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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
We’re Game at H Street Country Club in Washington, DC

March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – Country clubs are often rarefied suburban spaces, known for their exclusivity and formal conservativeness. DC‘s H Street, on the other hand, is the terra firma of the urban anti-establishment, littered as it is with edgy music venues and hip bars that have risen from the ruins… (more)
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  • Sights & Activities
Celebrating 50 Years at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC

March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – 50 years may be a blip in the history of African art, given that the continent has been producing art and artistic objects for thousands of years. But, the half-century mark is a rather grand milestone for the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC,… (more)
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  • Spas
Waxes, Not Taxes, at Bliss in Washington, DC

March 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – Just like the federal budget, the spa culture in Washington, DC can seem perpetually out of balance, veering toward the formal and the stuffy at the expense of freewheeling leisure. But Bliss, a branch of the hip spa chain at the W Washington D.C., injects some… (more)
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  • Restaurants
Good Grub Sans Media Fanfare at Chef Geoff’s in Washington, DC

March 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – In an age when the Food Network has made the world’s top chefs international celebrities, it’s refreshing when accomplished cooks are humble enough to interface with the world primarily on a first-name basis. That’s definitely the case with local DC darling Geoff Tracy, better known to… (more)
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  • Nightlife
Rock Your World at Tattoo Bar in Washington, DC

March 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – Remember “glam metal”? The rock music phenomenon of the 1980s juxtaposed a gritty masculine aesthetic (leather, tattoos, motorcycle gear) with slick packaging (big hair, rhinestones, heavy makeup). That combo of edgy and polished we found so delicious in bands like Poison and Mötley Crüe is enjoying… (more)
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  • Sights & Activities
Minting Money at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

March 1, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – It used to be that becoming a millionaire was the pinnacle of success in America. Today, that notion seems almost quaint. The true zenith of financial triumph is not just making a million, but rather making millions of dollars in an instant. From tech IPOs to… (more)
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  • Spas
Waxing Philosophical at Skin Beauty Lounge in Washington, DC

February 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – The old adage “beauty is only skin deep” is a lovely philosophical sentiment about the importance of one’s inner character over external appearance. But Skin Beauty Lounge, a sweet salon/spa in DC‘s Eastern Market neighborhood, puts an entirely different twist on the saying. It’s a place… (more)
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  • Restaurants
Say Hi to Hello Cupcake in Washington, DC

February 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC, US – Perky, spic-and-span, and a little bit precious, Hello Cupcake is one of the friendliest cupcakeries that DC has to offer. The humble cupcake has become such a craze in DC that many of the most popular purveyors have frustratingly long lines (here’s looking at you, Georgetown… (more)
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  • Other
“App”-ventures: The Purple Passport Launches on Google Field Trip

February 20, 2014

Here at The Purple Passport, our love of travel was, in part, born out of our delight with that elementary school staple: the field trip. Field trips were opportunities to escape the regular routine, actively explore an unknown part of our world, and spread our wings (even if it was… (more)
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