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July 2008 Contents – Best Of Washington

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Volume 43, Number 10

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best of washington

Summer’s top treats: from rooftop restaurants and great beer to beach books and cool lakes. Plus—readers’ picks of dining, celebrities, nightlife, and more.


And Daddy Makes Four

Jack Evans’s triplets are still very close, but they’re less and less three of a kind. By Harry Jaffe

Inside the National Gallery

Exhibits in the West Building are magnificent. Those in the East Building often are not. Where does it go from here? By Tyler Green

Saving Susan Mary

She was a grande dame of Georgetown, but my mother’s drinking caused a lot of pain—and eventually uncovered surprising family secrets. By Bill Patten

Power Shots

Winning pictures of this year’s contenders, rising stars, legends, and losers.

Unanswered Prayers

A straight-A senior at Georgetown went to a Bible-study group. But the promise of heaven wound up turning her life into hell. By Drew Bratcher

Capital Comment

White House turncoats . . . A $6-million condo? . . . Hot books . . . If law firms were sitcoms . . . Fashion babes . . . Eleven top writers still at the Post.
Profile His Broadway hopes bombed, but that doesn’t seem to faze Signature’s Eric Schaeffer. His dreams are as big as ever.
politics A surprising number of senators have suffered personal losses. In an era of partisanship, sorrows are often the ties that bind.Real Life He left politics for a higher calling—the priesthood.looking back RFK had laid out a plan. Now Obama is doing it.

Where & When

American masters at the Corcoran . . . Lyle Lovett at Wolf Trap . . . Tiger Woods tees off . . . Capital Fringe Festival all over town.


dining out Nava Thai replicates the bright, funky flavors of street food. Plus—Cheesetique in Del Ray debuts a wine-and-cheese bar, and three new seafood bites A little Italy at Pentagon Ritz . . .
Frozen crab cakes? . . . A Silver Spring bakery for all occasions . . .
Chicken and waffles . . . Bargain dining in DC, Maryland, Virginia.
Here’s to the Bloody Mary Made right, the “eye-opener” is a wonderful drink. Here’s where it came from—and where to get a good one.


natural beauty More people are buying natural and organic beauty products. Are they safer? Do they work? Plus—the latest on green day spas and the truth about sunscreens. style Shore things—plus an early fall breeze.sports At 43, Stefan Fatsis went through an NFL preseason and found the locker room filled with high jinks and fear.sports Out of 100 good golf courses in the region, here are the ten holes that are the most scenic and challenging. spaces In a converted corncrib, Ruth Noble Groom gathers friends to read aloud from Yeats and In a not-so-good economy, Washington has some big pluses—and creative companies that are meeting all sorts of needs.Reader deals Money-saving ways to go out and play.


beach houses Open spaces, nautical touches in Rehoboth.dream homes Waterfront homes suddenly look like good deals.Luxury Homes Jonathan Ledecky sells former JFK home for $4.2 million.

Pets Summer fun for Fido.

First Person Volunteers prove there’s much to be said for growing old.