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Celebrating the world of blue hues


10 Catching waves in the paradise known as Maui

Towels that every home needs

Upcoming events in Washington D.C.






Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay, The Mandarin Oriental Spa and Orangetheory Fitness are a few of this month’s highlights


Featuring Celia Welch in our monthly spotlight


Our Lives is on at the Smithsonian American Indian museum and a special photography session at Mount Vernon

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Library of Congress edition


Mixing to create the magic of fall


The Castles and Moats series continues with Utility Stocks, Blue Chip Stocks and Growth Stocks

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The news that all of Washington is talking about

Finding the best tandoor in Mumbai

Argentina, Austria and Indonesia celebrate their culture in Washington Cover Image: Design by Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors. Photo by Angie Seckinger TOC Cover Story Image: Design by Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design. Photo by Angie Seckinge


Fall into winter featuring porcini mushroom latkes, baked polenta with swiss chard, red wine braised short ribs and pumpkin praline trifle



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

Using wood elements throughout your home


Men’s Stylist: Doing casual the right way. Women’s Stylist: It’s all about the robe coat this fall season


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Top tech gifts for the upcoming holidays

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Charles M. Tappan, Jr., is the contributor to our mixology section. He elevates cocktail

Joaquin “Jocko” Fajardo, has been in the

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

Capitol area for over 12 years. Jocko was educated

Charles crafts the cocktails he features through his extensive experience in the business. He

at the London Cordon Bleu and The Culinary

worked in the corporate world before following his passion for mixology.

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

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

elite, Jocko combines a flair for the creative in his

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

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

electronics, government IT, defense and homeland security.

hearty cooking.

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

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

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

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David Brown became a pioneer of design in

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


Publisher JOHN ERIC Managing Editor ANGELA CASEY Senior Editor-at-Large LK Creative Director HILLARY BROADWATER Photography AM & SEAN SHANAHAN

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EDITOR ’S LET T E R Cool nights, crisp days, crystal clear skies and leaves turning vibrant colors are all calling cards of fall. The Washington area comes alive during this beautiful time of year. From all the festivals and activities, this season is a wonderful time. I love being able to be a tourist in my own city. As the tourist season in DC winds down, this is the time for us locals to get out and enjoy. From exploring the National Mall & monuments, to a leisurely stroll through the cobblestone streets of Georgetown or Old Town, to taking a day trip to Middleburg or the Shenandoah Valley. Our area comes alive with great activities to entertain and enjoy. I personally love all the food festivals such as the Taste of DC, the great activities at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and the Bethesda Row Arts Festival. If you love to cook or eat - and who doesn’t - the season is ushering in heartier meals, stews and soups. Plus it kicks off the official start of the baking with seasonal favorites of apple, cherry and pumpkin pie. Like wine? We are fast approaching this joyous

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time of year and the upcoming release of Beaujolais Nouveau. Plus, oaky and nutty Chardonnays are also welcome in the fall. So, put on your favorite sweater, find a great book, pour a glass of wine, turn on the fireplace and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities which make the fall so wonderful. But, most of all, enjoy this season.

John Eric John Eric Publisher, Principal and Realtor

Executive Pastry Chef Genius Jason Reaves recently created this custom birthday cake for me. Check out more of my favorite things on page 13.


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Are you prone to winter blues? Then jump on an airplane and escape to a locale surrounded by blue – azure blue that is – and join John Eric Home in this month’s destination, Maui. Maui, a treasure of the Hawaiian Islands, is a magnificent place to enjoy both surf and turf. With an emphasis on surf. The island chain is the birthplace of surfing, which was called the “Sport of Kings” and reserved only for the alii (royalty). Today, you can either watch this exciting sport from the safety of the shore or experience the rush of catching a wave yourself by taking a surfing lesson. Although, most tourists try their hand at surfing on other Hawaiian islands, Maui offers its own trove of beaches and waves to be explored. On the sunny northwestern side of Maui, surf schools in Lahaina will get you started and steer you away from the reef. Puamana Beach Country Park provides easy waves for beginning and intermediate surfers. Launiupoko State Park, just south of Lahaina offers easy reef waves perfect for beginners. Further south of Lahaina, the beaches of Kihei also feature smaller waves perfect for your first ride. Many resort areas in West Maui and South Maui offer surf lessons, so check with your concierge. Lessons typically last 1-2 hours and are taught by experienced surfers in

gentle surf breaks off Maui’s famous beaches. With a push from your instructor, you’re almost guaranteed to get on your feet and catch your first wave. Once you do catch your first wave – you will never turn back. In these spots, the water is warm year round. It is also crystal clear, free from pollutants, and offers chances to enjoy watching tropical fish and vibrant reef below you. During whale season, humpbacks breach the water and play nearby. Many good surf spots are chock full of sea turtles, which can also be fun to see. Maui is also great for surfing because it’s small enough to get to any shore in less than 3 hours. The Big Island is not so fortunate in this aspect. Having Oahu and Kauai so close by is also a major plus. Getting waves on these islands is very worthwhile and not a long trip away. There is only one drawback in these waters. Almost all Maui residents surf in some shape or form. Some only go out once a year, others are out 3 times a day. For visitors to Maui, localism possesses a major threat to a fun surf session. There aren’t enough waves on Maui for everyone to be happy.

Towels Kitchen

Pet Towel

A proper British tea towel is a highlight of any in-style kitchen. And, where better to find a bit of panache than Harrods.

Pet Towel – Our furry friends deserve a bit of luxury too and Orvis provides a host of pet accessories. They include the perfect dog towel to keep in the car for use after swims and hikes.


Combining spa luxury with environmental friendliness, these towels use bamboo’s natural cellular structure to quickly absorb water while providing the ultra-soft feel of Egyptian cotton.



Everyone needs a towel that is inexpensive and can mop up spills throughout the house and car. Folks at Phoenix Textile have a wide range of sizes and varieties from which to choose. John Eric Home


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JOHN’S FAVO RIT E S Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay

This is, hands down, my favorite Chardonnay with an intense and complex taste and overtones of white peaches and honeysuckle. The grapes are predominantly from the Carneros region known for its cooler climate perfect for growing this type of grape and gives way to more concentrated flavors. | Napa Valley, California. $50.00 at Total Wine. DBGB Kitchen & Bar | DC

I’m a huge fan of Chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurants, with my favorite being Bar Boulud in London. His return to Washington, DC is with DBGB Kitchen and Bar -- his casual French-American restaurant located in CityCenterDC. It is a welcome addition to the burgeoning DC upscale food scene. I plan to be here often, you should too! The Mandarin Oriental Spa

I’m a big believer in working hard and playing hard. But, we all need a little time to relax and be pampered. For what I like to call (all tongue and cheek) my “Day of Beauty,” I head to one place and one place only - the spa at The Mandarin Oriental. Make a day of it with treatments that last half the day and finish with food and libations in the lobby bar. They have great offerings for both men and women.

Orangetheory Fitness | Rosslyn

To say I love this workout would be a bit over-the-top but it’s true. This is the best 60 minute cardio and strength training I’ve had in years and worth the price. This studio just opened and classes are already full. Book ahead and take the plunge, you’ll be glad you did. http://www. “Burberry Technical Fabric Trench Coat”

I’m a huge fan of anything Burberry! I have a closet full of their coats. This Burberry Technical Fabric Trench Coat is my must have for the season. Yes, it’s expensive but it’s worth it. ($1495) Jason Reaves: Executive Pastry Chef Genius

Mr. Reaves recently created a custom birthday cake for me and to say it was spectacular is an understatement. This man is a genius. So, if you need a something special for an event, birthday or function he’s your man. John Eric Home





Throughout the decades, wood has been an instrumental element in home building and design. As you look through the lenses of history, you cannot help but notice the many decorative elements that have personalized and accented homes. For only a few brief moments has there been a time when natural wood elements were replaced with new engineered materials. One consistent theme, utilized in both American and European architecture, is the extreme use of a variety of beautiful woods. Utilized on the floors of some of the most unique residential and commercial buildings ever designed, wood has withstood the test of time. As technology advances and trends evolve, the options for flooring in our homes has become almost limitless. More and more homeowners are renovating and updating their spaces to an open concept. As the walls come down and spaces get larger, wood flooring creates the illusion of continual flow and provides warmth to large open spaces. Today, the current trend of mid-century modern expansion and loft living utilizes wood from the floor to accents on the ceiling. An advocate of saving and restoring, I suggest if you have those hardwoods lost beneath the deep pile carpet - pull it up! In many cases the boards were covered to keep up with the latest and greatest. Do not be discouraged by what might be waiting for you. Locate a professional technician to sand the boards and finish with a deep dark stain. This will be cost effective and allow you the opportunity to leave a smaller environmental footprint for the next generation. If you do not have the luxury to restore, there are a few options on the market that provide wonderful options. When investing in a new floor, many homeowners are faced with choices that include hardwood, engineered hardwood and laminate. Hardwood floors are 100% organic, made from solid, natural wood and come in many different varieties, including exotic woods. They are slightly more expensive than engineered wood flooring. With hardwood floors the entire plank is made from wood and it is the only material used in the manufacturing of the floors. Solid hardwood is not recommended in high moisture rooms, like the kitchen, bath and basement. Higher moisture content in the air or on the floor can cause the wood to

ripple or buckle and destroy the flooring. Periodically rearranging your area rugs and furniture will allow the hardwood flooring to age evenly. Exposure to the sun and its UV rays will soften the tone of different hardwoods to varying degrees and accelerate the oxidation and aging. This potentially can cause the stain and wood to fade or change color. Exotic woods such as Brazilian Cherry, Oak and Pine are more susceptible to color change during the aging process and may even darken over time. A well-made and perfectly installed hardwood will add warmth, character and value to your interior. Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product. It is designed to imitate the appearance of real wood. The core of product is typically made of High Density Fiber (HDF) as opposed to actual slabs of wood. The top layer is a photographic layer that is designed to mimic the look you’re going for, i.e., hardwood, bamboo, knotted wood, etc. The surface of the floor is often harder than that of natural wood and is highly resistant to moisture damage, staining and fading. In terms of aesthetics, the difference between hardwood and laminate floors is often perceived incorrectly. Real wood is characterized by tremendous texture variation of the wood grain, which is why no two planks of hardwood flooring appear exactly alike. In laminate flooring, predesigned patterns that imitate the look of a wood texture are imprinted onto the floor surface. For this reason, identical patterns are repeated on average every 5 boards. Although in appearance, some high quality laminate floors may look like real wood, repetition is unavoidable. Lastly, it is important to note that during the manufacture of laminate flooring, large volumes of glues are sometimes used to bond together composite material. Contents of these glues can emit toxic substances into the air, affecting and threatening the health of your family. While there are high quality non-toxic laminate floors on the market, it is important to carefully research the manufacturer in order to ensure that you are buying a quality, eco-friendly product. The final wood product available is engineered hardwood flooring. It is less expensive than solid hardwood. The best way to describe engineered hardwood flooring is to think of it like a hybrid car;

it’s a little bit of laminate and a little bit of hardwood. Engineered hardwood is made of several wood layers, but the layers below the surface are often composed of less expensive, stronger wood layers. The top layer is composed of a of hardwood veneer which is glued atop the core to mimic nearly any type of hardwood. Engineered hardwood flooring is also more environmentally friendly than solid hardwood floors because the sub-surface layers are made from previously used wood. This approach saves more forests than using traditional hardwoods. Unlike solid hardwood flooring, engineered flooring can be installed in any room that you choose, even a basement, because it can withstand moisture due to the layers of flooring that withstand buckling and rippling. Engineered flooring can also be installed over radiant floor heating, which can keep your feet warm during those cold winter months. It is easy to install and looks just as beautiful as hardwood flooring at a less expensive price. The newest, thinnest engineered floors use an advanced tongue-and-groove system that locks them into place. These new thin floors-usually referred to as floating floors, can be placed over a cork foundation or directly over an older floor. An engineered wood floor will last from 20 to 100 years, depending on the thickness of the top veneer. You should get three to four resurfacings from most engineered hardwood floors. So it’s not as long lasting as solid wood flooring, but it’s a durable floor during its lifetime. When making the final decision among engineered, solid hardwood or laminate flooring, it is a decision that should be made carefully. In some cases, your budget will be the determining factor, but if at all possible, it is better to let other considerations make your decision for you. Consider the rooms where the installation will take place, the people who will be walking on and enjoying the floors, and what your dream flooring is to help you determine the winner. Regardless of your choice, the warm tones of nature will envelop your space and make your home a home.

John Eric Home



C e l i a We l c h

Cel i a Wel ch In t er i o r s Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Celia Welch and her firm emerged with a fresh design perspective in 1997 embodying a collaborative client based approach. The designer’s intuitive sensibilities are deeply rooted in a love and practice of fine arts, years of practical experience and an explicit eye for detail. Welch is comfortable working in both traditional and modern styles. This diversity has built her a reputation for design excellence in residential and vacation homes. Her firm’s client base extends from the greater DC area to New York and the tropical terrain of the Caribbean. This top designer’s intention remains the same throughout each project she tackles -- to create a simple,

uncluttered, elegant and timeless design, which allows for an environment that transcends the everyday but truly feels like home. “Over the years I have witnessed the hectic lifestyles of most of my clients, therefore I try to infuse a spirit of peace and tranquility into each space,” remarks Welch. Celia Welch Interiors has been featured in the Washington Post, Home and Design Magazine and Forbes FYI.

CU LTU R E Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities September 21, 2004 – July 6, 2015 Smithsonian American Indian Museum

This exhibition examines the identities of Native peoples in the 21st century and how those identities, both individual and communal, are the results of deliberate, often difficult choices made in challenging circumstances. The forces that Native peoples are profoundly influenced by— their families and communities, the language they speak, the places they live and identify with, and their own self determination – are explored. Eight communities contributed their stories to this telling: the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians (Southern California), the urban Indian community of Chicago (Illinois), Yakama Nation (Washington State), Igloolik (Nunavut, Canada), Kahnawake Mohawk (Quebec, Canada), Saint-Laurent Metis (Manitoba, Canada), Kalinago (Dominica), and Pamunkey (Virginia).

Capturing an American Icon: Fall Photo Workshop at Mount Vernon, Virginia November 2, 2014 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon has launched an exciting new program which is offered in partnership with Washington Photo Safari. The photo safari includes many of Mount Vernon’s picturesque outdoor settings, including the gardens, orchard, farm, historic structures, and the Potomac River. Participants journey “behind-the-scenes” to areas of the estate not available to the general public. Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria will give hands-on tips for architectural, travel, and nature photography. Participants at any skill level, with any camera, are invited to attend.

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The Beauty of Blue With so many hues, blue has become a go-to color in just about any space It’s unanimous – blue is a calming hue that complements just about any space, inside or out. From the soothing blue bed linens used by David Lonis of Lori Graham Design + Home to the rich slate and French blue exteriors designed by Bruce Wentworth of Wentworth, Inc., blue is a universally appealing color in home design.

HOW TO USE BLUE Often, blue evokes a feeling of being on vacation, particularly at the beach, looking at the ocean and sky and relaxing by the sand. Each season, Lonis sees robust lines of blue-based items, especially for bedding collections. “From the prospective of a product development and merchandising specialist, blue is always a go-to color,” Lonis says. Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design carefully chooses blues based on the natural and indoor lighting in a space. “Certain exposures make paint colors appear differently,” she says. And when adding blue to a living or dining room, she makes sure the blue isn’t too pale or soft, like a color used in a bedroom. “I love to use subtle shades of blues on walls, such as Benjamin Moore’s Iceberg (2122-50) for bedrooms and bathrooms for its calming effect,” says Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors. For an embracing blue that is welcoming without being formal, ideal for adding drama to a simple entryway, try Benjamin Moore’s Yarmouth (HC-150). “A little of Farrow & Ball’s Drawing Room Blue (253) in a high gloss goes a long way”, says Lorna Gross of Lorna Gross Interior Design. “This works in open rooms where I’m looking to create intimacy or in smaller spaces such as a library for a moody feel,” she adds. For a waterside home, consider Benjamin Moore’s Pale Smoke (1584). “The appropriate shade of blue can work in any space,” Gross says, adding that “unlike other colors, almost all blues are very livable – even in large doses.” “When it comes to furniture, I prefer a lighter, softer tone of blue so that the look never gets old or looks worn,” Lonis says. Incorporating accent pieces in stainless steel, polished nickel or brass look better as well with the lighter tones. “A pale Tiffany blue is beautiful in a bedroom, especially as a backdrop to brown wood furniture,” says Dana Kaminsky of Glickman Design Build. Navy blue with a madras plaid is a great option for a boy’s room, too. “There is something so tranquil about using blue in a bathroom, enhancing that spa-like quality,” says Allie Mann of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., adding that she prefers the blues with gray undertones.

“A very light blue in bathrooms is always a winner,” says David Benton of Rill Architects. It’s a cool color that plays well with white porcelain and chrome finishes. “Like a pair of jeans, many blues are a neutral and will go with anything,” Benton says. “A crisp and clean pairing is Duron’s Dolphin Blue (5134D) with white trim,” says Richard Rossi of Rill Architects, who used this color combination once in his own living room. “Blue is very versatile… from sophisticated and tailored to beachy and fun,” he adds. Outside, Wentworth has incorporated slate blues, cobalt, French, and purplish blues into color schemes. HardiePlank siding is especially lovely in a deep blue-gray, an exterior color used by GTM Architects for many of their Craftsman-style home designs throughout the region. Rossi and Benton agree that Fine Paints of Europe’s Delft Blue 4003 is a bright blue to use at a home’s entry. “Fine Paints of Europe’s Navy Blue 1798 is a classic dark blue that is perfect as a front door or shutter color, too,” Benton adds. A TOUCH OF THE HUE Accessories, such as lamps, pillows, throws and glass accents, are an easy way to add a touch of blue to a room. Lonis suggests trying lighter tones or if there isn’t much blue in a room, try a brighter tone, maybe something jeweled or turquoise, but always start with an ivory or white base. “This allows you to be bolder and braver with selections and patterns that will pop,” he says. Blue art is also a great option where you can be bold without taking too much risk,” Lonis says. For a timeless and neutral palette in the kitchen, Wentworth recommends slate blues or using blue as an accent color. “Punches of blue in the right place and quantity can be effective,” he adds. For example, Wentworth incorporated a cobalt blue range in a kitchen, but kept the rest of the space neutral so the range stands out. “Even a cobalt blue glass pendant or glass tiles can be beautiful when the room’s color palette is correct,” the architect says. In his own home, Wentworth used a bluish-purple glass tile backsplash that harmonizes with the gray stone countertop and mahogany cabinets.

DC Design House Room by Allie Mann of Case Design/ Remodeling, Inc. Photo by Angie Seckinger

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Design by Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior DesignPhoto by Erik Johnson

Proxmire likes to use blue on ceilings, such as in living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and porches, and, often in varying strengths of Benjamin Moore’s Breath of Fresh Air 806. COMPLEMENTING COLORS Proxmire often pairs blue with white, but she also likes to use shades of green, cream and tan to complement the blue in a space. Right now, Proxmire is loving a cornflower blue-patterned wallpaper by Carleton V. that she accessorizes with fabrics in a blue and white plaid and solid blues and whites. “A room I just completed with this palette is very peaceful and enveloping,” she says. “Blues, mixed with white geometric designs or combined with greens to create a fresh, brighter, paisley print or blended with turquoise hues that bring out the sense of the Caribbean flavor of design are all very soothing for bedroom linens,” Lonis says. In a powder room, Mann says blue works well with hardwood flooring and is timeless

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with white marble in any bathroom. While most designers use blue as an accent color, Proxmire has had clients who want blue as the primary color throughout their homes. To achieve a cohesive flow from room to room, Proxmire used white walls with blue fabrics, dark blue walls with white and blue fabrics, and textures, patterns and shades of blue that vary, but are complementary. In Proxmire’s own home, she uses blue in five rooms, including in her living room, where she adds touches of white and yellow and in her sunroom, where white and tan are accenting colors. Meyer likes to use variations of blues, such as navy, gray blue and indigos, accompanied by touches of chartreuse, orange and gray. “I’m currently designing a home using blue, white and warm neutrals, but avoiding a beach or nautical theme,” Meyer adds. “We often use orange, yellow and eggplant to warm up a cool blue or we pair it with green, gray, creams and lavender to cool it down.” Meyer’s own home is deDesign by Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors. Photo by Angie Seckinger

signed in blue, gray and white with accent colors, including coral. Gross also uses coral to complement blue. “Coral has a similar energy to orange, but is usually more sophisticated,” Gross says. “My favorite color to pair with blue is a crisp white, as it’s always a fresh look.”

BEST BLUES INTERIORS Allie Mann Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. Benjamin Moore – Solitude AF-545 Sherwin Williams – North Star SW 6246 Farrow & Ball – Parma Gray 27

“My favorite room in my home is my dining room … All of the walls are painted with a rich indigo blue that draws guests in.” — Lorna Gross, Lorna Gross Interior Design Kelley Proxmire Kelley Interior Design Benjamin Moore - Lake Placid 827

Bruce Wentworth Wentworth, Inc. Benjamin Moore – Sea Star 2123-30 Benjamin Moore – Wedgewood Gray HC-146

Dana Kaminsky Glickman Design Build www.glickmandesignbuild.comm Benjamin Moore – Breath of Fresh Air 806 David Benton Rill Architects Farrow & Ball – Light Blue 22 Benjamin Moore – First Snowfall 1618 Benjamin Moore – Hale Navy HC-154

* Colors shown may not be exact.

Benjamin Moore - Symphony Blue 2060-10 Benjamin Moore - Woodlawn Blue HC 147 Benjamin Moore - Iceberg 212250 Lorna Gross Lorna Gross Interior Design

Richard Rossi Rill Architects www.rillarchitects.comom Farrow & Ball - Borrowed Light 235

BEST BLUES EXTERIORS David Benton Rill Architects Fine Paints of Europe - Navy Blue 1798 David Benton & Richard Rossi Rill Architects Fine Paints of Europe – Delft Blue 4003

“I use blue in just about any room… It can be calming and

Farrow & Ball - Drawing Room Blue 253

feminine in a pale aqua or strong

Benjamin Moore - Pale Smoke 1584

— Marika Meyer,

and masculine in a navy.” Marika Meyer Interiors

Sherwin-Williams - Bewitching Blue 6960 Marika Meyer Marika Meyer Interiors Benjamin Moore – Iceberg 2122-50

Vintage blue chairs available at Lori Graham Design + Home

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C A LEN DAR October 4 – November 15 First Studio: An Art Exploration for 3-5 Year-Olds Kreeger Museum

Children and adult companions are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, an analysis of works of art, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Dates: • Sat, October 4, 2014 @ 10:00 am • Wed, October 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am • Sat, October 18, 2014 @ 10:00 am • Sat, November 1, 2014 @ 10:00 am • Wed, November 12, 2014 @ 10:00 am • Sat, November 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am

October 17 David Sedaris Strathmore

“Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident” (Entertainment Weekly). His wit is sardonic but somehow kind, so he remains someone you’d like to have coffee with even as he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness. October 26 NSO Family Concert: Halloween Whodunit John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

There’s a mystery in the Concert Hall on All Hallows’ Eve. For this frightfully fun concert, don your freaky-deakiest costumes and join all the ghoulishly attired musicians for a wickedly wacky, music-filled whodunit. Age 5+

November 30 Mars Up Close National Geographic

Experience the excitement, science, challenge and eye-opening wonder of one of the most ambitious space expeditions ever undertaken in this stunning exhibition. Featuring the latest images taken by the Curiosity rover, many with surprising colors and landscapes, Mars Up Close transports you to the red planet. Explore full-scale models of the family of rovers that have gone to Mars, Curiosity, as well as Spirit/Opportunity and the 1997 Sojourner, and learn about the ongoing scientific experiments and continuing plans to seek signs of life and to execute humankind’s remarkable journey to Mars.








Since 2006, the Library of Congress has been collecting every single public tweet ever made on Twitter and archiving them digitally. More than 50 million tweets are collected every day.

It is actually possible to hold your own event at the Library of Congress. They have five venues to choose from including the Mary Pickford Theater.

The library holds the world’s largest collection of comic books, with more than 100,000 issues. Its oldest comic dates back to 1936.

The Library of Congress is the oldest cultural institution in the entire country. Its first home was actually in a boarding house until it was moved to the US Capital at a later date.

You’ll find the largest collection of telephone directories in the entire world at the Library of Congress. More than 8,000 volumes are added to this collection every year.

The Library of Congress’ official founding date is April 24th, and normally special events are held to help celebrate the momentous opening.


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The Kaiju Hunter glassware:

Collins Glas

American Treasure glassware:

Coupe Glass



1.5 oz. Jägermeister Spice .75 oz. Lillet Blanc .75 oz. Apple Brandy .5 oz. Pomegranate Juice .5 bar spoon (approximates 1/16 oz.) Absinth

1.75 oz. Woodford Reserve .75 oz. Leopold Bros. Cranberry Liqueur .5 oz. Smoked Syrup 2 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters


Sour Candy Worm

Combine all ingredients, except for garnish, into a mixing glass. Stir approximately 40 times, or until taste, strain into glassware over ice. Garnish, serve and enjoy! directions:

It’s Halloween again and the monsters are out. For hunting the King of Monsters, the Kaiju, start with Jägermeister. Impeccable flavors of licorice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and vanilla produce a delicious base. Add apple brandy and Lillet Blanc to round out the palate with a little bit of brightness and some floral citrus notes. The pomegranate hits with a touch of sharp tartness, used to balance the sweet and spice in the other ingredients. Finally, no Halloween cocktail would be complete without Absinthe -- sharp woody flavors add support and strength, This Halloween make sure to have a blast and break out the Kaiju Hunter to become a true hunter and master of the night. Story:


Candied Pecan

Build Woodford Reserve, Cranberry Liqueur, Smoked Corn Syrup and Bitters into a mixing glass. Stir 40-50 times, strain into a chilled coupe glass, garnish, serve, and enjoy! Smoked syrup: In a saucepan combine ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water, and ½ oz. liquid smoke. Bring to a simmer, whisking regularly, as soon as simmer sets in, take off heat and set aside till cooled. directions:

The end of fall marks one of the single most important holidays in the US. Thanksgiving. The American Treasure starts out with none other than America’s most famous product, Bourbon. Next, sweet flavors transition into depth with Leopold Brothers Cranberry liqueur. The slight tartness from the cranberry develops the flavors of the bourbon and represents the classic identity of New England. Enrichment of the distillate is circled back to the forefront by the smoked syrup, reminiscent of a warming campfire on a cold day, like the ones used during the times of the early settlers. Finally, a little dash of digestive gentian from the New Orleans Peychaud’s bitters adds bitterness and blossom, and puts the finishing touch on the perfect cocktail to finish out a Thanksgiving celebration. Story:

A Present and a Treat glassware:

Glass Mug


1.5 oz. Mt. Gay Black Barrel 1 oz. Cinnamon Star Syrup .5 oz. St. Elizabeth All Spice Dram Christmas Meringue, Grated Nutmeg, and Candied Star Anise garnish:

In a mixing glass, combine rum, all spice dram, and cinnamon star syrup. Stir 40-50 times and strain into a mug. Top the drink with the meringue, grate nutmeg on top, and place a candied star anise (star anise cooked in sugar and water) on top. Serve and Enjoy. Meringue: ½ cup heavy whipping cream, ¾ cup egg white, ½ cup simple syrup, ¼ cup honey, ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract. Combine the ingredients in an ISI whipping canister or use a whipping tool such as an electric mixer to whip to desired texture. Cinnamon Star Syrup: 1 cup cane sugar, 1 cup water, 5 cinnamon sticks, and 2 whole Star Anise. Combine ingredients into a saucepan, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and chill. directions:

Instead of buying another tie or ugly sweaters, make a cocktail for the season -- one that is a Present and a Treat. Start off with rum. Mt. Gay Black barrel hits the spot, smooth and decadent with notes of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Move flavors forward with homemade cinnamon syrup, sure to kick up the fireplace feelings. Finally, add Allspice Dram. Top the imbibement with the meringue, and season with fresh grated nutmeg. The last garnish, one of the whole anise stars from the cinnamon syrup, gives a proper salute to the stars and the great man that flies among them delivering presents to all. Story:

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Fall Winter



Fall into Winter

The air chills, plants grow dormant; we as humans tend to settle-in rather than venture out. As fall and winter settle-in, friends and family gather around tables throughout the season to celebration traditions and toast to opportunity. In this edition of Foodie, I bring you a not-so-traditional take on the potato pancake. A delicious blend of earthy mushrooms makes this a perfect party addition to an hors d’oeuvres selection or a perfect opening to a cold-night dinner party. You’ll find the braised short ribs and baked polenta with swiss chard and cheese to be a perfect complement to a buffet or a make-ahead combo perfect for a potluck. To round out the delectable assortment, I’ve shared with you a family-favorite: pumpkin praline trifle. Memories of this dish date back to my childhood, where trust would be made in me to whip the mascarpone and layer the dish. Trust also would be made in me to hold the trifle dish in my lap – without dipping a finger into the luscious cream--during the brief (but painfully long for a 10-year-old boy) ride to my grandparents Phoenix, Arizona home. Wherever you find yourself this fall and winter, may your celebrations be among those you love and care for and may the joy and spirit they bring you be long lasting.

Baked Polenta with Swiss Chard and Cheese 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large white onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper 1 pound Swiss chard, thick stems and ribs removed, leaves cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips 3 1/2 cups water 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal) or yellow cornmeal 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese 2 large eggs 2 cups coarsely grated low-fat mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil 2-quart glass baking dish. Heat oil in heavy large deep skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté until tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in garlic and crushed red pepper, then chard; cover and cook until chard is tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Uncover; stir until any excess liquid in skillet evaporates. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, bring 3 1/2 cups water and salt to boil in heavy large saucepan. Gradually stir polenta into boiling water. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until polenta is very thick, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk ricotta and eggs in bowl; whisk in 1-cup hot polenta. Stir ricotta mixture into the remaining polenta in the saucepan. Spread half of polenta mixture in baking dish. Spread half of chard mixture over. Sprinkle with half of mozzarella. Repeat layering with remaining polenta, chard, and cheese. Bake until puffed and brown on top, about 45 minutes. Cool 30 minutes

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs 5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut crosswise into 2’ pieces Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 medium onions, chopped 3 medium carrots, peeled, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 750-ml bottle dry red wine (preferably Cabernet Sauvignon) 10 sprigs flat-leaf parsley 8 sprigs thyme 4 sprigs oregano 2 sprigs rosemary 2 fresh or dried bay leaves 1 head of garlic, halved crosswise 4 cups low-salt beef stock Preheat oven to 350°. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, brown short ribs on all sides, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer short ribs to a plate. Pour off all but 3 tbsps. drippings from pot. Add onions, carrots, and celery to pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until onions are browned, about 5 minutes. Add flour and tomato paste; cook, stirring constantly, until well combined and deep red, 2-3 minutes. Stir in wine, then add short ribs with any accumulated juices. Bring to a boil; lower heat to medium and simmer until wine is reduced by half, about 25 minutes. Add all herbs to pot along with garlic. Stir in stock. Bring to a boil, cover, and transfer to oven. Cook until short ribs are tender, 2–2 1/2 hours. Transfer short ribs to a platter. Strain sauce from pot into a measuring cup. Spoon fat from surface of sauce and discard; season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in shallow bowls over mashed potatoes with sauce spooned over.

Porcini Mushroom Latkes with Mushroom Salad and Chive “Cream” LATKES 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch cubes 2 cups chopped onions, divided 1 large egg 1 tablespoon all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Vegetable oil (for frying) CHIVE CREAM AND SALAD 1 cup nondairy sour cream 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives 3 1/2 tablespoons (or more) white wine vinegar, divided 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 small garlic cloves, pressed 8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps sliced 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced 3 cups (packed) baby greens

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LATKES Blend potatoes and 1/2 cup onions in processor until finely ground and some liquid forms. Turn mixture out onto kitchen towel. Gather towel around and squeeze mixture very dry. Scrape into large bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups onions and next 4 ingredients. Stir until batter becomes moist. Add porcini. Pour enough oil into heavy large skillet to coat bottom; heat over medium-high heat. Working in batches, drop potato mixture into skillet by scant 1/4 cupfuls. Flatten into 2 1/2-inch rounds. Cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to large baking sheet. CHIVE CREAM Stir nondairy sour cream, chives, and 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar in small bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper. Cover; chill. SALAD Combine porcini and boiling water in bowl. Soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Strain, pressing out all liquid. Chop porcini. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and all mushrooms; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté until brown, 6 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons vinegar; toss mushroom mixture and greens. Season with salt, pepper, and more vinegar, if desired.

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Pumpkin Praline Trifle PRALINE Nonstick vegetable oil spray 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup half and half 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 2/3 cups pecan halves (about 6 ounces) MASCARPONE CREAM 2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream 1 8-ounce container chilled mascarpone cheese* 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract FILLING 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 3-ounce packages soft ladyfingers** 4 1/2 tablespoons dark rum, divided

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PRALINE Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Bring both sugars and half and half to boil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes, whisking constantly. Add butter, vanilla, and salt. Attach candy thermometer to pan. Simmer without stirring until temperature registers 260째F, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; immediately mix in pecans. Transfer to prepared sheet, spreading in single layer. Cool completely. Chop into 1/4-inch pieces. MASCARPONE CREAM Using electric mixer, beat all ingredients in large bowl until firm peaks form. Set aside 1/2 cup mascarpone cream for pumpkin filling. FILLING Whisk pumpkin, brown sugar, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt in large bowl to blend. Whisk in reserved 1/2 cup mascarpone cream. Spread 1/3 cup mascarpone cream over bottom of 8x5-inch trifle dish. Place layer of ladyfingers over cream in bottom of dish (about half of 3-ounce package). Sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons rum over top. Spread 1/2 cup pumpkin filling over ladyfingers, spreading to edges. Sprinkle 1/3 cup praline over. Spread 1 cup mascarpone cream over. Cover with another layer of ladyfingers. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons rum, then spread 1 cup pumpkin filling over. Sprinkle 1/2 cup praline over. Repeat 1 more time with 1 cup mascarpone cream, ladyfingers, 1 1/2 tablespoons rum, 1 cup pumpkin filling, and 1/2 cup praline. Spread remaining mascarpone cream over. Cover and chill overnight.

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TOP TECH GIFTS Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. Here’s what’s hot in tech that may be a good bet for those on the top of your shopping list.

One of the top Bluetooth speakers this year is one of the biggest, literally, in that category at 17-inches wide. But what it lacks in small size and portability, it makes up for in serious amounts of style. The sound quality and power out of this retro amplooking speaker will kick out some serious rock and roll, or resonate deep basses from set of blues. It looks like something that could have come out a session with the Beatles or Hendrix and will make for a terrific addition to a retro living room or classically cool home office space. ($199 at Amazon) Stylish Speaker

One of the hottest mid-range cameras that’s perfect for a newbie photography enthusiast or weekender photographer is the Nikon D3300. This starter DSLR is priced at under $600 and will generate crystal images, perfect color and awesome video. It comes complete with a lens that retracts for a slimmer, more portable profile. Also available in red for that little extra shot of “holiday something” in his or her stocking. ($596.95 at B&H) Hot Shot

If a person in your life is into video gaming, you may want to consider the PlayStation Vita. It’s the most advanced portable gaming system ever made and is the latest in Sony’s line of PlayStation systems. Base systems are now available for around $300, but consider throwing in some key accessories like memory cards and extra batteries, as this one tends to eat through both rapidly due to its incredibly immersive gaming capabilities. One of the most popular video games around the world, Minecraft, will be coming available for PS Vita, possibly before the end of the year. ($299.00 at Amazon) Game’s Up

Here’s a fun idea for the person on your list that already has, well, almost everything. You’ve probably heard about the popularity of 3D printing, well this is a 3Doodler. They claim it makes the user feel like they’re “holding a magic wand.” I can think of a few people in Washington who would pay dearly for that kind of power, can’t you? It is sort of like a hot glue gun but it heats up colored plastic drawing sticks so that you can literally “draw” in 3D. Not for young kids as the tip is extremely hot – this is fun for extremely bored adults only, please. It includes 50 drawing sticks in 10 colors (more available in sets of 30) and plugs into a standard outlet. ($99.99 at Brookstone) Next in 3D… Doodling

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The hottest spring fashion trends marched down the runways of Paris last month. But, here in the Washington region, we are busily preparing for fall. It’s that time of year to dig out woolen sweaters, long scarves, and warm hats and gloves. And coats? Well, coats are one of the biggest trends of the season. Robe coats to be exact. This season, the house coat makes a major comeback. Everyone from Altuzarra to Richard Chai showed toppers that could double as bathrobes. Chloe is showing sophisticated robe coats, while Richard Chai Love’s creations could serve one well in both lounging around the house and playing outdoors. The oversize trend is a great way to hide an extra few pounds if daily trips to the gym are inconceivable due to an even harsher winter predicted this year. This applies to the trending hybrid sweater/ coat as well. Celine debuted a big, white, fresh-looking piece while Alexander McQueen played with different hues of grey to style an eskimo-like invention. Both are tent like in construction and look incredibly warm. If the forecasters are all correct – and this winter is more harsh than the last – any of these coats should keep you warm until spring.


Fall is upon us and every man knows that with it brings time in the great outdoors. It’s time to clean the gutters, clear the grill and rake the leaves that have carpeted the front lawn. You may find yourself hiking with friends through beautiful fall foliage, sitting with loved ones around bonfires or venturing to a local pumpkin patch to select gorgeous gourds. This fall, as it happens, one of the biggest trends in men’s fashion, is casual outdoor wear. And, the following three pieces are what every man should have in great supply in his closet. The Casual Shirt. This lovely knock-around shirt goes anywhere but the boardroom. And, this fall expect to see them everywhere. They come in all colors and sizes and designers have shown them like crazy on the runways. The Sweatshirt. Similar to the casual shirt, the sweatshirt is a staple. They are also an easy way to add an edge to any outfit, even a suit. Everyone from Armani to Hugo Boss has included them in their collections. Of course, Diesel, who helped develop the trend offers their take on the classic. Jeans. Every man knows the value of a good pair of jeans…..those that feel like a second skin and are one of your favorite pieces of clothing to wear. This fall, expect to see True Religion, Lucky Brand and 7 For All Mankind sharing sidewalks with Calvin Klein, Gap and Ralph Lauren. The gang will all be there…



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Utility Stocks, Blue Chip Stocks and Growth Stocks

This month, we will discuss different types of stocks that people invest in. Last month we looked at bonds and fixed income strategies and this month we will see how stocks can work in your portfolio of investments. The first type of stocks that we will discuss is utility stocks. These are holdings in companies that are regulated utility companies such as electric companies, natural gas companies, and cable and telephone companies. People like to invest in these companies because they are companies that most people need. They typically provide a steady stream of income and they usually pay very nice dividends. The cash flow from the dividends which can help fund some retirement income and other income for people looking to get regular dividends to live on. This type of stock is frequently in the portfolio of a retired person looking to generate income and to get some growth in the share value of their stock. It is also the type of stock that many people add dividend reinvestment plans to, so the dividends purchase additional shares of stock. This is nice because as the dividends purchase more shares, the market value will hopefully continue to rise in value. If the share price drops, you will usually get more shares from the dividend reinvestments. If the dividend rate drops, this can sometimes hurt the share price.

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These stock prices usually do not fluctuate dramatically unless there is a catastrophic event like a nuclear spill at a power plant or some other major type of mishap. The dividends are taxable when paid out. The next type of stock is what is called a Blue Chip stock. These are usually large companies that have been around for a long time and they also typically provide nice dividend income and historically have provided steady slow growth. Blue chip companies are not your high flying companies that will double or triple in value over a short period of time. They are companies that are household names that have good brands and traditionally have had steady growth and steady income. These stocks are usually held for a long time in a portfolio and they usually have a very steady growth history. Most stocks will lose value when the stock market and economy goes through a downturn. A period like 2008 hurt most stocks, from blue chips to penny stocks. In a normal market, the blue chip companies have historically done well and continue to pay dividends. These dividends usually are paid quarterly like the dividend s of utility companies. Blue chip stocks are also good to put in dividend reinvestment plans where the dividends get reinvested in additional shares of stock in the company. As the shares hopefully increase in value, and the number of shares increases, the market value can potentially grow and the dividend income will potentially increase over the long run. Like anything, in a bad market the values can also drop in price. When that happens, you can wind up with more shares as the dividends continue to get reinvested. The next type of stock is a growth stock. Growth stocks are stocks that do not pay dividends and their gain comes from the increase in their share price. This can be a technology company that has not been around for a long time and is investing funds in its growth and not paying dividends to the shareholders. It can be a manufacturing company that is reinvesting the profits into more capital expenditures for future growth. The option of reinvesting dividends usually does not exist in this type of company, there is usually a potential of greater gains. Because some of these growth stocks have more risk associated with them, there is

also the potential for greater risk of loss on these stocks. I hope this gives you a nice overview of different types of stocks and income strategies. I am happy to help you figure out what the most appropriate strategy for your current situation for you can use. Please feel free to email me at marcs@ and I will be happy to help you determine the most suitable investment allocation that is right for you. I look forward to next month when we will discuss Collectibles, Real Estate and Tax shelters. 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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BUZZ Within a year, Terminal A at Regan National, which is getting a significant renovation in an airport-wide overhaul, will feature restaurants from the likes of Brasserie Beck. Tables will be outfitted with iPads that travelers can use not only to check their email or flight status, but also to order and pay for their food. Elsewhere in the airport and at Dulles International Airport, national chains are being replaced by local eateries like Ben’s Chili Bowl, Cava Mezze Grill, &pizza, Taylor Gourmet, Chef Geoff’s, Bracket Room, Lebanese Taverna, Kapnos Taverna, and El Centro D.F. (Y&H)

TThe development on the boards for the area around Union Market just doesn’t seem to slow down. Level 2 Development is planning to submit a planned-unit development (PUD) to the Zoning Commission for a mixed-use, multifamily project on the site of a Burger King at 3rd Street and Florida Avenue NE (map). The project will likely have about 6,000 square feet of retail and a couple hundred units, UrbanTurf has learned. Level 2 wouldn’t confirm the number of units or the retail square footage, but did say Eric Colbert and Associates is the architect on the project. (Urban Turf )

Right now, there’s a giant six-acre portrait of a boy’s face on the National Mall. But, you wouldn’t be able to make it out even if you’re standing in the middle of it. You can only see it from the top of the Washington Monument. Or from an airplane. Or from your computer. The giant landscape portrait, called “Out of Many, One,” was created by artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada as part of a collaboration between The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the National Park Service. It will be on display during the month of October. (dcist)

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According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing-home sales in the U.S. increased in July, 2014, to their highest annual pace of the year. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million in July from a slight downwardly-revised 5.03 million in June. Sales are at the highest pace of 2014 and have risen four consecutive months. (NAR)

BL ACK BO O K Peshawari

A good tandoor is always a priceless find. And, of course, Mumbai offers many restaurants that specialize in these dishes. Following are the top spots in the Indian capital to grab a tandoor dish that will be remarkable. Kandahar

This classy, well-appointed restaurant, located in The Oberoi, is a great place to sample the traditionally rich cuisine of the Northwest Frontier. The restaurant has a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea to one side and a glass fronted kitchen on the other, which provides a view of the tandoors and charcoal grill as the chef readies the guest’s gourmet experience. Cuisine: Afghani, Indian Location: The Oberoi, Nariman Point, Tel. +91 22 66325757/56325757


Khyber has been going strong for decades now, so much so that there is not even a sign outside to mark the restaurant, but its classic Mughlai cuisine and tender kebabs remain outstanding. The menu boasts tandoor meats and rich sauces. Meat dishes dominate and the Khyber raan and mutton chaap are favorites. The chicken makhanwala (shredded tandoori chicken in a rich tomato-and-butter-based sauce) gets gold stars as well. Cuisine: North Indian, Indian Location: 145 Mahatma Gandhi (M.G) Rd, Fort Tel. +91 22 40396666.

Nimmi Seth, native of Mumbai, helped contribute to this piece.

Compared to the other restaurants at the ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton, Peshawari is in a class of its own. The menu showcases the cuisine of Bukhara on the Northwest Frontier, including richly spiced meat kebabs and dense curries. The kebab platter features a selection of the tastiest kebabs in Mumbai, great for sharing. The belly-warming dhal Bukhara (curried lentil dish), tandoori jhinga (clay-oven-cooked prawns), and murgh malai kebab (boneless cubes of marinated chicken) are beautifully prepared. No cutlery is provided – diners eat with their hands to really get in touch with the food. Cuisine: North-Indian (Peshawari), Indian Location: ITC Maratha Sheraton, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri. Tel. +91 22 28303030


Mumbai is renowned for its fresh seafood and Trishna is a seafood legend in Mumbai. An unpretentious old favorite with locals, Trishna is small and always crowded. Butter pepper garlic king crab is Trishna’s signature dish, but you’ll also find jumbo pomfrets and tiger prawns (done in any style) cooked to perfection. Recommended dishes include pomfret Hyderabadi — barbecued with black pepper, it’s a true masterpiece and pomfret hariyali enveloped in green masala and baked in a tandoor. Reservations are essential any night of the week. Cuisine: Seafood, Indian Location: 7 Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort Tel. +91 22 22703213/2270-3214 John Eric Home



ARGENTINA Martha Zuik: New Works

AUSTRIA Ars Electronica: Animation Film Festival

INDONESIA Performing Indonesia: Music, Dance and Theater From West Java

Born in 1941, Martha Zuik’s family of Romanian immigrants, intellectuals, and artists, offered her the opportunity to live in close contact with the art world. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX, the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, the Museum of the Americas, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Embassy of Argentina, in Washington, D.C. She currently lives and works in Buenos Aires.

This screening will showcase some of the award winning contributions to the 2013’s Prix Ars. Launched in 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica is a trend barometer of the international media art scene. Each year, juries composed of well-known experts single out outstanding work for recognition.

Celebrating centuries of Indonesian entertainment, this program features symposiums, performances and family workshops highlighting puppet theater, Sundanese dance and West Javanese music.

September 10 -November 11 Monday through Friday/3pm-5pm Embassy of Argentina

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:30pm – 9:30pm Austrian Embassy

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1839 North Herndon Arlington, Virginia OFFERED AT $2,450,000

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

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

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This exquisite contemporary style townhome is located in the sought-after luxury community of the Bromptons at Rosslyn between the urban villages of Rosslyn and Courthouse, steps away from shops and restaurants, minutes from the Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro with easy access to National Airport, Georgetown, the White House, Kennedy Center and other downtown destinations.

1682 N. Quinn Street Arlington, Virginia OFFERED AT $990,000

• 4BR/3BA • Gourmet Kitchen • Stainless Steel Appliances • Hardwood Floors • Recessed Lighting • Jacuzzi Tub

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1600 Clarendon Blvd W210 Arlington, Virginia OFFERED AT $799,000

Loft Living in Award Winning Wooster & Mercer Lofts located in the prestigious urban village of Rosslyn in North Arlington. And, this property has 1252 sq. ft. of living space! Your senses are stimulated from the minute you enter this impressive space. Immediately, your eyes are drawn to the 10 ft. walls of windows which bathe the home in natural light. The high ceilings, warm and inviting grey color palette, and the gorgeous Brazilian cherry hardwood floors throughout the property create a comfortable feeling that is both warm and inviting. • 1BR/1.5BA • Expansive Living Room • Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors • Gourmet Kitchen • Stainless Steel Appliances

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1201 N. Nash Street #106 Arlington, Virginia OFFERED AT $585,000

“Location of a life time” best describes the quiet and intimate setting of the Residences of Memorial Overlook. This premier condominium building is nestled behind Iwo Jima Memorial Park and the Netherlands Carillon. Its location in the urban village of Rosslyn is steps away from shops and restaurants and minutes from the Rosslyn Metro and has easy access to National Airport, Georgetown, the White House, Kennedy Center and other downtown destinations. • 3BR/2.5BA • Expansive Living Room • Breathtaking Views • Gourmet Kitchen • Two Garage Spaces • Balcony/Terrace

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3606 John Marshall Drive Arlington, Virginia OFFERED AT $1,595,000

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Presence, stunning curb appeal, stately and inviting are but some of the words that can be used to describe this exquisite, colonial style home, located in the coveted community of Williamsburg Village in North Arlington. The appeal of North Arlington is well known throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area and the United States. North Arlington has a vibrancy and vitality that is hard to match and bridges the best of urban conveniences with suburban charm. Here, community is cherished and respected. • Levels: 4 • Bedrooms: 7 • Bathrooms: 5 full | 1 half • Fireplaces: 2 • Garage Spaces: 2



This stunning colonial home is located in the sought-after community of Beverly Hills, in the coveted City of Alexandria. Beverly Hills, with its lush green canopy and lovely, manicured homes with federal and colonial architecture enjoys a vibrant and friendly environment. Here, community is cherished and respected.

3403 Old Dominion Blvd Arlington, Virginia

• 4BR/3.5BA • Expansive Living Room • Breathtaking Views • Gourmet Kitchen • Balcony/Patio

OFFERED AT $924,500

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This classic, two level end unit condo townhome is located in the sought-after Berkley section of Washington, DC. This lovely property is positioned on the hill overlooking lush landscaping and the reservoir. This lovely home offers peaceful, luxurious living steps from the shops, and restaurants of The Palisades & Georgetown.

4609 MacArthur Blvd #B NW. Arlington, Virginia OFFERED AT $599,900

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• 2BR/2.5BA • Gourmet Kitchen • Revovated Bathrooms • Newer Appliances • Custom Paint • Deck • Parking

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