DRINK, EAT, AND BASK IN SUNSHINE (FINALLY): DC’S BEST PATIOS

DCers, it’s been a while since we have all been able to share a meal al fresco. Fear not, though, because the monster that was Winter 2018 is behind us –– it’s finally patio season. I doubt I even have to ask for amens after that long drudgery, but I’ll do it regardless. Can I get an amen?!

This is the first year in forever when I haven’t even been bothered by the fact that the air is so thick with pollen I have to consider how my outfits will match with the dusty yellow backdrop that is Spring in the District. In fact, I’ve considered gathering all of the pollen together in a big pollen pile (the way you do with leaves in the fall) and jumping in it right after I’ve hyped myself up on some Zyrtec. In other words, I’m pretty excited that the cold weather is a distant memory. DRINK, EAT, AND BASK IN SUNSHINE (FINALLY): DC’S BEST PATIOS

DC FOOD TRUCKS WORTH TRACKING DOWN

While it is hard believe after we all watched on in horror as flurries of white fell gracefully from the sky this past week, the calendar doesn’t lie: spring is here. Soon, Old Man Winter will give up on terrorizing us with blustery winds and cold fronts, and warm weather will swoop in to save our souls. Or at least, that’s the kind of hope I’ve been clinging to as I cocoon under every blanket I own night after night. Spring brings more than sunshine, blooms, open-toed shoes, and wheezing, though. It also brings one of the cities best food options out of hibernation. Yes, that’s right, with warmer weather, the cities’ wheels start turning, delicious smells start wafting through 70-degree air, and food trucks are back in season. DC FOOD TRUCKS WORTH TRACKING DOWN

CHECK OUT THESE 4 NEW EATS NEAR NATIONALS PARK

Baseball season is back in the District. The Washington Nationals kicked off their 2018 quest for the World Series last week and will return home to Nationals Park this Thursday, April 5. For many fans, the best part of the baseball game is the food. Eating at the ballpark is an experience all its own (there’s just something about a hot dog in summer), but it can also be pricey and less creative than other nearby options. CHECK OUT THESE 4 NEW EATS NEAR NATIONALS PARK

5 NEW DC RESTAURANTS TO TRY NOW

D.C. is an fantastic city for eating out, with new restaurants and bars opening each week. With that wealth of choice comes hard decisions – not to mention the challenge of keeping track of what is new and notable. Sometimes it’s easier to settle down at your favorite neighborhood spot rather than fight for the hot new reservation. But if you are looking to switch up your routine, there are a few newcomers that are worth a look. Here are five options to consider for your next meal or cocktail out on the town. 5 NEW DC RESTAURANTS TO TRY NOW

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

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

NEW DC PLACES TO WINE & DINE (OR BEER & GRUB)

The holiday season is upon us, it’s true. And while the frenzy of sugary sweets, overzealous plates of food, gift giving, and fa-la-la-la-ing is no doubt wonderful, Winter can still rear its nasty head and make the city feel like a drab place to be. Fear not, though! There are plenty of new cozy atmospheres popping up around the city that have the potential to make complete and utter darkness at 6pm and sweater weather turned I-don’t-want-to-leave-the-house weather not so bad, after all. New places to eat can put the pep back in your step and the zest back in your life, winter cloud coverage be damned. NEW DC PLACES TO WINE & DINE (OR BEER & GRUB)