The DC List

Every time I go to DC there’s too much to do (I’m so bummed I missed this last weekend), too many people to see. So inspired by my New York list, I’ve come up with my next list for DC. As always, feel free to add any contributions in the comments.


  • Just got this great email from my childhood friend Hanne (we went to elementary school together in Kansas). Now a Philly resident, exciting to see her take on DC:

    Just saw your post on DC. Brian and I spent last weekend down there
    and I’m pretty sure we went to EVERY museum/gallery, etc. in the city.
    I’d never really been before (except for a short trip when I was ten
    with my Dad on a business trip) so we decided to spend three days
    seeing everything! I thought the collection of American Crafts in the
    Renwick Gallery was exceptional and the National Museum of the
    American Indian was stunning–specifically the architecture. You
    really have to been in the space to appreciate it – looking at
    pictures doesn’t do it justice. We were particulary fond of the
    Museum Cafe (Mitsitam Café) not only because we were starving at the
    time we got there but because it features Native food specialities and
    cooking techniques from different regions in the US….tamales,
    buffalo burgers, masa, etc. Delicious!

    Brian and I are kind of shuffleboard afficionados (the table kind, not
    the big long stick version.) Fortunately, we discovered DC’s
    shuffleboard culture and found some bars to practice our game. Here
    was an article we stumbled across before we went.

    We also found ourselves magnetized the the Adams Morgan section of the
    city. Very hip with a Philly South St. vibe.

    Anyway, that’s probably more than you cared to know but it is all very
    fresh in my mind. Oh, and on our way out of town we swung down to Old
    Town Alexandria for the President’s Day Parade (being 70 degrees and
    all) and toured the Torpedo Factory and stumbled across Hannelore’s of
    Old Town- a bridal shop that I freaked out when I saw my name in BIG
    letters on the side of the building!! It was a first – I was excited.

  • Since I know Anne likes to spend time in Arlington during her DC metro visits, I wanted to offer these additions:
    Shoefly ( – my favorite boutique shoe store with locations in Clarendon and on U Street in DC
    Big Buns ( – an organic burger place that serves beer and burgers any way you like them in Ballston
    Galaxy Hut ( – a small, funky bar in Clarendon once dubbed “the most Baltimore-y place you’ll find in yuppie town” by a few of my friends

    and of course, since I have to plug something artsy and of personal interest, the annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy will be held at the Kennedy Center on Monday, March 31. This year’s speaker is author Daniel Pink, who has written some prominent stuff about creativity and innovation in relation to the modern economy. I think he is interesting and certainly worth the free admission! Reserve tickets online at

  • This post really brings Virginia here to Seoul!
    You’re making me miss my beloved Alexandria, Old Town of course!!! I lived two blocks from the Potomac River, would walk there constantly and sit, think and thank God I lived so close to a large body of water. I grew up near the beach.
    Wonderful to know that you have lived there as well! The best thing about living in Alexandria was the walks, beautiful homes and friendliness of most people that you encounter.

    BusBoys and Poets! Love that place! If I were to move back to the States, I’d still pick Virginia. We have it all, the mountains, the beaches, the warm people, MY FAMILY.

  • So since you’ve got Busboys & Poets, I’ve got to give a shout out to my two other favorite 14th & U St restaurant/bars, Marvin (at 14th & U, especially for dancing Thursday night) and Saint Ex (at 14th & T). Also, check out the rad home / garden / gift / clothing shops at 14th & S: Home Rule, Go Mama Go, POP, Garden District, Pulp, etc. and the yummy hot cocoa down the way on 14th at ACKC (Artfully Chocolate & Kingsbury Confections). And if you happen to find yourself in Logan Circle’s sister neighborhood to the north, Columbia Heights, and find yourself in need of an adult beverage and a juke box, don’t miss the Wonderland Ballroom (11th & Kenyon).

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