Look what we have here. A full work week ahead. I don’t know about you, but although I had a great time celebrating the 4th of July and loved the short week, I’m ready to get back to business. This past weekend was spent catching up on sleep and spending a little more time with family, and our adorable niece. I loved every minute of it.
Here are our best bets for how to spend this steamy summer week in DC.
Belgian Restaurant Week
Belgian Restaurant Week is back, starting this Saturday, July 15th through Friday, July 21st. The event features special menus and dinners to celebrate Belgian culture and cuisine. Belgian Restaurant Week ends with the celebration of Belgian day on July 21st. This year’s participating restaurants are Belga Café, B Too and the Betsy. Click here to see the menus.
Daikaya Pop-up in Japan
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to go to Japan, I’ve got an excellent one for you. DC’s very own Daikaya Group including Daikaya Ramen and Izakaya, Bantam King, and Haikan will be taking up residence at one of the most celebrated ramen pop-up venues located in Hokkaido, Japan. The prestigious ramen pop-up space is hosted by Sapporo-based noodle master Takashi Nishiyama of Nishiyama Seimen Co. LTD, who also supplies the award-winning restaurant group with exclusive noodles and tare’s. Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima and team will be offering up an assortment of their signature Sapporo-style ramen (Daikaya & Haikan) and Japanese chicken ramen (Bantam King) at the ramen pop-up, and will also eventually be debuting a creative line-up of whimsical ramen options with American nods, via weekly ramen specials including French Onion Soup Ramen, New England Clam Chowder Ramen, and a Yuzu Foam Ramen.
Daikaya invites fans to visit the ramen pop-up in Hokkaido throughout the three-month pop-up timeframe. Those looking to experience the most authentic round-trip flight to Japan are encouraged to book with ANA – the only 5-star Japanese airline that flies direct from Washington DC to Japan. ANA is also running a contest for new newsletter subscribers offering free round-trip airfare for two people to Tokyo for one lucky winner.
Always on the search for that perfect happy hour spot? Happied.co, a searchable database of Happy Hours featuring Happied’s expert reviews and curated HH content, has your back. They’ve scoured the district – sampling, tasting and rating happy hours based on their proprietary rating system. You can search for happy hours based on location, date and time. They also break down which happy hours include outdoor seating, feature a rooftop and much more.