Find me on Yelp & TripAdvisor

As you probably have noticed, I’ve fallen off in a big way and unfortunately haven’t been able to keep up with this blog.

Please check out my reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor. Yelp features mostly US based reviews while TripAdvisor is mostly from my international travels to Turkey, Morocco, Panama, Italy, Belgium, and The Netherlands over the past 2 years.

As always, if you have any questions or are in need of recommendations of things to in DC, or anywhere else for that matter, feel free to shoot me an email at shessavvy(at)

Winter Holiday in Europe: Part I


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In January, Turkish Airlines offered an unbelievable buy one flight get the second for $1 deal for travel to select countries in Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, the deal really was too good to be true since the taxes were far higher than the cost of the flight itself. Nonetheless, both flights ended up being around $1,200.

We (my retired Aunt and I) set our sights on two places in Europe that we’d never been to, Brussels, Belgium and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Being that I love traveling, I instantly went to TripAdvisor to begin planning our week-long winter holiday in Europe.

Since Brussels is known for their chocolate I knew a tour and tasting were in order. Also, a tour to familiarize ourselves with the cities and its rich history were number one on my list. Fortunately, I found a great tour through Viator that encompassed both. Continue reading

The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan: A Screening and Panel Discussion


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The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan: A Screening and Panel Discussion
May 22, 2015
7:00-9:00 pm

Just spreading the word about a free screening and discussion being presented by Smithsonian’s National African American Museum of History and Culture (NMAAHC). See below for additional information.

Private McKinley Nolan joined the U.S. Army forty years ago to fight for his country in the Vietnam War, and to travel the world. In 1967, he disappeared from the battlefields – his whereabouts unknown. Mysteriously, as late as 2006, a retired U.S. Army veteran who returned from the Vietnam battlefields where he once fought believed that he may have met the missing soldier. Spurred by this sighting, the documentary chronicles the journey of the Nolan family from their farming community in East Texas, to Vietnam, and finally to Cambodia fueled by their ongoing quest to learn what happened to their brother, husband, father, and friend. Continue reading

Things to Do DC: TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods


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On Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 pm, join TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods (TTM), at their Pop-up Shop at CityCenterDC.

TTM’s Founder and CEO, Jane Mosbacher Morris along with TTM advisory board member and Human Trafficking Survivor and Advocate, Margeaux Gray, will deliver short remarks beginning at 7:30 pm. The event will be held at the Covington Reception Space at the new CityCenterDC mixed-use development in Downtown Washington, DC, and it will include a pop-up shop of survivor-made apparel, accessories, jewelry, and home goods from TO THE MARKET. Complimentary wine will provided by Daniel Boulud’s DBGB Kitchen and Bar, and RareSweets will provide sweet treats and platters.   Continue reading

Mastro’s A Perfect Addition to Penn Quarter


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Last week, I received an invitation to check out one of DC’s newest restaurants, Mastro’s Steakhouse, for their preview party. If you’re not familiar with Mastro’s, you probably know about other restaurants under Landry’s holdings including Morton’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, Chart House, and Bubba Gump, among others.

We arrived to a red carpet which was a nice touch, but once you stepped inside you were transformed into an elegant space that was not at all reminiscent of the previous tenant (M&S Grill). I was excitedly greeted by 2 hostesses and another 4 servers each eagerly trying to hand me a glass of champagne.


Looking up you will find a vibrant orange Chihuly (or Chihuly-like) sculpture hanging from the ceiling. It was truly breathtaking. A few steps away in one of their many dining rooms, there was an ice sculpture featuring the Mastro’s logo along with all of the oysters, crab legs, and prawns you’d could ever imagine. I was in heaven. Continue reading

Back Like I Never Left

Has it really been over a year since I’ve written a post on here? Where has the time gone?

Honestly, I’ve been planning to make my reintroduction to the blogging world for months now but between planning a wedding, work commitments, and various jaunts for work and pleasure I have been putting it off.

I swear every day, I’ll come across something and think to myself, I should really write about this. Well, I’m back and I plan to continue to write about various happenings and charitable events in the Washington, D.C. area along with documenting my travels abroad.

As always, if you have any questions about things to do, please do not hesitate to ask by tweeting me at @shessavvy or emailing me at shessavvy (@) gmail.

Countdown to ARTINI is On!


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Saturday, March 22nd


Photo courtesy of Daniel Swartz

ARTINI is less than 3 weeks away!! If you couldn’t tell, I’m just a wee bit excited.  This year will mark my fifth ARTINI, boy, where has the time gone.

ARTINI, is annual fundraising event where some of DC’s top mixologists compete to create a signature cocktail, also known as an “artini”, inspired by one of the Corcoran Gallery of Art‘s many works of art.  There will be two winners, the winner of the popular vote (visit Washington Magazine’s ARTINI site) and a winner of the Critics Choice award.

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St. Jude Gourmet Gala


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On Tuesday, February 25th, I had the privilege of attending the 16th annual St. Jude Gourmet Gala at the National Building Museum.  After three years of attending the event, just like fine wine, it seems to get better with age.

When promoting the event online, I was pleasantly surprised to see the event sold-out nearly 2 weeks in advance.  It’s typically attended by the Who’s Who in DC including political and business leaders, local socialites and numerous philanthropists.

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Gone But Not Forgotten

While, I haven’t posted on this blog in quite a while, my previous posts are still archived.  Feel free to search to find information contained within one of my 400+ posts about events and things to do in DC.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at shessavvy @  I’m always here to help.


FREE in DC (or at least super cheap!)


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Free_in_DC_ShesSavvyFor those that know me (or know me via social media),  know that I enjoy being out and about.  If that means, double-booking and going from event to event, I’m going to make it happen.  Let me let you in on a little secret, most of the events I go to are FREE.

The great thing about living in DC is there are always so many interesting things going on.  It’s pretty easy to find out where the free (or super cheap) events are being held. Continue reading