of the United States and fewer than 25 in Mexico. Defenders works on the ground, in the courts and on Capitol Hill to protect and restore imperiled wildlife like the Mexican gray wolf across North America and around the world. To learn more please visit,
 Lupo Verde is located at 1401 T Street, NW

MVT: Ottoman Taverna Debut's a New Beverage Program

Turkish-born restaurateur Hakan Ilhan's Ottoman Taverna, located at 425 I Street, NW, has announced a  new beverage program lead by Beverage Director Angel Cervantes.  You will be able to take pleasure in a masterfully curated list featuring creative craft cocktails, which incorporate the unique flavors of the Ottoman region.  Settle into Ottoman Taverna's expansive 24-seat bar and enjoy a beer selection available by the bottle and on draft which highlight local, domestic, and international breweries, as well as traditional Raki, Ouso, and Arak from Turkey, Greece, and Lebanon.  The Ottoman Tavern also offers an offers a highly selective list of wines showcasing Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and California.
Craft cocktails include Istanbul Nights, Smyrna black grape Raki, Dolin sweet vermouth, Aperol, and fresh lime juice; Sultans of Swing, Greenhook Ginsmiths beach plum gin, cold pressed ginger shrubs, and spices; Turquaz, mezcal, beet extract, and fresh lime juice; Topkapi, Żubrówka bison grass vodka, fresh mango extract, and fresh lemon juice; Sultans Drink, Sonoma wheat whiskey, cold pressed pineapple, and peppercorn shrubs, as well as Bodrum Martini, Smirnoff vodka, mango and fennel shrubs, and fresh lemon juice.  All cocktails are priced at $14 each.

Ottoman Taverna's beer menu features sevens draft lines, as well as sevens beers by the bottle highlighting both local and imported craft breweries.  Priced at $8 each, beers on draft include Spaten-Franziskaner Bräu’s Weissbier from Germany; Spaten’s Lager from Germany; Devil's Backbone Brewing Company’s Vienna Lager from Roseland, VA; Tröegs Independent Brewing’s Perpetual IPA from Hersey, PA; Goose Island Beer Co.’s Matilda Pale Ale from Chicago, IL; Goose Island Beer Co.’s Sofie Ale from Chicago, IL, and Goose Island Beer Co.’s 312 Wheat Ale from Chicago, IL.  Priced at $6 each, beers by the bottle include Anadolu Efes Brewery’s Efes Pilsener from Istanbul, Turkey; Mythos Brewery’s Hellenic Lager from Sindos, Greece; Brasserie Almaza’s Pilsner from Lebanon, Bold Rock Hard Cider from Nellysford, VA, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company’s Omission Pale Ale from Oregon, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company’s Omission IPA from Oregon, and Brauerei Beck & Co’s Becks Alkoholferi (Non Alcoholic Beer) from Germany.

You can also choose from 20 wines by the glass, 70 wines by the bottle, and 15 reserve wines by the bottle showcasing unique wine producing regions such as Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and California.  Highlights include Kavaklidere, Cankaya, Narince/Emir/Sultan, Aegean, Turkey 2014; Domaine Tselepos, Amalia Brut, Moschofilero, Arcadia, Greece; Umurbey, Merlot, Tekirdag, Turkey 2013; Vinkara, Narince, Ankara, Turkey 2014; Gentilini, Robola, Cephalonia, Greece 2014; “R” Rose, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Izmir, Turkey 2012; Agrina Doo, Portuguiser, Serbia 2014; Stobi Veritas Reserve, Vranec, Tikves, Macedonia 2011, and La Jota Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA 2012Bottles by the glass range in price from $8 to $13, wines by the bottle range in price from $32 to $485.

For an authentic experience, you can sip on traditional ottoman spirits like Raki imported from Turkey, Ouzo imported from Greece, and Arak imported from Lebanon.  Often drank alongside melze or as an aperitif, these distinctive Ottoman spirits are produced by twice distilling grape pomace and provide the flavor and fragrance if anise.  Menu highlights include Efe Raki Green; Efe Raki Blue; Efe Raki Black; Plomari Ouzo; Ksara Arak, and El Massaya Arak.  These traditional spirits range in price from $8 to $12. 

Angel Cerventes, who has recently been tapped to lead the beverage program at Ottoman Taverna, began his 1990 bartending in various popular Georgetown establishments before landing a position as a bartender, and later head bartender, for celebrity chef Mark Miller at his award-winning restaurant Red Sage.  Following Red Sage, Cerventes went on to run the bar program at Shelly's Backroom in 2000, and in 2004 began working closely with James Beard award-winner Michel Richard at his famous restaurant Citronelle in Georgetown, where he ran the bar program for almost 8 years.  Cerventes went on the provide his expertise at acclaimed DC restaurants such as Rye Bar within the luxury hotel Capella, as well as Chef Fabio Trabbochi's Fiola.  He has appeared on WTTG's "Cheers to the weekend" segment and has been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, The Washington post, Washingtonian, Men’s Health, MarketWatch, Zagat, DC Modern Luxury and many others.
 Happy Hour at Ottoman Taverna, which is available Monday through Friday, from 4 PM to 7 PM.  where you can take advantage of a variety of small plates priced at $5 each including Hummus, chickpeas, garlic, tahini and paprika, served with pita bread; Muhammara, red peppers, walnuts and olive oil, served with pita bread; Şakşuka, crispy zucchini, eggplant and bell peppers, served over a tomato and mint yogurt sauce; Sucuk Şiş, grilled spicy beef sausage; Falafel, chickpea fritters, served with a tahini sauce; Mücver, pan-seared zucchini cakes with scallions, onions, garlic and dill, as well as Çerkez Tavuğu, circassian chicken, walnut, garlic and paprika oil.  For the perfect pairing, guests can also enjoy draft beer, select wines by the glass as well as a signature cocktail also priced at a discounted $5.  Standouts include Indomita, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile, Central Valley, 2015; Indomita, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile, Central Valley, 2015; Joe Dobbes, Pinot Noir, Oregon; Zardetto Private Cuvee, Glera, Chardonnay, Moscato, Italy, NV, as well as Meyve Likoru, a Turkish-style sangria made with pomegranate juice, spiced rum, Efe Blue Klasik Raki, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, club soda and seasonal fresh fruit.
Ottoman Taverna is located at 425 I (Eye) Street, NW, Suite #107, Washington, DC 20001,

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WASHINGTON DC: Bang Salon to Host Salon-a-Thon to Benefit Orlando Shooting Victims

Look good while doing good and help make a difference with only one hairstyle. Bang Salon, the full-service Washington, DC hair salon, will host an 8-hour Salon-A-Thon on Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at all of its DC locations. This year’s effort is to bring comfort and support to the victims and families of the recent Orlando mass shootings at Pulse Night Club. Previously, Bang Salon’s annual charity hair-styling fundraiser donated to various local cancer research organizations. This year, Bang Salon is hosting its sixth hair-styling Salon-A-Thon in support of Florida’s LGBT community, with 100 percent of proceeds from each hairstyle donated to the Pulse Victims Fund of Orlando organized by Equality Florida – a nonprofit education and advocacy organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Complimentary champagne, mimosas and scrumptious small appetizers will be served to participants throughout the day.
All four DC Bang Salon locations will participate in the Salon-A-Thon with Bang’s full suite of hair-styling service available, including haircuts, trims, blowouts, color, style and deep conditioning treatments. Customers can make appointments, for any service, starting now. Each location’s address and phone number are listed below.
“Our hearts go out the victims and families of the horrific shootings in Orlando, so this year’s fundraiser is in efforts to support them. For more than eight hours, Bang stylists will donate their time, energy and hair-cutting talents for such an important cause,” says Nikki Esoldo, co-owner of Bang Salon. “Bang has always been a welcoming place for LGBT Washingtonians. We stand with the entire Orlando LGBT community in the wake of this tragedy.”
For more information on Bang Salon or to schedule an appointment online,visit:
*Bang Salon – U Street
1612 U Street NW
Reservations: 202.299.0925

*Bang Salon – Verizon Center
601 F Street NW
Reservations: 202.737.2264

*Bang Salon – Metropole
1519 15th Street NW
*Reservations: 202.588.5555

Bang Salon – The Yards
1212 4th Street SE
Reservations: 202.628.3222


PENN QTR: Pig Out on July 4th At 701 Restaurant at A Patio BBQ Pig Out

Summertime staples including a whole roasted hog and lobster rolls are part of the dining fun for July 4th and 701 Restaurant is just a short walk to The National Mall for festivities and fireworks. 
701 Restaurant invites guests to come celebrate Independence Day with a festive patio pig roast on Monday, July 4th at 2 PM (before the fabulous fireworks and during the festivities on The National Mall). 701’s patio is an easy stroll from Constitution Ave, between 7th and 17th where the National Independence Day Parade will take place at 11:45 AM. Come enjoy the BBQ before securing a spot on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for A Capitol Fourth, which begins at 8 p.m. 
Guests can pig out on Executive Chef Benjamin Lambert’s house-made barbecue staples such as Loaded Potato Salad with cheddar, scallions, crème fraiche, and bacon; Cole Slaw; Baked Beans; Corn Bread with honey- jalapeno butter; Lobster Roll with Duke’s mayonnaise, cucumber, and tarragon; Whole Hog Roasted BBQ served with a roll and moppin' sauce; Hot Dog with hot dog onions and pimento cheese; Potato Chips with herbs d’ Provence and goats cheese cream; 701 Burger with bacon, comte, truffle aioli, and thrice fried fries, as well as a Pit Beef Sandwich with blue cheese, pickled onions, tiger sauce, and greens.  All dishes are sold a la carte and range in price from $5 to $20 and walk-ins are welcome. 
There will be a limited dinner menu that evening featuring modern American cuisine menu during regular dinner hours, from 5:30 PM to 10 PM.
701 Restaurant is located at 701 Pennsylvania, NW, Washington, DC 20004; call (202) 393-0701 to learn more about the cookout.

CAPITOL HILL: Ambar Introduces New Seasonal Lunch Specials for Summer

Ambar, the nation’s capital’s first Balkan restaurant, located at 523 8th Street SE, Washington, DC, 20003, is excited to introduce new additions to the lunch menu featuring classic Balkan fare, healthy gluten-free options such as soups, salads, and a tempting array of fifteen open face sandwiches served “European Style with a Balkan Twist” created by Chef Ivan Zivkovic. There are plenty of vegetarian choices and guests can take advantage of Ambar's wallet friendly lunch specials featuring a choice of any two sandwiches along with a glass of house wine, a beer or Ambar signature freshly-squeezed lemonade infused with rosemary or mixed berry lemonade for only $16. Or they can enjoy one signature salad with a glass of house wine, a beer or lemonade for $13. Those with a heartier appetite can add a cup of soup and dessert for $5. The open face sandwiches, soups and salads provide the calorie count of the dish so one can be watchful at lunchtime.
Guests can look forward to newcomers on the menu such as Meat pie, crispy phyllo with beef, pork, and garlic yogurt; Cheese pie, crispy phyllo with cucumber yogurt and ajvar; Ham & Cheese Crepe with gouda, tartar sauce, and panko bread crumbs; Spicy Sausage with green peas and root vegetable stew; Balkan Kebab, beef and pork with spring onions, kajmak, and fries; Summer Pepper with beef and pork, root vegetables, and dill cream, as well as the Chef's Platter with Veal Soup, Balkan Salad, Cheese Pie, Balkan Kebab, and Stuffed Sour Cabbage.  New dishes range in price from $8 to $19.    
Diners can also anticipate Ambar's signature gluten-free friendly, open-face sandwiches such as Beef Tartar with sun dried tomato butter, spinach, hard-boiled quail egg, and watermelon radish; Vienna Schnitzel with crispy veal, ajvar emulsion, frisee salad tartar sauce, and sun dried tomatoes; Smoked Trout with beet carpaccio, cucumber, dill, and mayo picked jalapeno; Wild Forest Mushroom with horseradish dressing, herb-roasted mushrooms, baby arugula, hard boiled quail egg, and red onion, as well as Asparagus with blue cheese kajmak, cherry tomato, hard-boiled quail egg, and crispy prosciutto scallion.  Open face sandwiches range in price from $5 to $8.

Signature soups and salads include Zucchini Soup with potato and sun dried tomato; Arugula & Slow Cook Steak with diced prunes, roasted sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes, and prune balsamic dressing; Mix Green Salad With Shrimp, roasted squash, caramelized red onion, roasted peppers, and pomegranate dressing; Balkan Salad with arugula, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onion red, yellow bell peppers, cow cheese, and croutons cherry vinaigrette, and Spinach Salad & Fried Chicken with organic baby spinach, celery stalk, carrots, cherry tomato, and horseradish dressing.  Soups and salads range in price from $3 to $11. For a decedent finish guests can indulge in sweet confections such as Capri Cake with raspberries, vanilla pudding, and dolcela hit icing, and Three Chocolate Cake with milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, mascarpone, and strawberry yogurt, priced at $5 each. 
 Ambar is located at 523 8th Street, SE