VERY, EXTREMELY, INSANELY LAST-MINUTE VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEA

Hello, Valentine’s Day –– we meet again. I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day girl. I mean, don’t get me wrong –– I used to love in grade school when it was a free for all as far as eating chocolate, hoping that my crush was going to suddenly come to their senses and love me, and all of the pre-bought store notes from classmates that were required, not warranted. However, in adulthood, I’ve certainly found myself on the more cynical side of the Valentine’s Day equation. I mean, how many burpees do I need to do to work off an entire heart filled with chocolates? And why is the ratio of good chocolates to nasty, cherry goop filled chocolates so askew? Also, why can’t I just go ahead and buy my own chocolates if I have to blatantly remind my husband that it’s Valentine’s Day anyway? Sigh. VERY, EXTREMELY, INSANELY LAST-MINUTE VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEA

SPICE UP SUNDAY NIGHTS WITH THESE SPECIAL MEALS

For most people, Sundays are a time to rest, spend time with friends and family, and maybe hit the city for a relaxing brunch. The evenings, in particular, are ideal for pausing over a meal and recharging for the week ahead. That doesn’t mean you need to spend the last hours of your weekend cooking and cleaning, though. There are several D.C. restaurants with special menus available on Sunday nights only, designed to be an easy and affordable way to close out the week. Here are a few spots. SPICE UP SUNDAY NIGHTS WITH THESE SPECIAL MEALS

HOW TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY? LET US COUNT THE WAYS

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It’s still more than two weeks until Valentine’s Day. That means if you think your girlfriend is expecting an engagement ring or other meaningful piece of jewelry that signifies a commitment on your behalf, you still have time to break up with her to avoid seeing her face fall when she opens the long, flat box and finds … GLOVES inside!

Of course for every couple who wishes the end would just come already for their stagnant relationship, there are two singles who would give up room in the medicine cabinet just for the opportunity to sit on the couch for one night next to a warm body and watch some crappy TV. HOW TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY? LET US COUNT THE WAYS

5 BARS WHERE IT ALWAYS FEELS LIKE SUMMER

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Let’s all take a minute to appreciate that we just survived one of the roughest stretches of arctic weather in D.C. in recent memory. Whether you spent the past days huddled at home or in one of the city’s cozy restaurants, I think everyone is glad it’s over! (I certainly didn’t decide to live in this place because of the cold.)

So now that it’s finally warmer-ish outside, consider hanging out somewhere that brings vibes of sun and warmth. Being cozy is great, but so is escaping winter altogether, however briefly. Here are some picks for bars and restaurants where it always feels a little more like summer. 5 BARS WHERE IT ALWAYS FEELS LIKE SUMMER

WARM UP THOSE LOVELY BONES WITH THESE COZY DISTRICT HOTSPOTS

Okay, so the holidays have come to a close and let’s be honest – we’re all feeling a bit meh about it. Plus, we’re presently experiencing a level of cold that I can only accurately equate to being fully embalmed alive in pure liquid nitrogen.

Seriously, I can literally feel my body dying every millisecond that I am exposed to the District winter elements and there is no amount of layering that my fragile bones can find any remote semblance of comfort in.

Anyways… so the point is that this got me thinking…wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of insanely cozy establishments in the District that you could dart over to for a quick drink, get-together or an afternoon of remote work? WARM UP THOSE LOVELY BONES WITH THESE COZY DISTRICT HOTSPOTS

START 2018 RIGHT WITH THESE 5 VEGETARIAN EATS

The new year is here. That means the holiday season—and all the indulgent eating and drinking that comes with it—is winding down. And if you’re ready to swap the cookies and party snacks for something healthier, the D.C. restaurant scene is here to help. There are a number of affordable and creative vegetarian restaurants where you can start 2018 off with an extra kick of nutrition and energy.  Here are five favorites to start with. START 2018 RIGHT WITH THESE 5 VEGETARIAN EATS

MIKE ISABELLA BRINGS HIS NEW FOOD HALL TO TYSONS CORNER

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A look inside Isabella Eatery. (Photo by Greg Powers)

Washington is home to some great restaurants, but getting around to all of them can be a chore, especially for those living in the neighboring suburbs. A new food hall from local restaurateur Mike Isabella hopes to change that by bringing his acclaimed international concepts from the streets of D.C. to a sprawling space in Tysons Corner.

MIKE ISABELLA BRINGS HIS NEW FOOD HALL TO TYSONS CORNER