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 The Tenleytown location of Massage Envy officially opened Thursday in Northwest. 
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Tenleytown in Northwest welcomes Massage Envy to the neighborhood

- The Washington Times

At long last, Massage Envy has come to the District. The Scottsdale, Arizona-based pampering service has had capital-area locations in College Park and Lanham in Maryland, as well Arlington, Virginia, but with the opening of the company’s new Tenleytown location in Northwest, the business has at last breached the capital sphere (or rather, square).


Smithsonian will offer Laura Chenel’s goat cheese samples at Thursday event

- The Washington Times

Laura Chenel’s will be on hand Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with samples of its award-winning products at the event “FOOD in the Garden - Fermentation Nation” at the National Museum of American History. The Northern California cheesemaker was awarded two first-place awards and two second-place honors at the American Cheese Society’s 34th annual competition on July 28 in Denver.

Bottles of Devils River Whiskey move through an assembly line at a bottling facility in Dallas on March 22, 2017.  Devils River is the latest to join North Texas' burgeoning small-batch distillery scene, which is gaining momentum like the craft brewery movement before it. Between 1995 and 2008, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission issued 10 licenses to spirits manufacturers.  (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Summertimes craft spirits to cool off with

- The Washington Times

It’s been a helluva hot summer, and you need to make sure to stay hydrated. But in addition to life-giving water, here are some life-enriching craft spirits to keep an eye — and a glass — out for as you hit the firewater shops.

(Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley)

A fresh pour: Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley wines offer complex taste profiles

- The Washington Times

California’s Sonoma County certainly doesn’t lack for wineries, and oenophiles are finding even more to love in the microclimate of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, where vintners are producing more and more complex vinos to add to the delicacy that is the Golden State’s grape-based golden harvest. There are as many wines in Dry Creek Valley as there are ways to enjoy them, but here are a few to keep an eye out for.

Unleashing the potential of Drambuie

- The Washington Times

I freely admit, I didn’t know much about Drambuie, so when I was entreated to test out some cocktails by D.C. brand ambassador Vance Henderson, I was intrigued to learn, well, anything about this beverage, whose name I only knew once via a “Simpsons” reference.

(Celtic Whiskey Shop)

Ireland’s first craft distillery gets into the gin game

- The Washington Times

Its name means “valley of two lakes” in Gaelic, and its label depicts St. Kevin, the sixth century monk who founded a monastery in the nearby glacial depression amid the Wicklow Mountains located south of Dublin. Glendalough is busy pouring its Wild Botanical Gin, a small-batch liquid that offers a truly botanical nose and a full taste that can be enjoyed neat, over rocks or even in a cocktail, as D.C. brand ambassador Brendan Crowley explained over drinks at Logan Tavern in Northwest.

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A 102-pound, female loggerhead sea turtle makes her way into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday Sept. 16, 2015, after being rehabilitated at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's sea turtle facility in Galveston, Texas. The turtle was caught off the Galveston Fishing Pier earlier this summer.  (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Rum makers donate proceeds for World Sea Turtle Day

- The Washington Times

Friday is World Sea Turtle Day, which was founded as a way to raise awareness of and respect for the world's endangered sea turtles. To honor the special day -- and the creatures it aims to save -- the Sea Turtle Conservancy has teamed up with Naked Turtle Rum to benefit the world's endangered sea turtles.

Siren, located in The Darcy hotel in Northwest.  (Eater DC)

Siren, located at Darcy hotel in Northwest, offers seafood worthy of Austen's hero

- The Washington Times

On the ground floor of The Darcy is the latest restaurant venture from chef extraordinaire Robert Weidemaier, called Siren. The motif of Siren can't help but bring to mind a nautical motif, with seafaring touches and mermaid murals that evoke that legendary creature of Greek myth who lured hapless men to her island for a feast of her own.

(The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.)

Westend Bistro at Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. offers Friday rose flights

- The Washington Times

With the warm season upon us, perhaps it's little wonder that The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. is opening up the doors -- literally -- of its Westend Bistro. The power spot in Northwest is welcoming afterwork crowds to experience its Rose Garden, which extends outwards from the Westend Bistro's bar on the ground floor of the prestigious hotel.


Devils Backbone names new beers in philanthropy series

- The Washington Times

Craft brewer Devils Backbone, based in Roseland, Virginia, announced their Heartland Initiative and Heartland Series, a new program the brewer is fostering in order to support philanthropy, partnerships and sustainability efforts.

The interior of Blackwall Hitch.  (Blackwall Hitch)

On the waterfront: Alexandria's Blackwall Hitch unveils 'Beauty' oyster

- The Washington Times

Alexandria, Virginia's waterfront has benefited from a riverside restaurant renaissance, and one of the crown jewels in that rejuvenation is Blackwall Hitch, an oyster and seafood boutique on the docks that has gone one step further in the oyster game with the recent addition to its offerings of the Blackwall Beauty oyster.

Dessert course at District restaurant The Palm.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

D.C.'s The Palm offers a prime spot for a capital 'power lunch'

- The Washington Times

The Palm may be D.C.'s most iconic spot for a power lunch. Since 1926 politicians, power-brokers change-makers, journalists, the elite, the locals and the intrepid visitors intent on finding the cuisine for which the capital has become lauded have come to this singular Italian spot in Northwest to break bread and enjoy recipes that Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi brought over from the Old Country.

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Pepsi's 1893 soda blended into cocktails by 'Veep' actor Scheer

- The Washington Times

Comedian Paul Scheer, who is appearing on the political comedy "Veep" this season, recently teamed up with award-winning bartender Pam Wiznitzer for a special event in New York to celebrate the unveiling of two new Pepsi-Cola 1893 flavors, Black Currant Cola and Citrus Cola.