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
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.
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
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
The holiday season is a time for friends, family and feeling festive. One of the best spots to do that in Washington is at the Miracle On 7th Street pop-up bar in Shaw. The whimsical bar is now in its third year in business in D.C. (the idea is based off a similar idea in New York City) and ready to charm guests with all new kinds of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter cheer. … GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AT MIRACLE ON 7TH STREET
Food is one of the best ways to learn about and experience other countries and cultures. That’s certainly the case at Maydan (1346 Florida Ave. NW), one of D.C.’s newest restaurants. The concept opened November 21 and embraces recipes and cooking techniques from a hand full of countries including Morocco, Turkey, and Georgia.
The word Maydan fittingly translates into “town square,” and the restaurant layout certainly lives up to that name. The open dining room and bar is both bustling and cozy, making guests feel like they’ve been transported from the streets of D.C. to a gathering place halfway across the world. At the center of it all is an attention-grabbing hearth, which is used to cook just about everything on Maydan’s varied menu (it also does a pretty good job helping to heat the space on cool winter nights). … AT MAYDAN, TAKE A CULINARY ADVENTURE FROM MOROCCO TO GEORGIA
Like it or not, it’s already the middle of November. That means the official start of winter is just over a month away, and brisk nights seem like they are already here to stay. If the changing season has you yearning for a festive activity, look no further than the rooftop at the sleek Watergate Hotel (2650 Virginia Ave. NW). … SKATE OVER TO THE WATERGATE HOTEL’S ROOFTOP ICE RINK AND BAR