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Hit the Preakness this weekend for the win

17 May

Saturday all eyes will be at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland for the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes. This is the second leg of the famed Triple Crown, which to many is the highlight of horse racing season. For 6 weeks horse racing fans and curious spectators look toward the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and Belmont Stakes in the hopes of seeing a thoroughbred capture the Triple Crown.

This year Always Dreaming, the 3-year-old American thoroughbred hopes to wrap up his second win and be 2/3rds closer to nabbing the crown. Only twelve other horses have accomplished this feat since 1919 with American Pharoah being the last to win in 2015. This year 9 other thoroughbreds are hoping to prevent him from being lucky number 13.

Since Pimlico Racetrack is right in Washington’s back yard, fans in the Washington metropolitan area have the opportunity to experience the famed horserace first hand. The event appeals to a variety of spectators where some flock to the infield to enjoy the race in a festive party like atmosphere while others prefer a more refined approach and make their way to the grandstands. Either way there’s something for everyone.

Post time for the Preakness is 6:45 pm however there’s a full docket of other races to enjoy and even place a wager. To make the most of the event, grab a Black Eyed Susan, not Maryland’s state flower, but the official drink of the Preakness sit back and enjoy! For tickets, visit the official site.

 

MensLifeDC is heading to Clarksburg Premium Outlets

5 May

Just a short drive north to upper Montgomery County is the area’s latest outlet malls. Clarksburg Premium Outlets opened in October of last year offering another location for bargain hunters to get their outlet shopping fix. The new shopping center boasts 392,000 square feet of retail offerings full of apparel, footwear, fashion accessories, leather goods home furnishing and specialty brands.

Do not let it be said that shopping is the exclusive domain of women. In fact according to The Boutique@Ogilvy’s 2016 Male Shopping Report, 94% of American Men have reported that they have a “defined” sense of personal style. Moreover value, looking good, and sales are the top motivators for men to make a purchase when in a store. That being said, Clarksburg Premium Outlets serves up a variety of stores to appeal to each of these motivators.

The new mall features such luxury retailers as AllSaints, Armani Outlet, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hugo Boss,  Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Salvatore Ferragamo, Theory and Thomas Pink.  The center also boasts a number of fashion favorites such as Banana Republic Factory, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Columbia Sportswear, Converse, Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, TUMI and Under Armour. And with recent additions such as Adidas, New Balance and SuperDry, men are sure to find something to enhance their “defined” sense of personal style.

To put this theory to the test, MensLifeDC will be heading out to the Outlets on Saturday, May 6 for a morning of exploring the mall, looking for bargains and working on our personal style.  Follow along on our social media as we tweet and create an Instastory of our adventure. Better yet, check out Clarksburg for yourself. Clarksburg Premium Outlets is located at 22705 Clarksburg Road in Clarksburg, located at Exit 18 off I-270.

MangiaDC offers Georgetown Foodie Tour

2 May

One of the great things about living in the Washington area is discovering hidden gems in some of the most recognizable locations of the city.  A nice way to find some of these sites is to take a walking tour. What’s even better is if there are treats along the way. That’s what you get when you take a food tour with Mangia DC.

Mangia DC Food Tours is a cultural food and walking tour business established in 2013 by Dave Saxe. In April, the company launched its Georgetown Foodie Tour.  The 3 ½ tour consists of a leisurely stroll through Georgetown hitting some of the local eateries and establishments in this bustling part of the district.  Along the way, experienced tour guide such as Saxe showcases the history, historical homes & food artisans of the neighborhood.

The Georgetown Foodie Tour consists of four stops:

Stachkowski’s Market, a local butcher that offers fresh and cured meats, cheeses and sandwiches

Georgetown Olive Oil Company, a retail shop specializing in extra virgin olive oil, infused balsamic vinegars and exotic salts

Via Umbria, a market and restaurant specializing in the specialties of Umbria, Italy.  This shop does a little of everything. It’s also a market, wine shop, event space and even sells pottery.

Dog Tag Bakery, a bakery that not only sells delectable baked goods but serves as a way to empower and educate veterans with disabilities.

Mangia DC has developed such a good rapport with these establishments that many of the owners take time out of the busy stores to spend a few moments to chat with tour patrons. This only helps to  enhance the tour experience.  The idea behind the tour is not to gorge out on lots of food but to provide tasting and alcohol pairings “large enough to be pleasantly full.”

Saxe’s idea was to offer a food tour that allows participants to experience the sights, sounds and taste of Washington and the Georgetown Foodie Tour is a great way to spend a leisurely afternoon.  The small group size gives people a chance to meet each other and allows the tour guide to be more accessible and engaging.

In addition to the Georgetown Foodie Tour, Mangia DC offers and Italian Food Tour of Dupont Circle, vegan gourmet dining and cooking classes as well as private food tours and events. A portion of every ticket sale is donated to So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.). To book a reservation or find out further information, visit Mangiadc.com.

Georgetown Foodie Tour Gallery

The National Harbor Wine & Food Festival returns this weekend

24 Apr

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The 11th Annual National Harbor Wine & Food Festival returns this weekend.

Located in a beautiful outdoor setting on the banks of the Potomac River and surrounded by the National Harbor hotels, restaurants and shops, the festival will be held from 12 noon to 6:00 pm each on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.

 

This year’s festival will include more than 150 wines, spirits and beers–ranging from local favorites to international recognized brands. Guests will be able to sample all of the varieties as well as purchase them by the glass and the bottle, on-site at special event only low prices.

For foodies, this year’s organizers have turned up the heat and partnering with many celebrated chefs. Saturday’s scheduled appearances include Chef Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Marjorie Meeks-Bradley of Smoke and Stacked, and Chef Seng Luangrath of Thip KhaoSunday will feature Chef Victor Albisu of Del Campo and Taco Bamba and Rock Harper of Rock Solid Creative Food Group. All of these local, regional and nationally recognized chefs will conduct a cooking demonstration and participate in meet and greets.

In addition to the drink tastings and cooking demonstrations, the event will include live music, additional food for purchase, and various vendors selling unique products.

Daily general admission to the festival starts at $39 for advance purchase tickets and $49 when purchased onsite. More information on tickets and special VIP passes is available by calling (800) 830-3976 or visiting www.wineandfoodnh.com.

Bourbon Dinner

To kick-off this year’s National Harbor Wine & Food Festival, Old Hickory Steakhouse is holding a six-course bourbon dinner at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28. The dinner will feature award-winning single and small batch bourbons from various distilleries including Buffalo Trace and Blanton’s, paired with both savory and sweet bourbon-infused dishes prepared by the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center’s executive chef. Cost is $130 per person and pre-purchase is required. To make a reservation for the bourbon dinner experience, call (301) 965-4000 or visit www.GaylordNationalTickets.com.

Hotel Package

New this year, AC Hotel National Harbor is offering festival attendees an exclusive VIP package. Located in the heart of National Harbor, the European-inspired hotel’s package includes one night room accommodations for April 28 or 29 and two VIP one-day admission tickets to the National Harbor Wine and Food Festival on Saturday only. Package starts at $309. Reservations are available by calling (301) 749-2299 or visiting www.ACHotelNationalHarbor.com.

A beer festival and a blue jeans ball are on tap for this weekend

21 Apr

Weekend Round-Up: April 22 and 23

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More than 70 breweries will be at the Nationals Park for the return of the DC Beer Festival this Saturday, April 22.  In addition to the outstanding selection of craft beers, the festival will have more than a dozen food trucks throughout as well as lawn games, and top DJs.  Admission (21 and older only) is $45 with a choice of two sessions: noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admissions includes unlimited tastings, with food sold separately.

One of the top charity events in the city – and a must for DC foodies, the 14th annual Blue Jeans Ball will be held this Sunday, April 23. It is the Capital Area Food Bank’s biggest fundraiser of the year, supporting men, women, children, and families in need. More than 40 of the DMV’s leading chefs and mixologists will be providing food and drink. There will also be live music and amazing auction items. The Blue Jeans Ball is being held from 6 p.m.. to 9 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis. Each $200 ticket provides 500 meals to our neighbors in need.

Barnes and Noble Tysons Corner to host Local Author Expo

20 Apr

This Saturday, April 22, the Tysons Corner Barnes and Noble is hosting a local author expo. Authors from throughout the Washington Metropolitan area will be in store signing books, meeting fans and reading from their books. A new author arrives each hour, with the event beginning at 12 and ending at 8 p.m.

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Zachary Barnes will be among the many authors on hand at the event. He will be signing and reading from his book, Avengarde. His fantasy novel is a story about courage and humanity in the face of racism and genocide. Barnes will be at the expo from 3 to 4 p.m.

For a complete list of authors who will be making an appearance, visit the bookstore’s site. The Tysons Corner Barnes and Noble is located at 7851 Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Va.

Sakerum adds cigar night, $5 happy sake hour

18 Apr

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Sakerum invites you to light ’em up on Monday nights. The popular Latin-Asian restaurant is now offering a Social Cigar Night, available on Mondays exclusively on the restaurant’s 50-seat enclosed rooftop.

Cigar aficionados are encouraged to stop by between 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Monday evenings to enjoy a cigar under the stars while sampling sushi, Latin-Asian small plates, and craft cocktails.

Guests are welcome to bring their own cigars for an $8 cutting fee, or purchase one from Sakerum’s extensive collection.  Cigars being offered include Oliva V No 4, Camacho American Barrel Aged, Rocky Patel The Edge Habano Toro, My Father Le Bijou Box Press Torpedo, Padron Anniversary Exclusivo, Ashton Classic Double Magnum, Montecristo White Robusto, Fuente Casa Cuba Divino, Cornelius & Anthony Corona Gorda, and the SakeRum Special Blend.  The cigars range in price from $12 to $20.

For the perfect pairing, guests can also enjoy a curated selection of Japanese whiskeys, rums, and scotches, such as the Suntory: Toki with flavors of basil, green apple, honey, vanilla oak, ginger, and white pepper and Nikka: Taketsuru Pure Malt with flavors of caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, oaky vanilla, and hints of floral. The spirits range in price from $10 to $45.

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$5 Happy Sake Hour

In addition to its new cigar night. Sakerum has also added a new $5 Happy Sake Hour. It will be available Monday and Tuesday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Thursday and Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; as well as Saturday and Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Guests can enjoy house red and white wine, house sake, ‘rail’ cocktails, a rotating beer selection and a variety of specialty small plates, priced at $5 each.  Food highlights include the Bao Buns, pork belly, gochujang, pickled red cabbage, shiso and hoisin; Elotes, grilled corn on the cob, creamy miso, chili and beet tempura crunch; and Grilled Calamari with eel sauce, crispy garlic, scallion and lime. Traditional maki and temaki-style rolls will also be available.  The Happy Sake Hour is available exclusively at the first floor 15-seat bar/sushi bar and second floor 50-seat enclosed rooftop.

 

Union Market To Kick Off Monthly Drive-In Movie Series

6 Apr

Union Market, in NW Washington, will kick off its monthly drive-in movie series this Friday, April 7 at 8pm with feature presentation The Royal Tenenbaums. The special screening marks the start of Union Market’s annual classic American drive-in experience, which in partnership with Getaround, will be held in the parking lot (1305 5th Street NE) and projected onto the market’s wall. Each family-friendly showing is free for walk-up film fans in the picnic area, or costs $10 per car.

Movie lovers and retro fanatics alike can munch on theater snacks while The DC Rollergirls will be on hand delivering snacks and drinks on wheels. The drive-in movie series has brought in consistent crowds since its inception in 2012, with the throwback event offering a unique retreat for those looking for communal fun and vintage kitsch.

Union Market 2017 Drive-in Series Schedule

  • Friday, April 7:              The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Friday, May 5:                Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Friday, June 2:               Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Friday, July 7:                 Coming to America
  • Friday, August 4:           Chef
  • Friday, September 1:    Days of Thunder
  • Friday, September 29: Clue
  • Friday, November 3:    Willy Wonka

For more information, click here.

The cherry blossoms bring kites and a beer & wine fest to this weekend’s agenda

31 Mar

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The sky above the National Mall will offer one of the best shows in D.C.  from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this Saturday with the return of the annual Blossom Kite Festival. Now in its seventh year, it is one of the Cherry Blossom Festival’s most popular events.

Free for armature and professional kite flying enthusiasts,  the kite festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations.  Participants can bring their own kites or purchase one onsite.  There is also the opportunity for children to make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last).

More information about the kite festival is available at nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/blossom-kite-festival.

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The Cherry Blossom Wine & Beer Festival will be held this weekend at Yards Park.

Hosted by Drink the District, the festival will include the opportunity to sample more than 100 different beers, wines, and ciders. There are three available sessions: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2.

General admission tickets start at $19 and includes admission; unlimited full pours of Sapporo Premium, Bud Light, Shocktop, Stella Cidre, Goose Island IPA, and wine spritzers; 10 tasting tokens’ entry into the first round of Boozie Bingo.

The festival will also offer lawn games and live entertainment with DJ Julian Rivera and Jeff from Accounting. Food trucks and other vendors will also be on-site selling food, artisan goods and other trinkets.

More information is available at cherryblossombeerandwine.com.

Ginworld DC is happening now

27 Mar

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Did you know D.C. is hosting a week-long celebration of gin? Well, it is, and it started today.

Originated in St. Louis in 2015, Ginworld is designed to be a social and educational celebration of gin. For this week’s inagual of Ginworld in the nation’s capital, a series of events and special promotions are taking place in area bars, restaurants, and distilleries. A calander of events available at ginworld.com/events.

The culmination of this ode to gin will be the Gin Festival from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Hosted by One Eight Distillery, the festival will feature engagement with distillers and multi-level tastings to learn the wide varieties in the spectrum of gin. Tickets to the festival are $55 and can be purchased online.