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The Delmonico steak (foreground) offered as a spring special at Longhorn Steakhouse.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

District outposts of Longhorn Steakhouse unveil spring specials

- The Washington Times

Just in time for spring -- even though, with the snow this week, it's somewhat delayed -- Longhorn Steakhouse is unveiling some new menu items at its various locations around the DMV. Get ready for limited-time offerings such as the 14 oz. Delmonico steak, as well as Grilled Lamb Chops, Seasoned Steakhouse Wings and Strawberries & Cream Shortcake.

What's in your freezer?

What's in your freezer?

Generally speaking, healthier eating is made a lot easier when we have good options readily available. Last week, we spotlighted what essentials should be in our refrigerator. This week, we will discuss our freezers and next week we'll take a look at the pantry.

FILE - In this June 16, 2016, file photo, bottles of wine are displayed during a tour of a state liquor store, in Salt Lake City. Cheap liquor, wine and beer have long been best-sellers among Utah alcohol drinkers, but new numbers from Utah's tightly-controlled liquor system show local craft brews, trendy box wines and flavored whiskies are also popular choices in a largely teetotaler state. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

'Tis the season for wines -- but it usually is anyway

- The Washington Times

Remember, we've all got to get through the holiday somehow. And as with every other time of the year, alcohol invariably makes it, if not all better, certainly more tolerable. For amateur oenophiles and serious wine drinkers alike, here are some bottles to keep your eyes open for as the holidays transition us into 2017.

This photo provided by Brown Davis Interiors shows a rich purple console inside a penthouse apartment bedroom. Designed by Brown Davis and crafted by Keith Fritz Fine Furniture, the Barry console is part of a collection of richly-hued furniture that takes a cue from Art Deco and makes it thoroughly modern. (Moris Moreno/Brown Davis Interiors via AP)

2017 home decor, Pantone trends

- Associated Press

Decor trends take us on a little emotional journey every season. Some speak to how we're feeling, some to how we want to feel.

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Cristophe salon D.C. has grand reopening with founder in attendance

- The Washington Times

Luxury haircutter Cristophe salon has unveiled a classy new look for its District location in Northwest. The District location -- one of four in the company's profile -- has been patronized by the likes of the Clintons and other politicos for decades. The founder himself will even be on hand Wednesday evening as the business celebrates its grand reopening.

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Windrun, Santa Margherita offer wines to serve at Thanksgiving

- The Washington Times

The holidays call for drinking, but then what doesn't these days. Many vintners are unearthing special holiday-related deals that will help lubricate family gatherings as 2016 winds down -- and thus help those verboten discussions about politics and religion, if not go smoother, at least hopefully be sooner forgotten.

Goat cheese maker Cypress Grove offers tips on pairing products with beers

- The Washington Times

One typically thinks of cheese being paired with wine, but Northern California artisan goat cheese maker Cypress Grove, who recently held court at Great American Beer Festival, is enriching the lives of beer enthusiasts with its recommendation for pairing some of its products with certain of the more popular kinds of craft beers.


D.C.'s Willard hotel rotates Taste of InterContinental wine pairing menu

- The Washington Times

Seven decades in business certainly calls for celebration. For the platinum anniversary of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, the ritzy hospitality brand's District outpost has unveiled its "Taste of InterContinental" experience, a five-course meal being offered at the Willard InterContinental, located along the busy Pennsylvania Ave. corridor in Northwest -- not far from the White House.

Patrons at the Great American Beer Festival.  (Eric Althoff)

GABF winners and participants celebrate anniversaries, announce expansion plans

- The Washington Times

Innovation, celebrations of milestones and whiskey-beer collaborations were just some of the stories wafting out of the Colorado Convention Center this weekend at the Great American Beer Festival, wherein brewers from all 50 states converged to show off their wares at the country's largest annual suds-fest. Here are some newsworthy items The Washington Times picked up over the beer-tastic weekend.


Ketel One Vodka unveils 'Treat Yo Self Day' cocktails

- The Washington Times

"Parks and Recreation" characters Donna (Retta) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) brought the world "Treat Yo Self Day," marked on the calendar as Oct. 13. In keeping with the humorous bent of the long-running sitcom, Ketel One Vodka will be celebrating Treat Yo Self Day this year with some specialty cocktails to commemorate one of the year's best days.

(from left) Jennifer, Jill and Jessica Emich, owners of Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place.  (Susan France)

'Blissful' triplets buck old boys' club of craft brewing

- The Washington Times

Triplets Jennifer, Jessica and Jill Emich -- known colloquially as "The Blissful Sisters" -- came into the Great American Beer Festival competition at the weekend a double minority -- not only as female owners of a brewery, but one that retails heavily in gluten-free beers.


Spa Week offers customers discounted massage treatments

- The Washington Times

Two of the grandest words, Spa Week, are about to make October more about revitalizing bodies than shoveling them full of candy. From Oct. 17-23 dozens of retailers around the country and around the DMV are offering special deals on full-service premium treatments, normally priced between $100 and $500, for $50 each.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves to members of the media as she boards her campaign plane in White Plains, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, to travel to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Clinton influenced style as first lady; will she do so again as president?

- The Washington Times

Throughout recent history, American fashions have reflected the styles of the first ladies, from Jacqueline Kennedy's elegant suits and pillbox hats to Nancy Reagan's signature red to Michelle Obama's sleeveless dresses that have inspired ladies to embrace their feminine side (and work on toning their muscles). With the Obamas leaving the White House, who is the latest American political fashion inspiration? Enter Hillary Clinton, pursuing the most powerful position on earth.

The seafood linguini special at Aperto.  (Eric Althoff)

Mangia mangia! Diotaiuti opens Aperto in Northwest

- The Washington Times

There's a bold new spot for power lunching in Northwest, and it's fitting that celebrity chef Luigi Diotaiuti is there to be your guide. Mr. Diotaiuti, whose fortunate clients have included George Clooney, Hillary Clinton, Harrison Ford and John F. Kerry, has opened Aperto to be the companion piece to his other District Italian bistro, Al Tiramisu, which has been a Dupont Circle staple for two decades.