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April 2010 Contents: Hidden Gems

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April 2010 Cover
Volume 45, Number 7

Cover Story

Hidden Gems

Many of the best things to do and see around Washington are not on the tourist maps. Here’s an insider’s guide to enjoying our not-so-well-known local treasures.

Photograph by Matthew Worden


Flying the Flag

A former auto mechanic enlists the aid of savvy DC lobbyists and sympathetic Washington politicians on behalf of his homeland, which just happens to be an oil-rich part of war-torn Iraq. By Marisa M. Kashino

2010 Washington Nationals

A century ago, a pitcher with blazing speed rescued DC’s baseball team. It could be happening again. By Tim Wendel  Also: What does it take to be one of the Racing Presidents? Just try running with one of those big heads. By Gwendolyn Purdom

The CIA’s Inside Man

George and Trish Vradenberg are using their powerful connections and personal fortune in a race against Alzheimer’s disease. Their goal is to find a treatment within their lifetime. The odds aren’t good. By Jeff Stein

Suiting the Stylish Man

Lots of suits are walking the streets of Washington. What separates the
ordinary ones from the winners is good style and great tailoring—and
having the confidence to let your personality shine through. By Jill Hudson

Capital Comment

Who’ll get the Obamas to go to a DC dinner party? . . . David Remnick’s must-read new book . . . Behind the voices of the Nats . . . A shoo-in for the high court? . . . How Jim Brady’s Web site could hurt the Post.
Profile Teaching in prison isn’t frightening. It’s a chance to help people heal—and it’s full of surprises.

Real Life I was George Washington.Benefits Good times for good causes in April.

Where & When

Fiddler at the National . . . Sophisticated Ladies at the Lincoln . . . Norah Jones at the Warner . . . Buddhist treasures . . . Filmfest DC . . . Smithsonian Craft Show.


dining out Ping Pong Dim Sum comes from London and lands in DC’s Chinatown. Plus—Plume recalls a gilded era of ultra-formal service, and two new wine bars offer good-value bites A little Italy in Laurel . . . Broadway energy at National Harbor . . . Sous-vide at home? . . . Q&A with food writer Ann Mah . . . A bánh mì boom . . . What’s hot—and not.From Bombs to Burgundies Lanny Lancaster, a rowdy fighter jock who did two tours of duty in Vietnam, now spends his days finding France’s finest wines for DC’s best restaurants.


travel Here are two good destinations, Rome and Miami. education Want to learn to play an instrument or sing? There’s lots of help out there for adults. See how it has changed these lives.

Reader deals Bargains by the Bay.

Health A Test That Can Help You Lose Weight?


Best of reston & herndon Fun shopping, family-friendly outings, and burgers you can load with your favorite toppings.  real estate At these seven golf communities, you can live alongside courses that earn top marks.Luxury Homes Longtime restaurant critic Phyllis Richman gets almost a million for her DC condo.

Pets So long, Spot and Fido—pet names aren’t what they used to be.

First Person When I was young, I knew what I’d be. How could not getting that be good?