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Native Washingtonian 101 – It’s “War-shington”

Want to sound like a local? Here’s the first clue – we say “War-shington.” Yes, we sneak an “r” in there. I don’t know why. It’s not because this town makes war on other countries. It’s just something we say … Continue reading

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Washington 101 – Filomena is the best Italian restaurant

OK, let’s start a fight over the best Italian restaurant in town. Maggiano’s on Wisconsin Ave. is a contender. Carmine’s on 7th St. N.W. is a fan favorite. But I’m going with Filomena in Georgetown. I first heard of this … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian: Cherry blossoms beyond Tidal Basin

They’re coming, and I’m not just talking about the cherry blossoms. More than 1 million people will crowd around the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms with the peak expected to be later this year around April 11. (This … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 — Ted’s Bulletin

I have a new favorite restaurant in town – Ted’s Bulletin. I’m not quite sure how to describe the old-style eatery on 8th & E Sts. SE. Parts of it feel like the 1930s, others like the 1960s. Either way, … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – It’s not D.C.

Locals refer to themselves as Washingtonians. We don’t say D.C. At most we’ll refer to the city as “The District.” I really hate this new “DMV” trend. That’s the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, not D.C.-MD-VA. Suburbanites will say D.C., usually … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – Stand right, walk left

When vacationing in Manhattan, I was surprised over how angry locals were over tourists gumming up the sidewalks. One actually wrote in chalk on the sidewalks, drawing tourists on the right side and local express lane on the left. I … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 — Talking half smokes

Looking for local delicacy? Forget crabs – get a half smoke. Half smokes are hot dogs combined with sausage and well, let’s just say other stuff. Whatever, it just tastes good. They’re bigger and tastier than regular hot dogs. I … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101: Hang in there

Tourists often have a very distorted view of Washington. They commonly associate us with politicians they elect to send here. I tell them we’re just everyday folks who house the federal government. I’ve traveled the world and most of the … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101: Beating the heat

We’re into the dog days of summer when high humidity makes even upper 80 degrees feel intolerable. So after watching so many people nearly drop from the heat while walking around our monuments, let this native son of Washington offer … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – Spring’s coming and so are tourists

This isn’t a cherry blossom tree. It’s an ash tree in my yard. But where one tree blossoms, soon will those around the Tidal Basin. And then here comes the boom — of tourists. I know, I felt the same … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – we’re not rich as people think

One night on tour, a visitor told me she heard Rush Limbaugh say that everybody in Washington made more than $100,000. I told her it wasn’t true, she said it was. “Lady, if I made $100,000 a year do you … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101: Where to eat

Tour guides are often asked where’s the best place to eat. Well, maybe they just ask me that because my size indicates I know a thing or two about buffets. It all depends on your tastes, but here are a … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 — Z Burger

You’ve just toured the National Cathedral on Wisconsin Ave. and trying to decide on lunch. Do you want to turn back into the city for Georgetown and pricey fare or just grab a burger locally? Turn right (away from the … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101: Snowbound once again

Ok, we blew it. Six inches of snow and suddenly Washington wasn’t just gridlocked, it was a Siberian prison. Cars were simply abandoned on major roadways. Like a tidal wave was coming and we couldn’t wait any longer. Everyone has … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – How to really tick us off

Washington is a southern city despite recent declarations we don’t sound southern anymore. Federal City has always been a transient town since opening more than 200 years ago, but head to the southern suburbs and you’ll still hear “y’all” while … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101 – Why we hate Dallas

Why do Washingtonians chant “We want Dallas” practically every chance they get? It’s a rivalry thing. Washington is a Redskins town. Please tell me you know the Redskins are football team or you can stop reading now. That and my … Continue reading

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