Tourist season in D.C. is rapidly approaching. (Patterson Clark /The Washington Post)

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Every Friday afternoon in our #DMVReads picks, we highlight five of the best stories from the local blogosphere. If you have a local blog post you’d like to be considered, submit the link here.

Here are the top blog posts from the past week:

— Monumental Thoughts has some tips for locals on the best way to handle tourists as they begin to descend upon D.C.

— We Love DC checks in at the Embassy Chef Challenge and reports back with pictures and reviews of the top dishes.

— Bacon’s Rebellion thinks there are some positives to take away following the close of the Virginia Assembly’s contentious session.

— Truth About It gives a scouting report on Nene, the newest member of the Wizards, who was acquired in a trade Thursday.

— DC Urban Turf attempts to shed some light on all the complex steps that go into creating new real estate developments.