Named one of the 5 Best Places to Study Wine in the country by Food & Wine magazine, Washington Wine Academy has something for novices and experts alike. The school’s offerings include professional-certification classes, tours of local wineries, singles mixers, and wine-and-a-movie nights, all overseen by top wine writers and sommeliers. This blend of education and entertainment has proven successful: on average, the Academy educates more than 1,000 enthusiasts per month and hosts more than 300 wine and beer events each year.
Students and visitors gather in the academy’s brick and mortar wine school–the first of its kind in the DC area. A large hall provides the perfect setting for presentations or Model UN practice, and the nearby Crystal City Wine Shop stocks an extensive collection of beer and wines from around the world.
Since opening their first location in 1996, Robeks' associates and franchise owners across the country have been passionate about the benefits of healthier eating, and what they can do to help guests maintain active and healthy lifestyles, all through portable smoothies. Customers can step up to the counter and order from a menu of fresh, premium ingredients in unique, made-to-order combinations. Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies aims to create innovative ways to reach the daily recommended 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables without compromising on flavor. Each Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies location makes a concerted effort to support the neighborhood it resides in, through local organizations, such as Save the Children.
Aromas of waft from Asia Bistro's busy kitchen, wrapping around stone fountains and lush potted plants to delight noses with hints of marinated short ribs and ginger salmon. Diner’s eyes widen as the heaping plates grace their tabletop or bar top—as they hold a lychee martini in one hand and chopsticks in the other—before slurping up soupy udon noodles or spicy tuna rolls. Bento boxes quickly find themselves bare as eaters nibble on pickled kimchi and tempura while listening to the Wednesday and Thursday night live music performances. Come warm weather, guests indulge in fresh sashimi as the carnivorous mermaids once did, in the open air of an outdoor patio.
Aladdin's Eatery's signature pita pockets—free of fat, cholesterol, oil, sulfites, and preservatives—envelop bites of healthy Lebanese cuisine. The staggering menu bursts with traditional Middle Eastern fare, including more than 70 vegetarian and vegan options as well as tender lamb dishes and marinated, char-grilled shawarma meat. Lightly toasted rolled pita sandwiches, stuffed pita pockets, and pita pitzas swathe fresh vegetables in wholesome flatbread. Freshly squeezed juices and blended smoothies alchemize fruits into frosty sips, washing down Levantine feasts or miniature Sinbads shipwrecked on molars.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
The blend of spices that defines Pan-Indian cuisine is on delectable display throughout Sangam Restaurant's multitudinous menu, filled with fresh fruits, savory meats, and satisfying lentils. Pair selections of 12 Indian-style breads (from $2) with first-course fare such as the aloo papri chat, a mouth-enticing blend of garbanzo peas, potatoes, savory crisps, taramind chutney, and rock salt ($4.50), or the pan-fried shami kebab, comprised of ground lamb, lentils, onions, and spices ($7.95). Extensive vegetarian-friendly selections (up to $9.95) delight eaters of meatless fare, while reactionary epicureans can set traps to ensnare traditional Indian fare, such as the madras chicken curry ($12.95) or the spicy lamb vindaloo ($14.95), both served lounging atop a decadent bed of basmati rice. A daily lunch buffet ($11.95) awaits daytime diners with tongue cravings that are torn between options due to stamp-licking accidents.