Free Rita’s Italian Ice Tomorrow!

ritasSpring has finally started to roll around and temperatures are beginning to rise, so it is time to celebrate. Our friends over at Rita’s has the perfect way to celebrate.

Rita’s Italian Ice is offering a special giveaway tomorrow, March 20, to welcome in Spring. From noon until 9:00 pm they are hosting their 23rd Annual First Day of Spring FREE Italian Ice Giveaway.

giphy-facebook_sIf you go to any Rita’s between those times, you will receive a FREE limited edition cup of Italian Ice in the available flavor of their choice to celebrate the arrival of spring. The Facebook event can be found here.

To find your nearest Rita’s you can either visit, or download the Rita’s Ice App. The location nearest to Georgetown is in Chinatown near the Verizon Center, directions to which you can get by clicking this.

They are also offering a chance to win free ice for a whole year! If you go to their promotion and then capture your first day of spring moments and share them with Rita’s either on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag  #RitasFirstDayofSpring you have the chance to win the free ice for a year.

There are few better ways to enjoy one of the first days of spring than a free cup of Italian Ice, so celebrate both the beginning of the weekend and the beginning of spring with Rita’s tomorrow.


Hump Day Chomp: Pho DC


If you’re one of the lucky few that are planning a Valentine’s Day Date, look no further than Pho DC in Chinatown.

We stumbled upon this Vietnamese gem last weekend while looking for Rita’s Italian Ice (which, by the way, is CLOSED for the winter – what the what?!?).

After having our ice dreams dashed, we walked up the block looking for something to eat/somewhere to cry when my date stopped short and asked if I had ever had Pho – which is pronounced “f-uh,” not “faux.”

I hadn’t, so we climbed the four steps up to the well-lit and sophisticated restaurant and the rest is history.


I ordered Spicy Satay Pho Tai, which is basically a lot of broth mixed with chili paste, thinly sliced beef, cooked onions and thin rice noodles. You get to use chopsticks to scoop the noodles and stuff into this awesome mini-ladle. It was tough, but it got easier as the night progressed. My date had Spicy Pho Shrimp, which actually had a good amount of shrimp. The only annoying thing was that the tails had not yet been removed. Both dishes came with little bowls of basil, bean sprouts and lime that could be added to the soup.

The real winners were the sauces: one spicy orange sauce that tasted like sriracha on steroids, and one sweet brown sauce that was like a thicker, sweeter soy sauce. These were magical when added (in small dollops) to the spoonfuls of noodles.

We also tried Vietnamese Coffee, which is really rich coffee that has condensed milk at the bottom. You can stir the milk until the coffee reaches its optimum level of sweetness and pour it over ice if you wish (we wished, and it was delicious).

This place had it all – great music, wonderful food, fun atmosphere. It was also really easy to get to – just a couple of blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop. Pho DC is pho-sho one of the best places you can have Valentine’s Day dinner (or anti-Valentine’s day dinner) this weekend!