Sweets We’ve Soured On

We’ve had enough cupcakes to declare frosting dead to us, and the doughnut craze seems to be sprinkling out. So, what overpriced sweets will fill the void in 2014? Perhaps it’s time for the humble muffin to have its moment. Until then, we look back at our past addictions and their scale-tipping point — that moment when we collectively sighed, “OK, enough already!”


Everlasting Love

Virginia’s license plates are getting a makeover in March. The new standard tags will proclaim “Virginia is for Lovers,” the state’s official travel slogan — which turns 45 this year. Try to focus really hard on those words the next time someone cuts you off and snatches your parking spot. Some things to know as you celebrate the commonwealth’s amorous anniversary:

  • The slogan first appeared in an ad in the March 1969 issue of “Modern Bride,” shown left.
  • “Virginia is for Lovers” was inducted into the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame in 2009. (The winners are celebrated on plaques on Madison Avenue between 49th and 50th streets in Manhattan.)
  • Forbes named it one of the top 10 travel campaigns of all time. In 2012, domestic travelers spent $21.2 billion dollars in Virginia.
  • Maryland is for crabs.


Pinstripes — a more than 30,000-square-foot restaurant set to open later this month in Georgetown — is hardly the first place to serve food with a side of recreational sports. Gallery Place’s Lucky Strike has bowling lanes and burgers, H Street Country Club in Northeast dishes up both Mexican food and mini golf, Penn Social serves sandwiches with a side of cornhole … and there’s always that old childhood staple, Chuck E. Cheese. But Pinstripes does have its own offbeat niche.


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