Whoa Mama!

Will the mystery surrounding Wagamama’s desire to set up shop in D.C. finally come to an end? We believe so. On a recent visit to Penn Quarter, the “For Lease” signs were no longer visible on the property. 

Rumors suggested Wagamama could be ready for business in the first half of 2011. But Wagamama’s marketing director in the U.S. refused to comment on this, but did indicate her office would be in touch with us soon. This development comes after the UK-based company revealed an ambitious plan to open 650 U.S. stores…whoa mama!

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Skin Guard: Five Tips for Protection

Guys! Listen up. The summer season is in full-swing. And the intense humidity, heat, and sun rays are no friends to our manly skin. The Internationalist caught up with Michael Gilman, founder of the Grooming Lounge, for some tips on how we can protect ourselves against mother nature.

Moisturize:  Always wear an SPF whether you will be at the beach all day or just going to work. You should already be using a face moisturizer as part of your daily grooming regiment so it’s a great idea to make sure that the moisturizer has SPF 15 or higher. That way you can kill two birds with one stone; moisturizing your skin and protecting it from harmful rays. You’ll thank yourself later. If you go to the beach/pool, you should use an SPF 30 or higher and make sure to reapply it after jumping in the water or after an hour or two. I suggest using Jack Black Oil-Free Sun Guard SPF 45.

Keep Dry: Use a talcum powder daily to keep the “boys” and feet dry. Most, if not all men, experience areas that get really sweaty. Using a powder is the best way to absorb moisture and keep those areas dry and your skin much more comfortable. For this, we swear by Balla Powder For Men. Our customers seem to like it to since it’s one of our best sellers.

Hydrate: Something that many men don’t realize is that one of the best ways to take care of your skin isn’t with a cream or anything you can find on our website. Drinking a sufficient amount of water during the day, especially when it’s hot out, will not only keep you hydrated, but it will help keep your skin looking healthy. Sounds simple, but how many guys do it?

Excess Hair: Another very common issue is hair removal. It is beach season after all and there is no excuse for having unsightly hair on your back or shoulders. A do it yourself solution is the Professional Mangroomer, a personal shaver that has a handle that extends and locks at any desired position so that you can get to the hard to reach areas of your back to remove unwanted shrubbery.

Clean Feet: Summer means flip-flops, so in an effort to sport your flip-flops with dignity, get a professional foot treatment, or at a minimum, trim, and scrub your toenails at home. The Zwilling/J.A. Henckels Toenail Clipper is a great stainless steel toenail clipper with a convenient catcher so nails don’t end up flying all over the place as you cut them.

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BBC News Online: North America

You might have noticed that the BBC News website received a bit of makeover. “A bit” is actually an understatement. This is the biggest overhaul of the news website since 2003. And what’s more interesting is an enhanced section has been created for readers in North America. Here’s what the BBC had to say on the development of the site.  “For the first time, from today, we will have a dedicated website team based in the BBC’s Washington DC office making sure that a new, North America edition front page reflects the stories, themes and issues which matter most to our users in the US and Canada, including – as now – the best possible selection of stories from around the site.”

World News America anchor Matt Frei will launch his own blog – American Frei –  in September after a “completely unplugged summer holiday.” Expect Twitter updates from Matt, State Department correspondent Kim Ghattas, and North America editor Mark Mardell. And finally, more online content in the form of a video blog updated by digital reporter Franz Strasser.

Pret A Manger (1155 F Street): Unveiled

One year and six months later, Pret A Manger opens its second location in the district. When asked what took so long to open another site; location and leasing rates were big factors, according  to manager Zin Aung. During the recession, leasing rates were falling across the nation, but remained flat in the district. And Pret’s second location was to be open seven days a week, thus finding the perfect spot was  important. Eventually, Pret settled on the corner space at 1155 F Street. The restaurant itself is spacious with tall ceilings and large bay windows.

Pret has been very well received in Penn Quarter. The company made a conservative estimate on the amount of business the location would pull in, but Aung indicated that initial sales have doubled those figures. But some customers have noted that prices are slightly higher when compared to the competition. I disagree with this notion. Why? My bill at Pret for a sandwich, an orange soda drink, and a packet of crisps was roughly ten bucks. I have paid the same amount and sometimes more at Panera Bread for those three items.

As for the future, the company is looking to expand in DC so stay tuned. Pret maybe opening near you.

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