Just the Bottle

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First Date Spots

My special fella and I recently celebrated our first date anniversary. It's been a year of fun, wine, and absurdity. It all started at Izakaya 2-F.

Izakaya 2-F has been one of my go to spots for dates and happy hour with friends. It's the upstairs sibling of Daikaya (one of the best ramen spots in DC). Izakaya offers an amazing sake and whiskey list. Their wine and beer list is also nothing to sleep on with a well curated selection that pairs well with the dishes or alone. I've never been disappointed with a drink there, food, or service. It plays well as a first date due to it's location and offerings. I find if a date is going well, you can order dinner or put your name downstairs for ramen. However, if you and your date aren't clicking, you can easily and quickly close out and move on. Being in Chinatown means, you have three different metro lines, buses, and several other places to drown your sorrows or celebrate that bad date ending.

Church Key is a spot that a friend recently reminded me about and it makes perfect sense. They are an award winning beer bar, but they do have a spectacular wine and cocktail list. They have plenty of dishes to share and if you go on the right night plenty of seating. It's not as near a metro line, but it's in the 14th street drag. Again, if your date is going well and you want to move on you can find so many fun dinner spots. Date sucked? No worries as you can go sip on some whiskey at Black Whiskey.

Barrel in Capitol Hill area has a baller bourbon list and is a chill environment. Their beer list and cocktail list also doesn't disappoint. You can't go wrong with almost any of the bourbons here. 

Teaism is a perfect spot if you aren't drinking and don't want to do the cliche coffee date. They have three locations in the DC area. The Dupont location is always one of my favorites. If the weather is nice, you can walk to Dupont Circle and people watch while chatting. The Penn Quarter location has a zen like downstairs space.

Those are some of my first date top spots in DC. What are your favorite spots for a first date?

Diner en Blanc

Feel free to click through the gallery above to see some of the photos I took.  There are several other photos available.

Diner en blanc made its Washington, DC debut last week and I was one of the first attendees.  Diner en blanc is not for the weary.  There were rules.  Many rules.  There were also many costs involved.  When I initially proposed the event to Man Friend I was met with confusion and annoyance.  Quite understandable on his part, however, I do what I want.

Diner en blanc has become a worldwide phenomenon that started in Paris.  The roots were very simple - a man wanting to have a nice dinner party.  It has evolved into a part flash mob, part dinner, part drinking, part dancing - a completely spectacular time.

Getting to Diner en blanc was initially frustrating.  It was approximately a million degrees that day.  I was rocking my Rent the Runway jumpsuit and jewelry.  I cabbed the table and chairs that Lisa who writes for Push Play Eat rented.  I met her and our group at Dupont where our table leader, Katie, provided us further directions.

This is where it got kinda hinky.  We tried to get all of the Dupont groups on the metro to the final destination.  Other groups throughout the city were doing the same thing.  I don't think commuters were too keen to see people carrying tables, chairs, several baskets trying to force themselves onto the metro.  I also did not enjoy dragging that card table.  The table was kind of mad at the situation, but realized I was in control and relented.

Once we made it to the destination we began setting up.  I ran to get my food basket (I ordered a basket from the caterer) and wine as Lisa set up.  I ran back and finally began to relax.  That's when I was able to look around at the sea of people who would be my dining companions for the evening.

There was music, laughter, dancing and sparklers.  I don't like sparklers, but felt the need to join in.  Long story short - my mom once severely burnt her thumb with a sparkler and I witnessed it first hand.  She's fine, I'm fine.  I would just rather not take that chance.

I was lucky enough to sit next to Alison who manages her own wine consulting business and Laetitia who was one of the group organizers.  As I have said before, Laetitia is one of my favorite Parisians.

There were so many amazing outfits, table arrangements and food!  I loved my own food, but did want to dive into other people's plates.

Diner en blanc was one of those events that I could easily have talked myself out of, but didn't.  I'm glad I didn't.  It was worth every penny and drop of sweat.