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Northern Virginia

It’s the age-old food lover’s dilemma: Eat delicious, fatty food and sacrifice three hours at the gym per day, or stick to a strictly healthy diet and be left craving McDonald’s french fries. Luckily, you can get the best of both worlds if you head to True Food Kitchen in Fairfax’s upscale Mosaic District. The first of its kind on the East Coast, Fox Restaurant Concepts’ wellness-driven eatery features a grand selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, and options for paleo and Mediterranean diet followers—and we can’t forget the array of fresh pressed non-alcoholic beverages and exotic cocktails. With a menu inspired by integrative medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, the newest location offers produce grown on Virginia, Maryland and Delaware farms. Dishes include a savory Spaghetti Squash Casserole, delectable Roasted Chicken Tandoori and a “see it to believe it” “Inside Out” Quinoa Burger. You’ll leave here feeling guilt-free and, more importantly, full. truefoodkitchen.com

Philadelphia

Many of us can’t go one day without indulging in a couple pieces of that luscious bar of milk or dark—but most chocolate lovers probably don’t think twice about the food’s fascinating heritage. Through Jan. 24, Chocolate: The Exhibition at Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences can teach you all about the sometimes sweet, sometimes savory, sometimes spicy treat. Interactive stations allow you to explore a makeshift rain forest with cacao trees, travel back in time to the Aztec Empire where cacao seeds were used as currency, and learn how a simple seed turns into that Hershey bar you’re currently eating. While the exhibit is great for families, it’s also not a bad idea for a date—don’t miss the hot chocolate bar and a 21-and-over beer and chocolate tasting reception. ansp.org

New York City

Larry David is no stranger to playing a semi-fictionalized version of himself. His self-created misanthropic counterpart on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” had our stomachs hurting (usually with laughter) for eight seasons. Now, we can witness David play another version of himself onstage in Fish in the Dark, a new Broadway play written by and starring the “Seinfeld” co-creator. While plot specifics are still under wraps, we know that the story is a comedy about 15 characters dealing with a death in the family (fingers crossed for a hilariously awkward shiva) and that it’ll be David’s first stage play “since the eighth grade,” as he revealed to The New York Times. No matter what, count us in for a show that also stars Rosie Perez and is directed by Tony-winner Anna D. Shapiro of “August: Osage County.” Hopefully, it won’t be that depressing. Previews begin Feb. 2 at Cort Theatre. fishinthedark.com

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