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Sherry Moeller describes the ins-and-outs of remodeling spaces


Exploring the world of wine-openers


A bit of Iceland, theater and an escape to the West Coast

10 A trip to Space Camp for the astronaut in us all


Learn a bit of DC you may not know


Federally tax-free options for saving and investing


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An exhibit not to miss at the Hirschorn and Beckett at the Atlas Theater

What the buzz is around town


London’s fabulous rooftop bars

Upcoming events in June

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What the embassies are showcasing in the month of June


Celebrating the Rose

Nadia Subaran




Be sure not to miss next month’s magazine when we feature: The Great Barrier Reef in Destinations and the world of cheese in Details. The best Roman pizza spots will be the focus of Black Book while Women’s Stylist will pay close attention to beach wear…


Delectables to pair with a bit of rose - Halibut with fennel and orange, chipotle studded black bean quinoa salad and cold berry pie

42 DC REAL ESTATE DC Rising: Up, Up, and Away



John’s current inventory of spectacular properties in all price points.

The world of rugs and how to choose which is best for you

32 | WOMEN’S STYLIST Gingham is in!


Summer tech a go-go: traveling with technology


Separating whites from colors

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Luca Giovannini and Charles M. Tappan, Jr., form the team that creates our

Joaquin “Jocko” Fajardo, has been in the

mixology section. Luca discovered his passion for food and drink in his hometown in the

Capitol area for over 12 years. Jocko was educated

north of Italy. Charles is a founding member of Veneràte Group LLC. Elevating cocktail

at the London Cordon Bleu and The Culinary

culture through creativity, classical knowledge, craft dedication and teaching.

Institute of America. Working in the homes of celebrities, politicians, CEO’s and American

Kristina Messner is a writer and award-winning communications professional who works

elite, Jocko combines a flair for the creative in his

with clients in an array of technology markets, from emerging technology to consumer

cooking. “I live for fresh, delicious, colorful and

electronics, government IT, defense and homeland security.

hearty cooking.

Marc Schliefer has been in the financial planning business since 1978, when he joined

Equity Planning Institute, Inc. He became President of Equity Planning Institute, Inc. in 1996. With over 33 years of practicing financial planning, Marc has worked mainly on individual financial planning and counsels clients on all aspects of their financial life. Sherry Moeller, co-founder and principal of MoKi Media, was a previous editor in chief

of Capitol File magazine/Niche Media covering politicians, celebrities, fashion, travel, hospitality and lifestyle in Washington, DC and around the country. She now specializes in public relations for interior design, architecture and hospitality clients, among other luxury brands.

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David Brown became a pioneer of design in

some of DC and Virginia’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. As an executive with Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton & Valentino, he has been fortunate to travel extensively across the United States and Europe through his work. David’s eclectic style and appreciation for architecture is reflected in his work thanks to his unique cultural perspective gained through his travels.


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EDITOR ’S LET T E R Summer is my favorite time of the year… plentiful sunshine, longer days and warm evening breezes. It’s the time of the year to relax and enjoy Washington and all of its environs. School is out and barbeques are ablaze. It is a happy season, full of exciting family outings, al fresco dinners and splashing in neighborhood pools. With summer comes the promise of life a bit altered. The hectic pace of Washingtonians slows down a bit. Time is given to reading that novel sitting bedside, binge watching the latest show from last fall or flicking through those numerous magazines on the back terrace, at the beach or even while lolling in a hammock in the backyard. On that note, we are happy to announce that John Eric Home has been altered too! We have just finished a complete redesign of the magazine from cover to cover. Our goal for the new John Eric Home magazine was to make it easier to read, with shorter stories, enriched content and even more relevant information. I believe we have succeeded and I sincerely hope you enjoy the changes

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we’ve made and the new sections we have created. Of course, favorites such as “Foodie,” “Mixology,” “Home Trends,” “Tech” and “Money and Finances” have all stayed. But, we also have added fresh and hip sections like “Details,” “Culture,” “DC Fun Facts,” “The Buzz” and “Blackbook.” We truly are the most content rich real estate and lifestyle magazine in the Washington, DC region. So, please, sit back, relax and enjoy all the great offerings we have for you this and every month. And, from the staff at John Eric Home, we wish you a fun and happy summer.

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John Eric Publisher, Principal and Realtor

One of my Favorite things right now is Reyka Vodka … See what other things I love on page 13.

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For those of us who have wondered what it would be like to boost into Outer Space, Space Camp is the ideal adventure for both children and adults alike to experience this extraordinary feat. Located in Huntsville, Alabama, the program was launched in 1982 to inspire and motivate young people from around the country to become space pioneers and push the boundaries of human exploration. With the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as its home base, camps are available for fourth grade through high school aged students as well as adults, educators, corporate groups and families. A variety of programs both excite and enrich participants who take part in simulations and lectures on space activity. For young students, The Space Academy program is an exciting, five-night adventure. Trainees prepare to become the new generation of lunar explorers, with hands-on activities that place them in the role of spacecraft designers/mission controllers and astronauts. They experience simulated space missions, rocket launches and realistic astronaut simulators. Adults also have the opportunity to enjoy some educational fun.

The weekend program designed for non-students includes model rocket construction and launch (weather permitting), training on astronaut simulators (including the 1/6th gravity chair and MultiAxis Trainer), plus hands-on spaceflight history education amid one of the world’s largest spaceflight collections. Space is not the only frontier offered for exploration. At Robotics Camp, trainees work together to learn engineering and design of robotics on land, in the air and underwater. They are immersed in teamwork and leadership skills in a simulated business environment where winning proposal teams design and build robots. And, the Aviation ChallengeŽ MACH I is a fast-paced, military-style program that uses simulated, realistic combat scenarios. Trainees are immersed in flight while learning about the basics of the military lifestyle. For the future astronauts of America, and for adults who would like to experience what living in zero-gravity is like, a trip to Space Camp is a must. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For more information, visit


Corkscrew WHAT’S IN A

Electric Corkscrew

Waiter Corkscrew

A simple press of the button activates the device and removes corks quickly.

Waiter’s corkscrews are the standard tool of choice in restaurants and homes worldwide.

Legacy Corkscrew

A smooth-gliding, Teflon-coated worm removes corks (natural and synthetic) with a simple pull of the handle.

Air Pressure Corkscrew

Your thumb activates pressurized inert gas that slides the cork up and releases with a light pop.

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JOHN’S FAVO RIT E S Rekya Vodka…

A spectacular clean vodka from our Icelandic friends. If you love Vodka, you need to make this your choice. The Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage…

The Ritz has returned to the Palm Springs area. This amazing hotel perched on top of the hill gives you breathtaking views of the Coachella Valley. If there in one hotel to be visited this year, this is it. Fiola Mare

A reason to return to Washington Harbour. Fiola Mare is worth all the hype and the sea food is amazing. The place for a great cocktail and a bite to eat.

Studio Theater

Washington’s Jewel on 14th Street serves up a proactive and gripping play, “Cock”. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s a narrative for the times. So worth seeing. “The Shoe”

Suede loafers with silver buckle, $640, by Salvatore Ferragamo. Photographed by Edward Urrutia Hidden Treasure

Potomac Overlook Regional Park – The hidden jewel in North Arlington. This park offers the best in views, hiking, outdoor activities and minutes from DC. Photo by ellenjones6


Natural Fibers

Hit the Ground Running

As we welcome summer into our lives and home, it’s the perfect time to lighten up the inside of our tranquil living space. It is important to keep stimulating our senses and switch things up from time to time. Our challenge this season is to add visual interest and create an airy transitional space that welcomes the new season with open arms. There are so many ways to make these changes including painting, introducing brighter color linens and pillows, layering natural textures or simply by adding plants and flowers to the space. These small changes can make a big impact on a minimal budget. As trends revolve and color palettes evolve, your home becomes the canvas for you and your family. There are elements of your home that remain consistent and may be forgotten. The flooring in your dwelling is the one element that requires a commitment and rarely changes after you make the selection. It can be one of the most costly investments you introduce into any renovation budget and certainly not something you update or change for the season. As an avid renovator and nomad, I often find that I do not have a budget to replace flooring. It is also very important to me to try to preserve some of the most interesting characteristics that currently exist in the home. Refinishing wood floors, adding a dark stain, painting planks a high gloss black, glazing tumbled brick or unrolling a rug over some well-loved tiles are less expensive options but still require time and many times a professional. The floors of our home are what create a consistent flow through our space. The illusion of a larger home is created when the same flooring is used throughout. This is a wonderful tactic for creating space in a smaller environment but many times it is overlooked as a way to define specific spaces in the home. Conversation areas, dining room spaces, large great rooms and home offices all need to be defined and an area rug is the solution. Adding an area rug to these spaces can identify and create the ambience needed to establish the boundaries. This is the season for you to introduce natural fiber area rugs to your home. Roll up those heavy wool rugs and put them in storage until October. There are many options on the market today that can update your space and add a lighter natural element to your floors. Start small or go big and keep it neutral. These beautiful woven pieces of art can transform any space and

introduce a casual ease. Best used over hardwood flooring, tiles and brick, these textured beauties come in a variety of colors, sizes and woven patterns. You might have heard your friends refer to them as sisal or jute, but there are many types that are on the market today. The natural floor covering is available in custom sizes provided at designer showrooms such as Stark Carpet, on-line at Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn or across the street at Target and Ikea. The best thing about this rug option is that they are available in a variety of price points. The affordability of natural fiber area rugs allows the homeowner many choices and does not require a lifetime commitment. First, lets define a natural fiber. A natural fiber comes from plants or animals. Natural fiber rugs are woven from durable threads that range from sisal, seagrass, jute

and bamboo. They bring a modern organic look and neutral texture to any setting and are a natural choice for adding a casual look to classic living and family rooms, or a relaxed kickback feel to the weekend cottage. Each brings a human element to your home. And, each of these rugs is woven by hand into an interesting pattern by craftsmen with skills that have been handed down for generations. Sisal rugs are resistant to most stains and repel dust. It is the toughest of all natural fibers and works great in high-traffic areas. Sisal is made from the long pointed leaves of the Sisalana plant, which is native to Brazil, Mexico and parts of Africa. It actually absorbs the humidity on hot summer days, which helps to cool a room. The fibers are coarse so it is not ideal for small children or bare feet and it cannot be used

outdoors. Sisal’s exceptional durability is suitable for both residential and commercial use. However, after prolong use on a stairway, sisal will become slippery; therefore, avoid stairways. Seagrass is a fiber that is also strong and resistant to most spills and stains. Sea grass does not contain chemicals and toxins. This is a perfect option for allergy sufferers who want a beautiful natural rug. Seagrass rugs are very durable and usually have a latex backing. They have a lot of texture, which creates dimension to an interior. This type of rug is also excellent on an enclosed porch or entryway, as well as in your bedroom. Jute rugs originate in India and Bangladesh. These fibers come from the plant stalk instead of the leaves, so the fibers are softer than some other natural fiber rugs but less durable. Jute rugs more closely resemble wool than the other natural fibers. The natural color of jute is brown and it holds up well under low to medium traffic. Bamboo is fast-growing plant and can be harvested without killing the host plant. There are many benefits to owning a bamboo rug such as its natural fire resistance, durability and easy care. Bamboo rugs have felt backing to protect the floor from scratches. Easy care and vacuuming regularly will extend the life of your natural rug. Make certain you blot spills immediately with a clean, absorbent white cloth or spot clean with a dry extraction powder. Natural fibers are quite absorbent and can shrink and expand with changes in humidity. They are intended for indoor use only and are not recommended for use in damp or humid areas such as bathrooms. Make certain you keep them out of direct sunlight to help prevent fading. Rotate the rugs periodically to help reduce uneven wear. Lastly, make sure you use a rug pad under any non-backed fiber rug. If you chose to use the rug over carpeting a rug pad should also be used. Easily forgotten, the floors of our home deserve a little special update seasonally as well as it counterparts. This summer, explore, experiment and take a risk. Introduce a natural element rug to any space in your home and continue to bring the “outside inside.” The texture, casual elegance and neutral sophistication will add that seasonal summer element you are looking for to update any room or space in your home. John Eric Home



N a d i a S u b a ra n Senior Designer, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Aidan Design Education

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, NY Bachelor of Architecture Experience

Kitchen Guild/Senior Designer Hunterdon Design/Senior Designer Nadia has over 15 years of experience specializing in custom kitchen design and a great passion for design and client rapport. She serves as an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University and holds membership on Thermador’s Design Council.

For Nadia, “form always follows function’ and is her guiding inspiration in all her designs. A living space that reflects the character and lifestyle of each client, organized and balanced to achieve greatest efficiency and creativity, is her signature and that of her firm Aidan’s designs. When not working, Nadia enjoys her time creating with her two girls, meal planning with her husband, John and strategizing about how to make that next big trip.

CU LTU R E Gravity’s Edge

For anyone who has not yet been to the Hirschorn to see the Gravity’s Edge exhibition, only two weeks remain before it officially shuts on June 15. The installation is drawn from its collection and traces the exploration of the force of gravity as a factor in artistic production and the increasing attention paid to the edge as a perception of the artwork. Modernist works by Frankenthaler, Louis and Noland are paired with abstractions by Jenkins and Francis. Together, they are featured alongside contemporaneous sculptures by Lynda Benglis and Annie Truitt. In full totality, the works blend together to reveal how the artists used both gravity and edge as a means of challenging the spatial and perceptual limits of art and is an exhibition not to be missed. The Hirshorn Museum/Lower Level

Happy Days by Samuel Beckett

Featuring Helen Hayes Award® winner Nancy Robinette, Beckett’s play Happy Days springs to life at the Atlas Theater from June 7 – July 5. The classic digs in deep with dialogue that reveals the absurdity of the so-called daily grind. Winnie, played by Robinette, seeks to uncover meaning in her static, ordinary life. Beckett’s comedic tale is told with mirth and aplomb. The Atlas Theater

Hirshhorn Museum 700 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560 Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H St NE Washington, DC 20002

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Besides being avid gardeners, the homeowners collect modern art, which now fits perfectly on one wall of the new 14 ft. tall addition. Photos by Geoffrey Hodgdon for Wentworth, Inc.

How one couple transformed the back of their home into a



Many factors come into play when deciding whether or not to renovate. Will one’s lifestyle improve? Will the value of the home go up? How will the actual renovation process affect one’s daily routine, not to mention budget?

TAKING THE LEAP When making the final determination whether or not to renovate, it sometimes comes down to this: it’s just something a homeowner wants to do. On many levels, it improves one’s way of life. For example, as avid gardeners, a Maryland couple had invested many years in landscaping their terraced backyard but couldn’t enjoy views of the gardens due to the yard’s steep slope. The wooded homesite also inhibited sunlight from streaming into the home. Because the couple loved the contemporary style of their home and didn’t want to move, they decided to embark on a remodeling project. They hired Bruce Wentworth, AIA, president of Wentworth, Inc., so they could enjoy views of their gardens from the comfort of interior spaces. The first thing to go was a rarely used screened porch. In its place, Wentworth designed a 12 ½ x 18 ft. sunroom addition. To maximize views of the gardens, the design-build firm topped the glasswalled sunroom with a butterfly roof with a spring-line of 9 ft. and rising to a height of 14 ft. - sloping up to provide optimal sightlines. In addition, the sunroom required a custom structural steel post at the corner to meet local wind-bracing codes. IDENTIFYING ADDITIONAL NEEDS Because the new sunroom required heating and cooling, which the existing system could not accommodate, it was necessary to install a separate electric heat pump, sometimes called a min-split system, to heat and cool the new enclosed space. The through-the-wall unit was unobtrusively located above new custom bookcases with a small condenser outside, located behind

the new garden shed. It ensures the sunroom stays at a comfortable temperature all year-round. To further enhance the new sunroom’s function, the bookcases were designed and built to flank an existing masonry chimney, which is now concealed by drywall. A wall-mounted TV is situated between the bookcases. Clad in wood, the sunroom’s soaring ceiling mirrors the hardwood floor. In addition, rarely does a remodeling project impact just one room. In this case, it was important to the homeowners to also remodel the adjacent living room by installing 8’ tall windows to improve the natural light coming into the room as well as to expand the garden view. The project also required the owners to review the look and use of the overhead balcony accessible from the master bedroom. As a frequented space in good weather with its higher views of the gardens, the balcony had a pressure-treated wood railing that did not fit the aesthetic of the new upscale sunroom addition. So Wentworth installed a new stainless steel cable rail that complements the sunroom and allows the owners to continue to enjoy their second floor views. REAPING THE BENEFITS The sunroom now serves many purposes, including providing a quiet place to read, watch TV, and relax and enjoy the garden views across the flagstone terrace as well as up into the terraced hillside. The best garden views are looking to the back, which is east, and to the south along the patio. A steel corner post minimizes the structure’s walls with glass maximizing the views. The north-facing side of the sunroom, which has less natural light, became the perfect art wall as well as a shared wall for the new outside storage shed. John Eric Home


C A LEN DAR Future

June 8 at Fillmore Silver Spring This Atlanta rapper has been responsible for a stream of magic, either working with the high-octane likes of Drake and Rick Ross or enhancing their music with his vocal theatrics. His second album, Honest, was released in April, showing off Future’s knack for pairing off-kilter hooks with straightforward production. In early June, his Honest tour will visit the Fillmore Silver Spring. Future performs with Rico Love, Que, and Bando Jonez June 8 at 8 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $27.50. (301) 960-9999. Union BBQ

DC Jazz Festival

June 24-29 at various locations This year’s DC Jazz Festival lasts six days, June 24 to 29. The festival’s Riverfront showcase is expanding from one night to three, and from one act to five. Elsewhere, jazz is celebrated with fellow presenters CapitalBop, Atlas Performing Arts Center, East River Jazz—and Bohemian Caverns. The nightly headliners at the Hamilton feature Snarky Puppy, Helen Sung, Etienne Charles, and others. The D.C. Jazz Festival runs June 24 to 29 at various venues. $20–$80. (202) 457-7628. Smithsonian Folklife Festival

June 25-29 and July 2-6 on the National Mall Musicians, artists, chefs and craftspeople will gather once again on the National Mall to celebrate America. This year’s cultural programs include operatic performers from China and Kenyan Olympian highlights. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival runs June 25 to 29 and July 2 to 6 on the National Mall. Free. (202) 6336440.

June 14 at Union Market This event is not just about food. From noon to midnight, two stages will host an impressive lineup of musical talent. U Hall’s enduring Moombahton Massive crew will be there as will Kaytranada, a slicer and dicer of soul standards and Viceroy, a maker of sun-soaked disco fit for the poolside. The headliner is Jamie xx. The inaugural Union BBQ begins June 14 at noon at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. $40. (800) 680-9095.








The Forest Glen Metro station is 21 stories deep. So deep, that an escalator link to the mezzanine could not be built. Instead, a bank of six elevators provides the only exit from the platform level.

The Capitol building still maintains old marble bathtubs in the basement that senators used to take baths in.

More wine is consumed per person in Washington, DC, than any state in the United States.

As of 2013, the White House features 6 levels, 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.

Surprisingly, the MLK Memorial was made in China. Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin was in charge of the project and made King’s image out of 159 pieces of pink Chinese granite.

When it was completed in 1884, the Washington Monument was the tallest structure in the world. It was soon passed by the Eiffel Tower; numerous other buildings have eclipsed it since then.


June: The birth flower of June is the Rose. Although the rose is found in many colors, the vibrancy of the bright red rose best embodies how June gives rise to the heat and excitement of summer. Representing June this month is a series of refreshing red drinks, which translate the colors and flavors of the Rose.

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Sweet Langusta glassware:

Wine Glass

A Diplomatic Explanation glassware:

Tulip Glass



1.5 oz vodka 3 oz. strawberry puree 1 oz. Cocchi Americano 1/8 oz. lemon juice 2 dashes cherry bitters club soda garnish: Lemon Peel

2 oz. Diplomatic Rum 1.5 oz. Leblon Cachaca 1.5 oz. Ginger Liqueur 2.5 oz passion fruit juice .75 oz. Grenadine .25 oz. lime juice ½ cup crushed Ice ½ tsp ground white pepper garnish: cherries and lime peel

Combine ingredients into a shaker and shake to a 13 count. Pour the mixture over ice, and top with club soda. Garnish, serve and enjoy! directions:

Let’s celebrate life on land with a toast, of a refreshing cocktail named after the Langusta (aka. Lobster). Vodka brings lightness. The filtered grain alcohol, with no heavy congeners, makes a perfect base. On top of the vodka, a floral and slightly bitter Italian white wine aperitif is added and the body of the cocktail, strawberry puree, comes in to play. A touch of bitter cherry and sour citrus bring a little balance to the sweetness of the puree; the club soda brings some effervescent texture that makes the drink sparkle like a true spritzer should. The Sweet Langusta should mimic the real Langusta — vibrant red colors with elegant sweet flavors that balance a June day.

Combine ingredients into a blender. Blend and pour into a Tulip glass. Garnish, Serve and Enjoy! directions:


June is hot, vibrant and spicy, teaming with energy in response to the summer weather. Boldness is required in order to be able to stand ground, yet at the same time, a little light refreshment, some comforting sweetness, and a little pepper intrigue is required to be able to set a relaxing and promising situation. A Hurricane style cocktail meets these needs perfectly. Story:

Cosmopolitan glassware:

chilled Martini glass


1.5 oz. Absolut Citron 1 oz. Cointreau .5 oz. fresh lime juice .5 oz. cranberry juice garnish: orange twist Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish, serve and enjoy! directions:

Probably the most famous “Modern Classic” of the last 30 years, the Cosmopolitan is loved by many. A delightful balance of sweet and tart flavors mimics the vibe of a Saturday morning, one without work and without worry. The Cointreau and vodka bring elegance and vibrant orange floral notes as affectionate as the weather and a proper setting. This is the true essence of the Cosmopolitan and its potential for grandness, and what makes it a true June classic. Story:

*Recipe courtesy of Kyle Ford-Remy Cointreau Brand Ambassador

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Summer commands time to relax.

How better than with a delicious glass of rose wine? Whether you call it rose, rosato, or rosado, it’s summer’s most refreshing wine. There are two ways to make a rose. Saignee (sen-YAY, or “bled”) is the practice of “bleeding off” lightly tinted juice after a brief maceration with the grapes. Since wine’s color comes from the skins, the longer you “steep” the grape, the darker and more tannic the rose gets. The second (and usually less respected) way is to simply blend white wine with red to make pink. Calling wine “food-friendly” is an annoying cliché (it’s sort of like calling ketchup “burger-friendly”), but in the case of rosé, it’s not totally wrong. These wines are versatile because they fall in between the extremes of red and white — less intense than a big, tannic, mouth-busting red, but with more depth than a super-light white. That happy-medium flavor profile (and the fact that different varietals span a broad spectrum from bright and zippy to darker and meatier) means you can almost always find one that plays nice with what you’re eating — fish, veggies, chicken, grilled steak, potato chips, or even chocolate chip cookies, you name it. Just make sure you give it time to chill before drinking (like you would with a white wine). In this month’s Foodie, several options are offered to pair with your rose wine experience. Crisp snap peas with pancetta offer a bold complement to a rose’s citrusy bouquet. To further enhance the citrus notes, I offer a simple halibut with fennel and orange. The zesty chipotle-studded black bean quinoa salad rounds out this meal. And to close, what could be better than a cold slice of berry pie and a sparkling rose? Any way you choose, pair a rose any day this summer…and relax!

Snow Pea and Prosciutto Salad with Pecorino

Seared Halibut with Fennel and Orange

1 pound snow peas—strings removed, peas sliced on the diagonal 1/4 inch thick 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 6 ounces prosciutto, torn into strips 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil (see Note) Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/2 cup mint leaves, torn 2 ounces shaved Pecorino Sardo cheese

4 (6-ounce) halibut fillets 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 1/4 cups shaved fennel bulb (about 1/2 bulb) 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped orange sections (about 2 oranges) 1 tablespoon chopped fennel fronds

Soak the snow peas in ice water for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the prosciutto strips and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain the snow peas and pat dry. In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil with the lemon juice and lemon oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the snow peas, pancetta, onion and half of the mint and season with salt and pepper; toss well. Garnish with the remaining mint, shave the pecorino on top and serve.

Sprinkle fish with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan and cook 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Combine fennel, orange, fennel frond, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; toss gently. Serve with fish.

Summer Berry Pie with Ginger and Orange CRUST Whisk flour, sugar, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2 tablespoons ice water and stir with fork until mixture is evenly moistened, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if mixture is dry. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap dough in plastic and chill at least 1 hour. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled. Soften dough slightly at room temperature before rolling out.)

Black Bean and Quinoa Salad 12 salt 1 3 1 1 1 1/4 6 1 1 1/4

ounces dried black beans, picked over and rinsed cup quinoa, rinsed tablespoons sherry vinegar tablespoon soy sauce tablespoon fresh lime juice chipotle in adobo, minced cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced small red onion, finely diced yellow bell pepper, finely diced cup chopped cilantro

In a large saucepan, cover the beans with cold water and bring to a boil. Cover and let stand off the heat for 1 hour. Drain the beans. Return them to the pot and cover with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat until tender, about 1 hour and 30 minutes; season generously with salt during the last 10 minutes. Drain and let cool. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Cover the saucepan and simmer the quinoa over low heat until the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Spread the quinoa on a plate and let cool. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice and chipotle. Add the olive oil in a thin stream, whisking until blended. Add the black beans, quinoa, scallions, red onion, yellow pepper and cilantro. Season with salt, toss to combine and serve.

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STREUSEL TOPPING Blend flour, sugar, crystallized ginger, orange peel, and salt in processor. Add butter; using on/off turns, blend until coarse crumbs form. Blend in milk (mixture will resemble moist coarse crumbs). Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Stir in almonds. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400째F. Place rimmed baking sheet in bottom of oven to catch any possible spills from pie. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Turn pie crust edge under, forming high-standing rim extending 1/4 inch above sides of pie dish; crimp edge decoratively. Freeze crust while making filling. FILLING Gently toss blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, 1/2 cup sugar, and lemon juice in large bowl. Let stand 10 minutes. Mix cornstarch and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in small bowl. Add to berry mixture and toss gently to coat. Transfer berry mixture to crust, mounding slightly in center. Bake 30 minutes. Remove pie from oven and reduce oven temperature to 375째F. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over berry pie filling. Return pie to oven and bake until crust is golden brown and berry juices are bubbling thickly, about 40 minutes. Transfer pie to rack and cool completely.

CRUST 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 2 tablespoons (or more) ice water STREUSEL TOPPING 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 t ablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 1 tablespoon whole milk 1 cup sliced almonds FILLING 3 cups fresh blueberries (17 ounces) 2 cups fresh raspberries (9 to 10 ounces) 1 cup fresh blackberries (5 to 6 ounces) 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons cornstarch


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Tech a-Go-Go

Rugged, waterproof, and frankly, darn cute, this new rechargeable little boombox is perfect for poolside and will help keep you jamming all summer long. Operates via Bluetooth from 30 feet and two speakers will keep the music going for up to nine hours on one charge. $149. Image courtesy

Ahh, summer! The sun has arrived and everything is heating up and it’s time to take off for your favorite pool, lake or beach. That’s all totally fantastic, for everything except your electronics. Smart phones, small portable speakers and other helpful gadgets that are great to pack when you’re heading out for various adventures often easily overheat when exposed to sun or short circuit when wet. Here are some of the hottest new solutions for keeping your summer party on the go-go.

Turtle Shell Boombox.

of Outdoor Tech

Suit Up and Zip It.

There’s a bunch of ways to get the right protective gear in place for the season. One of the most popular has a name that will even make you feel a little super hero-ish. The Optrix iPhone Adventure Suit ($130) for your iPhone will protect your phone from heat, dirt, water and thermonuclear blasts – no just kidding, probably not that last one, but think Iron Man suit for your iPhone. As a bonus, its built-in wide-angle lens turns your device into an action-cam, so you’ll be totally powered up to snag memory shots from all your travels. If you love your current phone cover or need a way to protect other devices from splashy summer fumbles, snag a DryCase Waterproof Bag (various sizes, start at $39.99). This is a thick, see-through, waterproof contraption that looks worthy of a NASA voyage. With it, because of its unique vacuum-sealed feature, you’ll be able to keep your small devices protected from water up to 100 feet, as well as clean from dirt, sand or even, a pitcher of margaritas perhaps? And no need to break the seal to use your device, because the bag has a way to let you access controls and ports while still in the bag.

Not only is this Bluetooth-compatible portable speaker waterproof, dirt-proof and shockproof, you can actually let it float in the pool right next to your bubble lounger. So while you tan and sip on your favorite bevie, you can drag your music around the pool behind your wake. Also has a built in speakerphone for any calls you want to make. Gets you 10 hours of audio on a single charge. ($129.99) Image courtesy of EcoXGear EcoXBT.

So, go grab your gadget and run into that sprinkler. Have a happy and safe start to summer!

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Guess what gals? Gingham is in! This summer expect to see the plaids in a wide variety of styles and woven into fabrics which span the spectrum. From cuffed denim shorts to the traditional gingham dress, fashionistas will be awash in the print that has always been a favorite of the American woman.

GINGHAM For fun, Caravan has introduced an A-line this season that has not only flounce but provides a bit of flair. Sperry has introduced a line of short shorts that feature the print and Rag and Bone is promoting their gingham style through a plains fashioned check shirt. The color spectrum for the reliable threads of yore range from a rainbow of blues to reds to greens and yellows. So, for the summer, check out the checked pattern. It’s making a strong comeback.


& WHITES Gentleman, it is time to separate your whites from your colors – and – we are not talking about doing so for a quick washing machine cycle. This summer, white is a hot color in men’s fashion. Expect to see the monochrome in shoes, trousers, jeans and shirts. Although it takes a boatload of confidence to wear a pair of white jeans or trousers – that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it. Just make sure that the fit is perfect. That they are slim through the leg and hemmed with very little break. When you find the right pair wear them with pride. You will look like a million bucks.

After the fit is mastered, go wild and experiment in a variety of hues for your top half – t-shirts, polo shirts, dress shirts. White is a non-compete. Feel free to wear the colors or patterns that you normally shy away from because they match nothing else in your wardrobe. They will always match white. To up the white ante, Peale is promoting a great pair of white spectators to keep you chic in footwear. But, don’t forget – when wearing white shoes, make sure that you don white socks – or preferably, no socks, or at least a pair not seen, with them too.



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TAX FREE Concepts

Last month we explored tax deferred strategies, this month we will examine tax free strategies for savings and investing. The main distinction is that funds that are invested in tax free strategies will come out with no taxation while the tax deferred strategies ultimately come out and you wind up paying taxes on the compound effect of the accumulated funds. Several tax free strategies are Roth IRA accounts and Roth 401K accounts. Certain Municipal bonds may be tax free. State and local taxes may apply and interest may be subject to alternative minimum tax. Roth IRA accounts are invested with after tax dollars and as long as the funds are invested for 5 years and you are age 59 ½ or older they come out tax free. There are income limits on Roth IRA accounts. For 2014 if you are a single taxpayer and your income is over $114,000 your ability to contribute to a Roth IRA starts getting phased out, once your income goes over $129,000 for 2014 your ability to contribute to a Roth IRA is not allowed. If you are married the phase out starts at $181,000 and the contribution is not allowed once your joint income exceeds $191,000. If your income is too high to contribute to a Roth IRA there are several options to help you contribute to a Roth IRA. You can convert part of a Regular IRA to a Roth IRA. The income limits on conversions were taken off in 2010. You will have to pay tax on the amount converted if the IRA was a deductible IRA. You ideally want to do this in a year when you have additional

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deductions to offset the extra taxes. If you have a nondeductible IRA you will pay tax on the pro rata percentage of the gain over your cost basis in the nondeductible plan. I would talk to your tax professional prior to doing this to make sure that there are no tax surprises that proper planning can detect before it becomes a problem. Traditional IRA account owners should consider the tax ramifications, age and income restrictions in regards to executing a conversion from a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. Another type of Roth account Is a Roth 401K plan. The benefit of this is that the money comes out of the Roth IRA tax free; the downside of the plan is that your income from contributions is not tax deferred. You may have less deductions now, and less taxable income later. The benefit of less taxable income in retirement is a desired benefit for most people. Medicare premiums are based on income. If your income is less since the Roth income is tax free, that keeps your Medicare premiums down after age 65. In addition there is not any Required Minimum Distribution like there is in a regular IRA or 401K. Which means that you do not have to take distributions if you do not need to. You also can leave the benefit to your heirs and they do not have to pay income tax on the funds that they withdraw like they would in an IRA or 401K plan. There may still be estate or inheritance tax depending on the size of your estate, but there will not be any income tax. It is a good vehicle to use to accumulate and to leave to your heirs. Another type of tax free asset is Municipal Bonds. These bonds are issued by states, counties and other local governments. They are used to pay for roads, utilities, stadiums and other projects that typically generate revenue that pays the interest on these bonds. If you purchase a bond in the state that you live in, the income generated is usually tax free for state and federal income tax. If you purchase a bond in another state other than the state that you live in, the income is tax free for federal tax only. Some municipal bonds are subject to Alternative Minimum Taxes. You need to check with your tax advisor to see how that will impact your taxes.

interest rate on your bond, the bond will most likely drop in value due to this. You want to look at the yield to maturity to see if it would be worth purchasing a municipal bond in this current environment. The other thing that you need to be aware of is credit risk. Some states and municipalities are not in great financial shape. Some states, like Michigan, which is in bankruptcy, may wind up having some of their municipal bonds default. You want to check the credit risk and ratings of the issuing state or municipality. I would recommend being very careful in using this strategy in this current market environment. In my opinion, now may not be the right time to lock in long term bond rates when rates are most likely to be rising soon. Next month we will look at tax deductible strategies. We will explore different types of plans that allow you to get income tax deductions. If you have any questions on this topic feel free to email me at . The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through US Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. US Financial Advisors and Equity Planning are separate entities from LPL Financial.

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The Financial Times has reported that Apple is going to be sailing into the world of smart home technology. Apple is readying a new software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances, as part of a move into the “internet of things”. The new platform would be built into the iPhone as opposed to being spread over a variety of different apps. From the estate of the late philanthropist, Paul Mellon, the National Gallery of Art received a bequest of 62 rare paintings and sketches. They include artists like Vincent van Gogh, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, and Georges Seurat. Although Mellon died in 1999, his wife Rachel Lambert Mellon cared for the works until her death on March 17.

The Sydell Group, developers of the Ace Hotel and the NoMad, are bringing their newest concept, The Line, to Washington with an estimated opening in 2016. The site will be at 1780 Columbia Road in Adams Morgan and will utilize an existing church while constructing another connected building. The property will house 220 guest rooms. The Line’s first hotel, which is in Los Angeles, opened in January. British based restaurant group, Carluccio’s, announced that its first US location is slated for Alexandria, Virginia, with the intent of opening an additional space in Washington in the future. The Alexandria location will cater to an upscale suburban clientele, while urban and shopping mall locations are in the works. Carluccio’s, named for founders Antonio and Priscilla Carluccio, combines a market selling imported Italian products from small, family producers with a full-service restaurant and cafe. Antonio Carluccio is a noted television personality and cookbook author in the U.K.

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According to the American College of Sports Medicine, DC is the fittest city in the United States. Lower death rates, ample parks and a healthy appetite for fruits and vegetables are just some of the factors that vaulted the nation’s capital to the top of the list. Washington knocked Minneapolis-St. Paul off of its threeyear winning streak. Oklahoma City, Louisville, and Memphis rounded out the bottom of the list.


Washingtonians love London. We travel to this imperial city for both work and for play. If you are looking for a great site to enjoy a party-like atmosphere -- or, for a great location to host your own event -check out these hot rooftop spaces…

Dalston Roof Park

The Roof Gardens

This charming pop-up roof garden springs into action for the summer. It often hosts events organized by London promoters. However, with solar panels in view and astroturf under foot, the Roof Park is in swing all season. Print House, 18 Ashwin St, E8 3DL

London’s only members’ club features three plush, themed gardens spread over 1.5 acres. The venue also holds events open to non-members, so that everyone can enjoy the lush space. Themed events (like a Mad Hatter’s tea party) are seasonal favorites. 99 Kensington High St, W8 5SA

Rockwell House

South Place Hotel

This vast Shoreditch rooftop space (3,000 square feet) is perfect for big parties with big-time views across The City and east London. It’s frequented by cool clientele and by equally cool DJ’s. 10-14 Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN

After coming into its own last year, this high-end City hotel has established itself as one of the best rooftop party places in London. The highlight of their roof season is Edinburgh crew Notsosilent’s series of parties. 3, South Place, EC2M 2AF

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Embassy of France La Fête de la Musique

On Friday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m., La Maison Française at the Embassy of France opens its doors to Washingtonians for La Fête de la Musique. This free event will be dedicated to live music, with performances by Washington’s Origem, presenting a mix of Brazilian, jazz, funk and rock, and Cheick Hamala Diabate, a historian and performer who will take us on a cultural journey with his magical West African songs.

Simultaneously around the world on June 21st, the Fête de la Musique will be presented on five continents, 110 countries and over 430 cities. We look forward to welcoming the public to the Embassy of France’s La Maison Francaise for a festive three hours of music and dance!

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Embassy of Sweden Sweden on the Road on the West Coast, June 5-10

As part of this year’s public diplomacy theme ‘Going Glocal’, Sweden is putting its own distinctive spin on the classically American experience of a road trip with the project “Sweden on the Road.” It is an opportunity for Swedes and Americans to interact with the expertise and perspectives which have evolved out of very different cultural traditions.

On the West Coast, “Sweden on the Road” is traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles placing a spotlight on Swedish advances within video game development, film, and technological innovation. San Francisco’s Town Hall will fly the Swedish flag in conjunction with Sweden’s National Day. Representatives of Sweden’s gaming industry will also meet with top Silicon Valley talent before hosting a half day presentation in LA in conjunction with the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Convention. Bus passengers include Sweden’s Ambassador, Swedish video game gurus, and Swedish food.

Embassy of Australia Sequester Exhibit

Sequester presents six Australian contemporary artists currently working out of New York City and London: Simone Douglas, Patrick Foster & Jen Berean, Matthew Griffin, Christopher Hanrahan and Rob McLeish. Like a science experiment, these artists have been selected based upon an empirical set of rules. The artists all live and work outside of Australia and they have all in varying degrees worked as educators. In building upon these basic facts, the exhibition aligns the reductive tendencies of each artist’s practice - this manifesting itself aesthetically or conceptually in their various approaches to art making. In an act of sequestering each artist, each artist has adopted a system of constraint to structure their experiments. The external material fed into these systems is drawn from the world around them. This manifests as an engagement with the landscape in the work of Simone Douglas and a wry approach to media in Matthew Griffin’s work. Pat Foster & Jen Berean establish a strict set of rules for an engagement with wider society though a critical approach to architecture and design, while Rob McLeish and Christopher Hanrahan question our perceptual and material understanding through transformations and process. Through the collation of these artists and the juxtaposition of their methods, Sequester demonstrates the ability of artists to examine and elucidate the vast complexities of lived experience with a remarkable economy of means. Exhibit Runs through June 6 Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10.00am2.00pm



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The DC Regions is growing up!

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The Washington, DC Metropolitan Region building boom continues. And, unless you’ve been asleep, it’s hard to miss all the building cranes dotting the skyline in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Tysons and so many other areas. DC has suffered from the same problem that Los Angeles suffered from early on, the city grew out before it grew up. So first off, let me come clean, I’m a skyscraper fan, always have been and always will be. So, living in DC gives me a height complex. Whether you like it or not, change is coming and I for one, couldn’t be happier. Our area has some amazing architecture in the classic buildings that shape and form our city. However, most of K Street and other business corridors in DC have always suffered from boring buildings and big boxy structures.

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I’ve never understood why world capitals that are considerably older than DC, like London, Paris, Berlin, and Beijing, can welcome and embrace change and we can’t. These cities struggle with population density issues just like us and the look for the best ways to maximize density. These cities are not afraid to mix the old with the new to create dynamic structures that live right next door to hundred year old ones. London welcomed the tallest building in the Europe Union in 2012 with The Shard. The Shard stands an impressive 87 stories and doesn’t compete with the skyline of London, it enhances it. I visited The Shard last October and WOW! It is truly stunning and has fostered a new building boom in London. So, while we don’t have buildings that tall yet, we are about to see an explosion of ever increasing tall buildings in our area.

It’s nice to see our area and the regional governments embrace DC’s ability to grow up. Here are few of the buildings coming to our region:

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. The Shard

Capital One Tower Tysons Corner | Mclean

Height: 470 Feet | 26 Floors Status: Approved 1812 North Moore Street Rosslyn | North Arlington

Height: 390 Feet | 35 Floors Status: Completed Ranking: The current tallest building in Metropolitan Washington, DC Central Place Residential Tower Rosslyn | North Arlington

Height: 470 Feet | 31 Floors Status: Construction Started | Completion of Phase 1 -2017 Development will include a 35 Floor Office Tower 1812 North Moore Street Photo Provided by Monday Properties

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1839 North Herndon Arlington, Virginia OFFERED AT $2,595,000

Built by BCN Homes for its exacting owner in 2007, this stately Colonial brings the best of the best to this historic community. Starting with a classic center hall floor plan on four levels, the approximately 6,400-square-foot home is upgraded and customized both inside and out. From the Crestron full home Audio/ Video System spanning 14 rooms to the custom wainscoting and built-ins the residence offers top-of-the-line finishes around every turn.

• 6BR/5.5BA • 6,400 sq ft • Custom Commercial Grade Kitchen • Full home Audio/Video System • Hidden HD Projector TV with 100-Inch Dropdown Screen • Study with Floor-to-Ceiling Built-Ins

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1201 N NASH STREET, #PH 2 Arlington, Virginia OFFERED AT $1,399,000

This pristine condo combines classical finishes with modern conveniences in an open floor plan with many custom upgrades. The spacious, top floor unit faces east and is filled with light in the day and has mesmerizing, sparkling city views at night. Generous room sizes, high ceilings, wide crown molding, marble and hardwood floors throughout, built-in sound system, spacious closets as well as the many building amenities provide comfortable living. Call today for a private showing. • 3BR/2.5BA • Expansive Living Room • Breathtaking Views • Gourmet Kitchen • Two Garage Spaces • Balcony/Terrace

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824 Skipjack Road

Welcome to the Seanile Estate! This stunning custom built, Cape style home with gorgeous stone accents is set in the sought-after community of Kinsale, Virginia. The Seanile Estate was specifically designed to take full advantage of its prime location with direct water access and views of the peninsula while keeping with the tradition, casual elegance and exceptional charm of this small, friendly, beach town located on Virginia’s scenic, celebrated and picturesque Northern Neck.

OFFERED AT $1,395,000

• Luxury Waterfront • 180 Degree Water Views • Boat House and Dock

Kinsale, Virginia

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