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Men - Get Your Game On!

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tn happy valentines day wide t NVLet's face it!  Many married men have little to no game, or, the once-revered game is utterly rusty.  Truth be told, but for your significant other's faith and belief system, you'd still be in perpetual bachelor status.  Add a couple of children to the mix, and these men have gotten even slacker in the spouse appreciation department.  Now, you're facing Valentine's Day - the most blatantly manufactured holiday on the calendar year.  Your knee-jerk reaction is to order some overpriced flowers, find a baby-sitter and take the missus out to dinner.  (By the way, if you already spent the money at, I cannot help you there; you could have simply gone to Trader Joes).  I’m here to suggest that instead of taking your beloved to Ruby Tuesday or Applebees, you elevate your game a bit and take her to a real restaurant.  Who knows, she may be so impressed she'll be singing her own kosher version of Beyonce's Drunk in Love (off the Martinelli's, of course).

I suggest the following two options:

(a) 8407 Kitchen Bar (   This restaurant is located in downtown Silver Spring and has been a mainstay in Washingtonian's 100 Best Restaurants for the past three years – deservedly so. The atmosphere is a study in contrast. The downstairs bar is styled to be hip and trendy looking, while the second floor dining area has a simple romantic charm to it. The menu changes seasonally and the food is locally sourced. There is always at least one entree that is vegetarian friendly. The portion size will allow room for dessert. The Sunday brunch is also worth checking out. Although all the fare that I have eaten there has been rewarding, I’ll warn you that the entrees are more on the pricey side. 

(b) Founding Farmers (  This is currently my favorite eating hole – and has been for the past two years.  The owners have three restaurants in the DC area, and they are always packed. They were among the first in the country with the “farm to table” movement; in fact, the restaurant is owned by famers.  They serve classic American fare and most of the food is sustainably grown or sourced locally. Equally important as their environmental stewardship is the fact that the food tastes great!  Their portion sizes will likely mean that you will be eating leftovers. Don't believe me?  It has been a Washingtonian Top 100 Best Restaurants in the recent past and, more recently, it was the Washington City Paper's Readers’ Choice Winner: Best Contemporary American Restaurant in 2013. The menu options are extensive, but I am fond of the chicken and waffles and crispy spatchcock chicken. The vegetarian dishes are equally delicious.  

Now go and get your Ecclesiastes 8:15 on. 


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JEE is a Child of God | Husband to the globe-trotting African from Salone | Father to two girls (who will change the world) | Son of beloved parents, who instilled pride and industry, in his heart | Brother | Friend. 


Born in Barbados & raised in Prince George's County, JEE fancies himself as a self-styled connoisseur in music, food, cinema, football and gardening. JEE also loves to read, generally, and study theology and history, specifically. Those that know him well know that he also about that geek life (think Marvel/DC/Tolkien/A Song of Fire and Ice/Star Wars and Trek and Naruto (quiet as kept he views this anime as a loose allegory of his work ethos). In his spare time, he works as a public servant.