Sunday Snapshot: Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

The fountain at Dupont Circle is one of the most photographed spots outside of the traditional tourist sites in Washington, DC.

Beyond that fountain, though, lies a neighborhood full of beautiful gardens, unique architectural gems, and local institutions. Above is a snapshot of what just one part of the neighborhood has to offer.

From top left to bottom right: sculptures on New Hampshire Avenue NW; a rose on 21st St. NW; ivy-covered steps on 21st St. NW; the patio outside Zorba’s Café on Connecticut Avenue; cactus on 21st St. NW; and books on display at Second Story Books on P St NW.


DC Bites + Style: July 23, 2014

It’s been 30 years since Prince’s Purple Rain. Celebrate the music and the movie this Saturday with DJ Dredd’s Purple Rain Anniversary Dance Party. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12  at the door.  [Black Cat]

Want to incorporate more local products into your beauty routine? This article is a great starting point. [Shop Around Blog]

Sauf Haus Bier Hall opens tomorrow above the Shake Shack near Dupont Circle. Bavarian beers will be available on draft for $8 a half liter. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can pay $35 for a two-liter glass boot – and keep it as a souvenir! [Zagat]

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Silver Line is opening this Saturday. The Post has a great guide to all the food and shopping you can now discover near its new stations. [Washington Post]

Beginning August 1, you’ll be able to have Dolcezza gelato shipped to anywhere in the continental U.S. Yum!  [Dolcezza]

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How to Make a Healthy Creamsicle Smoothie

Creamsicles were a favorite childhood treat – but as an adult, I try to avoid desserts loaded with artificial flavors.

That’s why I decided to experiment and create a healthy creamsicle smoothie recipe. The combination of pineapple and carrots creates a delicious, naturally creamy flavor without dairy. As an added bonus, this recipe is gluten-free and can easily be incorporated into a vegetarian or vegan diet.

What You’ll Need

  • Blender
  • 1.5 cups of pineapple (cubed)
  • A handful of shredded carrots
  • 1 small celery stick (optional)
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of ice

How to Make It

  1. Put the pineapple, shredded carrots, and celery (optional) in the blender. I prefer to shred the carrots (or purchase them pre-shredded) because it helps to create a creamier texture. The celery is optional, but it’s a nice way to add another vegetable to the mix without changing the flavor of the smoothie.
  2. Add the lemon juice. You can use freshly squeezed lemon juice or bottled organic lemon juice.
  3. Add the cup of ice. 
  4. Press the “juice” setting on your blender. If your blender does not have this setting, start at the lowest setting for approximately 10 seconds and slowly increase the speed every 5 seconds after. Stay on the highest setting for about 20 seconds.
  5. Enjoy!

Consume immediately for optimal freshness.






Inside DC’s Vigilante Coffee


In the heart of the Arts District of Hyattsville lies a coffee lover’s paradise – the new home of Vigilante Coffee.

Located in a former 1920s Ford auto showroom, Vigilante Coffee’s first brick-and-mortar location houses its roasting and production facilities, offices, and training space. The café portion of the space – which will offer coffee and espresso roasted and brewed on site – opens this Saturday to the public.

For owner and founder Chris Vigilante, it’s the culmination of years spent in pursuit of great coffee – a pursuit that began when he was just a sophomore at nearby Virginia Tech.

“I was watching people graduate only to get jobs they didn’t like,” Vigilante says. “That didn’t appeal to me. I had already done internships that showed me what I didn’t want to do. So when a few friends pushed me to find something I was passionate about, I took a chance.” (more…)



Modern classics with an edge – that’s what Washington, DC’s STYLECABLE is all about.

Officially launched this past April, the e-commerce startup based at 1776 connects fashion lovers with emerging designers, including DC’s own Erika Schrieber, Sophie Blake, ElaineB, and Sarah Ceceila. These designers and more will be featured at the company’s first trunk show beginning this Sunday, June 29, at Urban Chic in Georgetown. (more…)


DC Bites + Style: June 25, 2014

Photo Credit: STYLECABLE

  • DC’s own STYLECABLE will be hosting its first trunk show at Urban Chic in Georgetown starting this Sunday, June 29 through Saturday, July 5.  Attendees will get 15% off their purchases.  We’ll have more from STYLECABLE later this week on District Style.
  • The Blue Duck Tavern will be offering sorbet mimosas from 11 am to 2:30 pm every Saturday and Sunday this July and August. Flavors will include piña colada, cantaloupe, and raspberry bergamot. Yum!
  • We’re intrigued by the concept behind Crane & Turtle, a small Japanese-French restaurant that’s just opened in Petworth. Eater DC did a great preview of it yesterday.
  • Cap off the work week with the grand finale of Hugh & Crye‘s #mensweartour at WeWork Shaw this Friday, June 27, from 6 pm to 9pm. Beer will be provided by Right Proper Brewing. Reservations are required to attend.

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