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Real Estate and Lifestyle Magazine March 2013, Volume 10 DC | VA | MD




The Atlas Performing Arts Center: The Little Engine That Does

Celebrating the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Destinations Austin: Inside the City Limits

Foodie Blue Duck Tavern, Serves Up Style.

Home Trends A Soft Spot for Pillows

Technology Who’s Tracking You?

Money & Finance Chasing Two Fat Tails

Vineyard Bring Back the Aperitif!

Being Diplomatic A Conversation with His Excellency Joseph Cole of Malta

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66 HOME TRENDS A Soft Spot for Pillows


Austin: Inside the City Limits

The Atlas Performing Arts Center: The Little Engine That Does

26 Celebrating Women in Art at NMWA





Bring Back the Aperitif!

Who’s Tracking You?





John Eric’s New Listings

Sebastien Archambault, Executive Chef of Park Hyatt Washington & Blue Duck Tavern, Serves Up Style.

MONEY & FINANCE Riding the Financial Waves



Soar into Spring

News from around Washington, Arlington, and Montgomery County


83 BEING DIPLOMATIC A Conversation with His Excellency Joseph Cole of Malta



93 STYLIST Wedding Bells Are Ringing

NEXT MONTH The second part of Virnell Bruce’s series on the National Museum of Women in the Arts, featuring a profile on the Founder of this prestigious museum, Wilhelmina Holladay. Home Trends features a fantastic piece on how to bring your indoors outside. and Destinations takes readers to Cape Cod, Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket to explore and learn.

CONTRIB MIXOLOGY 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.

STYLIST Robin Fisher has worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years. Her experience has spanned from a Designer Bridge buyer for a major retail department store to an international production manager for private designer labels. Success in retail was all about projecting the style choices that retail shoppers would make. So, it should be no surprise that her greatest joy during those years was assisting others in developing the individual style and image they wished to project to the world. Her passion for fashion truly rests on seeing others look beautiful and confident while achieving their personal goals.



Joe Ireland and Julie Weber are the directors of the Dupont Circle design firm J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture and Design. Named House Beautiful’s “Next Wave” of top national design firms, they design residential and commercial spaces nationwide. They have transformed some of the area’s most desired homes, restaurant spaces and retail shops into timeless works of art and architecture. Critics have described their work as “elegant and comfortable,” “soothing,” “fresh,” “hip,” “clean” and “a blend of contemporary with traditional.” The creative duo has been described as “innovative thinkers concerned with form and function” who “take care to weave the client’s taste in seamlessly with their own keen eye.” Joe Ireland followed the traditional transition from apprentice to master architect. He brings unique and desired elements to every design. Julie trained as an interior architect and emphasizes comfort, functionality, and classic beauty in her design style.

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 Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

John Eric Home would like to introduce our readers to the contributors who provide both informative and interesting pieces to the magazine on a monthly basis. These are the voices that bring to you the most current trends in their individual industries. We would also like to thank our contributors for providing their thoughts to the magazine and its readers.


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Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault is a French-trained chef who has worked under such luminaries as Alain Ducasse, JeanFrancois Rouquette and Guy Savoy. From 2000 to 2003, Sebastien worked in Paris for Jean-Francois Rouquette, Executive Chef of Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. From 2005 to 2008, Sebastien relocated to Corsica, working first at Restaurant Le Pirate, which earned one Michelin star during his tenure, before going on to launch his own chef consulting business with his wife. In March 2011, Sebastien accepted an opportunity to be the executive chef and partner in a new concept restaurant and store in Los Angeles, L’Epicerie Market, where he remained until December, prior to his start at Park Hyatt Washington & Blue Duck Tavern. Since under his direction, Blue Duck Tavern has been honored with numerous awards, including “3 Stars (out of four) by The Washington Post in 2012, one of “America’s Top Restaurants” by Zagat in 2013, Forbes “Top Power Lunches in DC” in 2012, “Top Breakfast Spots in Washington” by Washington Business Journal in 2012, and “Best New Import” by DC Modern Luxury in 2012.

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 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 independentlyminded approach and has a soft spot for anything Mediterranean.

Ken Dreifach represents and counsels clients on complex issues involving information privacy and data law, online liability, and consumer regulatory law. He focuses on issues particular to the data, games and gaming, online advertising and online media industries. Ken has more than twenty years of experience in high-profile regulatory, in-house and private practice roles, addressing cutting edge Internet law and privacy issues. This wide-ranging experience helps him provide clients with unique, creative perspectives in evaluating and mitigating legal and ecosystem risks, and has made him one of the nation’s leading experts on law relating to emerging technologies and online privacy.

Virnell Bruce spent most of her professional years in the aerospace industry in corporate communications. She now holds classes and presentations on the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and has written a one-woman play, Shells — A Cameo of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The website for her work is www.

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John Eric Home has come a long way in just over a year. We are humbled but yet proud of all the wonderful comments we’ve received for our anniversary issue. We appreciate our readers’ loyalty and belief that this magazine is special and unique to our region. We strive each and every month to improve and increase our content and presentation of thoughtful and interesting stories. Our March edition of John Eric Home has, again, raised the bar. I believe it’s our best issue yet. This month’s magazine is over 100 pages! We are pleased to welcome some amazing new talent as contributing editors to our family and are grateful for their contributions. Each of our new contributing editors is a market leader in their particular field. All hail from our area and share our passion and commitment to excellence. I’m also pleased to announce that I’ve joined TTR Sotheby’s International Realty as a Vice President. TTR Sotheby’s and I share an unwavering commitment to provide exceptional customer service. They also have a strong commitment to our region. Their community involvement is second to none in the real estate business and is deeply felt and acted upon at all levels of the company. 2013 is shaping up to be a year of big changes for us at John Eric Home & John Eric Real Estate. With that said, I would like to express my appreciation to the many people who contribute each and every month to making this magazine happen. They are truly remarkable and I can’t thank them enough for their time and their talent. So, open the magazine and discover the amazing articles awaiting you. This month, we celebrate the arts and profile both The Atlas Center and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Enjoy reading about Austin in “Destinations,” try your hand at recipes from Blue Duck Tavern and learn how to create Venerate cocktails inspired by Spring. In “Tech,” read how your computer tracks you and in “Home Trends” how throw pillows work magic into a room. Finally, we are proud to announce three new sections of the magazine. In “Being Diplomatic,” learn about Malta through their ambassador, His Excellency, Joseph Cole, in “Vineyard,” how the aperitif is making a sound comeback and in “Money and Finances,” how to protect your retirement. And, as always, Robin Fisher provides fantastic tips on style and this month she focuses on wedding attire. Enjoy. All the best, John Eric Publisher, Principal & Realtor




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The Little Engine That Does


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“The Atlas’ mission is to foster the artistic growth of professional and aspiring performing artists throughout the region; to create a new model for collaborative arts management; to establish a unique community-centered venue for training and education in the performing arts and stagecraft; and to energize and sustain the revitalization of H Street, NE and the surrounding community.�

- The Atlas Performing Arts Center Mission Statement

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With the explosion of the H Street Corridor onto Washington’s cultural and commercial scene, an historic and prominent neighborhood has been lifted into the spotlight once again. Many are unaware that from the late 19th through the middle of the 20th century, this neighborhood was a nexus of activity. Its fifteen-block stretch provided Washington with its main commercial district. Department stores, clothing boutiques, music shops, beauty salons and pharmacies lined H Street. Part of this thriving community was The Atlas Theater. Originally built in 1938, the 1000 seat venue was one of four cinemas that thrived on the corridor. It featured the films of the time to packed houses of avid movie-goers. However, the riots of 1968 triggered a downward spiral of the neighborhood and the theater was shuttered in 1976. The area remained stagnant into the new millennium. Then, a renaissance of sorts occurred in the district, largely due to this former theater. A driving force behind H Street’s transformation has been the Atlas Performing Arts Center. In 2001, the Center purchased the empty former theater with the idea of creating a multiple venue arts center. It would be used as a catalyst for the revitalization of the corridor. The city, encouraged by the idea, created the H Street Overlay in 2003, which divided the street into three sections. The Center was chosen to anchor the new Arts and Entertainment District. Since then, the neighborhood has been revitalized as a nightlife district. Energy has returned to the area and so have Washingtonians. New faces have moved into its homes and frequent its trendy restaurants and bars. H Street has became hip and cool once more. To build the Atlas was no small feat. It required hard and exhausting work, discipline and thought. The former theater needed to be completely gutted and three adjacent buildings were added under its roof. While construction ensued, the business of the Center needed to be addressed, its programs, its audiences and its mission. Its financing and administration. Combined, raising the curtain on the Atlas was a herculean effort. Sam Sweet entered stage right as the Executive Director of the Center and brought all aspects seamlessly together. Sweet, the former Managing Director at Signature Theatre in Arlington, led the small local theatre from its space in a former renovated garage into a new $16 million complex. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. In that role, he worked with Artistic Director Michael Kahn and led the Theatre to become one of the largest nonprofit theaters in the country. Sweet also served as Chief Operating Officer for the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design. He knew a thing or two about the arts and the arts as a business. “What drew me to the Atlas is that it had a need,” says Sweet. “There wasn’t a strong programming identity yet. What also drew me was the community connection. Jane Lang (arts philanthropist, neighborhood activist and attorney) made a commitment to restore the neighborhood. That commitment compelled others to come into the area. It made it more meaningful for me.” The Atlas, since its inception, has always followed the beat of H Street’s drum. It not only takes great pride in but also promotes the identity of the neighborhood through its programming. “The music, theater and dance performances are home to adventurous artists, audiences and ideas,” says Sweet. “It is for the courage of those who stuck it out through the hard times and for those who were adventurous and moved in (to the neighborhood.)”

Brad Linde, Jazz at the Atlas Curator Photo by: Jeff Fowler

Sam Sweet, Executive Director Photo by: Mike Morgan

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Before Before photo credit, Atlas Performing Arts Center ; Interior after shots, Michael Moran

Families reside in this neighborhood and for them the Center introduced the Theater for the Young. This program features a variety of programs for children throughout the year. It includes the Capital City Symphony’s popular Annual Family Concert and performances by the American Youth Chorus. In April, The Young Spectaculars and The Front Yard Adventure will hit the stage. Conceived by David Kilpatrick, it is the story of a brother and sister who, unable to leave their front yard, use their imagination to make daring gestures and heroic rescues near their front porch. While children enjoy performances specially crafted for them, adults are fans of the programming focused on their more sophisticated tastes. Jazz at the Atlas brings residents from not only the H Street neighborhood but the entire metropolitan region through its doors. This is largely due to the skills of Brad Linde, curator of the Jazz at Atlas program. “I look for things that are representative of the DC jazz scene,” says Linde. “I look for cutting edge, creative music that’s being developed and like to focus on new projects. Collaborations between new and legendary artists.” The time it takes to develop a series varies. Linde’s approach is to balance the season between the flow of music and the types of music that the Atlas offers. He moves quickly to secure artists that are deemed good fits for the Center. The


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whole process generally takes several months to complete. And, as evidenced by the growing popularity of the Jazz at Atlas program, Linde is successful in turning his visions into realities. Word of the Atlas’ success is out. Not only in Washington, either. It is out through eager audiences and within the music industry itself. “The public response has been very favorable,” says Linde. “When I am in New York, people have heard about the Atlas. On the music scene, people know us.” According to Linde, the DC jazz scene is in a state of growth. “In the last five years,” he says, “it has really taken off. There are many more presentations. The bar is being raised. Musicians are looking for audiences and, likewise, audiences are seeking music that is more thought provoking and honest.” The appetite for this form of music is sated at the Atlas. “Jazz is growing and expanding. There is a high level of musicianship. The musicians who perform here have strong backgrounds in classical jazz and great pedigrees. Of course, there are those who are legendary. But, we also focus on younger performers. A lot of these groups have mentors from the scene. They have been given ‘permission’ to improvise on Armstrong or Ellington and try to create something new and interesting to hear. Overall, the series ties in the tradition and music of this community from 100 years ago. But, H Street is also growing every day.”

Reflecting its changing neighborhood, the Atlas marries both the traditions and growth of H Street through the duality of its classical and modern jazz performances. Equally so, the Center holds a mirror up to the neighborhood to encourage further development while keeping true to its original spirit. Of course, jazz is not the only genre of music active at the Center. Series of contemporary World Music - African, Latin American, Native American - are planned throughout the year. The Atlas also holds a strong portfolio of theater and dance productions. Fully staged Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and contemporary classics are performed in an intimate setting. The world traveling dance troupe Step Afrika! calls the Atlas home and many other area companies have brought their work here. “We do more programming here then you would think can be pulled off,” remarks Sweet. “We have a small, dedicated staff. We are The-Little-Engine-That-Could.” Aside from programming, the Atlas also offers dance lessons through their resident partner, Joy of Motion Dance Center. A wide variety of classes for dancers of all ages is available. They also offer an interesting opportunity for high school graduates interested in the stage. Through the Atlas Stagecraft Training and Apprenticeship Program (ASTAP), new skills for young people are made available in technical production through training in carpentry, lighting, sound and projection. It is meant to help apprentices acquire jobs as stagehands in theatres as well as hotels and convention centers. If that isn’t enough to fill the docket, the Center also rents out its facilities for weddings, receptions and large-scale breakfasts. When Sam Sweet is asked about his most unique or heartfelt experience since taking over the helm of the Center, his voice is full of enthusiasm. “The first time we mounted the Intersections Festival,” he says, “there were five areas of programming. In the lobby, groups of people had gathered. There were seniors, hipsters and families, African-Americans and Asians. They were all buzzing - turning to each other and remarking. It was like creating a town square in our lobby. I hope more people will come to participate. I hope that people become engaged in volunteer opportunities, donor opportunities and they tell their friends. That they become advocates for the gems that are on H Street.” The Atlas Performing Arts Center is once again providing a nexus through the H Street Corridor. It is bringing the local community and arts fans throughout all of Washington together. It is a warm and welcoming and intimate venue packed full of events and shows to please everyone. It is the Little Engine That Does.

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AUSTIN Inside the City Limits

It is not a city of packed skyscrapers, rows of taxicabs and commuters buzzing in-and-out of its streets. It does not have a New England directness, a Mid-Atlantic quickness or the Deep South’s sense of charm. What it does have is a diversity cultivated over centuries, resulting in a city that is thick in history and traditions. To the Desert Southwest we travel - through its warmth and dust and plains - until we land at our destination of the month. Austin, Texas.

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The annual music festivals of Austin have put this city on the map for the younger set. However, this area has been a star in its own right throughout the history of the Lone Star state. It has been heralded and abandoned, fought-over and has foughtback over the course of its years. Marauding Natives, invasive Spaniards and colonizing American settlers were the first to call this area ‘home.’ Originally inhabited by the Tonkawa Tribe of the Comanches, with swift interludes of the Lipan Apaches, what would become Austin was not exactly a ’welcoming’ community. In 1730, three missions from East Texas were combined and re-established as one mission on the south side of the Colorado River (this site is now Ziker Park.) They stayed for only seven months. Following Mexican Independence in 1821, Spanish forts were established in the area. They, like their predecessors, fell into a pattern of conflicts with the Native American tribes. Although, the area wasn’t abandoned, the Spanish couldn’t grow their forts and the region became stagnant. In 1836, Texas fought hard for independence from Mexico and won. It became its own country and established its own president, congress and monetary system. What the new country needed was a new capital. In 1839, the Texas Congress formed a commission to seek a site for such a city. Mirabeau B. Lamar, the second president of Texas, advised on the location of the site. The capital would be named after Stephen F. Austin - the man who led the successful colonization of the area by Americans. At the inception of Austin as the capital of Texas, controversy surrounded the settlement. In 1840, a series of conflicts between the Texas Rangers and the Comanches pushed the natives westward and ended most conflict in central Texas. Although, the government maintained peace pervaded the land, many were uncomfortable and still fearful. Mirabeau Lamar’s political rival, Sam Houston (the 1st and 3rd President of Texas) took advantage of these winds. He had fought against naming Austin as the capital of the country. In 1841, Houston energized the fear and cited the area’s proximity to Mexico and the unsettled state of Native affairs to justify moving the capital, which he then did. But, four years later, a new president, Anson Jones, and the Texas Congress reinstated Austin as the capital and made this move permanent. It was also Jones that agreed to the annexation of Texas into the United States. Although the citizens of Texas voted against secession, Union attacks during the Cival War troubled them. Eventually, Austin contributed hundreds of men to the Confederate forces. Following the war, both the population and growth of the city swelled. But it was the opening of the Texas Central Railway in 1871 that had most impact on the area as Austin became a significant player in the southwestern scene. With the city’s new found role as a hub of railway transportation it became a major trading center. The ability to transport cotton and cattle called people from far and wide into the city limits. This eventually caused them to expand and by the late 19th century, these limits expanded to 3x their former area. Oil was traded for railroad tracks in a boom that started in the early 20th century. This boom, coupled with a strong quality of life, has seen Austin into the 21st century. From, 2000-2006, Austin was ranked as the fastest growing large city in the United States. It is, surprisingly, the 13th most populous city in the country. And, it is still home to the capitol building of Texas. Visitors travel to Austin to imbibe in authentic Tex-Mex foods, take in the renowned music scene and learn the history of this dynamic city. But, a trip to Austin would be incomplete without walking or running along Lady Bird Lake. Located in the heart of the city, both hiking and biking trails await those interested in spending a few hours in the great outdoors. Kayaks and canoes are available for rental at various spots along the trail. For those a bit more adventurous, stand-up paddle boarding is now the rage among Austinites. Lessons are available and the lake is an open lane to give it a try. For those more interested in motorized methods of sightseeing, SegCity Tours offers guided trips from 6th Street to the State Capitol building. The company stops along the way to point out notable sights. These tours are easy on the feet yet a reliable way to see the interesting aspects of Austin. Of course, given Austin’s compelling history and mish-mash of culture, museums are plentiful and diverse. Visit the Mexic-Arte Museum (419 Congress Avenue) which holds a collection of traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latin American art. Or, the Blanton Museum of Art (located on the University of Texas campus), The Blanton has the largest and most comprehensive collection of European paintings and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art in Central Texas.


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“Texas will again lift it’s head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.”

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VISITORS TRAVEL TO AUSTIN TO IMBIBE IN AUTHENTIC TEX-MEX FOODS, TAKE IN THE RENOWNED MUSIC SCENE AND LEARN THE HISTORY OF THIS DYNAMIC CITY. If you are interested in a memorable adventure, sign up for a parasailing experience. The Airscape Parasail Adventure company outfits passengers to climb 600 feet above Lake Travis. The quietness will astound you as the lake lays exposed beneath you. Or, sit in the stands of a rodeo. A trip to the desert southwest warrants this attraction and Austin is happy to provide. The largest and most attended rodeo happens in the month of March - Rodeo Austin - as competitors hit the arena and livestock is exhibited and judged. In the 1970s, a new movement began in this town. A musical movement that has moved the needle in Austin’s favor of attracting world famous musicians. It has culminated with this city being not only a favored but a required stop on any artist’s rise to the top. The Austin City Limits Festival, which was started in 2002, is possibly one of the best known music festivals the city annually holds. It is held in the Central Public Park and draws nearly 70,000 people. Over 130 acts, spanning the globe, perform for these throngs of people on eight stages. They include rock, indie, country, folk and electronic celebrities. The festival was spurred by the PBS series Austin City Limits, which focused on

Texan singers/songwriters and performers. These days, acts such as the Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Keith Urban, Arcade Fire, Corrine Bailey Rae, Gotye and the Pixies steal the show. One of the most popular year-round venues of music in the city is Stubb’s Bar BQ (801 Red River Street). It is a restaurant that features indoor and outdoor stages and focuses on indie and alternative rock. Past performances have included those by the Indigo Girls, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelics. This venue is generally packed, but audiences love it. If you are looking for a more casual setting to take in the scene, try Momo’s (618 W. 6th Street, #200). It is an intimate lounge and features live, revolving music each night. The music ranges from R&B to Western to Swing to Pop. It is located on the 2nd floor, above Katy’s Deli, and worth a look (and listen). Austin offers much to those who visit. A dense and diverse history. An active social and musical scene. Outdoor activities that are not of your run-of-the-mill flavor. Food, shopping and fun. It’s all there in this star of the Southwest.

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Lodging Driskill Hotel 604 Brazos Street Austin TX 78702 Restored luxury historic hotel built in 1886 and located at the very heart of the city on famous Sixth Street. Hilton Austin 500 E. Fourth Street Austin, TX 78701 The Hilton Austin is elegant, modern and just one block from Austin’s famous 6th Street Entertainment District. It features a luxurious Spa and Health Club, fine dining at the Finn & Porter Restaurant

Dining Bess Bistro 500 W. Sixth Street Tel: (512) 477-2377 Sandra Bullock’s Bess Bistro has become a local favorite and enjoys sits from renowned food personalities. Juan in a Million 2300 E. Cesar Chavez Street This staple in the east side is a favorite for breakfast tacos. Hudson’s on the Bend 3509 RR 620 N. (512) 266-1369 Enjoy pecan wood smoked primed angus rib-eye at a romantic country hideaway. Hula Hut 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Tel: (512) 476-4852 Waterfront locale for the low-key set. A family favorite. Uchiko 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 916-4808 Executive Chef Paul Qui, w.inner of Top Chef: Texas, heads up the kitchen at this restaurant that specializes in Japanese dining and sushi.


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Hotel San Jose 1316 South Congress Austin, TX 78704 Nestled behind stucco walls in the hippest neighborhood in Austin, San Jose has been transformed into an urban, bungalow-style hotel. A favorite with celebrities. Lakeway Resort and Spa 101 Lakeway Dr Austin TX 78734 Lakeside resort with 168 newly renovated guestrooms, four golf courses, marina, spa services and tennis along the shores of Lake Travis, long-considered the “playground” of Central Texas. W Austin 200 Lavaca Street Austin, TX 78701 Situated in the heart of the “Live Music Capital of the World,” W Austin opened its doors in December 2010. Named to Conde Nast’s Hot List in 2011, W Austin amplifies the city’s diverse and creative atmosphere, headlining the vibrant Second Street District of downtown with next door access to the famed Austin City Limits music venue.

Music Scene 6TH STREET 311 Club 311 E. Sixth St. Tel: (512) 477-1630 Type of Music: Latin/Tejano, Blues/Soul, Hip Hop/R&B, Rock Blind Pig Pub 317 E. Sixth St. Tel: (512) 472-0809 Type of Music: Blues/Soul, Country/Cowboy, Rock Darwin’s Pub 223 E. Sixth St. Tel: (512) 474-7399 Type of Music: Blues/Soul, Rock Friends Bar 208 E. Sixth St. Tel: (512) 320-8193 Type of Music: Blues/Soul, Hip Hop/R&B, Rock Lovejoy’s 604 Neches St. Tel: (512) 477-1268 Type of Music: Blues/Soul, Rock The Parish Room 214 E. Sixth Street Tel: (512) 479-0474 Type of Music: Indie, Latin/Tejano, Blues/Soul, Country/Cowboy, Dance, Folk, Pop, Hip Hop/R&B, Rock The Stage on Sixth 508 E. Sixth St. Tel: (512) 614-1540 Type of Music: Country/Cowboy

WAREHOUSE AND DOWNTOWN Antone’s Night Club 213 W. Fifth St. Tel: (512) 320-8424 Type of Music: Indie, Latin/Tejano, Blues/Soul, Country/Cowboy, Dance, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop/R&B, Rock

Lucky Lounge 209-A W. 5th Street Tel: (512) 479-7700 Type of Music: Indie, Blues/Soul, Country/Cowboy, Dance, Pop, Hip Hop/R&B, Rock

Cedar Street Courtyard 208-C W. Fourth St. Tel: (512) 495-9669 Type of Music: Indie, Blues/Soul, Country/Cowboy, Dance, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop/R&B, Rock

Republic Live 301 W. Fifth St. Tel: (512) 480-9888 Type of Music: Dance, Pop, Hip Hop/R&B, Rock

Elephant Room 315 Congress Ave. Tel: (512) 473-2279 Type of Music: Blues/Soul, Jazz

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National Museum of Women in the Arts by Virnell Bruce The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is housed in a landmark building in Washington, D.C., just three blocks from the White House. Originally built in 1907 as a Masonic — a legendary bastion of a male secret — the building is now the home of an impressive and diverse collection by women artists.

Wrapped by New York Avenue and H Street, the building is in

an area that was considered to be the slums in the 1980s, with empty storefronts, rough bars and vacant buildings housing drug addicts and drunks. But with a transforming renovation of the building and a resurgence and rebirth of the area, it is now considered a beautiful structure in the heart of the District.

The Museum was founded by Wilhelmina and Wallace Holladay

in 1981 to address what they believed to be a “blind spot” in the art world, that is, the lack of any recognition of women artists over centuries of art history, including the present day. Initially, they gave tours in their home of their private collection by women artists. In 1987, the museum moved to the New York Avenue location where today it encompasses nearly 80,000 square feet and houses the 4000-piece collection and a nearly 19,000-volume library and research center.

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The diversity and variation of the Museum’s collection as well as the special exhibits over the years are as rich as life itself, from Grandma Moses to Julie Taymor, from sixteenth century European paintings to an exhibition of contemporary Arab artists. It is a museum that brings to the forefront and celebrates a multitude of arts — pottery, textiles, metals, books, visual arts, theatrical design and music. There are numerous examples of this diversity, and while it is impossible to display all 4000 items of the collection at one time, many can be viewed on their website at http://www.nmwa. org/explore/artist-profiles. Some of the notable items include:


• Painting of a Noblewoman (1580), an impressive oil on canvas, was painted by Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614), who is regarded as the first woman artist and earned the status as a portraitist at the court of Pope Paul V. • Pasadena Lifesavers Red #5 (1970) by Judy Chicago is a sprayed acrylic lacquer on acrylic. Born Judy Cohen in 1939, she eventually took on her place of birth as a surname and became an artist of her time, even coining the term “feminist art.” • The Bath (1891) by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) is one of her many paintings with the mother and child as subjects. • Calhoun (1955), by the self-taught artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses — also know as Grandma Moses

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(1860-1961), is a charming harvest scene of oil on pressed wood. • Alligator Pears in a Basket (1921) by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), a significant modernist painter of the 20th century, consists of charcoal on paper. • Jar (1983), an earthenware jar, was created by Lucy M. Lewis (1900-1992), who was considered the matriarch of American Indian pottery.

Perhaps one of the most unexpected items in NMWA’s collection is a sculpture by French artist Sarah Bernhardt. Her reputation as a stage actress earned her the title of “The Devine Sarah,” but she was also accomplished in other art forms, including painting, fashion design, and sculpting. After the Storm (1876), a white marble sculpture approximately 30”x24”x23”, depicts a French peasant woman sorrowfully cradling the body of her dying grandson who had been caught in a fishing net. The Museum boasts about its numerous programs that connect it to the local, national and international communities. To support the arts in education, NMWA has programs for all age groups — for students as well as teachers. For younger students, the Museum developed Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC), an arts integration curricula. NMWA is also creating a technology-based program to support educators who are implementing arts integration curricula. And in the lifelong learning arena, the Museum supports events showcasing the achievements of writers, composers and film makers. Art is a wonderful ambassador itself and the Museum leverages that notion with numerous national and international committees that work directly with their local communities and artists. These committees host local programs and provide a starting point for outreach for the Museum’s mission around the country and the world. The Museum also has numerous relationships with embassies in the area, which often provide resources and opportunities for unusual or interesting exhibits. All images of art furnished by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Avenue Washington, DC 20005 202-783-7270 Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm Next month, in our April issue, be sure to read the second part of our National Museum of Women in the Arts series. Virnell Bruce focuses on Wilhelmina Holladay, founder of the museum, and her vision of creating a space to give women artists more recognition in the art world.


Imagine the very best of everything presented in one setting. These exclusive listing pages bring you a sample of John Eric’s luxury properties that are currently on the market, under contract or have been recently sold. They illustrate the range of exceptional listings that John represents. No one understands luxury real estate like John Eric. Whether you are a buyer, a seller or someone who is interested in the current market, we invite you to peruse these pages and contact John Eric with any luxury property questions. To browse through our luxury listings or to request additional information regarding these properties, visit

URBAN CHIC The words “stylish, contemporary and urban” do not do justice when describing this amazing, Soho inspired loft in the soughtafter, full service Wooster and Mercer Condominiums located in the prestigious urban village of Rosslyn in North Arlington. Your senses are stimulated from the minute you enter this impressive space. Immediately, your eyes are drawn to the 10 ft. walls of windows which bathe the home in natural light. The high ceilings, earth tone colors and the gorgeous Brazilian cherry hardwood floors throughout the property create a comfortable feeling that is both warm and inviting. This home’s gourmet kitchen was created with top-ofthe-line stainless steel appliances, a large island with space for three bar stools and an abundance of cabinet space. Its view encompasses both the living and dining spaces and is able to accommodate both small intimate dinners and large parties. This dynamic home offers peaceful, luxurious living within a heartbeat of the Washington attractions. One is able to walk to the shops and restaurants of Rosslyn, Clarendon and Georgetown. Both the Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro stations are only blocks away. This location also provides easy access to the area’s major highways and Reagan National Airport.


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1600 Clarendon Blvd., W205 Arlington, Virginia

The Master Suite is framed by lovely windows which provide amazing natural light. The floor plan for this area provides a spacious environment for both sleeping and seating. The spacious master bath features dual vanities with granite tops, stainless steel fixtures, travertine floors and shower with a frameless shower door. A large second bedroom is ample space for both a sleeping and a sitting area. A second full bath is adjacent to the bedroom which features travertine tile, granite vanity and a shower tub combination. And the amenities that convey with this property continue. There is a full size stackable washer and dryer in a separate laundry room and large pantry. This property conveys with two parking spaces.

OFFERED AT $949,000 NOTABLE FEATURES • Style: Contemporary Loft • Sq. Footage: 1,776 • Bedroom: 2 • Baths: 2 • Parking Spaces • 10 ft. Ceiling in Living Room • Stainless Steel Wolfe Gas Range/Oven • Stainless Steel Sub Zero Refrigerator with Ice Maker • Stainless Steel GE Monogram Full Size Dishwasher • Stainless Steel GE Monogram Microwave • Exterior: Brick and Steel

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LUXURY HOME The words “stylish, contemporary and urban” do not do justice when describing this amazing, luxury, amenity filled townhome in sought-after Cameron Station, located in the City of Alexandria. This property has 2496 sq. ft. of living space! Your senses are stimulated from the moment you enter this impressive space. Immediately, your eyes are drawn to the high ceilings and the walls of windows which bathe this home in natural light. The soothing and earth tone colors and the gorgeous hardwood floors on the main level create a comfortable feeling that is both warm and inviting. This home’s gourmet kitchen was created with the cook in mind with new stainless steel appliances, island for an additional prep area, built-in cabinets and space for a table. Its view encompasses both the living and dining spaces and is able to accommodate both small intimate dinners and large parties. The Master Suite is framed by lovely windows which provide amazing natural light. The floor plan for this area provides a comfortable environment for both sleeping and seating. The spacious master bath features dual vanities, stainless steel fixtures, tile floors and a separate tub and shower.


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4916 Kilburn Street Alexandria, Virginia

There are two additional roomy bedrooms, each with their own attached full bath. Each of the bedrooms has abundant natural light and possesses a large closet. And the amenities that convey with this property continue! There is a full size washer and dryer in a separate laundry room, a deck off the main living area, a lower level family room with built-in bookcases, gas fireplace, new carpet, plantation shutters, refinished hardwood floors, updated powder room, back patio and a one car garage. This dynamic home offers peaceful, luxurious living within a heartbeat of Old Town and other Washington attractions. One is able to walk a few short blocks to the shops and restaurants. Both the Van Dorn Street and King Street Metro stations are very close. This location also provides easy access to the area’s major highways and Reagan National Airport.

OFFERED AT $639,000 NOTABLE FEATURES • Sq. Footage: 2496 • Bedroom: 3 • Baths: 3.5 • Parking Space • New Stainless Steel GE Full Size Dishwasher • New Stainless Steel Refrigerator with Ice Maker • New Stainless Steel Over/Range • Stainless Steel GE Microwave • Professionally Managed Community • Pool • Tennis Courts • Exercise Facility

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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 Iwo Jima Memorial 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 U.S. Capitol. Memorial Overlook is an exclusive condominium that offers the convenience of urban living plus a sophisticated life style. 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.


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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 $1,695,000 NOTABLE FEATURES • Penthouse Unit • Expansive Living Room • Breathtaking Views • Gourmet Kitchen • Fitness Center • Club Room • Two Garage Spaces • Balcony/Terrace

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Wood Oven Roasted Bone Marrow with Red Wine Apple Butter Roasted Maine Scallops, Stewed Tomato, Pickled Mushrooms, Frisee Salad Blue Duck Tavern Apple Pie The Blue Duck Tavern welcomes you with wholesome American fare prepared through simple, time-honored cooking methods such as roasting, braising, preserving and smoking. This contemporary neighborhood tavern evokes the warmth and convivial setting of a residential kitchen and gathering place.

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Wood Oven Roasted Bone Marrow with Red Wine Apple Butter 2 each marrow bones, split lengthwise 1 quart chicken stock 2 bay leaves 6 sprigs fresh thyme 2 tbsp apple butter 1/8 loaf country bread 2 tbsp olive oil Pinch of sea salt Handful of granola


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Preparation Soak bones in cold water for 2 hours. Rinse. Place the cold chicken stock, with the thyme and bay leaves in a small sauce pot, just large enough to hold all ingredients. Place marrow bones over low heat and gently poach the marrow until just done (about 30 minutes). Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice bread and sprinkle olive oil over bread. Toast in oven until crispy. Set aside. Place warm marrow bones on a pan and smother top with apple butter. Raise oven temperature to 425°F.Roast bones in oven until butter browns. Spread some granola on top. Serve with toasted country bread and salt. Bone Marrow Crust 1 tbsp toasted panko crumbs 1 tbsp granola chopped ¼ tea spoon warm spice Place all ingredients in a Cuisinart processor and blend for a few seconds. Apple Butter 2 Granny Smith apples, in wedges, peeled ½ cup red wine 1 tsp sugar QS warm spice Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer until almost set. Puree, pass through a chinois.

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Roasted Maine Scallops, Stewed Tomato, Pickled Mushrooms, Frisee Salad 8 ea scallops U12 cleaned 1 tsp butter 1 tsp olive oil ½ cup stewed tomato 1 cup frisee 2 tsp pickled mushrooms ½ oz lemon juice Salt


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Preparation Heat very well a pan with olive oil. Add seasoned scallops and have them seared well with nice crust. Add butter to finish the golden brown color. In a plate, add the warm stewed tomato on the bottom, place the scallops crust on top. Season frisee with lemon juice and pickled mushrooms. Stewed Tomatoes 4 roma tomatoes, peeled quartered ½ white onion ½ tsp chopped garlic ½ tbsp olive oil 1 oz Brown sugar QS chili flakes 1 tbsp cider vinegar QS salt 1 oz cornbread crouton Sautee garlic and onion in olive oil, then add the remaining ingredients and simmer until semi-dry and tender. Turn off the burner and add the toasted croutons and adjust the seasonings. Pickled Mushrooms 3 qts honey cap mushrooms 1 qt white vinegar 2 qt sugar 2 qt water ¼ cup salt QS coriander, white and black pepper QS bay leaf, cardamom, clove, star anise, all spice, mustard seed, tarragon, thyme Combine all ingredients, boiled and pour on top of your mushrooms (honey cap). Let cool down.

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Blue Duck Tavern Apple Pie Filling 5 Granny Smith Apples (peeled, cored, cut into 8 wedges) 2 oz. Butter 2 Cinnamon Sticks ½ cup Brown Sugar Pie Dough 1 lb Butter (cold) Chopped into Small Pieces 1 lb All Purpose Flour 4 oz. Cake Flour 1 oz. Sugar 1 tsp. Salt 4 Egg Yolk 1 cup Heavy Cream Assembling 2 oz. Apple Sauce Egg Wash 2 Eggs and 2 tbsp. Milk Combined


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Preparation Filling In a sautÊ pan, melt butter, add brown sugar and cinnamon sticks. Cook until caramelized, and then add apples. Cook just until they are soft but retain their firmness HINT: chill the apples before cooking. Pie Dough In a mixer with a paddle, mix butter, flour, sugar and salt until combined. Do not overmix. In a bowl, mix egg yolks and cream together. Add to the flour mixture. Mix very quickly just until everything comes together. Chill dough before using. Assembling Roll pie dough to 1/8 inch thick and line the pie tin with it. Add apple sauce at the bottom, spread it out with a spatula, then fill up the pie with the cooked apples. Cut out one round piece of pie dough and place on top. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle some brown sugar on top. Bake in 350° F oven for about 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

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The Aviation Calvados Cocktail


The Cherry Reserve

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THE AVIATION Meant to look like the Azure blue sky and celebrate the growing excitement of a new invention, the Aviation is one of history’s most famous and important cocktails. First printed in 1917 - Ensslin’s “Recipes for Mixed Drinks” - the colors and tastes of the Aviation make it perfect to toast the oncoming spring. Initially you will taste the gin. Make sure to select the gin to your taste: sweet, botanical, juniper or clean, because that is going to be the most pronounced flavor to the drink. The Gin is then balanced by the sour of the lemon juice. The true magic of the drink consists of its two smallest ingredients, the Luxardo Maraschino and the Crème de Violette. Their sweetness balances the boldness of the gin and sour bite of the lemon. On that first clear blue day in March, raise a glass with friends with a drink that matches the beauty and enjoyment of the Spring sky.


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INGREDIENTS 2 Ounces Gin 1 Ounce Lemon Juice 1 Bar spoon Luxardo maraschino 1 Bar spoon Paige’s Crème de violette Garnish: Amarena Cherry

DIRECTIONS Place one Amarena cherry into a chilled cocktail glass. Combine all ingredients into one side of a Boston Shaker. Add ice, complete the shaker, and shake 40 times. Using a Hawthorne strainer; strain the cocktail into the glass, and over the garnish. Serve and enjoy!

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CALVADOS COCKTAIL Published in 1930, the Calvados Cocktail is a classic drink rarely seen and almost forgotten. However, just as the sun rises anew, and spring brings new life, this cocktail is again to see its day. Deep flavors of apple and spice encompass your palette and entice for what is next. The triple orange of fresh juice, bitter alcohol, and sweet liqueur add depth to the back end of every sip. Just as the onset of spring adds energy and awakens your senses, the strength and layers you will taste throughout the drink will leave you with the impression of being wrapped in a warm sunny day.


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INGREDIENTS 1 ½ Ounces Calvados 1 ½ Ounces Orange Juice ¾ Ounces of Cointreau ¾ Ounces Orange Bitters Garnish: Full Orange Wheel

DIRECTIONS In one side of a Boston Shaker combine ingredients and then add ice. Complete the shaker and shake 40 times. Use a Hawthorne strainer to strain the cocktail into the chilled glass. Next, garnish, serve and enjoy. The flavors of the drink can be changed depending on the brand of orange bitters used and also the type of orange juice. For a unique seasonal twist, use blood orange juice instead of regular orange juice. For the garnish, make sure the orange wheel is not too big and not to thin or it will not properly sit on the edge of the glass. Make sure to slice with the veins of the fruit and to the core and not through it, in order to achieve best visual presentation.

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VESPER ROSÈ The Vesper Martini, one of the most powerful of all classic cocktails, is named after James Bond’s love interest, the fatal Vesper Lynd. The strong flavors of this drink make this an amazing cocktail to adapt for spring time. The drink is softened and balanced a bit. Make sure to use 1 ounce of potato vodka, the favorite of Bond, to stay true to the classic. The sweet and citrus notes of ½ ounce of Lillet Blanc are replaced by semi sweet, and semi dry flavors from the 1 ounce of Lillet Rosè. The flavors of raspberry and cherry blossom are added for presentation and taste, to invoke delicacy and sweetness. The Rosè aperitif blend ties the juniper, the raspberry, the vodka, and the cherry syrup together in a way that creates a refinement. However, do not let the gentle tastes fool you into thinking this is not a powerful drink. With 3 ½ ounces of alcohol before dilution, many of these can lead a person into thinking he is James Bond himself.


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INGREDIENTS 1 ½ Ounces Raspberry Infused Gin 1 Ounce Potato Vodka 1/2 Ounce Cherry Blossom Syrup 1 Ounce Lillet Rosè Garnish: Edible Rose

DIRECTIONS Raspberry Gin: Take one bottle of gin, and one package of raspberries (approximately 20 berries) and combine in a glass container. Let sit for 5 days. If the infused product is needed on short notice, a hot infusion can be performed by crushing half the berries and then combining gin, crushed berries and full berries in a stainless steel saucepan. Bring the gin to a boil and then remove from the heat. Double strain the infusion through a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth into a glass bottle. Cherry Blossom Syrup: Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar into a stainless steel saucepan. Add 10 cherry blossom leaves and place over high heat. As the mixture begins to boil, remove from the heat and whisk the leaves to further ensure flavor. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a glass bottle. Drink: Combine ingredients into one side of a Boston shaker and add ice. Complete the shaker and shake 50 to 60 times. Use a Hawthorne strainer and fine mesh strainer to double strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass (this way removing any ice shards that can be

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THE CHERRY RESERVE As March and the cherry blossoms come to a close, a drink that is powerful enough to leave a lasting impression is needed. By replicating the idea of a perfect Manhattan (bourbon, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, and bitters) the Cherry Reserve is able to ensure you will never forget this unique time of the year. Woodford Reserve is a highly refined Kentucky Bourbon, with 212 congeners (flavor creating aspects) to it. The bourbon itself brings many fruit characteristics with it, making it perfect to combine with the flavors of cherry. The fruit notes and warming effect of the bourbon are enhanced first through the empowering bite and depth of the kirschwasser (cherry brandy). Next, smoothness is added to the drink through the sweet cherry flavors of the Danish liqueur Finally not to be left out, spice comes through at the end. The spiced barrel aged cherry bitters bring a truly unique flavor. It will stimulate taste profiles and make sure that every sip you take will leave you wanting a second.


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INGREDIENTS 2 ¼ Ounces Woodford Reserve ¾ Ounce Cherry Heering ½ Ounce Kirschwasser 4 Dashes Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters Garnish: Veneràte Signature Flambéed Cherries

DIRECTIONS Garnish: Roll two Amarena Cherries in cane sugar until each cherry is fully coated. Using a long metal pick, skewer the cherries and place in a small metal cup, with a handle, filled with a ½ ounce of Woodford Reserve. Use a Cremè Brulè torch to heat the bourbon until its boiling point, then wave over the cup to light on fire. After drink is finished and poured, gently place the garnish in the cocktail to chill the cherries and the skewer. Drink: In a mixing glass add ice and water. Stir 10 times, drain the water and set the ice aside for use later. This process is known as breaking, or preparing, the ice. It takes the initial frost off of the ice, allowing for less dilution while chilling the overall drink, ensuring true flavors to come forward. Next, combine the ingredients in the mixing glass first, before adding ice. Prepare garnish, begin flambé and set aside. Add the prepared ice, and stir 50 times. Using a julep strainer, strain the cocktail into a chilled glass, extinguish flambé and then add the garnish to the drink. Serve and enjoy!

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> Officially promoted as “Not Your Daddy’s Steakhouse,” the femaleoriented STK steakhouse is coming to Dupont Circle.

DC SCOOP Washington DC > A D.C. Taxicab Commission committee tasked with exploring a number of uniform color schemes for the city’s 6,500 taxicabs has recommended that red be adopted as the color that all cabs will eventually have to be painted. > Rumor has it that Whole Foods is very close to signing a letter of intent for a property at 7th and H St, NE (either for the Murry’s building or the District government building). > Matchbox (1901 14th Street) has opened for lunch at 11am during the week. The lunch menu offers the same wood-fired pizzas, salads, and sandwiches available during dinner service. The full menu is also available “to go” at the T street entrance. Matchbox will continue to offer brunch on the weekends starting at 10am. > Dangerously Delicious hosted a Mardi Gras Party, which featured an unplugged show from The Great Unknowns and The Highballers.

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> Johnny’s Half Shell (400 N. Capitol Street) has been named by Zagat as a “Red Hot Singles Scene” in the District. > Trio has been sold along with Fox & Hounds. Trio Restaurant opened as a luncheonette by an eponymous “trio” of partners sometime in 1940 and, since that time, the restaurant has remained in the same family, some 73 years. > DCanter, a boutique wine and beer retailer is set to open up at 545 8th Street, SE. They plan to specialize in unique, small production wines. They are hoping to open in late March or early April. > On February 25, 2013, the National Park Service shut down a large portion of the eastern side of Lincoln Park for a large-scale repair/ rehabilitation project. The closure is scheduled to last 90 days (until May 27th).

> A new bike safety bill introduced into the D.C. Council would add questions about bike safety to the District’s driver’s license exam, require construction companies that block bike lanes to provide safe detours, and issue points on the licenses of drivers who fail to yield to cyclists sharing the road. The bill, which was introduced by Councilmembers Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), would also make it legal for cyclists to cross at pedestrian intersections and would remove the requirement that bikes in the District be outfitted with bells. As written, the bill would make it acceptable for cyclists to use their voices to make others alert of their presence. If passed as written, the bill would also make the potential penalties for drivers who neglect to heed cyclists quite severe. Failing to yield the right-of-way to a cyclist would result in three license points and a $250 fine, while colliding with a cyclist after not yielding would bring a six-point penalty and a $500 fine. > Mayor Gray has ordered that the D.C. DMV replace “Washington, DC” on license plates with “District of Columbia.” > The Gryphon, a 5,000 square foot gastropub and sports bar, will open on Connecticut Avenue in Dupont Circle on March 2nd. The 192-seat space will feature two bars, 31 televisions and “modernized bar bites” from Executive Chef Joseph Evans of brother restaurant Lost Society. The Gryphon will also have a DJ booth in the space that formerly served as the vault to the Hamilton National Bank.

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> Arlington celebrated restaurant Week in February. The 16 restaurants that participated were: Cityhouse (1325 Wilson Blvd), Epic Smokehouse (1330 Fair Street), Extra Virgin (4053 Campbell Avenue), Farrah Olivia by Morou (2250B Crystal Drive), Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City (1250 S. Hayes Street), Kora Restaurant (2250B Crystal Drive), La Tasca Spanash Tapas Restaurant and Bar (2900 Wilson Blvd), Liberty Tavern (3195 Wilson Blvd), Lyon Hall (3100 N. Washington Blvd), Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Blvd), Me Jana (2300 Wilson Blvd), The Melting Pot (1110 N. Glebe Road), Morton’s The Steakhouse (1750 Crystal Drive), Pinzimini at the Westin Arlington Gateway (801 N. Glebe Road), Tallula (2761 Washington Blvd) and Willow Restaurant (4301 N. Fairfax Drive).

DC SCOOP Arlington > The Cherrydale and Maywood neighborhoods held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate new art on a median at the intersection of Lee Highway and N. Monroe Street. Local mural artist Jarrett Ferrier submitted the winning proposal for the Lee Highway Art Project. His design consists of panels depicting scenes from around the neighborhoods, including the Cherrydale Fire Department, Cherrydale Branch Library and a railroad line that used to run along Lee Highway. > “For Rent” signs have been posted on the spaces previously occupied by Ray’s Hell Burger and Ray’s Hell Burger Too. The restaurants closed due to a landlord-tenant dispute. > Rabbit Salad and Grill, at 3035 Clarendon Blvd, has reduced its hours to weekday lunch service only. Rabbit is now open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. > Crowds lined Wilson Blvd. to celebrate Fat Tuesday while taking in the

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annual Clarendon Mardi Gras parade. Bands played, the D.C. Rollergirls skated through and kids scrambled for beads with as much enthusiasm as the adults. Representatives from local businesses and organizations also entertained the masses while riding or walking alongside the many colorful floats. > According to real estate website Trulia, Rosslyn is the best place to look for single men in the D.C. area. For a blog post called Looking for Love in All the Right Places, Trulia looked at single adults below the age of 65 and it is Rosslyn that has the highest men-to-women ratio in a ZIP code (22209) with at least 1,000 population and 20 percent population alone. Similarly, Upper Connecticut Avenue in D.C. took the honor of the highest women-to-men ratio. > Registration began in February for the summer camps offered through Arlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

> A state Senate committee backed a five cent increase on the gas tax, which is expected to generate $4.5 billion for road work over the next five years. The measure is an alternative to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan, which would eliminate the gas tax and increase the state sales tax. The gas tax increase is expected to pass in the full Senate today. > Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan says she and her staff will be evaluating several county facilities for possible changes or closure next year. Among those expected to be evaluated are the money-losing Artisphere, two community centers and two Department of Human Services facilities. In her budget message to the County Board, Donnellan said “potential facilities to be evaluated” include the Madison and Woodmont community centers in north Arlington, the Edison Complex near Virginia Hospital Center, and the Fenwick Center on S. Walter Reed Drive.

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> Maryland ranks among the top 5 U.S. states for government transparency, according to a 2013 report released by the Sunshine Review non-profit group. > The owner of the former Box Bar is back and planning a live music concept for the Old Georgetown Road space after a recent rebranding effort failed. According to reports, Jason McCarther, who owns the space, will base the music venue on his downtown Washington, DC, nightclub Roc Bar but will focus on live music in Bethesda and dub the space Roc Bar Live.

DC SCOOP Montgomery County > Metro has advanced a project that would construct a pedestrian underpass beneath Rockville Pike. It includes three high-speed elevators to improve connectivity between the Medical Center Metro station and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. > Costco has announced that the warehouse store in Westfield Wheaton will open April 12. The date has been posted on Costco’s website in the “New Locations” section. > According to a Montgomery County Public Schools’ statement, 52.3 percent of the county’s public school students graduating from high school in 2012 earned a college-ready score on at least one Advanced Placement exam, “far outperforming their peers across the state and nation.” That’s an increase of nearly 3 percentage points from 2011. Nationally, only 19.5 percent of graduating seniors last year earned at least one collegeready AP score.

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> Pepe, the popular food truck by celebrity chef and Bethesda resident Jose Andres, recently toured Friendship Heights, serving up free sandwiches. > Specialty tea store Teavana has opened its doors at Westfield Wheaton on the upper level, near the center of the mall. > The most expensive residential property that sold in Chevy Chase last year is back on the market. Apartment No. 1801 at 5630 Wisconsin Avenue sold for $7,950,000 on December 17, 2012. The two-bedroom, four-bathroom, 3,400-square-foot apartment at the Parc Somerset is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a condominium in Greater Washington. But, the couple who purchased the condominium has decided to develop other property interests.

> Community institution Bruce Variety has finalized a deal to re-locate to the former Creative Parties space on Woodmont. The store is set to reopen in March. News that the 60-year community fixture was closing its doors due to high rent in the Bradley Shopping Center drew heavy media coverage and shock and sadness from loyal patrons. The store’s new location at 8011 Woodmont Avenue was recently vacated by Creative Parties, which moved across the street. > A plan, which is outlined online at, will double the number of apartment units and increase the commercial space from the current 150,000 square feet to 450,000 square feet (the maximum allowed) at The Blairs. > A Harris Teeter spokeswoman says the grocery chain has signed a lease for a space in the mixed-use development planned for 8300 Wisconsin Ave. > Operators believe that combining an intimate entertainment experience with quality food and parking will make create a destination for a wide variety of music fans. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, the music venue that will open March 1 in the former Bethesda Theatre space on Wisconsin Avenue, hopes to do just that.

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John Eric Home is pleased to announce that Joe Ireland and Julie Weber, of J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture & Design, are now the Contributing Editors of the “Home Trends” section of the magazine. The pair form one of Washington’s most soughtafter design teams. They have been featured in top regional media, including DC Magazine, Spaces, Washingtonian and Home and Design. The successes of Ireland and Weber are known across the region. They have been hired to design well-known residences, restaurants and retail shops throughout the area. Working with their clients, they perfect the pitch and are a powerhouse of design. “We want our clients to be proud of their homes and take pride in the design,” says Weber. “We work hard to provide beautiful, seamless design for our clients that is a reflection of who they are and what they like. We believe clients come to JD Ireland initially because our portfolio represents a lot of different styles but with a common thread of scale, continuity, and beauty. And then when they meet us, we’re a lot of fun and we’re up front, honest, and genuinely care about who they are, how they live, and what their goals are.”


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The team’s design studio, based in Dupont Circle, is a laboratory of exceptional thought rooted in art and architecture. These elements are carried through the design elements that Ireland and Weber create and are inherent in the natures of both designers. “We think we were just born with the desire to design and work with people to make their individual spaces personal, functional, and beautiful,” says Weber. “We’re inspired by everything around us both inside and outside. The want and ability to design is innate for us. We see a space and immediately arrange or rearrange it to make it the most comfortable to exist in - even if it’s not a space we’re asked to design! We can’t help it.” Readers of John Eric Home will now have the opportunity to navigate the terrain of home design through the pieces that Ireland and Weber share in the magazine. Their contributions will be as thoughtful as the theories and practices of high design they maintain. And, the team’s extraordinary professional experiences will be evident in their offerings of valuable advice.



We’re asked so often how we make our projects look warm and inviting and one simple answer is throw pillows! Soft, sumptuous and inviting pillows do so much for a room. They highlight a piece of furniture, bring texture and color into the space and, with such ease, bring warmth, interest and comfort to our experience in the seat. Plus, they’re so much fun! We love designing them from scratch or finding that perfect pillow in any number of fabulous shops in our area.


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In the very first furniture plan we propose, as we’re meeting with our clients and developing the design of their spaces, we always include pillow ideas for the seating throughout the space. As the furnishings are being developed, so too are the pillows. The pillow designs are imagined through the size, shape, and use of the piece of furniture they’re going to accent. The design of the specific furnishing on which the pillow will be placed helps to dictate the look of the pillow. Every detail of the pillow, both big and small, is born through complete consideration of all furnishings and pallets in the surrounding space. Throw pillows can assume many forms - an oval bolster, a rectangle, a round bolster, a square with a knife edge or, perhaps, square with a 2” box, or maybe, a tailored neck roll for a wing chair. Developing this design element and determining which style is appropriate for its specific placement is all part of the design process. As the project comes to fruition and the furniture is selected, we are then able to develop the throw pillow details. Though throw pillows are technically accent pieces, they are an integral part of the entire design scheme. They help to define the look and feel of the room by way of adding additional depth and texture. Some of our very favorite pillows have ended up being the most detailed and elaborate elements of the space. After defining the size and shape of the pillow (do you need a petite pillow for a dressing chair or huge pillows for a sumptuous outdoor bed?) there are three basic elements to identify: fill, fabric, and trim. The fill of a pillow is so important yet rarely mentioned. Depending on the function of the pillow, the density of the fill can range from soft and welcoming to tailored and firm. There are myriad options in feather/down blends and down alternative inserts for a softer feel and foam and Dacron for a pillow that requires retention of shape. To help determine which fill is right for your application, talk with a designer or representative from a fabric store. Onto the creative part - selecting the fabrics! Don’t feel limited to selecting just one fabric; combining fabrics is a lot of fun! Follow your instincts on this one. Successful fabric selections can contrast sharply or coordinate seamlessly. Either way, the options should be complimentary to one another.

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If you’re dazzled by textiles and love a classic pattern constantly being renewed by their founders, check out Fortuny. Their fabrics are timeless pieces of art and are a benchmark of high-end design. However, there are endless fabric options and new patterns are continually developed and released by textile manufacturers. For a personal touch, do you have an old dress, suit jacket, or blanket of which you love the fabric but wouldn’t wear or use again? Taking that fabric and having it repurposed as a throw pillow makes for an individual and unique accent in your space. You can also find vintage fabrics or remnants from a fabric store or sample sale. It doesn’t matter where the fabrics come from as long as it makes you happy! And now, the icing on the cake – trim! To bring even more detail to your throw pillows, consider a little embellishment. Adding trims, fringes, flange, banding, or a contrasting welt gives an added punch and is an easy way to further detail your space. Trims don’t necessarily have to follow the perimeter of a pillow, it can criss-cross, stripe, or sit offset from the pillow edge. For an embellishment a little less flashy, consider using a contrasting welt or a small flange, both of which help define the perimeter of the pillow. To bring these pillows to fruition, you can either work with an interior designer, who can help with the design and fabrication, or, you can find a local workroom and work with the seamstress or upholster directly. If you’ve got the talent and aren’t afraid of a sewing machine, you’ve now got a project! If you’re not inspired to design your own pillows we’re lucky enough in the DC area to have some fantastic shops that stock some very cool, beautiful, luxurious, and well-made pillows. Pop into Timothy Paul Bedding + Home, And Beige, or Room and Board to see if they’ve got something perfect for your space. No matter from where you acquire your pillows rest assured there is a proper pillow for every chair, bench, sofa, and chaise in the room. They can be designed and customized in so many ways that it’s impossible not to find or make the right pillow for your needs. Never underestimate their power to be the perfect finishing touch to your room.

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Welcome to “Vineyard,” the new wine feature of John Eric Home. In its pages, you will find both interesting and useful wine commentary brought to you by the purveyors of The Local Vine Cellar. The Local Vine Cellar is the dream and blood, sweat and tears of David-Michael Shott and his partner, John Gjika. “Our shop is really a neighborhood store.” say both Shott and Gjika. “We think of the shop as our second living room, a place where people want to hang out and where we create a sense of community by sharing our love of wine. It is part of a third place phenomenon. People have their homes, their jobs, and then a third place where they hang out, network, socialize and form connections. We, like our customers, see wine as a medium to create connections, form communities and foster a larger understanding of history and culture.” The ambiance of this shop lends well to the theory of third place phenomenon. The 20-foot suspended ceilings, exposed wood beams and natural walnut flooring create a warm and earthy feel to the shop. A great Tuscan table offers visitors a spot to relax and enjoy their surroundings. Shott and Gjika regularly bring wine lovers and winemakers


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together for tastings, seminars, discussions and special events. Their wine events aren’t of the hum-drum variety. They host weekly themed tastings, including Struggling Economies Wine Week, Weird Wine Week and Intoxicology Week. Every first Friday of the month, they host their WAM!: Wine, Art and Music night, which features local art, live musicians and, of course, wine. Part of this duo’s expertise derives from scouting the world for the best of vintages. And, they bring the gems of their finds back to Washington, DC. “Our favorite recent discovery comes from South Carolina’s Dark Corner Distillery,” says Shott. “Named for the “dark corner” of South Carolina, in the northeast corner of Greenville County at the foot of the Appalachian Hills, Dark Corner makes an ultra-smooth, decadent Butterscotch Shine, which is absolutely great for the winter.” “We select products with the intention of making wine and spirits accessible for all, regardless of their level of expertise,” says Gjika. “Whether you are a connoisseur or a beginner, ours is a judgment-free zone.” And, it is in this spirit that they will be contributing to the pages of John Eric Home - to assist our readers, from amateurs to experts, in selecting their perfect wines.


Bring Back the Aperitif! It’s officially time to bring back the aperitif. We’re not talking happy-hour margaritas but refreshing, appetizing refreshments to sip at sunset. Something a bit bitter and not too boozy, the perfect aperitif doesn’t even need to be mixed with a strong spirit. With just a bit of aromatized wine or a dash of tonic, it is the perfect way to ease into the evening with an accompanying plate of appetizers. Although the past decades have seen more and more curiosity on the part of the American public on the countless expressions of wine and cocktails, aperitifs, which remain immovably European, are still a confidence-shaking mystery for many. This fear of aperitifs has been with us since the Prohibition. When many of America’s bartenders went to war and never returned, they left back a pool of mixologists who knew nothing of the aperitivo tradition. Furthermore, even the remaining Italian, French and Spanish émigrés chose to Americanize rather than embrace their own cultures. They adapted to traditions that were conventional and homogenized, discarding the ones that made them different. The following aperitifs, made from recipes dating back all the way to the 1800s, are indicative of the cultural richness of wine-making traditions that are just now seeing a resurgence as wine-based alternatives to the cocktail:

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BONAL GENTIANE QUINA $24.99 Made from an infusion of herbs like gentian and chinchona bark (also known as quina, the source of quinine), Bonal originated from a 1865 French wine recipe. With aromas of plums, cherries, herbs and licorice, it is delicate and intermixed with the herbal bitterness of gentiane and chinchona, honey, plums and herbal flavors.

ST. ELIZABETH ALLSPICE DRAM LIQUEUR $31.99 Originating from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, the Allspice Dram is a rum-based liqueur known in classic cocktails as “Pimento Dram.� With fair hints of vanilla, allspice and rum on the nose and cinnamon and nutmeg and a pepper note that dazzles the palate, it is an excellent addition to classic cocktails, mulled wine and an array of punches.

COCCHI BAROLO CHINATO $53.99 Made from Nebbiolo infused with a secret blend of cocoa, ginger and valuable cardamom seeds, Barolo Chinato is a special wine of Piedmont made from Barolo. With aromas of melon, orange rind and rhubarb and a palate of spiced fruit, rich orange notes and a creamy, bitter chocolate finish, it is the perfect accompaniment to dark chocolate.

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TECH Have you ever noticed that soon after searching online to buy, say, a pair of sunglasses, you’re “followed” around the web by more (and more . . . ) ads for sunglasses? Or after you’ve researched trips to Las Vegas, your computer treats you like a bona fide high roller – showing you casino ads for weeks thereafter?

This is called “retargeting,” and it’s just one of the ways that advertisers

and online ad exchanges “track” users, to try to show them more relevant ads on the websites they visit.

Some users find this (at least) mildly annoying, while others find it

purely logical – even helpful -- that advertisers try to show ads that at least might match what they’re interested in buying. As the President of the Direct Marketing Association – the trade group representing marketers – recently told members of Congress , “No company wants to send a lawn mower discount to an apartment dweller, and no apartment dweller can use such a coupon.”

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HOW DOES ONLINE “TRACKING” WORK? Between the time you log in to a website and the time – milliseconds later – that you see ads splashed on the page, a painstakingly complicated, mathematically targeted process has occurred, leading an advertiser to decide that you are the best person to see a particular ad, and that now is the time to show you that ad. Here’s how it works. When you visit a web page that shows ads, the page may send a signal to another ad platform (called a “pixel”) and also place a file on your browser that helps track what that browser does (called a web “cookie”). Some of the platforms that do this are run by household names like Yahoo! and Google, while others are run by lesser known but equally ubiquitous companies. These platforms probably have seen your web browser before when you visited other websites, 6 days or even 6 months ago (they recognize your “cookie” identifier). And they, or other companies that analyse these pings and clicks, work hard to guess what products you might be interested in -- based on your web viewing history, what products you have bought, or even your inferred age, gender, or whether you have kids. They sell access to these online cookies – and the analysis that goes with them – to advertisers and marketers, who in turn provide the ads that wind up on the web pages you view. Not all websites do things this way. Some websites, because they are so well-known or because their audience is so desirable, have decided to sell their ad space on their own. They’ve decided they don’t need third parties to help them target ads – at least, for now. (And some websites don’t make money from advertising at all – they collect a subscription fee instead.) DOES ALL THIS TRACKING PUT OUR PRIVACY AT RISK? First the good news: online advertisers (and the online advertising “platforms” they work with) don’t know who “you” are: they are following anonymous clicks and views that are tied to a unique browser – not to a person, name or address. The other good news is that by and large, “targeted” or “interest-based” advertising is more effective and thus more profitable than advertising that tries to guess our interests based on what web site we happen to be looking at. Why is that good news? That is, why should we really care whether advertising is effective or profitable? The reason is that most of us get an increasing amount of our entertainment online – whether on Facebook, Yahoo!, Youtube, Pandora, or Instagram. And right now, most of these sites are free (or mostly free) only because they are heavily subsidized by advertising revenue. In fact, we’re getting used to media always being


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free. Though we may be willing to pay for a couple of premium sites here and there – say, the New York Times or Wall Street Journal – most of us simply don’t want a “paywall” in front of every website we go to. Yet online tracking can go too far. For instance, the FTC recently fined a website that (apparently inadvertently) collected information about what websites users went to, with those users’ actual personal identities – contrary to the First Commandment of Online Advertising which is never to combine browsing data and personal information without a user’s permission. Other companies have gotten into trouble for not giving users the option to “opt-out” of online tracking, or for not respecting users who have opted out. And the FTC and other regulators have cracked down on platforms like Facebook and Google to ensure that those market leaders live up to their promises regarding privacy, and only use consumer data in ways that are spelled out and agreed to in their online privacy policies. For instance, the FTC forced Facebook to enter into a settlement last year, in part because Facebook had (apparently inadvertently) exposed to ad networks the “Facebook IDs” of its users – which could have enabled ad networks to learn the identities of users who viewed particular ads. (Thus contrary to the “First Commandment of Online Advertising” above.) Yet the vast majority of companies that engage in online tracking, including those that operate the ad exchange hubs that track behaviour and send ads, are subject to tight regulatory and selfregulatory standards. Nearly all have committed to industry codes that prohibit using personal information and other sensitive information within tracking profiles, and nearly all provide an effective opt-out option for users who don’t want to be tracked. WHAT RIGHTS DO CONSUMERS HAVE? Some consumers still aren’t sold on trackingbased advertising – at least, not yet. Maybe they don’t believe the tracking is really anonymous. Or maybe they simply prefer random advertising to interest-based, targeted ads. Maybe you’re one of those consumers. Luckily, these consumers have multiple ways to “opt-out” of online tracking. The websites of industry organizations NAI (National Advertising Initiative) and DAA (Digital Advertising Alliance) allow consumers to opt out of all or only some targeted ads with a single point and click. If you’d like to do that, or learn more, simply go to http://www.aboutads. info or

Another way to learn more about the ads that you’re getting as you get them is to watch for an “ad choices” icon in ads themselves. It looks like this: This icon has begun appearing with increasing frequency, usually in the upper right or left-hand corner of online ads, and linking to information about the platform or company serving the ad, why it was selected for you, and how you can opt-out of ad targeting. Somewhat less certain is “Do Not Track” – an effort by regulators and privacy advocates to build into browsers a signal that would prohibit ad platforms and exchanges from using tracking cookies. “Do Not Track” has stalled because advocates, browser-developers and ad platforms have been unable to agree on a precise unifying standard for what tracking is, and when it should be subject to a consumer veto. (For instance, what if tracking is not done to serve an ad, but only to help a website’s internal objectives?) Back in 2010, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt famously said that when it comes to privacy, Google tries to “get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” All of us – consumers, regulators, lawyers and the media – are trying to figure out exactly where the “creepy line” is for online tracking. That process is a messy one – companies that guess wrong face severe consequences. But at the same time, consumers who care about online tracking have ever-increased tools at their disposal, and 2013 is likely to lead to still more websites, tools, and apps marketed to consumers who want to better understand how online tracking works and how to control what ads they receive online.

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John Eric Home is happy to announce the debut of our new “Money and Finances” section of the magazine. Marc Schliefer, of Equity Planning, will contribute monthly to the section, sharing his thoughts and perspectives on current financial issues that most impact our readers. Schliefer is no stranger to market movements and helping people invest wisely. “I have been with Equity Planning since 1979 and got involved in the Certified Financial Planning movement that was just starting around that time. I have always been interested in finances. I like to help design plans to help people reach and surpass their goals and help them go through the financial maze that is out there.” Equity Planning was founded in 1963 as a financial services organization. It has grown to serve many clients. “We strive,” says Schliefer, “to come up with creative strategies to help our clients make the best decisions with their finances to make sure that they match their overall goals. We strive to offer our clients a customized approach to their unique situation.”


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Over the course of his professional career, Schliefer has been witness to market expansions and corrections. To date, his most interesting challenge has been harnessing the market volatility of 2008. “The market,” says Schliefer, “and helping our clients set up financial strategies that got them to their ultimate goal and allow them to sleep at night was challenging.” Each month, we encourage our readers to turn to the magazine’s “Money and Finances” section. Reading Schliefer’s piece will provide you with insight into the market, investing and other financial matters that mean the most to you.


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Investors have found that many portfolio managers claim to consistently beat market averages and indices. Realistically, though, only half of all managers could outperform “the market” over any time period or remain above average. And, that performance may not speak to the real performance of these managers. Subtract the fees and it shouldn’t be a shock that more managers under perform the average than outperform. While many investors are beginning to realize the flaws associated with certain products or investment strategies, there has been a migration towards indexing. That may not be a much better solution. Indices were not immune to the market’s rapid descent in 2008-09, and they may not be positioned well against the potential for severe declines in the future. In fact, I believe that relying in indices virtually guarantees participation in the market’s volatility and potentially minimizes the chance of asset protection. Capital preservation is more important than ever as millions of Baby Boomers approach retirement. Statistics show that millions of American’s approaching retirement do not have enough money saved. In some places these soon to be retirees are being told to expose themselves to more risk with the potential danger of losing their irreplaceable capital. This type of advice can be dangerous. Instead of being in an index shell, investors should be seeking out managers with a sound tactical investment strategy that can provide strategies that are designed to offer an appropriate level of risk and upside potential based on your risk tolerance and the future you envision. Unless you have a very long investment horizon, losing a significant amount of your portfolio in a downturn shouldn’t be an acceptable possibility. Especially when you consider the fact that, for a one-year loss of 40%, it takes nearly 5 years of 11% returns to just get back to where you started.

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A good deal of risk management is a matter of broadening the range of potential investment options. There are more products to use other than stocks and bonds for diversification and now there are literally dozens of asset classes and investments strategies accessible to nearly all investors. No investment strategy can ensure or protect against a loss. The easiest way to explain the importance of diversification and tactical investing is to use a football analogy. Each position on a football team serves a separate and important function. Also, a coach must call different plays based on the circumstances of the game. Sometimes you need more linemen to block for a running play, and other times you need faster receivers for a long pass play. You would never put the same 11 players on the field for an entire game, and you certainly wouldn’t always call the same play. It could be the case that you have 11 excellent defensive tackles on your team as well, but putting them all out on the field at the same time probably wouldn’t generate your desired outcome. A good football team has a good coach making tactical personnel and play-calling decisions throughout a game. The same goes for investing. The current investment environment can be classified as having two “Fat-Tails.” The probability of both a large market decline and advance are higher than in a standard distribution, where more moderate and less dramatic outcomes have been shown to be likely in past cycles. This is due to today’s combination of threatening disasters, such as the European Debt Crisis and potential military conflicts, and seemingly attractive valuations of many asset classes, specifically U.S. stocks. Although the fear of the European Debt problems has weighed less on the markets lately, the risk of the situation hasn’t changed. However, corporate earnings have continued to improve and have produced what appear to be a time to consider investment opportunities depending upon your financial plan and risk tolerance. This has created a binary outcome for financial markets. A market changing event will either happen, or it won’t. Obviously, the two outcomes


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would produce very different results for the market. As the probabilities shift ever so slightly, the markets quickly attempt to re-price and the end result is more volatility. Until these big questions are answered, this market behavior is very likely to continue. We are truly creating “new history” in today’s financial world. Unprecedented amounts of global, coordinated Central Bank intervention are leading investors to a new frontier. Investors have never witnessed such action, and never before have we seen the end result. Many experts believe that with every additional quantitative easing implemented, we are increasing the odds of an inevitably inflationary future. Others obviously disagree, and are confident the measures will not create the trouble that is feared. Who are we supposed to believe? How can we possibly know the outcome when no precedent exists? You can attempt to forecast the eventual outcome and take a side, or you can prepare for both events. Indexing, nor buyand-hold, though may provide investors with the plan toward diversification for the future. One of the most mocked adages on Wall St. is the classic, “It’s different this time.” Ironically, it’s almost always true. What has happened historically has proven to be at best moderately reliable when planning for the future. Unfortunately, we can’t all have unlimited time horizons that can eventually revert back to the mean over the years. “There are market indicators that have just now regained the level from 12 years ago.” That type of environment produces considerable pain for index investors approaching or already in retirement. The reality is this current investment environment is not identical to any previous situation. The variety and scale of impending results has multiplied. Be wary of easy money management solutions and challenge yourself to know how your portfolio is designed to perform in all different conditions. Know what matters the most to you, and ensure that your irreplaceable capital is being invested wisely. The S&P 500 Index is representative of domestic markets and includes the average performance of 500 widely held common stocks. Individuals cannot invest directly in any index and unlike investments, the S&P 500 Index does not incur management fees, charges or expenses and therefore the results of the index may appear to be higher. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. This article was written by Marc Schliefer. The opinions stated in here are Marc’s and are not necessarily that of the broker/ dealer. The opinions do not represent those of John Eric Home. The article is not intended to serve as investment advice or a recommendation to buy or sell a specific security.



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A Conversation with His Excellency Joseph Cole of Malta

His Excellency, Joseph Cole, was appointed Ambassador of Malta to the United States of America in July of 2012. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Director General of European and Economic Affairs and as a Member of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development. In addition, he has acted as the Deputy High Commissioner of the Malta High Commission in London and the Consul General for Malta in New South Wales, Australia. Ambassador Cole has served on and attended many conferences and trade delegations, including the Maltese Presidential Trade Delegation to Australia and Singapore in 1986 and the Inter-Regional Preparatory Meeting for the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Singapore in January of 2002.

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JEH: How have you been enjoying Washington thus far? Ambassador Cole: My impression of Washington, during the first six months of my posting, has been very positive. Most of all I was positively surprised by the hospitality and the friendliness of the American people. The city is well planned and, although quite vast when compared to other cities, it is relatively easy to explore. JEH: What do you think is unique to Washington as a city? Ambassador Cole: The first thing one notices when visiting Washington for the first time is the skyline. There are no skyscrapers, unlike New York, Sydney or London. This makes the city more attractive. It is a much greener city than other cities I have visited and lived in. The museums are simply magnificent and most of them are free! But, as I have already indicated, people in Washington find the time to speak to you and are always prepared to give your directions and assistance. Something unique to Washington is having wildlife like deer, raccoons and red foxes visiting your back garden. JEH: What is your favorite thing to do in Washington when you have a break from your hectic schedule? Ambassador Cole: I go for long walks in Rock Creek Park to explore the wildlife and cherish the golden silence of the park. Occasionally, a boat trip on the Potomac. JEH: What surprised you of Washington? Something you didn’t anticipate before arriving to the city? Ambassador Cole: Americans are so cool and relaxed. This is a life-saver for me during my free time as my job dictates formal wear and choice of words all of the time. In addition, it is so easy to make friends in the US. At the same time they are much focused when doing business. JEH: Are there any similarities between Washington and Valletta? Ambassador Cole: The friendliness of the Maltese and the Americans is common denominator between both cities. Otherwise I see little similarities between Washington and Valletta in respect of size, history, cuisine, weather and mentality. JEH: What are the differences between the two? Ambassador Cole: As I said there is no comparison when one speaks of size of the cities. Traffic in Valletta is restricted to Valletta residents only and eco-friendly cars cater to commuters who travel from one place to another in the city. Valletta is very rich in history and culture being built by the Order of St. John and it is essentially Baroque. There are no rivers, although, Valletta was built on a peninsula.

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declaration of the title is expected to take place at the next EU Council of Ministers meeting, some time around May 2013. JEH: Can you tell us what Malta means to you? Ambassador Cole: Well, obviously home and the place I want to be all the time. The mild weather and swimming in the clear blue Mediterranean Sea. The sweet smell of spring and the serenity summer brings in the afternoon. The familiar faces and the unique Maltese loaf only our bakers know how to do. The safety and peace of mind which allows you can go out for walks, jogging or simply entertain yourself without being bothered. JEH: What is unique to Malta? Ambassador Cole: Besides its history and culture, it is very easy for any foreigner to feel at home in Malta. The people are friendly and multi-lingual. Most Maltese can speak English and Italian with a substantial part of the population also speaking French, German, Spanish and other exotic languages like Arabic, Chinese and Russian. The island is a gateway to Europe as well as to North Africa with high tech IT facilities. One can divulge in pre-historic temples which date back to 4000 BC, the paintings of Caravaggio or the buildings built by the Order of St. John. People can enjoy the night life in safe surroundings or simply enjoy the quietness the island has to offer. JEH: If readers are planning to head to Malta for a holiday, what features must they see? Ambassador Cole: They should see… The Silent City of Mdina, which was originally the capital city before the Order of St. John came to Malta and Valletta with its rich history and culture. A visit to St. John Co-cathedral to see the building and the work by Caravaggio. The pre-historic temples in Malta and sister island Gozo. The three-cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea, which were instrumental during the First and Second World Wars. The fortifications and the forts of St. Elmo, St. Michael and St. Angelo all built by the Order of St. John during the Order’s time in Malta. Social centers like Paceville, Sliema and St. Julians. The local cuisine, featuring the Maltese bread and the local beer/wine. JEH: Does the embassy display exhibits or host special events that the public can enjoy? If so, where should they go to learn more? Ambassador Cole: We do have some exhibits at the Embassy. The Embassy also participates in annual events organized by the local diplomatic community wherein Maltese foods and wine are displayed and offered to the public.

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The Republic of Malta, an archipelago that stretches across the center of the Mediterranean Sea, is a country endowed with deep history, superb culture and people of a friendly spirit. It is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Megalithic temples which form some of the oldest freestanding structures on earth. The location of Malta has always been of strategic importance. As such, former global powers - the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, the Knights of Saint John, French, British - have all ruled the islands throughout the course of the nation’s history. In 1964, Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom and was admitted into the United Nations. Later, in 2004, Malta joined the European Union and, in 2008, officially joined the Eurozone. The origin of the country’s name blends cultures and epochs of powerful histories. It is thought that the name Malta derives from the Greek word Meli meaning honey. The Republic does have a unique production of honey due to an endemic species of bees that live on the islands and is nicknamed “land of honey.” An alternative etymology suggests that the Phoenician word Maleth or “a haven” references the myriad Maltese bays and coves. The current name Malta is believed to have been introduced during the Kingdom of Sicily period. Aside from decadently relaxing on the sands of the Mediterranean, dining on foods reflecting Sicilian, British, Spanish and Maghrebin cuisines and strolling through boutiques in social centers such as St. Julian’s, many tourists arrive to Malta with an express wish to take in its fascinating architecture. Maltese architecture has been influenced by many cultures which is evident by walking through its towns and sites. Neolithic temples dating from 3800-2500 BC display intricate bas relief designs, including spirals that are evocative of the Tree of Life and human-type sculptures. Decorative mosaic floors, marble colonnades and classical statuary, introduced by the Romans, are preserved at Roman Damus, a country villa located outside the walls of Mdina. Early Christian frescoes decorate subterranean catacombs illustrating Byzantine tastes. Art draws visitors too. Under the Knights of Saint John, Malta’s artistic heritage boomed as Italian and Flemish influences entered the scene. The Italian great - Caravaggio spent 15 months here and painted seven breathtaking works during his Maltese period. His The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Jerome Writing are found in the Oratory of the Conventional Church of Saint John on public display. However, it was the richness of the Baroque movement that most impacted art on these islands. And, works featuring Mattia Preti, a key artist of this period who spent the last 40 years of his life in Malta, are on display in the Museum of Fine Arts in Valetta. Malta has a good number of national festivals, however, one festival that is drawing world-wide attention is the “Isle of MTV” music fest. The music television station annually holds this outdoor event and over 50,000 fans attend. This past year, 2012, FloRida, Nelly Furtado and Wil. I. Am headlined the show. Although, Malta is proud and endowed with a rich past, it continues to work towards an equally bright future. The country has taken substantial steps as a global player in cross-border fund administration. Competing against nations like Ireland and Luxembourg, the Maltese multi-lingual workforce and strong legal system has allowed them to lure business and finance. Tourism booms in Malta. Europeans, Asians and, increasingly, Americans make the trip to bask in the sun of the islands and surround themselves with the friendliness of the Maltese people. And, they return again and again as the islands and their people befriend them and gently coax their return.

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During the 2013 Inauguration, we saw the First Lady flawlessly transition her look between events with the addition of a belt and pair of killer boots. This transition was both appropriate and effortless, sending a message to the world that FLOTUS is both fashionable and practical. While Michelle Obama can have anything in the world she wants in her wardrobe, she’s chosen to collect an arsenal of accessories to create different looks with her basic items. Many people believe they need a closet full of clothes to be fashionable. But there is nothing further from the truth. If you

fill your wardrobe with quality basic items and fashionable accessories, you will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of looks you can create. Bottom line, accessories add style and individuality to any outfit. Men can jazz up any suit with an amazing tie or fancy pair of socks. Likewise, a woman can jazz up the very basic little black dress with the right necklace and earring combination, or sleek belt. So if you desire to be fashionable and updated without an overwhelming wardrobe, I strongly recommend building a collection of quality accessories that you love!

1.Alexis Bittar, Nordstrom, $95 2. Betsy Johnson, Nordstrom, $38


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4. Fendi, Bloomingdales, $325 5. Paul Smith, Bloomingdales, $95




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STYLIST WEDDING GUEST DRESS GUIDE As we approach the start of wedding season, now’s the time to start planning your looks. Wedding season is here, so let’s get dressed! No one wants to attend a wedding not looking the part of the chic, sophisticated guest, so, planning your look is essential. You’ll want to take into consideration the style of wedding (casual or formal), the weather (breathable, flowy fabrics for spring and summer are a must) and the best silhouette for your individual shape. The best fitting garments are those that skim the outline of your body. So when choosing a dress, you definitely want to take your body type into consideration.



Body Types Rectangle: If your body silhouette has few or no curves and your hips are narrow and straight, you should consider wearing a well-tailored sheath or shift silhouette. This will ensure your figure doesn’t get lost in extra fabric. If you choose a dress with a print, make sure that the scale of the print does not overwhelm you. Triangle: For women with small upper bodies and welldefined hips, I recommend dresses that are A-Line or have a full skirt. It’s also a good idea to make sure your dress has some type of detail at the top, such as a V-neck or decorative neckline. This will create balance between your upper and lower body proportions. Inverted Triangle: If you are busty, and your lower body is smaller in proportion to your upper body, I recommend wearing minimum details at the top part of your body. The top of your dress should be simple with a great fit. Choose an A-line or full skirt silhouette with dramatic details at the bottom to balance your upper half. This will give the illusion of a balanced body.


Hourglass: If you have a very curvy and feminine body with a small waist, wrap and sheath dresses with defined waists are the way to go. The key to looking great with this body type is all about great fit and tailoring. Don’t make yourself appear bigger because the waist of your dress is too large. Remember, true style is not just about trend, but more about the trends that look great on you. Here are a few fabulous, updated dress styles that will ensure you are the best-dressed woman at the next wedding you attend! Well, besides the bride of course…



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Rectangle 1. Diane Von Furstenberg - $325 2. Betsy and Adam - $138


3. Laundry by Shelli Segal - $165

Triangle 4. Eliza J - $158 5. Donna Morgan - $178

Inverted Triangle 6 Suzi Chin - $138 7. Amsale - $280 4

8. Alice + Olivia - $597

Hourglass 9. Maggy London - $148 10. Suzi Chin - $158

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The wedding season is upon us and that’s a big deal, even to those that like to take things casually. It’s also true that for many more men than women the task of putting together the right attire for this occasion is numbing. This is not hard to do if you follow some basic rules and we’ve put together some tips so you can concentrate on enjoying the festivities. The most important thing you need to remember is that a suit is the cornerstone of men’s wedding attire, whether a tuxedo or one for everyday use. The one you should wear will depend on the type of wedding. If you are not in the wedding party and are unsure, the look of the invitation will probably tell you. One on nice paper with regular lettering usually indicates a traditional wedding where a basic suit is fine. Whereas, a foiled invitation, detailed script and evening ceremony indicate that it is formal. If this is not stated on the invitation you should inquire. Before we go into more detail about your individual look, you should also want to coordinate your look with your spouse or the person who will accompany you for one 2 pleasing picture. Once you have decided on your wardrobe, it’s an easy fix – just choose a tie that matches or complements one of the colors in their garment and you’re done. Of course, if you choose to wear a classic tuxedo ensemble it will go with everyone’s outfit. Now, for the guidelines to follow: Black Tie/Black Tie Optional Wedding Most often you will need a basic tuxedo. Large department stores sell them at prices that suit their customer base. If you choose not to invest in one, a rental is a recommended option. Remember to select one at least two (2) weeks in advance to ensure size availability and adequate alteration time to avoid rush charges. If you are in the wedding party, make sure to rent it from the same store as the rest of the attendants because there can be obvious variations. A tuxedo also requires that it is accessorized with a tuxedo shirt, cufflinks, bow tie and vest or bow tie and cummerbund (a sash worn around the waist) or a long tie and vest. This needn’t be challenging at all. Any store that sells or rents tuxedos has these items and staff that will get all the parts together for the look you desire. You may also choose to wear a black suit in lieu of a tuxedo. This being the case, it is better to have a sophisticated no-frills look wearing a white shirt, often a French cuff and one requiring cuff links, giving it a more formal look and a black or silver bow or long tie. Basic Traditional Wedding The majority of today’s weddings fall in this category and, as mentioned earlier, a suit is the foundation for proper attire. We cannot overstate the value of a basic dark suit in black, navy or charcoal gray for an adult male. Yes, you may have to purchase your first for the wedding but it will come in handy for many occasions and for many years. The style you choose should depend on the regularity you will wear it, body type, style sense and budget. There are more types to choose from than ever as men are embracing fashion more and more. (Tip: A two-button suit stays in fashion and a light-weight wool fabric works for all seasons.) A white shirt is always appropriate, looks great under a dark suit and can be worn with any color or pattern tie. Unless you’re going to a very casual wedding, for instance guests are asked to wear flip flops, a tie is essential. It signifies the importance and respect for which you take the ceremony. However, your outfit needn’t be stuffy. How about wearing a colorful bow tie for something unexpected? A colored shirt instead of a white one can also work. You also want to wear nice shoes and a narrow belt and if you’re in tropical heat you can wear a linen or cotton suit. Now, men we’ve got you covered – dress to impress and have a good time.


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1. Burberry Milbury Eve Tuxedo, $1,695.00 2. Joseph Abboud, ‘Signature Silver’ Wool Suit, $695 3. BOSS Black ‘Ryan/Win’ Extra Trim Fit Suit, $795 4. Billy Reid, ‘Campbell’ Glen Plaid Wool Suit, $1,395 5.BOSS Black ‘Sky/Gala’ Trim Fit Wool Tuxedo, $895 6. John W. Nordstrom® Woven Silk Tie, $79.50 4

7. Solid Dress Shirt - Contemporary Fit, $79.50 8. David Donahue, Trim Fit Dress Shirt, $135 9. Burberry London Wilard Tux Dress Shirt - Contemporary Fit, $350





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