WHERE TO FIND MARDI GRAS PARTIES IN DC

Mardi Gras is almost here. And as they say in New Orleans, it’s a time to “laissez les bon temps rouler” for a night of eating, drinking, and cheer. Fat Tuesday falls on February 13 this year (yes, that’s the day before Valentine’s Day) and D.C. is always down for an excuse to party. So break out the beads and make a plan for a day of Louisiana-inspired cocktails, food, and music.

No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without a traditional king cake. The colorful and sweet cake is the favorite dessert for the occasion–just watch out for the small toy baby baked inside. Finding it in your slice is said to be good luck. WHERE TO FIND MARDI GRAS PARTIES IN DC

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

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

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

WHERE TO FILL UP ON THE FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

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The holidays are full of excuses to eat. There are the eight days of Hanukkah, Christmas day banquets, and celebratory New Year’s Eve dinners. Around D.C., a lot of restaurants are also getting in one one of the lesser-known meal traditions: the feast of the seven fishes. This Christmas Eve meal is popular among Italians and Italian-Americans, and it embraces the bounty of the sea, which at one point was a relatively cheap way to eat. Here are some spots serving the special dinner this year. WHERE TO FILL UP ON THE FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

4 FESTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER NIGHTS

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It’s hard to get bored in a city like Washington, but long December nights can make it hard to muster the motivation to get out of the house. These are some events to plan for once the sun goes down.

Go Ice Skating

If you’re looking to stay active in the cold, swing by one of the city’s scenic ice rinks. The famed Watergate Hotel has a rooftop rink with hot drinks and snacks along with views of  much of D.C. Nearby, there’s the Washington Harbour ice rink, a good base location for shopping and exploring the streets and lights of Georgetown. Or gather at the National Gallery of Art for a session at the popular sculpture garden ice rink, overlooking the National Archives. 4 FESTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER NIGHTS