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June 25, 2015

Firing Up a Memorable Fourth

(Courtesy W Hotel)

(Courtesy W Hotel)

Independence Day doesn’t just commemorate the birth of our nation.

It’s the one time of the year we are mandated — by law (it’s enshrined in the Constitution; look it up) — to go out and have as much freakin’ fun as humanly possible.

Patriots that we are, HOH has compiled a to-do list for those interested in getting their America on all around the nation’s capital on July 4. (All events are on that day unless otherwise noted.) Full story

June 18, 2015

Overheard: House Email Crash = Liquid Lunch

“Email down? I’m off to Bullfeathers.”

— Presumed congressional aide (a Cloakroom app user, anyway) takes House server hiccup in stride. Full story

June 11, 2015

Cantina Marina’s Endless Summer

The surrounding area may look like urban development ushered in via H-bomb. And the ripped-to-shreds roadways running parallel to the place have probably warded off more foot traffic than a predatory sinkhole.

But those daring enough to dodge lumbering construction vehicles and navigate suspect parking conditions don’t seem to mind the added hassle once they’ve dropped anchor at Cantina Marina.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The seasonal retreat at 600 Water St. SW first popped onto the scene back when crowded seafood buffets and warm, sticky rum buns still ruled the Southwest Waterfront. Now, it’s almost all that remains along the desolate stretch of Maine Avenue that’s been hollowed out to make room for the sprawling Wharf project.

Still, the jam-band hosting (Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., and The Second Amendments graced the stage there last summer.), Racing Presidents’ baiting watering hole appears content to temporarily whisk Washingtonians away from the hustle and bustle of #ThisTown.

There appear to be plenty of takers. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 5 a.m.
Booze, DC, Food, Restos

June 3, 2015

Bill Nelson’s Private Hell

Friendly bets regarding the outcome of the Stanley Cup Final are flying around up here on Capitol Hill. But no matter who emerges victorious, Sen. Bill Nelson is destined to remain the odd man out.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Florida Democrat has gone all-in behind the Tampa Bay Lighting in the best-of-seven series that will decide the next National Hockey League champ.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin is backing the Chicago Blackhawks, and he’s put up regional goodies as collateral. Full story

May 28, 2015

Gird Your Loins for Testy Fest 2015

Always fantasized about taking the proverbial bull by the balls? The Montana State Society wants to help turn that dream into a reality via the 11th Annual Testy Fest.

(Courtesy Montana State Society)

(Courtesy Montana State Society)

The offalpalooza — scheduled to take place June 6 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the American Legion in Arlington, Va., (3445 N. Washington Blvd.) — promises the usual: all-you-can-eat gonads (One day, Taste of America, one day!), rivers of Canadian whisky and domestic suds, live music and the admiration of fellow Treasure Staters.

Advance tickets start at $25; the price is projected to rise to $30 for on-site sales. Full story

May 22, 2015

Hillary Clinton Chugs Along

(Courtesy Carolyn Kaster/AP/Corbis)

(Courtesy Carolyn Kaster/AP/Corbis)

Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton Friday is dragging campaign reporters — kicking and screaming, no doubt — to one of the happiest places on earth. (No, it’s not Disney World.)

With her mind set on ascending from first spouse to commander-in-chief, HRC has begun bouncing between political bellwethers Iowa and New Hampshire. The planned pit stop at Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, N.H., is designed to serve as a backdrop for a discussion about small businesses, tax policy and Zzzzzzz.  

We all know the paparazzi just want to get the obligatory pic of Clinton bending the elbow — which she’s obviously done before.

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

At least one fellow scribe has begun lobbying for equal time in wine country.

All this political hack wants to know is when Bills and Brews expects to get a hold of the tight-lipped candidate.

Confidence is medium that after knocking back a few with Matt Laslo, the truth might finally come out about whether she ever winged anything at Slick Willie back in the day.

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May 12, 2015

Polish Group to Fete Mikulski, Kaptur

Members of the American Polish Advisory Council are expected to honor Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., during an inaugural reception Tuesday on Capitol Hill. Full story

May 5, 2015

Chow Down for Charity at Biscuit Bash

Hump day goes humanitarian this week with the help of the real American heroes: biscuit sandwich-crafting toques.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Art and Soul restaurant has invited local chefs to compete in the second annual Biscuit Bash. The friendly cook-off, scheduled to take place Wednesday on the Art and Soul patio from 6 to 8 p.m., doubles as a fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Full story

May 4, 2015

Robin Kelly’s Version of ‘Cheers’

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Robin Kelly plans to kill two birds with one stone Thursday — celebrating her 59th birthday (again) and raising some coin for her campaign coffers — during a little get-together at Bocce’s Bar and Grill.

Although the second-term Democrat already marked her actual nameday (April 30) in the office (“Staff did surprise her with her favorite coconut cake,” Team Kelly said of the vanilla-frosted, shaved coconut-covered centerpiece procured from Harris Teeter.), the suburban Chicago watering hole (3909 Lincoln Highway, Matteson, Ill.) got the nod to serve as host for a second round of festivities.

The fundraiser (tickets start at $29 per person) is scheduled to take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

“Bocce’s is her ‘Cheers.’ She has celebrated many occasions there from her husband’s birthday to sorority events. But, really it’s the everyday normalcy of Bocce’s that she loves,” a Kelly aide told HOH about the congresswoman’s affinity for the local hang-out. “It’s her favorite place to go and spend time with friends and neighbors who’ve become an extended family over the years, people who know her as just ‘Robin.’” Full story

April 29, 2015

Hill Center Is ‘on Fire’

A friendly reminder posted in the vestibule of the days-away-from-opening Bayou Bakery at Hill Center. (Courtesy Bayou Bakery)

A friendly reminder posted in the vestibule of the days-away-from-opening Bayou Bakery at Hill Center. (Courtesy Bayou Bakery)

Hillites, strap on your hungry pants now. Hill Center is poised to serve up a long-awaited eatery and has cooked up a new grilling curriculum.

Countdown to Crescent City Chow

He’s put down roots across the river, but New Orleans native David Guas said he fell in love with Capitol Hill when he first moved to the north.

Bayou Bakery founder and Travel Channel host David Gaus. (Courtesy Scott Suchman)

Bayou Bakery founder and Travel Channel host Gaus. (Courtesy Scott Suchman)

During an April 27 discussion about his new cookbook, “Grill Nation,” Guas said that after relocating from the Big Easy, he spent a good deal of time at the home of then-Roll Call publisher Mary Glassman and her husband, ex-Roll Call editor James Glassman.

He found the environs intoxicating, noting that the wealth of historic properties and vibrant community reminded him of lazy days spent lounging on stoops in the French Quarter, drinking in the scenery by observing those “having way too much fun” as they stumbled by.

He’s jazzed to officially become a part of the fabric of the neighborhood with the debut of his sophomore establishment. Full story

April 23, 2015

Making Your Own Fun on White House Correspondents’ Dinner Weekend

It’s time once again for worlds to collide — that extra special lost weekend during which visiting celebs and local reporters kick POTUS to the curb and get hammered together for days on end: the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Those not planning to rack up monumental Uber tabs in the pursuit of party hopping — the schmoozing begins in earnest late Thursday and powers through until Sunday afternoon — might be interested to know there’s more to life than stalking model Chrissy Teigen for a selfie (she’s one of Thomson Reuters’ dinner guests).

And unlike those poor souls destined to be crammed into the bowels of the Washington Hilton for most of Saturday evening, you might just learn a thing or two (and maybe even do some good) by getting out and about. Full story

April 17, 2015

Getting Sloshed, POTUS-Style

Author Brian Abrams is set to dish about the boozing habits of the train-wrecks-in-chief laid bare in his irreverent expose, “Party Like A President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office.”

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The humorist is slated to spill the beans Saturday about all the substance abuse that’s gone on in the Oval Office during Brightest Young Things’ sold-out takeover of the National Archives Museum.

Before throwing our deeply flawed leaders under the bus, HOH proposed Abrams go a few rounds with the historic hell-raisers by drafting POTUSes for totally irresponsible drinking games. Full story

April 15, 2015

Capitol Hill Alumnus Wants to Huddle with Hibernian Staffers

Former Hill staffer Keith Carney has a plan to help foster comity within the ideologically charged Capitol: unite the children of the Emerald Isle.

Come Friday, the former Senate aide intends to do just that via the launch of a new club, Hill Irish.

(Courtesy Keith Carney)

(Courtesy Keith Carney)

“We want to bring staffers of Irish descent together to socialize and to celebrate our rich heritage in a relaxed atmosphere,” Carney said of the non-partisan, non-profit organization he’s shepherding into existence.

The kickoff party is scheduled to take place at Hamilton’s (233 Second St. NW) from 5 to 8 p.m.; the $10 admission fee nets attendees access to one drink ticket, light snacks and live music. Full story

April 10, 2015

Civil Disobedience: Shaken, Not Stirred

Brown hopes D.C. residents will be sipping on some civil disobedience next Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brown hopes D.C. residents will be sipping on some civil disobedience next Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Civil disobedience can take many forms: a protest, a boycott, a strike, a sit-in. And soon you will be able to sip your civil disobedience on the rocks.

Shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown, one of the District of Columbia’s elected representatives who advocates for D.C. statehood, has concocted a cocktail called “Civil Disobedience,” or “the drink that will set you free,” to raise awareness about the statehood movement. Full story

March 5, 2015

Stuck Inside? Start Wining

According to the National Weather Service, D.C. denizens can look forward to digging out from beneath 4-8 inches of fresh powder before this latest white out fades to black late Thursday.

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

So, why not take chef Jacques Haeringer’s advice and mull what’s really important? Full story

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