Yoffe is a writer for Slate and author of the online magazine’s advice column, "Dear Prudence."
One of my favorite things to do is walk around here because it’s beautiful and people do such lovely things with their gardens.
There’s a little-known restaurant called Tavira (301-652-8684). The location is heartbreaking because it’s in the basement of an office building, but it’s one of the few Portuguese restaurants around and the food is really good.
The Chevy Chase area has a bunch of independent grocery stores, like Brookville Market (301-652-2793) and Chevy Chase Supermarket (301-656-5133). In the winter, they overbought shovels, so now they have shovels everywhere and have competitions to give them away. The Broad Branch Market (202-249-8551) is fantastic. It’s small, but they have lots of really great prepared food, a variety of beautiful produce, and ice cream. I wish there were more neighborhood stores like it.
I bring shoes, luggage, and handbags to Expert Shoe & Luggage Repair (202-362-6681). Nearby is Finials Antiques (202-362-8400), a little store with a really nice selection. It’s not expensive, it’s eclectic, and they have a lot of turnover.
I also like Potomac Video (202-362-5018). Sure, you can get movies mailed to you, but once I needed to watch Nanook of the North and Potomac had it. They have a huge selection of classics, foreign films, and TV shows.
Bennett is founder of the Best Friends Foundation, an education and mentoring program for teenage girls. Her husband, Bill Bennett, is a pundit and radio host who served as Secretary of Education during the Reagan administration.
Bill loves the wonderful pharmacist at Brookville Pharmacy (301-718-0900), Hossein Ejtemai, as well as Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits (202-363-4000). He also loves John Panagiotopoulos, the barber at Brookville Barber Shop (301-951-5203).
We both love La Ferme Restaurant (301-986-5255). It’s a lovely little place with a pianist.
I love Lisa Phuong at Nail Spa (202-362-5099). She could not be nicer. Amber Fields Interiors (301-657-4288) is wonderful for gifts, specialty items for your house, furniture, and fabrics. Ellen Roberts and Karen Marvaso are the owners, and they always go the extra mile.
I also love Noreen Lucey at Write for You (202-686-7060) for stationery or gifts—whether it’s invitations for a party, greetings cards, or lovely little baby gifts.
The cosmetics department at Neiman Marcus (202-966-9700) is the best. Martha Slagle at Neiman’s is an institution. She can do anything for you—she’ll contact a personal shopper and make things happen.