Ms. Vedral Goes to Washington: Café Milano

Prior to moving to DC, I had been warned by…pretty much everyone…that my foodie proclivities would need to be adjusted. And experience had also brought this to bear: I once had Thai food at a restaurant with a punny name that used regular broccoli instead of Chinese broccoli in its Pad See Ew. I’d been…

Ms. Vedral Goes to Washington: POV

Living in a city that is constantly flooded with tourists for most of my life, you learn to be cool and nonchalant about all the amazing things your city has to offer. New Yorkers don’t go to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building except on school trips or with out-of-town guests. So…

How DC Style Got Her Rock Opera Back

Though only in town for one weekend, Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Rock Opera encompassed a season’s worth of theater fun.  Featuring a cast of formidable talents, whose actors have appeared in Tony award winning shows like In The Heights ranging all the way to the original cast of Cats.  The Sidney Harmon Hall stage…

DC Style Is…Polite

It is a pleasure to see you here at DC Style Is Real. It’s a difficult time for our fair city, so we really must stick together. Cable channel talking heads scream at us that the days of civility in Washington are over. Angry partisanship is the new normal and the old days—which, by virtue…

Go Through The Red Door

So, you know back when you were in junior high, and you thought it’d be the coolest if you could just get away from your little suburb and go to some loft in Washington Square and be with people as cool as you are?  People who really cared about the music?  People who didn’t care…

Mixing Guide: In the Know at The Gibson

The Gibson is great. Everything about it makes us geeky DC wonks feel hip: You can imagine that guests and passers-by are impressed at how in-the-know you are for striding confidently through the unmarked entrance. The stylish, moody interior makes everyone look mysterious and alluring. And no one else in DC makes cocktails this good….

Lunch Special: Central Michel Richard

Here’s the short version:  if you want to eat at Central and spend under $100, you must go at lunch. And the long version: It’s so worth it!  Not only are you getting a great deal, you’re having a little workday holiday.  But the food is, of course, the main draw.  Now until November 11,…

Russia House a Regal Getaway

Happy Columbus Day!  Apart from that, the blog is back.  Yes, we had a summer hiatus, but now that cooler weather has arrived, there is no need to lay in front of an AC unit clutching a glass of iced Diet Coke and thinking of reasons not to go outside. Wow, that seems like a…

It’s Still Summer. Own It.

August in Washington can seem like a big pile of blah. Despite our best efforts, the pace of the city is still set by those crazy Congressmen, and when the Hill departs en masse, the rest of us tend to go on mental vacation. While there is something to be said for the occasional lazy…

Fanny Pack Backlash

Not everyone appreciated my tourist diatribe, especially the fanny pack lovers hiding out there.  See below. It’s war DC Style is Real! When Googling the history of the fanny pack, one finds that amazingly enough, it is unknown who first fashioned this convenient, hands-free carrying device, so fondly displayed across the bums of many throughout…

Sigh, Satisfied Shrug, Smile. It’s Independence Day in DC.

Ahh, Independence Day. The blazing heat, the cookouts, the booze. Togetherness. And then there’s the fireworks. Everyone knows about the iconic show on the Mall, the Washington Monument serving as stoic backdrop. Thousands of cheering, sweaty people. This is our Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The National Park Service put on a grand pyrotechnic…