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May 2012 Contents: Best Places to Live

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May 2012 Cover
Volume 47, Number 8

Cover Story

Best Places to Live

Whether you’re buying a first home, trading up, or downsizing, here are a dozen great neighborhoods–from small-town charm to city cool, waterfront living to arts hub. Plus–Washington’s 50 most expensive homes.

Photograph of the Qureshi residence near DC’s Observatory Circle by Attic Fire Photography


Green Giants

The Washingtonian Green Awards honor people who help our environment by preserving historic green spaces, increasing our access to eco-friendly food and drink, and educating us about the natural world. By Leslie Milk

Lerner’s Last Stand?

She made millions from her companies Cisco Systems and Urban Decay. Now, on her Virginia farm, Sandy Lerner is hoping to change the way Americans get their meat. But is it a battle she can win? By Lydia Strohl

The Type-A Parent Trap

Washington’s parks and playgrounds are filled with high-achieving moms and dads who want to do everything by the book. But trying to be a perfect parent is not only exhausting–it’s also bad for kids. By Brooke Lea Foster

Getting the Picture

How Joan Miró’s iconic painting “The Farm,” starring in a retrospective at the National Gallery of Art, made its way via Ernest Hemingway–and his wives–from Paris to Cuba to New York to Washington. By James Conaway

Scaling the Great Wall

Shopping for a month at an Asian supermarket can open your eyes to wonderful foods, cause a lot of confusion, and yield some interesting discoveries about how we choose what to put on the table. By Tyler Cowen

Capital Comment

Route 29 as Lee Jeans® Highway? . . . Tracing Harry Thomas Jr.’s wrong turns . . . VIP DC’s chocolatier . . . Wooden animals at the zoo . . . Celebrity campaign-backers through history . . . A homer for Post baseball coverage.
Anatomy Sizing up the crowds on the Mall.
Party Pictures & Benefits Italy has a party . . . Supporting wounded warriors . . . Leukemia Ball . . . Good times for good causes in May.

Where & When

Nature photography at Natural History . . . Joan Miró at NGA . . . Chuck Brown at Blues Alley . . . André Watts at Strathmore . . . Nancy Griffith at the Birchmere . . . The Music Man at Arena . . . Jazz women at the KenCen . . . Festivals and fun.


Profile Virginia’s rogue winemaker.

Books A Georgetown prof goes to extremes.

What I’ve Learned An IT pioneer talks about “boiling the ocean” and other tech dilemmas.

What Made Me Learning to love the Bard.

Real Life A mom’s college tour with her teen.


Great Finds Scents of spring.

Fashion An online service has you covered.

Reader deals Treats for the mom in your life.

Car Repair Guide Secrets of auto experts–and 70 of the best places to go for help.


On the Road Favorite food trucks in MontCo.

Dining Out


Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan, 2941 in Falls Church, Caphe Bánh MÌ in Alexandria, Bethesda’s Haven Pizzeria Napoletana.

Best Bites Hushpuppies! . . . Smoke your own . . . A better gin-and-tonic . . . Terrific French toast . . . Adding to 100 Best . . . Ask the critic.


Sitting Pretty In the market for a new sofa, a beautiful rug, an interesting lamp, or other home decor? Here are expert tips on buying furniture–plus a guide to area stores.

Best of Frederick Where to eat, shop, stay, and see a show in this charming historic city.

Pets When lawmakers take their dogs to work, are humans on Capitol Hill better behaved?

First Person The Royal typewriter used by The Washingtonian’s longtime editor finally leaves the office.