Plus a free spoken word event, new bakery + more.
August 15, 2019
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Moment of Silence for College Ramen...

In high school, Ahmad Ashkar bought a $9 falafel sandwich in DC. It was—in his words—bullshit. "It’s fried chickpeas, it doesn’t need to be that expensive. I was like, If I ever move to DC, I’m gonna open a badass falafel shop and make it super cheap." Spoiler alert: He did just that. In this week's byGeorge blog, the founder of Falafel Inc. (1210 Potomac Ave NW) shares what it was like growing up as the only Arab family in Leavenworth, Kansas, why he broke all the food rules to sell a $3 sandwich college students can afford, and how his business is helping refugees. 

What's That - You Did Marching Band? 

Prepare to feel self-conscious about your high school extra-curriculars. Stop by the the Georgetown Neighborhood Library (3260 R St NW) tonight (August 15) from 5 pm - 7 pm for the Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) free event, Spoke N Movement: Africa to DC (a Linguistic Journey). The ACM Teen members of Gen Z Speaks: A Right to the City Youth Project will perform their own written pieces on gentrification and the African-American journey in America through spoken word. RSVP here! If you're interested in learning more about Georgetown's African-American history, follow Cultural Tourism DC's heritage trail.

Praying for Calm, and the Return of This is Us

If you're hitting that afternoon slump and need a distraction, grab your work wife or work husband and play a round of, 'What are the people in this picture really thinking about?' Then head to our Sunset Fitness page and RSVP for one of the final yoga classes in this summer's weekly series. Brought to you by the Georgetown BID, the hour-long sessions are held every Wednesday from 6 - 7 pm through August 28 in Georgetown Waterfront Park. Bring a yoga mat and we'll cover water and snacks.

No Carb Left Behind

You can diet when you're dead. There are only a few more days to explore Georgetown's restaurant scene—old favorites and newcomers alike—during the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW)'s Summer Restaurant Week, August 12-18. Enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe menus at one of Georgetown's 17 participating restaurants—from a speakeasy, to an Italian institution. Brunch and lunch are priced at $22 and dinner is priced at $35. Visit Summer Restaurant Week website for menu details and to make reservations.

Not One Wrinkle, Either

The real product test will be how everyone's looking at Take Care's 70th birthday party. But for now, join the beauty and skincare boutique on Friday, August 23 from 5 pm - 7 pm to celebrate year No. 2! In addition to birthday cake and snacks from The Tavern, the first 50 customers who make a $50+ purchase (with an event RSVP) will receive a custom Take Care tote filled with goodies from their favorite natural beauty brands, including Kjaer Weis, Osea, Herbivore Botanicals, Marie Veronique, Vitruvi, Cordial Organics and more. Want to learn more about the story behind the boutique? Check out our byGeorge feature on owner Becky Waddell.

So Expansive, You Can See the Traffic on 66

Attention, single men and women: This is your new date-night move. The Graham Georgetown's (1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW) new full-service restaurant, Rooftop EATS, debuted this week on the hotel roof. New executive chef John Waldy's menu includes everything from avocado crab toast, to a pork belly bowl, edamame hummus, ricotta flatbread, and cauliflower tacos. Rooftop EATS will offer lunch, plus small bites for dinner. In addition to the new restaurant, Chef Waldy will oversee in-room dining and the daily menu at The Alex Speakeasy.

Talk of the (George)Town

Check out this Eater DC article on the most recent bakery addition in Book Hill--La Jolie Bleue! In addition to sweeter treats, don't miss spanakopita, or a phyllo pastry stuffed with shredded chicken, fresh mushroom, onions, tomatoes, and pecorino and Romano cheese. 

Run, don't walk, to 1560 Wisconsin Avenue! 

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