District Drink, Dish, and Dwell – The Staples

Dine, Drink, Dwell in DC.

Washington, DC (October 18, 2014) – As we start saying goodbye to summer, we can’t help but remember the good times we had. Places we visited, places we had a great drink, a satisfying dinner, and what made feel comfortable in our homes.

Fear not, the fall also has some great opportunities ahead. I’ve made a small list of staple items for what to stock in our fridge, where we can grab a good bite to eat, and places we can start accessorizing our personal spaces to make them more welcoming.

Guinness Blonde American Lager – This marks the first time the brand has brought its signature Guinness yeast from Ireland to the U.S. Keeping true the brand’s brewing heritage known for quality and taste, this craft beer is a crisp refreshing tasting amber lager with a floral, hoppy aroma. The blonde beer is twice as smooth, half as bitter and 80% lighter in color than Guinness Draught. Available at better grocers and markets.

St. Regis Bloody Mary – The Arrowhead Farms label pays homage to the Bloody Mary’s role in the world’s rich cocktail culture. Glamorous, authentic, and absolutely mischievous, the St. Regis “Red Snapper” Bloody Mary cocktail has been a mainstay morning after cure for eight decades of St. Regis revelers around the world, from Bal Harbour to Beijing and from Aspen to Abu Dhabi.” The limited edition bottle features an illustration of the bar itself by renowned fashion illustrator, Bil Donovan. The signature St. Regis Bloody Mary mix is available at www.stregis.com/boutique. The 25 oz. bottle of cocktail mix is $28.

Brooklyn Brewery Post Road Pumpkin Beer – Early American colonialists, seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful and nutritious. Blended with barley malt, pumpkins became a commonly used beer ingredient. Post Road Pumpkin Ale brings back this tasty tradition. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt center, and crisp finish.

Jardenea – Executive Chef Nate Lindsay has created an array of new menu items along with new fall-fresh cocktails that utilize the complexity of flavors only available in seasonal autumnal ingredients. A few of the new standout menu items include: Aged Gouda Soufflé, Joyce Farms Pheasant Terrine, Butternut Squash Risotto with braised kale, English peas, black walnuts and fresh sage, Cast Iron Seared Duck Breat with orchard apples, parsnip and duck confit stuffed brioche with double smoked bacon and Brussels sprout slaw, Braised Rabbit Cassoulet, confit of rabbit legs, stewed tomatoes, northern white beans and black lentils.

Chez Billy SUD – Chez Billy Sud is a neighborhood, French restaurant situated in the heart of Georgetown. Executive Chef Brendan L’Etoile’s menu showcases the cuisine of Southern France. Chez Billy Sud offers hand crafted cocktails and a French focused wine list in an inviting atmosphere steeped in history and conviviality. Like its historically located sister restaurant Chez Billy, Chez Billy Sud celebrates tradition while facilitating the transcendent present when a fine meal and a well-paired wine bring utter bliss.

Fainting Goat – Pumpkin is the star in a Thai-style dish off The Fainting Goat’s new fall menu: Roasted Pumpkin Mussels with lemongrass and chilies. Executive Chef Nathan Beauchamp, who took the helm of the kitchen in June, roasts Amish pumpkins with traditional Southeast Asian ingredients like galangal and lemongrass. He makes a curry-type broth with chilies, shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, turmeric and shallots, and adds fresh PEI mussels, garnishing the dish with lime zest, scallions and Thai basil. The mussels ($14) are served with a side of grilled bread to soak up the delicious, warming broth. 1330 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Room & Board – On the 4th floor, which is by far the most popular of the building (amazing rooftop terrace, panoramic views), just received a complete renovation, and will now be all accessories, all the time. It is a total game changer; this new store-within-a-store-like space is now an amazing one-stop-shop filled with new color stories, textures, and layers to take a room from good to gorgeous. Tons of Room & Board exclusive lighting, shelving, artwork, and decorative pieces in a layout that now lets customers really browse and be inspired.

West Elm – Brand new on the block of 14th Street, is the newest West Elm, joining other great furniture shops. If you haven’t had the chance to check out our new digs be sure to stop by this weekend! We’ve got 20% off all bedroom furniture! Follow @westelmdc on Instagram for more updates!

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