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Travel News from The Jet Set

6 Dec

Check out The Jet Set’s travel news for the week of Dec. 5th:

The Jet Set is America’s first nationally syndicated travel-based talk show and is designed to reinvent travel television to keep pace with the professional, leisure and aspiring traveler by experiencing the sights, sounds and scenery of destinations around the world or here at home, along with you. The Jet Set is filmed in Washington, D.C.  Follow The Jet Set on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Bacardi convenes top mixologists for semi-finals of the USBG Legacy Cocktail Competition in D.C.

3 Dec

Photo Credit: Chris Frenzi

It is one of the most well-known spirits in the world and earlier this week Bacardi united top mixologists for the USBG Legacy Cocktail Competition semi-finals in Washington, D.C.

The goal of the competition is to find a mixologist who can create a legendary Bacardi-based cocktail in the same vein as the piña colada and the Hemingway daiquiri.

D.C. hosted 10 of 120 preliminary finalists selected to compete regionally in various cities across the U.S.  The line-up included three of the the Districts best:

“This was a good opportunity to represent the bartenders who don’t really get that much light on them but make good cocktails. I’ve been mostly a dive bar bartender and no one every expects me to make good cocktails,” said Barnett. A second generation Washingtonian, he has been bartending for eight years.

Kenny is a newbie to the D.C. bar scene but brings more than a decade of experience from his previous work in some of New Orlean’s top watering holes. He’s excited to be in D.C. and believes the city’s cocktail scene is “is experiencing an amazing revitalization.”

The only female in the D.C. semi-finals, Robinson was excited to show some ‘girl’ power behind the bar “It is great to be one of those people that others look to and come to a bar to see.” D.C. regulars might recognize Robinson from her previous work at Farmers Fishers Bakers and Founding Farmers.

Despite each of the District’s contestants making outstanding drinks (see recipes bel0w), the winning cocktail for the D.C. semi-finals was created by Darnell Holguin of New York City.



  • 1 oz Bacardi Superior
  • 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1 oz Peach Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3 dashes Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters
  •  3 Thai Basil Leaves


  • 2 oz Bacardi 8
  • 1 barspoon Laphroaig 10 year
  • 1 barspoon Tamari Simple Syrup
  • 1 dropper Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters

“HARMONY” by Kapri Robinson

  • 1.25 oz Bacardi 8
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Homemade Pecan Syrup
  • 1/4 oz Crème de Cacao
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters
  • 2 barspoons Apricot Jam

“IT WAS ALL A DREAM!” by Darnell Holguin

  • 1.5 oz Bacardi 8
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1.5 oz House-made Passion Fruit Condensed Milk
  • 1/3 oz Averna
  • 1/4 oz Allspice Dram

Head to the ‘market’ and get ‘cooking’ in DC this weekend

30 Nov

Weekend Round-Up: December 3 and 4


Photo Credit: Tom Bridge

Don’t wait for the last minute to get your holiday shopping completed. The Downtown Holiday Market is back and open daily from 12 noon until 8 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 23.

There are more than 160 participants selling a diverse array of quality, handmade art and wares. The market is a one-stop winter wonderland with eclectic gifts for everyone on your shopping list. In addition to the vendors, every day you will find a variety of lively entertainment.


Returning to the District just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, the 11th annual MetroCooking DC show – the region’s largest two-day culinary showcase taking place this Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center – is ready to serve as one of the hottest holiday shopping destinations for folks looking to purchase gifts for their favorite gourmands.

Show-goers will have the opportunity explore aisles of specialty food products – many featuring some of the DC areas top gourmet purveyors – including a wide variety of holiday gift options, while experiencing live demos from James Beard honored celebrity chefs, partake in interactive and informative workshops, and enjoy book signings from some of the most celebrated culinary authors in our country.

MetroCooking DC general admission tickets are priced at $21.50 for adults and $10 for children ages for to 12.

Avengarde is a new fantasy book from local author Zachary Barnes

28 Nov


Just in time for the holidays comes the release of Avengarde, the new novel by Zachary Barnes. The fantasy novel is a story about courage and humanity in the face of racism and genocide. Barnes will be hosting a book signing event at the Church Street Holiday Stroll.

The book tells the story of Taveol, a mercenary who believes he’s escaped his past in his new home of Avengarde. However when he comes to the aid of wounded fugitive, Aerwyn , he gets caught up in a racial conflict that’s tearing his city apart. He soon must decide whether to save himself or risk everything for the culture and people he has grown to love.

Zachary Barnes is a resident of Northern Virginia and is a fantasy author who has been self-publishing since 2007. His first novel, Winter’s Throne, debuted in 2010. His new novel has recently been released by PandaMonk Publishing and is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. He currently resides in Annandale, Virginia.

The book signing will be Monday 28, 6 – 8 pm at Chase the Submarine located at 132 Church Street NWin Vienna, Virginia.

J Crew Men’s Shop opens on 14th Street

26 Nov J Crew Men's Shop Opening 1

Men of DC have a new shopping destination with the addition of the J Crew Men’s Shop, which opened earlier this month along 14th Street NW. The well-appointed two-story store is an inviting location catering exclusively to menswear in one of the most popular neighborshoods in Northwest Washington.

J Crew Men's Shop Opening 2

To celebrate the opening, Head Men’s Designer for J Crew, Frank Muytjens hosted a VIP event to showcase this new jewel in the company’s crown. The private event featured cocktails, whisky and snacks by Quarter + Glory as well as hand embossing of leather goods by Billykirk with founders Kirk and Chris Bray.

“It’s always very important to us to fit in with the neighborhood, and be respectful of our neighbors. When we found this location it felt right and it felt like we fit right in. We love the energy and vibe on 14th street,” said Muytjens.

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And fit right into the neighborhood it does. J Crew has turned an old rundown building with a dubious past into one of the newest shopping hotspots along the 14th Street corridor. The store joins the ranks of Filson, Shinola and Federal that have already made a home in this thriving community. J Crew has come along way since its humble beginnings as a catalog company.

J Crew Men's Shop Opening 3

The new men store features the full breadth of the J Crew men’s line carrying items that may be harder to find at the traditional J Crew stores. An added bonus is that men shopping here do not have to feel like second-class citizens trudging through the women’s sections first to finally get to men’s area. Here the guys are king and this idea has really taken hold since J Crew opened its Tribeca store in an old liquor store.

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“Whenever I visit DC I feel like I have to dress up a little more. To me DC represents an elegant buttoned up aesthetic — but still rooted in a casual, down to earth sensibility,” said Muytjens.

One of the highlights of the new store is the expanded suiting area. It is here that you will find a great selection of the J Crew’s Ludlow and Crosby suit lines with everything you need to create that complete perfect look. There’s even a terrific formal section featuring the latest in traditional and modern looks.

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J Crew Men’s Shop is located at 1818 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 518 – 0891.

Photography provided by Joy Asico

Travel News from The Jet Set

23 Nov

Check out The Jet Set’s travel news for the week of Nov. 21th:

The Jet Set is America’s first nationally syndicated travel-based talk show and is designed to reinvent travel television to keep pace with the professional, leisure and aspiring traveler by experiencing the sights, sounds and scenery of destinations around the world or here at home, along with you. The Jet Set is filmed in Washington, D.C.  Follow The Jet Set on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Hamilton partners with Angel’s Envy to craft a limited, exclusive blend

22 Nov


The Hamilton has partnered with Angel’s Envy to produce its own exclusive blend of the whiskey maker’s Kentucky straight bourbon.

“I wanted a unique blend that would work well for cocktails,” said Samantha Withall, beverage manager at The Hamilton.

Withall and her colleagues worked with Angel’s Envy for the last two months to develop a custom blend – building on the distiller’s signature practice of finishing its bourbon in old Port barrels.

The new blend was introduced for the first time last night and received rave reviews.


Invited guest were treated to two cocktails: the “Fashion Envy”  made with the special blend of Angel’s Envy mixed with Smith & Woodhouse 10 year tawny port, house made bitters, demerara sugar, and an orange swatch; and the “Ebbitt Sazeraz” made with the special bend of Angel’s Envy, Pernod Anise, Peychaud’s Bitters, sugar, and a lemon swatch.

Angel’s Envy produced only 20 cases of the special blend, which were split between The Hamilton and its sister restaurant Old Ebbitt Grill. Local and visiting whiskey fans are encouraged to stop by either restaurants this holiday season to enjoy a special Angel’s Envy cocktail (or few) while supplies last.


Dave & Buster’s opens in downtown Silver Spring

21 Nov

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Dave & Buster’s has opened its newest location at  Ellsworth Place shopping mall in downtown Silver Spring. It’s the popular restaurant and entertainment venue company’s 90th location and the third Dave & Buster’s in Maryland.

The 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Dave & Buster’s combines an arcade, restaurant and sports bar.

The restaurant’s mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu combines fun and flavor in American fare with items including the Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart, Three Cheese Grilled Cheese Sticks, the Short Rib & Cheesy Mac Stack, a Legendary Burger lineup featuring a burger topped with boneless buffalo wings, and the all-new Carnivore Pizzadilla.

It also offers an equally innovative cocktail menu that includes tropical Tiki Drinks, the Original CoronaRita, Adult Snow Cones, Luxe LITs, the Strawberry Watermelon Margarita poured over strawberry ice cubes, Glow Kones featuring a multicolored, flashing cube, and the all-new, one-of-a-kind Crown Apple Smash and Sailor’s Spiked Root Beer.

Dave & Buster’s is conveniently located on the Red Line, two blocks from the Silver Spring Metro Station, making it ideal for residents from all over the DMV to root for their favorite local sports teams with massive HD TVs and “better than the stadium” seating. Guests can also enjoy Thursday, Sunday & Monday Game Day Specials including $5 Appetizers and $3.50 22 oz. draft beer specials from now until February 7.

Additional not-to-be-missed specials include two Happy Hour times: Monday through Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday through Thursday, 10 p.m. to close. There is also “Two For Tuesday,” which includes $2 select beers, $2 Tacos and two free game plays, and half-priced games every Wednesday.

Guests can also play more than 160 of the latest games in the Million Dollar Midway acade, including Star Trek, Ghostbusters and Star Wars Battle Pod. Those hard-earned game tickets can be redeemed with a trip to the “Winner’s Circle” for a variety of prizes, including Apple products, Xbox games, sports memorabilia and more.

Dave & Buster’s Silver Spring is located on the 5th floor in Ellsworth Place (8661 Colesville Road). Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; and Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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MGM National Harbor wants to heat up D.C. nightlife, offers chance to win ‘staycation’

19 Nov

MGM National Harbor is promising to “redefine sophisticated nightlife” when it opens next month and premieres Felt Bar & Lounge and Blossom Cocktail Lounge.


Felt Bar & Lounge honors the nation’s capital as a symbol of history where classical architecture meets modern archival library. On the perimeter, ebony bookshelves with gold leaf accents house archival books create a playful spirit and openness to the casino space and beyond. The sheltered interior of the room invites guests in with a bar full of delightfully arranged liquors from around the world; finely placed pendulum light fixtures that denote the center of the action; and eye-catching black-and-white tiled flooring all centered on a color palette that is both vivid and bold.

An antique coffered ceiling surrounds and follows the shape of the geometric carpet pattern as black and gold hues give the space a modern and slightly masculine feel. Versatile seating options allow guests to sit and enjoy a drink along with convivial areas arranged for engaging conversation. Communal bar seating is also available, designed for guests to linger indefinitely while relaxing with friends or meeting new ones. On select nights, live entertainment sets the tone for one of the region’s hottest new go to venues.

Exclusive to Felt, is a beverage cart featuring high-end cocktails made tableside.In addition, when the guests wish to experience a new scene, they may simply move outdoors to enjoy views of the nation’s capital and the Potomac River, from Felt’s heated terrace, complete with a cozy stone firepit.


MGN National Harbor’s center bar Blossom Cocktail Lounge is inspired by and pays homage to D.C.’s celebrated cherry blossom season. A beautiful print of cherry blossoms by Prince George’s County photographer Ron Beverly is featured on a large backlit wall within the space, giving the lounge a sense of its provenance.

A tree canopy composed of gold diamond shapes adorn the exterior, creating a cocoon-like facade. Upon entering, all eyes are drawn to the woven limestone bar where curated cocktails, shooters and micro- and macro- beers are served up. Guests sitting at the bar also have a bird’s eye view of gaming action at six blackjack tables located in the heart of the room. Overhead is a sparkling chandelier, a fixture that exudes light from an array of cascading bronze-gold branches. The focal point accessory simultaneously suggests both sunlight and starlight, creating a centerpiece that animates the activity of the 24-hour gaming lounge. Eight high-definition TVs allow guests to stay abreast of exciting game day action at all times.

Inviting plush and organically realized furnishings grace the 3,000 square-foot room, allowing guests to sit comfortably on curved brown sofas, charcoal gray chairs, reclaimed wood communal tables and pillow-top bar stools. Backlit glass panels line the walls creating a modern, effusive glow complemented by glossy, silver leaf panels on the ceiling above, evoking the lighthearted pleasure of sitting under a tree amongst its fallen petals. Dark stone flooring complemented by light gray columns provide finishing touches for the polished look. With a prime location at the heart of the casino floor, the entire atmosphere captures an exciting spirit for guests to enjoy the view whether they want to jump-start the night or unwind for the day.

Win a staycation

To celebrate the opening of the new MGM National Harbor, Felt Bar & Lounge and Blossom Cocktail Lounge are offering the chance to win a VIP staycation. For this not-to- miss opportunity, register to win at  The winning package will include a one night stay in a Capital View King room, a $200 food and beverage credit, a $150 spa credit, VIP access to Blossom and a VIP table with tableside mixology service at Felt.

It’s a blue jeans and modern art weekend in D.C.

17 Nov

Weekend Round-Up: November 19 and 20


You can raise money to support individuals with autism and their families and enjoy a tour of the bars in Dupont Circle as part of the 4th Double Denim Bar Crawl.  The crawl will take place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, and includes the following stops:

Tickets are $30 and includes food and drink specials at each of the participating bars and a collectible koozie. All proceeds benefits Autism Speaks.


One of the most important American modernists, Stuart Davis blurred distinctions between text and image, high and low art, and abstraction and figuration, crafting a distinct style that continues to influence art being made today. On Sunday, Nov. 20, Stuart Davis: In Full Swing will open at the National Gallery of Art, West Building.

In Full Swing is the first Davis exhibition at the National Gallery of Art and the first major Davis exhibition anywhere to consistently hang later works side by side with the earlier ones that inspired them. The exhibition features some 100 of his most important, visually complex, jazz-inspired compositions, offering a new exploration of his working method.

Admission to In Full Swing is free, and it will run through March 5, 2017.