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(Some) Of the DC Concerts I'm Going To This Spring - And You Should Too

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A few years ago, I had someone ask me if I would rather wait 3 hours in line for an amazing meal, or concert. And while I love question, because I think it says a lot about a person, I am becoming to feel like my answer is more 50/50 than it used to be.  “Oh, dinner, of course!” I announced. Don’t get me wrong, I love music. Bob Dylan was my first concert in middle school after begging my parents to take me. And I had my fair share of Lollapalooza in high school and college. But something kind of faded for me, I was sick of seeing artists at large venues with massive crowds so I stopped going.  

Fast forward to early last year, I made it a goal of mine to see more shows at my favorite venues; U Street Music Hall, 9:30 Club, and Flash. It was great, and I knew that this year, I would want more. I’ve kept up with this list since the new year and have been added to it weekly. I am so excited for the newer DC venues, like The Anthem (amazing by the way) and Union Stage. 

Upcoming Shows

January 23 – Darius, Cashmere Cat, MØ at 9:30
January 24 – Gilligan Moss, Toro y Moi at Flash
February 10 - Steve Aoki at Echostage
February 13 – Børns at Anthem
February 15 – Youngr, Elephante, Matoma at 9:30 Club
February 16 - Don Diablo at Echostage
February 22 - Lane 8 at 9:30 Club
March 5 - LP at 9:30 Club

March 10 - Tycho at Flash
March 10 - Beth Ditto at 9:30 Club
March 17 - Courtship at UHall
March 20 – Billie English at Black Cat
March 21 – Betty Who at 9:30 Club
April 7 – Vérité at 9:30 Club
April 18 - Sofi Tukker at 9:30 Club
April 19 – Clean Bandit at 9:30 Club
April 20 – Gramatik at Echostage
May 6 – Bahamas at 9:30 Club
May 8 – Kygo and Blackbear at Anthem
May 13 – Jorja Smith Union Stage
May 16 - Darius at Flash
May 27 - Chad Valley at Black Cat

See any that I’m missing? PLEASE TELL ME! I love hearing new suggestions, especially at the smaller venues in DC.   

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My Interview about DC on Krrb

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A few weeks ago I had a great interview on Krrb, "Locals Share What Gives Washington DC Its Distinct Flavor"
Check out my responses in the article or below!
 

If you had to explain the vibe of DC in one sentence to an outsider, what would it be?
LR: A city of young, passionate, type-A’s who work hard and brunch harder.


We know certain foods are synonymous with different cities. What foods or recipes would you say best represent DC?
LR: While most would probably say a half smoke, I think great crab dip or Hank’s Oysters and a fresh orange crush by the waterfront rep DC pretty well.
 

And what local restaurants do you frequent?
LR: A little bit of everything. Thip Khao for amazing Loation food in Columbia Heights.Maketto for the best bao buns and coffee on H Street. Rose’s Luxury on Capitol Hill for the obvious reasons. (Quit complaining about the line and hire a Taskrabbit to get your food.) The Red Hen to feel like you’re getting a home-cooked meal in Bloomingdale. Fiola Mare in Georgetown for the freshest seafood tower. DC really has it all. You just can’t get stuck in the Founding Farmers and Old Ebbitt Grill tourist traps. Explore the city and try new places.


Which music style would you say best represents Washington DC?
LR: I think was makes this city so great is the cultural and regional influences. To narrow it down, I feel as though the music scene that comes into 9:30 Club sums up the mixed bag that DC caters to. Just this past year they’ve had the range of Beach House, Years & Years, Shakey Graves, to Pusha T, and DC favorite White Ford Bronco.


Are you fans of any local bands or musicians?
LR: I was actually just introduced to music by Aaron Estes of Black Hills not too long ago. I love a good synth album now and then for summer rooftop relaxing and his song, “Glass” sets the scene perfectly. I’m also a big fan of folk and bluegrass and try to make it to theKingman Island Festival in DC every year. It’s a great way to hear more local talent, even if it’s just a random group sitting in a circle jamming.


If you had to describe one design style or local designer as best representing DC, what or who would it be?
LR: Traditional and predictable. Not in the worst way but I’m always reminded of how vanilla DC’s style is when I go up to NYC and see the variety.
 

Which stores or shopping destinations would you say summarize the fashion/style of DC locals?
LR: J.Crew is the first that comes to mind. It’s a great one-stop shop for suits and office attire and also a fun sundress for the weekend. I also love Tuckernuck for both men and women’s clothing and accessories. It’s preppy, it’s professional, it’s very DC. It can be a challenging place to find inexpensive antiques and flea market finds in the city. When I want to go on a “hunt” I head straight for Loudon County, Virginia to my all-time favorite,The Old Lucketts Store. You can find everything from deer antlers to crystal decanters to a clawfoot bathtub. I highly recommend taking the trip in fall when they sell pumpkins and spiked apple cider next door.
 

And lastly, where do locals gather to hangout and enjoy the best of DC?
LR: You can usually find my girlfriends and I on 14th Street enjoying a glass (or four) of rosé or an Aperol Spritz at Pearl Dive. Sunday brunch at Le Diplomat is always a must. And I can’t get enough of the burrata and burgers at Duke’s Grocery. Extra truffle oil please.

Thanks again for the interview Krrb! 
Remember to follow me on Snapchat and Instagram for more DC ideas. 

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Savoring Summer with RIS Popsicle Brunch

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Frank Ocean wasn't kidding when he recently sang "Summer's not at long as it used to be" on his new album Blonde (which you should 100% buy now.) Luckily, DC hot spots like RIS, in Foggy Bottom, are keeping it alive with their bottomless Popsicle Mimosa Brunch. 

With a watermelon mint and orange ginger pineapple, the Popsicle Mimosas flavors did not disappoint. Bonus: bottomless is only $20. 

In addition to our mimosas, we indulged in a charcuterie and cheese board that did not disappoint. Helllllo Amish eggs. 

For something sweet, we couldn't refuse the gooey cinnamon roll topped with powdered sugar and mint. 

Our favorites were definitely the salmon poke and the ceviche margarita, which I can't recommend enough. Lime marinated scallops with chillies, orange, avocado, topped with tequila ice, it's like this dish was made for me. I'll need to return ASAP to feed the cravings I'm already having for this dish. 

Overall, the brunch at RIS was fantastic, with or without the Popsicle Mimosas (but please keep this tradition around RIS, we need at least another 4 months of summer!) 
Make sure to make your reservation at RIS soon for this amazing brunch! 
RIS is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood at 2275 L Street NW.  

Photography: Libby Rasmussen

Best Bites in DC By Neighborhood

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Hands down the #1 question I get asked by friends or visitors in DC is, where are the best places to eat? So here it is, the master list of my favorite DC dining spots by neighborhood. 

 

Adams Morgan

Bourbon
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Mintwood Place


Bloomingdale

Boundary Stone
Crisp Kitchen + Bar
The Pub & The People
Red Hen

Capitol Hill

Ambar
Betsy
Hanks on the Hill
Pineapple & Pearls
Roses Luxury
Sona Creamery & Wine Bar


Chinatown/Mt. Vernon

Daikaya
Honeysuckle
Kinship
Rasika
Silo


Columbia Heights

Bad Saint
El Chucho
Kangaroo Boxing Club
The Coupe
Thip Khao


DuPont

Duke’s Grocery
Komi
Little Serow
Marri Vanna
The Riggsby

H Street

Boundary Road
Dangerously Delicious Pies
Copycat Co
Maketto
Toki Underground
Sally’s Middle Name


Georgetown

Blue Duck Tavern
Chaia
Bourbon Steak
Chez Billy Sud
Fiola Mare


Logan Circle/14th Street

Barcelona
Compass Rose
Doi Moi
Estadio
Le Diplomate
Pearl Dive
Sotto


Navy Yard

Bluejacket
Due South
Justin’s Cafe
Osteria Morini


Petworth

Alfies
Chez Billy
Red Derby


Shaw

Convivial
Eat The Rich
Table
The Dabney
SUNdeVich


Dying to Try

All Purpose
Columbia Room
Drift on 7th
Metier
Tail Up Goat
Whaley’s


Where are your favorite DC spots? If you're ever stuck on where to go, make sure to check out China Riddle's Instagram and articles for The Hungry Lobbyist and Eater DC

Image via @chinareariddle

Apartment Envy - Shannon Smith's DC Home

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Shannon Smith has long been one of my favorite interior designers and bloggers, and since meeting a few weeks ago at the #SpringSocialDC, she's now a friend! Shannon's DC apartment has been something I've admired for years. The mix of bold colors and patterns is exactly up my alley.  Not to mention, our shared love for the orangerie rose print.  While I absolutely adore her current pad, I'm so excited for Shannon's new purchase, a home! I cannot wait to see what you do with it Shannon! 

If you love Shannon's aesthetic as much as I do, make sure to check out her Interior Design Services, her blog, Burlap and Lace, and of course, follow her on Instagram.  You can also find Shannon in this month's issue of HGTV Magazine! Congrats Shannon!

 

Photography: Shannon Smith

 

Kate Spade Floral Arranging with Urban Stems - Get $15 Off Your First Bouquet

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Last night, Kate Spade Georgetown was gracious enough to host a floral arranging event with Urban Stems and we had the best time.  There's really nothing better than shopping for new earrings (we picked up a new pair of our favorite studs) while sipping champagne and admiring the new Spring Collection.  Make sure to check out our favorites at the bottom of this post! 
Better yet, Urban Stems, our favorite DC and NYC floral delivery service, was there to show us how to make the perfect spring arrangements.  Here's how mine turned out.

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Urban Stems brought tons of great flowers for the arrangements.  This one included some anemones, yellow and pink ranunculus, some stock, and garden roses. Everyone's bouquets looked fabulous and unique.  Here's a snap of my hands (middle left) working on my bouquet, courtesy of DC photographer, Taylor Kampa Olson.

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If you haven't yet, make sure you check out Urban Stems for your next "thank you" or "just because" flower bouquet.  They are incredibly reliable and I've loved the bouquets I've been sent in the past (see here and here). One of my favorite things about Urban Stems is they send you a confirmation photo and email of the arrangement in front of the delivery address. Such a cool touch and a great way to ensure that the recipient got their flowers safely!  

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Make sure to use the code: HAPPY6403 for $15 off your next bouquet! 
I'm in love with The Jade arrangement pictured above. 

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A big thanks to the gals at Kate Spade Georgetown as well. The store looked adorable as always. Now check out my favorites from the store!

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