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38 | Black Book

Goldfish Swim School reminds families of the importance of year-round water safety. And GTM Architects has won Maryland Building Industry Association’s Custom Home Awards.

A good cocktail is refreshing, but a great cocktail takes you to another realm entirely. If you happen to be in one of these wonderful cities, drop by and try out their famous concoctions.

Front Porch living is the best. David Brown shows us how to own the space.

30 | Details


16 | Summer Feature

31 | Designer Spotlight

Want to experience a return to nature? Check out these camping opportunities near the DMV.

32 | Arts

7 | Letter from the Publisher 8 | John’s Favorites 9 | Trevor’s Favorites


HOME 10 | Home Trends

18 | Feature The Best of Both Worlds! ow the Anthony Wilder Team designed and built a multi-functional, indooroutdoor gathering space.



Float away in your pool with these fantastic floaties.

Andrea Houck

40 | Foodie Gazpacho, Spanish Paella and Creme Brule

46 | Mixology


Did you know there are many ways to mix a Julep? In this issue, Charles Tappan explores three different and mouth-watering types.

34 | Desitinations


The art of Joel Taylor.

Our team here at John Eric Home is dreaming of the locales that we would like to visit once it is safe to do so. Check out our picks…

52 | Money & Finance What to do financially in the new normal with your money.

58 | Stylist Summer fashion at its best!

EVENTS 60 | Buzz The news that all of Washington is talking about.

JETMA 62 | Real Estate John Eric | Trevor Moore and Associates bring you the best in luxury real estate from all across the metropolitan region.


Community Resources COVID-19 Regional Information NORTHERN VIRGINIA Arlington County COVID-19 hotline & Website 703-228-7999 Fairfax County COVID-19 hotline & Website 703-267-3511 Loudoun County COVID-19 hotline & Website 703-737-8300 (Health Department) DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington D.C. COVID-19 Dedicated website:

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND Montgomery County COVID-19 Dedicated website: RightNav/Coronavirus.html ADDITIONAL WEBSITES: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) html National Institute of Health Johns Hopkins University Coronovirus Resource Center

Contributors CHARLES M. TAPPAN, JR. Before joining Republic National Distributing Company LLC, Charles worked in finance, as a broker on Wall Street and as an equity trader. He decided to make the leap into the Hospitality industry in 2011 while looking for


the fountain of youth, and since then he has worked as a bartender at some of the best hotels and restaurants in Washington, DC, including Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt and the Jose Andreas Think Food Group. Not only is he a member of the US Bartender’s Guild and DC Craft Guild, but he is highly decorated in the mixology


community. 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. 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.

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Welcome “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James

Summer is here, and at John Eric Home we love this season! Toasty temperatures and spending time outside, the perfectly seared hamburger smothered in melted cheese from the backyard grill, the extended periods of sunshine that brighten everyone’s mood. Sometimes, during this season, it does us good to reconnect with our inner child. Having a water balloon fight or lighting a bunch of sparklers or setting up a kid’s pool in the backyard and dipping our toes in. Something about this season just makes everything seem lighter… In this issue of John Eric Home, we celebrate the season in style! Enjoy one of three different recipes for a julep in Mixology, catch up on the hottest fashion trends in Stylist and read up on tips to make the most out of front porch living. Covid-19 is still in the process of changing our lives. Two of our contributors, Marc Schliefer (Money & Finances) and Hannah Jenner (Health & Wellness) have written features on how the epidemic has shifted peoples’ priorities and concerns – make sure not to miss them! Of course, our regular features are still within – Destinations, Foodie, Calendar, Buzz, Designer Spotlight, Black Book, Details – to keep you on point and ahead of the curve. At John Eric Home, we wish you the best of the season. Now, grab a drink, sit back and escape in the pages of our magazine.

John Eric Publisher, Principal and Realtor



1. Amazon Prime & Netflix I have rediscovered TV since shelter in place came to be. So many great shows on Prime and Netflix. If you don’t have them, get them. Some of my favorites…. Bodyguard, Extractions and Upload. 2. Ninja Squirrel, Sriracha Hot Sauce I put this on everything. Love it! 3. AFAC This pandemic has made the need for food even greater for many. The Arlington Food Assistance Center is doing the heavy lifting in our community along with so many other Washington area food banks. Let’s support them! 4. Gratefulness Material items seem so pointless at this time. What I’m most grateful for is all of the frontline workers. We have been able to stay safe and sound because others have done the hard work. A thank you truly isn’t enough




1. Kombucha. I particularly like the Green Apple flavor. It’s organic, tastes great and supports immune health. 2. GOODR Sunglasses . These have fantastic levels of style and performance. They are no slip, no bounce, all polarized and only cost 25 bucks! 3. Mayanik Can’t beat this sauce! I love the orange habanero pepper flavor – if you haven’t tried it – make sure that you do!



Front Porch LIVING



Throughout our lives, we are given much advice. The one word of advice that has always been true is that first impressions count. If we took this advice seriously in business and dating, why wouldn’t we for our homes? What is your front porch saying about you? Your front porch is one of the key elements that contributes to the curb appeal of your home and gives people a first impression, whether they’re driving by or walking up to ring your bell. It is the best place to receive your guests; it creates a sense of community, and, essentially extends an invitation to your home. Plus, when the weather is just right, it can be a great place to relax and enjoy your quiet time.


There are many front porch decorating ideas. First, tackle the immediate porch surrounding areas. To prevent your house from sticking out like a sore thumb, simply clean your home’s exterior and tidy up your landscaping around the porch for instant curb appeal. Make sure the attraction matches the character your front porch portrays. Paint is the easiest way to make bold statement choices. While you should consider a neutral for most of the home’s exterior to maximize its value, you can go bolder in your color selection for the front door. Consider your front door a blank canvas. Start by painting your front door with two coats of hi-gloss paint. Cheerful hues of crimson red, canary yellow, cobalt blue and grass green can be dramatic and bold. If your home is on the market, consider shades of grey or ebony. 12


If you are looking to a add a little southern charm to your porch, I suggest painting the porch ceiling. This southern tradition is thought to ward off evil spirits. A few hues that work very well include Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue H-144, Artic Blue 2050-60 and Clear Skies 2054-70. Next, check the hardware and details on your door and porch (knobs, knocker, mails slot, hinges, numbers). Make certain the finish is not peeling or chipping. Do they coordinate well and are they polished properly? Attractive door hardware and accessories can make a great statement for minimal money. When it comes to porch ideas, the thing people seldom think about changing are the actual numbers on their house—most still display the original ones the builder installed! But new numbers can contribute a lot of personality to your front porch with little effort. Lastly,


make certain you pick styles that reflect the age of the home and the architecture. Another great idea is to extend your living space by installing appropriate lighting. From the street, passersby see the inviting light at eye level and gain a sense of sanctuary. From inside a home looking out, it’s a satisfying feeling to fill the blank, black space outside. For creating an atmosphere of entertainment and engagement, I recommend installing overhead lights with dimmers or up-lighting around the perimeter of your porch. If you just want to avoid darkness, simply place a lamp on an end table by the door or hang an elegant pendant lantern. When shopping for fixtures, go with oversized pieces since they’ll be seen in proportion to the house and you don’t want them to appear dwarfed. Options include gas lanterns flanking your front door, copper pendant lights hanging from the porch ceiling, or architectural stair lighting. These all add a warm, welcoming glow to your front porch façade. Plants carry a sense of nature from the front yard onto the porch. Eighty percent of your plants should be strong and hardy while twenty percent should be dedicated to bringing color to the space. Try mixing a variety of urns, planters, and containers planted with different colors, textures, and dimensions. If your patio is nearby, continue the same theme with planters and flowerpots there as well. Consider mixing taller plants with ivy and moss spilling over the sides. Bold color combinations such as orange and purple look really great and impactful. Lastly, perch a mix of succulents in planters or baskets on a table or chair to add to the visual interest of the space. Finally, make the front porch a place to linger by adding a comfortable place to sit and enjoy conversation. Depending on how much room you have, porch ideas may include a small bench or two, rocking chairs, or a porch swing. Be sure to add a couple of side tables or garden stools for a place to put your favorite book or a glass of lemonade. The Danish concept of being cozy—is quickly becoming a household term in America. Practicing the art of ‘hygge’ on your porch by starting a morning ritual of enjoying your coffee 14


outside, wrapped in a cashmere throw and people watching, or light candles and come out at night in your favorite slippers to sit on the porch and star gaze. Good Feng Shui also goes hand in hand with hygge. Try adding an outdoor mirror which offers a multiplying effect for your plants, making your front-of-house retreat seem even more lush. Exterior mirrors are also said to bounce back the cacophony of the street to maintain the serenity of the space. Lastly, add or layer rugs as a way to brighten up your front porch. It compliments patio furniture and feels great on your bare feet. Textured rugs pull the entire look together and also is a great way to hide any scruffs or scratches your porch might have. Don’t forget the clean and neat welcome mat. Not only does it look crisp, it helps to brush dirt from your shoes as you step into your house. A small investment of time and money can go a long way in adding curb appeal as well as increasing your living space. There is no time like the present to begin!

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Recently, many more Americans are discovering the great outdoors. As we stayed inside, the importance of outdoor space – balcony space on a condominium, a patio off a townhouse, or a backyard in a single-family home – became evident. Now that we can leave our homes with the proper precautions, this desire to be outside has only increased. Whether it is in enjoying a simple walk, hiking along a trail or taking on a long bike ride – nature’s beauty has become edifying. In our area, we have wonderful options in which to indulge. The Custis Trail. The banks of the Potomac. The National Mall. Great Falls Park. Each is different and offers different vistas to appreciate. Camping has become a favorite new activity, and there are many camping areas to choose from. In Virginia, one of the most favored is the Shenandoah National Park. It offers over 200,000 acres to explore. With a permit, you can “backcountry camp”, which means that you can set up a site wherever you wish. In Maryland, Cunningham Falls State Park, in the Catoctin Mountains, is just an hour’s drive from the city. They offer fully equipped camper cabins along with 21 basic, tented campsites. If you decide that you want to start a campfire, see the stars and breathe in the fresh air, they are two great places to pitch your tent.





BOTH WORLDS How the Anthony Wilder Team Designed and Built a Multi-Functional, Indoor-Outdoor Gathering Space By Sherry Moeller Photos by John Cole

The owners of this suburban Maryland home wanted to create a multifunctional, indoor-outdoor space that was both sophisticated and uniquely modern. They enlisted the talented team at Anthony Wilder Design/Build to come up with creative solutions for everything on their wish list.

THE CHALLENGES While the idea of an all-season room was enticing, the added expenses of insulating, plus heating and cooling the space were prohibitive. Instead, the owners opted for a three-season, indoor-outdoor room that incorporates technology that makes it an almost year-round space. The owners also requested a dedicated grilling area, a uniquely modern yet sophisticated design, and a solution for the sporting equipment that took up too much space on the patio below.




THE INNOVATIONS The Anthony Wilder team presented a contemporary design with an industrial feel, enhanced by a functioning garage door that separates the three-season room from the open deck. The garage door introduced both design and construction challenges, including how to align all the elements in the room, from the ceiling fans to the beams to the windows. While adding support and scale to the space, the wood beams, which were painted to look like steel, also stored the electrical, which saved on costs. Another cost-saving measure was using yellow pine pressure-treated wood, stained to match the cedar railings, for the deck finish.







THE SOLUTIONS To extend the use of the three-season room, the design team incorporated removable glass and screen panels including powered screens for the garage door, as well as ceiling fans and a heated tile floor. Many of the elements can be operated remotely via a mobile device. To avoid having to relocate gas and electrical utilities from under the kitchen window, Anthony Wilder created a moveable bench that both conceals and provides access to these elements. In addition, since the bar is susceptible to the weather, the team used marine-grade exterior plywood to create the cabinet. A gas firepit in the outside portion, as well as a covered grilling station with range hood and gas line offer additional amenities.

THE RESULTS The multi-functional, indoor-outdoor space not only provides plenty of space for entertaining, but also presents a sophisticated look, whether the garage door is open or shut. Lattice hides the utilities and blends with the landscaping, while step lighting and LED strips illuminate the deck at night and low-maintenance cable rails provide unobstructed views of the property. Also, the sports equipment was moved to a lower landing, out of sight, but still accessible.



GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL REMINDS FAMILIES OF THE IMPORTANCE OF YEAR-ROUND WATER SAFETY By Sherry Moeller With three locations in Northern Virginia, Goldfish Swim

Goldfish Swim Schools how to swim has been fun and

School, stresses the importance of learning how to swim

rewarding. “Everyone needs to know how to swim.”

no matter what time of year, but especially in the summer.

To prevent drowning, the number one safety tip is to never

months, but now that things are opening up in phases,

leave a child unattended around any body of water.

Goldfish Swim School is welcoming their students back

“It’s critical to be aware of the risks of drowning at home in

to their three locations, with all facility safety precautions

just inches of water, and also the risks at the beach,” says

in place, including a UV sanitation system. By working in

Gina Bewersdorf, M.D., who, along with her husband Ryan

properly chlorinated water, a swim school environment may

Bewersdorf, own Goldfish Swim Schools in Alexandria, Falls

be safer from COVID-19 than other businesses where critical

Church and Reston, Virginia. Although May is the official

work surfaces and equipment do not have the advantage

National Water Safety Month, Goldfish Swim School says

of being in constant contact with a disinfecting substance

that every month is Water Safety Month.

like chlorine. “Safety comes first for our team, families and

guests,” Bewerdorf says.

Goldfish Swim School advocates for perpetual year-

The pandemic put swimming lessons on hold for some

round swim lessons, allowing students to advance at their

own rate. All students start with a beginner class and are

Goldfish Swim School, visit or

evaluated each week before advancing to the next level. The

call 703.348.3261.

swim school offers classes starting at age four months, with options for parent participation in classes ages four months to two years old. For classes for ages three and older, there is a max of four students per class with one instructor. The goal is to teach children to float on their backs at an early age; that’s the beginning of learning a lifesaving skill. Teaching children how to go under water and not panic is also essential.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention (CDC), there are about 10 drownings per day and about 3,500 per year. In addition, drowning is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of one and four years old. In 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics released revised drowning prevention guidelines that suggest enrolling children in dedicated swim lessons by the age of one year old. “This is an effective layer for drowning prevention,” Bewersdorf says. “This has the potential to save lives.”

“I learned how to swim as an adult,” says Bewersdorf,

so teaching her own children as well as those at the three



For more information about water safety skills and



GTM ARCHITECTS WINS MARYLAND BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S CUSTOM HOME AWARDS Bethesda, Maryland-based firm receives multiple gold, silver and judge’s choice honors

By Sherry Moeller

The Maryland Building Industry

• Gold Award (in Partnership with

Association (MBIA) recently announced

Sandy Spring Builders, LLC): Custom

its 2020 Custom Builder Awards via an

Contemporary Home

online ceremony, awarding top honors in fine design and quality workmanship to builders, architects, designers and

Project Lead – Mark Kaufman, GTM Architects • Silver Award (in Partnership with

construction professionals throughout

Zuckerman Builders): Speculative

the region. GTM Architects was

Home Between 5,000-7,500 sq. ft.

awarded three Gold, one Silver, and

Project Lead – Doug Roberts, GTM

two Judge’s Choice awards from the Montgomery County, Maryland chapter.

Categories included traditional,

contemporary and transitional homes— which are further divided into custom and speculative homes—and are judged by a distinguished panel of industry experts from across the area.

GTM Architects was recognized as

the architectural firm in the following projects: • Gold Award (in Partnership with

Architects • Judge’s Choice Award (in Partnership with Zuckerman Builders): Best Bathroom Feature Project Lead – Doug Roberts, GTM Architects • Judge’s Choice Award (in Partnership with Patrick K. Keating (PKK) Builders): Best Outdoor Living Space Project Lead - Luke Olson, GTM Architects Many of the award-winning homes

Patrick K. Keating (PKK) Builders):

featured luxury amenities, such as

Custom Home Between 3,500-5,000

indoor or outdoor pools, indoor sports

sq. ft.

courts, spa bathrooms, media rooms,

Project Lead - Luke Olson, GTM Architects • Gold Award (in Partnership with

outdoor entertaining spaces, gourmet kitchens, home offices, and cuttingedge technology.

Sandy Spring Builders, LLC): Custom Traditional Home Project Lead – Mark Kaufman, GTM Architects

Above: GTM Architects won Gold for this Custom Traditional Home. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg Below: GTM Architects won Gold for this Custom Contemporary Home. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg



GTM Architects won Gold for this Custom Home Between 3,500-5,000 sq. ft. as well as Judge’s Choice 29 Award for Best Outdoor Living Space Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg




Spring has sprung, and we all know what that means! Time to roll up the sleeves and take care of business in the backyard. If you are in need of a new pushmower, check out one of these….



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Andrea Houck of A. Houck Designs has been creating spaces for clients since 2000. She and her firm are known for their dexterity in a range of styles, with the common threads of beauty, function and meaning uniting their work. Houck is a highly recognized designer, and her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Home & Design and Arlington Magazine, among others. She believes in giving back to her community and frequently participates in charitable events, such as the DC Design House, a past fundraiser for Children’s National Health System. A North Carolina native, Andrea comes from a long tradition of working in the field of design. She proudly has called the Washington area home since 1989. 31





Joel Traylor started making art out of a strong inner need in 1996. His artistic output has grown exponentially since then. He has been shown in galleries, festivals and other alternative venues. In 2000 Traylor began exhibiting at the Art Market at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. His original paintings are found in hundreds of homes, offices and public spaces throughout the world.



Due to the current travel conditions, we are taking a different approach in bringing you our “Destinations” feature for this issue. We asked our staff which is the first place that they would like to travel once travel restrictions have been alleviated. Here are the responses… 34



“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust


CRESPINA, ITALY This small Italian village – not much more than a crossroad really – is the perfect Tuscan location to enjoy La Dulce Vita. A small bar, a perfect pizzeria, and most importantly the dazzling countryside invites you to slow down, breathe and enjoy. Its proximity to Florence, Pisa and Livorno make it a great spot to use as a base as well. PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA With miles of tropical beaches, grand adventures, the wonders of nature and amazing culture, we are not surprised that this beautiful locale made the list. A wet and rainy climate allows for greater biodiversity in the beaches and hills next to the coast and the region’s main attractions happen to be its coast and protected wilderness areas. MYKONOS, GREECE If the mention of Mykonos doesn’t immediately bring to mind bright white buildings, turquoise skies, the azure sea and golden sandy beaches, let us introduce you to this fabulous place. The most popular Greek Island in the Aegean Sea attracts a diverse crowd that thrives on its sophisticated beach town vibe and stylish nightlife. During the day some privacy can be had in the more secluded north beaches. JACMEL, HAITI Sheltered by a beautiful 3km-wide bay, the old port of Jacmel is one of the most friendly and tranquil towns in Haiti, and host to one of its best Carnivals. It also has one of the most vibrant art scenes on the island. MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND From Lake Geneva to mountains to vineyards, the Montreux Riviera offers a postcard landscape. It’s an authentic piece of paradise that has attracted many artists, writers and travelers in search of beauty and tranquility. It’s no surprise that Charlie Chaplin chose to spend his last 25 years on the hills of Vevey. PARO, BHUTAN Often called “Shangri-La,” Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic. Foreign visitors famously pay a minimum tariff of US$250 per day, making it seem like one of the world’s more expensive destinations. However, this fee is allinclusive – accommodation, food, transport, and an official guide are all provided.








This spicy, green cocktail is made with sweet vermouth prepared sous-vide with pandan leaves, curry leaf-infused gin, coconut oil-washed applejack and kaffir lime. MIRROR MARGARITA HACHA – LONDON

A transparent Margarita…….It’s found at East London’s “agaveria” Hacha. It has the same sourness and salinity you’d expect. SEARCHING FOR THE EMERALD SEA THE AVIARY - NEW YORK

This gin-based beverage is served in a see-through porthole. The drink changes color as the seasonal ingredients — which might include peaches, beet slices or celery curls — infuse. AEGEAN NEGRONI THE CLUMSIES – ATHENS

This shimmering blue negroni is a reflection of the current revolution in Greek bartending. It’s made with local ingredients such as Dittany (an herb which only grows on Crete.)





GAZPACHO INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped Tomato juice 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced 1 medium garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 lime, juiced 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon toasted, ground cumin 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chiffonade DIRECTIONS Fill a 6-quart pot halfway full of water, set over high heat and bring to a boil. Make an X with a paring knife on the bottom of the tomatoes. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water for 15 seconds, remove and transfer to an ice bath and allow to cool until able to handle, approximately 1 minute. Remove and pat dry. Peel, core and seed the tomatoes. When seeding the tomatoes, place the seeds and pulp into a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl in order to catch the juice. Press as much of the juice through as possible and then add enough bottled tomato juice to bring the total to 1 cup. Place the tomatoes and juice into a large mixing bowl. Add the cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, garlic clove, olive oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire, cumin, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the mixture to a blender and puree for 15 to 20 seconds on high speed. Return the pureed mixture to the bowl and stir to combine. Cover and chill for 2 hours and up to overnight. Serve with chiffonade of basil.




SPANISH PAELLA INGREDIENTS 1 cup water 1 teaspoon saffron threads 3 (16-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 8 unpeeled jumbo shrimp (about 1/2 pound) 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 skinned, boned chicken thighs, cut in half 2 links Spanish chorizo sausage (about 6 1/2 ounces) or turkey kielbasa, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices 1 (4-ounce) slice prosciutto or 33%-less-sodium ham, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 cups finely chopped onion 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 1 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 3 large garlic cloves, minced 3 cups uncooked Arborio rice or other short-grain rice 1 cup frozen green peas 8 mussels, scrubbed and debearded 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice Lemon wedges (optional) DIRECTIONS Step 1: To prepare the herb blend, combine the first 4 ingredients, and set aside. Step 2: To prepare paella, combine water, saffron, and broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact; set aside. Step 3: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large paella pan or large skillet over mediumhigh heat. Add chicken; saute 2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan. Add sausage and prosciutto; saute 2 minutes. Remove from pan. Add shrimp, and saute 2 minutes. Remove from pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add onion and bell pepper; saute 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes, paprika, and 3 garlic cloves; cook 5 minutes. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in herb blend, broth mixture, chicken, sausage mixture, and peas. Bring to a low boil; cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add mussels to pan, nestling them into rice mixture. Cook 5 minutes or until shells open; discard any unopened shells. Arrange shrimp, heads down, in rice mixture, and cook 5 minutes or until shrimp are done. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup lemon juice. Remove from heat; cover with a towel, and let stand 10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.




CREME BRULEE INGREDIENTS 1 quart heavy cream 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped 1 cup vanilla sugar, divided 6 large egg yolks 2 quarts hot water DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the cream, vanilla bean and its pulp into a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reserve for another use. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and the egg yolks until well blended and it just starts to lighten in color. Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually. Pour the liquid into 6 (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake just until the creme brulee is set, but still trembling in the center, approximately 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days. Remove the creme brulee from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to browning the sugar on top. Divide the remaining 1/2 cup vanilla sugar equally among the 6 dishes and spread evenly on top. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top. Allow the creme brulee to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.





MINT JULEP Glassware: Julep Cup Method: In a julep glass, combine mint and simple syrup. Gently press the mint into the syrup to release the essential oils (be careful not to over press/muddle as it will make the mint turn black and bitter). Add 1.5 oz. of bourbon and fill the cup ½ to ¾ way with ice. Stir until the mug begins to frost over. Then, add the remaining 1 oz. of bourbon and fill the cup to the top with ice. Stir again until the cup frosts over. Top with ice, Garnish, serve and enjoy! Ingredients: 2.5 oz. Rabbit Hole Cavehill (Kentucky Straight Bourbon) .5 oz. Simple Syrup (equal parts sugar and water) 6 - 8 pieces Mint Leaf Crushed Ice Garnish: 1 - 2 Healthy Mint Sprigs The Mint Julep is truly an icon, especially in the summer. It is crisp, refreshing, relaxing and simply delicious. This cocktail has stood the testament of time as one of the greatest in the business and beloved across the world. Many people believed the julep was introduced and made famous by the Kentucky congressman Henry Clay at the site where the Willard Hotel now stands. Some claimed it was founded in Virginia in the early 1800’s, while others point to print mentions in the 1790’s of the drink consisting of rum. No matter the truth, the drink has been mixed with every spirit and wine imaginable and crafty bartenders and enthusiasts make incredible interpretations. Best known for featuring America’s world-famous spirit – bourbon – the mint julep is a drink that is an unequivocal favorite. Perfect to showcase a little summer “Magic.” *Notes: Many people enjoy adding a few dashes of bitters (either with the mint and syrup, or over top with the garnish).All types of sugar (even sugar cubes) or non-sugar sweeteners are available for substitute for white sugar.


CARIBBEAN JULEP Glassware: Tiki Mug Method: Combine mint leaf, ginger liqueur and cane sugar in the base of a tiki mug and gently press to combine the flavors of the ingredients together. Fill the glass ¾ of the way with crushed ice and stir until the mug/glass frosts over (*given the shape of tiki mugs, this can be a little more difficult and may require a slow motion stir that breaks the ice that sticks to the inside wall of the glass.) Top the drink with crushed ice and .5 oz. topper of port. Garnish, serve and enjoy! Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Mt. Gay Black Barrel .5 oz. Ginger Liqueur 1 heaping tsp. Brown Sugar / Cane Sugar 6-8 pieces Mint Leaf Crushed Ice .5 oz. Port Garnish: Mint Sprig and Pineapple Chunks The famous summer nights are known throughout the ages for forming beloved memories. Yet some summers may not mirror summers past. Social distancing, the lack of places to go and friends to see can certainly put a damper on those famed summer nights. Enter, the need for a cocktail, one to whisk one away to a tropical isle. Historical lore claims mint as usage with rum dating back to the 1500’s when Sir Francis Drake sailed the seas. The Royal navy and pirates alike drank rum, traversing the shining waters of the Caribbean with cocktail in hand. No need to go that far back! Classic aged rum brings out the sweet and rich flavors of baking spice, marshmallow and caramel – all born to pair with mint. The ginger adds another tropical spice. When properly finished the cocktail should feel like a “frozen fire”…and leaves everyone knowing that the Caribbean Julep is their “one desire” this summer.




JULEP DE OAXACA Glassware: Rocks Glass Method: Combine mint, bitters, sugar and water in the bottom of an empty rocks glass and press with a muddler to combine flavors. Fill the glass ½ way with ice and Vida Del Maguey Mezcal. Stir until the glass frosts over. Top off with crushed ice, garnish, serve and enjoy! Ingredients: 2 oz. Vida Del Maguey 3 Dashes Chocolate Bitters 2 tsp. Coconut Palm Sugar .25 oz. Water Crushed ice 6-8 pieces Mint Leaf Garnish: Mint Sprig, Mango Chunks, and Blackberries This summer, we may be feeling simply upside down. However, one of the great remedies for unease and uncertainty has always been a great cocktail. This concoction starts with an ancient spirit, just now making larger headlines, Mezcal. Much like the mint julep, the story of Mezcal is steeped in antique lore. Brought forth by the gods and consumed by the transcendent – these are the tall tales that great drinks and evenings are built upon. Del Maguey and the mezcal create a granite like foundation. Rich in saline and mineral flavors, the Vida Del Maguey also express fruit tones and the slightest accentuation of char and earthiness. These natural essences make a perfect reception to the aromatic and refreshing elements brought forth by the addition of mint. Chocolate, a natural part of Oaxacan cuisine, brings depth to round out and soften the flavors already in the mix. A touch of sugar is needed to bring all the pieces in line, and the coconut palm sugar provides that touch of sweet. Finally, the chill and the frost level the cocktail. The Julep de Oaxaca will be the summer partner that brings about a little summer “magic.”




New Year’s Eve was like any other New Year’s Eve last year. Getting ready for a new year, the economy was going strong. People were going out into large crowds and flying to meetings and going on vacation. Everything seemed normal until Covid 19 cases started up and the world shut down, hopefully, temporally. Everything came to a screeching halt. The stock market took a dramatic drop. In a matter of 3 weeks the Dow dropped from a high of 29,568 to a low of 18,213 in mid-March. It also had a dramatic rebound; I am writing this on June 29th and the market is at 25,605. It was quite a wild ride and it will probably continue to be volatile for a while. I will be discussing things that you can do to adapt and make sure that you are doing the best that you can until this pandemic is over. The first thing that you want to do is to make sure that your health and estate planning is in order. This includes making sure that you have heath care powers of attorney and living wills in place. That way you can ensure that if you were to get the virus or any type of illness, your doctors will know your wishes and also know who they are able to take instructions from. If you have these documents in place, you also want to make sure that your powers of attorney and back up powers of attorney still have viable candidates listed. Sometimes when reviewed, we find that some of the players have passed or are not in your life at the current time and need to be changed. If these individuals needed to be called upon at a stressful time, this can complicate an already intense situation. We recommend looking over the documents and reviewing the players to determine if they are still the ones you want. If they are not, choose new ones and ask your attorney to make the changes and get the documents signed, witnessed and notarized properly. You should do this every year, just to be safe. We should do the same thing with your will and trusts. It is a good time to make sure that your personal representatives and trustees are current. You should also make note of any new children or grandchildren that are not mentioned and need to be added. Also, there may be individuals that you may want removed from your planning documents for other reasons. You should also look at your life insurance and retirement plans and make sure that the beneficiaries are up to date. We have had occasions where we have reviewed beneficiaries with clients and discovered

that their beneficiary is an ex-spouse and they have gotten remarried. These are items that should be reviewed on an annual basis and most people do not. Taking the time to do this now is a good thing and it can save your family aggravation and heartache later on. You should also look at your investment portfolio and analyze the risk level and make sure that you are comfortable with the amount of risk that you are taking. A lot of people panicked when the market dropped to 18,213 in March and realized that they had more risk than they were comfortable with. Unfortunately, some of those people panicked and got out of the market at or near the low point and they missed the run up. The best thing to do is to have a conversation with your financial advisor and review where you are at from a risk standpoint and determine how much risk you’re willing to withstand. It is a good time to reevaluate and make changes since the market has mostly recovered. If you have not heard from your investment advisor or if you have been handling your own investments, it may be a good time to get a second opinion. Please feel free to email me at and we would be happy to review your current portfolio. I hope that we are back to a more normal world by this New Year’s Eve and that you and your families stay safe and healthy. Securities offered through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through CWM, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC is under separate ownership from any other named entity. For a comprehensive review of your personal situation, always consult with a tax or legal advisor. Neither Cetera Advisor Networks LLC nor any of its representatives may give legal or tax advice.





As we slowly begin to emerge from shelter in place orders, every one of us will have a different story relating to our experience in keeping the body and mind nourished, fit and healthy during lockdown. If we had been told at the start of 2020 that in a matter of weeks our ‘normal’ lives would be shut down, I don’t think anyone would have believed it! With the closure of gyms, restaurants and bars, and with limited access to items in grocery stores that we usually take for granted, day to day living has become a challenge. Some of us have been able to stick to our health and fitness routines while others have struggled without the in person support and motivation from the community they usually rely upon.

2) Do you feel that you still need to train in the same way as before or has something changed?

It is a fascinating time to examine your relationship with all things health and fitness. You can learn from this experience and optimize your training and nutrition (healthy lifestyle) once life returns to some semblance of normalcy. Take a moment or two to reflect on the following questions:

7) What did you miss the most as far as health and fitness is concerned?

1) Did health and fitness feel easier or more complicated during shelter in place?

3) Do you need the accountability that a fitness community provides or are you self-motivated? 4) Were you consistent in your fitness routines or did your enthusiasm wane as the weeks went by? If so, why? 5) Were you able to find value in lower intensity movement? 6) Did you fuel your body in the same way or did your eating patterns fluctuate with emotions?

Before you dive right back in to where you left off, think of this experience as a reset. Now is your opportunity to really explore your why. Why do you want to be fit and healthy? What do you enjoy most about the pursuit of health and fitness? As you work through the questions above, be completely honest with yourself. If you discovered that you actually enjoy



MASP Enjoy the works of a worldrenowned museum from the comfort of your home. Take a trip to São Paolo’s MASP – Museu de Arte São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – and discover their great collection. https://artsandculture. masp?hl=en



We have all endured a great amount of stress over the past several months. Many of us used to hit the gym to release this stress. With all exercise facilities still closed, this has not been possible. But Barry’s Boot Camp is offering online classes! Called the virtual Red Room workouts, they are sure to get the blood pumping and the stress alleviated.

Want to revisit your inner child? Or, perhaps you have children that love science? We suggest a tried-and-true activity this week. Build a volcano! National Geographic has created the perfect at-home kit to let the lava flow. studio/clarendon/ NASA It’s NASA to the rescue for a fun and educational online activity! Have your child sign onto Space Place to learn about the wonders of this science. menu/play/


JOHN ERIC HOME ONLINE ART CLASSES Local artist Meg Biram has started offering art classes. The classes are for most ages and skill levels, and include projects like collage and painting, clay sculpting and cut paper. They are for fun and creative exploration but do not teach things like color theory or perspective. They are also flexible to the materials that you have at home, your available time, your skill level, and age.



SUMMER IS HERE! It’s summer! Time to hit the beach or lazily saunter the streets in a seaside town. Looking for a great tote to haul all your necessities? Look no further… WOMEN ORGANIC COTTON-CANVAS – This light and breezy tote by Calella brings sophistication seaside. Large enough to haul a load, it still remains chic and looks like it belongs on a yacht. TRANSPARENT PVC LOGO - Of course, Prada brings the vibe of Amalfi straight to your favorite beach. No need to hop a flight to experience Italian color. Pop it over your shoulder and you are on your way. THE OLD RELIABLE - Nothing screams ‘New England Beach’ more than a traditional L.L. Bean tote. Durable and reliable and charming and available in a variety of sizes, this is everyone’s “go-to” when hitting the sand. PRINTED TERRY - While Prada delivers slick and modern, Emilio Pucci also guarantees Italian flare but in swirls of bright and tropical colors. WICKER & MESH - Check out the bag from Atlantic Pacific’s collaboration with Nordstrom. It is the one that always sells out, so grab this shopper before it disappears.

Ahhhh, men – with so many styles of shoes to choose from this season, which way will you go. Here are the hottest trends in men’s summer shoes… MEN SUMMER SANDALS AREN’T JUST FOR WOMEN – This summer, men will be sporting the summer sandal with both an open and closed toe. Many designers incorporated buckles and rivets in their design. MOCCASINS – ALL WE NEED TO SAY Moccasins are making a comeback this season. Complete with fringe. They are comfortable and stylish and mesh well with business and everyday style. SPORTS ANYONE? Almost all designers have included in their collections sport styled footwear. This season, it is all about combining athletic shoes with casual clothing. TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST The formal dress shoe will always be loved, but this season designers have reshaped the shoe and created a dominant sharp toe look. They are perfect for evening and business looks.


MONEY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED. Are you confused by most financial advice? If so, you’re not alone.

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Amazon is giving back to the Arlington community with a multimillion donation. The Arlington Community Foundation (ACF) has announced a $3 million gift from Amazon to improve access to affordable housing and support services in the region. The foundation says that the gift will create a fund to support programs that maintain and create housing options for low-income individuals and families. (AN)

CALL YOUR MOTHER It’s pink, it’s teal and, it’s on wheels. Call Your Mother has debuted as a bagelmobile twice the size of a typical food truck. It’s equipped with a full kitchen for toasting the growing local company’s signature bagels and building them into breakfast sandwiches. In addition to Call Your Mother’s regular menu, the trolley will offer hot drip coffee and iced coffee. Given the unique set up, espresso drinks are not available. (WCP)



SLOW STREETS INITIATIVE DC has taken steps that they believe will make streets more hospitable for residents to be outside while maintaining distancing recommendations. Seven locations are now subject to the Slow Streets initiative. They are the following: • The roughly 8 blocks of 19th Street NW between Dupont Circle and Biltmore Street, as well as “most of” the blocks of Biltmore Street and Cliffbourne Place NW; • The roughly 10 blocks of 36th Street NW between Connecticut Avenue and Reno Road NW; • The roughly 12 blocks of 8th Street NW between Piney Branch Road and Missouri Avenue NW; • The roughly 8 blocks of Newton Street NE between 12th Street and South Dakota Avenue NE; • The roughly 9 blocks of 12th Street NE between K and East Capitol Streets NE; • The roughly 3 blocks of Grant Street NE between 46th Street and Minnesota Avenue NE; • The roughly 2 blocks of 15th Street SE between Mississippi Avenue and Savanah Street SE, and the roughly 5 blocks of 15th Place SE between Alabama Avenue and Bruce Place SE. These streets will have a speed limit of 15 miles per hour, and drivers are meant to only use the designated streets if their destination is within two blocks. Additional Slow Streets are expected to be designated throughout the summer. (Urban Turf)

MARINE CORPS MARATHON The Marine Corps Marathon organizers are figuring out a way to bring the race live to participants. Their working solution is to break the 45th MCM up into 24 waves that will start over an expanded window of time on event morning. This plan will necessitate a smaller field of in-person participants. Those in the late waves will have less time to Beat the Bridge. (Marine Corps Marathon)

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ARLINGTON Truly one of the best views of DC, period! This stunning renovated condo features 3BR, 2 .5BA condo has sweeping views of DC, the Monuments, the Capitol Building, the Potomac River, and DCA and from its expansive balcony.

ARLINGTON This condo is truly lovely - from the warm cherry hardwood flooring in the main living space to the bright, spacious bedrooms. 2BR, 2BA.

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