Toast Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at D.C.’s Royal Wedding Pop-Up Bar

Karlin Villondo Photography
Karlin Villondo Photography

You don’t need to be a UK citizen to get excited for the upcoming royal wedding. For stateside fans obsessing over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s impending May 19 ceremony, the best place to celebrate will be in Washington, D.C., where the Royal Wedding Pop-Up Bar will be serving up drinks in a space designed to look like the pair’s wedding venue, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

From May 4 to May 20, D.C.'s Pop-Up Bar (PUB) will be decked out to look like Windsor Castle's St. George’s Chapel, complete with family crests and heraldic flags, a careful replica of the historic vaulted ceiling, faux stained-glass windows, and a throne room. On May 19, the bar will open at 7 a.m. to host U.S.-based superfans up early to watch live coverage of the event.

The menu will include beers, ciders, and snacks from the UK, as well as British favorites like Pimm’s Cups. There will also be 11 original themed cocktails, like a drink crafted from rosé cider and edible glitter called the Markle Sparkle, and the God Save the Queen, a martini that comes with a souvenir crown. Another cocktail honoring the groom (and his hair color) includes Scotch, bananas, and ginger.

A commemorative mug with a photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sits next to an engagement ring and roses.
Karlin Villondo Photography

The Royal Wedding bar is one of several limited-run concept bars the Drink Company has created in its 7th Street space in D.C. Each PUB features obsessively detailed decor and innovative drinks around different themes throughout the year. Most recently, the space has been host to a Japan-themed bar called Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar (last year’s paid tribute to, among other things, Super Mario Bros.). Previous incarnations also include a Christmas-themed PUB called Miracle on Seventh Street and a Game of Thrones-themed bar.

This time, designers Matt Fox​ and Adriana Salame-Aspiazu “went down the rabbit hole researching British history and royal traditions, so this may be our most detail-oriented PUB to date,” Fox said in a press statement. “We’d like to think the Queen would approve!”

Some of the previous PUB events have drawn hours-long waits, so if you’re keen on celebrating Meghan and Harry (Heghan, if you will), know that you may have to get in line.

[h/t Harper’s Bazaar]

Each State’s Favorite Christmas Candy

Halloween might be the unrivaled champion of candy-related holidays, but that doesn’t mean Christmas hasn’t carved out a large, chocolate Santa-shaped niche for itself in the sweets marketplace. And, of course, we can’t forget about candy canes, peppermint bark, and the red-and-green version of virtually every other kind of candy.

To find out which candies merrymakers are filling their bowls and stomachs with this holiday season, analyzed survey responses from more than 32,000 consumers across the nation and compiled their top responses into one mouthwatering map.

As it turns out, 13 states—from California all the way to New Jersey—are reaching for mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups over any other holiday candy. Something about that shimmery tinfoil really does make you feel like you’re unwrapping a tiny, tasty gift. Top Christmas Candy by State


And, if you hoped everyone would kiss candy corn goodbye until next October, we have some bad news: “reindeer” corn, with red, white, and green stripes, is the top choice in a staggering eight states, all of which are in the eastern half of the country. Tied with reindeer corn was peppermint bark, which, given how much white chocolate it contains, is also a pretty polarizing choice.

Candy canes and Hershey’s Kisses clinched third place with a respectable six states apiece, but other Christmas classics didn’t perform nearly as well—chocolate Santas and M&M’s came out on top in only two states each.

After that, there were some rather unconventional competitors, including Starburst, Arkansas’s favorite holiday candy; and Pez, which somehow won the hearts of residents of both Louisiana and New Mexico. 

And, unless you’re time-traveling from the 18th century, you’re probably not surprised that sugarplums didn’t make the map at all—find out what they actually are (hint: not plums!) here. You can also search the full list of state favorite candies below.


Relax: Fears of a French Fry Shortage Are Probably Overblown

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Americans love their French fries. According to The New York Times, Americans eat an average of an average of 115.6 pounds of white potatoes annually, "of which two-thirds are in the form of French fries, potato chips and other frozen or processed potato products."

If you’re someone who annually devours the weight of a small child in fries at McDonald's or elsewhere, you’ll be distressed that potato farmers are facing a shortage—one that could create a fry crisis. But these concerns are likely overblown.

According to Bloomberg, a cold snap in October led to crop-threatening frosts at potato farms in Manitoba in Canada, as well as in North Dakota and Minnesota. In Manitoba, 12,000 acres went unharvested, the equivalent to what was left behind in all of Canada last season. Fields in Idaho and Alberta, Canada, were also hit, but some crops were able to be salvaged. Combined with increased demand in Canada for spuds, North America is looking at a potential tuber deficit.

Why are fries facing shortages, but not mashed potatoes? Fry vendors prefer bigger potatoes for slicing, which tend to be harvested later in the year and were subject to ground freezing and other damage.

This all sounds like cause for national alarm, but the spud industry has taken measures to keep the market fed. Potato experts told Bloomberg that while potato shipments will likely have to be rerouted from more fertile farms and into new distribution channels, the consumer may not notice any difference. A plea for rational thought was echoed by Frank Muir, president of Idaho Potato Commission. Muir told The New York Times that while Idaho is down 1 billion spuds, the state still managed 13 billion. His message to consumers is “Don’t panic … You can still go out and order them as you normally do.”

According to Muir, the major fast food chains—McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King, among others—have temperature-controlled storage for their potatoes and probably have an inventory to fall back on. Rationing won't be needed—unless, of course, you’re watching your weight.

[h/t Bloomberg]