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Real Estate and Lifestyle Magazine October 2013, Volume 16 DC | VA | MD

Purchasing Art for Your Home: An Interview with Jessica Naresh

J.D. Ireland

Evan Harvey of Jack Rose Delights Your Tastebuds

Furniture: A Constant Evolution


Falling into the Worlds of Fall Fashion The Jetsons’ Kitchen Meets Yours


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10 Flip-Flops and Umbrella Drinks Call as We Explore South Beach and the Florida Keys

Julie Weber of J.D. Ireland Writes on the History and Importance of Choosing Furniture for the Home

John’s Current Inventory of Spectacular Properties In All Price Points.





22 Contributor Kim Ward Does a Q&A with Jessica Naresh of the Art Registry on the Topic of Buying Art for the Home


74 THE SCOOP News from Around Washington, Arlington, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County

98 TECH Meet George Jetson or at Least Technology That Evokes the Jetsons in Today’s Modern Kitchen

42 FOODIE Chef Evan Harvey of Jack Rose Saloon Shares His Pork Belly with Peach Puree, Mushroom Risotto and Goat Cheese Cheesecake Recipes with Readers



Time to Bring Out the Layers and James Cornwell Shows You How to Do It With Style

Master Mixologists Charles Tappan and Luca Giovannini Mix Up Halloween Cocktails That Satisfy Even Ghostly Quenches

102 VINEYARD Autumn Breezes In Vineyard’s David-Michael Shott and John Gjika Advice on Sipping Barolos


70 MONEY AND FINANCE Part 4 of Marc Schliefer’s Series Entitled Castles and Moats Inform on the Ins-and-Outs of the Social Security Benefit

106 WOMEN’S STYLIST The Art of Shopping Smart as Rendered by James Cornwell

NEXT MONTH Destinations Takes Us To Savannah Georgia to Discover this Charmer of the South John Eric Home Explores the History of Hanukkah





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

Chef Evan Harvey joined the kitchen team at Jack Rose Dining Saloon in March of 2013. Chef Harvey was recently promoted to Executive Chef after impressing diners with his skills of blending modern American cuisine with classic cooking techniques, and highlighting the area’s local flavors and cuisine. Born and raised in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Chef Harvey always had a love for food and began his culinary education at the young age of 16. Chef Harvey has worked with the Kimpton Hotel group, and most recently, with Chef Bryan Voltaggio at Volt in Frederick, MD where he expanded his culinary education and explored molecular gastronomy in particular. After three years at Volt, he became a sous chef for Chef Voltaggio and helped to open Lunchbox and Family Meal, serving as Chef and General Manager of the latter before bringing his skills and knowledge to Jack Rose Dining Saloon.

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. 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.

James Cornwell’s experience in fashion is vast. He boasts an impressive client portfolio, including Neiman Marcus, Mango, Bloomingdales, Sabring Soto (HGTV), Will Thomas (Fox 5), Angie Goff (News 9), Arch Campbell, Ted Koppel, Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals), Santino Quaranta (DC United) and Brian Orakpo (Washington Redskins). He has worked with Instyle Magazine, Washington Life Magazine, Today’s Health and Wellness, Jaci Reid, Ford Models, Elite, Next, T.H.E., Americas Next Top Model-Smart Water, Adeler Jewelers and JJ Singh Designs. James is, also, proprietor of Cornwell Styling, the Art Director for PR at Partners and Tim Coburn Photography, Co-Host of Fashion BS and Stylist and Art Director for Washington Life Magazine fashion shoots.


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BUTORS 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 VenerĂ te Group LLC. He launched the company, leaving a career in capital markets, to elevate cocktail culture through creativity, classical knowledge, craft dedication and teaching.




Marc Schliefer has been in the financial planning business since 1978, when he joined Equity Planning Institute, Inc. He became President of Equity Planning Institute, Inc. in 1996. With over 33 years of practicing financial planning, Marc has worked mainly on individual financial planning and counsels clients on all aspects of their financial life. Marc was a frequent guest on the WRC radio program, Your Money Show, and has written many articles for local associations. He has conducted Financial Planning seminars for companies and government agencies and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Kristina is a writer and award-winning communications professional who works with clients in an array of technology markets, from emerging technology to consumer electronics, government IT, defense and homeland security. As senior vice president of public relations and social media for Focused Image, a leading branding firm based in Falls Church, VA., she supports top federal contractors, fast-growing private companies, associations and nonprofits. Each issue, Kristina will share insights on some of the latest and most fascinating technology products and trends that are changing our world.

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.

John Eric Home would like to introduce our readers to the contributors who provide both informative and interesting articles to the magazine on a monthly basis. These are the voices that bring to you the most current trends within their individual industries. We would like to thank our contributors for providing their insight to the magazine and its readers. John Eric Home 7


Fall has arrived! The kaleidoscope of colors ushered in by the change of the season is an amazing feast for the eyes. The cooler days and crisp nights point the way to relaxing and entertaining at home. It’s only fitting that October is John Eric Home’s Home and Design Issue. Julie Weber and Edith Gregson of J.D. Ireland light up the cover of John Eric Home this month. This dynamic pair, along with Joe Ireland, brings us interesting articles each and every month as contributing editors of “Home Trends.” Our feature story this month delves into the history and Importance of choosing furniture for the home and was penned by Edith Gregson. This article is filled with great information and spectacular imagery. Our second feature article is by “Expressions” contributor Kim Ward who does a Q&A with Jessica Naresh of the Art Registry on the topic of buying art for the home. A room isn’t complete until you have art. In “Tech,” we meet George Jetson, or at least the technology that evokes the Jetson’s in today’s modern kitchen. I love to eat. I admit it. I’m a huge foodie. I’m also a big fan and regular visitor to Jack Rose Saloon in Adams Morgan. Therefore, I’m delighted to feature the amazing recipes of Chef Evan Harvey of Jack Rose Saloon who shares his Pork Belly with Peach Puree, Mushroom Risotto and Goat Cheese Cheesecake recipes in “Foodie.” Master mixologists, Charles Tappan and Luca Giovannini, mix up Halloween cocktails that satisfy even ghostly quenches and “Vineyard’s” David-Michael Shott and John Gjika give advice on sipping Barolos. If the end of summer has you down, then flip-flops and umbrella drinks call as we explore South Beach and the Florida Keys in “Destinations” because summer never really ends in Florida. The importance of being smart with your money is even more important in today’s world. In “Money and Finance,” part 4 of Marc Schliefer’s series, “Castles and Moats,” informs on the ins-and-outs of the social security benefit. Finally, we want to say a big thank you to Robin Fischer who headed “Women Stylist.” She has moved on to other endeavors but her contributions are both appreciated and informative. I personally want to thank Robin for her hard work and dedication to John Eric Home. Autumn also means it’s time for fall fashion. Our Men’s “Stylist” editor James Cornwell is now taking charge of both the Men’s and Women’s “Stylist” sections. We so look forward to James’ insight and advice in the months to come. He starts moving immediately in this edition with “The Art of Shopping Smart” for women and “It’s Time to Bring Out the Layers” for men. Finally, I want to end on an incredible statistic. Last month, John Eric Home was the most read edition, to date, with more than forty thousand reads. Our readership continues to grow, obviously, making us pleased and proud. Thank you very much for your support of John Eric Home. Please enjoy, and come back to read, again and again. Best, John Eric Publisher, Principal and Realtor




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FURNITURE A Constant Evolution

It is beautiful. It is decorative. It is functional. It is art and form and depending on the style and finish, it can conjure up a wide variety of internal and external responses from the beholder. We’re speaking of one of the greatest forms of decoration-meets-function: Furniture. Furniture is one of the most important elements of a finished design and has quite the legacy. The rich history of furniture reaches all the way back to the beginning of non-nomadic societies and has fantastically grown and developed along with the world around it. Furniture is constantly reinventing itself. It continually becomes more unique and inspired as modern-day designs are enriched by the past and influenced by how we live today.

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Furniture initially began as pure function. We needed a place to rest. We needed a raised space on which to place or build things. We needed a place on which to pray. And, the materials from which these early pieces were constructed were a direct result of the location of the village. Be it stone, wood, mud, or straw, early furniture, at its inception, was all about function and the ability to build. It is from those parochial beginnings that the design of furniture was born. Then, over time as the world developed and as empires grew, the world of furniture exploded with incredible creativity. Each piece often carrying deep meaning and intention. He who had the largest, tallest, highest, most gilded and luxuriously upholstered chair is king, or, at the very least, quite wealthy. Furniture as a status symbol is an important piece in the history of the industry. Equally so was its ability and need to span entire spectrums from use and desire and function to status symbol. In ancient times, and still in some countries today, it is simple to recognize the ruler of the land - the person of highest power and respect - because of the throne on which they sit or the table at which they dine. In our country we also use furniture in the simplest of ways to identify the leader. A teacher uses a lectern, the CEO of a company often sits behind the biggest desk and the head of the household may sit in the armchair at

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the head of the dining table. Furniture is important for so many reasons. Many of us may not be able to or have the interest in investing in collection pieces or have the ability to recognize a valuable antique or spot a chair designed by a world-renowned architect, but the world of furniture touches all of us and is a necessity for most every person. The study of furniture can be fascinating and overwhelming. Every culture has their own style and, as there are many different cultures, there is a plethora of styles in furniture. As time passed and new eras emerged the style of furniture and finishes grew and evolved as well. For centuries, there were drastic changes in style and as civilizations became more concrete and the standard function of furniture had been established, the design of furniture exploded with creativity. Furniture could be about opulence and detail or the art of the piece and its construction. Designing something new and never-beforeseen became a popular challenge. In today’s furniture, we can see elements from the very early styles through their reinvention thousands of times. We draw inspiration from every style out there and often develop pieces specifically for our clients and projects. There is beauty, history, symbolism and often a wonderful story behind pieces from each nation and each period in time. The same is said of family pieces. When a piece of furniture is an heirloom, it is so often that monetary value is not attached. The piece simply has meaning and therefore has value. As designers, we enjoy learning from each client

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what has meaning to them, what styles they like, what styles they dislike, and also why they react one way or another to a piece. We learn if our clients are drawn to pieces with an African heritage, or perhaps from Asian cultures, or European antiques, or mid-century modern aesthetics. With so many styles of furniture just from the last century, this is one part in the design process where our clients need us the most. We sometimes hear “I don’t like antiques” but that’s a very broad statement and so often, and wonderfully so, ends up not being the case. It may simply be that a particular style of antique furniture doesn’t appeal to them. For example, one client did not like to stay in a Victorian-styled room in a grandparent’s house. The room held a petite antique chair with a large print floral fabric on it that was felt unattractive due to the fabric and a flat cushion that didn’t project any coziness. It was from that experience and memory that all antiques were associated and, therefore, this client simply became closed off to the idea of antiques. But what about an antique Japanese chest? A piece of furniture such as that is an antique but doesn’t look anything like their grandparent’s petite Victorian chair in that unappealing fabric. A very fun part of our work and our process with clients is to determine what it is they really do and do not like. What details resonate with them, why a particular look does not attract them, and what pieces are appealing to them? Learning about styles is important, but, most important is to look at a piece with an open mind – labels aside - and

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figure out whether one likes it or not. By removing labels, our clients have opened themselves up to working with pieces that they may ordinarily shy away from. Part of our work as designers is to understand our clients, so that we can guide them to the pieces that make them most happy. It is not always simply selecting the best or “right” piece. It’s often by being inspired by a style or design that feels right for the client when considering how they live and the space in which the piece will be placed, the function of that space, a look and the feel that is pleasing to the homeowner. Upon understanding those elements, we can select or even create a piece that meets the laundry list of needs for that client and space. It is the development of furniture that can take our projects to a new and unique level and give our clients something one-of-a-kind. At J.D. Ireland, we do a lot of custom-designed furniture for a variety of reasons. It began because many of our projects were in older rowhouses or condominiums where the footprints of the spaces were tight. When many of the original dwellings were built in the city, smaller rooms heated by a fireplace were the necessity and people gathered in those smaller spaces. Of course, that is very different from how we live today. Working on projects in those original dwellings, with the tighter footprints, tighter doorways, and narrow stairwells, led us to the need to design furniture both to fit the comfort needs of our clients as well as the room in which the piece would be placed. Not to mention, being certain the piece could travel up the tight stairwell and through that narrow doorway! That need to design furniture for specific spaces grew into an intense enjoyment of furniture design and construction as a whole. It is true that there are many options of furniture already in existence, but there is something so rewarding and satisfying in learning your client, developing their interior space, having a vision in mind of how and with what the space can be furnished, getting that furniture design on paper and, then, ultimately bringing it to fruition. While sometimes it is necessary to design and build specific furniture because of space limitations or requirements (that huge great room that needs to comfortably seat 18 in a sofa pit for the Superbowl), other times we simply have a vision. Naturally, we are inspired by furniture styles that exist and have been perfected over time but when a client loves a low, modern, fully upholstered Italian style bed and their significant other has their heart set on a grand, four-poster bed, we have the opportunity – and challenge - to marry those two styles and build something custom, therefore meeting the desires of both clients. The history of furniture and design is deep, rich, and detailed. Its inception was derived from necessity and its evolution spurred signs of wealth and development. Its expressions of creativity and its division into every level of need has segued into the modern day, creating functional, comfortable, good looking pieces inspired by styles past and ideas of new. Knowing everything about furniture is virtually impossible because it continues to evolve and becomes something fresh. But, when choosing furniture, look at all different styles, identify your likes and what you don’t like about specific pieces. Pay close attention to the graining and stain of a wood, to the hardware and carvings, to the joints and seams

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and find joy in deciphering those elements that appeal to you. And, if you’re like us and can’t get enough of a variety of looks, be bold and combine different styles, carefully joining them by a common thread. Perhaps, the sheen of a finish or the neutral tones of upholstery. Whether, modern, antique, contemporary, sleek, or ethnic, take time to identify what you like and be inspired by how you live and how the pieces make you feel.

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The Florida Keys and South Beach


Miles upon miles of ancient coral reefs. Tropical weather imbued with sunshine and sand. Geological wonders and umbrella-styled drinks. Snorkeling, scuba diving, sportfishing and sailing. You guessed it - this month, in Destinations, we head to the nature and excitement of the Florida Keys and South Beach, Miami.

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The Florida Keys are among the most exotic and enchanting locales in The United States. Beginning at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, roughly about 15 miles south of Miami, they extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the westernmost of the inhabited islands. The Keys are full of nature, of history and a visit to these sandy oasis’ never disappoints. Created from the exposed portions of an ancient coral reef, this area is packed with both aquatic and human life. Much awaits the visitor who travels to this area, the most southerly point of the country. And, the regions of Key West, Islamorada and the Lower Keys have much to be explored. Key West is possibly one of the best known keys in this archipelago and its main attraction is snorkeling and scuba diving. The delicate underwater biosphere of the key is actually classified as a series of living animals. Clusters of microscopic plants thrive off animal tissues allowing other animals to benefit from the photosynthesis process. Because of this, snorkeling in Key West affords both the opportunity to swim in one of the most extensive and largest reef systems in the world and, also, appreciate its conservation Scuba diving outfits abound in Key West and it is very easy to both learn the skill and hop on a craft that will take you to magnificent stretches of reef. But, what if you don’t have the time to be schooled in this activity? Then, snuba diving may be just the ticket for you. In Snuba, the swimmer uses the swimfins, diving mask, weights, and breathing apparatus commonly used in scuba diving. What differentiates the practice is that the traditional

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air tanks, normally strapped to the back, are instead laid horizontally on 5-foot-long rubber pontoon rafts. The rafts remain on the water’s surface. All instructions are provided when traveling in the boat out to the reef. Many choose this method to explore one of the most beautiful, natural habitats in the world. Perhaps, instead of immersing yourself in water, you would prefer to skim its surface and stay warm and dry? A wonderful opportunity is on hand in Key West with ‘Ocean Vue’ an ultramodern, hydrofoil boat that allows its passengers a rare peak into the underwater world. The craft is outfitted with an expansive glass viewing area of 6 feet by 9 feet, right beneath your feet. Below, myriad schools of fish swim by while others play hide-and-seek along the reef. It also features tours that cruise through Stingray Alley, historic shipwrecks and the Dolphin Playground. Not all activity on Key West is confined to the water. The Shipwreck Historeum Museum is found here, and offers visitors an interesting view on the treacherous business of shipwrecking. Live actors, artifacts, laser technology and a 60-foot lookout tower make the experience one of a kind. Also, a video presentation about the shipwrecking industry can be enjoyed. Filled with interviews, film clips and underwater footage, the video takes place in a re-created wrecker’s warehouse. The Lower Keys begin where the Florida Keys island chain takes a graceful westerly, shortly after the famous Seven Mile Bridge. It is a quiet region of small resorts, down-home restaurants, single-family homes, untrammeled wildernesses and rich history. Tiny Little Duck Key, at mile marker 40 in the upper end of the Lower Keys, boasts Veterans Memorial Park. Its sandy beaches and picnic areas make it a perfect stop along the famed Overseas Highway. Meanwhile, nearby, you will find Bahia Honda State Park and Recreation Area at mile marker 37. With its white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife, Bahia Honda Key frequently makes the list of most beautiful beaches in America. Moving back towards Miami, Islamorada greets the visitor. Early settlers originally named this key after their schooner, Island Home. Later, it was translated into Spanish and given its current day name. Islamorada is also known as “Purple Island,” which can refer to either the purple-shelled snail that once inhabited these shores or to the brilliantly colored orchids and bougainvilleas that still reside in this place. It is here that one finds the Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park. This fossilized-coral reef dates back nearly 125,000 years and demonstrates how the Florida Keys were once beneath the ocean. Visitors can view fossils along a 300-foot quarry wall when hiking the park’s three trails. There are both guided (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only) and selfguided tours along the trails, which lead to the railway’s old quarrying equipment and cutting pits. While, The Alison Fahrer Environmental Education Center holds historic, biological, and geological displays about the area, including videos. Also, on this key, are lovely boutiques and shops. For those who would like to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, an afternoon of discovering the area’s offerings is recommended. Stop by the Banyan Tree (MM 81.2 OS, 81197 Overseas Hwy), which offers contemporary gifts for the home and garden. Or, try Island Silver & Spice (MM 82 OS, 81981 Overseas Hwy). This upscale shop is the place to go for women’s and men’s resort wear and fine tropical jewelry. Islandthemed glassware and elegant kitchen items make excellent gifts.

The Keys offer countless days of sportfishing and the World Wide Sportsman (MM 81.5 BS, 81576 Overseas Hwy) is a good place to stock up on needed gear. They offer two floors of upscale and everyday fishing equipment, clothing and sport fishing paraphernalia. You can also stop by the Zane Grey Long Key Lounge, located above the store—and step up and into Pillar, a replica of Hemingway’s boat. Once you have the gear, join a charter and sail into the blue on a fishing adventure. Here is the self-proclaimed “Sportfishing Capital of the World.” Sailfish is the prime catch in the winter and dolphinfish in the summer. Buchanan Bank just south of Islamorada is a good spot to try for tarpon in the spring. And, blackfin tuna and amberjack are generally plentiful in the area. The Hump at Islamorada ranks highest among anglers’ favorite fishing spots in Florida because of the incredible offshore marine life. Leaving nature and solitude behind, cap off your holiday with a stop in South Beach. Its atmosphere is the opposite of the laid-back groove of the Keys. It is frenetic and it is fun. This neighborhood of Miami Beach glitters and has been featured in the television series South Beach, Burn Notice and the movie The Birdcage. South Beach, also called SoBe, is trendy and quirky and just a fun place to be. It attracts both the famous and tourists who want to relax on its beaches sipping tropical drinks. Annual events such as Miami Fashion Week, the White Party and the Miami International Film Festival are held in this part of town attracting locals, industry experts and tourists alike, as do the great number of beaches, museums, restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques.

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Of course, sunbathing is top-of-the-list when visiting South Beach. But also are wandering down its interesting and historical streets. And, there are plenty from which to choose. Lincoln Road is an open-air pedestrian mall and it is known as South Beach’s premiere shopping area. Now home to many restaurants and several night clubs, Lincoln Road was one time rather downtrodden. It began a renaissance in the 1980s as an arts and cultural center. South Beach has an architectural style of its own and Collins Avenue, which runs parallel to Ocean, is home to many historic Art Deco hotels. Taking a stroll down Collins delights those interested in the vibe that is known to South Beach. And, Washington Avenue is one of the best-known streets in South Beach. Running parallel with Ocean and Collins, Washington is notorious for having some of the world’s largest and most popular nightclubs. During “season” the street is jammed with traffic until early in the morning (as late as 6 am) every night of the week. It is home to countless shops, hotels, and such noted architectural features as Temple Emanu-El. The Florida Keys and the neighborhood of South Beach, Miami are filled with fun and exciting things to do and see. If you are looking for a mid-winter break, to chase the frosty temperatures away, head south and imbibe in the fun of it all.

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Robbie’s of Islamorada (877) 664-8498



Floridays 888.733.5455

Strike Zone Charters (305) 872-9863

Danger Charters 305.304.7999

Looe Key Reef Resort and Dive Center (305) 872-2215

Namaste Sailing 305.766.3519


Clearly Unique Charters 877.282.5327


ISLAMORADA SNORKELING Bay and Reef Company (305) 393-1779 Holiday Isle Resort and Marina (305) 664-2321

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Azul Key West 907 Truman Avenue, Key West 305.296.5152 This ultramodern redo of a classic circa-1903 Queen Anne mansion is a break from the Key West’s other abundant Victorian guesthouses. The adults-only boutique hotel, threeand-a-half blocks from Duval Street, combines original trim and high ceilings with sleek furnishings. Spacious rooms, some with private verandas, have leather headboards, flat-screen TVs, and remote-controlled fans and lights.

The Gardens Hotel 526 Angela Street, Key West 305.294.2661 Built in 1875, this award-winning property covers a third of a city block in Old Town. Orchids, ponytail palms and black bamboo dot the property which features fountains and Cuban earthen pots. The property offers several types of accommodations, from standard rooms with garden and courtyard views to a twobedroom carriage house suite. ISLAMORADA HOTELS Casa Morada MM 82 BS, 136 Madeira Road, Upper Matecumbe Key, Islamorada 305.664.0044 This property built in the 1950s has been restyled into a suave, all-suites property with outdoor showers and Jacuzzis in some of the suites. Lush landscaping, a pool surrounded by a sandy “beach” on its own island accessible by a bridge and lounge chairs at the water’s edge lend a spalike vibe. A Zen garden and a rock grotto complete the scene. The Moorings Village MM 81.6 OS, 123 Beach Road, Upper Matecumbe Key, Islamorada 305.664.4708 This tropical retreat is what is imagined when thinking of the Keys. Hammocks sway between towering trees and sugarwhite sand is lapped by aqua-green waves. West Indian-styled cottages with colorful shutters, private verandas, and wicker furniture is nestled in coconut palms.

LOWER KEYS HOTELS Deer Run Bed and Breakfast MM 33 OS, 1997 Long Beach Drive, Big Pine Key 305.872.2015 Key deer wander the grounds of this beachfront bed-andbreakfast, set on a quiet street lined with buttonwoods and mangroves. The property has been recognized for its sustainability efforts. Two large oceanfront rooms are decorated in soothing earth tones and furnished with mahogany and pecan-wood furnishings. The beach-level unit is decorated in key lime and flamingo-pink, with wicker furnishings and the garden-view room is an eclectic mix that includes Victorian farmhouse doors serving as the headboard of the queen-size bed. Guests share a living room and a veranda. The mostly organic breakfast menu is suitable for vegans. Guest rooms are stocked with organic cotton towels and cruelty-free toiletries.

Restaurants KEY WEST RESTAURANTS Nine One Five 915 Duval Street, Key West (305)296-0669 According to the Sunday Times (UK), Nine One Five is “Elegant but unstuffy. This clapboard Victorian Mansion twinkles with fairylights after dark when tables fill with friends digging into soul Mama Seafood Soup or slow roasted chipotle pork quesadillas.” Their Grand Marnier chocolate pot is not to be missed either. Louie’s Backyard 700 Waddell Avenue, Key West 305.294.1061 Executive Chef Doug Shook prepares mouth-watering dishes designed to please. The seasonally changing menu is pricey (appetizers cost around $10-$18; entrees can hover around the $38 mark) but treats like grilled scallops with portobello relish and grilled king salmon with fried risotto are big hits. A more affordable option is its Upper Deck, which serves tapas such as flaming ouzo shrimp, roasted olives with onion and feta, and Gruyère and duck confit pizza. Pisces 1007 Simonton Street, Key West 305.294.7100 Chef William Arnel creates a contemporary setting with a stylish granite bar, Andy Warhol originals, and glass oil lamps. Favorites include Lobster Tango Mango, flambeed in cognac and served with saffron butter sauce and sliced mangoes, Pisces Aphrodite, a seafood puff pastry and Black Grouper braised in champagne.

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Green Turtle Inn MM 81.2 OS, 81219 Overseas Hwy., Upper Matecumbe Key, Islamorada 305.664.2006 This circa-1928 property is Florida Keys history. Period photographs decorate the wood-paneled walls. Executive Chef Billy McCrossin creates a “Floribbean” flair with turtle chowder, drunken scallops, and a chipotle skirt steak.

No Name Pub MM 30 BS, Big Pine Key 305.872.9115 This no-frills honky-tonk has been around since 1936, delighting locals and vacationers who come for the excellent pizza and cold beer. The full menu printed on place mats includes a tasty conch chowder, a half-pound fried-grouper sandwich, spaghetti and meatballs, and seafood baskets. The lighting is poor, the furnishings are rough, and the music is oldies.

Island Grill MM 85.5 OS, 85501 Overseas Hwy., Windley Key, Islamorada 305.664.8400 This waterfront shack has an eclectic menu that tempts diners with dishes such as its famed Original Tuna Nachos, lobster rolls and good selection of sandwiches. Southern-style shrimp and andouille sausage with grits join island-style specialties such as grilled ribs with guava barbecue sauce on the list of entrees. Pierre’s MM 81.5 BS, 81600 Overseas Hwy., Upper Matecumbe Key, Islamorada 305.664.3225 One of the Keys’ most elegant restaurants, Pierre’s cuisine is drawn from French and Floridian influences. The menu changes seasonally and has featured smoked hogfish chowder and foie gras sliders with a butternut squash milk shake. The downstairs bar is a perfect spot for catching sunsets, sipping martinis, and enjoying light eats.

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Keys and South Beach Fun An Evening of Cabaret The Cabaret at La Te Da The Crystal Room home of The Cabaret at La Te Da has been a Key West landmark for over 30 years. The state-of-the-art cabaret theater plays host to shows as diverse as reknowned female impersonators singing live to headline Broadway stars and comedians. Art Deco Tour Miami Design Preservation League Led by local historians and architects, 90-minute tours offer interesting tidbits about the art deco district. Tours begin at the Art Deco Welcome Center. A Shopping Extravaganza South Beach Neighborhoods - Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road Mall and Espanola Way It’s all here - from the unique Armani Exchange boutique to The Gap. Washington Avenue, one of the main boulevards on South Beach, along with Collins Avenue and Alton Road, is a shopper‘s paradise.

Restaurants Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink 130 NE 40th Street, South Beach, Miami (305) 573-5550 At this restaurant, the menus change daily but all start with what’s in season and what arrives on their doorstep from local farmers, fishermen, ranchers, and artisans. It has featured dishes such as Wood Oven Roasted Black Grouper, Grilled Niman Ranch Leg of Lamb and Wood Oven Roasted Whole Snapper. De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean Hilton Bentley Hotel, 101 Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami 305.672.6624 This waterfront restaurant delights the senses portraying oldworld Havana. Chef Douglas Rodriguez captures the essence of circa-1950s Cuba. There are both Cuban classics on the menu and sensational ceviches and creative tapas, including braised short ribs with a smoked-tomato sauce, and foie gras-and-fig empanadas with arugula salad and Serrano ham. The Setai Grill The Setai Hotel, 101 20th Street, South Beach, Miami 305.520.6800 Executive Chef Mathias Gervais reinterprets American classics using the Rolls Royces of the food industry and adding a French, contemporary twist. While the LaFrieda prime cuts and the braised meats exemplifty tradition perfected, Gervais goes more avante-garde with his “Butcher’s Cuts,” starters, and salads. The signature Caviar Tin — a tower of extra-large Florida stone crab claws, crème fraîche, and a choice of three fabulous caviars, including Karat Amber Russian Osetra — is pure decadence.

Hotels Delano Hotel 1685 Collins Ave., South Beach, Miami 305.672.2000 According to Fodors, “This South Beach hotel attracts the beautiful people, who stay at the famed bungalows, sip pricey cocktails, nibble on sushi, and lounge next to the palm-tree– lined pool with its underwater soundtrack and café table in the shallow end.” It has won numerous awards and the decor of this grand hotel is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The lobby is sparse, busy and spacious, while the rooms are dotted with strange, whimsical furniture pieces. The James Royal Palm 1545 Collins Ave., South Beach, Miami 786.276.0100 Rooms assume a classic South Beach identity with blends of whites and pops of tropical colors. Double-doored minibars open a world of local Florida products, while colossal, woodframed mirrors function as sliding doors for the oversized bathrooms. The hotel’s location at 15th and Collins places the James in the heart of the South Beach action.

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This month, I interviewed Jessica Naresh, one of the women behind the Art Registry, about buying art for your home. The Art Registry is a unique and inventive art consulting group that I have watched develop into one of the finest DC groups to invite into your home and help you start and build your art collection.

Jessica Naresh has a variety of art buying experience and a strong education in art

history. She and her business partner, Jill Pearlman are excellent at de-mystifying the art buying experience and making it fun, accessible and very personal.

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KW What is your first step in helping someone select art for his or her home? JN I ask them about their priorities. Is there a specific room in the house where they plan to entertain or spend a lot of time? Or, do they just want to find something they love and then later determine where it should go? A lot of our clients have a specific spot in mind, which is a good way to establish some initial parameters—such as size constraints or color schemes—which we want to try to work within. For a first-time buyer it’s important that we find something that complements and enhances their existing décor. The right piece can become the focal point in the room and play the role of a conversation starter when entertaining guests. KW Once you’ve figured out a client’s priorities, what do you do next? JN We sit down and view a portfolio of digital images to guide us in understanding what the client likes and, equally important, what they do not like. For a first-time buyer this is especially important because it gives them the opportunity to see a wide scope and variety of artistic genres, such as sculpture or media work, that they may not have seen before. It is also important for us to fully flesh out why someone likes or dislikes something. Figuring out why someone is drawn to a particular artwork helps us understand how he or she connects to art. Is it color, shape or particular materials? It also helps narrow our focus and introduce other works they will be interested in.

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KW What happens after you have established their likes and dislikes? JN When a client finds something they like, they have to ask themselves why they like it. I assist them in establishing a vocabulary to explain and describe more specifically why a particular work of art is appealing or not. This is a very challenging task, putting to words a person’s visceral reaction to art. If it is a piece they want to acquire, then I recommend seeing the work in person because standing in front of art is a completely different experience than looking at a digital image on a screen. We all know that different computer screens and resolutions can change color and depth so it is critical to see artwork “in the flesh”. In the DC art market, you usually have time to see the work in person before committing to a purchase. Next, I usually do an “art pull”, where we bring a lot of artwork, the pieces the client expressed interest in, to their home. The “art pull” is an important step in the process because it allows our clients to see the artwork in their space with the light, surrounding furnishings and other objects that will interact with the artwork. At that stage we discuss in greater depth, the artist’s technique and background so that the client has a greater understanding of the artwork and an opportunity to find a personal connection with it.

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KW Are there any important things to consider when picking art for different rooms in the house? JN Because your living and dining rooms will be seen the most by guests coming to your home, I encourage clients to decide if they want a statement-making piece in either of those rooms to spice up conversations, or if they prefer something more conservative. For bathrooms and the kitchen, keep in mind that these areas have temperature and humidity fluctuations, so I do not recommend placing anything too delicate in those rooms – these spots are great for porcelain or glass wall sculpture, which won’t be affected by temperature or humidity. In a bedroom you have the opportunity to make it personal: do you want the vibe to be calm, energizing or somewhere in between? KW What about framing? JN For many kinds of art, framing is an integral part of presenting artwork in your home. If it’s a painting on canvas, and the canvas edge is visually appealing, then there’s no need to frame it. And, of course, no need to frame sculpture, which is a very popular medium that many of our clients choose. Photography and works on paper need a frame, and you should also consider adding plexiglass with UV protection. If you are bothered by glare, there is museum glass available that will significantly reduce the glare as well as provide UV protection. When framing is necessary, we work with our clients to help choose the frame that works best for their artwork.

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KW What should someone know about an artist before purchasing an artwork? JN Knowing about an artist and how they go about crafting their artwork can help a client develop a personal relationship with an artwork. Also, it’s always good to know about an artist’s background, where they went to art school and if they earned a BFA or MFA, because that shows a dedication to their practice. I’d also check out their exhibition history and if they are in any prominent collections. If it’s a print or a photograph, determine which number it is in the edition and the total run in the edition. Remember, the most important thing about purchasing artwork for your home is that you love the artwork and feel like it will enhance your home environment for many years to come. The Art Registry is a full-service art consulting company that discovers and delivers the best in contemporary art — exhibiting and selling in the most inventive and enjoyable ways. Through Art Registry events, Jessica Naresh and Jill Pearlman combine the consistent promise of showcasing new artists with the excitement of the art world transported to unique properties. Bringing a curatorial eye to each piece, the owners’ combined skills — from a Christie’s education to professional photography — produce entertaining and educational arenas for first-time buyers to art enthusiasts, interior designers to corporate buyers.


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Jack Rose Pork belly with Peach Puree and Pickled Scallions Mushroom Risotto Goat Cheese Cheesecake Jack Rose Dining Saloon is a true DC establishment crafted from the minds of DC natives & longtime friends Bill Thomas and Stephen King. Jack Rose Dining Saloon houses the largest whiskey collection in the Western Hemisphere - over 1600 bottles (and growing) of hand-selected single malt, blended, international and domestic scotches. The saloon also carries an incomparable selection of bourbons & other spirits, and serves uniquely hand-crafted cocktails, wines from around the world.

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Pork Belly with Peach Puree and Pickled Scallions PORK BELLY 1 slab pork belly (uncured bacon) 1 box kosher salt 1 cup sugar ¼ pound thyme ¼ pound rosemary 10 cloves garlic 2 carrots 3 white onions 1 stalk of celery 2 gallons pork or vegetable stock PEACH PUREE 10 whole peaches ½ cup sugar 1 750 milliliter bottle dry riesling 2 quarts vegetable stock PICKLED SCALLIONS 1 cup sugar 1 cup water ½ teaspoon coriander seeds ½ teaspoon allspice 2 whole cloves 1 bay leaf 2 cups apple cider vinegar 20 whole scallions

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Pork Belly Preparation First take the salt, sugar, herbs and garlic and mix them all together in a bowl. Place some of the mixture into a large container followed by the pork belly. Take the rest of the salt mixture and cover the pork belly. Cover and place into refrigeration for 24 hours. After the pork belly has cured, take the pork out of the salt mixture and wash off any remaining salt. Pat dry. Using a large cast iron skillet, sear the pork belly on both sides until it has a nice crust. Remove and place into a large hotel pan or roasting pan. Cut the carrots, celery and onions into 他 to 1 inch pieces and place in the same pan that the pork belly was seared. Brown vegetables. Place the pork belly into the roasting pan. Pour the stock into the pan, cover with aluminum foil and place in an oven at 300 degrees for 5 to 6 hours or until tender.

Peach Puree Preparation Cut the peaches into pieces about 1 inch by 1 inch. Place them and all the other ingredients into a large saucepot and simmer until the peaches are tender. Take the peaches and a little bit of the liquid and place them into a blender, then puree until smooth and pass through a fine sieve. Cool the puree until ready to serve.

Pickled Scallions Preparation Combine the sugar, water, coriander seeds, allspice, cloves, and the bay leaf in a saucepot. Bring the mixture to a simmer or until the sugar has completely dissolved. Then, place the mixture into a new container and add the cider vinegar. Cool the pickling liquid and then submerge the scallions completely for at least 6 hours. Since the scallions will be pickled, place them into a mason jar and use them at a later time.

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Mushroom Risotto 8 tablespoons butter 4 cups mushrooms cut into ½ inch pieces (Shiitake, Chanterelles) 6 cups chicken stock (vegetable if desired) ½ cup minced white onion 2 cups Arborio rice ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons chopped parsley and or chives Salt and pepper to taste

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Preparation Bring the stock to a boil and then turn down to a very low simmer. Take 2 tablespoons of butter, place into a large sauté pan and begin to melt and spread around the pan. Take the onions and put them into the sauté pan and let cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, just to begin the cooking process. Add the rice and sauté for about another minute. Add about ¼ of the stock into the sauté pan, while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Continue to stir the rice throughout the cooking process. This will release the starches in the rice and give the risotto a creamier texture. When the rice has absorbed most of the stock add another ¼ of the stock and continue to do so until the rice is fully cooked, which should take about 35 minutes. Once the rice is almost done, begin cooking the mushrooms in another large sauté or sauce pan with 2 tablespoons of butter (browned) until crispy. Add the cooked rice, the remaining butter and stock, still stirring during the entire cooking process. Add most of the parmesan cheese, keeping a few spoonfuls for garnish. Salt and pepper to taste. Be careful, the cheese will add salt to the dish and the herbs. Place in the desired serving vessel and top with fresh parmesan and any extra mushrooms available, if desired.

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Goat Cheese Cheesecake CHEESE CAKE 2½ pounds cream cheese 1½ pounds goat cheese 4½ cups sugar 12 whole eggs 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 7½ tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour /8 cup Crème fraiche


ALMOND CRUMBLE /8 cup almond flour


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Cheese Cake Preparation Combine the cream cheese, goat cheese and sugar in a Kitchen Aid mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix on medium speed until all components are mixed well. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, salt and vanilla extract and then add to the cheese mixture. Continue to mix on medium speed. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl so that there are no lumps of cheese remaining. Add the flour and crème fraiche and continue to mix on medium speed. After all ingredients are evenly combined, pass the batter through a sieve. Place a furrowed log (1” x 4”) silicone baking mold ( usually 6-7 logs per mold) into a deep hotel pan and spray with Pam or any other non-stick spray. Fills the mold to the top and use a skewer to pop any air bubbles. Fill the hotel pan with water until the molds are about ¾ submerged. Bake in a convection oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Take the molds out of the hotel pan and place in a refrigerator to cool. Once cooled, pop the cheesecakes out of the molds. They are ready to be served.

Almond Crumble Preparation Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until everything is mixed together. Place the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Bake in the oven at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Take the tray out and let cool at room temperature and serve with the cheesecake. Serve the cheesecake with any sort of fruit, caramel, or ice cream if desired. Citrus and Vanilla are suggested.

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STYLIST MENS Falling for fashion or at least layers … because we can. No blurred lines here. What rhymes with rugby? Music to my ears. Fall. Just as the music makers rock the charts with new fresh sounds, New York Fashion Week rocked the runway showing off all the greatest 2014 spring trends. And, everyone who attended rocked something fabulous for the fall. This rich, warm season always brings change to fashion. But do we really have to throw out our summer fun for the winter blues? NO! All the great T-shirts, V necks, and summer cardigans have a great place in our fall wardrobes. For example, my great “young and reckless” T-shirt with a vest and a light jacket catch attention from every facet of the fashion corner. When you layer summer with your fall wardrobe, making use of everything in your closet, you become a fashionista! OH, but boys, don’t let me label you. Your manhood is protected. And now your wallet is too. As a savvy metro man, you are ahead of the game.

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Although the September issue has landed, but do not trip on the fall ads. Everyone wants to look like they stepped out of the pages of a magazine, but who really has the cash flow to spend $5,000 on one outfit? These ads are designed to inspire us and lead us to the right trend for our lifestyle. Getting a few great staple pieces that will last is smart, but for the rest of your fashion, there are great affordable trends at a fraction of the cost. Fall is all about mixing patterns, warm rich colors, and layers. I know I harp on layers, but I can’t stress it enough. This can be a challenge, but if you make an effort, people will notice. Black and white? So 2000 and late. If you have this in your wardrobe then add a color to it. Or, just save it for layering with some cool winter items. As for shoes, it is time to get rid of the sandals, flip flops, and Birkenstocks. I say it loud and I say it proud - Suede! Suede shoes come in such amazing styles, shapes, and colors. Please do not be afraid of the blue suede shoes. They are hot and back with attitude.

So gentlemen, if you keep in mind that people are watching you, you will make better style decisions. If you act like you do not care, it will show and you will end up on someone’s WORST DRESSED LIST! Here are some great resources for men’s shopping: T’s and shirts with attitude: Young and Reckless Staples and everyday style: Macy’s Fashion upgrade: The shops at Tysons Galleria – They have everything you need.

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MIXOLOGY The Lion’s Whiskers El Tigre Paloma Kuma .375

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THE LION’S WHISKERS In Old Celtic lore, people dressed in costumes to frighten off the evil spirits of the dead that would reenter the world during the end of the harvest period. To do so, a drink mimicking the “King of the Jungle” is a necessity. To represent a Lion, the drink needs to start with a bite. Lime juice is extremely powerful, so it is paired with the sweet notes of agave nectar and plum wine. This tempers and softens the bold tart notes. By utilizing it as ice, the drink is given staying power (as the ice melts, more flavors slowly mix into the cocktail). However, this is Halloween month - we must use bold spirits in the glass! Jack Daniels Single Barrel lends power and strength that will make any Samhain Soul stand in respect. Another old world ingredient Carpano Antica (the worlds first vermouth) melds perfectly with the Jack Daniels and the ice cubes to form layers of caramel, vanilla, plums, honey, tart and bitter. The last touch is the bitterness of tonic water. The tonic provides softness of dilution and a bite of quinine that mirrors the alternating flavors from the tart plum ice cubes. For Halloween this year, make sure to be bold, and the Lion’s Whiskers is a great way to start!

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GLASSWARE Collins Glass

INGREDIENTS 1 oz. Jack Daniels Single Barrel ½ oz. Carpano Antica Tart Plum wine Ice Cubes Tonic Garnish: Lime Wheel

DIRECTIONS Build in Glass. In an empty Collins glass, add 2 tart plum wine ice cubes and then fill with regular ice. Over the ice, pour the Jack Daniels Single Barrel and the Carpano Antica. Before adding tonic water, use a bar spoon and stir the drink approximately 20 times. While gently stirring, pour the tonic water to completely mix and integrate the drink. Garnish, serve and enjoy! Tart Plume Wince Ice Cubes: In a metal mixing bowl, combine 1 ½ cups of plum wine, ½ cup of lime juice, and 2 tablespoons of agave nectar. Use a whisk to combine ingredients and pour into ice molds (each cube should approximate 1 ounce; mixture makes approximately 12 ice cubes).

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EL TIGRE PALOMA During an unpredictable Hallow’s eve, conjure support from south of the border with the El Tigre’s Paloma. Tequila is a perfect accompaniment to Halloween, always enticing and sweet - however, like a tiger once caught by the tail, it becomes capable of a very strong bite. In Mexico, Halloween is directly followed by the Day of the Dead (November 1-2). Tequila and its celebratory nature is a perfect “spirit” to bring the “spirits” out on such nights of festivities. Utilizing the modernist technique of agar agar clarification, grapefruit juice itself is turned to flavored water as if done by reverse alchemy. The semi-tart freshness of the water is a perfect lead to balancing and complementing the sweet but natural orange flavor of Cointreau. The two citrus notes mix together to form a foundation of floral vibrancy that acts as a launching pad for the 100 percent agave Tequila Real. Un-adulterated, the Blanco puts the agave out front. The prosecco and its effervescence is the final touch. It provides crisp snapshots of flavors that act as ferries transporting the flavors of the drink across the palette. Overall, the El Tigre’s Paloma is a drink of Celebration, and one with enough “spirit” to enhance any “soulful” night.

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GLASSWARE Chilled Champagne Flute

INGREDIENTS 1 oz. Tequila Real Blanco ½ oz. Cointreau 2 oz. Clarified Grapefruit Juice 1 ½ Prosecco Garnish: Grapefruit Ribbon

DIRECTIONS Fill a Champagne Flute with ice and set aside. In a Mixing Glass, add Tequila Real, Cointreau, clarified grapefruit juice, and prosecco. Fill with ice, and, then, utilizing a julep strainer and smaller mixing glass, pour the drink back and forth between glasses, slowly diluting, chilling, and aerating the drink. After 5 throws back and forth, empty the champagne flute and pour the drink. Garnish, serve and enjoy! Clarified Grapefruit Juice: 2 grams of agar agar for every 750 Grams of Juice. In a pot, bring 250 grams of juice and the entire agar to a simmer, while whisking the entire time. Turn off the heat and slowly add another 500 grams of juice, making sure to continuously whisk the mixture. Cool the mixture in an ice bath (placing the pot used into a bowl of filled with ice and water, but making sure to not spill or dilute the mixture). When the mix is fully congealed,

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KUMA .375 Every Halloween, there is the image of the dark forest and the long, spooky, solitary road through it that must be traveled. But when the chilling woods are full of lions and tigers and bears, it’s time to turn from the hunted to the hunter. The Kuma .375 (Kuma is Japanese for Bear) is exactly the caliber of cocktail needed. Upfront, are the sensual and engaging flavors of honey brought out by the Barenjager (Bear Hunter) honey liqueur. Next, the alluring sugars are lightly cloaked in the smoke of the Hakushu 12-year old Japanese whiskey, much like the long forest road on a bone tingling Halloween night. However, the Sudachi juice adds a sharp tart flavor that concentrates on the tip of the palette. Finally, the brightness of the dry and fruit tastes of sparkling sake complete the last stroke of erasing the foreboding night. Bears are now dispatched and a perfect road has been illuminated for trick-or-treating. The finish of this cocktail is indeed rewarding - just like sitting down to count a stash of candy. The Kuma .375 is the perfect nectar of sweet and smoke to complement a successful Halloween night.

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GLASSWARE Marie Antoinette Coup Glass

INGREDIENTS 1 ¼ oz. Barenjager ¼ oz. Hakushu 12yr ¾ oz. Sudachi juice ¾ oz. Sparkling sake Approximately 70 grams (by weight) of Watermelon Garnish: Watermelon ball skewer

DIRECTIONS In a shaker, add watermelon cubes. Using a muddler, press and gently crush the watermelon cubes. Add the Barenjager, Hakushu, Sudachi and ice. Shake to a slow 13 count. Add the 3/4 oz. of sparkling sake, double strain (using a fine mesh strainer), serve, garnish, and enjoy! Watermelon Ball Skewer: Using a melon baller and fresh watermelon make two watermelon balls. Skewer and place across the glass.

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Protecting Your Assets and Wealth PART IV

This month we examine another component of the moat around your financial castle, and that is Social Security. Social Security is made up of many parts – retirement income, disability, and survivorship benefits for families that have children who have not graduated from high school yet. Though most people are covered under the Social Security system, there are categories of folks that are not. These groups include those covered under the old government pension CSRS plan, some clergy members who have opted out of Social Security and railroad workers because they are covered under their own separate plan. THE RETIREMENT BENEFIT The Social Security retirement benefit can be a substantial component of your retirement income, but the benefit isn’t free – you have paid for it all of your working days. When you receive a paycheck, 7.65% of your earnings are withheld to cover FICA, which stands for the Federal Insurance Contribution Act. FICA contributions help fund two programs: 6.2% on your first $113,700 of wages funds Social Security and 1.45% on all of your wages funds Medicare. If you are a wage or salaried employee, your employer matches every dollar of FICA tax that you pay. If you are self-employed, you don’t have an employer matching the FICA tax, so the entire tax of 15.3% on the first $113,700 of wages is your responsibility, plus 2.9% Medicare tax on wages above $113,700.* You can access your retirement benefits as early as age 62, but doing so could result in a permanent reduction of up to 25%. You are rewarded for being patient – each year that you delay

retirement (up to age 70), your benefits grow. As long as you wait until your normal retirement age of 65-67 to begin taking distributions (this number depends on your birth year) you can still be employed and earn as much as you want without your Social Security benefits being reduced. However, if you begin taking Social Security retirement benefits before your normal retirement age, your benefits will be reduced by roughly 50 cents on every dollar earned above $15,120 in 2013. An example: you earned $25,120 in 2013 and you were taking your Social Security benefit at age 62, you would lose $5,000 of your Social Security benefit (half of the $10,000 amount over $15,120). You may want to consider delaying taking your Social Security benefit until either full retirement age or age 70 when the benefit reaches its maximum. In actuality, the amount of the benefit increases by 8% for each year that you delay retirement past your normal retirement age, plus it may increase anyway if your wages grow. The break-even timeframe for delaying Social Security retirement from age 66 to age 70 is usually 15 to 18 years, so if your longevity is likely to be greater, delaying taking income usually results in the largest benefit. If you are married or divorced but had been married for 10 years or more, you are entitled to the higher of your benefit or your spouse’s benefit. This is a very important concept that most people do not know, and it lends itself to some income maximization strategies. For married couples, it is often most advantageous for the higher wage earner to “file and suspend”. Essentially, the higher wage earner files for his Social Security benefit at his full retirement age, which triggers a 50% benefit for

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THE SURVIVOR BENEFIT The last benefit is a survivor benefit for dependents if the insured person passes away. If a parent of young children dies prematurely, an income benefit is paid to the spouse and dependent children until the youngest child graduates high school. The benefit is greater depending on the number of children and it decreases as each child graduates high school. The spouse’s benefit stops when the youngest child finishes high school and there is no benefit at all until the spouse reaches age 62. A one-time death benefit of $255 is always paid. Survivorship benefits can be extremely valuable for families and an important consideration to any financial plan. Depending on your circumstances, there may be no survivorship benefits at all, so it still remains important to obtain your own individual life insurance policy to protect your loved ones. In summary, Social Security helps provide income when we retire, sometimes when we are disabled, and sometimes when we pass away. That said, the intricacies of the program are very complicated and warrant a discussion with a knowledgeable advisor who knows the ins and outs of the system. The most advantageous strategy depends on your unique circumstances. I encourage you to visit to learn more. There, you can sign up to view your benefits online, utilize calculators to help project your benefits, and also review the Social Security Administration’s records of your earned wages, which ultimately are taken into consideration for all three benefits.

his spouse, and he immediately suspends his own 100% benefit to allow it to grow by 8% a year. All the while, the lower-wage earner’s own benefit is increasing, and often ends up higher at age 70 than the 50% spousal benefit they’re to collect now. The good news is that you have many options available when it comes to filing for Social Security, and a qualified advisor can help you determine the strategy most appropriate for your family’s needs. THE DISABILITY BENEFIT Another benefit of the Social Security program is disability insurance. Social Security’s definition of disability is that you “must not be able to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) because of a medically-determinable physical or mental impairment(s)…. that is expected to result in death, or that has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.” – Social Security Administration, 08/15/2013 This definition suggests that your impairment must be very severe and in most cases permanent in order to obtain disability payments from the Social Security Administration. If you are able to obtain benefits, they are paid to the disabled person and their spouse and dependent children. The benefit is paid directly to the disabled person along with each eligible dependent, up to a family maximum. There is also a benefit for eligible disabled children. If you have a disabled child or are disabled yourself, I encourage you to explore your eligibility with a financial advisor or attorney experienced in these matters.

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Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through US Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. US Financial Advisors and Equity Planning are separate entities from LPL Financial. Source 2013 pocket tables Kaplan Financial Education

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through US Financial Advisors, a registered investment advisor. US Financial Advisors and Equity Planning are separate entities from LPL Financial.


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ELEGANT AND MODERN Walking down mature tree-lined sidewalks to the neighborhood parks, playgrounds and nearby shopping contributes to the small-town feel of Lyon Village, one of Arlington’s most sought after residential communities. Frank Lyon purchased this land, formerly Robert Cruit’s 19th century weekend and holiday estate and dairy farm, and established Lyon Village, a true community that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1923. Colonial, Tudor and Classical Revival styles are among the distinctive homes within the neighborhood, which embraces the custom brick home at 1839 N. Herndon Street as one of its own. Built by BCN Homes for its exacting owner in 2007, this stately Colonial brings the best of the best to this historic community. Starting with a classic center hall floor plan on four levels, the approximately 6,400-square-foot home is upgraded and customized both inside and out. From the Crestron full home Audio/Video System spanning 14 rooms to the custom wainscoting and built-ins to the hand-selected tiles and lower level HD projection TV, the residence offers top-of-the-line finishes around every turn. The gourmet kitchen outfitted with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances and adjacent pantries with additional refrigeration and dishwashing capabilities create a first floor flow suited to both intimate affairs or large-scale dinner parties. An outdoor kitchen and stone-walled patio offers an additional space to cook and entertain, while the central study with floor-to-ceiling built-ins offers a secluded place to work at home as well as additional gathering space when needed. Formal living and dining rooms with custom moldings, built-ins and low-volt accent lighting flank the foyer where the gracious staircase leads to the upper levels.


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

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OFFERED AT $2,825,000

• Miele Dishwasher with


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

Shutters with Hand-Forged Iron

Hinges and Shutter Dogs

• Two-Car Garage with Separate

Garden Equipment and Workshop

Storage Room

• Flagstone Patio with Stone Wall,

Outdoor Kitchen, and Weather

proof Speakers

Main Level • Crestron Whole House Audio/Video

System with Touch Panels and

Customizable Audio Delivery

• 10-Foot Ceilings with Custom

Two- and Three-Piece Moldings

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

Range with Four Burners, Griddle

and Grill

Custom Panel

• KitchenAid Built-In Under Counter Microwave

• Custom Raised Breakfast Bar with

Solid Wood Island Counter

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

Beverage Refrigerator in

Custom Pantry

• Fisher & Paykel Dishwasher

Drawers in Butler’s Pantry with

Blue Pearl Granite Counter

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

with Window Seat and Storage

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

• Commercial-Grade Hood • Sub-Zero Refrigerator with

Custom Panel

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Second Level

Third Level

Master Suite includes:

• Large Playroom or Guest Living

• Arched Doorways

Room with Carpet, Three Dormers

• Daylight Sitting Room with Marble

and Ceiling Fan

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

• A Fifth Bedroom with Large Storage Closets

Built-ins and Full-Length Mirrors in

• A Fourth Full Bathroom

Master Closet

Lower Level

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

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

Dual Temperature Controls, Seat-

Wine & Beverage Refrigerator, Sub-

ing, Bisazza Glass Mosaic Tile, and

Zero Icemaker, and Fisher & Paykel

Marine-Grade Speaker, Separate

Dishwasher Drawers with Custom

Jetted Tub with Lights, Heated


Floor, Frosted Glass-Enclosed

• Second Family Room with Stone

Water Closet, and Refrigerator

Fireplace, Custom Built-Ins and

Between Vanities

Hidden HD Projector TV with 100-

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

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

with a Floating Vanity and Bisazza

• A Fifth Full Bathroom

Blue Glass Mosaic Tiles

• Mudroom with Custom Cubbies,

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

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

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LUXURY TOWNHOME Location, Location, Location. This is one of the most important phrases in real estate and it perfectly describes one of the most important aspects of 1114 N Johnson Street. This exquisite, colonial style, luxury townhome is set in the soughtafter community of The Bromptons at Clarendon in the coveted urban village of Clarendon in fashionable North Arlington. This property is located minutes from our Nation’s Capital, National Airport, Kennedy Center and steps from the Clarendon Metro, as well as the shops, Whole Foods and the many restaurants in Clarendon. An ideal lifestyle awaits. This location also allows one to take advantage of the wonderful walking, biking and running paths around the property; one of the many reasons that Arlington County is always cited as being among the most livable communities in the United States. This lovely townhome has a wonderful presence and welcomes you with exquisite brickwork, large proportioned windows and provides a warm welcome to all who enter. ‘Stylish, contemporary and elegant,’ are but several of the words used to describe this stunning property. The home’s entry level is truly lovely and bathed in natural light. The spacious entry foyer has attractive tiled floors and a warm and soothing color palette and leads to a spacious home office that can also be used as a fourth bedroom. The lovely space is large in scale and warmed by the abundant natural light and also has a large closet. This level also has a coat closet and allows access to the home’s spacious two car garage.


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As one makes their way up the stairs to the main level , we are greeted by lovely, recently finished, hardwood floors, natural light, large framed windows, elegant crown molding and a large living room and dining room combination. These two rooms are spacious and provide an elegant but comfortable area to live or entertain. Moving into the kitchen, the open floor plan allows your guests to be part of the action as you prepare an exceptional meal in the updated gourmet kitchen. This gourmet kitchen features lovely cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The kitchen features an eat-in space that is framed by beautiful bay windows and can also accommodate three bar stools. This area attaches to a spacious family room with gas fireplace. It also features a small deck perfect for sitting or grilling. This space can also act as an extension of the kitchen by providing more room to live, work or entertain. There is also a main level powder room. Moving upstairs, the lovely third floor foyer leads to the master suite which takes up the entire third floor and features an open, spacious floor plan with separate bedroom and sitting areas, large windows providing an abundance of natural light, recessed lighting, ceiling fan, gas fireplace with mantel and spacious walk-in closet. This master suite is both open and intimate at the same time. This master bathroom features white cabinets, dual vanities, ample storage, a large Jacuzzi soaking tub, walk-in shower with new seamless glass doors, a separate water closet, new tile floors and an abundance of natural light. The upper floor has two additional bedrooms. Both bedrooms are spacious, have large closets and great natural light. The home’s second full bath is located on this level. The bath has a large vanity, open shelving for added storage and a shower/tub combination. This level also contains the home’s laundry room with side by side washer and dryer and tons of storage. This property is the pinnacle of exceptional urban living. The best of North Arlington is at your front door.

OFFERED AT $999,000 NOTABLE FEATURES • Bromptons at Clarendon

• Walk to all the shops and

• Style: Luxury Townhome

• Sq. Footage: 3,200 Estimated

• Clarendon Metro

• Bedroom: 4

• Easy access to Clarendon, DC,

• Baths: 2 Full Baths/1 Half Baths

Ballston, Falls Church, airports,

• Parking Space: Yes/ 2 space

restaurants, shops, parks, biking

• Exterior: Brick

& walking trails.

restaurants of Clarendon

• Heating System: Forced Air • Cool System: Central A/C

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


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

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

• Wheel Chair Accessible First Floor


• Capella Wood Floors: Random

• Sq. Footage: 6,000 (Estimated)


• Bedrooms: 5 – Main House

• Caesar Stone Kitchen Counters

• Baths: 5 ½ - Main House

• Granite Countertop Island

• Water Frontage: 900 linear feet

• Stainless Steel Commercial Grade

• 180 Degree Water Views

• Drawer Dishwasher with two units

Throughout Home

Hood & Range

• Entire Property Secured with Alarm

• Walk-In Pantry

• Climate Controlled 150 Bottle Wine

and Camera System

• Circle Driveway


• 1000 sq. ft. Three Car Garage

• Mudroom

• Full Attic

• First Floor Laundry Room with

• Fruit trees: Apple, Pear, Persimmon

• Four Season Sun Room

and Pomegranate

Italian Tile

• Grape Vines

• 2000 sq. ft Guest House

• Japanese Maple & Dogwood Trees

• 960 sq. feet Drive Through Garage

• 8 foot Deep Front Porch

• 2000 sq foot workshop

• 16 x 40 Deck on the Rear\

• 12 x 34 foot Green House

• Vaulted Ceilings Throughout

• 100 ft. Dock

• Doors: Pella & Anderson

• Outdoor Pavilion 60 x 30 feet

• Windows: Anderson B- Grade

• 33 x 100 ft. Dog Kennel

• Lighting: Hinkley

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A MONUMENT VIEW Location of a lifetime best describes the quiet and intimate setting of the Residences of Memorial Overlook. Nestled behind the 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 $1,649,000 NOTABLE FEATURES • Penthouse Unit • Expansive Living Room • Breathtaking Views • Gourmet Kitchen • Fitness Center • Club Room • Two Garage Spaces • Balcony/Terrace

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Heights, Georgetown, P Street, Tenleytown; Maryland - Annapolis, Bethesda, Harbor East (Baltimore), Kentlands, Mt. Washington, Rockville, Silver Spring; and Virginia - Arlington, Fair Lakes, Old Town Alexandria, Reston, Short Pump, Tysons Corner, Virginia Beach, Vienna (dceater) The office complex in downtown Bethesda known as the Air Rights Center will be rebranded as “Bethesda Crossing,” according to the developers that bought the properties earlier this year. There will also be renovations and additions to the existing buildings, including a new fitness center. (BN) Daikaya is now serving pop tart and doughnut ice cream sandwiches. The Japanese restaurant has a new late-night menu on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Beyond the ice cream sandwiches, Daikaya is offering up tater tots, “okonomiyake style,” and several varieties of bao. (dcist)

The District’s top advocacy group on behalf of historical buildings has decided against trying to declare The Washington Post building on L Street Northwest a historical landmark, removing a potential hurdle should it be sold to a developer. The seven-story building at 1515 L St. NW was completed in 1950 when The Post relocated from E Street NW, a few doors down from the National Theatre. Construction was financed using loans provided by the family of late publisher, Katharine Graham. (WaPo)

Graffiato chef/restaurateur Mike Isabella is headed to Arlington. Isabella is planning the 185-seat Kapnos Taverna in a 4,700-square-foot space at 4000 Wilson Boulevard in Ballston. The Virginia Kapnos will have many of the same dishes as the original, but it will also offer weekday lunch, brunch on weekends, and a happy hour menu. There will be one spit for roasting whole chickens, pork shoulders, and lamb. Look out for ten on-tap cocktails—as at the first Kapnos and at Graffiato, Taha Ismail will be in charge of drinks—a 200-bottle wine program, and a 40-seat patio. Isabella is shooting to open Kapnos the second in summer 2014. (Washingtonian)

D.C. officials say they’ve fixed two of five bridges in the city categorized by federal officials as both “fracture critical” and “structurally deficient.” The District’s Department of Transportation says one of the two now-fixed structures is the 11th Street Bridge carrying Interstate 695 over the Anacostia River, which was replaced this year with the help of federal highway dollars. Also, the department says a bridge on New York Avenue at First Street Northeast was repaired. Three bridges are still “fracture critical,” meaning they could collapse if a single, vital component fails, and “structurally deficient,” meaning at least one major component has advanced deterioration. Those include the heavily traveled Frederick Douglass Bridge and the Whitney Young Memorial Bridge, both over the Anacostia. Experts say that combination of red flags is particularly problematic. (WAMU) Arlington’s annual dog show, Dogtober Day, will return to Lacey Woods Park (1200 N. George Mason Drive) this month. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and will feature doggy competitions for: best kisser, most colorful pup, pet tricks, most adorable dog, best tail wagger, cutest costume, fastest pooch and Best in Show. (AN) The José Andrés Foods product line, which features olive oils, tapas, paella kits and more, is moving from online sales into stores. Area Whole Foods locations will begin selling the products this month in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. Here’s where to find them, in locations stretching as far as Baltimore, Virginia Beach and Richmond: DC - Foggy Bottom, Friendship

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Graffiato chef/restaurateur Mike Isabella D.C. Mayor Gray announced the creation of nine career academies—six will be at traditional public schools, the rest at public charters. “There are people who still think ‘voc ed’ means fixing shoes, preparing clothes. Those days are over, ladies and gentleman,” said Gray at the announcement. Instead, the academies will focus on teaching students in three high-growth sectors: information technology, hospitality and engineering. (dcist)

On Saturday, September 7, Frager’s Paint Store reopened at 1129 Pennsylvania Avenue SE (the corner of Pennsylvania and 12th Streets, former home to Mi Vecindad restaurant). Brushes, rollers and more were available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The reopened paint store joined the other Frager’s temporary locations. The “Pop Up Shop” garden center (and miscellaneous hardware products) is available seven days a week at the concrete pad across 7th Street SE from Eastern Market. Keys can also be made at this location. The Just Ask Rentals store has relocated to 1323 E Street SE, an industrial building across from Safeway. The yard adjacent to the original Frager’s location is also still open and offers fertilizers, mulch, and other large bagged products. (THIH) Target is considering opening a store in downtown Washington at the corner of 11th and E streets NW, in space once occupied mainly by ESPN Zone. It would be Target’s second store in the District, following its 2008 opening in Columbia Heights, and would continue the chain’s expansion into big cities, sometimes by using unique or smaller store designs, some of them offering WiFi and mini Apple showrooms. (WaPo)

The Bethesda Purple Line Station could include a large plaza area with connections to the light rail system, the Metro platform below and a separate tunnel that would see bikers and walkers through to Elm Street Park if Montgomery County can get the owners of the Apex building (7272 Wisconsin Ave.) to agree to tear down the structure so the state or a private vendor can build it. County planners showed off two options for a new Capital Crescent Trail tunnel and how the Maryland Transit Administration’s preferred option for a Purple Line station would look. What is not yet clear is what development rights the county will give the property owner in exchange. (Bethesda Now)

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When Good Kitchens Go Tech

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As the leaves fall and the air cools, thoughts often start turning to holidays and entertaining. It’s time for decorating and sprucing up your home to get ready for all the fun that’s to come over the next couple of months. Surprisingly, one of the most important rooms of our home often gets the least attention during holiday preparations – the kitchen. As the place that bears the bulk of the workload and ends up being where nearly every party ends up, perhaps now is the time to consider the best ways to amp up your kitchen power before the holiday rush.

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TO SERVE IS DIVINE. Kitchens have always played a critical role as the central operations center of a home. Historically, the kitchen’s basic function has always been based around one core mission – service. Today, kitchens, with the integration of technology in our lives, have not only transformed our tools and appliances, but also the space itself because of the wide array of functions a kitchen supports. Between breakfast and late night noshing, they act as a place for mail processing, bill paying, scheduling, computer access, crafts, reading, daily news, homework, mobile device charging and a whole lot more. Technology products have kept pace to serve our every need in this modern kitchen, and some in the most amazing ways. KITCHEN SMART. Just how “smart” are these new kitchen appliances anyway? Well, they can help you party plan, cook, stir, measure, store food and clean. A key aspect of “smart” is also interacting and syncing with other communications tools, including smart phones, tablets, other appliances and even the electrical system of your home. Like good friends and (occasionally) family, smart appliances are always helping to make your life a little easier, a little more fun and they even help you troubleshoot your challenges. Some even talk back too. But, unlike people, most of these gadgets come with a lovely off switch.

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PROTECT THY PHONE. Since we rely on our iPhones and other smart devices these days for just about everything else, why not cooking? With all that mess though, who wants to risk getting their phone or tablet ruined with the icky and sticky or dusted with flour? Well, have no fear, the iSleeve is here. These nifty clear plastic sleeves keep your gadgets safe while your whipping up a hot mess. According to the folks who sell iPad Chef Sleeves ($19.99/25 at ThinkGeek. com): “Flour and egos are meant to go into your cupcakes, not your tablet.” Brilliant! Once covered, consider also getting that sheathed gadget high up off the counter space. A sleek-looking, popular option that boasts it is also dishwasher safe is the Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Table Mount ($49.94 at Amazon). There’s also a Cutting Board with iPad Stand ($69.95 at that lets your tablet sit in the groove of a lovely, environmentally friendly, bamboo cutting board.

SCALE DOWN. If you’re carefully counting calories and watching your nutritional regime closely, a new tech product that is coming soon will allow you to get maximum real-time visibility and control over the food you’re preparing. The Prep Pad and accompanying iOS app, Countertop™ is available for pre-order ($149.95 at The product is a cutting board combined with an electronic scale and app that can give you real-time information about what your cooking and syncs it with your iPhone or iPad.

The Samsung RF4289HARS refrigerator ($2,999 at Lowes) is one of the earliest and most popular examples of this promise of “smart” appliances coming to fruition. It blends a tablet-like touchscreen with advanced climate and inventory systems. Yes, I said inventory, as in, the appliance can keep track of what food is in your fridge, provide you with recipe and meal planning suggestions based on that, and then post a picture of the meal you just made – complete with you and your partner smiling in the background – on your Facebook page. Of course you still control all this, but seriously, this is all possible. An extra perk, additional ice storage capacity for supporting those truly serious about home entertaining. LG was one of the first to jump onto the “smart” trend, but some of their first forays were not met with huge applause. However, they’ve kept at it, and now have some really great options that are getting strong praise. For example, the LG’s Smart Thinq™ Refrigerator ($3,499 at Best Buy) offers extra large storage capacity due to innovative, thin insulation technology, with a 3-door, french-door style and an 8” Wi-Fi LCD screen that can upload and display some of your favorite photos from your iPhone. This fridge also includes something LG calls “Smart Diagnose,” functions that can make it easier to repair an appliance because the appliance can literally figure out its own problems. This can help home owners by being able to know what’s wrong and getting instructions on simple fixes without having to endure the hassle of managing a service visit, or also streamlining the service visit because the repair team will already know what is wrong and what parts to bring. LG is offering Smart Diagnose on a whole line of its smart appliances well beyond its refrigerators.

COME’ON BABY LIGHT MY… LIGHT. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, most of the major appliance brands were showcasing a future view of the kitchen in which cooking is done with light, not flames or microwaves. This brings fond memories of one of my early favorite childhood toys – my EasyBake oven, which I’m pretty sure just ran by a single light bulb. We never could figure out exactly how that worked. This new “kitchen of light” concept seems based on the same basic principle – just gone infrared. And most of these technologies are not yet ready for mass consumer markets. However, a few early systems are becoming available for early adopters. GE offers a line of new ovens based on light technology called Advantium, which claims it “bakes, grills, and roasts up to 8 times faster than a conventional oven — with no preheating.” Also, these are fully-functioning microwave ovens. Here’s how it works: “the outside of the food is cooked like a conventional oven, with radiant heat produced by halogen bulbs above and below the food. This halogen-produced heat receives a boost of microwave energy. The result? Foods brown and cook evenly and fast, while retaining their natural moisture.” The GE Café Series Advantium 120 Above-the-Cooktop Oven is one of the only original models in this series still being manufactured ($1199 at

THE FUTURE OF SMART. With the evolution of the Smart Grid, it’s anticipated that more appliances in our kitchen – as well as throughout our home – will become not only an option but a necessity for modern living. What is the Smart Grid? “The grid” is the electric grid across the U.S. -- a network of transmission lines, substations, transformers and more -- that delivers electricity from power stations to your home or business. When you plug in your appliance, computer or charger, or flip on your light switch, that’s what you’re tapping into. Our current grid was developed in 1890 and has been upgraded about each decade since, but it is severely stretched. The Smart Grid is a government initiative that is creating a new electrical system for the country that will effectively support the digital technology we have today. It will enable two-way communication between consumers and the utility companies. It’s this “sensing” along the transmission lines that makes the grid smart. The Smart Grid promises to bring greater functionalities and efficiencies that in turn should mean greater power and cost savings for all. And with that promise, comes an extra perk for those who love to cook, a new bunch of friends in the kitchen.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: COOL AND SMART. The high costs of high-end smart appliances combined with the economy have made consumers slow to “go smart” with bigger appliance purchases. Therefore, there is still some skepticism in the industry about how truly “smart” our mainstream appliances will get. However, that hasn’t held manufacturers back from developing some really cool and exciting new products. Samsung and LG are two pioneers that have some great smart fridge options.

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Autumn Breezing In: Sipping Barolos As autumn mists arrive, a convergence of modern and traditional winemaking styles is under way, which is good news for anyone who loves wines from Piedmont. A majority of the wines from this region of Italy defy easy categorizations. Some are full of fruit and energy, while others are elegant with only subtle oak influences. Italian for “foot of the mountain,” Piemonte or Piedmont is a 230,000 acre wine region in Italy’s northwest, situated between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. It is home to areas like Barolo and Barbaresco. Barolo is one of the great wines of the world. The best ones come from five villages near Alba, where many producers make four or five versions and choosing a favorite can be hard work. Meanwhile, Barbaresco is made by the same people in the same area: The Langhe hills. Barbarescos displays more finesse than Barolos and they are typically light and lower in alcohol. Both are dark and muscular, and take a long time to mature, but only an expert can tell them apart. Piedmont’s regions are defined by several D.O.C. (controlled designation of origin) laws that outline the specific geographical limits of the wine regions, minimum alcohol levels and maximum yields per acre. A higher status of production, D.O.C.G. (controlled designation of origin guaranteed) suggest that the Italian government guarantees the authenticity of its wines. From Piedmont’s more than 50 D.O.C. zones, seven of them are D.O.C.G.s, and they include Barolo and Barbaresco. Unlike Nebbiolo, which provides the base for all Barolos and Barbarescos, the Dolcetto grape does not get the same attention as its neighbors, despite being extremely satisfying and more affordable. It falls prey to more than a few wine drinkers who define wine greatness too narrowly and are blind to the daily pleasures of simple wines. Grown widely all over Piedmont, Dolcetto’s name comes from the fact that its juice is especially sweet at harvest time, although the wine is ultimately dry. It is softer and lighter than Nebbiolo-based wines, and offers a wonderful blend of bitter and sweet flavors, along with earthiness and a rounded tannic structure.

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CERETTO DOLCETTO D’ALBA 2011 Dolcetto is a wine we don’t often think about, which is a shame as it is beautifully fruity. This offering from Ceretto exhibits lots of dark fruits and purple florals all wrapped up in a medium body.

DE FORVILLE BARBARESCO 2009 A big, elegant wine of pale color. Dark cherries and leather with earthy hints and a rose perfume. A charming, well-integrated wine with a long finish and muscular tannins give it a solid backbone.

BROVIA BAROLO 2008 The wines of Brovia occupy a space in the wine world that frankly baffles us. They are amongst the best wines of Piedmont, but for years they’ve cruised under the radar with gentle pricing to match. Rich and complex, this Barolo has classic aromas of cherries, tar, earth and minerals.

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STYLIST WOMEN Winter Worries: Never again….Shop smart New York Fashion Week, September issues and falling leaves. It’s that time of the year again. The powers that be are forecasting spring trends for next year and we are struggling with how to ROCK our fall wardrobe. There are a few key factors to remember. If you wear white make sure it is winter white, this is still a big one for me. Do not wear open toe shoes with stockings and think you can get away with it. This is a major fashion disaster that I see all the time. Last but not least, wearing too little clothing when it’s zero degrees out. The winter jacket has evolved into a major fashion accessory. Use it and wear it. Your outfit may look super fly, but when your skin is purple and you’re shaking the vodka right out of your martini glass, that’s not sexy.

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The work place is a tough arena to feel sexy and look fashionable while staying warm. Winter wools are now very lightweight and very wearable. If you have not tried wool in a while, give it whirl. Wools are softer; this fabric comes in many colors and patterns now and it is a great way to be stylish and keep warm. At the office less bulk and more layers is key. You don’t want to be the one talked about at the water cooler because everyone thinks you put on weight, when in fact your sweater is so bulky, you could hit a ski happy hour just after you punch the clock! Save the bulk for the slopes and add layers to your suit or outfit. A scarf is a great way to add warmth, style, and color to any outfit. The sight of shoes for the fall excites me. Boots can be worn in so many ways. The classic pump adds class to most outfits and you can dress it up or dress it down. A good shoe and or boot can make an outfit sing! If you ever feel lost on what shoes to wear, just turn on an old Sex in the City episode and I guarantee you will see the light. Or, you could just go shopping and get lost in the women’s shoe section as I do many times a week. But, please, ladies, make smart choices. Don’t buy something on the sale rack that “could pass for the fall,” because more than likely, it will not and you will never wear it. A smart shopper is a stylish shopper. Now, to finish off your look, let’s talk about handbags. A bag can make or break your outfit. Everyone wants the latest and greatest. This is not always the best way to purchase a bag. Take a look at your lifestyle and the type of clothing you wear every day. If you are a 9-5 office person in a suit all day, then you need that soft leather bag in a killer color, that says “hello baby” when you walk through the door. You know, the ones like a Rebecca Minkoff textured satchel. So delicious. If your lifestyle is more casual, then you can play around with bigger bags like a hobo bag or bags that are not super expensive. The J Crew bag in slouchy shapes and bright colors makes changing your look easy and fun. So, ladies, get out there and get shopping! But shop smart. There are so many resources online and in stores to make great purchases. There are always deals to be had. Take a moment and research what you’re looking for and you’ll find it somewhere for a great price. Happy fall! For great T’s, accessories, and layering visit Great resource for fashion:

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This month, John Eric Home magazine unveils unique perspectives on home and design. The Cover Story features a fascinating piece by Julie We...