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Foggy Bottom

Essentials
This neighborhood is populated by a mix of George Washington University students, government employees, and "old money" Washingtonians. Nevertheless, there isn't much entertainment, but at least there's a plethora of high-end restaurants for those Federal employees looking to impress dignitaries.

Sundries/Entertainment
The mix of upscale and college dives is obvious. Notti Bianche and DISH + drinks are reserved for the power players and parents visiting GW students. If you forgot your jacket, duck into a gyro joint, or head for the nearest neon window to mingle with the co-ed crowd. And for weekend brunches, you can't beat Founding Farmers.




         


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Posted By:  Kara Deniz
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House of Sweden
There's more to Sweden than tall blondes, herring, contemporary design, and IKEA. And, so, there is more to the Swedish Embassy, located on the Georgetown waterfront. The building's design is an intriguing, box-like structure with spectacular views from its seamless floor-to-ceiling windows. The House of Sweden's regular events include free concert performances by native Swedes in an intimate setting, as well as larger and swankier see-and-be-seen parties on the rooftop. Guests are greeted by friendly embassy staff, generally tall and blonde, at gatherings where Swedish delicacies are served and the furniture is, well, reminiscent of a trip to everyone's favorite blue and gold-colored, assemble-it-yourself furniture store. For Scandinavian overload, Iceland's embassy is also headquartered in the building. Maybe tall blondes, salted fish and contemporary design are enough, after all.



Posted By:  Magda Nakassis
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Pret a Manger
Pret A Manger is easily one of my favorite British inventions. Forget about the pencil, the postage stamp, flushing toilets, and Jethro Tull's seed drill. I want a roasted beef & arugula sandwich with a yogurt & granola pot. I also probably want organic popcorn, a raspberry bar, and a sparkling drink. It sounds silly, but Pret fed me well for more London breakfasts and lunches that I can count, and I was green with envy with the first location appeared in Manhattan. Now we finally have one in DC, but it's inaccessible to me on most weekdays. Luckily this cafe (right outside the Farragut West Metro Station) stays open until 7 pm, so I'm able to treat myself to lunch for dinner, and it is still as fresh and delicious and satisfying as ever. For those of you lucky enough to work near Farragut Square, appreciate it! *shakes fist*



Posted By:  Elisabeth Grant
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Notti Bianche
Tucked beneath the plain-on-the-outside, fancy-on-the-inside George Washington University Inn is the small but sleek Notti Bianche. It prides itself on its merely 42 seats boasting the resulting "intimate" feel. And while the waiters and entrees take themselves very seriously, a sense of humor sneaks through with the explanation of why the restaurant is cell phone free: "their use interferes with the making of risotto." The food here is delicate and complex. The insalate options are an excellent way to start off, especially if you're a fan of heirloom tomatoes. Main courses run around $25, with a number of seafood and pasta options. But the real treat is the desserts, many of which incorporate surprising combinations of ingredients. The pine nut olive oil cake, for instance, seems odd enough by its name, but also comes with balsamic, strawberries, and strawberry gelato. The combination is unexpectedly refreshing, so save room for every bite.



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Nick's Riverside Grill
Nick's Riverside Grill is another one owned by DC Seafood, lining the water at Washington Harbor. There are water views of Virginia, the Kennedy Center, and college students rowing by in such a beautiful seascape you'll wish you had joined the crew team in your college dates. Or, if you're a sports fan, there's a covered outdoor bar with flat screen TVs and seats to enjoy a beer or Bloody Mary with your day of NFL football. Couple that with your favorite American lunch on a sunny day and you have the perfect Sunday afternoon. Of course, don't expect the prices (somewhat high) to match the quality of food (somewhat not as high). There are some highlights, such as the crab soup and the crabcakes, as well as the Mahi-Mahi salad. Even if you're stuck inside, the large windows also give wonderful views and there's always sports on the bar TVs. Nick's is also a great place for a private or semi-private party, with a pay-per-person appetizer menu and drinks. And as global warming soldiers on, keep heart that the outside patio will stay open (with the help of heat lamps) well into November.



Posted By:  Rin-rin Yu
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Cabanas
Washington's not really hailed for its Mexican cuisine, and Cabanas is no different. Along the Georgetown waterfront flanked by seafood, American restaurants with outdoor bars and football games on the televisions, Cabanas is somewhat out of place culturally. Though swank and hip inside, with cozy cabanas (hence the name), large windows, a generous bar area with couch seating and a fireplace, and outdoor seating next to the water feature that will spray you, its food and service is a little less generous. If you're not expecting fantastic Mexican food but looking for a fun atmosphere to otherwise stuffy Georgetown, this is good alternative (particularly on Flamenco Fridays, when ladies in ruffles stamp madly during dinner). Sunday morning brunch isn't any better than the other meals, but it comes with a bottomless bloody mary which you can make yourself at the bar. The restaurant is also available for private parties.



Posted By:  Elisabeth Grant
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Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Forget rows of day lilies, bird baths, and topiaries, a number of lawns near the Foggy Bottom metro station are showing off bona fide art. From now until October 25th, the first annual Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit has displayed twelve sculptures by local artists in the front yards of homeowners in the Foggy Bottom Historic district. Most of the works can be seen on the 800 block of 25th Street NW and the 900 block of 26th Street NW, but a few others are scattered close by on New Hampshire Ave. and I Street as well. The pieces range in size, style, and use of materials, showcasing the diversity in contemporary art and local artists. Since the area is so close to the Kennedy Center, perusing the displays is a great way to kill time before a show. Each site includes a description of the piece and a brochure explaining the whole event. Or, check out a guided tour by participating sculptors. Two tours are left, meeting at 11 am at New Hampshire Avenue and I Street, NW on September 13 and October 11.



Posted By:  Alyssa Kim
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Lindy's Red Lion
Lindy's is your typical faux dive. Faux because it's located in upscale Foggy Bottom, just a few doors down from fancy Kinkead's and adjacent to the most expensive undergraduate school in America, George Washington University. If you have time to eat in, climb the stairs to the bar. I prefer the take-out counter downstairs; I can avoid the college scene, and for some reason, the food tastes fresher when you order to go. For those of you past the age of 22, eating here will give you flashbacks of college and the "Freshman 15." The burgers. Oh, the burgers! Carnivores can feast on Lindy's 24 variations of everyone's favorite beef sandwich. If you have the appetite for it, order the mini-burger special: four slider-size burgers (with almost any of the special toppings), fries, and a 22-oz. soda for $7.99. Try the Davy Crockett, Lindy's most popular burger with hickory BBQ sauce mixed with bacon and fried onions, plus lettuce and tomato. Le Club is also an excellent and reliable standby. If you can't eat red meat, you can substitute the beef with chicken. Burgers so tasty, even George Washington would be proud... and you know he cannot tell a lie.



Posted By:  Jade Floyd
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DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative
Blank walls in your life? Thursday is a night of free wine and the chance to re-accessorize your digs while you get your Art Buzz on at 18th & Belmont for DC’s newest art installation. The event will take place at Acquisition Title, LLC’s offices in the heart of Adams Morgan on December 6th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 1801 Belmont Road, NW, Suite 201. Five noted international artists will showcase their works and raise money for the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. Each artist will donate 20% of their profit sales from the entire month to the DC Collaborative. Participating artists include Marielle Mariano, Michele de la Manardiere, and three artists represented by CG Symmetry. Art Buzz sponsors include Bourbon, Acquisition Title, LLC, and National Strategies, Inc. For more information visit their website.



Posted By:  Joanna Franco
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Kennedy Center
If you’re like me and you don’t have lots of moulah to throw around, getting some culture is a little hard. I’m too old for the twenty-something ticket programs, and I’m in-between jobs. Thankfully, if I need me a kick of culture, I can check out the free performances at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center. For 365 days a year, Millennium Stage hosts a free, hour-long performance at 6 pm. That means you can go, or you can take your visiting relatives when they come into town. And some of the acts that perform are good too—during one week last December, the acts included an early music ensemble, bluegrass, klezmer, Irish dancing school showcases, and jazz bands. The stage has also featured some artists who have since struck it big—Norah Jones and Nickel Creek, for instance. There’s even a performance New Year’s Eve of some Viennese waltzes, so you can get your culture in before you get smashed. For event schedules or to see archives of past performances, go to the Millennium Stage Web site.



Posted By:  Nancy Parode
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There’s nothing quite like a European vacation. Most of us can’t afford a trip to Sweden (or even a Swedish massage), but there’s one way to get there for free. Hike on over to the Embassy of Sweden in Georgetown. The sparkling House of Sweden, as it’s called, opened in October of last year. Sweden’s new embassy sits right on the Potomac River; it’s a great destination if you happen to be trying out your new Heelys along the riverfront. Even the doorway, surrounded by a glass-encased waterfall, is a work of art. When the embassy’s open, stop on by to see the latest free exhibits on Swedish culture and technology. This quarter’s theme, Cars and Transportation, includes info on the latest innovations from Volvo and Saab. Expect friendly smiles and helpful advice–you’re in Sweden, after all. After your visit, hit one of the riverfront cafés and raise a glass, Swedish style. Skål!



Posted By:  Sara Kruger
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Kennedy Center
Dinner out for two: $40; movie for two: $14; performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage every evening at 6 pm: priceless. Actually, it’s free. Every evening. Except Christmas. But any other evening, when a mundane day at work leaves you in dire need of a cultural injection, hop on the metro to Foggy Bottom/GWU station, take advantage of the free shuttle to the Center (it departs from the metro every 15 minutes until midnight), and luxuriate in an hour of entertainment that doesn’t require cash, debit or credit. If you can’t make it to the center, live broadcasts are also available online. In Nov, German pianist Jürg Hanselmann will take the stage, as will Sattuma, a Russian folk band, and Ireland’s The Roaring 40’s. And if you’ve never heard of any of these groups, so much the better. After all, cultural experiences are all about exploring new things. Who knows, at the end of the evening, you might be inspired make a pit stop at your local music store.



Posted By:  Joanna Franco
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George Washington University
Need some holiday cheer? In the mood for something a bit more folksy and not so big on the Christmas hype? Then go see the Christmas Revels at Lisner Auditorium! This year’s Christmas Revels features music, dance, and stories drawn from Appalachian, Shaker, African-American, Pennsylvania Dutch, Moravian, and Native American traditions. Audience participation is also a key aspect of the show and part of the fun. There are sing-alongs, rounds, and a human chain created by the audience that wraps round and round the foyer during the Act I closer “Lord of the Dance.” I should probably be all journalistically ethical and say that I’ve been involved with this group in the past as a performer. So why do I continue to support them? Onstage, there’s a great effort put forth during the rehearsal period to establish a community among the chorus members. Somehow, that sense of community translates into the audience as well. As the audience wraps up singing the round in Act II, a reverent hush falls over the auditorium. In that brief moment of silence, everyone feels connected to each other; the song brings out a shared vision of glad tidings of joy peace for the future.




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