Free Award Winning Noodle Soup and Movie

To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, chef Hou Chun-sheng, winner of the 2011 Taipei Beef Noodle Soup Competition will serve his special beef noodles during a reception at the Freer, followed by a screening of Eat Drink Man Woman. Chef Hou’s beef noodles are a must-eat for international gourmets and the perfect dish to prepare viewers for Eat Drink Man Woman–Taiwan-born director Ang Lee’s food-centered film about an elderly chef and his family as they experience the trials and joys of life in modern Taiwan. Settle in and enjoy an evening of homestyle Taiwan food culture! Free and open to the public.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art – Myer Auditorium
Wednesday, February 15
6 pm
Free; Walk In

For more information click here.

Thank you to Jian for the heads up on this fun and free event.


Salsa Bar Date Night

Feeling a bit saucy, Rob and I decided to go to a salsa bar for our random Thursday night date.

From the mild tomatillo to the hot-and-spicy chiltomate, these condiments did not disappoint!

To cool ourselves from the muy caliente salsa, we helped ourselves to their open bar featuring old-fashioned cane sugar soda from Boylans.

Best date ever!

District Taco
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Holiday Date Guide: Christmas Lights and Sights Edition

Festival of Lights – Growing up in Centreville, my family always made it a point to pile up in the car and check out the annual lights extravaganza at Bull Run Regional Park.  After the light show, you can stop at the Festival of Lights Holiday Village and try your hand at some old timey carnival games. $15 – $20 per car.

Zoo Lights – Take a stroll through the national zoo to marvel at the animals in light formation.  Train rides, ice skating, funnel cake, hot cocoa and more — the best part?  Admission to all the fun is FREE!  To read about my recent trip click here.

Richmond Tacky Lights Tour – If you find yourself in the 804 area, be sure to check out this neighborhood tour of amazingly fun, tacky, and awesome light shows.  Free.

Leesburg Non-Traditional Christmas Tour -Fans of curious oddities and grinch-like couples should take a drive out to Leesburg to view the controversial holiday creations that include a spaghetti and meatball Jesus sculpture and a  skeleton of Santa nailed to the cross. Free.

National Christmas Tree – Since 1923, spectactors have gathered on the Ellipse near the White House to gawk at the grand illumination of the National Christmas Tree and it’s state Christmas tree babies known as the “Pathway of Peace”.  Free.

U.S. Botanic Gardens – During the holiday season, the U.S. Botanic Garden presents “Season’s Greenings”, a unique exhibit featuring model trains and incredible replicas of the world’s most famous statues and monuments made completely out of plants.  Free.


Holiday Date Guide: Let’s See a Show Edition

Rob loves giving me tickets to shows as gifts – – together we have seen Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Legally Blonde, Raphael Saadiq, Musiq Soulchild, John Legend, Jersey Boys, Harry Connick Jr., and Avenue Q together (and I am sure there are a few others that I have missed!).  Events always make great gifts because they are fun and make great memories.

The Washington Ballet Nutcracker – Set in 1882 Georgetown, Washingtonian this adaption of The Nutcracker stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker, King George III as the villainous Rat King.  The show is being held now till the 24th December at the beautiful and historic Warner Theatre. $31 – $90 per ticket

A Christmas CarolFord’s Theatre presents a new production of A Christmas Carol that reinvigorates this timeless tale. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.   $46 – $75

The Washington Chorus: A Candlelit Christmas – With the splendor of brass, organ, percussion, and the 200-voice chorus, this beloved holiday event features Christmas classics, sing-alongs, and the glorious candlelight processional.  Held at the Kennedy Center Dec 17 – 22nd.  $15 – $65

Suburbanette Tip:  Tickets for many of these performances are sold at a deeply discounted price on


Suburbanette’s Holiday Date Guide: Ice Skating Edition

Even though my blog has turned into a food/fashion hybrid as of lately — my original intention in creating Suburbanette  was to share all of the interesting, fun, and low cost entertainment opportunities in our fair city.  To celebrate the upcoming holiday season (and to help you dudes and dudettes come up with some amazing, knock-your-socks off dates) I will be posting a few holiday date guides for the next couple of days!  Enjoy!

Ice Skating

As a child, the only Asian-American role model I could look up too was Michelle Kwan so ice skating ranks way up there in terms of winter time activities.  Luckily there are plenty of beautiful, outdoor rinks in the area:

Pentagon Row – This rink is closest to my house and features a nightly “snowfall” at 6pm and 7pm every evening.  $11 for adult admission and skate rental.

Reston Town Center – My church youth group used to take me here and this is where I first learned how to ice skate! $9 for adult admission

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden – If they filmed a Home Alone 3: Lost in DC, there would definitely be a scene filmed here.  Nothing is more romantic than swirling around the ice with your honey and viewing magnificent works of art.  Extra bonus points if your partner can backwards skate. $11 for adult admission and skate rental.


A Trip to the Zoo

Over the weekend, I suggested that my family take Kassie out to see the  Zoo Lights exhibit at the National Zoo.  Let me tell you…I HAD SO MUCH FUN!  Going to the zoo is fun as adults but with toddlers – – 100x more exciting since they are experiencing all of these new sights and sounds for the first time.  Kassie had so much fun roaring with the lions, pretending to swim with the turtles, dancing with a fake panda bear, and running away from the stinky ape house.

The Vandashian girls minus Kristina by the lion exhibit.

Sleepy lions.

Snapping turtle waiting for his prey.

Dancing panda in a snow globe.  Kassie was super fascinated by this.

Under the sea Zoo Lights display


Suburbanbro missed out on the Redskins game to spend time with me and my family.  I am so lucky!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Details // Zoo Lights // National Zoo // November 25 – December (Friday though Saturday nights) and December 16 – January 1 (every night) // 9 – 5 pm // Light displays featuring the zoo’s favorite animals, ice skating, hot cocoa, live entertainment, train rides and more. // Free

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

At the strike of midnight on the third Thursday of every November, France erupts in massive celebration in honor of the unveiling (or should we say uncorking) of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine. Beaujolais Nouveau, which is a young wine (only 6 weeks old) comes from a region south of Burgundy in France.

Twisted Vines is allowing suburbanettes to partake in this tradition by  pouring a range of Beaujolais by-the-glass and in flights this Thursday and Friday! This is a great opportunity to compare a beaujolais nouveau to a beaujolais villages and a beaujolais grand cru!

Jersey Boys

Rob and I watched “Jersey Boys” this weekend and I can only describe it as a mashup between two of the greatest cultural phenomenons of my lifetime — Jersey Shore and *N SYNC.   If you like boy bands, fast talking Guidos, and the Warblers you will love this show!

Jersey Boys is running now through January 7th at the National Theatre.  Buy your tickets now!

Fun Fact: Former Dreamstreet member Frankie Galasso is in the cast!

Paddleboating on the Potomac

A random jaunt on the Mount Vernon Trail landed Rob and I at the paddleboat station right outside of the Tidal Basin.  We had time and money to kill so we jumped in a boat and started paddling away.  As a side note, I have not been on a paddleboat since I was about four years old.  Paddleboating is not as much fun when you are actually doing the paddling.  This was some workout!  After propelling ourselves to the middle of the river the boy and I were completely wiped out and I assume we got a workout that was akin to all the spinning classes people are always talking about on Facebook.

We spent most of our time floating around and enjoying the beautiful sight of the Monument and the Thomas Jefferson memorial.  It is easy to forget that we live in a beautiful place like our Nation’s Capital and the view was truly breathtaking!

Sure Hope You Mean It

The boy and I were also lucky enough to score tickets to the sold out Raphael Saadiq show at the 9:30 club.  Raphael Saadiq, in my opinion, is the most under-rated musician out there today.  I saw him open up for John Legend a few years ago and I was blown away by his energy, vocals and style of music.  Plus the guy is slick….real slick.  All music should sound like this.



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