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July 2014 Contents: The Best of Washington

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July 2014 Volume 49, Number 10

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The Best of Washington

Our 101 favorite things about the place we call home, from great cocktails to hikes to doughnuts. Plus—readers’ best (and worst).

Edited by Garrett M. Graff, Sophie Gilbert, and Mary Clare Glover


Elite Retreats

The winners of this year’s Washingtonian Residential Design Awards include a modern oasis with mountain views, slick city condos, and a “cabin” like nothing you’ve seen. By Vicky Gan and Marisa M. Kashino

The Slave Down the Street

Did a prominent political activist illegally traffic a woman to be her personal servant? By Chris Vogel

Capital Comment

Does K Street have a new king? . . . With HUD nominee Julián Castro likely joining his congressman brother, Joaquín, in DC, how to tell the Texas twins apart . . . The White House insider you’ve probably never heard of . . . Why the math behind the $300-million DC United stadium doesn’t add up.

Behind the Scenes Inside the Senate Press Gallery, where credentialed writers, including Mark Twain, have reported scoops for more than a century.

Where & When

Salt-N-Pepa and New Edition at Verizon . . . Bruno Mars at Jiffy Lube Live . . . Classical music’s Castleton Festival in Virginia’s Rappahannock County . . . Capital Fringe returns . . . Carrie the Musical at Studio . . . SNL alums Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller at the Kennedy Center.


War-Torn CBS Radio reporter Cami McCormick’s latest story about combat and its aftermath is her own. Washington Read A new book on the Roberts Court—plus suburban high jinks in Susan Coll’s latest novel. Washington Read The Mystery of Martha Grimes—plus David Ignatius’s new CIA thriller.The Vaping Bubble E-cigarettes have become a hot start-up market. Is Washington about to send the industry up in smoke?What Made Me The Episcopal bishop of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde, on finding her own path.


Natural Beauty Organic skin-care products local experts swear by, “green” cosmetics, salons and spas offering toxin-free treatments, and more. Hits Outside the Park Baseball isn’t the only reason to visit the Capitol Riverfront area. Here’s what else is brewing.


Star of the Sea A great restaurant with a great view? It’s true. Fabio Trabocchi makes a splash with Fiola Mare on the Georgetown waterfront. Plus—Roofers Union in Adams Morgan aims to please foodies and boozehounds alike, French bistro fare in Columbia, standout Nepalese in Alexandria, and new fast-casual spots.


Luxury Homes A TV news couple—NBC’s Peter Alexander and Channel 7’s Alison Starling—buy in Arlington. Pets Fitness-tracking technology isn’t just for humans. Here’s how a local woman and her dog used it to lose weight and get in shape together.

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First Person She knew her dad only from TV and movies. Then he contacted her.Crossword