Ma Petite Liste – March 20-25, 2012

This week is World Water Week, culminating in the United Nations’ World Water Day on March 22nd. Throughout the District, thousands of restaurants are participating in the UNICEF Tap Water Project from March 19-25, 2012. Participating restaurants in D.C. (full list here) will invite their diners to donate a minimum of $1 for the tap water they would normally order for free to raise money for the UNICEF Water Project. Every dolla raised provides clean water for a child for 40 days. So throughout the week, order some tap water for a good cause!!

TUESDAY MARCH 20
The Cherry Blossom Festival 2012 starts today and yes, it’s the first day of spring. But most importantly, it’s Macaron Day!!! Indulge your sweet tooth at some of my favourite spots in the city. The Sweet Lobby on Capitol Hill got some national attention in February for winning Cupcake Wars but its their macarons that always catch my attention. Visit their boutique today for a free treat and buy more while you’re there. 25% of today’s macarons sales will benefit a local organization promoting science education for children. Tout de Sweet in Bethesda (read my initial thoughts about this cute little patisserie) is also getting into the holiday spirit with limited quantities of free macarons. Just mention that you’re celebrating macaron day! They will also be donating 25% of additional macaron sales today to the Make a Wish Foundation so you don’t have to fell too guilty if you pick up a whole box!! Finally, DC Patisserie has created a special cherry flavour for the occasion (and to a mark the beginning of the Cherry Blossoms season), which will be available at Seasonal Pantry between 6-8PM. 

Macarons from Pierre Herme, who started La Journee du Macaron in Paris


WEDNESDAY MARCH 21
If you managed to get tickets to see Fiona Apple at Sixth and Eye Sinagogue, I’m very jealous. I failed miserably and plan to drown my sorrows at El Centro which is hosting a feature night in anticipation of ARTINI at the Corcoran on March 31. 20% of the bar sales during happy hour will support Corcoran ArtReach.



THURSDAY MARCH 22
Is is already Sweet Sixteen time? I really haven’t been following March Madness this year 😉 But it must be because the Hoops for Hope event benefiting Becky’s Fund is throwing a sweet Sixteen event at Arlington Rooftop. Also l’Alliance Française is screening Napoleon at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden, in parallel with their  The Styles that Ruled the Empires: Russia, Napoleon and 1812 exhibit. 

FRIDAY MARCH 23

Yes, the Hunger Games comes out today and we’re all excited about that… but La Delicatesse, featuring Audrey Tautou and the music of Emilie Simon (who I adore!) also opens, probably on a LOT less screens 😉 The French film will be showing at both Landmark Theaters (E Street & Bethesda Row). I’ll be honest, the critics coming from France have not been entirely positive, but I’m still looking forward to seeing it! It’s also La Grande Fete de la Francophonie at La Maison de la France. It’s always one of the most anticipated and popular event of the Francophonie Festival (probably because it involves drinking and eating your way through French-speaking countries in the fabulous setting of the French Embassy.)

SATURDAY MARCH 24
It’s Spaghetti and Meatballs night at Carmine’s to benefit the Washington Humane Society’s Fashion for Paws. It sounds like such a fun afternoon, with Disney Trivia (Did I mention I used to work for Disneyland Resort Paris? I’m ridiculously knowledgeable on all things Disney) and Lady and the Tramp showing on big screens. ring the kiddies (or don’t) and watch Lady and the Tramp on big screens. The event is between 3-6PM at Carmine’s in Penn Quarter. Tommy McFly, host of the Tommy Show on 94.7 Fresh FM and Dr. Katy Nelson will be on hand for extra entertainment too! You can sign up online in advance (it’s $25 for the little ones, and $40 for the grown ups.) You can also pay cash at the door.


SUNDAY MARCH 25

I’ve had this day marked on my calendar for a while: Mad Men returns to AMC. Celebrate the season premiere and learn all about the cocktails imbided within the halls of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising agency with Scofflaw’s Den Drink Like a Mad Men class. The history ofeach ingredients used and the cocktails will be detailed and students will take home recipe cards to create the libations at home, while watching the eagerly anticipated episode! (5:30PM at Last Exit, $50) If you’re like me, just gave up your cable because you were very tired of Comcast and you need a place to watch the show, Bourbon Steak is throwing a mad premiere event, starting at 7:30PM with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a three course dinner with wine pairing and of course, the episode starting at 9PM. At $75 this actually sounds like a bargain… (email Bourbonsteak.was@fourseasons.com to reserve your spot) Bar Dupont will also be getting in the Mad Men cocktail spirit with a watch party and some specialty drinks for the occasion. Sip on a Don Draper (Ron Zacapa Centenario, coffee infused sweet vermouth, apricot brandy and semi sundried pineapple syrup) which will be half priced for the occasion. 

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