08:51 AM EDT 02/19/2015
Originally posted 01/22/2013 11:35AM
After helping President Barack Obama begin his second term with a powerful rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," Kelly Clarkson celebrated in style.
The singer – who is engaged to Nashville-based talent manager Brandon Blackstock – attended the inaugural ball with her fiancé on Monday.
Sharing her political partying experience with her 2.6 million followers, Clarkson, 30, chronicled her evening on Twitter.
Originally posted 07/16/2012 06:00AM
There's no such thing as a low-key lunch for Oprah Winfrey.
The mogul, her BFF Gayle King and four staffers from O magazine popped into fine dining spot District Commons in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, where they didn't go unnoticed.
Approached by other guests, Winfrey didn't seem to mind the attention.
"She was so easygoing," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "She stopped to talk to people and took photos [with fans] right outside of the bathroom."
– Liza Hamm
Originally posted 06/11/2012 06:00AM
Blake Lively and beau Ryan Reynolds didn't have to venture too far to experience an Italian feast.
The cohabitating couple made their way to two different Italian restaurants in Washington, D.C., in less than 24 hours.
Starting with dinner Wednesday night at Graffiato, the pair dined with another couple.
"They were all dressed very, very casual," a source tells PEOPLE. "Blake had messy hair underneath a straw fedora. She was wearing shorts."
The group, which only ordered water to drink, also selected roasted cauliflower, a couple of pizzas, crispy potato gnocchi, asparagus soup and a trio of desserts.
Clearly gnocchi is a favorite for the pair, who ordered it a second time when they had Italian for lunch the following day.
Popping into Sette Osteria, the lovebirds and another couple, dressed casually once again, added a crab cake sandwich from the menu.
Seeming "very happy," according to an onlooker, the group didn't order dessert and "left one by one so they wouldn't get peoples' attention."
– Wendy Grossman Kantor
Originally posted 05/24/2012 05:55AM
The staff at Taylor Gourmet in Washington, D.C., was in for a recent treat when President Barack Obama popped in for a little visit.
"He bought members of Congress hoagies to-go," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "He paid in cash, $80."
Of the purchase, which cost about $20 less than what Obama left, the source says the employees at the sandwich shop, "Yelled in amazement, 'You carry money?'"
They added, "He was in a very good mood. Everyone [at the eatery] agreed he makes you feel like he's your friend and your president!"
– Marisa Laudadio
Originally posted 05/01/2012 06:00AM
Skipping the parties preceding the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Reese Witherspoon and hubby Jim Toth opted instead for a double date with some famous pals!
Joined by Kate Hudson and fiancé Matt Bellamy, along with Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Kate Upton and a talent agent, the party of six dined at Café Milano in Georgetown on Friday night for three hours.
"They seemed to be having lots of fun," an onlooker tells PEOPLE, adding that Witherspoon laughed throughout the meal and appeared to be in great spirits, while displaying her baby bump in a black dress.
On the menu for the pregnant actress? Fresh baby artichoke, salad in a lemon vinaigrette and spinach fettuccine with veal Bolognese sauce.
– Helin Jung
Originally posted 04/27/2012 05:55AM
Minka Kelly was feeling fishy on Wednesday night when she popped into Pearl Dive Oyster Palace for dinner with two friends in Washington, D.C.
Tipping back a dozen raw oysters, the actress gave her pals a hands-on demonstration of how to slurp down the delicacies, in between munching on blue crab cakes and Kentucky Derby pie.
"She [seemed] very happy," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "[The group] was all laughing with each other. Minka was very sweet, at ease and casual. She [seemed] really fun."
Kelly was in such a good mood that when she was approached by a fan who was being deployed to Afghanistan the next day, she ended up paying for his meal.
– Helin Jung
Originally posted 01/11/2012 01:30PM
Following the Washington, D.C., premiere of her new film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina Jolie joined partner Brad Pitt for a celebratory dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak.
The couple – joined by 12 others, including President Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett – opted for Palmer's $35.12 prix fixe Restaurant Week menu, and started with chopped salads of romaine, endive, goat cheese, bacon, cranberry and red wine vinegar. For entrées, Pitt chose the coulotte steak with sweet potato purée and braised greens, while Jolie savored the roasted chicken breast with buttered new potatoes and marjoram jus. Pitt, who was recently injured during a fall, indulged in the dark chocolate pavé with milk chocolate ice cream for dessert, while Jolie passed on the sweets.
According to an onlooker, the party of 14 stayed at the restaurant for two hours, and was "extremely pleasant and gracious to both fans and the staff." – Helin Jung and Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
Originally posted 12/13/2011 05:55AM
Now that's a busy day! Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez slowed down for a leisurely dinner with friends at Bourbon Steak restaurant inside Washington D.C.'s Four Seasons Hotel. The couple, who just returned from Mexico, shared roasted organic chicken, black truffle mac and cheese and roasted baby eggplant with their friends. But they showed up a bit late for their reservation and had to wait for their table to be ready. During his D.C. trip, the pop star also visited the Children's National Medical Center, rehearsed for an upcoming TV special and squeezed in a hockey game with friends. – Helin Jung
Originally posted 12/05/2011 05:55AM
Kris Humphries may be in the midst of an annulment, but the NBA player stepped away from the drama, taking mom Debra to the "Building a Healthier Future" conference in Washington, D.C. "He and his mom loved being there," a source with the conference tells PEOPLE. "He was really proud to share the experience with her." Humphries, who has his own foundation committed to fighting childhood obesity, was there to educate himself on the issue. Wearing a business suit, the basketballer shook hands, signed autographs and even posed for photos with other conference-goers. "The grown women in the ballroom were [like] little teenagers at a concert," the source jokes. – Jennifer Garcia
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