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Join us as we kick back in Saint Lucia – the hidden gem of the Caribbean.

The wonderful, new trend of using faux wood tiling throughout the home.

Creating a wine cellar with mid-century and modern flair.

A wonderful mix of cocktails featuring French 75 – the trendiest cocktail of the season.







Image from Design with a Passion, Page 22 Photos by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.


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12 | DETAILS Luggage scales to inform the traveler. 13 | JOHN’S FAVORITES Soul Cycle DC, Citizen Burger Bar and Smathers & Branson are a few of this month’s highlights 16 | KIDS CORNER Highlighting where tweens would like to travel this summer. 18 | DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Shining the light on Solis Betancourt & Sherrill.


19 | CULTURE Celebrating great Irish dramatists and nature’s best photography. 20 | DESIGN NEWS Boffi Georgetown offers the latest in accessories to beautify your bath. 26 | CALENDAR Upcoming events in Washington D.C. 27 | DC FUN FACTS The Washington Dulles International Airport edition.

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30 | FOODIE Delicious recipes from Chef Jocko for chicken chili, roasted Char with fennel salad and spicy orange hazelnut bark. 32 | HEALTH & WELLNESS Blow away the winter cobwebs and blues. 34 | STYLIST Products to look your best while traveling. 36 | MONEY & FINANCE 5 Year- End Financial Planning Strategies That You Should be Considering Throughout 2016 38 | REAL ESTATE John Eric’s real estate highlights


40 | BUZZ The news that all of Washington is talking about. 41 | DIPLOMACY Costa Rican dinners, Russian poetry and Japanese film screenings in the District. 42 | BLACK BOOK Among the best chocolatiers in the world are…

IN EVERY ISSUE 8 | CONTRIBUTORS 9 | LETTER FROM JOHN Cover: Photos by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.



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CONTRIBUTORS CHARLES M. TAPPAN, JR. Before joining Republic National Distributing Company LLC, Charles worked in finance, as a broker on Wall Street and as an equity trader. He decided to make the leap into the Hospitality industry in 2011 while looking for the fountain of youth, and since then he has worked as a bartender at some of the best hotels and restaurants in Washington, DC, including Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt and the Jose Andreas Think Food Group. Not only is he a member of the US Bartender’s Guild and DC Craft Guild, but he is highly decorated in the mixology community. 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. JOAQUIN “JOCKO” FAJARDO has been in the Capitol area for over 12 years. Jocko was educated at the London Cordon Bleu and The Culinary Institute of America. Working in the homes of celebrities, politicians, CEO’s and American elite, Jocko combines a flair for the creative in his cooking. “I live for fresh, delicious, colorful and hearty cooking.



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.


DR. TATIANA H. IRVIN is a natural “energy intuitive” and Holistic Life Coach serving her clients in private practice for over 20 years, utilizing empowering and reflective coaching techniques, foundational wellness principles and Energy Balancing tools at Nurturing Hands and Dr. Tatiana Irvin Coaching, LLC. Tatiana holds a Masters Degree in Metaphysical Science, Energy Leadership certification from iPEC, Medical Intuitive Certification and various supporting certificates in energy and health balancing modalities. She has a PhD in Philosophy focusing on Holistic Life Coaching and is authoring a book addressing the more profound aspects and stories of her work. Tatiana is a public speaker, teacher of Energy Leadership workshops and founder of the holistic professionals network, Heal the Healer.

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JEANINE FINELLI is a 2008 graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is the founder of Love Yourself to Health, and has a background in the pharmaceutical industry, which includes Sales and Marketing, and Assistant Project Management. She is an Executive Health Coach, a Speaker, and the published author of Love Yourself to Health...with Gusto –Toxic relationships, Toxic food, Toxic thoughts…no more! PATRICK LOPEZ is ten years old and a native of Montgomery County, Maryland. Each issue he shares with our readers what “Tweens” are interested in and gives our readers an insight into how they think. From gifts they may be interested in, to vacations they might want to take to foods they like to eat, Lopez has his finger on the pulse of the younger generation.



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A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! Now that the holidays are over and the last of the champagne bottles have been emptied, winter is officially upon us. (Although, you wouldn’t know it by the weather these days.) This seasonal change is accompanied by a bit of boredom, unpredictable and challenging weather and the longing for spring. It’s also time to open the pages of John Eric Home and indulge! With the new year, many of our readers consider home renovations. If you’re planning on tackling your own update, don’t miss our cover story on how to build the perfect wine cellar and the fantastic piece in “Home Trends” on how to discern ultimate tile selections. In this issue, we also focus on travel. We lead off with a sunny and tropical clime, that of Saint Lucia, which is featured in our “Destinations” piece. We also help you prepare for other locales too. Our “Details” section offers different choices in scales to weigh your luggage, “Kid’s Corner” offers up vacations that the T’ween set is interested in traveling to and “Stylist” highlights must-have cosmetics and accessories to keep you looking your best after hours in transit. Of course, our “Mixology” and “Foodie” sections always offer readers delicious recipes, while our “Calendar”, “Buzz” and “Diplomacy” sections share all that is going on about town. Wherever your mood takes you – across the world or to the local hardware shop down the street – this issue will be a keeper. We’ve tried to pack in as much useful information and interesting articles as possible so that you will not only be informed, but also entertained. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our readers. We have seen tremendous growth over the years at John Eric Home and appreciate the time, support and page views! We look forward to a continuation as we strive to make the magazine better with each issue. To all, I wish a very safe, prosperous and Happy New Year! Enjoy,

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Saint Lucia Destinations


Being embedded in cold nights and snowy days, what sounds better than a weekend

getaway to Saint Lucia? Warm sand beaches. Beautiful blue skies. Crystal clear waters. Just thinking of this island warms us up a bit. So,

get ready to take off and explore this charming island nation in this month’s “Destinations”.



Saint Lucia stands apart from the rest of the Caribbean islands thanks to its varied landscape and diverse culture and cuisine: a cuisine which is an amazing amalgamation of African, Indian, Caribbean, British, Spanish and French influences. Visitors can explore everything from the Piton Mountains and the rainforest to the Sulphur Springs of Soufriere and the Caribbean coral reef on this 238 squaremile island in paradise. Sea and sun naturally play a large role in this island’s appeal. It’s why so many people travel here time and time again. Lounging under a thatched hut with an exotic cocktail in hand while taking in the legendary views that Saint Lucia offers is reason enough to visit. But, the beauty of Saint Lucia also provides the perfect backdrop for adventure. There are mountains to climb, forests to explore and underwater worlds to discover. The ancients revered Saint Lucia -- Ioüanalao or Hewanorra, as it was called -- and fought to preserve it. Visitors can explore its local waters by kiteboarding in the morning and embarking on afternoon cruises or, by snorkeling and turtle watching all day long. Outfits like Mystic Man Tours and Sea Spray Cruises can provide delightful itineraries. There are various ways to tour the island as well. Take a horseback ride on the beach as the sun sets or ride along the island’s dirt paths and roads on bicycles. For those more adventurous, scenic helicopter excursions are an exciting way to see the island, as is zip lining through its treetops. Of course, the primary reason that visitors come to Saint Lucia is to relax and enjoy the island vibe. Wherever you go, colors will mesmerize you. Vistas will astound you. And, the tropical air will caress you. You’ll find all of your senses working overtime on Saint Lucia!

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BALANZZA Prevent additional charges at the airport for overweight or oversized luggage by using this convenient digital luggage scale. The compact and portable scale weighs luggage up to 100 lb., so you know how much it weighs before getting to the airport. Available at Bed, Bath and Beyond. TUMI SCALE Tumi offers a compact electronic scale that is a simple, onebutton operation with a backlit, digital display that is easy to read in any light, a display of weight in pounds and kilograms and the strength to hold up to 100 lbs. Use at home or carry it with you. Available at Tumi.



SAMSONITE ELECTRONIC LUGGAGE SCALE Portable and compact for ease of use, this electronic scale is always at the ready to weigh and measure your luggage. It reads luggage up to 80 lbs. and has a comfort grip handle and adjustable strap. Available at Macy*s. TAYLOR TALKING LUGGAGE SCALE This talking luggage scale from Taylor gives an accurate reading in seconds. The scale folds up, so you can take it with you to weigh your luggage before you head home too. The backlit LCD screen is easy to read, or you can just listen to the scale speak the weight. Available at Target.

John’s Favorites


CITIZEN BURGER BAR If you love a good burger, this is your place. Carnivores rejoice, build your own or delight in one of their signature burgers. Yes, they have salads and chicken too! The best onion rings in Northern Virginia along with a large and varied beer and cider menu.

This dynamic up and coming local company started with college roommates each receiving a gift of a needlepoint belt. The rest they say is history. They saw a need, took advantage of it and are living the dream. They have expanded into other items from cufflinks to hats and so much more. As an owner of a few of their items and as big fan of quality, they have it in spades. Treat yourself to something special.

I’m a fan of this intense stationary bike workout that integrates a multitude of activities including cardio, upper body, abs and stretching. You really get out of it what you put into it, as with any activity. They have five DC area locations. Commit to a better you and better health in 2016. https://www.soul-cycle. com/studios/ gtwn/1040/

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Home Trends

TILETRENDS by David Brown As technology evolves and practicality plays a more important role in our lives, we suddenly find our homes changing too. Many of us love the natural beauty of wood plank floors, while others will argue that tile flooring is just as beautiful and is a more logical choice. What is the most beautiful and yet easy to maintain? The solution to our dilemma is now right before us. There is finally an affordable option to flooring that combines the practicality of tile and the sophistication of wood. Technology in the tile industry has produced tile that looks so much like wood you’d have to get down on your hands and knees to see the difference. Little details like grain, knots, and variations in shade are easily replicated. Tiles now range from a finish that is an exact replica for dark stained walnut to wood from a well-weathered French fishing boat. With reclaimed wood so on-trend, buying wood tile is an alternative to searching for the perfect hundred-year-old barn wood, and tiles are available in dimensions that wood is typically not found.



What is faux wood tile? Ceramics are an ancient craft that dates back more than 4,000 years, originating in Ancient Egypt around 4,700 BCE. The origin of the word “ceramic” is derived from the Greek word “keramos,” or pottery. The art of tiling spread west from the Middle East and became popular in Europe during the 11th century with the introduction of mosaic flooring and panels. Tiles, made from clay, once shaped and dried, are fired in a kiln at very hot temperatures. This process hardens them, creating bisque that can then be glazed and fired a second time. They can also be used unglazed although the color range is limited to the natural shades of the clay. The beauty of hardwood flooring is timeless, yet fleeting. Unfortunately, the biggest disadvantage of hardwood flooring is that it can easily scratch from furniture and everyday foot traffic. Faux wood tile is much more scratchproof. By using wood tile in high

traffic areas, you don’t have to worry about the chips and scratches you might see on real wood floors and it is perfect for pets too. Ceramic tiles are also a popular choice of flooring due to their aesthetic appeal, as well as their durability and easy care. A properly installed ceramic tile floor will outperform and outlast nearly any other floor covering product created for the same application. Glazed ceramic tile resists stains, odors and dirt and can be cleaned with a damp mop or common household cleaners. This means you can enjoy the gorgeous beauty of your flooring for decades or even a lifetime. Faux wood tile is a perfect combination of wood and tile, offering good looks and functional benefits. You can use this versatile flooring material anywhere—indoors or out. Wood can fade when exposed to too much sunlight and warp when exposed to too much moisture. If you were hoping for hardwood in the kitchen or bathroom, you may find that desire short lived as wood and water don’t mix well. Wood-look tile can go just about anywhere, including in the shower and outdoors-where wood just doesn’t cut it. It actually repels liquid, eliminating problems with staining, mold, and warping. If you wish to create texture and imply a beautiful wooden touch in your bathroom or kitchen, consider placing faux wood tile as an alternative to hardwood floors. While standard square tile sizes will always have their place in home décor, rectangular ones – otherwise known as planks — are gaining popularity. New 12-by-24-inch tiles are an excellent choice in bathrooms and 6-by-36-inch tiles or 8-inch by 8-feet planks (often in wood-grained looks) are a favorite for living areas. Using longer planks can help smaller spaces look larger, and create an appealing consistency across multiple rooms.

Faux wood tile now comes in a variety of colors and textures offering limitless design possibilities. Due to a new inkjet technology, you can even find finishes you cannot find in the wood flooring market. For instance, everyone loves the look of reclaimed wood. However, since reclaimed wood is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners, it’s no easy task finding a perfect piece. Even if you find one, the price may be quite expensive. Thus, remodeling experts will recommend faux wood tile, as it can give you the authentic beauty of reclaimed wood without breaking the bank. Many designers are also driving the reclaimed wood trend across the floor and up the wall in many bedrooms and family rooms. The popularity of reclaimed wood accent walls is exploding and tile is a great way to pull off the appearance of it. One of the main benefits of the faux wood tiles is that they won’t snag your linens and upholstery the way weathered wood can and, there’s no danger of exposure to old lead paint or toxins from wood pallets. It’s a healthy alternative to fashion. Lastly, when making your final decision in flooring please consider sustainability. It is another significant reason to consider these beautifully crafted faux wood tiles for your home. Nearly 20 million trees are cut down each year and are utilized for home construction and flooring. Woodlook flooring can help reduce this staggering number and limit your footprint on the environment. Every time you stroll through your home you will be reminded of the warmth and welcoming look of wood knowing you did not destroying a single tree in the process.

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Kids Corner



What is a tween’s ideal place to go to on summer vacation?

Nerf guns are always popular. We like to play with them, especially boys. But, there is another brand of toy that we also really like and that is Lego. The Lego Dimensions Starter Pack will keep us busy on Christmas morning. We love Lego!



After talking at recess, my friends and I all think that the number one place that all tweens love to go to is Disneyworld. All of the rides, restaurants, characters and fireworks make it super fun. Disneyworld is for the whole family with their theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs, which is Disney’s big downtown shopping district with restaurants. My favorite park is Magic Kingdom with the rollercoasters and parades. Others in my family like Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. But, for the kids, it’s Magic Kingdom that is the favorite! Another place that we all want to see is Hawaii. I have never been but would like to go. One of my friends from school went last summer and loved it. All of the beaches and different islands… We watch the show “Hawaii 5-0” and so are a little familiar with Hawaii’s landmarks and beaches. I think surf lessons would be cool with the huge waves and clear waters. Honolulu is a city in the middle of the ocean on a floating rock! Maui also seems like a really cool place. The final place that kids would like to go is San Francisco. I have been before and it is awesome. The cable car museum shows you all of the different cable car lines and their power sources. And, Alcatraz is really cool. We saw all of the parts of the former prison and took a boat across the bay to get there. One of my favorite stops was the Ghirardelli factory. We got a really delicious sundae and it came with a bunch of chocolate squares that the Ghirardelli Company makes. It was really fun. So, if you are looking for a great place to travel to with a tween -- Disney World, Hawaii and San Francisco should do the trick!


PUPPER POUCH is making dog owners thrilled with excitement! Pupper Pouch has solved a problem that has plagued all of us workout-pant, shortswearing dog walkers! Pupper Pouch is a pouch that attaches to YOUR leash to securely hold your phone, keys, cards and more.














No more fumbling around while taking your dog out for a pleasant walk!






Designer Spotlight

SOLIS BETANCOURT & SHERRILL José Solís Betancourt has had a lifelong interest in art and architecture. Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he dedicated his spare time to drawing and painting, developing skills that would serve him well as an architecture student at Cornell University. He gained further design experience at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and at the Saladino Group, Inc. He established his own firm in 1990. Paul Morgan Sherrill, a native of North Carolina, was greatly influenced by his grandparents who were painters and weavers. These influences led him to study art and design throughout his youth. He graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human and Environmental Sciences and a degree in Art. Paul joined Solís Betancourt & Sherrill in 1992.



Over its twenty-four years in business, Solís Betancourt & Sherrill has gained international recognition as one of the leading American design firms. The firm’s projects have been regularly featured in national and international magazines such as Architectural Digest, House & Garden, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post. Solís Betancourt & Sherrill’s most recent book “Essential Elegance” was published in 2010 by Monacelli Press. The firm’s dedicated staff consists of architectural designers, interior designers and a procurement team.


GREAT IRISH DRAMATISTS: 3-SESSION EVENING COURSE How could a country as small as Ireland produce some of the greatest playwrights? The Emerald Isle’s myth, history, and culture are among the world’s richest. It is a land that has inspired poets, writers, and dreamers over the centuries, according to Christopher Griffin, who highlights the works of some of its great dramatists in an engaging course. A fitting centerpiece to the series is the chance to enjoy the words as they were meant to be heard—spoken out loud—through film clips, readings, and, as a delightful bonus, in Griffin’s native Irish brogue. Griffin, a study leader for Smithsonian Journeys, has taught Irish literature at George Washington University and is an instructor at Politics and Prose. Jan. 7: Early Irish Playwrights Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw (John Bull’s Other Island), W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory (founders of the Irish national theatre, the Abbey), J. M. Synge (Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea), and Sean O’Casey (Juno and the Paycock). Jan. 14 Mid-20th Century Writers The dramas of Brendan Behan (The Quare Fellow), John B. Keane (The Field), Samuel Beckett, and Hugh Leonard (Da). Jan. 21 Contemporary Works Brian Friel (Dancing at Lughnasa, Translations) and other contemporary playwrights including Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr, and Conor McPherson (The Weir).

Nature’s Best Photography Presents: Best of the Best. Windland Smith Rice International Awards Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Location: Second Floor, Special Exhibits Hall Through Fall TBD, 2016

NATURE’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTS: BEST OF THE BEST. WINDLAND SMITH RICE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS Nature photographers travel the globe to document its beauty and diversity. They witness breath-taking landscapes, exciting wildlife behavior and surprising glimpses of Earth’s soaring peaks and mysterious ocean depths. The powerful photographs they bring home awaken our desire to explore, to understand and to conserve the natural world. The Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards program was created to celebrate these images and recognize the talented men and women behind them. Run in partnership with the

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, this annual, worldwide competition is open to the public and juried by professionals in science, publishing, and conservation. This exhibition reveals some of nature’s finest moments selected from more than 500,000 photographs submitted to the Awards program over the past 20 years.

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Design News

Lights, Mirrors, Basins! Boffi Georgetown offers the latest in accessories to beautify your bath by Sherry Moeller

If one of your New Year resolutions is to beautify your bathroom, there’s no better place to start than perusing the accessories offered by Boffi, the high-end Italian kitchen and bathroom company that also specializes in wardrobe systems. Lights The Outliner lights designed by Martin Schmitz is a ceiling-mounted lamp series featuring a red wiring cable, visible black lamp socket and lampshade from a two-colored panel. It’s available in three sizes and also as a table or wall-mounted lamp.

Photos courtesy of Boffi

Mirrors The stainless steel Index mirror by Felicia Ferrone is a favorite of Julia Walter’s, Boffi’s showroom manager in Georgetown, www. The wall-mounted mirror has a cylinder shape with integrated rotating sides featuring both a mirror and a magnifier. If you’re looking for LED lights, Boffi also offers the Lotus mirror designed by Naoto Fukasawa. Basins There are a variety of sleek Boffi washbasins including the Skyline by Neunzig Design. This basin is available mounted to the wall or floor and features two or three Corian compartments, assembled horizontally or vertically. The DueC washbasin by Victor Vasilev includes an open storage compartment with a single or double basin and finished in sustainable Corian and PaperStone.





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Top: This lower level was redesigned to serve as an entertaining hub for a wine enthusiast with a glass-enclosed wine room, a tasting table for enjoying a glass or two and a media room. Facing Page Top: Frameless glass panels enclose the striking wine storage in the new space. Facing Page Bottom Left: Sleek metal racks house approximately 240 bottles in the see-through wine cellar. Facing Page Bottom Right: A floating desk with narrow red chair pairs with matching floating shelves to create a convenient workspace.



Facing Page Bottom Right: The contemporary seating serves as a nod to the colors of wine, creating a posh yet cozy gathering area.

Inspired by the owner’s love of midcentury modern design, Allie Mann, designer and senior interiors specialist at Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.,, worked closely with the Virginia homeowner to turn a dated basement into a modern lower level with seethrough wine cellar and exotic wood-accented media room. “Our client, a wine enthusiast, wanted to transform his underwhelming basement into a show-stopping, lower level wine lounge,” Mann said. “Spending just over a year in design, we were able to sort out all the specific details for his space.” Mann began the dramatic remodel by eliminating walls between spaces to give it the open feel the owner wanted. With walls down and the discovery of a supporting column previously hidden in a central closet, the designer had to come up with a solution to make the pole blend into the new open plan. The result: a tasting table just outside the room’s transparent Canadian wine system, Vin De Garde, which provides both temperature and humidity control for up to 240 bottles of wine. The tasting table and “jewel box” wine room set the stage for the rest of the new lower level. The design team, including the homeowner, selected Figured Sapele as the exotic wood finish for not only the back wall of the wine room, but also as the backdrop for the TV wall in the media room, behind the floating shelves in the desk area, and also wrapping the column of the tasting table. “Attention to detail is a critical element in any design.” Mann adds. “Whether you’re transforming your basement into a wine cellar or a game room, think though the elements you want to bring into the space, including color selection.” In this case, the owners had a wonderful collection of modern furniture that worked perfectly in the media room. To finish the wine lounge aesthetic, Mann also incorporated porcelain floor tiles and steel cable railing along the new cherry staircase leading to the upper level, complementing the rest of the contemporary home. And, to top off this dramatic makeover, the wine lover’s lounge was selected as a finalist in HGTV’s 2015 Fresh Faces of Design competition in the Design With A Passion category.

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Calendar DC’s Upcoming Parties, Concerts, Celebrations and Events NBC4 HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO Washington Convention Center Dates and Times: January 9-10, 2016, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Health Fair provides free health screenings, fun activities and information on products and services that relate to healthy living.

The Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade is the largest celebration of Fat Tuesday in the Washington, DC area. The parade is family friendly and includes local community groups, horses, dogs, fire trucks, colorful masks and thousands of Mardi Gras beads.

BEI BEI DEBUT The National Zoo Date and Time: January 16, 2016, TBA Bei Bei will go on public exhibit for the first time on January 16, 2016. The panda house has been closed since August to give the mother and cub quiet and time to bond. CELEBRATION TO HONOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Washington National Cathedral Date and Time: January 18, 2016, 2 – 4 p.m. The Cathedral will host a celebration to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and continue his vision through music and poetry presented by the Cathedral and DC’s performing arts community. Attendees are asked to bring a new children’s book or nonperishable food item to donate.



MARYLAND POLAR BEAR PLUNGE Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis Date and Time: January 30, 2016, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Mass Plunges will take place at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. The Maryland Polar Bear Plunge is a charity event sponsored by the Maryland State Police in support of the Special Olympics. Thousands of participants of all ages take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay. A full-day winter festival featuring games, food and other displays. GEORGE WASHINGTON BIRTHNIGHT BANQUET AND BALL Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Date and Time: February 13, 2016 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Enjoy an 18th century banquet and English Country Dancing, a dessert collation, toasts, and character re-enactors.

NATIONAL SHAMROCK FESTIVAL RFK Stadium Date and Time: March 12, 2016, 1 - 9 p.m. Enjoy a day of family fun at the largest Saint Patrick’s Day party and street festival in the DC area, featuring more than 50 live bands. DC ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL March 15-26, 2016. Times and locations vary. See documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films from around the world at a variety of venues around Washington, DC.

DC Fun Facts


ulles Airport is the main airport for the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and is one of America’s busiest airports, with more than 23 million passengers traveling each year. In an average day, over 60,000 passengers leave Washington DC to about 125 countries all over the world.


The main terminal was planned and designed in 1958 by illustrious Finnish-American architect, Eero Saarinen. Saarinen also designed the hugely popular Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.


The busiest International route at Dulles International is to and from London Heathrow airport, where about 990,010 passengers travel each year between the two Capital cities.


The airport was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy on November 17, 1962. As originally opened, the airport had three runways (current day runways 1C/19C, 1R/19L, and 12/30). The first scheduled flight at Dulles was an Eastern Air Lines Super Electra turboprop from Newark International Airport in New Jersey on November 19, 1962.

4. The action-packed movie Die Hard 2 is set mainly at Dulles. 5.

On June 12, 1983, the Space Shuttle Enterprise arrived at Dulles mounted atop a modified Boeing 747 after touring Europe and before returning to Edwards Air Force Base. Two years later, Enterprise returned and was placed in a storage hangar near Runway 12/30 to await the construction of a planned expansion to the National Air and Space Museum. Enterprise left Dulles on April 27, 2012, for its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.




FRENCH 75 Glassware: Champagne Flute Method: Combine Beefeater 24, lemon juice, sugar and ice in a shaker. Shake to a slow 13 count, strain into a chilled champagne flute, and top with G.H. Mumm champagne. Garnish, serve and enjoy! Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Beefeater 24 .75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice .75 oz. Simple Syrup (or 1 tsp. superfine sugar) G.H. Mumm Champagne Garnish: Lemon Twist The famous, the classic, the delectable, the “always a hit” - the French 75 never goes out of style. Named for the famed French 75 millimeter field guns used in World War I, this cocktail sets the tone to celebrate January in every way! Here the light and floral Beefeater 24 creates an incredible base with the flavors of grapefruit peel, Chinese green tea, and Japanese Sencha Tea along with the traditional dry flavors of Juniper and citrus. The Beefeater 24 helps to make this version of the cocktail decadent and celebratory, especially when paired with one of the world most famous and best champagnes G.H. Mumm. Light, crisp, clean and refreshing, this cocktail is a knockout any night of the week. As the famed barman Harry Craddock said in the “Savoy Cocktail Book” it is a drink that “hits with remarkable precision.”

DEVILISH DECADENCE Glassware: Collin’s Glass Method: Build the cocktail over ice in a Collins Glass. Stir as needed to integrate the ingredients. Garnish, and lightly spritz Absinth on the outside of the glass for aroma. Serve and Enjoy. Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Absolut ELYX 1 oz. Maurin Quina Sparkling Blood Orange Perrier-Jouët Champagne Garnish: Orange Peel and Aromatized Absinth

long cold season. Next, Maurin Quina is the perfect partner to dance with the ELYX to end winter and bring forth the life of spring. On top of the tastes of cherry, vanilla, citrus, and white pepper, the seasonal notes of Sparkling Blood Orange and the most indulgent of Champagnes - Perrier-Jouët - finish a cocktail that is sure to add enlightenment and envy to any non-partaker.

DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Glassware: Champagne Flute Method: Combine Barrelhound, syrup and lime juice with ice in a shaker. Shake to a slow 13 count, strain into a chilled champagne flute, top with sparkling, serve and enjoy! *All Spice Syrup: 1 cup sugar, 1.5 cup Water, 2 tbs. ground all spice, 10-15 whole all spice berries. Combine in a saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool and fine strain through cheesecloth into a glass airtight storage container. Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Barrelhound Blended Whisky .5 oz. All Spice Syrup .25 oz. Fresh Lime Juice Mumm Nappa Brut Prestige February has plenty of days to raise a glass to. Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras all make their appearances in the second month of the year. However, February is still cold and every celebratory toast needs some warming flavors to combat an otherwise frigid setting. Blended Scotch whisky fits the bill. Barrelhound, soft and approachable, yet still full of the rich heather and earth of a Speyside Scotch. The warmth of the blended whisky is layered with fitting wintery notes of allspice and sugar. Sweet and bold, it is akin to a winter campfire. A splash of sharp citrus works for balance and the sparkling American Brut adds dryness and vibrancy. Include the Super bowl and February is a month full of occasions that won’t want to be forgotten! *Named for the famous song by Scottish Rock Band Simple Minds.

March. After a long, cold winter, it is finally time to turn to spring. In addition to the first day of spring, March hosts a bevy of festivities such as Saint Patrick’s Day and International Women’s Day! This drink begins with Absolut ELYX, the single estate, Swedish winter wheat vodka. Distilled in a copper still to develop a silken texture full of vanilla and citrus, this vodka accomplishes decadence in way that truly inspires the end to JAN | FEB | MAR 2016




Foodie CHICKEN CHILI WITH CANNELLINI BEANS SERVINGS: 6 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1” pieces Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper ¼ cup olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 poblano chile, seeds removed, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 2 teaspoons ground cumin 4 cups chicken broth 2 15-oz. cans cannellini (white kidney) beans 1 bay leaf 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice Sour cream, cilantro, and lime wedges (for serving) Season chicken all over with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or small stockpot over medium-high heat. Working in batches as needed, add chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until browned all over, 10–15 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Add onion and poblano chile and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onion is softened and translucent, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add oregano and cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth, beans and their liquid, bay leaf and chicken and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper and cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until meat is cooked through and tender and liquid is slightly thickened, 30–35 minutes. Season with lime juice and more salt and pepper. Serve with sour cream, cilantro, and lime wedges.

SLOW-ROASTED CHAR WITH FENNEL SALAD SERVINGS: 6 ½ cup unseasoned rice vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon caraway seeds 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced on a mandoline, divided 1¼ pounds arctic char or salmon fillet 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided Freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon chopped preserved lemon peel ½ cup dill fronds

Meanwhile, place char in a 2- or 3-qt. baking dish and coat with 1 Tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper. Roast until flesh easily flakes apart and a paring knife inserted into fish meets no resistance, 15–18 minutes. 
 Drain fennel mixture; discard liquid. Toss in a small bowl with lemon juice, preserved lemon, remaining 3 Tbsp. oil, and remaining fennel; season with salt and pepper. Mix in dill.
 Serve char topped with fennel salad.

JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE AND ARUGULA SALAD WITH PARMESAN SERVINGS: 6 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 pound Jerusalem artichokes, trimmed, peeled, thinly sliced 1 5-ounce bag arugula 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved Whisk orange juice, vinegar, and mustard in small bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil. Season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Combine Jerusalem artichokes, arugula, and Parmesan in large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss to coat. Divide among 6 plates and serve.

SPICY ORANGE HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE BARK SERVINGS:8 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest ½ cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped Flaky sea salt Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat. Melt chocolate over simmering water in a double boiler; alternatively, place it in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave and heat in 30-second bursts until melted. Stir cayenne, orange zest, and about three-quarters of nuts into chocolate. Using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, spread chocolate mixture on the prepared sheet. Sprinkle with remaining nuts and flaky salt. Refrigerate until firm, 15–20 minutes. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 300°. Bring vinegar, sugar, caraway seeds, 2 tsp. salt, and cup water in a small saucepan to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and add garlic. Let sit until garlic is slightly softened, 10–15 minutes.
 Add half of fennel and toss to coat. Let sit until fennel softens slightly and tastes pickled, 8–10 minutes.

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Health & Wellness

Keeping Your Waistline (and Sanity) in Check

During the Midst of the Winter Duldrums by Dr. Tatiana H. Irvin & Jeanine Finelli

Here we are…in the dead of winter. The holidays have passed and the New Year has been rung in. For some of us, those damn bells ring a little too loudly! Reminders are everywhere of what we’ve checked off on our to-do list and what still sits in “the other column”. Vibrantly lit trees have been taken down along with all of the holiday decorations that only a few short weeks ago we were excited to put up. Do you have health goals for 2016? Career goals? Perhaps your goal is specific, like losing 20 pounds or getting a promotion. Maybe, it’s to “just have more peace” or have more energy. Look at 2016 as a time to shed all that is no longer serving you and as a time to commit to things that will have you living out the best version of yourself. Read on for answers to some of your most worrisome health hacker traps and we will help you navigate over the river, through the woods, and into a Spring that leaves you feeling rooted and blossoming in the most colorful version of yourself. Pre-holiday snowfall can foster feelings of coziness and traditions. Those same flakes falling after January 1 can translate into cabin fever, too much nibbling, and lack of exercise. So, when the roads are a mess, the days seem long and dark, airports are closed, and the kids are home due to weather, here’s how you can keep your sanity and your waistline in check.



Q: WHY DO I FEEL SO DRAINED FROM THE HOLIDAYS AND WHAT CAN I DO TO GET MY ENERGY BACK? A: That post-holiday, bummed out feeling is real for so many of us! It’s one part lack of sunshine, one part mad sugar cravings and one part plain old exhaustion. We know that Vitamin D (technically a hormone) is the sunshine vitamin and while there may be plenty of sunny days, there isn’t plenty of skin exposure. The liver’s inability to convert sunshine on our skin into this crucial “vitamin” results in tiredness, lowered immunity, and even mental fogginess. Like we need more of that, right? Did you know that most people are highly depleted of this vitamin, and that by supplementing Vitamin D, you can feel drastically better? Perhaps the New Year is a great time to schedule a visit with your physician and have that number checked. Good quality supplements matter here and liquid Vitamin D is a highly absorbable version for most. Consult your physician for optimizing your D levels because once elevated levels are reached (usually in 3-6 months) you should feel like a new person! Q: WHEN THE WEATHER IS BAD, OR I’M HOME WITH THE KIDS, WHAT CAN I DO IN MY HOME TO STAY FIT? I DON’T HAVE IN HOME GYM EQUIPMENT AND WIND UP FEELING FRUSTRATED WITHOUT EXERCISE. A: We hear you! Being too sedentary for too many days in a row makes us super crabby too! If you can get there, try a hot yoga class. It feels amazing to walk out of the cold and into a warm and toasty studio. Find a local studio and check out what classes are best for you. Even if you live in a small apartment, your kitchen floor can be just what the doctor ordered to combat cabin fever. Experiment with things like planks, side planks, lunges, squats, and stretches. You’ll be surprised at how your abs are not nearly as buried by the winter snow as you think they are. These types of exercises are super strengthening and when done correctly, slim and tone in all the right places, Gorgeous! Fitness magazines and online sources are brimming with sections on how to do these poses properly and prevent injury. And, if that’s not your cup of tea, then maybe you just bundle up with extra warm hats and gloves, and take a nice quiet walk in the snow on a trail near your home or through your neighborhood. Not only will you burn more calories wearing heavy clothes and boots, you’ll shed a good amount of stress and the crisp, cold air will awaken you senses!

Q: I LOVE TO BAKE, BUT I ALWAYS END UP EATING TOO MANY COOKIES AND CAKES AFTERWARDS. WHAT ARE GOOD RECIPE IDEAS AND FOOD SWAPS THAT CAN HELP ME TO STAY ON TRACK? A: For many, baking is synonymous with being in a toasty home on a cold wintry day! Sugar is a beast and it doesn’t take much for us to become addicted to it. Remember, willpower takes a back seat to biology and even with the best intentions, sugar cravings will have willpower bound and gagged! To crave less sugar, you must eat less sugar. You also need to stay hydrated and don’t get tricked

into thinking “gluten- free” or “raw” means low calorie or low sugar. Below is a healthier twist on an oldie but goodie as well as a few party platter ideas that will help to save waistlines all across America!

Here’s a twist on the Nestle Tollhouse Cookie recipe that uses less sugar, gluten free flour and replaces some of the butter with coconut oil, which is a heart healthy and cholesterol lowering plant based fat. 2¼ cups Gluten free baking flour (I like Namaste brand) 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 stick softened butter and ½ cup soft coconut oil (replaces the all butter version and adds very healthy fat) ½ cup granulated sugar (down from the original of ¾ c) ½ cup gently packed brown sugar (also down from ¾ C) 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla Optional add-ins can be nothing, chocolate chips, pistachios, walnuts but don’t let dried fruit fool you. It’s high in sugar! PREHEAT oven to 375° F. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Ovens vary and gluten free dough is different so check once or twice.

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Winter has now set in and we have started thinking of travel spots to beat our dreary weather blues. Traveling can take its toll on our skin. Leaving our normal environment, not drinking the water that we generally imbibe (unless we want to figure out how to say “ladies room” in a wide variety of local dialects or take ray time away from the beach) and, of course, dealing with all of the security regulations and barriers that we need to pass through, many of us are guilty of not packing the products for our daily beauty routines. Whether you’re off for a winter escape, a petite spring break or planning a sunny, summer holiday, these beauty must-haves need to make it into your suitcase. 1). Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask Compact packing? Check. Safe for all skin types? Check. This ultra-rich, hydrating overnight mask, made from avocado and apricot kernel oils, deeply and instantly quench compromised moisture reserves and help build a reservoir for the next day. Japanese seaweed helps repair skin’s barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging. 2). Votre Vu En Garde Regular sunscreen is designed for your body. It’s much too heavy for your face and it will probably clog your pores. Enter Votre Vu’s exceptionally light facial cream formulated with five European sunscreens to provide water-resistant coverage. 3). Clinique CC Cream When traveling, we all know that our skin has a mind of its own. Blemishes and dry patches arrive almost outof-the-blue. This Colour Corrector is a must and comes in a compact tube. One or two quick layers instantly evens all skin tones, brightens complexions and hydrates with SPF 30. No time for drawn out beauty regimes, you have sightseeing to do! 4). RMS Lip Balm RMS is an organic wonder! The balm is available in both vanilla and cocoa. Its scent is light and its highly nourishing balm is not greasy. With coconut oil as the main ingredient, every woman knows a good dose of moisturizing is on its way.



Gentlemen! It is time to board the plane, the train or possibly even the boat and partake in a memory filled vacation. Interested in gadgets that are both fun and useful that will make travel easy? We have you covered! Check out and then check in the following inspired travel accessories… 1). Cocoon Innovations Grid-It! No more rummaging around your bag for loose items. What good is having the right gadgets or accessories if you can’t easily access them? Grid-It! is an elastic retention system that holds your things in place. Everything placed inside remains visible and the compartments provide easy organization. Say goodbye to tangled headphone wires, buried breath mints and torn magazine pages. 2). SleepTracker Elite Pro Wake up at your own optimal time by using this tracker. When traveling, our sleep schedules typically become out-or-whack. Whether due to a time difference or a bellowing lighthouse, sometimes we just can’t sleep. And, when we do, it is not replenishing. The SleepTracker ensures that you won’t wake up during a deep-sleep cycle. So, that when you rise you will certainly shine! 3). Hydro-Photon SteriPEN Far-flung travel and outdoor adventures are fabulous opportunities to see some of the most amazing sights on earth. They also provide ample opportunity for contracting a waterborne illness. Hydro-Photon’s handheld water purifiers use ultraviolet light to render harmless more than 99.9 percent of potentially hazardous microorganisms in about 48 seconds. It’s a simple, chemical-free method that doesn’t alter the water’s taste.

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Money & Finance


Another year has come to an end. As we begin the New Year, it is important to financially plan ahead so as to not get caught out next December in a squeeze for time. There are things that you should be looking to do to make sure that your financial life is moving in the right direction. The first thing to do is to try to maximize your retirement planning options, which includes maximizing your 401K plans and any catch-up contribution options that you are able to take advantage of. If you are over age 50, you can add an additional $6000 per year to your 401K. The total that you can contribute is $18,000 for anyone and $24,000 if you are over age 50. This is in addition to whatever match that your employer contributes for you. A lot of people who have the ability

to maximize their contribution sometimes fall short; we recommend that most people should contribute the maximum if your cash flow allows you to. It can help you build up a large retirement portfolio and help you with current tax reductions for the current year. If you are contributing to an IRA or Roth IRA you can contribute $5,500 per year. You need to check with your tax preparer to make sure that you are eligible. There are some income limits that keep you from deducting your IRA and also from making a Roth IRA contribution. If you are over age 50, you can add an additional $1000 as a catch up amount to the IRA or Roth IRA. The next thing is to make any charitable contributions before the end of the year. If you are inclined to make charitable donations, now is a good time to do that before the year end. It should help most people, although some people with Alternative Minimum Tax issues may not be able to use the full deductions. You need to check with your tax preparer to see how it can help your individual tax scenario. If you will have more income this year than last year, it would be a good idea to pay estimated state income taxes. The reason for this is that state income taxes are deductible against your federal taxes unless you fall under alternative minimum tax rules. I would run this by your tax professional. If you are going to owe more in state taxes anyway, you may as well save on federal taxes by paying them earlier. Explore the option of converting your IRA to a Roth IRA. If your income falls into the range where you can take advantage of a Roth IRA, you should consider converting some of your IRA to a Roth IRA account. Traditional IRA owners should consider the tax ramifications, age, and income restrictions in regards to executing a conversion from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. The converted amount is generally subject to income taxation. You will be paying taxes on the portion that you convert, but if the rules stay as they are for Roth IRA’s, you may never pay taxes on that pool of money again. You may also want to see if your employer has a Roth option with your 401K and you may want to allocate some of your 401K contribution to a Roth 401K. I hope these strategies help you with your yearend tax planning. If you have any questions or concerns you should always check with your tax professional to see if these strategies can help you in particular. I am happy to discuss the options with you. Please feel free to contact me at marcs@ The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor. 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 Inc. are separate entities from LPL Financial



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Real Estate



1839 North Herndon Street Sold: $2,150,000

3606 John Marshall Drive Sold: $1,525,000

1596 North Colonial Terrace Sold: $1,310,000

3163 17th Street North Sold: $1,525,000

We are dedicated to offering the highest quality of service, exceptional customer care and timely advice. Representing clients throughout the Washington Metropolitan Region, we are looking forward to continuing successful transactions throughout 2016.



2308 North Van Buren Court Sold: $860,000

1503 C North Colonial Terrace Sold: $885,000

1881 N. Nash Street #706 Sold: $802,500

2403 Greenbrier Ct. North $635,000


1540 North Colonial Terrace Sold: $1,202,000

801 S. Greenbrier Street #321 Sold: $380,000

8387 Millwood Drive Sold: $520,000

4628 23rd Road North Sold: $990,000


4884 Williamsburg Blvd Sold: $1,590,000

4730 23rd Street North Sold: $1,125,000

4828 26th Street North Sold: $881,100

1822 21st Street North Sold: $745,000


FLASHBAND THE WASHINGTON POST In October, according to the digital-measurement firm comScore, The Washington Post had more online readers than the New York Times. Since Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the Post in 2013, he’s made clear that he wants the paper, which its former owners, the Graham family, saw as mainly a hometown read, to replace the Times as the nation’s—and perhaps the English-speaking world’s— newspaper. To the extent that the Grahams competed nationally, it was via blue-chip coverage aimed at East Coast elites—politics, mostly. From Seattle, where Bezos schemes every day to dominate digital commerce, it looks more like total war: claiming as many readers as the Post can. (Washingtonian)

RIPLEY DISTRICT A 360-unit, 200-foot-tall apartment project in downtown Silver Spring’s Ripley District received three key approvals from the Montgomery County Planning Board for the sketch plan amendment, preliminary plan and site plan for Ripley East, the apartment project from Diamondback Investors at Georgia Avenue and Bonifant Street. The building will rise to 200 feet facing Bonifant Street and step down to about 175 feet facing Georgia Avenue. The Purple Line light-rail will run along Bonifant Street just a few feet from the building’s curb, putting the project in between the Silver Spring Transit Center and Silver Spring Library stations. (GGW)

DC HOME SALES A new report reveals that about one of every two home sales in the DC zip code that includes West End and portions of Foggy Bottom was an all-cash transaction in 2015. Specifically, 47 percent of the sales in 20037 were all-cash deals, which amounts to 96 transactions. The total sales volume for the zip code was just north of $155 million and, the average days on market for the zip code fell just over 30 percent since last year. Following 20037 with the highest volume of cash transactions are zip codes that encompass Silver Spring and Hyattsville, as well as those that include Congress Heights and Georgetown. (Urban Turf)

VDOT VDOT has a new plan for High Occupancy Toll lanes on I-395. The news comes nearly five years after the state scrapped plans to build HOT lanes on I-395, following a legal battle with Arlington County. In a lawsuit, the county argued that HOT lanes, as then planned, would exacerbate pollution from and congestion on I-395, negatively impacting Arlington residents. (Arlington Now) 40


Back in 2012, Neal Humphrey was in a bluegrass band that started breaking up as its members left to pursue graduate school, different career paths, or they moved to different stages in life. Unhappy with the possibilities Craigslist offered in finding new musicians with whom to play, he believed there was a better way. The result is social media site Flashband, a mechanism through which musicians looking for collaborators can come together, write material, and then perform them in short order at one-off showcases staged by the organization itself. The first event also took place in 2012 at a group house in Columbia Heights and featured 30 artists divided into seven bands. (dcist)


DINNER RECEPTION AND GARDEN SOIREE Embassy of Costa Rica 2114 S Street NW January 15, 2016 - 6:00 pm Escape the cold of winter and experience warmth from one of the many tropical Costa Rican beaches. At this event, you’ll experience the vibrant culture of this Central American country including a buffet of traditional Costa Rican delicacies. The embassy is also opening their garden for a private tour. Tickets are $75.00 per guest and cocktail or business attire is required. THE SILVER AGE OF RUSSIAN POETRY IN MUSIC Embassy of Austria 3524 International Ct, NW February 26, 2015 – 7:30 pm The International Club of DC and the Russian Chamber Art Society will be holding an event to celebrate Russian Poetry. Featured poets include Pasternak, Akhmatova, Blok, and Esenin. The poetry will be set to classical Russian music and will be sung by Jasmina Halimic, soprano, Timur Bekbosunov, tenor, and Kevin Wetzel, baritone. Pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern, Russian Chamber Art Society founder and artistic director, will accompany them. Business or cocktail attire is required and tickets are discounted at $55.00 for a limited time. ISAMU NOGUCI FILM SCREENING Sponsored by the Embassy of Japan Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building 101 Independence Ave, SE March 26,2016 - 2:00 pm The films “Isamu Noguci: The Sculptures of Spaces” and “Isamu Noguci” will be shown at the Mary Pickford Building in the James Madison building. Both films showcase the life of Noguci, one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists. His sculptures are world renowned and recognized for their unique perspective. Some of his famous works are Death (Lynched Figure) and Lunar Infant.

by Katherine Eschenbach JAN | FEB | MAR 2016


Black Book If your travels take you to France, Italy, the Netherlands or Canada, make sure to drop in on one of these chocolatiers. They produce melt-inyour-mouth truffles and you will definitely savor your trip.

PUCCINI BOMBONI (AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS) The proprietors of Puccini Bomboni hand-make each chocolate on the premises. Exotic combinations of chocolate and spices, concocted from the freshest ingredients, are a specialty. The quality is amazing.

AMEDEI (FLORENCE, ITALY) RICHART (PARIS, FRANCE) The French chocolate-maker Richart guarantees the most refined chocolates from the most refined ingredients. Richart recipes, developed and tested by the Richart family, have won France’s most prestigious confectioner’s honor, the Ruban Bleu, seven times. A box of assorted chocolates is visually stunning. If you really want to impress, splurge on the $850 burlwood vault with seven drawers of chocolate — complete with temperature and humidity gauges.



For Amedei, “making chocolate” means that you make the chocolate. Cacao beans are imported from plantations and then roasted, husked and ground into a fine paste. Sugar is ground, added and then the mixture is swirled in open tanks called conches, which smooths the texture while helping to blow off acids and other nasty flavors. It’s complicated, demanding work, and few small companies even attempt it.

SWEET LALAPALOOZA CONFECTIONS (EDMONTON, CANADA) After more than a decade of hand-crafting classically inspired premium chocolates, from the highest quality cacao, Sweet Lollapalooza has become an award winning confectionary, internationally renowned for their signature bonbons and named one of the top 10 chocolatiers in North America.

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