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.

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]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]