- Street markets – Last weekend was the 15th annual French market in Georgetown, an adorable ‘en plein air’ market with street food and sidewalk sales in the spirit of the street markets of French cities. Many small businesses and restaurants took part in the festivities. I was excited to discover a few consignment stores I hadn’t visited before, including Reddz and Ella Rue. Many stores offer discount and deals for the weekend of the market, which makes the trip over to Georgetown even sweeter. It’s impossible to pass up the tasty bites from the many French restaurants and bakeries in Georgetown, like Patisserie Poupon, Café Bonapart, and the Sovereign.
- Arts – On theme of Australia, the Phillips Collection hosted two of their annual celebrations yesterday. Their annual gala, Marks Made, Ancestral Lands under Australian Skies, held at the museum, celebrated Australian aboriginal culture and the individuals who have played a major role in supporting and promoting arts education. The Contemporaries Bondi Beach Bash, a party for the younger crowd of arts supporters, kicked off at Dock Five at Union Market featuring Australian-inspired bites, a premium open bar, and beachy beats curated by a DJ.
- Culture – Passport DC, a month of events celebrating the rich international cultures that intersect in Washington, DC, will take place during May. I attended and wrote about several of the events last year, including the Embassy Chef Challenge. Embassy open houses are this week and next. The Around the World embassy tour was today, May 5th, and the European embassies open houses will happen next Saturday, May 12th. I stopped by a few of the embassies today, including Benin, Afghanistan, Belize, and Turkey. Benin had free food, which is always awesome, and the other ones were selling tasty snacks in their yards and courtyards, along with locally made goods from abroad. Make sure to go early to beat the crowds and enjoy the music, entertainment and many samples of each culture’s specialty foods and drinks.
– la fille americaine