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The magic of Neopol Savory Smokery

From a Baltimore shop, mother and son bring a unique approach to hot wood-smoking.


HANDOUT IMAGE: Filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia at the E Street Cinema on April 21.

A Syrian filmmaker depicts his country’s struggle

Orwa Nyrabia talks about “Return to Homs,” which screens at Filmfest DC on Wednesday.


We asked for masterpeeps. You delivered. Here are the winners of the 2014 Peeps Diorama Contest.

Peeps! It’s in the details

We asked for masterpeeps. You delivered. Here are the winners of the 2014 Peeps Diorama Contest.


This Mar. 17, 2014 photo shows an assortment of cocktail bitters in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Chat Leftovers: Those bitters bottles

They’re sitting on your shelf, waiting for you to mix a drink. But what if you could cook with them?


How one Spartan Race runner is building an empire

David Magida has his sights set on dominating the sport of obstacle running.

Weddings & Romance

Date Labbers Rui and Megan at Scion on March 4, 2014

She’s a bodybuilder in search of a date

Now he can say he’s dated a bodybuilder who also does improv comedy


This photo provided by The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota shows a snowy owl set to be released Saturday April 19, 2014, just outside of Superior, Wis. (AP Photo/The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota)

Fly away, snowy owl

The owl that visited Washington this winter has been released into the wild after getting new feathers.


Carolyn Hax: This real catch may be a bit too bossy

Beau worries that his breadwinning mate seems pushy on some important subjects.

Reliable Source

Governor Chris Christie won’t miss comedian David Letterman’s fat joke

According to a tweet, the New Jersey governor is a member of the Colbert Nation.


VENICE, ITALY - APRIL 4:  (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white)  A gondolier sails under a bridge in the S polo neighbourhood on April 4, 2014 in Venice, Italy. Venice was one of the most popular touristic destination during 2013 with more than 25 millions visitors walking along its lanes and canals.  (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

You, too, can learn to row like a Venetian gondolier

A lesson in Venetian rowing through the canals of the watery city.

Travel coverage

Home & Garden

Rosemary from the author's garden.

A year to replant rosemary

Most Washington winters don’t faze this aromatic herb, but this wasn’t most Washington winters.


One clothing company says ‘no’ to the thigh gap

Barbell Apparel is marketing “anti-thigh gap” jeans for those with tree trunk quadriceps.


Poll: Do you think youth sports have become too intense?

Tell us why, and share your stories about over-the-top parents or coaches.