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  • Restaurants
“Chic-o” de Mayo: Celebrate Mexican Heritage in Style

May 5, 2014

GLOBAL – The fifth of May is an annual celebration of Mexican pride, commemorating as it does a Mexican victory over French forces back in 1862. In the US and Europe, the fiestas that mark Cinco de Mayo often tend to be of the kitschy kind, in which the only… (more)
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  • Nightlife
A Taste of Miami at DNV Rooftop Pool Bar in Washington, DC

April 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – At first glance, Miami and Washington, DC couldn’t be more different cities. Miami’s focus is on the beach, whereas DC’s focus is on The Beltway. Miami’s swaying palm trees are symbols of tropical relaxation; DC’s iconic Japanese cherry trees are emblems of international diplomacy. Miami nightlife… (more)
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  • Sights & Activities
War History, with a Workout, at The Pentagon in Washington, DC

April 25, 2014

ARLINGTON, VA – The nerve center of our nation’s military, The Pentagon has long been synonymous with the U.S. Department of Defense. This iconic building just outside of Washington, DC, is where delicate military operations are coordinated, wars are strategized, and matters of national security are paramount. Back in the… (more)
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From “The Mall” to “the mall” at Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia

April 24, 2014

McLEAN, VIRGINIA – On the tourist circuit in Washington, DC, the National Mall (or, as it’s affectionately known, “The Mall”) gets an awful lot of attention. What with all the museums and monuments−from the National Air and Space Museum to the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument… (more)
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Tapas, with a Side of Coachella, at Tinto in Palm Springs

April 21, 2014

PALM SPRINGS, CA – It’s become a tradition of mine to come out to the Palm Springs area on one of the two weekends of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, known to adherents as simply “Coachella.” I don’t actually buy a ticket to the festival−the USD 400+… (more)
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  • Hotels
Zen, not Xanax, at Hotel Madera in Washington, DC

April 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – With its tranquil Japanese cherry trees and lush National Mall, Washington, DC may appear to outsiders as a serene, stately capital where the calm natural landscape complements the composed implementation of the nation’s business. Of course, as we all know, bubbling barely below the surface is an… (more)
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  • Restaurants
America the Edible at Founding Farmers in Washington, DC

April 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – From amber waves of grain to the fruited plain, one of the most celebrated aspects of America is its fertile farming heritage. We are, in fact, a nation founded by farmers, given that George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all tended the soil… (more)
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  • Spas
Power Bobs with Panache at Andre Chreky in Washington, DC

April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – Women’s hair in Washington has always gotten a lot of attention−often of the misguided sort. In the classically male-dominated political game, ladies with clout tend to be picked apart for their coif more than their policies. Remember the hoopla over Sarah Palin’s big bangs and high-rise… (more)
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  • Nightlife
Clubbing Paradise at Eden in Washington, DC

April 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – A jungle theme. Neon strobe lights. Thumping house music DJs. Sparkler-lit champagne bottles. Drop-ins by Drake and members of the Wu Tang Clan. Sounds like you must be smack in the middle of a hot South Beach nightclub in Miami, right? Nope, you’re actually at Eden,… (more)
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  • Sights & Activities
Hop the Globe on Embassy Row in Washington, DC

April 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – Here at The Purple Passport, we’re pretty big fans of collecting as many stamps in our passports as possible. Aside from doing, say, a whirlwind Europe-in-10-days trip, we can’t think of a better way to collect a bunch of stamps in a short period of time… (more)
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