Hot hoods: Del Ray

Strollers and canines might fill the streets in this homey Alexandria nook. And with or without your dog and baby, it remains one of the best spots around to live, or even spend a day.

Face Time: Steven Raichlen

Born in Japan and raised in Baltimore, Steven Raichlen took his French literature degree and somehow turned into one of the world’s foremost experts on barbecue. The host of PBS’ “Primal Grill” and author of 28 cookbooks — including “The Barbecue Bible” and his latest, “Best Ribs Ever” ($14, Workman Publishing) — will discuss the […]

Malcolm Mitchell

Malcolm Mitchell is like a lot of chefs: He dreams of being the Food Network’s next big thing. The only difference: He has a good chance at actually getting his name on the cable giant’s line-up. The Washingtonian is a finalist on Season 8 of “Food Network Star,” (Sun., 9 p.m.) Mitchell, an exmember of […]

Capital Questions

The answer: A gray sliver of facial hair still associated with a game show more than a decade after it’s been shaved off. What is Alex Trebek’s mustache? Indeed, “mustache” was the first word that sprang to mind when CNN’s Lizzy O’Leary — a contestant on this week’s “Jeopardy! Power Players Week” — was asked […]

Face Time: Robert Irvine

The most muscle-bound of the Food Network stars, chef Robert Irvine travels the country to recast failing restaurants in just two days and with only $10,000 on “Restaurant: Impossible” (Wed., 10 p.m.). With 38 episodes done and another 40 on the way, the second-chance reality program is a hit. It brings Irvine to D.C. March […]

Oscar's Imperfect Ten: Educated Oscar Guesses

DESPERATE FOR TELEVISION ratings, eager for public interest and hell-bent on connecting with the average filmgoer — whoever that may be — the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences will present a watered-down list of 10 Best Picture nominees this Sunday. It’s the first time since 1943 that the Academy Awards contenders are in double […]

When the Game Began: LeBron James' 'More Than a Game'

This post was originally published Oct. 15, 2009. LEBRON JAMES IS slumped on a couch, his head on a pillow with both eyes closed. Eventually, he rouses himself to take a handful of peanuts. Despite the “Basketball Is My Life” slogan on his T-shirt in a posh downtown D.C. hotel, James is meeting with reporters […]

Bauer by Hour: To Be Continued …

Matt Swenson has lived to tell about seven “24” finales. The following takes place between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. IF YOU ARE A CHILD of the ’80s, and your faithful “24” blogger most certainly is, than you have “Back to the Future” pretty much memorized line by line. And as we all recall, the […]

Bauer by Hour: Last Stop, Washington Center?

Matt Swenson knows the Metro, and this isn’t the Metro. The following takes place between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. REALITY IS NOT the strong suit of “24.” Never has been; never will be. But when Tony Almeida tells the poor patsy he’s out to frame for a terrorist attack to take the Metro westbound […]