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He'll join its enterprise unit. By Andrew Beaujon

Mother Jones senior editor Nick Baumann will join the Huffington Post as senior enterprise editor, HuffPost DC bureau boss Ryan Grim tells staffers in a memo. His work will complement the longform initiative Rachel Morris and Greg Veis are working on; they came to HuffPost from the New Republic after its management canned former editor Franklin Foer.

Grim's memo:

Some exciting news: Nick Baumann will be joining us in May as our senior enterprise editor. As Rachel and Greg continue building out our longform unit, creating this position enhances our ability to produce stories that are not simply quick, breaking news items and aren't massive takeouts, either. The pieces that fall in the middle of those two poles can end up being the most impactful things we do, changing the way people think about an issue in real time, drawing on and adding to news we've been breaking in an incremental fashion along the way. Once upon a time, these types of stories, at their best, would run on the front page of the newspaper, when such things existed. The printed product may be obsolete, but the front page itself was a good mechanism to force editors and reporters to think about how a story will be relevant 24 hours or more from now. These stories aren't determined by an arbitrary word length, but by their approach to the piece. Nobody is better for this task than Nick, as many of you who've had the pleasure of working with him in the past know already.

Nick, as is the model here at HuffPost, is a reporter at heart and in his eight years writing for Mother Jones has produced some of the magazine's finest journalism. He is also a longtime contributor to The Economist (or so he claims; he can't produce a single bylined piece to back that up) and has published everywhere across the spectrum.

But, of course, most importantly, if you don't already follow him, he's @NickBaumann.

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Plus dining guides for Passover and Easter celebrations. By Nelson Billington
Head to Osteria Morini for a beer and dinner paired with their delicious pastas (above). Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Whiskey meets the boss: Local distillery Catoctin Creek teams up with Boss Shepherd’s on Tuesday at 6:30 for a collaboration meal, and release of a new whiskey barrel. Sip cocktails mixed by the distillery’s owners Becky and Scott Harris while sampling chef Jeremy Waybright’s multi-course menu. Secure your seat ($89 excluding tax and gratuity) by calling 202-347-2677, or by emailing boss@boss-shepherds.com.

Foodie benefit: Head to the Longview Gallery on Tuesday from 6 to 9 for Eat4Life, an annual fundraiser in support of colon cancer research. Chefs including Scott Drewno of the Source will be on hand with dishes, while the bar mixes cocktails. Online tickets start at $50 for food only, and go up to $100 for eats, open bar, and raffle tickets.

Belgian feast: A Nordic feast is on offer at B Too on Wednesday at 7, where chef Bart Vandaele will recreate his recent dinner at the James Beard House in New York. The menu ($119 per person) is served alongside wines from Newton Vineyards in Napa Valley, and includes dishes like hay-smoked lobster. Call the restaurant for reservations.

Pint night: Join fellow gamers on Wednesday at Republic for an evening filled with booze and board games. From 9 until close order discount $5 from local breweries like Denizens Brewing Co. and The Brewer’s Art. There's no cover charge; further details are available on their website.

Vegan celebration: Active vegans can head to Sticky Fingers Bakery on Wednesday from 5 to 8 for a networking event organized by DC Vegan. Admission is free and food a la carte, but guests can also buy a $20 combo plate and beer, cocktail, or cocktail.

Carb-load: Local brewery DC Brau teams up with Osteria Morini for a beer-filled pasta dinner on Thursday at 6:30. Guests begin with charcuterie platters and beers, and move on to a three-course pasta meal paired with more brews. Tickets ($75 per person) can be purchased online.

Plan your Passover: Pesach begins at sundown on Friday, and plenty of restaurants are offering holiday meals and drinks. Browse our guide for where to find Seder dinners, catering platters, and Passover parties.

Get ready for Easter: Take the kids to the Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown on Saturday from 11:00 to 12:30 for a morning of Easter decorating. Families can paint chocolate eggs, and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Children will take home their creations. Spots for children ($45 per person) are reserved online.

Easter Sunday: Easter celebrations begin this Sunday, and continue through next weekend in the case of Greek Easter. Looking to feast? Here’s a roundup of what our 100 Best Restaurants have planned, from traditional springtime meals to Greek Easter festivals and a vegetarian spread.

Spring wine class: In the spirit of spring Eno Wine Room in Georgetown hosts a tasting and seminar on Sunday from 6 to 8. The class focuses on rosés from Virginia, Sonoma County, California, and Languedoc, France. Seats ($50 per person) can be secured by calling 202-295-2826 or by emailing info@enodc.com.

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Where to find those factory carts and salvaged work lamps. By Michelle Thomas
Trohv in Takoma Park. Photograph via Trohv's website.

If your design buzzwords include "salvaged," "reclaimed," or "industrial"—and you want the real thing, not Restoration Hardware—these three area stores will be your mason-jar heaven.

GoodWood

1428 U St. NW. 202-986-3640.

This U Street store is a go-to for vintage lovers in the know, and for good reason—owners Anna and Dan Kahoe cultivate a distinct take on American mercantile that includes such covetable finds as antique apothecary carts, well-loved leather sofas, and cool mid-century designs.

Trohv

232 Carroll St. NW. 202-829-2941.

This sprawling 8,000-square foot Takoma shop may offer a mish-mash of cute gifts alongside its larger furniture pieces, but the decor sensibility is sharply atuned to the industrial and repurposed, and the selection deftly mixes vintage and factory-born scores with a thoughtfully chosen group of new brands like Gus Modern and Four Hands. Go here whether you’re in need of an old typewriter or a worn-in farm table.

Housewerks

1415 Bayard St., Baltimore. 410-685-8047.

This one may be more of a haul—it’s on the outskirts of Baltimore—but if you’re committed to the industrial look, it’s worth the trek. Housed in a former gas company building that dates to 1885, the store is a treasure trove of eclectic, rough-around-the-edges architectural salvage, including antique lighting fixtures, perfectly rusted hardware, and factory-esque furniture. A word to the wise: Pieces tend toward large. Bring a truck.

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Melissa Twining and Kevin Clark wed on October 11, 2014. By Caroline Cunningham
All photographs by Cassidy DuHon.

Melissa Twining arrived at the Adams Morgan bar just as Kevin Clark was preparing to leave. Knowing a tall, dark, and handsome stranger when she saw one, Melissa didn’t waste any time walking up and introducing herself. “She was cute and confident,” says Kevin. They soon found out that they both were twins, both were French, and both were interested in a first date.

They met up two days later for kayaking at the Key Bridge Boathouse with some of Kevin’s friends, and then planned on an official first date a week later at Agora. Though it was pouring down rain, they sat on the covered patio and talked for hours while the rain fell around them. A year and a half later, the couple planned a bed and breakfast getaway in Sperryville, Virginia. After going for a hike, they retired to the room, where Kevin ordered in champagne and strawberries. As they sat and enjoyed the view on the back porch, Kevin got down on one knee and asked Melissa to be his wife.

They planned their wedding for October 11, 2014 at the Newseum, decorating with mercury glass lanterns and vases filled with white river rocks and willow branches. After several touching speeches from the bride’s sisters and father, the couple danced to Ray Lamontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing,” which said exactly how they felt about one another.

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Grab a fistful of molly and head to the zoo. By Benjamin Freed
Photograph courtesy Smithsonian National Zoo.

Spring is probably the best time of year to visit the National Zoo. The weather is pleasant, the crowds are full, and more of the Smithsonian's menagerie comes into public view after the long winter. The newest additions, for instance, Andean bear cubs Mayni and Muniri, are a playful pair who should delight visitors for years to come.

But don't bother telling local musician Anders Carlson, who records electronic and dance tracks under the name Moonlight Mask, about Mayni and Muniri. Carlson, as reported by WAMU Bandwidth, has a new album containing a song inspired by that other young ursine at the National Zoo. That's right: Bao Bao, the 18-month-old giant panda, is the inspiration for Carlson's song "Bao Bao's Birthday." Listen:

Carlson tells Bandwidth the song is actually about "longing for a phone call from his girlfriend abroad." The track is heavy on leisurely paced synths and drum machines, but it's a solid composition that makes one curious why the Takoma Park resident rarely performs in public. (He plays tonight at Joe’s Record Paradise in Silver Spring, but that's it for upcoming shows.) Then again, the National Zoo's pandas themselves are even bigger divas who refuse to go outside 95 percent of the time. As of this writing, it's 64 degrees and clear in Washington, but instead of enjoying the springtime sun, Bao Bao and her ilk are flopped down inside the panda house. Perhaps there are kindred spirits in people who listen to Moonlight Mask, or any other EDM artist, in private after running and hiding from the weather.

Moonlight Mask's self-titled debut album is streaming on Bandcamp now, and is scheduled for physical release on May 1.

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Six bedrooms, three fireplaces, and one tony location. By Michelle Thomas

It’s not every day that one of Dupont's grand dame rowhouses pops up on the market—which only serves to make this lovely Q Street home seem extra special. Among the townhouse's bragging points is a primo location neighboring several embassies and a generous 4,600 square feet of living space that encompasses six bedrooms, six baths, and an in-law suite. Though built in 1900, the home recently underwent a top-to-bottom renovation to highlight a slew of architectural flourishes and finishes, such as coffered ceilings, dark hardwood floors, bay windows, three ornate fireplaces, and a luxe kitchen outfitted with marble counters, a subway-tile backsplash and glossy white cabinets. There's also a sunroom, upper-level balcony, deck, and patio. The only catch: A lofty $2.749 million price tag.

Take a peek inside 2208 Q Street NW below, then go to Frankly Real Estate for more details.

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A swank cocktail lounge on the Hill, a super-sized Founding Farmers in Tysons, and other arrivals to get excited about. By Anna Spiegel
Bacon aïoli, onion rings, and smoked Gouda go onto the towering burger at Stanton & Greene. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

District

Orange Anchor

3050 K St., NW; 202-802-9990

Georgetowners with a taste for the sea can get their fix at this nautical newcomer on Washington Harbour. Beach-inspired fare like steamed lobster, caviar tacos, orange crushes, and 30-plus kinds of rum are served in a bright, jaunty space that spreads out onto a 48-seat patio in warmer weather. A big draw for happy hour: $1 oysters throughout the place. The restaurant also offers docking assistance and boat-delivery service for customers who aren’t just dreaming of the water.

Sotto

1610 14th St., NW; 202-545-3459

Ribs and live music sound like the makings of a honky-tonk, but that’s not the vibe at this moody, candelit sister to Ghibellina, just downstairs from that pizzeria. (Sotto means “under” in Italian.) Keith Cabot cooks up a regional American menu of smoked meats and house-made sausages and even throws in a few state-fair influences—such as a riff on Cracker Jack with chili-lime salt. Live jazz, blues, and neo-soul play Tuesday through Saturday as a tribute to the former occupant, HR-57 jazz club.

Stanton & Greene

319 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 202-525-3325

A group of Capitol Hill restaurant vets have taken over the three-story building once inhabited by the Pour House. Partner and former set designer August Paro (who also co-owns nearby Beuchert’s Saloon) ditched the divey decor and outfitted the dining room and cocktail den with cognac-colored leather booths and a marble bar. Chef Josh Hutter, who also oversees the kitchen at Sonoma, followed suit with retro dishes like oysters Rockefeller and brandied lobster, while Wisdom barman Erik Holzherr is responsible for such sips as bourbon milk punch.

Virginia

Sweet surprise: At Founding Farmers, fried chicken comes with a doughnut. Photography by Scott Suchman.

Founding Farmers Tysons

1800 Tysons Blvd., Tysons; 703-442-8783

Everything about the latest Founding Farmers—there are also locations in DC and Potomac—conveys bigness, starting with the 262-seat space decked out with a barn-like vaulted ceiling and folksy basket light fixtures. Service runs from breakfast to late evening, with menus that lean both virtuous (cold-pressed juices) and indulgent (fried chicken served with a doughnut). To drink, there are six kinds of oyster shooters and beer that can be taken home by the growler. On weekends, brunchers roam a buffet that includes a pancake bar and carving stations.

Mason Social

728 N. Henry St., Alexandria; 703-548-8800

The four longtime friends and Alexandria natives behind this Old Town spot were craving a casual local joint, so they took matters into their own hands and built one, tapping former Bourbon Steak sous chef Joseph Lennon to helm the kitchen. The result: an American gastropub where Mason-jar lamps hang above the wood-faced bar and bone-marrow butter finds its way into both a burger and a pot of beer-steamed mussels. The vibe skews more neighborhood-friendly than hipster-there’s a small kids’ menu—though night owls can sip vodka-grapefruit punch until 2 am Thursday through Saturday.

Ser

1110 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington; 703-746-9822

In a town flooded with tapas, Iberian and otherwise, it’s refreshing to see a Spanish place that breaks from the small-plates pack. Owners Javier Candon and Josu Zubikarai, who is also the chef, took inspiration from the robust, home-style portions they grew up with in Spain—there’s a section of dishes “from our grandmothers”—and also put forth seafood platters that brim with finds for adventurous eaters such as gooseneck barnacles and “Spanish caviar” (baby eels). Grab a table on the large, dog-friendly patio to sip sangría in the sunshine.

Maryland

Meat of the matter: Dennis Friedman seasons brisket at his Bethesda Barbecue Company. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Bethesda Barbecue Company

4917 Elm St., Bethesda; 301-718-0550

Bacon pops and brisket replace white tablecloths and seared tuna at chef/owner Dennis Friedman’s Bethesda space, which once housed his fine-dining concept, Newton’s Table. The 100-seat restaurant has been redone with a roomier bar and wooden tables—a better setting for tearing into racks of ribs. Friedman is proffering the nomadic style of barbecue common in Washington: a little Carolina, a touch of Memphis, an Asian-style sauce for drizzling on hickory-smoked meats and salmon. To drink, there are spice-friendly cocktails and local brews.

Old Town Pour House

212 Ellington Blvd., Gaithersburg; 301-963-6281

The first East Coast location of this pair of Chicago-area brewpubs lands in Gaithersburg’s growing Downtown Crown development. More than 90 draft beers are available at the handsome copper-inlaid bar, with a number of local names on the global list—including Laurel’s Jailbreak Brewing Company and Alexandria’s Port City. Midwesterners will find familiar dishes on the menu—miniature Chicago-style hot dogs, pretzels with beer cheese—while a 92-seat patio is the place to linger with a Moscow mule during a long Washington summer.

Summer House Santa Monica/Stella Barra Pizzeria

11825 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda; 301-881-2381 (Summer House Santa Monica), 301-770-8609 (Stella Barra Pizzeria)

North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development gets two California-inspired eateries from the Lettuce Entertain You group. Summer House Santa Monica has a beachy, airy look and an easygoing menu of tacos, sushi, and vegetarian dishes. The adjoining pizzeria, Stella Barra, feels more urban, with a brick-walled, warehouse-like space. In true LA fashion, a “thin sin” pie is available for the carb-conscious. Wines from the Golden State flow at both.

This article appears in our April 2015 issue of Washingtonian.

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The remaining movies look a lot like lists of top political films, which is kind of the opposite of what this was all about. By Benjamin Freed
Bracket and logo by Brooke Hatfield.

Suppose that in her administration of the Great Burger Battle, my colleague Anna Spiegel had added McDonald's and Burger King to the mix of regionally beloved hamburger shops. Most McDonald's and Burger King locations around here are locally owned franchises, but they're not exactly local favorites. Still, there's power in ubiquity: many more people have tasted a Big Mac than a Ray's Hell Burger. If Spiegel matched up Michael Landrum's Arlington restaurant with the Golden Arches, would Ronald win in a landslide by sheer force of presence?

In the Most Washington Movie Ever bracket, All the President's Men and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington continue to obliterate anything thrown in their paths. Any hope of a DC Cab-Die Hard 2 final died long ago, and now, as we come to the last four movies remaining, a final squaring off between the Woodward-and-Bernstein adaptation and Frank Capra's anti-infrastructure hooey seems inevitable. These movies might feature highly on any list of great political films, but this project—and this feels like the 15th or 16th reminder—has been a test of these movies' "Washington-ness." But perhaps Washingtonian readers really do think "Washington movie" means a celebration of a clueless rube hell-bent on replacing a critical dam-building project that would create thousands of jobs with a campsite for privileged suburban kids to use a few days a year. That's where this thing seems headed right now.

All the President's Men trampled Lincoln to win the "Presidents, Fake and Fictionalized" quadrant, while Mr. Smith stampeded out of the "Blind Ambition" region with a rout of Broadcast News. The "Secrets and Lies" quadrant ended with a pair of military thrillers when A Few Good Men beat No Way Out. There is at least one interesting pick remaining, though: Thank You for Smoking made it out of the "Death and Destruction" category by finally putting an end to Breach's Cinderella run.

In the semifinals of the Most Washington Movie Ever, it's All the President's Men versus A Few Good Men on one side, and Thank You for Smoking against Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on the other. Even though you've already failed your city by not advancing DC Cab to the final four, try to remember that you're voting on these films' Washington-ness, and not their political savvy. Polls close at 9 PM tonight, and the final match will be revealed Tuesday morning.







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Traditional spring meals, Greek Easter celebrations, and a vegan buffet. By Anna Spiegel
Casa Luca serves a prix-fixe tasting alongside a la carte dishes like crescia with smoked salmon. Photograph courtesy of Casa Luca.

Easter is this Sunday, April 5, and plenty of restaurants around Washington are celebrating. Many of our 100 Best Restaurants are joining the festivities, offering special brunches, Greek Easter festivities (most of which are Sunday, April 12), all-day prix-fixe menus, and in one case, a vegan-friendly spread.

Casa Luca

1099 New York Ave., NW

Guests can opt for an a la carte Easter brunch at chef Fabio Trabocchi’s osteria, or go in for a $65 tasting menu that includes a fresh pastry basket, three courses, and bottomless brunch drinks.

Daikaya

705 Sixth St., NW

This Japanese izakaya serves an Asian spin on the traditional Easter brunch, with springtime small-plates like a fried Jidori chicken egg and caviar, miso-glazed carrots with rabbit sausage, and a merengue with seasonal berries.

Equinox

818 Connecticut Ave., NW

Vegetarians and vegans looking to celebrate can head to Todd Gray’s “VegEaster” market buffet brunch from 11 to 3. The meal begins with a complimentary glass of sparking wine or cider, followed by a spread with the likes of grilled asparagus with shaved cashew cheese and black truffle vinaigrette, a spring risotto station, and raspberry jam bars. ($40 per person).

Et Voila!

5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW

Festive brunch and dinner specials round out the regular menu at this Palisades bistro, such as lobster salad, braised lamb shank and artichokes over gnocchi, and a chocolate egg dessert.

Graffiato

707 Sixth St., NW

Mike Isabella goes casual for Easter at his Italian restaurant, offering a few holiday additions to the regular brunch menu like a sweet pea frittata, or shrimp and grits with Old Bay beurre blanc.

Inn at Little Washington

309 Middle St., Washington, Virginia

Chef Patrick O’Connell creates a special Easter multi-course tasting menu at his destination restaurant, with dishes like lightly scrambled eggs with wild morels, chilled Maine lobster Napoleon with Ossetra caviar, and roasted pheasant. Guests can also pick between two other tasting menu options for the seatings, which begin at 4 (starting at $188 per person).

Iron Gate

1734 N St., NW

The atmospheric Dupont restaurant celebrates both Easters with an Italian brunch menu on April 4 and 5, and a Greek version on April 11 and 12. The meals begin with family-style appetizers, followed by dishes like wood-roasted mushroom lasagna (Italian), or a rotisserie of local lamb (Greek). Both menus are $65 per person.

Kapnos

2201 14th St., NW

Skip cooking and let chef Mike Isabella’s team handle the feast with a special catering menu served for both Catholic Easter (April 5) and Greek Orthodox Easter (April 12). A bountiful menu includes spit-roasted lamb, chicken, or pork, dips and spreads, and sides like lemony potatoes and dolmades.

Lupo Verde

1401 T St., NW

Celebrate Pasquetta, or “Little Easter,” on Saturday, April 4 at this neighborhood Italian, which serves special $25 plates of wood-grilled meats like lamb and sausages, pizzas, homemade pastas, and market panzanella salad. The menu is offered exclusively on the outdoor patio.

Osteria Morini

301 Water St., SE

The regular brunch menu at this waterfront Italian restaurant gets a few festive additions, such as freshly-made hot cross buns and a rotisserie leg of lamb with buttery whipped potatoes.

Plume

1200 16th St., NW

This fine dining Easter celebration at the elegant Jefferson Hotel restaurant centers around a four-course menu with dishes like smoked Scottish salmon with red onion jam, crab cakes with grilled asparagus and a slow-cooked egg, and a shareable platter of desserts for the table ($105 per person; $55 for children 12 and under).

Poste

555 Eighth St., NW

Celebrate Easter early or late with an all-day prixe-fixe menu that runs from 11 to 8. The three-course lineup ($68 per person; $11 kids 12 and under) includes dishes like burrata with tomatoes, basil, and jamon, a duo of lamb, and seared scalloped with spring garlic.

Ripple

3417 Connecticut Ave., NW

Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley prepares a four-course meal that begins with a fresh pastry basket, followed by seasonal dishes like smoked sabelfish rilettes, baked eggs with wild mushrooms and herb salad, and raspberry beignets.

Ris

2275 L St., NW

Celebrate with a special menu that includes four courses such as smoked salmon deviled eggs, pistachio-crusted lamb, and a tres leches nest with sorbets for dessert. The restaurant also offers a new a la carte brunch menu alongside the prix-fixe.

Zaytinya

701 Ninth St., NW

Chef José Andrés hosts an annual two-week Greek Easter Festival. An outdoor marketplace on the restaurant’s patio is held on Saturday, April 4 with with Greek foods, pantry items, wines, and live music. A $35 prix-fixe brunch is served on Sunday, April 5 and 12 with springtime specials.

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Every morning, we'll let you know where to find lunch on wheels. By John Scarpinato

Happy Monday, food truck followers! Venture out of the office today and try chicken salad-stuffed avocado at El Fuego, pulled chicken tacos from Ooh Dat Chicken, or grilled Chilean sea bass at Chef Seb.

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