Our Favorite Posts of 2012

The stories we were most excited to share with you this year.

By: Tanya Pai

Working for a website is oftentimes a numbers game. What’s getting the most pageviews? What are people spending time reading? Earlier we rounded up our top stories from this year—but this list is different. These articles, hand-picked by our editors, are the stories we were extra excited to share with you throughout 2012. These are the stories we feel like really capture the flavor of Washingtonian.com—so if you missed any, we hope you’ll check ’em out now.

After Hours

Mike Daisey Addresses Georgetown University
The monologuist appeared at the school just a few days after he was essentially accused of fabrication by This American Life. “I’m a giant moron,” he eventually concluded.

Guerrilla Crochet Artist Olek Yarn-Bombs Albert Einstein Memorial
The New York-based artist covered the sculpture in yarn ahead of a show she was featured in at the Renwick Museum. Authorities were not amused.

H Street Playhouse to Become Anacostia’s First Performing Arts Venue
In July, the venue announced it was heading over the river to become Anacostia’s first professional perfoming arts venue.

Best Bites

25 Things to Know Before You Become a Restaurant Critic
We asked reviewers from Chicago, Philly, San Fran, and Washington to serve up the inside scoop on eating like it’s your job (because it is).

Dining Room Dance: A Ballet Lesson With the Inn at Little Washington Staff (Pictures)
How choreographer Septime Webre helps employees of the storied restaurant bring fluidity and grace to evening service.

Dining at Level 3: Todd Kliman’s Most Memorable Meals of 2012
Washingtonian’s lead food critic tucked into more than 500 restaurant repasts this year. This essay is not so much about the food he ate as it is the experiences that ended up mattering most.

Bride & Groom

Ask the Expert: Farm-to-Table Weddings
La Prima Catering & Events’ Dave Evans’s tips for planning a sustainable, locally sourced menu.

6 (Stripper-Free) Bachelor Party Ideas
From bocce ball and beer to free-falling from 13,500 feet, creative party ideas for all types and budgets.

5 Great Washington Wedding Charities
For the couple that wants to give back on their big day.

Capital Comment

It’s an Adorable Baby Animal Baby Boom at the National Zoo (Photos)
We sent our staff photographer to the zoo to document its newest residents: tiny turtles, fuzzy cheetah cubs, and more.

What It Was Like at Nationals Park When Washington Clinched the NL East
This year saw Washington get excited about its baseball team again. We wanted to thank them for it.

Check Out the Insane Craigslist Post We Found This Morning
Craigslist is a treasure trove of oddities—and this one might top our list. (The response ad probably belongs up near the top, too.)

Shop Around

11 Fast Fashion Sites You Aren’t Already Shopping
Moving beyond Forever 21, NastyGal, and ModCloth to the next set of affordable fashion sites.

How to Shop at Forever 21 Without Looking Like You Shop at Forever 21
Go-to tips and tricks for finding the chicest of budget clothes.

Crash Course: How to Consistently Look Cute in Photos—No Photoshop Required
Tricks of the trade from a local boudoir photographer.

How to Consistently Look Cute in Photos, Part Two
More failproof tips from oft-photographed local fashionistas.


Washington-Area Runners See Uptick of Owl Attacks
A local man’s recollection of the time an owl hit him not once, not twice, but five times while on a run.

The Latest Craze in Men’s Fitness Could Be—Naked Yoga?
We asked A.B. Davis, the founder of this underground movement in DC, to strip away the mystery of the lesser-known yoga practice.

What were your favorite posts on Washingtonian.com this year? Let us know in the comments!