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#InternDiet Challenge: Day 2

Jenna Johnson

Monday kicked off the #InternDiet Challenge for interns and other Washingtonians who love scoring free meals. Keep telling me about the free meals you find via e-mail ( or Twitter (use hashtag #interndiet).

It's more difficult to find free food in Washington than I realized, but with the help of readers, I learned a couple tricks.

The Post's Going Out Guide has a daily schedule of events that you can scan for the word "free." That's where I learned that the Hawk 'n' Dove on the Hill (329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE to be exact) has free happy hour food every weekday from 5 to 7 p.m.


I e-mailed a bunch of my friends, begging them to go with me. No success (one friend even said she would rather "scrub my apartment" than go to this popular intern bar). Even Post interns were turning me down.

hawkndove.jpgBut -- lucky for me -- one of our Web producer interns, Naomi Nix, agreed to keep me company. The free food last night was chopped-up grilled cheese sandwiches. Now, they weren't awesome. And they weren't exactly fresh. But they were free.

Here are some other Web sites that will help you locate free food:

Cloture Club
The Web site Cloture Club has an awesome calendar listing tons of events on and off the Hill. For example, Tuesday afternoon in the Rayburn Foyer there is a Fair Trade coffee tasting with a Starbucks VP. And tonight there's a sitar concert at the Embassy of Pakistan. (Very special thanks to @KBAYSWAN for telling me about this site.)

Follow @FREEinDC on Twitter to learn about free food and things to do. Although lately the suggestions have been things like "FREE: Bad News," "FREE Love" and "Sunbathing naked in Logan Circle don't cost a thing!"

Going Out Guide for Interns
Although not totally free, the Going Out Guide has tons of ideas for fun, cheap things for interns to do in D.C. They also have a list of the best cheap eats for interns and best happy hours for interns.

Campus Overload is a daily must-read for all D.C. interns. So, be sure to bookmark You can also follow me on Twitter and fan Campus Overload on Facebook.

By Jenna Johnson  |  July 13, 2010; 11:04 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Interns  | Tags: Internships, Night Life  
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