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Fourth of July celebrations are winding down, but we're lucky enough to have another reason to celebrate this week. Also, there is a new spot to find plenty of wine in Chinatown, while a nearby restaurant offers the chance to create and drink a piece of art.
As Luck Would Have It
The Fourth of July may be over, but as luck would have it, we've got another reason to celebrate: the auspicious 7/7/07 this Saturday. Numerologically speaking, this is as lucky as it gets, so local restaurants are finding occasion to celebrate.
M Bar at the Renaissance M Street Hotel celebrates with (what else?) Seven & Sevens for $3.50 from 4 until 7 p.m. daily through Saturday. While you're there, be sure to order the truffle tater tots.
Meanwhile, CafÃ© MoZU celebrates the lucky day with a seven-course dinner for $77 per person. The menu will include sushi, a pan-seared steak with black truffles and a coconut and raspberry panna cotta.
In honor of artist Frida Kahlo's 100th birthday, Rosa Mexicano has created a special tribute margarita. La Pintura Margarita, offered through July 31, is a paint project and libation in one. The restaurant serves up a standard margarita with a palette of three flavorful colors -- Mexican spice syrup, pear puree and berry syrup -- along with a paint brush to create a drinkable design. Sold in conjunction with the tribute exhibit to Kahlo (showcased by Julia in Comings and Goings), a portion of the proceeds from the drinks' sales will benefit the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
New Around Town
After months and months of waiting, Chinatown's wine-oriented Proof has popped its cork. With a 500-bottle wine list -- including around 40 wines by the glass -- and a champagne trolley offering tableside access to bubbly, the drinks could prove to be as much of a draw as the food. Chef Haidar Karoum, formerly of Asia Nora, presents a Mediterranean-tinged menu of more than a dozen small plates, several larger dishes and plenty of cheese.
RedRocks, which bills itself as a firebrick pizzeria, plans to open late next week at the corner of 11th St. and Park Rd. From the owner of Staccato, the restaurant will fire up brick oven pizzas, serve up classic Italian entrees and soon offer patio seating.
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