At Jerusalem Restaurant, cooks take a thoughtful approach to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. "The kitchen works with a light touch?a must when it comes to such hearty fare as braised lamb shanks and lamb makluba," wrote a contributor for Washingtonian, which featured the spot as a "Cheap Eats" pick in 2012 and 2013. That light touch carries through to dishes such as Moroccan carrot salad, vegetarian kabobs, and shawarma sandwiches served on fresh, pillowy pita bread. Jerusalem Restaurant also pours a selection of fruit juices and sweetens meals with Lebanese confections such as sweet baklava, creamy om ali, and phyllo dough replicas of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
As their name would imply, SillyShotz Photobooth Company's attendants don't expect the people climbing into their booths to take themselves too seriously. Every rental package comes with a kit of zany props, including feather boas, shutter shades, and hats. Up to 10 guests can pile into the booth at once, a feat that most photobooths could only pull off at a human Tetris convention. The resulting photo strips include several creative display options, including magnetic frames, personalized scrapbooks, and framed collages.
From the sprung hardwood floors to the 19-foot ceilings, every inch of Forever Dancing's spacious studio is dedicated to dance. At any given time, you might see aerial artists suspended from the ceiling by colorful silks or brightly dressed flamenco dancers whirling across the floor. On any given day, dancers work nimble moves to routines encompassing waltz, tango, foxtrot, rumba, cha-cha, swing, salsa, and Argentine tango. The studio hosts classes for adults and children, along with fun-filled kids' camps, in which tykes can learn acrobatic tricks and get creative with hands-on arts and crafts.
Seeing that DC’s professional community was in need of organized, after-work events where relaxed socializing and networking could transpire, Michael Karlan founded Professionals in the City as a unique way of uniting the community through newly forged romantic and business connections. His company's rapid-fire approach to building rapports was recently featured on the Today Show, due to its ability to quickly connect its 200,000 members at more than 1,000 events. Appropriate for singles, the romantically attached, or those accidentally attached by Velcro, the events range from intimate happy hours and theme parties to teeming galas and tours.
Speed-dating sessions move at a brisk clip in DC's most buzz-worthy bars and restaurants, where professionals are sequestered into congruous categories according to age, religious inclination, and sneaker-brand preference. Ideal for out-of-towners or patrons with first-date jitters, swift dialogue offers the chance to bypass awkward moments, and within 48 hours after events, an online-dating system connects pairs that clicked. Along with speed events, Professionals in the City also hosts outdoorsy outings, speed networking events, and a dating-centric lecture series to keep its members active, connected, and well-informed.
Party Mania festoons festivities and gussies up gift-giving with a kaleidoscope of colorful balloons. Party planners can adorn event spaces with standard latex balloons ($1–$1.50 each) in a range of hues and sizes. Mylar balloons flicker with a foil exterior, and can expand to display a range of acclaimed characters including comic-book heroes, Disney princesses, and Nickelodeon copyright lawyers.
If not for the occasional clatter of pins, Bowlmor Lanes' bright and modern decor and its full-service dining room could be mistaken for a lively nightclub. The sleek establishment’s gleaming lanes exude a glamorous charm not often found in bowling alleys. Adding to the ambience is a high-end sports bar and glow-in-the-dark lighting that illuminates each bowling pin.