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Real Estate and Lifestyle Magazine March 2014, Volume 21 DC | VA | MD

Washington Lake Tahoe Fun A One-on-One with Mera Rubell Radiant Bliss and Coordinating Color



A Haven for Creativity

Cocktails to Celebrate the Roman God of Mars Castles & Moats Savings Components Designing Bathrooms One Element at a Time Kale and Sweet Potato Soup, Blackened Sea Bass and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies



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26 COVER STORY - EXPRESSIONS Celebrating Washington Project for the Arts

16 DESTINATIONS Lake Tahoe: Festivals full of fun the whole year long



Cocktails to celebrate the Roman god of Mars

A fascinating read on Jack London, head of CACI, which explores his life, his work and his passions

74 | MONEY & FINANCE Castles & Moats: savings components

94 | THE SCOOP News from around Washington, Arlington, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County

98 | VINEYARD From Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, wines that emerge from the shadows

Destinations travels to San Juan Puerto Rico for some fun in the sun





Delicious recipes for Kale and Sweet Potato Soup with Cannelini Beans, Blackened Sea Bass and Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

A Q&A session with prolific art collector Mera Rubell

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

44 HOME TRENDS Radiant Bliss - coordinating color


52 TRENDING Designing Bathrooms, One Element at a Time: Freestanding tubs, sparkling fixtures, decorative tiles create bathrooms with individual style

Updating your wardrobe through the spring design season

60 | MEN’S STYLIST Finding the buys of the season


Joaquin “Jocko” Fajardo, a native Arizonan, has been in the Capitol area for over 12 years. Through educational scholarships provided by The Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, Jocko was educated at the London Cordon Bleu and The Culinary Institute of America. In late 2004, he completed a certificate program from The Guild of Professional English Butlers. 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. Shopping local, mindful of organics, is essential.” He currently resides in Silver Spring where he is employed as an estate manager, cooking Kosher daily.

Kristina Messner-Chalf is a writer and award-winning communications professional who works with clients in an array of technology markets, from emerging technology to consumer electronics, government IT, defense and homeland security. As Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Social Media for Focused Image, a leading branding firm based in Falls Church, VA, she supports top federal contractors, fastgrowing private companies, associations and nonprofits. Each issue, Kristina will share insights on some of the latest and most fascinating technology products and trends that are changing our world.




Luca Giovannini and Charles M. Tappan, Jr., form the team that creates our mixology section. Luca discovered his passion for food and drink in his hometown in the north of Italy. After working in Europe, he landed in Washington and perfected his skill of combining European and American styles of drink. Charles is a founding member of Veneràte Group LLC. He launched the company, leaving a career in capital markets, to elevate cocktail culture through creativity, classical knowledge, craft dedication and teaching.

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. Marc was a frequent guest on the WRC radio program, “Your Money Show,” and has written many articles for local associations. He has conducted Financial Planning seminars for companies and government agencies and has been quoted in the The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.



Kim Ward has worked in a variety of roles and for different organizations in the visual arts, from the Corcoran Museum of Art, as the Executive Director of the Washington Project for the Arts, to various advisory roles with the Arlington Commission for the Arts. She chaired the Arlington County Public Art Committee for five years. Kim serves as an arts consultant in the region.

David-Michael Shott has resided in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area for over a decade. A creative and energetic leader, he has always embraced innovation while seeking new business opportunities.The Local Vine Cellar signifies a culmination of David’s extensive experience in myriad fields ranging from radiation oncology to real estate development



David Brown acquired his affinity for style and design at an early age. After graduating from WV Wesleyan in 1994, he made Washington, DC, his home for 13 years, with a brief interim in New York as an Assistant Buyer for Bloomingdale’s. During his time in Washington, David became a pioneer of design in some of DC and Virginia’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. In 2006, David made a move south making Palm Beach, Coral Gables, and Naples, Florida, his home. 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.

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. As an award-winning journalist with more than 15 years experience in the magazine, newspaper and online media industries, Sherry was also editorial director at Washington Spaces/GWPI, a subsidiary of The Washington Post, and real estate/homes editor at The Gazette/Post-Newsweek. She now specializes in public relations for interior design, architecture and hospitality clients, among other luxury brands. Sherry has a BS in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

and investment. He was a co-partner of a successful restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, which gave him the opportunity to develop and refine his palate and passion for wine. A lover of port and Italian reds, he believes wine should be enjoyable and accessible to all, regardless of knowledge or expertise. With a background in Economics and GIS, John Gjika is a thoughtful entrepreneur who values a good bottle of Amarone and believes wine is as good for the mind and building communities. An Albanian native who grew up in Portland, Maine, John always offers an independent-minded approach and has a soft spot for anything Mediterranean.

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Art! What does it mean to you? I’m a lover of the Arts in all forms. Without the Arts, our world would be a very dull and boring place. Let me out myself by saying I fully support Government on all levels investing in, supporting and advocating for the arts. Therefore, I’m very pleased to present John Eric Home’s first Art-themed edition. We take an in-depth look at one local organization doing amazing and important work in bringing forward all that encompasses Contemporary Art. Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) works tirelessly for local and regional artists in showcasing them to a broader and wider audience in our city. Over the last two decades in particular, Washington has seen an explosion in Contemporary Art. I count myself as a lover of Contemporary Art. It takes many forms—from paintings and sculptures to new forms of video, performance and installations. Contemporary art challenges conventional wisdom, ideals and norms. It causes debate, interaction and, in some cases, the art make us uncomfortable. It also soothes us, makes us laugh and inspires us. That is exactly what Art is supposed to do. While there are many players in our city helping to expand the love and reach of Contemporary Art, one woman in particular has made an investment in propelling Washington to the next level as a world Capital in this exciting movement. That woman is Mera Rubell. Mera and her family are well known in New York and most profoundly in Miami for their collection of Contemporary Art, which they have built and, most importantly, which they share with the greater community. Mera has made a point to establish strong ties and relationships with artists in our area. We are pleased that she spoke with us, and we have a lively and inspired Q and A with her. Or course, we have all of our exceptional monthly columns, and I hope you enjoy and read often this month’s edition of John Eric Home. Best, John Eric Publisher, Principal and Realtor



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Mera Rubell

The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) was established in 1964 in New York City, shortly after its founders Donald and Mera Rubell were married. It is now one of the largest, privately owned contemporary art collections and holds one of the most important and impressive sets of collected works in the world. It is housed in Miami, Florida.

The collection is constantly expanding and features such well-known artists as Jean-Michel

Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol. In addition to displaying internationally established artists, the RFC actively acquires, exhibits and champions emerging artists working at the forefront of contemporary art.

Each year, the Foundation presents thematic exhibitions drawn from the collection with accompanying catalogs. These exhibitions often travel to museums around the world. Recent exhibitions have been presented at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Palm Springs Art Museum in California and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Sponsors for recent exhibitions have included Bank of America, Puma, Audi, Lanvin and Dedon. Mera Rubell is a sparkling figure on the international arts scene. She radiates energy and focuses on her passion. Recently, she completed a marathon tour of 37 Baltimore studios in 36 hours, preparing a group show at a prestigious Manhattan gallery. Rubell finished a similar tour in Washington in 2009. Of course, Mera Rubell is known for her art acumen — she is a trusted advisor and collector. She, also, is a strong advocate for arts education. The Foundation maintains an internship program, an ongoing lecture series and an extensive artwork loan program to facilitate exhibitions at museums around the world. Its ongoing partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools enables thousands of schoolchildren to visit and engage with the Foundation every year.

Top: Liu Wei, Liberation No.1, 2013, oil on canvas, 118 x 212 1/2 in. (300 x 540 cm), Rubell Family Collection, Miami Left: Installation view, Beg Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, 2009-10


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MERA RUBELL The Rubell Family Collection

Can you provide our readers with a bit of your background? This year, my husband and I will be celebrating our 50th anniversary. Throughout this time, collecting art has been a defining experience between us, with our son joining us for every decision. Our daughter is also very involved with the Collection, and she is an artist herself. You can imagine the process of consensus building… It’s fun, stimulating, and informative. The big shock is that even after 50 years, we still surprise each other. And when we don’t agree, we fight it out. What inspired you to start collecting art? When Don was in medical school and I was a teacher, we lived in a 5th floor walkup apartment that had many holes in the walls. We decided that posters from MoMA would conceal the holes. We bought Starry Night by Van Gogh, Guernica by Picasso, and Dancers by Matisse. We collected the great iconic images, in posters. How do you choose the pieces for your collection? In the last 15 years, we’ve probably traveled 2 million miles, all for the purpose of finding new art by new artists. What types of art interest you and why? We know it when we see it. When you find art at an early stage as we do, it’s the most important objective to seek that which you don’t understand. All art was contemporary in its time and often completely misunderstood. What is your most favorite piece in your collection? How can we pick a favorite piece? It’s like saying what child you like better. Look at how much trouble King Lear got into trying to decide his favorite daughter. Aside from collecting, what other activities in the arts do you engage in? Education. We take great pleasure from engaging with high school and college classes who spend time at the Collection. We have conversations about the art, the artists, arts professions, etc. Our Collection is open to the public, and we also maintain a public library that requires tremendous focus. And we travel exhibitions around the world, often making ourselves available to lecture or speak publicly. Why do you feel the arts are so important? Art is the medium through which human beings reveal some of what makes them human. Art allows people to communicate, whether as the creator or the viewer. Sometimes it’s the way we communicate what we fear most. It opens us up to possibilities. What are your favorite museums and why? We are completely infatuated with the Baltimore Museum of Art — all the Matisses! Our first visit to Baltimore was 25 years ago to see the Cone Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art. In subsequent years, we never missed their great shows, including a Bruce Nauman and Gilbert and George. We are looking forward to one on March 13 by Sterling Ruby, a young artist from Baltimore living in LA. We also love the Walters Art Museum, which is just blocks from our hotel, and the American Visionary Art Museum, which is just minutes away on the free Circulator Bus. Internationally, one of our favorites is The Prado Museum in Madrid.

If you could own any piece— in either a public or private collection ­— what would that be? David Hammons’ basketball hoop sculpture Do you have any advice for our readers (on both a minimal and large budget) on what to look for or how to collect art? Visit the galleries and get to know the gallerists, who are always on the lookout for the great new artists. Look for art that makes you uncomfortable or that you don’t understand. In this group, you could end up with the Van Gogh of our time. Is there a personal anecdote that you can share — a fun story — about your role as an art collector? About a month ago, I had dinner with Jeff Koons, and I told him I was renovating the Lord Baltimore. He said while he was a student at MICA, his father took ill and Jeff didn’t know if he could afford to continue his studies. He had the opportunity to meet the mayor, and when he mentioned to the mayor that he had to drop out of school, the mayor arranged for a scholarship. If not for that mayor of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, there might not be a Jeff Koons.



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Lake Tahoe

Breathtaking sunsets. A relaxing atmosphere injected with an intoxicating vibe. A tranquil lake paired with every green in the color spectrum. Nature’s playground for swimmers, hikers, boaters and skiers. Festivals galore celebrating its unique history and modern day proclivities. The 27th largest lake by volume in the world, which straddles the two American states of California and Nevada. You guessed it. This month, Lake Tahoe beckons us, and we respond to its siren-like call.

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Sunset at the 2011 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance at Sierra Boat Company. Photo Credit:

Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, and its beauty is splendid. During ski season, thousands of people from all over Nevada and California, including Reno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento, flock to the slopes for downhill skiing. During the summer months, these same visitors arrive to take in the beauty of the natural environs. The lake is popular for water sports and beach activities. Boating is the primary activity in Tahoe in the summer, and the lake is home to one of the most prestigious wooden boat shows in the country — the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance — held every August. This event, begun in 1972 by a group of Tahoe Yacht Club members and friends, has grown to play a significant role in the wooden boat community, as well as the Lake Tahoe maritime community. Each year, the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation raises money for a charitable donation which is exclusively focused in providing educational opportunities originating in the Lake Tahoe area that enhance expertise or understanding of maritime skills. It is an event that the local community embraces and supports with vigor. The boat show is not the only event afloat during the month of August. The annual Gatsby Tea and Fashion Show draws visitors who appreciate the flair and clothing of the Roaring 20’s. Volunteers serve sweets and savories to visitors along with high tea and “bootleg” champagne. A fashion show entertains spectators featuring 1920’s styles paired to characters from Fitzgerald‘s famed book. Each year, the theme changes. This year, the Life and Times of Jay Gatsby will be celebrated. Also, during the summer, Tahoe puts on a fun event for both participants and spectators alike. The Race the Lake of the

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Sky, a standup paddleboard competition, is held at El Dorado Beach. Various races include short-course, long-distance and team-relay races. This event is always well-received, as the camaraderie of the races is felt. Throughout the weekend, folks line-up at food booths and tap their feet to live musical acts. If a more literary theme appeals, running from July into August is the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. It always pleases. This year, the featured production is As You Like It and will be equipped with wonderful costumes and stunning sets. Held at Sand Harbor State Park, this experience provides theatre goers perfect Tahoe sunsets while they enjoy the natural ambience of the area. After the summer crowds leave and the air becomes crisper, it is time for Oktoberfest at Squaw Valley. Held during late September, traditional Bavarian music and folk dancers, the Benefit Beer Garten and Brats & Kraut draw crowds of visitors. The event is used as a fundraiser for the Tahoe Truckee Lacrosse Association, and admission includes specialty glass and first beer. It is always a fun festival with many participants. An educational event widely enjoyed is the Fall Fish Fest (Kokanee Salmon Festival) at Taylor Creek Visitor Center. This annual event celebrates the fall migration of the Kokanee salmon. It is free, held in early October and has become one of the most fascinating educational and wildlife viewing events in Northern California. The participation by children and their parents is encouraged through a wide variety of educational and entertaining activities. Of course, the winter season at Lake Tahoe is spectacular. In March, the Persian Snow Festival is an action-packed weekend of snow sports in South Lake Tahoe. This event is enjoyed by both first-time and professional skiers. Snowboarders, snowmobilers, snow-tubers and snowshoers are also all on the scene. Snowmen (and women) are found throughout the area as the community celebrates the festival. And, also in March, is the Alpenglow Mountain Festival — the “granddaddy of mountain and back country winter sports festivals“ — which features all the best in winter athletics. Crosscountry touring, skate skiing, and the main event — The Great Ski Race from Tahoe to Truckee — bring out the competitive spirit of all participants. Films and food are found throughout the event, and the whole Tahoe community relishes the festivities. If traveling to Tahoe in the winter months, there is one event to take care not to miss — SnowFest! North Lake Tahoe’s Winter Carnival. Held in the beginning of March, all of North Lake Tahoe comes alive with 10 fun-filled days and nights, jam packed with events and activities for all ages. Parades, ski races, parties, concerts, theatre, and, of course, events at fine restaurants and lively establishments are to be enjoyed as Tahoe celebrates in style. After offering all sorts of festivals spanning late summer through early spring, it is time for the Lake to celebrate the rebirth of a new year. The Opening Day at the Lake, which spans all of North Lake Tahoe, is a day full of fun. Held at the end of May (near Memorial Day), the event proclaims to the world that Tahoe is ready for summer. It is time to open up summer cabins, put boats in the water and get a jump on traditional summer activities. New this year, visitors (and locals) are given a Passport to receive stamps at each business they go. When Passports are filled, they can be turned in for a prize. While Lake Tahoe is known for its outdoor sporting activities, throughout the year festivals abound. They are sportsrelated, educational, literary, international — and all of them provide fun and entertainment. If venturing to Tahoe to ski, to boat or to just take in its natural wonderland, be sure to find a festival and partake. You won’t be sorry if you do.

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North Tahoe Resort at Squaw Creek 400 Squaw Creek Road Olympic Valley, CA 530-583-6300 The Resort at Squaw Creek is a 4-diamond, luxury Lake Tahoe resort, ranked among the top 50 best resorts in North America by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The Resort offers a fullservice spa, world-class recreation, distinctive restaurants and a stunning mountain location, only minutes from the shores of Lake Tahoe. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino 111 Country Club Drive Incline Village, NV 775-832-1234 With four restaurants (including the award-winning Lone Eagle Grille on the water), elegant guest rooms, cottages and suites, the Stillwater Spa & Salon, a 24-hour casino and 500 feet of private beach, this property is minutes from lakeview skiing, championship golf and more. VACA North Tahoe 7220 North Lake Boulevard Tahoe Vista, CA 530-546-9009 VACA North Tahoe specializes in vacation rentals at the beautiful


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North Lake Tahoe area. They manage hotel rooms, condos and homes located right on the crystal blue waters, or just walking distance to the gorgeous sandy beaches of the North Shore. They also feature properties at the popular Northstar Ski Resort that include free shuttle service to the Village & ski lifts.

Restaurants Jason’s Landing and Beachside Grille 8338 No. Lake Boulevard 530-546-3315 Located on one of Tahoe’s most scenic beaches, Jason’s offers lakefront patio dining in a Sierra lodge atmosphere. A great selection of appetizers, slow-roasted prime rib, BBQ baby back ribs, Cajun Salmon, Smoked Chicken Pasta, fresh seafood, pasta specialties and a great 1/2-pound, flame-broiled burger. Christy Hill Lakeside Bistro 115 Grove Street Tahoe City, CA 530-583-8551 Christy Hill Restaurant sits in the center of Tahoe City, just 100 feet above the shoreline of Lake Tahoe offering diners a panoramic vista. Christy Hill is one of Lake Tahoe’s most popular and enduring restaurants. Using the freshest and finest seasonal ingredients the cuisine is “Seasonal California” with French influenced sauces. Diners enjoy a chance to explore fine wines from around the world with an extensive list that has received a Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” since 1982.

Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe Mid-mountain at Northstar 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court Truckee, CA 530-562-3050 Perched mid-mountain on Northstar California, Manzanita, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s signature restaurant, features California cuisine with a regional mountain resort influence. Fat Cat Bar & Grill 599 North Lake Boulevard Tahoe City, CA 530-583-3355 Try the delicious homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches or choose from a great selection of share plates and gourmet pastas. Kick back with an espresso from our eco Grounds organic and rainforest-friendly coffees. Relax at the bar and enjoy a glass of wine, beers on draught, or a full selection of cocktails. Live local music as well as traveling bands looking to perform in Tahoe. Soule Domain Restaurant 9983 Cove Street Kings Beach, CA 530-546-7529 For over 15 years, The Soule Domain’s chef and owner Charlie Soule has been cooking “Creative American Cuisine” while his brother Steve has been managing the dining room.

South Tahoe 968 Park Hotel 968 Park Avenue South Lake Tahoe, CA 530-544-0968 968 Hotel is the newest and greenest hotel in South Lake Tahoe. It is conveniently located within walking distance to Heavenly Ski Resort with access to a private beach on beautiful Lake Tahoe and the Stateline Nevada Casinos. Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe 3411 Lake Tahoe Boulevard South Lake Tahoe, CA 530-541-6722 Inspired by their backyard . . . the mountains, the lake, the sand . . . The Beach Retreat & Lodge gathers and combines the essence of Lake Tahoe — a perfect combination of recreation and relaxation. Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel 4130 Lake Tahoe Boulevard South Lake Tahoe, CA 530-544-5400 Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is South Lake Tahoe’s only all-suite hotel. Located at the base of Heavenly Ski Resort and moments from world-class gaming, dining, ice-skating, golf, shopping, hiking, biking, entertainment, and lake activities, their stylish Lake Tahoe accommodations are perfect for families, corporate meetings and retreats, social functions and groups, or an adventure vacation.

Restaurants Minden Food Company 1599 Esmeralda Avenue Minden, NV 775-783-1988 Located in the historic corridor of old Minden, The Minden Food Company was established in 2004. The beautiful American cuisine restaurant was designed by award winning architect Niccolo Valerio of Beverly Hills and features three dining sections, two bars, and a private lounge (all kept warm and cozy by two large fireplaces) as well as the popular Chef’s Table. Openness abounds beneath a 22-foot ceiling. While you’re here, take a peek at the private wine room, then catch your breath as you gaze from our balcony at the Tuscan mural painted by San Diego artist Kathleen King. Sage Room Steak House 988 Stateline Avenue South Lake Tahoe, CA 775-588-2411 Since 1947, this restaurant has been a favorite. Every cut from filet mignon to Steak Diane is featured as are veal, fish and lamb entrees. Rojos Restaurant and Bar 3091 Harrison Avenue South Lake Tahoe, CA 530-541-4960 The BBQ sauce is smokey and tangy without being overwhelming. The ribs have drawn enthusiasts from around the country. This establishment is a local favorite. Blue Angel Cafe 1132 Ski Run Boulevard South Lake Tahoe, CA 530-544-6544 The Blue Angel Cafe offers fresh innovative food from around the world. Located on historic Ski Run Boulevard in beautiful Lake Tahoe, the restaurant provides affordable international cuisine in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Take a trip around the world with curries from the streets of Bangkok, fish tacos from Baja, or hand-rolled pizzas from Italy.

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Washington Project for the Arts Written by Kim Ward

It can be difficult to find what you are looking for in an area that is geographically sprawling and home to over 5.5 million people. Contemporary art is part of the collections of the many art museums in Washington, DC, and the focus of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on the National Mall, yet galleries and organizations fully devoted to contemporary art that are accessible, easy to follow, and have a low intimidation factor are few and far between in the DC area. Where can you see it, buy it and become engaged in contemporary art? How do you start collecting art and meet the artists behind the work? One organization stands out as the preeminent place to see contemporary art, meet local artists with professional studio practices and purchase art—Washington Project for the Arts.

Installation view from Options 2011, WPA’s biennial exhibition. John Eric Home 27 Work by Stewart Watson. Photo courtesy of WPA.

Katherine Tzu-lan Mann, Untitled, 2013. Acrylic, sumi ink and woodcut on mylar, 36” x 26”. Featured in SELECT 2014: WPA’s 33rd Annual Art Auction Exhibition at Artisphere. Courtesy of WPA, the Artist and Project 4.


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WPA member artworks featured at the (e)merge art fair. Photo courtesy of WPA.

First, an introduction and a brief history. Washington Project for the Arts is a 38-year-old independent, nonprofit arts organization that serves as a catalyst for contemporary art. It was founded in 1975 by the legendary Alice Denney who launched the organization with an inaugural exhibition of visual art, film, video, music, dance and dramatic performances. The launch was a month long group exhibition between April and May in 1975, in the WPA building at 1227 G Street, NW, Washington, DC. This was the beginning of literally thousands of artists’ involvement and participation in a group that became nationally known and locally revered — an alternative contemporary arts institution that has survived and endured in a city known for continuous political, cultural and economic change. The history of WPA is intertwined with that of DC and the wider region, and WPA has exerted immeasurable influence on Washington’s art culture. It has been to the city of Washington, the region and the nation what alternative spaces are at their best: A place that may roam or change, yet always brings art to the community that would not otherwise be seen in the traditional spaces and channels where art is presented. Carrying on this tradition 38 years later, WPA serves a membership of over 800 artists. It produces dozens of free events and exhibitions annually that provide the region with an opportunity to easily see, engage and become involved in the significant ideas and art of “our time.” While headquartered at the Rubell family-owned Capitol Skyline Hotel, WPA presents programming throughout the DC Metro region and beyond. Highlights of recent past programs include “The Ripple Effect,” a groundbreaking exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas highlighting artists effectively working to create positive societal change; converting the raw

Checking out Gabriel Mellan’s installation for The Lobby Project in NoMa, curated by WPA.

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Performance by Maida Withers Dance Construction Company at WPA’s SynchroSwim 2013 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel pool. Photo by John Edmonds.

space of a newly constructed commercial building in Chinatown to a gallery and partnering with organizations such as The Phillips Collection and the Museum of the Moving Image for the presentation of its annual “Experimental Video” series and with the Corcoran Gallery of Art for a performance art series titled “Take it to the Bridge.” The organization recognizes how important it is to provide artists with support throughout their careers. To that end, WPA offers educational programs through its Professional Practices Workshops to advance their skills and connect them to other artists, arts professionals and collectors. A strong environment for artists and the arts requires collectors and supporters. The organization presents programs on collecting for those just starting out, and it produces exhibitions that feature artwork from both emerging and established artists ranging in price from under a hundred dollars to thousands. Each year, the organization presents the WPA Art Auction Gala. This annual event provides the public with a wonderful opportunity to both gaze at and purchase exceptional pieces. The event always opens with an exhibition that is the very best survey of art being made in the region, along with a few pieces from outside of the Mid-Atlantic. Eight curators plus the WPA Board of Directors select each of these pieces, and all the work is sold to benefit the artists and WPA’s programs. Works are selected by some of the most accomplished curators in the region, who also present talks over two evenings (this year on March 6 and 13 at 6:30pm) for the public to learn more about the artists, the artworks and the reasons why they were selected.


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The SELECT 2014 curators are: Cynthia Connolly - Visual Arts Curator, Artisphere, Arlington, VA Jeffry Cudlin - Professor of Curatorial Studies and Practice, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD Brandon Fortune - Chief Curator, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC Jennifer Scanlan - Independent Curator, New York, NY Olivia Kohler-Maga - Assistant Director, Luther W. Brady Gallery at George Washington University, Washington, DC Megan Rook-Koepsel - Independent Curator, Washington, DC Mera Rubell - Co-founder, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL Gregory Volk - Art Critic/Independent Curator/Associate Professor in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, and New York, NY The gala ticket supports WPA and, as a charitable event, more than half of the ticket price is tax-deductible. Also available to the public is WPA’s bi-weekly newsletter, which lists both WPA’s exhibitions as well as other shows around town. It includes a feature article on someone or something shaking up the cultural scene in DC. If you are ready to start seeing or buying art, the highlight of DC’s contemporary art world season is “SELECT: WPA’s Annual Art Auction Exhibition and Gala.” The exhibition opened on February 27, 2014 at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA, and the auction Gala will be held on March 22.

Mia Hebib, Always in Motion, 2009. Sterling silver, patina, 2 ½” x 2 ½”. Featured in SELECT 2014: WPA’s 33rd Annual Art Auction Exhibition at Artisphere. Photo courtesyJohn of the Artist and WPA. Eric Home 31



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Kale and Sweet Potato Soup Blackened Sea Bass Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Joaquin “Jocko” Fajardo, Personal Chef

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Kale and Sweet Potato Soup with Cannelini Beans

2 tbsp cooking oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, sliced thin 3/4 lb kale, tough stems removed, leaves washed well and shredded (about 1 quart) 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes (about 3), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes 1 1/2 qts canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup canned unsweetened soy milk 1 12 oz can cannellini beans


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Recipe provided by Joaquin “Jocko” Fajardo

Preparation In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and jalape単o and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the kale, sweet potatoes, broth, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add the coconut milk and beans and just heat through.

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Blackened Sea Bass with Kohlrabi Slaw 4 (7oz) sea bass, skinless fillet Cajun spice mix: 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup kosher salt 1/4 cup cayenne powder 1/4 cup paprika 1/4 cup garlic powder 1/4 cup black pepper 2 tbsp onion powder 2 tbsp dried oregano 2 tbsp dried thyme Kohlrabi Slaw 1/3 cup mayonnaise 3 tbsp canola oil 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp whole-grain mustard 3/4 tsp sugar 3/4 tsp celery seeds Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 lbs purple and/or green kohlrabi, peeled and coarsely shredded on a box grater 1 cup shredded green cabbage 1 medium celery rib, thinly sliced crosswise


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Recipe provided by Joaquin “Jocko� Fajardo

Sea Bass Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat a skillet over high heat. Dredge fish in spices and sautĂŠ on both sides. Finish the cooking in the oven, for about 4 or 5 minutes. NOTE: It is also wise to have all your windows open and all your smoke alarms disconnected, considering the amount of smoke that this wonderful dish produces. Cajun Spice Mix: Mix well. Store in glass or plastic container with lid. Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

Kohlrabi Slaw Preparation In a large bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the canola oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, celery seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 3/4 teaspoon of pepper. Add the kohlrabi, cabbage and celery and toss well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Season the slaw with salt and pepper and serve. The kohlrabi slaw can be refrigerated overnight.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies Gluten Free

8 oz unsalted butter 11 oz brown rice flour, approximately 2 cups 1 1/4 oz cornstarch, approximately 1/4 cup 1/2 oz tapioca flour, approximately 2 tablespoons 1 tsp xanthan gum 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp baking soda 2 oz sugar, approximately 1/4 cup 10 oz light brown sugar, approximately 1 1/4 cups 1 whole egg 1 egg yolk 2 tbsp whole milk 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips


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Recipe provided by Joaquin “Jocko� Fajardo

Preparation Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan over low heat. Once melted, pour into the bowl of a stand mixer. In a medium bowl, sift together the rice flour, cornstarch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, salt and baking soda. Set aside. Add both of the sugars to the bowl with the butter and using the paddle attachment, cream together on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the whole egg, egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Chill the dough in the refrigerator until firm, approximately 1 hour. Shape the dough into 2-ounce balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake for 14 minutes, rotating the pans after 7 minutes for even baking. Remove from the oven and cool the cookies on the pans for 2 minutes. Move the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. Store baked cookies in an airtight container.

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Have you noticed that everywhere you look in the latest home trends there are variations of the color violet? According to Pantone, the global authority on color, the official color of the moment is Radiant Orchid 18-3224. This specific color that includes hints of fuchsia, purple and pink inspires confidence. Also, known to provoke originality and creativity, this captivating purple inspires joy, love and health. You might recall in 2013 we were introduced to Emerald 17-5641. This was a great addition to many of our homes as it served as a symbol for growth, prosperity and renewal. Located as a complement color across the color wheel from Emerald, Radiant Orchid gives us an opportunity to incorporate this captivating hue into our homes. It does not matter if you choose to paint an accent wall, accessorize with pillows or introduce a pop of this color, you cannot go wrong with this bold new look.

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What is Pantone? In 1963, Lawrence Herbert created an innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. Herbert’s insight led to the innovation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM, a book of standardized color in a fan format. The PANTONE FASHION + MATCHING home color system is a vital tool for designers in the apparel, home furnishings and interior design industries for selecting colors used in the manufacturing of textiles. The system consists of 2,100 colors in a cotton or paper format. It is ideal for creating conceptual color schemes, assembling color palettes and providing color communication and control. The Pantone Color Institute is a color research and information center. Recognized throughout the world as the leading source for color information, the institute is used as a resource by the most influential designers and creators. Months prior to the announcement of the color of the year, Pantone searches the world for color influences. This selection requires careful consideration and is often inspired by traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and current socioeconomic conditions. Other influential factors may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact the color. Over the last few years, we have all introduced tones of gray, taupe and beige into our color palettes. These statement classics have updated and modernized many of our homes from Mid-Century Modern to traditional. Accented with bold architectural details and thick white crown molding, these color additions in aging spaces have given new life to many homes. Suddenly, these colors utilized in new open concept spaces with bright large widows invite guests in and provide more visibility and interest. One of the greatest challenges is keeping the space inviting, harmonious and warm. Many times, the use of these amazing neutrals leads to flat and dormant spaces. When used as a complement to neutrals, Radiant Orchid provides uplifting and bold interest without being overpowering. The blue and pink undertones playfully blend and balance with deep gray walls and provide a sense of serenity and calmness. The strength and confidence of the color does not require it to be used in large segments — keep it narrow and accent with tones that correspond to its statement.


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If you find that you are often challenged with color flow and coordination, you do not always need a designer to help you pull it all together. First, look at the foundation color of your room. If you have camel colored walls and neutral monochromatic furniture, the palette is quite basic and ideal to make Radiant Orchid your accent color. Many times, however, an accent color is just too strong for minimalistic palettes. This being the case, you must next look for coordinating colors that anchor the strength of the color. This is the step where many people feel like they are being absorbed by fast-paced quicksand. The solution is right outside your window. Nature is the answer to many of our decorating, fashion and color dilemmas. Where have you seen this color or variations of Radiant Orchid in nature? The obvious answer is the beautiful and delicate tropical orchid plant, perhaps in the bloom of a hydrangea, or maybe even in the transition of the blue sky after a spring storm? The next question to consider is what are the colors that are “naturally” complementing? If you examine the colors from a plant perspective, deep green, lemon yellow, ivory, beige and sienna brown are all prevalent. Thinking back to rainbows and storms, I immediately have a vision of deep gray skies fading into a dusty blue, indigo and violet. Regardless of the scenario you visualize, one variable remains the same — the deep and rich color is always anchored by a neutral either a fluffy storm cloud or the brilliance of the white bloom. The similarity is not coincidence and represents the neutrality of your room. With a little visualization and inspiration from the great outdoors, selecting complementary accent colors is quite easy. Now, that you have selected your complementary accent colors, it is time to discover where and how you are going to inject them into your environment. I would like to suggest that when you make these considerations keep the financial investment at minimum. Easy and less expensive options can range from vases, pillows, throws, drapery panels, rugs and flowers. Make certain your selection allows you the flexibility to change it up when you are ready for something new. The flow should be effortless. Also, keep in mind that it is just as chic to work with one color utilizing a few of its shades, either darker or lighter. Experiment with pattern and texture to add depth. Make certain the placement of objects and color are balanced and not overaccessorized through your space. Remember, Radiant Orchid and its complements should not be the solo leading act but instead must be part of the orchestra. The room in its entirety must perform together and deliver while representing you. In conclusion, there are many forecasting companies, designers, and magazines that provide you with a sense of direction into your home design and its accents. It is ultimately up to you make certain that the statement you make in your home represents you and your family. I encourage you to try new adventures, colors and trends. The most important tip I leave with you is “do not sacrifice functionality, comfort and space” for the trend of the moment. As always, invest in classic pieces of upholstered furniture in neutrals so they can be the canvas to your paint. Next, add your interest through accessories, accent colors and paint. Finally, add your personal connection.


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It’s possible today to design your own bathroom completely online. Whether it’s via a new online bathroom design tool called — Inspiration Built By You — or perusing, or other online inspiration photos and boards, a homeowner has more options than ever to envision a bathroom of his or her dreams and making it come true.

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The Watergate bathroom went from 1980 to 2014 with dual dark wood vanities and decorative tiles by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., Photo courtesy of Case.

DESIGN TOOLS With 3D software and a curated collection of materials, ibby. com allows homeowners to “build” a bathroom in five easy steps. Powered by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., allows users to choose a room layout based on their spaces’ current floor plans and the ibby options available online. Then the users choose bathroom styles from traditional, transitional or modern from ibby’s curated collection of materials. In the next steps, users design their new bathrooms and save the plans as well as have the option to share them on social media outlets. The finishes can be mixed and matched before ordering free samples of materials. also calculates the price for the bathroom design as materials are selected. The final step is making a dream bathroom a reality by requesting a consultation. While the ibby team is located in the DC Metro area, users across the country can buy the design, which includes a list of materials with model numbers and quantities needed, a list of vendors where the items can be purchased, and a set of drawings to guide the installation. If the user is in the DC region, the ibby team will schedule a visit to review the design, space and materials, with construction typically starting four weeks after signing a contract. The remodel takes approximately two weeks to complete. The ibby team includes craftsmen with an average of 21 years of experience and ibby offers a five-year warranty on the work. Depending on demand in various regions,


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the ibby team may bring their remodeling services to areas outside the DC area. “Ibby allows users to redesign their bathrooms in only 10 minutes from the comfort of their couches,” says TJ Monahan, ibby general manager, who has 10 years of architectural and remodeling experience. “All you need is a laptop or tablet, an Internet connection, and ibby. You control the whole process from initial design ideas to floor tiles, paint color and vanity light selections. We’re making remodeling fun, while providing an unmatched value.” REAL TIME Other firms offer 3D software as well, including Italo Ceramica,, in Rockville, Maryland. The creative team in the 8,500-square-foot Italian tile showroom design bathrooms with the latest online technology so homeowners who walk into the showroom, as well as designers and others in the remodeling industry can see the tiles as they’ll appear in the bathrooms. In the adjoining 20,000-square-foot warehouse, customers can leave the same day with tiles that range from glass mosaics to popular wood-look porcelain to wavy and subway-style accent tiles. “I thrive on the challenge of creating a slice of luxury for everyone I meet,” says Italo Ceramica showroom manager Dina Reifel. “Italo Ceramica provides me that opportunity with a large showroom of colorful, exotic and interesting tiles that I can portray with precision in our 3D design software

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Boffi Georgetown,, is an Italian kitchen and bathroom showroom in Georgetown’s Cady’s Alley offering gorgeous bathroom accessories, such as this Boffi A45 washbasin. Photo courtesy of Boffi.

so my customers can tweak and appreciate the designs before making them a reality in their homes.” In another local showroom, Boffi in Georgetown brings all elements of a bathroom to life with displays of freestanding tubs, walls of shiny fixtures, and washbasins of every shape and style. The clean, white finishes in a Boffi bathroom exude modern elegance and timeless appeal. REMODELING TODAY A 1980’s second floor owner’s bath in a 1920’s Kalorama home lacked the level of finishes and quality a fine home should possess. So Bruce Wentworth of Wentworth, Inc., www., looked at what could go, including the double sinks and vanity cabinets in the wife’s bathroom, since her husband had his own, as well as the inefficient shower stall that lacked storage and required stepping over a curb. Water was also leaking into the dining room below, which was the final straw in moving forward with a much-needed bathroom remodel. Wentworth started by incorporating a single bow-front white vanity with a make-up vanity where the double vanities once stood. With a white-on-white theme, marble counters, oval glass floor tiles that extend into the shower, and freestanding oval tub with floor-mounted tub filler provide sculptural elements throughout the space. Wavy wall panels create a focal point in the tub alcove, which includes a chandelier. Storage played a big role in this remodel with verticalstacked, niched-marble shelves in the shower. Extra luxury items include a towel warmer, frosted glass cabinet doors, a rain showerhead and heated flooring. In another recent project, Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.,, worked with owners who wanted the look

of a luxurious hotel bathroom in their Watergate condo. They wanted a retreat in the city where they could relax in a spa-like atmosphere. Blending marble, granite and glass with dark wood cabinets became the foundation for this bathroom redesign. Working in an older building, there were some things that couldn’t be changed, so Case came up with custom solutions, such as incorporating a custom-made black pearl granite shower base to fit the plan because the in-floor drain could not be relocated. Polished marble walls recreated a pattern the owners enjoyed in a bathroom on a recent trip. To add color and texture, blue marble and glass mosaic accent walls were installed behind the dual vanities illuminated by lighting around the mirrors. POWDER ROOMS While the powder room is often overlooked, it offers endless possibilities to be creative. Unique sink sizes and finishes, decorative mirrors, and colorful wallpaper can turn a powder room into a favorite space in a house. Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design, www., often has fun when designing a powder room by incorporating colorful wallpaper in the design. Whether it’s an animal print or a wallpaper-framed mirror, Proxmire finds a way to add a bit of whimsy in her powder room designs. Known for her practical and pretty touch, Proxmire says, “Don’t overlook a small space, such as a powder room, to add elements you love, including wallpaper, art or collected pieces. A powder room is a wonderful place to experiment with color, too.”

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Spring will soon be sprung, and every man wants to look great for the new season. So long to the long coats, heavy sweaters, the scarves that envelop necks and the wool slacks that provide warmth against the chilling winter. Casting all aside, and either planning a new spring wardrobe or adding to an already impressive one, is a right of the season.

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There are some terrific buys out there to supplement your wardrobe. Not all of these buys are designers and retailers trying to unload their winter lines. Many are for spring and as far away as summer. Take the Kamakura dress shirt. These Japanese-made shirts come in a variety of colors and patterns and are available at a modest price. They are perfect for throwing under a snazzy suit and come in modern spread collars and cutaways. To match your dress shirt – they’re back, and with a vengeance! — pocket squares have returned to the fashion scene with gusto. While solid colors have always been a perennial favorite, designers are upping the ante with prints. The indigo pocket square has become a fan favorite and a variety of retailers are offering the print, O’Harrow Clothiers, Grei and Apolis to name but three. Plaid pocket squares are becoming all the rage, too. Don’t be surprised to find prints in pockets this season. While there is a price variance — which one you may choose will depend on your style and budget — on the whole, these accessories go a long way to completing a look inexpensively. With the warmer weather arrives the obligatory T-shirt. From Ralph Lauren to Gap, these numbers will be coming to retailers near you. They will be fanned out on display tables beckoning you to take one or two or three of them home with you. This season, Armani Exchange is offering a basic tee made from premium pima cotton. Their slim-fit version has natural wicking abilities — this means that in the summer, when the heat and humidity of Washington become oppressive, you can stay dry and cool. Men, search for some good buys this season. They are out there and easily found.

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MIXOLOGY The 4th Army

American Artillery Master of Shield and Spear

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THE 4TH ARMY During World War I, one unit set themselves apart in some of the most important and brutal battles of history. Fighting in battles that included the decisive Battle of Amiens, the British Expeditionary Force Fourth Army was formed in 1916. It was unique in the fact it included British, Canadian and American troops. To properly salute the ancient Roman god Mars this month, the 4th Army cocktail celebrates heroic actions and history. For a military cocktail, whiskey is the natural choice. To represent British and Canadian troops, Crown Royal, the living legend of Canadian whiskey, is utilized, which was introduced in 1939 to celebrate the British King and Queen’s visit to Canada. Sweet and smooth, it sets the tone to fit perfectly with American maple syrup. The caramel notes brought out from the barrel pair naturally with the maple syrup. The whiskey absorbs the flavors in seamless transition and intensifies the spirit’s depth. Sour is brought forth by the lemon juice, and, in turn, adds a note to one of the most famous cocktails in history — the Whiskey Sour. Finally, a touch of dryness is called for to carry the drink to its pinnacle of taste. French dry vermouth adds a little kick, a little bite and whole lot of balance. In addition, the vermouth signifies France and the arena of WWI that would change the world. This March, when raising a toast to Mars in order to stay in his good graces, make sure to say “Cheers !” to the Fourth Army!


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INGREDIENTS 1.5 oz. Crown Royal .75 oz. Lemon Juice .25 oz. Dry Vermouth 1 bar spoon of Maple Syrup Garnish: Cherry and Lemon Twist

DIRECTIONS Build ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously to a slow 10 count (Note: The addition of maple syrup requires an extra hard shake in order to fully integrate the ingredients). Strain over ice, garnish and serve!

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AMERICAN ARTILLERY On March 17, 1776, the Siege of Boston, resulting in the British evacuation of the city, was brought to an end. The result was a major victory for the Continental Army and General George Washington, setting a foundation for the rest of the American War for Independence. It also gave the American Colonial forces an important strategic stronghold and base for operations. To celebrate the March victory, the big guns of American alcohol are brought out — rum and bourbon! Rum, largely popularized in Colonial times by the sugar factories in and around Boston, makes the perfect foundation for this cocktail. Its history, and its punch of the molasses distillate, set the tone. The fire and heat of the rum pairs with an American icon, bourbon. Aged whiskey, with old-fashioned American corn, bourbon sets the sweet, the sour and the spice to match the heat from the rum. Finally, a little sugar and blackberries help to bring out notes from both. With an extremely strong shake, the drink comes together. Perfect for any March day, and to commemorate a turning point in American history, the American Artillery is a sure shot that always hits it mark..


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GLASSWARE Shot Glass (at least 2 oz. in size)

INGREDIENTS .75 oz. White American rum .75 oz. bourbon 1 bar spoon of sugar 5 blackberries

DIRECTIONS Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker, and shake to a slow 13 count. Double strain the drink (using a fine mesh strainer and a Hawthorne strainer) into a chilled shot glass, removing all of the pulp from the blackberries. Serve chilled and enjoy!

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MASTER OF SHIELD AND SPEAR The master, the hunter, the god always depicted with the original battlements of a sword and shield - Mars. Jagermeister, which is sweet and herbaceous with a combination of over 56 ingredients and 130 years of legacy, makes a fitting base for a battle cocktail. Its dark and rich herbal flavors provide a perfect home for layers of dark cherry. Dark red notes, reminiscent of rich wine and candy, ripple off the shelf of the master hunter and begin to smooth the cocktail in a way that delights and enthralls. Cherry brandy from Germany adds strength, while cherry liquor from Denmark adds elegance. A splash of club soda adds a playful effervescent texture, and the cocktail is complete. This March, don’t be afraid to go big, with a bold cocktail give an ovation to Mars in his month and prepare for the rest of the year - just like a true Master would!


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INGREDIENTS 1.25 oz. Jägermeister .75 oz. Cherry Heering .25 oz. Kirschwasser .75 oz. Black Cherry Cordial .5 oz club soda Garnish: Candied Lemon Peel

DIRECTIONS Build ingredients, except for the club soda, into a shaker and shake to a slow 8-10 count (the addition of soda water means less of a shake is needed). Strain the cocktail in a coupe glass, add club soda, garnish, serve and enjoy! In a metal saucepan combine ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup water, ¼ cup black cherry juice, 4 lemon slices, and 4 lemon peels. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat and reduce until about 1/3 of a cup is left. Take slices and peels and place on wax paper in freezer until ready for use as garnish. Remove all lemon pieces and add to the mixture (it should be close to caramel in texture), add ¾ cup black cherry juice, ½ cup water and ¾ oz of lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat, remove and let cool. Total yield should be about 1 and 1/3 cup black cherry cordial.

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CASTLES Protecting Your Assets and Wealth PART VIII

Last month, we finished up the Protection component, or the Moat part of financial planning strategies. Now we can move on to the Savings component and start to build your financial castle. The first three components of the Savings component are Regular Savings, Credit Union, and Checking accounts. These types of accounts are for your ready cash and short-term savings. Currently, the interest rates that these type of accounts pay is low. So, most people keep them to pay current bills, build an emergency reserve and deposit their paychecks. The rates on regular Savings Accounts are currently 0 to 1% per year. It is not a place that you will ever make a significant income, but it is a place for you to keep your safe money. There are many local banks that advertise low rates, but you can sometimes talk to the branch manager and get a competitive rate of return. There are some banks that you can locate on the internet with rates around 1%. You need to check the website to make sure that they are insured and in good standing before you send your hard-earned money to them. FDIC coverage is currently $250,000 per person on the account; there are also additional amounts of protection per beneficiary. The FDIC website has a calculator to figure out how much protection your account will have. Credit Unions are also good places to build up savings. Their rates are also fairly low for savings and checking accounts. You usually need some type of an affiliation to join a credit union, but they are there to provide benefits for their members. Credit unions are usually affiliated with a large company, a government branch, military branches and sometimes counties have them for people that live or work in a certain area. One of the best uses of a credit union is that they are usually a great place to borrow for short-term needs. A short

term need would be a debt consolidation loan or some type of loan to pay off super high credit card rates and lock in a mid-level interest rate for you to pay. We have had credit unions consolidate 12 to 20% loans to a 7-12% loan. Checking Accounts are accounts that you should use as a convenience for you and your family. You want a no-cost or lowcost checking account that will allow you to keep a low balance with no fees for deposits and withdrawals. Many times, the banks or credit unions offer a free type of checking if you keep a minimum balance with the institution. These are the first three savings components; next month we will explore the next three savings components which include Savings Bonds, CD’s and Money Markets.

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ELEGANT AND MODERN Walking down mature tree-lined sidewalks to the neighborhood parks, playgrounds and nearby shopping contributes to the small-town feel of Lyon Village, one of Arlington’s most sought after residential communities. Frank Lyon purchased this land, formerly Robert Cruit’s 19th Century weekend and holiday estate and dairy farm, and established Lyon Village, a true community that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1923. Colonial, Tudor and Classical Revival styles are among the distinctive homes within the neighborhood, which embraces the custom brick home at 1839 North Herndon Street as one of its own. 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 to the hand-selected tiles and lower level HD projection TV, the residence offers top-of-the-line finishes around every turn. The gourmet kitchen outfitted with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances and adjacent pantries with additional refrigeration and dishwashing capabilities create a first floor flow suited to both intimate affairs or large-scale dinner parties. An outdoor kitchen and stone-walled patio offer additional space to cook and entertain, while the central study with floorto-ceiling built-ins offers a secluded place to work at home as well as additional gathering space when needed. Formal living and dining rooms with custom moldings, built-ins and low-volt accent lighting flank the foyer where the gracious staircase leads to the upper levels.


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With five bedrooms and four full baths on the upper two levels, there is ample space and privacy for out-of-town guests. The master suite to the right of the upper hallway offers an entry alcove and arched doorway to the bedroom where the dressing room with its granite island, mirrored armoires and custom shelving provides an opulent place to prepare for the day. The sitting room niche includes a marble fireplace and built-ins, while the master bathroom is decked out with custom travertine limestone slabs and counters, spacious glass-enclosed steam shower with body jets, frosted water closet, jetted tub with lights, heated floor, and refrigerator between the vanities. The ability to enjoy any audio source in the shower, bath, dressing room, or entire master suite reinforces the spa experience as well as your morning preparations. The second floor laundry room is central to this floor’s additional three bedrooms and two full bathrooms including one with a floating vanity and blue glass tiles. An open, carpeted playroom or guest living space with triple dormers at the top of the third floor staircase leads to a white-tiled full bathroom and neighboring bright bedroom. The fully-finished lower level begins with a tiled mudroom with built-in cubbies and handy tiled area for rinsing your boots or the dogs after an outdoor adventure. The billiards room with TV opens right into another family room, this one featuring a hidden, dropdown projection HD TV with 100-inch screen, powerful surround sound theater audio, stone fireplace, built-ins, and granite wet bar with another wine and beverage refrigerator, icemaker, and dishwasher drawers. Here the floor is heated as well to provide yearround comfort. There is a sixth bedroom and fifth full bathroom on this level to serve as an au pair or additional guest suite. Regularly named one of the great Washington, DC, neighborhoods by The Washington Post, Washingtonian and Arlington Magazine, Lyon Village continues to charm homeowners with its small town feel despite being one of the most close-in neighborhoods in the city. All residents belong to the Lyon Village Citizen’s Association, which, in addition to owning a rentable community house used for meetings and parties, brings neighbors together with regular holiday parties, kids’ events, and community gatherings. Adjacent to the community house is a state-of-the-art playground with summer water feature along with lighted tennis and basketball courts, all just three blocks from the home’s front door. This close-knit community affords easy access to Interstate 66 and Spout Run, but is even more well known for its impressive walkability score and ready walking distance to the Clarendon Metro stop and dozens of neighborhood shops and restaurants, including Whole Foods, Starbucks, an Apple Store, Crate & Barrel, and many more. For those who want proximity to all that DC and Clarendon have to offer without sacrificing the luxury and amenities of a large, open, custom-built house, this home truly provides the opportunity to have it all.


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1839 North Herndon Arlington, Virginia

OFFERED AT $2,695,000

• Miele Dishwasher with


Exterior • Four Sides of Brick • Stone Accents • Solid Wood Front Door with Sidelights • Brick Paver Driveway • Operational Timberlane Wood

Shutters with Hand-Forged Iron

Hinges and Shutter Dogs

• Two-Car Garage with Separate

Garden Equipment and Workshop

Storage Room

• Flagstone Patio with Stone Wall,

Outdoor Kitchen, and Weather

proof Speakers

Main Level • Crestron Whole House Audio/Video

System with Touch Panels and

Customizable Audio Delivery

• 10-Foot Ceilings with Custom

Two- and Three-Piece Moldings

• Plantation Shutters • Hardwood Flooring • Custom Lighting With Smart Dimmers • Solid Wood Doors • Hand-Forged S.A. Baxter Hardware Custom White Kitchen includes: • Wolf Dual-Fuel Double-Oven 48”

Range with Four Burners, Griddle

and Grill

Custom Panel

• KitchenAid Built-In Under Counter Microwave

• Custom Raised Breakfast Bar with

Solid Wood Island Counter

• Built-in Desk with Hutch • Lab Black Granite Counters • Ann Sacks Subway Tile Backsplash • Instant Hot and Cold Filtered Water • Dual-Zone Sub-Zero Wine &

Beverage Refrigerator in

Custom Pantry

• Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher

Drawers in Butler’s Pantry with

Blue Pearl Granite Counter

• Marvel Icemaker in Butler’s Pantry • Light-Filled Breakfast Room

with Window Seat and Storage

• Foyer with Custom Wainscoting, Columns to Living Room and Closets Flanking Library’s Double Doors • Living Room with Custom Built-Ins and Marble Fireplace • Formal Dining Room with Elegant Chandelier in Coffered Ceiling, Wall Sconces and Custom Wainscoting • Study with Floor-to-Ceiling Built-Ins, Granite-Topped Desk and Pocket Doors to the Living Room • Open Concept Family Room Adjacent to the Kitchen with Custom Built-Ins and Stone Fireplace • Half Bath with Kohler Fixtures

• Commercial-Grade Hood • Sub-Zero Refrigerator with

Custom Panel

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Second Level

Third Level

Master Suite includes:

• Large Playroom or Guest Living

• Arched Doorways

Room with Carpet, Three Dormers

• Daylight Sitting Room with Marble

and Ceiling Fan

Fireplace and Built-ins • Custom Granite-Topped Island,

• A Fifth Bedroom with Large Storage Closets

Built-ins and Full-Length Mirrors in

• A Fourth Full Bathroom

Master Closet

Lower Level

• Master Bath with Travertine Limestone, Steam Shower with Six Body Sprays and Three Shower Heads,

• Tiled Flooring Throughout with Heated Basement Floor • Granite Wet Bar with Sub-Zero

Dual Temperature Controls, Seat-

Wine & Beverage Refrigerator, Sub-

ing, Bisazza Glass Mosaic Tile, and

Zero Icemaker, and Fisher & Paykel

Marine-Grade Speaker, Separate

Dishwasher Drawers with Custom

Jetted Tub with Lights, Heated


Floor, Frosted Glass-Enclosed

• Second Family Room with Stone

Water Closet, and Refrigerator

Fireplace, Custom Built-Ins and

Between Vanities

Hidden HD Projector TV with 100-

• Three Additional Bedrooms with Large Closets • Two Additional Full Bathrooms one

Inch Dropdown Screen • Billiards Room with TV • A Sixth Bedroom with Carpet

with a Floating Vanity and Bisazza

• A Fifth Full Bathroom

Blue Glass Mosaic Tiles

• Mudroom with Custom Cubbies,

• Laundry Room with Front-Loading Maytag Washer and Dryer and Laundry Sink

Coat Storage and Tiled Mini-Shower for Pets or Muddy Boots • Audio-Visual Equipment Closet

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WATERFRONT 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. Virginia’s Northern Neck is ideally located between Washington and Richmond and provides an exceptional location and setting for a weekend home. One can enjoy the great outdoors and water activities with direct access to the Potomac River, its tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay. This home rejuvenates and relaxes your soul from the moment you arrive and truly allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Arriving at the property, you are greeted by the welcoming Seanile Estate sign. Driving down the private road toward this exquisite home, you are treated immediately to spectacular water views and a home that sits perfectly in tune with its surroundings. Also included on this expansive, 9.8 acre property are the Boat House and Dock, the Crab House Entertainment Pavilion and an auxiliary boat/car garage and guest house that all combined, make this home a very unique offering. The private road is in a natural state, which is by design. As the road ends you are greeted by a circular driveway which leads perfectly to the front of the estate. Walking down the landscaped front entry path, you climb a few steps and arrive at a spacious, deep front porch. The front porch provides a subtle and immediate reminder you have arrived at a place of rest and relaxation. Entering the front door, you are greeted by stunning water views, a two story foyer with a lovely chandelier and a graceful staircase. It’s natural for one to immediately walk into the living room and onto the rear deck to absorb the beautiful, sweeping views of the water. This home was built to take full advantage of the water views. The main level of this home is open and inviting. This home was not built with the formality of a traditional home with dedicated and defined rooms. Instead, many of the rooms could do double duty, depending upon the owner’s whim and the size of the party.


824 Skipjack Road Kinsale, Virginia

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824 Skipjack Road Kinsale, Virginia

The 2,000 square foot guesthouse is truly a home away from home. With water views, a full kitchen stocked with brand new appliances, one and a half baths and a washer and dryer, your guests will enjoy all of the comforts of being in their own space, while sharing the delightful experience of Seanile with you and yours. This guest home boasts one bedroom with a large walk-in closet and a den, which can also serve as a sleeping room. Only when you turn back toward the main home and gaze across this property with 960 feet of waterfront views can you truly appreciate the uniqueness of the Seanile Estate. With every amenity you can imagine throughout the main house and those thoughtful details carried throughout every outbuilding on the property, this is sure to be a place you’ll want to call home. Imagine a life in this picturesque town of Kinsale, Virginia – and make it yours.

OFFERED AT $1,395,000 NOTABLE FEATURES • Style: Colonial with Craftsman

• Wheel Chair Accessible First Floor


• Capella Wood Floors: Random

• Sq. Footage: 6,000 (Estimated)


• Bedrooms: 5 – Main House

• Caesar Stone Kitchen Counters

• Baths: 5 ½ - Main House

• Granite Countertop Island

• Water Frontage: 900 linear feet

• Stainless Steel Commercial Grade

• 180 Degree Water Views

• Drawer Dishwasher with two units

Throughout Home

Hood & Range

• Entire Property Secured with Alarm

• Walk-In Pantry

• Climate Controlled 150 Bottle Wine

and Camera System

• Circle Driveway


• 1000 sq. ft. Three Car Garage

• Mudroom

• Full Attic

• First Floor Laundry Room with

• Fruit trees: Apple, Pear, Persimmon

• Four Season Sun Room

and Pomegranate

Italian Tile

• Grape Vines

• 2000 sq. ft Guest House

• Japanese Maple & Dogwood Trees

• 960 sq. feet Drive Through Garage

• 8 foot Deep Front Porch

• 2000 sq foot workshop

• 16 x 40 Deck on the Rear\

• 12 x 34 foot Green House

• Vaulted Ceilings Throughout

• 100 ft. Dock

• Doors: Pella & Anderson

• Outdoor Pavilion 60 x 30 feet

• Windows: Anderson B- Grade

• 33 x 100 ft. Dog Kennel

• Lighting: Hinkley

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A MONUMENT VIEW Location of a lifetime best describes the quiet and intimate setting of the Residences of Memorial Overlook. Nestled behind the US Marine Corp War Memorial “Iwo Jima Park” in Rosslyn and overlooking everything but the details, this premier penthouse condo has picturesque vistas of the Potomac River, the Washington Monuments, the Kennedy Center and the US Capitol. Memorial Overlook is an exclusive condominium that offers the convenience of urban living plus a sophisticated lifestyle. From the balcony/terrace, enjoy the bells of the Carillion Tower, watch planes soar at Reagan National Airport or the helicopters hover over the White House while still maintaining close proximity to the nation’s foremost cultural and educational centers, the downtown business district and Metro.


1201 N NASH STREET, #PH 2 Arlington, Virginia

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1201 N NASH STREET, #PH 2 Arlington, Virginia

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. The two bedrooms with den/library, two-anda-half baths floor plan with its state-of the art lighting and chef’s kitchen is perfect for entertaining. The 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 grant comfortable living. The luxurious Residences at Memorial Overlook feature the finest materials and superior attention to detail. There is an immediate feeling of entering someone’s home when guests are greeted by friendly and accommodating staff. A well-equipped Fitness Center with two televisions is open 24 hours, and the large, attractive Club Room with kitchen adds convenience for owners and their guests. This penthouse unit also comes with two garage spaces and two good-sized storage spaces. The feeling of privacy while having close access to downtown Washington, the splendid views and the elegantly appointed penthouse unit with balcony/terrace make this a stunning offering.

OFFERED AT $1,400,000 NOTABLE FEATURES • Penthouse Unit • Expansive Living Room • Breathtaking Views • Gourmet Kitchen • Fitness Center • Club Room • Two Garage Spaces • Balcony/Terrace

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Hula Girl food truck owner Mikala Brennan has launched a pop-up at the former Pulpo restaurant location in Cleveland Park. Through mid-March, the Hula Girl Bar & Grill will serve a rotating menu of Oahu-inspired dishes. The pop-up will also serve Hawaiian-inspired cocktails, Hawaiian beers, and pure sugar-cane sodas from Waialua Soda Works. 3407 Connecticut Avenue, NW. (Y&H) The District is now the proud owner of the DC USA parking garage, free and clear of debt. Thanks largely to the popularity of the Columbia Heights shopping destination, the DC government was able to pay off the garage in only five years, 15 years ahead of schedule. On February 1, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer made a final, $1.25 million payment on the $46.9 million of revenue bonds issued to finance the construction of the 1,000-space, two-level parking structure at 14th and Irving Streets, NW. (WBJ)

Dino in Cleveland Park has opened Dino’s Grotto in Shaw, shuttering its original location. The restaurant cooked until its kitchen was empty at a farewell party that included buffet-style food plus a cash bar for beer, wine and booze. (WCP) In the Swiss women’s hockey teams match against Sweden for the Bronze Medal at the 2014 Olympic Games, the Swedes led 2-0 for a majority of the match. But momentum shifted when 24-year-old Jessica Lutz—a barista at The Coffee Bar, one of the city’s chic new coffee shops—scored to give the Swiss team the first lead of the night. The Swiss team would go on to win the medal. (dcist) Montgomery County’s December, 2013 unemployment rate was 4.1% — the lowest rate of any county in Maryland. The median sales price for an existing home was up 6.6% and nonresidential permits were up 69.3% over the past two fiscal news. All great news for the county. (Montgomery County) Google just announced that it has invited nine metro areas across the US to explore “what it would take” to bring its Google Fiber gigabit internet service to more locations. Washington is not one of them. Google says up to 34 cities in all could potentially receive Fiber service. The nine metro areas where those cities are located include: Atlanta, Charlotte, RaleighDurham, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose. (Post) At an all-staff meeting at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, officials from the Corcoran and George Washington University gathered curators, faculty and administrators to give them the news: the Corcoran would be absorbed. The college will become an adjunct of George Washington University, and the museum’s art collection will soon belong to the National Gallery of Art and other bodies. (WCP) There’s a reason why Arlington County typically makes a decision on whether to open, open on a delay or close for the day at 5:00 am, well after some other jurisdictions. Arlington and Alexandria both usually wait until after a 3:00 am Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments conference call, in which various governments and agencies discuss street conditions and their go or no-go decisions. (TWP)


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California Tortilla (4871 Cordell Avenue, in Bethesda) kept up its tradition of off beat holiday specials with cinnamon-sugar dusted tortilla chips served with a side of Nutella for dipping on Valentine‘s Day. The “Love Chips” were free with any entrée purchase. (California Tortilla)

DJ Heat of “The Pablo Morning Show” can add another accolade to her award-winning career: The first female DJ to win DJ of the Year at the Fab Awards. DJ Heat is a champion of DC area music and the editor-in-chief of the award-winning DC Metropolital area hip-hop blog (WPGC) The District government is about try to shake its image as a high-tax city. After more than 18 months of study, the DC Tax Revision Commission is recommending a series of tax cuts for low- and middle-income workers, a big break for estate taxes, and cuts in corporate taxes. But the commission, headed by former Mayor Anthony Williams, also is suggesting that the city’s 5.75 percent sales tax increase to 6 percent. (NBC4) Taylor Gourmet, the Philadelphia-inspired hoagie shop and “gourmet deli,” is hoping to open in Ballston as soon as May. Interior construction on the restaurant, at the Liberty Center South development (4000 Wilson Blvd), started in February, and construction is expected to take about three months, shortly after which the restaurant will open. (AN)

The Kennedy Center’s expansion plan is receiving early signs of approval from two federal agencies that oversee architecture and design in Washington. The National Capital Planning Commission provided favorable comments on the Kennedy Center’s concept design for a 65,000-squarefoot expansion. The center’s first major expansion since its 1971 opening would add rehearsal and education space, a memorial garden and a floating pavilion on the Potomac River. Most of the $100 million expansion would be built underground. (AP) Nopa Kitchen + Bar launched a new “winter savings” lunch option. Guests can choose one of six dishes along with a glass of wine or any nonalcoholic beverage for $17. The lunch items include: chicken Cobb salad, NoPa burger, honey-nut chicken salad sandwich, sautéed gnocchi, croque monsieur, and fried codfish sandwich. (WCP)

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From Veneto and EmiliaRomagna, Wines That Emerge from the Shadows Italy’s Veneto region, the plains of which stretch from the Adriatic shores of the Venetian mainland through the fertile farmland of the PoRiver valley, is practically one large vineyard. In terms of sheer volume produced, it ranks third behind Puglia and Sicily; but in terms of “quality” wine (i.e., that accorded DOC [Denominazione d’Origine Controllata] status), its output has no peers, producing more than 20% of the nation’s total. It can safely be assumed that winegrowing here dates back at least to Roman times, but the sheer vastness of vine plantation and wine production in the region is a relatively recent phenomenon, tracking to some extent the importance of Venice on the world stage. In addition to producing worldfamous wines like Prosecco and Amarone, Veneto is also known among wine geeks for Soave and Cabernet blends. A generation ago, Soave was a cheap house white served at middling Italian restaurants with red-checkered tablecloths, but a new generation, led by Stefano Inama, revitalized the wine and showed that Soave could be one of Italy’s most exciting whites. The Inama Winery, founded by Giuseppe, Stefano’s father, in the 1960’s, sought to redeem Soave’s reputation by focusing on old-vine Garganega planted in the area’s best soils, which are volcanic. In the 1990’s, Stefano chose to expand production to red wines for the first time and selected the nearby region of the Colli Berici, a network of rolling, red-soiled hills, to be the source of the grapes. These soils had been planted with Carménère as early as the 1840’s, and they still make a wonderfully dry, fruity version of that grape. They also do well with other Bordeaux varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, showing that sometimes white-wine specialists can make some of the most seductive reds. Located just south of Veneto, Emilia-Romagna includes two distinct areas, with Bologna, the region’s capital, marking the dividing line. Emilia, with its prosperous provinces lined along its ancient Roman-built Via Emilia, occupies the western sector, while Romagna lies to the east of Bologna and stretches all the way to the Adriatic Sea, the historic town of Ravenna and the well-known resort of Rimini. One of the best Emilian wines is perhaps Lambrusco. Lambrusco is like the love child of wine and Champagne, an intoxicating union of tannin and fizz. Still under the radar, this Italian bubbly deserves just as much attention as other sparkling wines. Slightly less effervescent than Champagne and with a wider range of incarnations — it’s available in red, white, and rosato varieties — it works for casual cocktail parties as well as special occasions.

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INAMA SOAVE CLASSICO ‘VIGNETTI DI FOSCARINO’ Intense yellow color, round notes of honey, chamomile and elderflowers finish with hints of sweet almonds, lemon curd, white peach and subtle acidity.

INAMA BRADISIMO A robust and delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménerè, Inama claims that these are some of the original Carmenere vines, a varietal thought to have gone extinct pretty much everywhere but Chile.

CA’ MONTANARI ‘OPERA 02’ LAMBRUSCO DI MODENA A fizzy red from Super Tuscan hero Luca d’Attoma, this Lambrusco is lively with a beautiful chokecherry bouquet, soft tannins and refreshing acidity. Pair with Margherita pizza or Prosciutto di Parma.

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It’s March! With it comes all of the fashion magazines stuffed to the gills with hundreds of pages of editorial and ads. It is a wonderful opportunity to survey the fashion scene as you scan the tomes full of design. Trek to your local drugstore or book haunt and grab a few to empower you with your spring wardrobe choices.


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A wonderful aspect of spring fashion month is that by spending time perusing the magazines — color, style and textile arrays are, literally, at your fingertips. You can utilize what is trending in the design world to mirror or complement your own individual tastes. Take a moment to note your likes and dislikes and think about how they can work for you. Mary Katrantzou has lovely floral prints that walked down Fashion Week’s runways. So did Miu Miu. While they were different in texture and pattern, both designers used light, floral patterns to create exquisite dresses. If this look is something that appeals to you, mark the magazine and do internet searches for those of similar design. Or, splurge and buy the original! Lots of lace adorned the runways, too — from Stella McCartney to Celine to Balmain. Lace is hot right now, but only the intrepid dare to wear this see-through style. By glancing through the different looks, it is easy to spot how you can pair a lace top with a tank underneath. Maybe go bold or choose a color most similar to that of the top. Or, try a camisole instead. By flicking through magazine pages, you will undoubtedly find your most desired (and comfortable) look. Everyone wants to be fresh for spring and that means adding a few pieces to your wardrobe. Don’t be intimidated by all of the different designs presented in publications. Find those that work for you. Go bold or seek subtle and have fun creating your own look.


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