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PR Flacks @ The Gryphon

In Bar, Beer, Dupont Circle, Events, Food, Fun, Happy Hour, Review by RUNINdc

Located on Connecticut Ave Nw. In DC right around the corner from the Dupont Circle Metro, The Gryphon is a restaurant and bar with an old world sense of style. Sporting black walls, leather sofas, gilded mirrors, mounted bull’s heads and antler chandelier. This location is impressive in size and scope for sure and was easily able to host two …

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In Barracks Row, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

From its modern, yet rustic decor, to its expertly crafted menu, Ambar gratifies all the senses. There are a lot of restaurants to choose from just off the Eastern Market metro stop, but if you haven’t been to Ambar, you’re missing out.Since this was my first experience with Balkan cuisine, I didn’t know quite what to expect, but trust me when I say …

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Rocket Bar

In Chinatown, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

This has been one of our go to places before or after any game or conert at the Verizon Center. $2.75 Coors Lights for Caps games? Not the bar to go to for an intimate evening. But definitely as a first stop on a night out. Love playing shuffle board when I stop by on slower nights, they have every …

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Metro 91 DC – All in a Day’s Work

In Fun, Metro, News by RUNINdc

Last month, Mark Kawar completed the Metro 86 challenge, visiting all 86 stations and taking a selfie in front of the Metro’s pylon in one day. A week later on July 26, the Silver Line opened with five new stations making his record indelible in the annals of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Though Mark Kawar’s record couldn’t be beaten, …

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Brookland Pint opens in time for Beer Week

In News by RUNINdc

Brookland Pint, a new American craft beer and American casual cuisine-type restaurant in the heart of the Brookland community.  Designed with historical significance in mind, Brookland Pint seeks to promote a festive environment that can both stand the test of time as well as encourage environmental sustainability.  Nearly every aspect of the décor has a story and connects with the …

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RiRa Georgetown

In Review by RUNINdc

Ri Ra Georgetown is just as beautiful if not more so than Ri Ra in Clarendon. It is a bigger space right on M st near 31st. The chandelier at the Georgetown location were a particular favorite of mine. The seating was very comfortable seeing as all the chairs and booths were overstuffed leather. The rest of the decor were …

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Taste of Medaterra

In Review by RUNINdc

It was a beautiful, crisp evening in Woodley Park and the inviting blue and white facade of Medaterra Restaurant was a welcome sight after a mere one minute walk from the metro. We walked up to the mosaic-tiled hostess booth and were warmly greeted and brought to our outdoor, blue umbrella-covered table. We couldn’t help but immediately appreciate the lively, warm …

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El Centro, D.F. GT

In Food, Georgetown, Mexican, Review by RUNINdc

The decor was very rustic with lots of rich gnarled, and salvaged wood as well as metal tubs and spigots instead of sinks in the bathroom. Most interesting still is the fact that instead of a mirror between the male and female bathroom there is nothing but sinks. It took me a good moment to realize it was open to …

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Neyla to Close

In Closing, News by RUNINdc

A message from Neyla’s Facebook page Dear NEYLA Friends & Followers, We must say so long for now. It has been our pleasure serving you. We will see you again!

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Ya Me Jana

In Clarendon, Review by RUNINdc

The DMV is home to a several popular Lebanese restaurants (Northern Virginia alone has 14).  But there are few places that are as warm and welcoming as Me Jana Come here by yourself and sit at the bar or on a date or with a small to medium sized group.  There’s plenty of seating indoors and out — perfect for a …

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Taste of Oaxaca

In Adams Morgan, Review by RUNINdc

This relatively small Mexican restaurant is located on 18th st in Adam’s Morgan several blocks south of Columbia Rd. The interior is festive with bright summery colors and sombreros hanging on the walls. The bar displays cute lighted stars hanging from the ceiling and authentic animal hair upholstered barstools. All in all the decor worked for me. What also worked …

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Alba Osteria – a Review

In Food, Italian, Mt Vernon, Review by RUNINdc

From the moment I stepped foot in this large and ultra modern restaurant on the corner of I St and 4th St NW, I was impressed with the decor, with the service and definitely with the food. The patio seating was impressive as well, unfortunately for me it was raining the day I visited. Inside there are these beautiful stained …

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Clarendon Food Crawl

In Arlington, Asian, Clarendon, Food, Food Blogger, Mexican, News, Review by RUNINdc

 What a treat! You simply can’t beat five lovely restaurants in the heart of Arlington for only $40 per person. A play on those fun Pub Crawls that seem to be happening everywhere these days, the Clarendon Food Crawl, took lucky participants on a culinary tour of Ireland, Italy, Mexico & El Salvador, the Mediterranean, and Asia. Hosted by RuninOut and …

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Crios Modern Mexican in DC

In Dupont Circle, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

We’re always on a quest for good Mexican in DC. Not Salvadoran. Not Chipotle — I want my tacos served with a smile. We were lured to Crios Modern Mexican Restaurant by $4 margaritas and beer and 2 for 1 Tacos. We were met by a large group of young professionals. Love networking events — the evening appeared promising. I …

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The Diner Closes for a Facelift

In Adams Morgan by RUNINdc

The Diner DC just served its last brunch for a couple of weeks. That’s because they’re getting a facelift.  But don’t worry.  According to a post on their Facebook, They’re be “back up and running in no time.”

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Best of Berlin

In Capitol Hill, Food, German, Review by RUNINdc

by Richard Barry Zee Germans. They do some things (most things) well and not by accident. Soccer, automobiles and any kind of meat dish are all examples of exacting German accomplishment. Capitol Hill’s Café Berlin keeps strong the German tradition of gourmet carnivorism by offering a menu of beef and pork that would make a butcher blush. Forewarning: You are …

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Clarendon Food Crawl – Aug 9

In Clarendon, Events, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

On Saturday August 9, RUNINOut and Social Group DC will be launching Clarendon’s first-ever Food Crawl Over 50 DC-area Foodies will converge on Wilson Blvd to sample signature dishes from 4 restaurants in 4 hours. The event will start at 12:30pm at Ri Ra.  Then at 1:30pm we will split off into two separate groups and visit Facia Luna and Mexicali Blues. Each …

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Roofer’s Union – a Review

In Adams Morgan, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

Roofers Union is a relatively new watering (and feeding) hole located at 2446 18th St. NW in DC in the building that used to be occupied by The Reef.  And if you haven’t been, you need to get there stat. The renovated inside is far from the dive bar vibe of the previous establishment. The decor is casual, simple and …

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Taste of Toro Toro

In Misc by RUNINdc

Jaleo meets Fogo De Chao — our event was held at Toro Toro. Wonderful choice for dinner with top notch service.  The ceviche was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. The mimosas were amazing, with four different flavors (passion fruit, mango, and blood orange, and traditional orange juice).  Our event with NTEN was well attended and …

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Bastille Restaurant & Wine Bar

In Misc by RUNINdc

by Annamaria Quayle  Yuppies Delight, it’s tasteless, pretentious and overdone! Located off the beaten path in Old Town Alexandria well past the hub of activity most enjoy about the area, Bastille Restaurant & Wine Bar is unassuming from the outside with a simple, classical elegance inside including a long wooden bar, heavy draperies and a cut-through showing the ongoings in …

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Indique Heights Closes for Renovation

In Chevy Chase, Closing, News by RUNINdc

Indique Heights has closed for about four months for renovation. Co-owners Surfy Rahman and K.N. Vinod will be downsizing their eight-year old Indian restaurant to something about half its size.  During construction, some employees will be assigned to Indique in Cleveland Park and Bombay Bistro in Rockville.

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First Down Hosts Wing Eating Contest for Habitat for Humanity

In Arlington, Ballston, Charity, Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

First Down Sports Bar has 40 flavors of wings, both traditional and boneless.  The wings are thick, crispy and perfectly sauced. So when First Down decided to host a Wing Eating Contest Fundraiser, we knew we had to observe. The USGBC National Capital Region Emerging Professionals hosted the event to raise $2,000 to support 30 volunteers for two days of training. …

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Ben’s Chili Bowl Opens at DCA

In Arlington, Crystal City, Events, Food, Fun, News, Review by RUNINdc

On Wednesday, July 23rd, Ben’s Chili Bowl celebrated the opening of the historic D.C. restaurant’s first ever airport location.  “Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic part of Washington, D.C.’s rich culture,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste of …

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Ben’s Chili Bowl to Open at DCA

In Misc by RUNINdc

On Wednesday, July 23rd, Ben’s Chili Bowl will celebrate the opening of the historic D.C. restaurant’s first ever airport location.  “Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic part of Washington, D.C.’s rich culture,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste …

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Victory in Berlin

In Capitol Hill, Fun, Soccer, Sports by RUNINdc

When Mario Goetze scored what would the game-winning goal for Germany in over time, the entire Cafe Berlin erupted with joy. This is the first year we have shown World Cup games at Cafe Berlin,” says owner Clytie Roberts-Glage  “We have shown all the German games for this World Cup.” The victory for Germany marks the first time a European team has …

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Chinese Banquet at Ming’s

In Chinatown, Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

RUNINOut and Bookalokal were treated to a culinary adventure  featuring some of Ming’s brand new signature dishes.  With the new menu rolling out this summer, Michelle Tam wanted to introduce her special guests to the Szechuan cooking and impress her with her new dishes. “The food and service was amazing,” says Jackie Woodbury, Bookalokal’ss DC City Launcher.  “We were extremely …

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The Coupe Offers 50 Cent Specials

In Happy Hour, News by RUNINdc

Love 50 cent specials. From Mon to Fri 5-8pm, The Coupe will  will offer 50 cent Sriracha-Glazed Chicken Wings, “BLT” Deviled Egg garnished with Bacon, Tomato Jam, and Micro Arugula and Stuffed Medjool Dates with spiced Marcona Almond and Camembert Cheese, wrapped in Surryano Ham. To wash it all down, The Coupe will offer $3 Natty Boh’; $4 Rum Punch and …

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Arlington to Crack Down on Bar Crawls

In Arlington, Clarendon, News by RUNINdc

The city of Arlington is looking to crack down on the notorious bar crawls. The county will vote this week whether to require bars to get a permit to host a bar crawl. If the county approves the change, bars will be charged for police patrols and trash cleanup. The latest bar crawls on St Patrick’s Day led to 25 arrests …

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German Fans Whoop it Up @ The Biergarten

In Fun, H Street, Soccer, Sports by RUNINdc

German fans from all over the DMV converged at DC’s iconic Deutschland to savor Bavarian food, German drafts and cheer on their beloved National Football Team.  Long time German fans and brand spanking new ones crammed into the Biergarten Haus‘s spacious open patios to witness Germany make history — becoming World Champions for the fourth time, but the first in …

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Argentina Fans Cheer Hard @ Citron

In Dupont Circle, Events, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

Argentina fans from all around the area converged on Cafe Citron to cheer on their favorite Latin team.  It was a mad house with fans arriving as early as noon to reserve a good seat. In the first half, the crowd erupted when Gonzalo Higuain provided a close goal, but sadly was offside.  It then turned into a an exciting …

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Fans Celebrate Record Win in Biergarten

In Events, Fun, H Street, News, Sports by RUNINdc

In Biergarten Haus, H-Street‘s little Deutschland, fans piled in shortly after lunch, all decked out in black, red and gold.  The crowd was jubilant but cautious — many were expecting a close game — no one expected anything like this. What transpired was a shocker so surreal that some began to cheer when Brazil finally scored.  Either way, the entire match had become a …

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The Folklife Festival is Imperiled

In Festival, Fun, News, Smithsonian by RUNINdc

Sunday is the last day of the Folklife Festival this year. It could also be the last day the Folklife Festival will take place on the lawn at the National Mall.Beginning in August, the National Park Service is spending millions to install new turf on the grassy panels of the National Mall, but this comes with a host of regulations …

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Noodles Plan to Upsell Customers

In Food by RUNINdc

Noodles & Company will start adding free-floating servers who will visit tables to see if guests would be interested in purchasing more food, dessert, coffee, even beer or wine. The server will then bring the extra items to the table and charge the customer. Noodles expects an increase of 3 percent in same store sales.

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Columbia vs Brazil @ El Tio

In Fun by RUNINdc

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Health Code Violation Closes Hill Country for a Day

In Closing, News by RUNINdc

Hill Country was closed yesterday and partly today due to a critical health code violation.  A Department of Health sign was posted on the front door stating that it would be closed until further notice. The violations cited them for mouse droppings, fruit, flies, a live cockroach and a dead mouse. Incidentally their Facebook page stated nothing about the health …

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B Too Wins the Wager

In 14th Street, Fun, Sports by RUNINdc

B Too and the Pig located next door set a friendly bet before the big match. So who would win the crispy wafelburger, a classic burger with crispy onions dripping with chipotle mayo or the famous wild boar ragu. The game was a nail biter all the way with Belgium threateing many times but the US stopping.   Eventually in overtime the top ranked …

World Cup Viewing

In Fun by RUNINdc

Here are some great places that offers both happy hour and outdoor seating:

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Taste of Kora

In Photos, Review by RUNINdc

One of the best Happy Hours in Crystal City.  The food and drink specials are simply amazing and hard to beat.  The lunch specials are also attractive.  The pizzas from the wood-fired grill are crispy, flavorful and full of toppings.  Reasonably priced at $13 and even cheaper if you go on Saturdays at the bar.

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Off the Beaten Path — 51st State

In Foggy Bottom, Photos, Review by RUNINdc

You don’t go to 51st for a nice dinner or a date — that’s for dam sure.  You go there for Tacos Tuesdays, wing nights, football cheering and of course the company and beer. Chances are if you attended GWU, you’ve visited 51st sometime during your pitiful school years.  It’s laid back, off the beaten path and wildly unpretentious. At 51st, …

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Taan Noodles Finally Closes

In Closing, Food, News by RUNINdc

Almost a year ago to this day, Taan Noodles tweeted that it had closed it doors for good.  That was a bit premature and Taan immediately reopened with a new chef, Michael Than. Taan which opened in October 2011 was known for its sake, steam buns and okonomiyaki, a Japanese-style cheese pancake. But Taan always played second fiddle to the renowned  Sakuramen …

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Taste of Tara Temple

In Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

  Upon entering Tara Temple, you are immediately greeted by a majestic row of tori gates transporting me to a foreign, exotic land. Once you enter the dining room, you are taken back by the look and feel of a cool and comfortable lounge, perfect for drinks and cocktails. Tara Temple is known for its Pad Thai, and also its …

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Lyon Hall – Mussels & Donuts

In Food, Fun, Review by RUNINdc

If you come to Lyon Hall, you must have the mussels. They are literally out of this world!!  Perfect for two to share although I could easily consume it all by myself, if no one was watching. The sauce is rich, buttery, and oh so Heavenly!  You need a lot of bread to dip soak it up, or else I might …

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Four Sisters Clarendon – Third Time’s a Charm

In Asian, Food, Fun, News, Review by RUNINdc

Clarendon doesn’t have many choices for authentic Asian.  Last year, we wrote off Rien Tong after several not too stellar episodes with bland food and rude service. So when Four Sisters moved into Clarendon, we had to roll up our sleeves and flex our tastebuds. Four Sisters is a long running family owned business that originated at the Eden Center and  Merrifield Town …

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Alia King Manshio—A Creator Inspired by Color

In Fashion by RUNINdc

By Nan Kay Alia displayed jewelry created by her at the RAW event at Penn Social last week (  Her stall had earrings, necklaces, pins and other jewelry pieces—each unique—designed and made by Alia.  I had a brief interview with Alia: Me:  What inspires you? Alia:  I really like colors. I like to work with different colors in my jewelry.  …

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Taste of Silo

In Events, Fun, Misc, Mt Vernon by RUNINdc

RUNINOut held our June Communicators’ Happy Hour at Silo.  Cute, funky and friendly — Silo is a wonderful addition to the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. The burgers are really amazing and they have a wonderful beer selection on draft.  We tried the crabcake sandwich. Chef Mike from CF Folks serves up some amazing dishes with perfect seasoning. He’s a nice, …

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Noelia Metro Center — First Look

In Food, News by RUNINdc

Finemondo sold the business to Kaiser Gill and the venue has magically transformed to Noelia, a 238-seat space Italian restaurant. Gill tapped former Sette Osteria and Cafe Milano chef Carmen Piazza as the restaurant’s executive chef. She has designed a menu of “modern, Italian comfort food,” said Gill. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant also includes a 1,400-square-foot dance floor so the restaurant can transition …

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B Too oh so Bodacious

In Food Blogger, Misc by RUNINdc

  June’s Food Blogger was held at the sleek and inviting B Too, Chef Bart’s second spot, the more high-end and polished version of his massively popular Barracks Row spot, Belga Cafe. The deep fried bitterballens were crispy, meaty and oh so yummy. And yes the beer was so fresh & dee-licious I had to have more.  Thank you Chef Bart …

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Cafe Paradiso

In Food, Italian, Wine by RUNINdc

If you want fabulous Italian cuisine and terrific wine in a quaint and cozy spot, then look no further than Woodley Park’s majestic Cafe Paradiso. Walk inside, you are greeted by a friendly staff and modern decor. The restaurant is spacious, capable of handling a large party and on this unseasonably cool summer day, the patio was a big winner. …

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Bangkok Joe’s Last Week

In Closing, News & Culture by RUNINdc

Bangkok Joe‘s will be closing its doors this week to make room for a new contemporary restaurant from Chef/Owner Aulie Bunyarataphan and Owner Mel Oursinsiri. We want to thank YOU for your continued love and support which played a major role in Bangkok Joe’s continued success. We are forever grateful and look forward to serving you again once Mama Rouge …

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EU Runners Visit 27 Embassies on One Day

In Embassy, Fashion, Fun, News, News & Culture, Review, Running, Weekly Picks by RUNINdc

Washington, DC – On May 10, more than 45 runners embarked on a 13 mile trek covering 4 distinct regions – Georgetown – Dupont Circle – Adams Morgan – Van Ness all while meeting people and celebrating culture, heritage and diversity.  The challenging task was not just the run, it was was running past 27+ EU Embassies and visiting nearly a dozen …

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Station 4 Yappy Hour

In Pets by RUNINdc

RUNINOut held their first ever Yappy Hour at Station 4.  The weather appeared ominous that day, but luckily by the time 6pm rolled in, the skies had cleared — just in time for the barrage of dogs and owners.  Lucky for us since we held our event in the outside patio with little shelter from rain.  There was plenty of …

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USASOA Presents “Second to None”

In Military by RUNINdc

USASOA recently expressed their gratitude to the brave men and women in uniform at the Armed Forces Day Celebration.  The keynote speaker was John Yori.  Music was performed by Brian Franke.  The event was held at Tel Veh “Thank you for being a part of a grateful nation in supporting our combat wounded heroes and their families who are in need. …

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DC-AYA Raises $700 from Lebanese Taverna Fundraiser

In Charity, Fundraiser, Lebanese by RUNINdc

DC AYA Fundraiser Washington, D.C. – April 18 –DC Alliance of Youth Advocates  hosted a fundraiser at Lebanese Taverna on May 15th from 5pm to 8:30pm. The event was sponsored by RuninOut and Lebanese Taverna. Over 60 people enjoyed an array of complimentary Lebanese dishes from Lebanese Taverna’s bestselling items and some stayed late to enjoy a Classical Egyptian Belly Dance Performance …

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DC Communicators Happy Hour

In Fashion, Food, Fun by RUNINdc

For the last several years, military Public Affairs Officers held a monthly social in Crystal City, VA.  Starting with Vapiano, the group decided to invite all communicators (Gov, Non-Gov, Corporate, startups) This event held at Vapiano was a smashing success   The event is hosted by Suzette K from Navy Public Affairs

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EU Embassy Run: Embassy of Netherlands

In Embassy, Fun, Misc, Running by RUNINdc

Netherlands is known for its cycling and innovation.  And as part of the annual EU Embassy Run, the Embassy of Netherlands became  one of the 10 stops the group of 40+ runners made during their 13-mile run. The group was greeted with warm smiles and refreshingly cold, thirst quenching Heineken — the mot popular beer in the world — and the …

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Duffy’s Gets a D

In Bar, Beer, Food, Irish, Review by RUNINdc

Duffy’s is good for what it is.  It’s ideal to get bar food and drink beer.  The place is known for its wings, but when I took a bite, I quickly realized it’s definitely not the best in the city. In fact, it’s not even close.  The tots also weren’t amazing. Some were soggy and too salty. it’s a good …

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Medaterra Raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief

In Charity, Events, Food, Fun, Fundraiser, Happy Hour, Lebanese, Mediterranean, News, Review, Wine by RUNINdc

Medaterra Raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief Medaterra, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Woodley Park, raises $1,200 for Philippines Relief fund The tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan has left us heavyhearted,” said Angela Aly, owner. “Everyone was very giving and happy. My staff was commenting how every table wanted to donate to the Red Cross,” said Owner Angela Aly. Here is a …

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Meet Drink Laugh @Marriott

In Comedy, Events, Fun by RUNINdc

RUNINOut held our first Comedy Show with DC Comedy Writers at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Chinatown was a huge smash Over a dozen comedians performed 5 minute skits telling jokes about DC Dining, the government and everything in between “This is our first time working with RUNINOut,” said Wayne Manigo, comedian.  “We had a blast and we look forward to …

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Taste of MIO

In Downtown, Travelling by RUNINdc

Our DC Food Blogger HH in May was Mio.   If you crave Puerto Rican food, the options are limited in the city. It is the cuisine of Cuba, Spain and parts of the African continent. That’s why I never turn down an opportunity to try authentic PR cuisine. We were invited to attend a DC Food Blogger event at …

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St Paddies Day @ Irish Channel

In Bar, Beer, Chinatown, Events, Festival, Food, Fun, Irish by RUNINdc

Back in the 1600’s, the Catholic church created St Patrick’s Day to commemorate Christianity’s arrival in Ireland — boy has the holiday evolved over the years. Today, St Patrick’s Day is a week long event featuring several Irish bands and specials.  During the week our beloved Brian Gaffney, Peter Baker and Aine Doherty performs. On Sunday, the Channel participates in …

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Rien Tong – Tasteless & Rude

In Asian, Food, Food Blogger, Review by RUNINdc

Rien Tong is a Thai Sushi shop in the heart of Clarendon.  It’s perfectly located since there’s a dearth of good Asian restaurants this side of Arlington. I’ve visited several times over the year and got a mixed reaction.  Sometimes the service was fast.  Other times, I would have done better just going to Whole Foods. The food is ok,  but …

The Pedicabber

In Food by RUNINdc

The following weekend, Zach and I were in my Subaru Baja driving at full speed on the NJ Turpike to NYC.“Why are we driving up to the Big Apple just to pick up a damn rickshaw?” Zach asked incredulously. “Segways are all the rage on the Mall.”“So we can hang signage promoting our brand and ride it all over town.”“Can’t …