The 2014 DC Bacon and Beer Festival will be held at Penn Social from 2:30-5:00 pm on Saturday, April 12th, where you can enjoy unlimited samples of bacon related food and regional craft beer from local restaurants and breweries. Highlights from the list include: Bar Pilar, Boundary Stone, Bourbon Steak, Menu MBK, The Pig, DC Brau, Dogfish Head, 3Stars, and Union Brewing.
Tickets are $45 and go on sale March 13th at 11 am here. That 11 am time is actually important, because past Bacon and Beer festivals sold out in minutes! It’s also for a good cause – the event will benefit DC area charity Food & Friends.
Chances are if you’ve taken a bus or a train out of Union Station then you’ve probably seen this pretty non-descript shoe-shine station by the waiting area. First of all, it’s just refreshing to see any kind of shoe-shine station around these here parts. It’s a dying industry except at airports and train stations. I guess they figure only travelers need shoe shines? Although seriously, I just think people are ignoring the need for their shoes to be regularly shined and maintained.
That being said, we’re lucky to have the Union Station Shoe Shine guys. It’s easily accessible, and pretty cheap (see below). You might even run into our veep, and a true Amtrak aficionado while you’re there: Joe Biden. Here are the services they offer, and prices…
- On-site at our Union Station location
- Shoe Drop off (WIN!)
- Scheduled on-site service at selected locations (hotels, corporate offices, condominiums, etc.)
- Mobile service for special events
- Shoe Pick up and Delivery
Shoes $7, Boots $9
Meltonian Cream Shine
Shoes $8, Boots $10
Shoes $20, Boots $25
Strip & Shine
Shoes $10, Boots $12
Thanks for keeping us around for 2 whole years DC! We promise to keep bringing you the best, if you promise to keep reading. If not, we’ll just bring you Maury Povich GIF’s.
As reported by Washington Business Journal
Finally! The massive former Filene’s Basement location at 1133 Connecticut Avenue (between Dupont Circle and Farragut Square) will be occupied. We’ve already got a few H&M’s here in the DC area, but since I personally happen to live in Adams Morgan (and coincidentally walk by this location EVERY DAY) this will be much more convenient for me. Dupont Circle’s always been a place to find certain things, but I think we’d all agree it’s second tier when it comes to the area’s shopping neighborhoods.
While H&M’s clothing isn’t necessarily heirloom worthy, it’s great for casual-wear or for clothes you don’t mind getting beaten up on the local nightlife scene. As for some other items to look into there, definitely consider their accessories section. There’s a number of things that are pretty decent (in value and quality).
By now you’ve probably checked out the bar at Bluejacket to enjoy some of their creative microbrews, and maybe you’ve had a good meal at their restaurant, The Arsenal, which has been mostly booked since they opened this past Fall. The latest good news from Bluejacket is that they’re offering tours of their massive micro-brewery starting at the end of this month.
There are three options for the tours, but free tours will be on Fridays and Saturdays, first-come-first-serve, and limited capacity. They’ll lead groups of 15 on 30-minute tours starting at 10:30 am, for 6 tours a day, each ending with a complimentary beer at their bar.
Part of the Bluejacket brewery, from a seat at the bar
Unfortunately, Bluejacket is still sticking to a no-growler policy, so for now you can only get their beer on site or sometimes in limited supply at Churchkey. They have said that they plan to bottle some of the brews eventually, but no word on when.
Innovative DC based products like Proper Socks really make me happy. I think we can all agree that DC is in a bit of a golden age based on all the awesome food, restaurants, and housing. Long a bastion of boring, soulless clothing DC is having a moment with fashion too.
Proper Socks’ value proposition is simple: Your feet hurt from wearing dress shoes all day long; but your socks can help!
The key features that make Proper socks so baller are the following (from their Product page):
Right/Left Foot Specific:
Your right foot isn’t the same as your left foot, is it? We didn’t think so. Proper Socks are specifically designed with anatomically correct construction to fit each foot uniquely.
Breathable Upper Toe Box:
Nobody likes sweaty feet. That’s why Proper Socks use ventilated mesh fabric for a breathable toe box to help keep your feet cool and dry throughout the day.
Unique Targeted Padding:
Your feet only hit the ground in certain spots, so Proper Socks feature unique, double-layer padding throughout the heel, toe box, and around the side of your feet to absorb everyday impact and to offer Proper comfort and support where it is needed most.
Snug fabric around your foot provides Proper arch support and better fit.
Locally based Justin Schachner was a management consultant who spent most of his days in dress shoes and on his feet… sound familiar at all? Justin was rightfully frustrated at the lack of dress socks that also have the support of a good pair of athletic socks (and that manage to look cool all in the process). Proper Socks was born. Way to follow the American Dream Justin!
While the product isn’t available for purchase on their web site, you can get in on their Kickstarter campaign which ends on January 7, 2014. Oh and about those cool designs, check these out:
From all of us at MLDC, have a safe and fun night tonight and have an awesome 2014 full of bow ties, man-stuff, and overall swag. We’ll keep bringing you our best, we promise. Thanks for making 2013 the best yet for MLDC!
And on that note, please be safe tonight. If you need a ride tonight, use SoberRide’s generous offer of a free taxi to get you home if it’s under $30. Call (800)200-TAXI.
I’m told this is something that’s worth attending, and I can certainly understand why… First of all it only happens once a year, and more importantly it’s a clearance sale for the best furniture store in DC. I’m also told that there’s a line that forms around 9am before the store opens at 10am, so might wanna lay off that last cup of grampy’s egg nog the night before. Discontinued items will be up to 50% off!
Room & Board is located at 1840 14th Street NW
Haven’t been to Home Rule? Well it’s a pretty funky store. They’ve got cool home goods that you wouldn’t find at Target or Walmart (there’s 2 of them in DC all of a sudden?). Check it out during the holidays, and use this coupon for 25% off until the end of December.
Home Rule is located at 1810 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009.
In today’s post we welcome Naya Smith who is joining Mens Life DC as a monthly columnist! Naya will be providing a much needed woman’s perspective on what it means to be a man in DC. Check her bio out on the About Us page. She’s an accomplished, professional, and beautiful DC woman. So listen up good fellas…
What to get your lady this season can be challenging. There are so many options and most people these days already have everything they could want. However its kind a mandatory requirement so here are a few options:
$40… For the do-it-yourself type of lady this cool kit lets her make lip balm that she will enjoy making and you will enjoy the benefits of (i.e. some seksi lips)
$45… Make her feel pampered. This spa gift set
will have your lady feeling pampered without a hefty pricetag. Its also available at Etsy
so you are supporting a small business.
$75… These lockets
may seem a bit on the high side but they show your thoughtful by knowing her astrology sign and you can put a picture of yourself inside as well.
For the baller range….
: some great local spots for a certificate are the Sugar Spa in Alexandria
, or the Red Door in Pentagon City
. If you really wanna make your lady excited get her a full day of pampering and treat her to a romantic dinner. This also saves you having to give her a massage!
A weekend getaway: Just the two of you to one of the following:
1) The Greebriar where you can relax at the spa and rejuvenate after too much egg nog and quality family time.
2) New York where you can see the Rockettes and take a ride in a Central Park carriage
3) The Inn at Little Washington for a five star dining experience and a very romantic stay
Also be careful with anything like home electronics, exercise stuff, beauty stuff or a gift-card unless she specifically asked for any of those things. We’ll probably wonder if you think we should be a housewife, are getting fat, our face is getting busted, or had no idea what to get. Bottom line most of us don’t care what the gift is as long as it seems like you put some planning and thought in to it (stick figure drawings created on December 25th don’t count).
Please feel free to post or email me at UnconventionalLadyMLDC@gmail.com any questions or if you are looking for a particular type of gift- I am happy to help!