A Year In Champagne at the Angelika Film Center

Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market With its reserved seating, gourmet concessions and interesting mix of blockbuster and special interest films, the Angelika Film Center & Cafe at the Mosaic District is one of my absolute favourite movie theater in the Washington area. Keyword: Washington area. It’s nowhere near the city and pretty inconvenient to get to if you don’t have a car. So I was thrilled when a smaller, albeit temporary version, of the art-house movie theater popped up behind Union Market. It became pretty handy when I was trying to catch up on my Oscar nominated films, showing Whiplash, Still Alice and a couple of other nominated flicks. Eventually, the pop-up Angelika Film theater at Union Market will transform into a full scale permanent location but until then, its three screens currently offers around 4-6 different indie and art-house films at various times throughout the day. You can reserve your seat in advance, meaning you can hang out in the lounge area or at Union Market until right about the time your film starts. The only downside is that the theater has NO incline, meaning you’re kinda screwed if someone tall sits in front of you…But on the plus side, there’s free drip coffee during matinee shows and you can purchase wine and beer to bring inside the movie.

Speaking of wine and beer… both Angelika theaters in the D.C. area are showing a great documentary on champagne on Wednesday March 4 2015. The film, A Year in Champagne, is part of a wine trilogy led by renowned wine importer Martine Saunier. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can catch the first chapter, A Year in Burgundy,  on Netflix where it’s streaming. The third chapter, a Year in Porto, will be released later. About the film: A Year in Champagne gives viewers a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the real Champagne by spending time with six houses, from a small independent maker like Champagne Saint-Chamant, where each and every bottle is still turned by hand in the cellars to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger, which have been instrumental in shaping the image of Champagne around the world.

Both Angelika theaters are throwing a champagne tasting party to go along the film screening on March 4, 2015!
At the Angelika Film Center & Cafe in Fairfax, happy hour will start at 6PM in the lounge with wine, beer and snacks available for purchase. Experts from nearby wine shop Swirl & Sip will also be on hand to talk about Champagne before the movie screening at 7pm (movie tickets available here.) In Washington, the screening will also take place on the 4th and start with a tasting at Cordial Fine Wines & Spirits from 4:30-6:30PM (advance movie tickets available here.)

Cheers!

4 Delicious Reasons to Visit Mosaic District

Being car-less, and quite frankly, living in the city as well, I don’t get out to the Mosaic District very often. And that’s too bad since Merrifield’s upscale shopping and dining complex has a lot to offer, from exciting restaurant concepts to the fabulous Angelika movie theater and one of the cleanest Target you’ll ever visit. So when the PR folks with Edens invited me to a fun, progressive dinner-type event I jumped at the opportunity to try out 4 new restaurants and hopped on the silver line. A quick free shuttle ride from Dunn Loring later, I met up with other local bloggers over crab nachos and margaritas at our first stop: Cyclone Anaya’s. The Texas transplant just celebrated its 2-years anniversary at the Mosaic District, making it the “oldest” restaurant we would visit during the Mosaic Dish progressive dinner. Over lobster tacos and agave julep margaritas, I got to hear the story of the restaurant (it involves a Mexican wrestler!) and meet some of the other bloggers present, which is always one of the highlights of these sorts of events, before heading out to our next stop: True Food Kitchen.

Vegetable crudites at True Food Kitche

Non alcoholic cocktails at True Food Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the bloggers I was excited to meet was Anne of Fannetastic Food, whose blog I’ve been reading on and off for a few years.  Anne is all about healthy food and nutrition so she was already familiar with the concept restaurant but I wasn’t. True Food Kitchen opened back in September and is based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet and his 2012 cookbook, True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure (we actually got to take a copy of the book home, which was pretty awesome!) The menu emphasizes clean eating and features a large variety of vegetarian and vegan items as well as some gluten-free dishes. The vegetable crudites bowl that awaited us on our table looked almost too pretty to eat, but it’s the edamame dumplings and non alcoholic antioxidant cocktail that really won me over. I also loved the open floor plan and the fact that yoga pants are a perfectly acceptable outfit to wear to dinner 😉

True Food Kitchen, Washington DC

Edamame dumplings True Food Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As good as eating a huge bowl of raw veggies and drinking mocktails was,  I was thrilled that our next stop included meat. Lots of meat. B Side opened less than a month ago and is the only place at the Mosaic District that feels more like a bar than a restaurant. And what a bar! Greg Engert, Jeff Fail and Brent Kroll have worked together to craft a drink menu that includes an AMAZING selection of 200+ beers (do you expect otherwise from Greg?), 120 wine bottles wine list (do you expect any less from Brent?) and 10 craft cocktails (do I even need to say it? But yeah, do you expect any less from Jeff…?)  Like its sister restaurants the Partisan, B Side’s menu features meat from Red Apron, conveniently located next door, including snacks like pork rinds and an amazing charcuterie platter.

Cocktails: Gypsy SoulLast but not least, we made our way to Chef RJ Cooper’s Southern-inspired concept Gypsy Soul. The focal point of the restaurant is the spacious open kitchen where you can watch chef RJ Cooper and cheftender Bryan Tetorakis in action. After all the eating we had just done, a good cocktail hit all the right spots and I was grateful that chef RJ Cooper brought us all his take on an apple crumble, with sour cream ice cream, because I really wanted to end this Mosaic Dish progressive dinner on a sweet note. Gypsy Soul will definitely warrant another visit soon, and while I was excited to hear that the restaurant will expand to an 80 seats rooftop patio (with its own bar) in April, I’m hopefully I’ll be back much sooner than that.

I loved that, in addition to District favourites transplanted to Virginia (like Cava, Matchbox or Dolcezza) the Mosaic District now has exciting restaurant concepts that we can’t find in the city. Cyclone Anaya’s, True Food Kitchen, B Side and Gypsy Soul are all delicious new (ish in the case of Cyclone Anaya’s)  reason to visit the Mosaic District and I can definitely see myself trekking out there (the metro and shuttle ride really wasn’t bad at all)  to meet some of my VA-based friends. I’m sure they’d appreciate me coming on their turf for a change 😉