For St. Patrick’s Day – seven “must-sees” around the Smithsonian courtesy of Around the Mall. (But, ahem, if you don’t like snakes might want to rethink.)

Love this. UnsuckDCMetro offers us a preview of their Metro-themed entry for The Post’s annual Peeps diorama contest.

Yesterday, Silver Spring Singular pondered whether the arrival of food trucks in Silver Spring was a good thing or bad. Today, Just Up The Pike weighs in saying he thinks the mobile eaters enhance brick-and-mortar offerings. Read more.

Members of the D.C. art community are hosting a March 31 event at the Lamont Bishop Gallery to raise money for the quake and tsunami victims in Japan. ReadysetDC has the details. Funds raised will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Kushi Izukaya and Sushi also announced they will donate the proceeds from its popular pork belly kushiyaki dish to the Japanese Red Cross. Thanks to Dining In DC for highlighting this.

There’s been more than a little tension between the growing fleet of food trucks cruising the streets of D.C. and the city’s brick and mortar restaurants – but at least one local establishment is offering an olive branch. Chinatown Coffee Co. is hosting a food truck happy hour starting at the end of March. Curious? WeLoveDC has details.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow with more great posts from the D.C.-area blogosphere.