This year’s super-early Memorial Day means that, even though the holiday festivities are over, we still have a whole week left of this spring month. And, like our spring blossoms, DC is exploding with colorful art, foods and events.
Here are five things you should consider doing before the end of the month.
Eat a sandwich…
Particularly, the Katsu Sando—made of panko-crusted fried pork cutlet, cabbage/carrot slaw, bulldog sauce, a fried egg and kewpie—at G by Mike Isabella. The katsu sando is a special that is part of G’s Sandwich Madness 2015, in which two chefs go head-to-head in a sandwich creation-off. Each chef participates on behalf of their charity of choice, putting $1 from each sale to that charity, and winner takes all.
Katsu Sando’s creator is Danny Lee of Mandu. Now, I have it on good authority that this sandwich is a knockout. And it will be gone come June. But I am sure that Lee’s competitor, Yona chef Jonah Kim’s, who created The Crabby Korean sandwich, is amazing as well. The Crabby Korean consists of crispy soft-shell crab, kimchi mayo, chunky avocado and bacon salsa.
The point is, you really need to eat these sandwiches before it’s too late. Visit G by Mike Isabella online for more information.
Catch a celeb or 50 at the National Portrait Gallery…
The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze” opened just last week and features 54 celebrity portraits that question “the separate roles of subject, artist and viewer in creating and experiencing the celebrity gaze.” Included mediums are photographs, painting and multimedia–and subjects include surfer Kelly Slater, Brad Pitt, musician Esperanza Spalding, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actor Peter Dinklage and many more.
Go soon and be the first of your friends to see it. Learn more about “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze” here.
Salute the Troops with an Evening of Strip Teases…
Join dancers Gigi Bonbon, Evelyn Vinyl, Nina La Voix, and Penny Wren—with master of ceremonies Matthew Holtzclaw—for an evening of “patriotic burlesque.” Service members can show a current military ID at the door for a complementary beer, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Mission Complete, a non-profit that helps to reintegrate and employ veterans, in partnership with Mental Health America.
Eat pork at Del Campo…
Inspired by the culture, lifestyle and foods of South America, Del Campo is a 174-seat “agrarian space” in DC’s Chinatown. The restaurant’s focus? Meat and wine. Can’t go wrong there—unless you’re a vegetarian, of course. Del Campo is kicking off their series of monthly, rooftop happy hours on Friday, May 29th from 6-9 with Swineface: a pork extravaganza worthy of Anthony Bourdain’s dreams.
Music, cocktails and lots of pork will be a part of the rooftop affair, at which guests are encouraged to wear early ‘80s Miami attire, a la Scarface. Tickets are available for $69. Learn more about Swineface here.
Celebrate the launch of Getaround…
Getaround is a brand new car-sharing service celebrating its official roll-out in DC this week. Much like Airbnb, only for cars, not houses, the company’s tagline is “Have a car? Share on Getaround.”
From reading reviews, it looks like the app has some kinks to work out (this is it’s first market), but around 4,000 members are apparently already participating in this car sharing community. Getaround is celebrating with a launch party at Union Market on May 28th with local foods from Halso and music from Lightwaves and Eric Lewis.
Entry is free but space is limited, so sign up before the event here.
Drink beer at a new NoMa pop-up beer garden…
After officially opening last week, NoMa’s new pop-up, Bavarian-style beer garden Wunder Garten is looking for a few good drinkers. Actually, they’re looking for a few hundred. The 300-seat garden is located at 150 M Street NE and is open every day of the week, but closed during inclement weather. The Wunder Garten website is pretty sparse, but check it our for hours of operation and upcoming events, including free classes from the nearby and soon-to-open REI flagship store.