Tag: Life & Style

New DC restaurant launches pay-what-you-can menu to foster accessibility

WASHINGTON — When Johnny Spero developed the concept for his new Georgetown restaurant, Reverie, a project two-and-a-half years in the making, the 32-year-old chef kept his focus on one word: approachable. He wanted to build a space that could cater to neighbors in search of a weeknight glass of wine and a burger (made with […]

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First lady spreads anti-bullying message at DC kids’ hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump spread her anti-bullying message on an annual Christmas season visit to a Washington children’s hospital on Thursday, reading a story about a Christmas ornament named Oliver who is bullied by other ornaments in a family’s collection. “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year,” the first […]

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SPiN pingpong social club comes to National Press Club building

WASHINGTON — New York-based SPiN will open one of its artsy, funky pingpong clubs in time for the holidays at 1332 F St. NW in the National Press Club building. It will be SPiN’s eighth location in North America. The first opened in New York in 2009. Other locations are in Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, […]

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Closure of Toys R Us poses challenges for Toys for Tots

WASHINGTON — The closure of Toys R Us is creating problems this year for charity Toys for Tots, which has relied on the chain for donations of money and toys. Toys for Tots has struggled to fill the nearly $8 million hole left by the company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September. […]

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More District residents learning about new end-of-life law

WASHINGTON — More than a year after a controversial end-of-life law went into effect in the District, advocacy groups say they are now seeing a higher public response to its efforts to ensure D.C. residents know the law exists. How many people have used the law will become clearer in an upcoming February report. As […]

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Make ginger-molasses cookie cream pies this holiday season

WASHINGTON — It’s the only time of year when counters are covered in flour, fridges are full of butter, and a plate of cookies totally counts as a complete meal. Baking season is in full swing, and if you’re looking to pick up a few pointers before you start up the stand mixer, Tiffany MacIsaac […]

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Some D.C. area gifts to bring home to your out-of-town family

WASHINGTON — Between honey made from beehives on a historic burial ground, to bourbon rested in wine barrels, the District and its surroundings have plenty of “take-home-to-mom-worthy” gifts. Consider cured meats from Silver Spring’s Urban Butcher, or preserved fish at the Ivy City Smokehouse. Or, if you’re looking for a little whimsy with your whiskey, […]

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Queer Tango: A dance class where anyone can lead or follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Standing under multicolored lights in a Columbia Heights studio, the tango instructor told her students to find a partner and practice the dance’s basic position, an intimate embrace between leader and follower. Without skipping a beat, Dhruv Sharma turned to a fellow student and asked a question rarely spoken in a partner […]

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New Dupont Circle beauty shop helps customers ‘flex their melanin’

WASHINGTON — As pop music blared through the speakers, customers packed into the Brown Beauty Co-Op in Northwest D.C. for its grand opening on Saturday afternoon. Makeup artists and hair stylists helped women perfect their looks before they posed in front of a wall of balloons or a neon sign to snap a quick selfie. […]

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DC bagel shop cooks up crowds, even months after opening

WASHINGTON — When Andrew Dana first started working on the concept for Call Your Mother, a Jewish-inspired deli that opened in October in D.C.’s Park View neighborhood, he imagined it would be “a semi-sleepy” neighborhood bagel shop that drew a small crowd on the weekends. “I wanted to create a bagel shop that could be […]

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Laura Bush: Tour of White House Christmas decor was ‘sweet’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Laura Bush said her tour of the White House Christmas decorations Tuesday made for a “sweet visit” during a somber week. Laura Bush also visited with friends who take care of the White House residence, where she and former President George W. Bush lived during his two terms in […]

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Bush 41’s ‘horrendous sense of good humor’ remembered

WASHINGTON — When people start swapping stories about former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, a church leader who will be at the funeral will be remembering what she calls his “horrendous sense of good humor.” The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, National Cathedral provost, joined the staff of Barbara […]

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Dining with the stars: What it takes to host, cook for ‘Honors’ celebs

WASHINGTON — With breathtaking views of Georgetown, the Potomac River and Theodore Roosevelt Island, The Kennedy Center’s River Terrace is a favorite gathering spot for preshow selfies and intermission musings. But on Sunday night, the overlook was a working kitchen. More than 100 cooks bustled about the tented terrace, pushing stainless steel carts past long […]

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PHOTOS: Nationals Winterfest returns to the ballpark this weekend

WASHINGTON — Whether it’s to challenge a Racing President or to take a few swings in the batting cages where the players warm up, Washington Nationals fans have a lot to do this weekend. Nationals Winterfest takes over Nationals Park for the first time since 2011. The event, which is a wintertime tradition in D.C., […]

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DC clerk stalls marriage over ‘foreign’ New Mexico ID card

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A District of Columbia clerk and a supervisor refused to accept a New Mexico man’s state driver’s license as he sought a marriage license because she and her supervisor believed New Mexico was a foreign country. Gavin Clarkson told the Las Cruces Sun-News it happened Nov. 20 at the District […]

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Hometown hero Carla Hall reclaims, celebrates soul food in new book

WASHINGTON — When Carla Hall walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, she was overcome with emotion. Tears streamed down the celebrity chef’s face as she pictured others before her fighting for equal rights, only to be punished, or worse, killed. The stop in Selma was one of many for Hall, who was […]

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DC names new director of night life and culture

WASHINGTON — D.C.’s restaurant and night life scene has been booming in recent years, and now the newly appointed person in charge of keeping it running is someone who is familiar with the job already. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has named Shawn Townsend as the District’s new Director of Night Life and Culture. It sounds […]

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‘Cool’ places to dine, drink this season

WASHINGTON — The holiday season is heating up, and to celebrate, many D.C. dining establishments are cooling down with winter-themed patios, pop-ups and more. Whether it’s alongside ice sculptures or inside igloos, here are a few ways you can chill out and drink in the holiday season: Bourbon on Ice at The Four Seasons  The […]

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Judge: Trump hotel boost from presidency does not break law

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of breaking a law on unfair competition by using the presidency to attract customers to restaurants in his Washington hotel. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled Monday that the Cork Wine Bar may indeed be losing customers as […]

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All aboard! US Botanic Garden holiday display features tiny train stations

WASHINGTON — Every year, mushrooms, acorns, cacao pods and other plant materials are transformed into a dazzling display at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Capitol Hill. This year, visitors will journey on a virtual train trip across America. In the Botanic Garden’s West Wing, visitors get a glimpse of the nation’s rail history in “Season’s […]

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‘We still have our lives’: Residents from DC senior housing fire reflect on year

WASHINGTON —  Two months after a major fire damaged a senior housing building in Southeast D.C., some of its residents are still giving thanks today. “No matter what we lost, we still have our lives,” said Roberta Miller, one of the roughly 160 residents of the Arthur Capper Senior building that was destroyed in a […]

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Think big, shop local: A roundup of Small Business Saturday deals in DC

WASHINGTON — Shoppers have their pick of big box stores to head to on Black Friday and prominent online retailers to check out on Cyber Monday. But nestled between two of the biggest shopping holidays, is one that encourages people nationwide to think and shop on a smaller, local level. Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, […]

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