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A weekend of American style and brews in DC

13 Oct

Weekend Round-Up: October 15 and 16


The American Field Pop Up Market returns to the nation’s capital. The two-day market will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16.

Featuring the best in U.S. made clothing, accessories, goods, furniture, and the people who make them, the American Field Pop Up is free and open to the public.

The market is taking place at historic Union Market district’s Dock 5.  For more information, visit


The Northern Virginia Brewfest will celebrate its 10 anniversary this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16.

Sponsored by Mad Fox Brewing, the festival will include more than 40 regional craft beer and cider producers. Live entertainment and educational presentations are included with admission. There will also be a variety of food options available for purchase to complement the drinking.

The Northern Virginia Brewfest is being held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Va.,  and tickets start at $30. Complete details are available at

AdMo’s Bourbon and The Whiskey Library host ‘Whiskey Wednesday’ series

11 Oct

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It’s a match made in [whiskey] heaven. Bourbon, an award-winning bar and restaurant in Adams Morgan, is partnering with the gurus at The Whiskey Library  to host Whisky Wednesday.

Whiskey Wednesday,  being held each week now through the end of the year, is an opportunity for patrons to sample and learn about a featured distillery.

This week’s whiskey maker is Angels Envy. Representatives from The Whiskey Library, which specializes in hosting whiskey tasting and educational events, will guide participants through a tasting and Bourbon’s staff will be pouring flights and mixing up special cocktails for purchase.

For additional details about this week’s tasting and  future tasting, visit the The Whiskey Library’s Facebook page.

Top chefs and unique dining options come to MGM National Harbor

10 Oct


Poised to set the bar for a compelling dining experience in the national capital area, MGM National Harbor will open in December with 16 dining venues.

Headlining the new luxury gaming resort will be restaurants by celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés, and Bryan and Michael Voltaggio.  Each of these chefs will introduce new concepts.

Chef Andrés, who already operates nine restaurants in the D.C area,  will oversee his first seafood restaurant, Fish. Ethiopian-born and Sweden-raised chef Samuelsson, acclaimed for his New York City hotspots, will be at the helm of Marcus, a restaurant offering elegant comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Adding local flavor to the mix are the Voltaggio brothers, natives of Frederick, Md., who will execute culinary creativity at Voltaggio Brothers Steak House, their first restaurant together.

Two well-known chains — one local, one national — will also be part of a fast casual food market. Maryland-based Pappas Crabcakes and Shake Shack will join with eight unique venues sharing an open indoor and outdoor seating space. Those additional restaurants include:

  • Amo Los Tacos
    Bringing the flavors of the Southwest to the East Coast, this modern taco stand will serve up customizable tacos, quesadillas, burritos and tostadas along with salads and authentic sides.
  • Bahn Mi Vietnamese Kitchen
    Vietnamese sandwiches served on soft baguettes, salad bowls topped with pickled vegetables, spring rolls and pho noodle soups will be served at this traditional outpost.
  • Bento
    Staying true to its name, everything at this Japanese counter – including sashimi, nigiri, specialty and hand rolls – will be served in a bento box.
  • District Deli
    Named for the nation’s capital, this sandwich haven will be the ideal lunch spot. Sandwiches will feature carved meats roasted on site daily; fresh deli-style breads such as pumpernickel, sourdough and seeded rye; and regional cheeses. Bottled, cold-pressed organic juices made in-house also will be available for those looking to add a healthful boost to their meal.
  • GWBW George Washington Beer & Wine
    A sure-to-be-social gathering place, this contemporary bar will offer a wide selection of beer and wine with a focus on regional varieties and local craft beers.
  • Honey’s Fried Chicken & Donuts
    A Southern-style restaurant designed to satisfy both savory and sweet cravings, Honey’s will offer such favorites as BBQ wings, buttermilk fried chicken, cheddar biscuits and fried pickles. A mouthwatering selection of doughnuts in homespun varieties including huckleberry glazed, banana pudding and apple fritter also will be available.
  • S’Cream
    Adults and kids alike will delight in this retro, 50s-style ice cream shop, with all the ice creams made in-house by MGM National Harbor’s talented pastry team.
  • Zizi’s Pizza
    This New York-style hotspot will capture the essence of wholesome Italian cooking including delicious pizzas by the slice, whole pies, Sicilian-style pies, calzones, meatballs and garlic knots.

Completing the roster are Ginger, an authentic Pan Asian restaurant; TAP Sports Bar, designed with the sports lover in mind featuring a menu of regionally inspired comfort food; and Bellagio Patisserie, a European-style pastry shop.

MGM National Harbor’s newly appointed Executive Chef Jason Johnston played an integral role in the development of the National Market, TAP, Ginger, and Bellagio Patisserie. Johnston joins the MGM National Harbor team from Las Vegas where he was executive sous chef at the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino.

“The portfolio of dining options at MGM National Harbor is diverse and comprehensive and very much inspired by the setting around us,” said Johnston. “From the casual options for guests on the go to compelling concepts designed by our celebrity chef partners, the resort will have something for everyone and will become a culinary destination.”

Check out Men’s Life DC’s exclusive video of chef Bryan Voltaggio describing his new restaurant at MGM National Harbor:

The Brooklyn Brewery Mash hits the DMV

6 Oct


Don’t let it be said that we at Men’s Life DC don’t offer up some great things to do. We’ve already tantalized you with some great weekend activities. But if you want to start your weekend off a little early or are looking for some additional festivities we suggest The Brooklyn Brewery Mash, a collaboration between Timberland and Brooklyn Brewery

The Mash is a weekend-long cultural festival exploring vibrant communities in cities around the world through food, music, art and beer. It is the largest international traveling tour of its kind with six U.S. city stops plus London, Stockholm and Paris.

Brooklyn Brewery’s latest iteration of the Mash takes a reimagined look at four time-honored celebrations: the meal, the beer festival, the bar crawl and the concert, by curating a series of forward-thinking experiences through collaborations with DC-based tastemakers, musicians, chefs, and breweries.

This weekend two unique events highlight the Mash’s foray into the Nation’s Capital:

Thursday, October 6, 2016:

Timberland presents Black Lips

  • What and Who:  A free concert at The Howard Theater, presented by Timberland. Black Lips will be playing a proprietary blend of garage, punk rock, stomp and unshakeable energy.
  • Openers:  The Sea Life & Tedo Stone
  • Where:  The Howard Theater 620 T St NW
  • When:  Doors open at 7:00 PM; show at 8:00 PM
  • RSVP 

Sunday, October 9, 2016:

Adams Morgan Neighborhood Immersion

  • What and Who:  Brooklyn Brewery and Timberland are bringing back this roving neighborhood party to D.C. Sharing a like-minded dedication to urban exploration and quality craft, they have teamed up to design a pop-up bar and shop called The Trailhead to get the whole thing started.
  • Event Overview:  Kick off your afternoon in Adams Morganand check out the two sides of the Brooklyn/Timberland collaboration: a special bottling of our experimental Ghost Bottles and a waxed canvas, insulated beer tote. A $20 Immersion ticket also gets you beers at Bedrock Billiards, Bourbon, and Smoke & Barrel, lunch at Amsterdam Falafel, Mellow Mushroom or Pops Sea Bar, exclusive access to The Trailhead pop up, and Immersion specific deals at The Bottle Shop, Meeps, Commonwealth, SMASH Records, Bicycle Space and many more.
  • Where:  Mellow Mushroom, 2436 18th St NW
  • When:  Starts at 12:00 PM; vouchers valid until 6:00 PM
  • Get tickets 

DC offers an appetizing weekend

5 Oct

Weekend Round-Up: October 8 and 9

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Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit, Sylvan Esso and Christine and the Queens will headline the third annual All Things Go Fall Classic this Saturday, Oct. 8. This highly anticipated tastemaker music and food festival will also feature performances by Bishop Briggs, POP ETC, Sofi Tukker and Ace Cosgrove.

In addition to the music, attendees will be treated to All Things Go-themed bites such as Timber Pizza Co.’s “Squash Venesso” pie, featuring smoked butternut squash and inspired by festival artist Sylvan Esso. Headliner Empire of the Sun gets the foodie treatment, too, with Takorean’s “Empire of the Ssam,” a hard taco shell filled with the food truck’s signature bo ssam pork. Shake Shack, Beefsteak, Buredo and more will also be in attendance.

“We love food, we love music and we love our city. It’s exciting to bring all of our passions to the forefront during one event that D.C. continues to support so loyally,” says All Things Go co-founderZack Friendly, who launched the Fall Classic event in 2014 alongwith this friends Will Suter, Adrian Meseda and Stephen Vallimarescu.

This year’s All Things Go Fall Classic is being held at Yards Park from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Advance tickets are available for $75 and on-site tickets will be $99. Complete details are available at

Taste of DC, the Mid-Atlantic’s largest culinary festival, established in 1989,  returns this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9. It will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW.

Attendees will be able to sample from more than 60 of the region’s most popular restaurants, taste over 50 brews in the Bier Garten, try more than 50 wines on the Taste of DC Wine Walk and enjoy nonstop entertainment on three different stages. Among the restaurants:  Todd Gray’s Equinox, Mastro’s, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Carmine’s,  District Doughnut, Sloppy Mama’s, Tortilla Coast,  Texas Jack’s Barbecue, Capital Grill and Barrel & Crow.

 On Saturday, the 6th Annual Ben’s Chili Bowl’s World Chili Eating Championship will bring defending champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut back to challenge some of the country’s best competitive eaters for this exclusive-to-DC World Champion title.  The competition takes place on the Taste of DC Main Stage.

In a new feature both days, MGM Lounge will feature appearances from celebrity chefs José Andrés and Bryan Voltaggio, whose restaurants will be part of the exciting new MGM National Harbor venue opening in December.

Taste of DC will be held from 1 a.m. of 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and tickets start at $20. Complete details are available at

Treat yourself to DC’s best tacos

3 Oct

Despite being pulled into the fray of this year’s presidential campaign, tacos are one of D.C.’s top go to foods.  And it doesn’t have to be a Tuesday to head to one of these top taco spots in the nation’s capital.

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Taqueria Habanero

Sol Mexican Grill

Tacos el Chilango

MXDC Cocina Mexicana

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Tico DC

What is your favorite spot for tacos in the D.C. metropolitan area? Leave a comment below.

It’s a crafty, art filled weekend in DC

29 Sep

Weekend Round-Up: October 1 and 2



Hellrazor, a D.C. based producer of men’s personal care items, will be one of the vendors at this weekend’s Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair. 


The annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is back in D.C. this Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2. More than 500 applications from all over the United States, Canada and the UK were submitted for the 150 coveted vendor spaces at this year’s crafts fair, which will be held at Union Market (located at 1309 5th St. NE, Washington, DC). Single day and weekend passes to the festival — now in its 13th year — may be purchased online and a limited number of weekend discount passes are available when using special code REALDEALCB16.


The East Building of the National Gallery of Art, designed by I. M. Pei. Photo © Dennis Brack/Black Star. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery ArchivesEnter a caption


Following last weekend’s opening of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Gallery of Art celebrates the reopening of its East Building. Home to the gallery’s contemporary art collection, it was closed for three years to renovate the existing galleries and construct new galleries and a roof terrace. The updates to the East Building will allow the  number of works on view from the museum’s collection to increase from 350 to 500.


Piper-Heidsieck is offering the perfect date night

26 Sep


Piper-Heidsieck, City Perch and iPic Theaters have teamed up to offer the perfect date night.

Dinner Uncorked will be held at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, September 28, at City Perch. The seasonal American restaurant will offer a four course meal paired with Piper-Heidsieck Champagne:

  • First course: Salmon Tartare with a Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Cocktail
  • Second Course: Crab Cakes paired with Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV
  • Third Course: Braised Beef Short Rib with Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage NV
  • Dessert Course: Baked Alaska Pie with Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Sublime

This special dinner experience is priced at $75 per person ($60 for iPic Sapphire members).  RSVPs can be made online or by emailing or calling (301) 231-2310.

City Perch is located at Pike & Rose, 11830 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, Maryland.

Enjoy the weekend with beer and lobster

21 Sep

Weekend Round-Up: September 24 and 25


It’s beers, brats and bands at the Das Best OktoberFest from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, taking place at National Harbor.

As part of admission, attendees will be able to freely sample more then 150 international, domestic and local beers, and enjoy music by authentic oompah and polka bands. There will also be an array of food vendors including many serving traditional German fare such as bratwurst, knockwurst and potato pancakes. Food will be available for purchase à la carte.

Adding to the fun will be onsite games and contests. In addition, attendees wearking German attire will get a fee souvenir bag.

Regular admission tickets to Oktoberfest start at $29. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available that allow for early admission and wine and schnapps samples.

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You can celebrate National Lobster Day on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Luke’s Lobster with their Lobstah, Lobstah, Lobstah special, available for one day only.

Featuring a lobster roll, a half lobster bisque, and a skewered half lobster tail served with cocktail sauce, this festively indulgent dish clocks in at a mindful $25  ($25…25th of September…get it?!). It will be available at all Luke’s Lobster shacks throughout the day while supplies last. No substitutions will be allowed–but who need substitutions with a deal like this?!?

Luke’s Lobster has three locations in the D.C. area: 1211 Potomac St., N.W., and 624 E St., N.W., in the District, and  7129 Bethesda Lane in Bethesda, Md.

Whether you go to Luke’s or another of your favorite lobster spots, join the conversation on Sunday with the hashtag #NationalLobsterDay.

Eat your veggies: DC VegFest returns this Saturday

20 Sep


Whether you’re looking to improve your health, protect animals, save the planet, or you just want to eat some really good food, the nation’s capital is the place to be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Sept 24, for the annual DC VegFest (, presented by Compassion Over Killing.

More than 20,000 attendees are expected to gather at Yards Park (adjacent to Nationals Stadium) for this free outdoor festival featuring lots of food to buy and sample. There are also dynamic speakers, cooking demos, a kids zone, a barking lot for dogs, a beer garden, live music, and much more.

This year’s DC VegFest speakers include:

  • Leilani Münter, professional race car driver and environmental activist
  • Elizabeth Kucinich, policy consultant at the Plant-Based Foods Association
  • Marco Antonio Regil, actor and television host
  • Jonathan Balcombe, animal behavior expert, and author of What a Fish Knows
  • Torre Washington, award-winning vegan bodybuilder

“The DC VegFest is a fun, free event to explore how we can all make kinder, greener, and healthier choices,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing. “Everyone is invited to join us — bring your kids, bring your dogs, and definitely bring vegan and pre-vegan friends along to enjoy this food-filled, action-packed day!”

Delicious plant-based cuisine will be dished out by more than 40 different restaurant and food vendors. Participating vendors include HipCityVeg, Shouk, 3 Twisted Vegans, Roots Market, Treeline Cheese, Vegan Treats, Busboys & Poets, and Tofurky.

More than 70 other nonprofit and commercial exhibitors, such as the Washington Human Society and Barnard Medical Center, will also be setting up shop for the day.

DC VegFest is free and open to everyone. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a complimentary 2016 commemorative tote bag fully-loaded with swag from the event’s sponsors.

Find more details by visiting and use #DCVegFest16 to follow along on social media.