Best of 2010

About 900 people pass through Flow’s doors weekly to take classes in Pilates, Afro-Brazilian dance and six styles of yoga, two of which — Jivamukti and Prana Flow — the studio helped introduce to D.C., says owner Debra Perlson-Mishalove. What started as one room in 2005 has become a two-story studio with 85 classes per […]

Ritaccino, Misto and Slenderini sound more like Italian superheroes than treats, but those are indeed the frozen desserts obtainable from any of the handful of Rita’s D.C. area stores. Spread the word: Froyo is out, and Peeps-flavored Italian ice is in. Cold Comfort: Most Rita’s locations close in the winter, but the H Street location […]

You may not have come into this 14th Street vintage den looking for a bar cart upholstered in studded white vinyl or a table lamp shaped like a geisha, but leaving with something as quirky as these seems likely, thanks to owner Pixie Windsor’s eclectic eye and low prices. By raiding estate sales and flea […]

Revolution Cycles has catered to local cyclists for years, but it scored bonus points in March when it opened its fifth location, in Crystal City (220 20th St., Arlington; 703-415-4560). That shop, called City Hub, is centered on bike-shares, community outreach and “hub spins,” or group rides. “Our sole goal of that store is to […]

In our wildest fantasies, we’re spending a Parisian evening with your standard Jean Philippe as he serenades us with Carla Bruni ditties. Shirlington’s Le Village Marche aims to satisfy any Francophile longings without the trans-Atlantic jet lag. Owner Angela Phelps, above, collects Belle Epoque teacups and aromatic soaps to sell at her boutique. “I love […]

When D.C. comes home from work, kicks back on the couch and pours itself a glass of wine, there’s only one man it wants to hear from. That man is nightly news anchor Jim Vance. You can catch Vance’s¬†grandfatherly specs, soothingly down-to-earth reads and occasionally even his hilarious misreadings of the prompter on NBC4 at […]

The House of Sweden reinforces a whole lot of stereotypes everyone already has about our tall Viking-descended friends. It’s a huge glass-fronted vision of Swedish modern architecture that looks like a really, really, really expensive Ikea showroom. As far as we can ascertain, they do not serve meatballs. They do, on occasion, serve up absolutely […]

We love D.C., not least for its Diverse, imaginative food, Falafel, half-smokes, these are hits To every lady, every dude. Yet, dear readers, from your votes The best cheap food is from a chain; Chipotle seems to float your boats For reasons that we can’t explain. » Chipotle, multiple locations. » SECOND PLACE: Five Guys, […]

In a crowded landscape of new eateries, Ping Pong stands out, thanks to its riffs on traditional fare and the friendly, plate-sharing atmosphere. Though they look wacky, most dishes are very traditional, says general manager Sherry Abedi: “We have dim sum chefs creating our menu for us.” Except for the chocolate bun, maybe. “You have […]

We have a lot of favorite happy hours, but when it comes to the sheer volume of deals available, we can’t argue with Chef Geoff’s. Six dollar burgers and $9 pizzas are all very well, but it’s the $8 supermugs that are the real draw. There’s something about those 34 ounces of beer, even when […]

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