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At DC magazine, we don’t quite agree with Kate Moss that “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” And we were certain that plenty of Washingtonians agreed. So we asked a few of our favorite bon vivants and food lovers a simple question: What truly does taste better than thin?
“Warm sourdough bread.” –WILL THOMAS, Fox 5 News anchor
“Poached salmon, fresh mango and a bottle of Sonoma-Cutrer “Les Pierres” chardonnay” –ASHLEY ALLEN, partner, Endeavor Group
Prizefighters Clear the runway! A flight of DC musical talents are booking tickets to L.A. this month for the 52nd-annual Grammys on January 31. We all know the Beltway is a hotbed for alt rock these days, but the quieter cliques are gaining acclaim this season. Milkshake brings all the kids to the yard with the Baltimore-based band’s hip tyke-friendly Great Day, nominated for Best Musical Album for Children. Wolf Trap Opera Company grabs a nom nod for Best Opera Recording with composer John Musto’s and librettist Mark Campbell’s mod opera of Ben Jonson’s 17th-century comedic play Volpone. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hopes to garner Grammy glitz in the Best Classical Album category for its recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, conducted by Marin Alsop, who also conducted the recording of Jennifer Higdon’s “Percussion Concerto,” separately up for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. –Melissa A. Howsam
“�ree chicken tostadas con aguacate, tomales and a Diet Coke.” –PATTI SOLIS DOYLE, president, Solis Strategies
SOUND MEASURES The cool older kids of Milkshake, a Baltimore-based band for tots, are up for a Grammy this month. Marin Alsop, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is a classic double-threat when it comes to claiming top musical prizes.
“Häagen-Dazs coﬀee ice cream.” –BOBBIE GREENE MCCARTHY, director, Save America’s Treasures at the National Trust for Historic Preservation
“Cheesecake from Something Sweet DC, near the National Cathedral.” –TRACY BERNSTEIN, board of directors, Sasha Bruce House
Games High Rollers Play Skeeball is simply the perfect bar sport. �ere’s a low psychological barrier to entry—those dart and pool sharks are just so intimidating!—and you can play while holding a bottle of Miller High Life in one hand. Don’t think the bars haven’t noticed. Both the H Street Country Club in Northeast and Continental in Rosslyn began running skeeball tournaments last fall. On January 7, H Street will host its league championship roll-oﬀ. “We’ve had a lot of interest, and the players are hungry for more,” says H Street Skeeball “Commissioner” Ricardo Vergara, who says that 24 teams took part in the inaugural season. �e two bars are now joining forces under the auspices of the newly formed United Skeeball League and will launch season two this month at H Street. “Skeeball is the new kickball,” says Robert Albrecht, the league’s founder. One-handed kickball, perhaps. Register online at unitedskeeball.com. –Janelle Nanos