Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gordon Biersch and the Freer/Sackler Galleries


Event 15, 16, and 17 of my 28 things in 28 days challenge. 

Tonia, my partner in crime when it comes to doing random cultural DC things, wanted to hang out on this Friday and we planned a whole day full of stuff.

Up first: which I’m counting as event 15 because… it was an experience.
We went to a restaurant, a typical “American Food” place by Chinatown called  Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.
We started off by ordering a couple of drinks (it was past noon, so no judging).
And after waiting 10 minutes we get our beers, then after 15 minutes the waitress comes up and asked “I took your order already, right?” “ummm, no”, and then we waited and waited and waited.  

Then food comes out! 
But it goes to the table next to us.
Then we get our food.
And everything is wrong: wrong fries, wrong sandwich, wrong order, just wrong.  
I ordered a BBQ burger and got a blue cheese burger that belong to the person behind us.  Our original food went to the table across from us, and their food went who knows where.

I had to wait an additional 10 minutes for them to bring out my food while Tonia already had her food. And the worst part was no one apologized to us, acknowledged what happened, and only offered to give me one free $5 beer for having to wait for my food.  

Normally bad service doesn’t bother me, but we had a whole day worth of events and the restaurant was basically empty.
yep, not a BBQ burger. But the free beer was delicious. 
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Now to move on to the more exciting Event 16!

I have only ever gone to the Freer/Sackler Galleries to see one of their films and have never actually stepped into the galleries.   (their films festivals are awesome!) 

my first thoughts: this is definitely a hidden DC gem. 

When it comes to art there are two things I know I like
1) modern art
2) anything not influenced by Western Europe.

And this museum was filled with that ancient art vibe: from Japanese Samurai art, Ancient China, contemporary art, and a new great exhibit called “Roads of Arabia."

the famous "Peacock Room"
Seriously, you don't see this in European or American Art. 

Quing Dynasty Stamps . Simple, but beautiful. 
Tonia and I both worked at the Natgeo Samurai exhibit and I feel like it gave me a lifelong love for  Samurai cultural/art. 
A great exhibit.  
No photography was allowed in it and even though I saw folks breaking the rules, I couldn't get myself to do that. 

I honestly can’t believe how much I was impressed by this museum.  

It definitely made up for the bad restaurant experience. 
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Event 17

I'm debating counting this as an event, but I will because I waited and waited in an endless line for the off chance that my lucky number would be called to get into a free event at the Freer/Sackler that required you to pre-register.

I forgot to pre-register.
I slacked off and expected to get into the event. 
I was number 55 on the wait list.... the last number they called was 51.
Boo, I know!

The event was a musical performance described as:  "five accomplished young performer-composers from syria and Tunisia create new music inspired by Arab traditions and infused and influences from Western classical music and jazz." 

I have no idea if it was good or not, but waiting the 1.5 hours to not see the performance was a new experience and a very new thing for me.  

But this experience did teach me that I should always pre-register for a free event.

lesson learned. 

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read about my 2011 year challenge here
and my 2012 challenge here

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Thursday Night Bluegrass


Event 14 as part of my 2013: 28 things in 28 days.

My favorite thing to do on Thursday night is go to Bluegrass at Sova on Hst.  Earlier in the week I got the worst news ever – Sova was closing and this Thursday was going to be the last bluegrass ever!
As you can imagine I was pretty upset about it. 
Firstly upset that I wasn't going to be able to get my weekly dose of Bluegrass and secondly upset that Sova was closing... it was the best casual late night drinks spot. (and plus the bartenders rock!)
Last bluegrass!

And even though I’ve gone to bluegrass before and even though it was on Valentine's Day and I wasn't thrilled about the idea of being surrounded by couples, I had to go and include it as one of my 28 things.  

It was great, like always!
and I loved that they had such a large group of folks who came and supported them for their last bluegrass!
an older visit of mine to Sova.  Split String Soup... pretty awesome! 

As I was leaving the bartenders told me that they were moving bluegrass to Argonaut on Thursday and all in life was once again restored.
my beer of choice during bluegrass! no complaints 

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read about my 2011 year challenge here
and my 2012 challenge here


Friday, February 22, 2013

Galentines Day!



Galentines Day is an amazing idea started by Leslie Knop on Parks and Recreation.  A day where you celebrate all your “Lady Friends.”


And thanks to Rachel quick thinking and the use of a tapas/sangria groupon we not only had a spot, we had bottomless Sangrias, and awesome “lady friends” who wanted to come.

We headed to Recess* in downtown DC where we were the only ones who had the idea to celebrate “Galentines Day”… the restaurant was dead.  
There was one other table of four girls, but they had nothing on our group of seven. 
lovely ladies: Andi, Sarah, Katie, Rachel, Me, Ettay, and Ari!

The night started and ended a little shaky, but we are strong beautiful ladies and we can handle it.

When they told us our Groupon would only cover 4 of us, even though it stated it would cover 4+, we handled it like pros.
And when the hostess took one of our umbrellas, even though they had extras, we handled that like a person who can carry a living person inside of them for 9 month… yep, like a pro.

Sangrias... yummm

As you can image the service and experience wasn’t great. 
But all of that didn’t matter because we were there to celebrate how awesome we all are and smoother each other in compliments! 
and who doesn't want to play catch-up over Sangrias and finger food?

and plus Katie made us some delicious cookies and gave us all awesome/thoughtful card

I am already looking forward to next year!

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* I normally don't hold grudges against restaurants .. but I would suggest you had to another Tapas bar if you are in the mood for some.  The food wasn't bad and the sangrias were good, but the service was horrible. 
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read about my 2011 year challenge here
and my 2012 challenge here


SOTU


Event 12 as part of my 2013: 28 things in 28 days. 

I’ve lived in DC for three State of the Union Address and up until this year I have never listened to one.  Yes, I have listened to them before… in college I watched it every year, but in college I lived for this kind of stuff.
Moving to DC I grew uninterested in politics, but wanted to change that this year.  I mean what is the point of living in DC if you don’t watch things like the SOTU or go to the mall for inauguration?

So I headed to Star and Shamrock where they were playing it on all the TVs and even had a drinking game to go along with it. 
Of course I did not follow along with the drinking game, but a table behind me was enjoying themselves.
my favorites had to be "every time Obama mentions jobs, drink two for the unemployed"

All in all I’m glad I watched it.
And watching it in a bar with other people is definitely the way to do it... people in DC get really excited about this kind of stuff. 

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as always I will be posting updates on each days activity on this blog, but for more immediate updates check my twitter (@ksloss) #28things or instagram (@ksloss) 

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read about my 2011 year challenge here
and my 2012 challenge here