Holiday Rundown: Shawafel, Burberry, and More

We’ve been off the grid at D.C. Internationalist. But here is a rundown of the most recent and notable news items.

Travel: British Airways will feature the A380 on flight 216/217 to Dulles next September.

Media: Al Jazeera America is interested in prestige than profit.

Food: Despite the fast-casual craze in D.C., Ping Pong Dim Sum and Yo!Sushi are currently not in expansion mode.

More Food: Per the Shawafel social media guru, the fast-casual Lebanese joint plans to setup shop in the Courthouse area. More on this as we get it.

Update: Shawafel intends to open at 1919 Wilson Blvd in the spring.

Retail: Conneticut Avenue is losing a flagship retailer [Burberry] to CityCenter. Does the strip have any chance of attracting high-end retailers?  Prada and Saint Laurent have signed leases at Tysons Galleria making Conneticut Avenue seem like an after-thought.

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British Airways May Launch Dreamliner Service to Dulles

That’s right, folks! There is growing speculation online that British Airways will use the 787 on its Washington route. It could replace the dated 767 aircraft currently being used on one of the three flights that fly to Dulles. If the speculation is true – and it may very well be, the move would be positive considering how other players have upped their game or entered the market. But don’t expect to see the new kid on the block until the end of the year. Anything sooner would be a surprise. In the meantime, check out the video below which shows off BA’s A380 interior. The aircraft will be deployed to LAX – unfortunately – later this year.

The Rundown…

Dining: According to our friends over at PQ Living, Pret A Manger finally opens.

More Dining: Jefferson Hotel’s Quill is hosting a competition; which bartender can produce  the best mixed drink using Heavy Water Vodka? Find out July 11th. – Washington Business Journal

Travel: Boston, Washington, and Chicago are thrown out as possible destinations for service by British Airways from London City airport. The Internationalist contacted the BA press office in NY, but they claimed “nothing is in the pipeline.” – Breaking Travel News

Public Art:  The Gallery Place-Chinatown metro station will receive piece of art by Martha Jackson Jarvis containing four panels showcasing classical Chinese imagery. – Greater Greater Washington

Health: This fall, D.C public schools will stop serving flavored milk to children. But in May, the D.C. Council killed a proposal on a soda tax. – Organic Authority/Washington Post

Grooming: Guys ditch the traditional bar soap and lather up with shower gels. Guys in other countries have ditched bar soap for years. It took us a decade to catch up with them. – NPR

Funny and Random:  College students don’t study that much anymore. Why? Here are eight possible theories, including “professors don’t give a good crap” and “students kant reed gud.” We wonder who will serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations 50 years from now because this bunch ain’t bright. – The Atlantic Wire

Event: Asia After Dark at the Freer Gallery of Art. (July 15, 6:30 pm)  – Washington Post