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30 years ago, Bombay Club introduced Indian to DC’s fine-dining scene

WASHINGTON — When Ashok Bajaj moved to D.C. from London 30 years ago, he arrived with one objective: to open a fine-dining Indian restaurant in the nation’s capital. Today, D.C.’s dining scene would be incomplete without one — or several. But the restaurant industry was drastically different in the late ‘80s. Most of the white […]

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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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‘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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After 17 years, 1 flood, 2 Amys still pleases pizza lovers

WASHINGTON — Peter Pastan can never quite recall the exact date in September, 2001 he opened his Northwest D.C. pizzeria 2 Amys. But there is one date he will always remember: July 8, 2018. “There’s kind of a rule in the restaurant business that you never answer your phone on a Sunday morning because it’s […]

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DC’s painted doors depict growing demand for more affordable housing

WASHINGTON — For the last three years, artist Tim Davis has been transforming drawers, cabinets and other three-dimensional found objects into works of art to tell stories of immigration, mass incarceration and life in America. So when the opportunity came knocking to illustrate another social justice issue on a 7-foot door, Davis didn’t hesitate. In […]

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Award-winning chef brings Israeli cuisine to home kitchens (recipe)

WASHINGTON — Michael Solomonov knows Israeli cuisine. The Philadelphia-based chef is a three-time James Beard Award winner, and is well-known for bringing a taste of his birth country to the East Coast with his flagship restaurant Zahav. But Solomonov’s latest project skips the restaurant kitchen entirely: His new book, “Israeli Soul,” brings the foods and […]

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New DC center will treat pediatric cancer with protons

WASHINGTON — A new center is under construction at Sibley Memorial Hospital, but a quick glance behind the yellow tape is enough to leave visitors questioning their whereabouts. Towering steel structures and tracks of tubes and magnets — all of which take up as much space as a parking lot — look more like aeronautical […]

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New eatery wants to change the way Washingtonians think about hummus

WASHINGTON — On restaurant menus, hummus is typically listed as an appetizer. At cocktail parties, it often accompanies crudités. But at D.C.’s newest fast-casual spot, the popular chickpea spread has been called off the sidelines, and instead, is the star of each meal. Inside Little Sesame’s new home at 1828 L St. NW, chefs and […]

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Students grow food for homeless neighbors

WASHINGTON — Those walking the block of 24th and H Streets NW will likely notice several things: Cars and buses whizzing by, doctors and nurses hustling to the hospital, and a motorcade or two barreling through the narrow streets . But look closely — just a few feet from the sidewalk — and you’ll see […]

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DC puts maternal health in spotlight with mayor’s inaugural summit

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 12, the third floor of D.C.’s Washington Convention Center was packed with policy leaders, health care experts … and quite a few babies — all for Mayor Muriel Bowser’s first Maternal and Infant Health Summit. The open-to-the-public event convened mayors, physicians and nonprofit executives to examine trends in pregnancy-related health outcomes, […]

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How local brewers name their beers

WASHINGTON — Greg Engert finds it hard to watch a musical, check out a set list or visit an art show without thinking about beer — more specifically, beer names. After a performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at D.C.’s Studio Theatre, Engert, who serves as beer director at Bluejacket Brewery, had the name […]

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Best places to go apple picking this fall

WASHINGTON — If apple picking is on your fall to-do list, now is the time to check it off. “Don’t wait until you are pumpkin-patching because you’ll probably find a lot of rotten apples at that point,” said Guiomar Ochoa, a parenting and travel writer for Red Tricycle. In the D.C. area, the season for […]

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Taste of Studio celebrates theater, food and 14th Street community

WASHINGTON — The dog days of summer are here, and if you’re looking for a way to take your mind off the suffocating heat and humidity this weekend, Studio Theatre is opening its air-conditioned doors for the fourth annual Taste of Studio event on Aug. 4 on 14th Street in Northwest D.C. The free open […]

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From behind bars to the stage: New DC program gives prisoners a voice

WASHINGTON — Wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and ripped jeans, 27-year-old Davon stood on stage at the Anacostia Arts Center’s Black Box Theater and did a few breathing exercises. Then, he ran through his lines one last time. In May, Davon was released from prison after spending four and a half years behind bars. Now, […]

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DC chef embraces ‘forest-to-table’ movement with foraging excursions

WASHINGTON — The terrain was tricky, the bugs were out, and the heat from the sun was growing more intense by the minute — but Drew Adams was determined to find mushrooms. After about 20 minutes of hiking along the Potomac River, he spotted a patch. “How cool is that?” Adams said, pointing to crown-tipped […]

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The Dough Jar brings cookie dough ‘scoop shop’ to Georgetown

WASHINGTON — I scream, you scream, we all scream for … cookie dough? That’s the idea behind D.C.’s newest sweet shop, or rather, “scoop shop,” which will sell edible (aka: eggless) cookie dough in presentations generally reserved for ice cream — on cones, in cups and under sprinkles — when it opens in Georgetown on […]

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Sound baths wash away stress, swell in popularity

WASHINGTON — Soaking in a warm bath at the end of a long day is one way to unwind and de-stress. But a growing number of Zen-seeking locals are swapping bubbles for bowls to experience a different kind of bath — a sound bath. Despite its name, sound baths do not require one to disrobe […]

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Dangers of childbirth: US sees ‘many deaths,’ even after baby arrives

In the U.S., new and expecting moms die at a rate that’s higher than other developed countries, and cases of close calls are on the rise. D.C. is among a handful of states with the highest maternal mortality rates. In our three-part special report, Dangers of Childbirth, WTOP looks into why. WASHINGTON — A woman’s […]

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Dangers of childbirth: Being black can be hazardous to moms’ health

In the U.S., new and expecting moms die at a rate that’s higher than other developed countries, and cases of close calls are on the rise. D.C. is among a handful of states with the highest maternal mortality rates. In our three-part special report, Dangers of Childbirth, WTOP looks into why. WASHINGTON — On Dec. […]

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The last straw: Local food market joins movement to ban plastic straws

WASHINGTON — A small grocery store in Rockville, Maryland, is hoping to make a big impact with its recent ban on plastic straws. Dawson’s Market, a community-focused natural foods store, made the move last month, joining a growing number of restaurants, companies and cities in an effort to reduce plastic pollution. “There are so many […]

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