I keep saying this, but 2017 wasted no time getting started, amirite? Among the hustle and bustle, I popped into three sneak peek openings: one for my taste buds, one for my wardrobe, and one for my soul.
First: Fogo de Chão. The “authentic gaucho style Brazilian steakhouse” held a VIP opening preview night last month, in their new Tysons location. You want to see the Capitol File staff clamoring for an invitation? Make it for a comfort dinner on a cold late January night. No cabin fever in this office, that’s for sure. Marketing director, Laura Mullen, business development coordinator Erin Gleason, and I braved the oh-so-worth it rush hour traffic towards Tyson one Thursday night for what we thought would be a dinner of #allthemeat. What we were surprised to find (can you believe all three of us were Fogo newbies!?) was the most delicious “market bar.” Roasted veggies, salads galore, artisan cheeses, marinated mushrooms. Yum, yum, yum. Turns out, a Brazilian steakhouse is also a great place to spot former athletes. In attendance that evening were both former Washington Redskins Chris Cooley and Ken Harvey. Also spotted: Washington insider Carl Ray.
Second: I’d heard a lot of murmuring about H&M sister store & Other Stories by the time they arrived on M Street NW earlier this month. I got to sneak a peek two nights before the store opened to the public, and I was not disappointed. Impeccably organized and beautifully designed, the store was chock full of closet candy and easy to navigate. Pops of green from succulents and other indoor plants dotted the clean white store and it’s simple, often monochromatic offerings, and the rainbow island of nail polish left me yearning for spring.
Finally: Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn Museum. A couple of days before opening to the public, the Hirshhorn Museum hosted the press for a sneak peek, and the experience was unlike any I’ve had. If you’ve somehow missed the background of this exhibit, read our story about it here. And then hop online and get yourself a ticket. Your time in each “mirror room” is limited to 30 seconds, but in between each room, there are dozens of other pieces from Kusama’s collection on display. Be sure to stop and watch the video from the Japanese artist at the beginning of the exhibit for context throughout. Pro tip: Take your selfie quick, and then let your eyes wander as you take in the breadth of each mini (monumental) experience.
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