Friday, December 19, 2014

Both Capitol City Brewing Locations Ringing in The New Year

Kick Off the New Year with Drink Specials, Great Food and Handcrafted Beer 
All Night Long at Both DC-Area Locations.
From Capitol City Brewing Website
Countdown into 2015 at Capitol City Brewing Company as they host a New Year’s Eve celebration at both DC-area locations on Wednesday, December 31 from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Watch live coverage of New Year’s Eve countdowns broadcast from other U.S. cities and around the world on multiple flat screen TVs and dance the night away with music spun by popular DJs. Drink specials, great food, party favors and signature, handcrafted beer will be available all night long including a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
From Capitol City Brewing Website
For more information on Capitol City Brewing Company please visit: Find Capitol City Brewing Company on Facebook: and on Twitter: @CapCityBrewers

TICO's New Years Plan: NYE Dinner/Tasting, NYD Pajama Disco Brunch

We are getting close to New Years and events created by local restaurants. The first that reached my desk is that Michael Schlow's TICO, at 14th and U Street NW, will be offering two, on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, including a Tasting Menu on the 31st, and a Pajama Disco Brunch on the 1st. Here is the breakdown:

New Year's Eve – regular menu and special tasting menu
On New Year's Eve, Tico will serve its regular a la carte menu until 8:30 p.m. After 9:00 p.m., the restaurant will offer the Tico Signature Tasting Menu for $65 per person, which will also include a glass of Cava at midnight. The kitchen will be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and allergies, and will serve their a la carte menu at the bar, communal table and ceviche bar on a walk-in basis only after 9:00 p.m. All reservations from 9:00 to close will require a credit card hold, and a $25 per person cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations within 48 hours. The Tico Signature Tasting Menu will include: 
  • Kingfish Ceviche with cucumber, shiso & spicy citrus sauce
  • Roasted Cauliflower with crispy favas, cotija cheese, chipotle
  • Tico's Mac 'n Cheese with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, crunchy bread crumbs
  • Shredded Cabbage Salad with spicy salsa verde and crushed almonds
  • Homemade Chorizo with chimichurri
  • Scallops a la palncha with piquillo pepper saladand smoked paprika vinaigrette
  • Crispy Fish Tacos with red jalapeño, cabbage and chipotle
Entrée options of Pressed Chicken with broccolini, escalivada salad, and espelette mustard vinaigrette or Fresh Fish of the Day red snapper, purple kale, heirloom cherry tomatoes, sunburst squash, pickled brussels sprout leaves, shallot butter or Prime Skirt Steak w/ market vegetable salad & Tony's "Cabo Sauce." Dessert will feature Goat Milk Cheesecake with spiced mango and whole wheat graham crackers or Bittersweet Chocolate Tart with vanilla bean gelato.
Stay in your Pajamas-Disco Brunch on New Year's Day
On New Year's Day, Tico will offer a "Stay In Your Pajamas Disco Brunch" with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary's. The restaurant will offer hangover cures from their popular brunch menu like Duck Confit and Green Chile Hash, Kitchen Sink Breakfast Burritos, Stuffed French Toast, Spicy Mexican Fried Chicken, and more (see below for the full menu). The special brunch will be $37.50 per person and will include all you can eat from the Pajama Disco brunch menu, bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's, and a special throwback disco soundtrack. Reservations can be made at!reserve/cfwu

Full Menu 
  • Duck Confit Hash
  • Stuffed French Toast
  • Tico Vegtable Tortilla
  • Cabbage Salad with Spicy Salsa Verde Dressing
  • Caramelized Banana Pancakes
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Grilled Ham and Cheese
  • Kitchen Sink Breakfast Burrito
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
  • Fried Chicken with Fennel Slaw
  • Cranberry-Walnut Muffins
  • Banana Bread
  • Cinnamon & Raisin Scones
  • Cauliflower with Crunchy Fava Beans
  • Tico Mac & Cheese
  • Duck Tacos
  • Two Texture Beef Tacos
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Housemade Pork Sausage
  • Breakfast Potatoes with Onions and Peppers
  • Corn with Jalapeno, Bacon and Thai Basil

Thursday, December 18, 2014

VIDA Fitness Gets Ugly and Has Some Fun + Contest

On Wednesday, December 17 at All Six DC-Area Locations  of VIDA Fitness Hosted an Ugly Sweater Open House.
At Verizon Center VIDA Fitness
And well, Eek! ugly sweaters everywhere! The Ugly Sweater Open House (#VIDAugly) was for members and guests at all six of its DC-area locations. Fitness demonstrations, refreshments and "ugly sweater” workouts were scheduled throughout the day. Members and guests sweated away their holiday sweets in heinous, over-the-top attire while jamming to a club mix of holiday classics. 
Having Fun at Verizon Center:

Front Desk Associate Dominic Grillo, Personal Training Manager Sarah Samad, General Manager (Verizon Center) Gil Weber, Regional Manager/Sales & Marketing James Kameen, Regional Personal Training Director Lisa Lipscomb
VIDA is sponsoring an Ugly Sweater Contest during the month of December,and encouraging participants to workout in an ugly sweater, snap a photo of themselves and tag #VIDAugly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a chance to win the grand prize of six months free membership. Second place receives three months free membership and third wins a $100 gift card to Aura spa. Winners will be announced after Christmas. For more information:

So, you have seen some of the competition....can you do better? Here are some more folks for you to measure up to
This group from the Metropole location:
Assistant General Manager Scot Kendall, Front Desk Manager Jahneliz Miller, General Manager (Metropole) Nancy Burnham, Membership Consultant Lenny Wrigley, Membership Director Paul Swoish 
 and more individuals (taken at different locations by different photographers)

You are going to need to be better than these :)) but its possible....enter the contest and, well, good luck

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MVT: Eye Street Cellars Tasting Schedule For This Week

Eye Street Cellars continue to have regular weekly tasting' is the Tasting Schedule for this week. This week provides a tasty schedule, of Wine's and Spirits, as you get ready to stock up for the Holidays, so get over there and check it out.

Schedule for this week:

Now In Stock
Great Lakes Christmas Ale
Bell's Christmas Ale
Shiner Bock's Holiday Cheers
Stop by to see what special seasonal beer, spirits, and wine offerings in the store.

Thursday, December 18
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Penny Wise, Pinot Noir
Penny Wise, Cabernet Sauvignon
Daniel Gehrs, Chenin Blanc

Friday, December 19
5:00 - 8:00 pm


1+1=3, Sparkling Cava
Cune, Rioja White
Cibadies, Pinot Noir
L'Enclos de St. Jacques, Bordeaux Blend
JJ Prum, Riesling Kabinett

Leopold Brothers
A family owned distillery from Colorado
producing small batch spirits and liqueurs

Saturday, December20
4:00 - 7:00 pm


La Consulta, Pinot Grigio
Slent Farms, Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc
Slent Farms, Shiraz/Pinotage
La Celia, Malbec Reserva


A Speyside single malt, with gift wrapping
Drop by to see the new selection of Holiday Wines & Beers!

Eye Street Cellars has an onsite Wine Consultant, Just ask any food pairing questions you may have.

Badwolfdc will continue to post the tasting schedule each week (its oh so worth a visit)


World Famous Cashmere, Loro Piana is Open at CityCenterDC

Loro Piana, world famous for its Cashmere products, is open at City Center DC. True to their word "in time for the Holiday Season."
Enter the store and there is a warmth that matches their products. Extremely welcoming (and knowledgeable) staff will guide you through the world of cashmere, wool and vicunas, and assist you with your choice for a special gift or to treat yourself.
The company was founded in 1924 by Pietro Loro Piana in Corona Italy. Loro Piana is at the top of the list for the best fabric company in the world and is sought after by many couture houses for there own product lines. Now DC can enjoy exclusive luxury products, produced by craftsman, to the highest quality.
Loro Piana is located at 949 H Street NW (CityCenterDC) They are open Monday through Saturday 10am till 6pm and on Sundays from 12 noon till 5pm. The store carries clothing for both women and men.
Find out more about Loro Piana at their website

Quick Shots #98: &Pizza is Planning to Open at 7th & H NW

Just walking by, at the corner of 7th & H Street NW, and noticed that tell tale & sign over the door of the only remaining property on that block. If it is true, then this is a perfect location (705 H Street NW) for the hot pizza place,surrounded by  CAVA Grill and Potbelly on the West side, and Starbucks on the East.
The last vacant space on the 700 Block of H Street NW
Yup! That's a & above the door
West on 7th Street NW - CAVA & Potbelly for neighbors
I have no idea how long they are along on a build-out but I will be keeping an eye on this.....

Note: The website locations has 705 H Street NW as a ....coming soon.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Event: There will be Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll at the Shaw Library to Start the New Year

Another great (and Free) author book signing and talk is coming up at the
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library.  
I Killed Pink Floyd's Pig by Beau Phillips 

This is the first book from Beau Phillips, a former radio DJ, program director and VP/GM at influential rock stations and national radio networks.  He is also the former SVP/Marketing at VH1, part of the MTV family.  Over the years, he met the biggest bands in rock and collected funny, decadent and profound stories. Phillips remarked, “I was a fly on the wall who was invited backstage, on stage and under the stage.” Phillips takes you backstage and inside the dressing rooms, hotel suites and private planes of Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and dozens more. So, climb in the limo and strap in!

Marked your calender; Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

His author talk will also include a slideshow of rare pictures. Check out more here and here

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
1630 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001