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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)
Photo courtesy of Jeri Gloge on Flickr Creative Commons
  • 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)
Photo of shopping on the U Street Corridor courtesy of Elvert Barnes on Flickr Creative Commons
  • Shopping
Flirty Fashions, Grandmotherly Wisdom at Lettie Gooch in Washington, DC

March 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – If “Lettie Gooch” sounds like an old-fashioned granny’s name, that’s because, well…, it is. This chic women’s fashion boutique in DC‘s U Street Corridor is named after owner Theresa Watts’s grandmother, whom she describes as an “inspiring turn-of-the century woman.” Sounds like one hip granny! The… (more)
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  • Hotels
Signed, Sealed, Delivered at Hotel Monaco Washington DC

March 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – In an age of online bill pay and Facebook Messenger, there’s something kind of romantic about heading to the post office to send an actual letter. Post offices remind us of a slower world in which missives written in longhand wended their way to recipients over… (more)
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  • Restaurants
Duck, Duck, Roots at Blue Duck Tavern in Washington, DC

March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – Though it’s ensconced in the sexy Park Hyatt Washington, designed by the ultra-urbane Tony Chi, and frequented by DC‘s political elite, Blue Duck Tavern manages to be an authentically “folksy” dining experience. A meal here whisks us to America’s heartland through its rustic décor and down-home… (more)
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  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
St. Patrick’s Day Favorites in New York City

March 17, 2014

NEW YORK, US – If you didn’t wear green today, no doubt you’ve been in a “pinch” to find something emerald hued to head out in for St. Patrick’s Day festivities tonight. And if you happen to be in New York, oh what a festive night it’s shaping up to… (more)
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