If Walls Could Talk / 27.01.2012

I'm really excited about doing this one and I'm sure there are a few of you out there that are really going to enjoy learning about our favorite spot, Kramerbooks. Since 1976, this place has been a favorite place to find a book, grab a bite, some beer, or have some coffee and chat over dessert. Some of you may even remember when it hit the national spotlight in the late 90s when they refused to disclose Monica Lewinksy's book purchases after being subpoenaed by Ken Starr. Dupont would not be what it is today without this establishment and it's clear that our President and his daughters agree. So, let's get started with the next "If Walls Could Talk," Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. By the way, let me prepare you for some serious turnover at this address. You'll see what I'm talking about.
Featured, If Walls Could Talk / 20.01.2012

Big Bear Cafe is a lovely coffee shop which has warmed up Bloomingdale residents since 2007. It's a favorite of many in the neighborhood and, for better or worse, people in other neighborhoods (this Portlandia clip is very àpropos). It's Friday afternoon and we're on the cusp of a chilly, rainy weekend. So, let me say that there's no better place to go for a nice hot chocolate, chai or cup of joe than Big Bear. Get there early if you plan on relaxing with the paper (or iPad), because half the neighborhood will probably have the same idea. Since I'm always in a coffee mood and want to hit up a different part of the city, my next "If Walls Could Talk" will be about the neighborhood hang out at 1700 1st St. NW. Thanks to Flickr user quinnums for this great photo. Check out the other awesome Bloomingdale photos she has on Flickr. This is awesome and so is this. Oh, and this one. I don't know Quinn, but she takes some nice pictures. Maybe I can do the history on some of those houses.
Notable People & Places / 08.01.2012

Wow, this one is gold. Jimi Hendrix played the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Ave. NW -- the same one where Hinkley shot Reagan in 1981. That's right, the guitar god himself played to 4,000 fans in the hotel's international ballroom on March 10th, 1968, accompanied by his bandmates, Noel Redding (drums) and Mitch Mitchell (bass). This one might be cooler than the Beatles playing D.C. in 1964, but I don't want to spark a giant musical debate. They're both awesome finds. Check out the photo below of Jimi tearing up the stage.