It’s a bit of inside downtown’s inside baseball but we thought we’d remind readers that the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St NW) hosts free concerts every Tuesday beginning at 12:10 pm. This lets you break out of work at Noon or finish that 11 am meeting and get over to the 1300 block of G Street NW in time for the beginning of the concert. A suggested $10 donation for the performers is appreciated but there is no charge for the concert.
The Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association reminded us of the schedule as follows:
Tuesdays at 12:10 pm
EYA: Allison Mondel, Kristen Dubenion-Smith, and Crossley Hawn
Medieval chant and polyphony from this DC-based vocal trio
Cha Park, piano
In a recital of classic piano music by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Liszt
The US Army Strings in collaboration with the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
Two premier organizations of the United States Army in music featuring strings, flutes, trumpets, and drums
Pia Bose and Antonio Pastor, piano duo
Performing music for four hands by Granados, de Falla, Albeniz, and Ravel
No charge – A suggested $10 donation for the performers would be greatly appreciated
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center, exit 13th and G
We were thrilled to be a guest today at the newest opening in City Center DC, Fig & Olive (934 Palmer Alley, NW) (by the way, is it just us or is City Center quickly starting to look like a mini-Manhattan with all the outposts of NYC favorites!). Following a splashy opening party last week, the restaurant treated Friends & Family to lunch today and, aside from wanting to check it out, who says ‘no’ to free lunch! The relaxed, Mediterranean chic decor and spacious lounge area is sure to make Fig & Olive a favorite with the sophisticated crowd.
The menu is diverse with crowd favorites from Spain, Italy and France. As they proudly note, all items highlight olive oil, not butter. In some cases, the decor felt more refined than the food presentation, the flavors were very authentic and delicious. The drink menu also shows promise with both interesting concoctions and twists on classic cocktails. Service was excellent – friendly, attentive and timely, which isn’t always the case around an opening. We definitely think Fig & Olive is going to be a neighborhood darling very soon and, like Fiola Mare last year, could easily become the 2015 “it” place for those wanting the experience of a Mediterranean escape here in DC.
The Fig & Olive restaurant opened last Friday in CityCenter DC at 934 Palmer Alley NW. A smart design allows the main dining room wall to open up and create a continuous indoor/outdoor dining space. Set on two levels, the restaurant spans 10,000 square feet and can seat over 300 diners. You can even sit on sofas while you eat (photos). Currently open for dinner service, lunch will begin on July 6 and brunch on July 11; the menus can be found here.
Sunday – Thursday: 4:00 pm – 11 pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:00 pm – 1 am
Hours after Opening for Lunch and Brunch
Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 1 am
The District Source website provided an update that the proposed hotel at 11th and K Streets NW from the Douglas Development corporation would not have any underground parking and would rely on nearby garages and public transportation options to accommodate demand. This project is an add-on to the existing four historic mansions at the corner of 11th and K.
This corner has been left undeveloped for many years and looked derelict until a fence was erected around it sometime between September 2007 and July 2009. A large wraparound billboard is strategically placed over the face of the historic buildings as seen in the Google StreetView image above.
With the official arrival of Summer, let’s head outdoors for lunch al fresco or evening promenades. Here are a few ideas for Summer rendezvous (assuming no Armageddon-like storms like last night get in the way!)
- Screen on the Green: free, starting July 20 with North by Northwest
- Jazz in the Park: free, Fridays in the NGA Sculpture Garden
- Concerts on the Avenue: free, Navy band concerts at the Navy Memorial
- Al fresco lunch or dinner at your favorite green space, we love the National Law Enforcement Memorial (pictured to the right, E St. at 5th, NW)
- Late night snacks on the hip patio at Grand Trunk (641 Indiana Ave., NW)
— Erica F (@enviro_writer) June 15, 2015
The DC Circulator now has a new route around the National Mall offering a similar transportation service that the defunct Tourmobile used to provide albeit without the interpretive audio services. We’re eager to check it out and to point our guests from out of town to this very handy way to get around the Mall without walking long distances.
The route runs between Union Station and the Lincoln Memorial every 10 minutes and “folds” over itself on 15th Street NW in front of the Washington Monument; see the red route on this route map.
Hours are as follows:
- Winter Hours (October -March ): Weekdays 7am – 7pm; Weekends 9am- 7pm
- Summer Hours (April -September ): Weekdays 7am – 8pm; Weekends 9am – 7pm
Jose’s Gin & Tonic at China Chilcano (418 7th St., NW) is the perfect refreshment for these hot and humid days!