Tenleytown (Washington, DC)
By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Guapo's is a neighborhood hangout in Tenleytown, one of my favorite DC neighborhoods.  Last week, I had shared a wonderful dinner, complete with a pitcher of Guapo's fabulous margaritas, on their front outside deck, and I kept noticing the how pretty the flower boxes were, full of mostly petunias.  So here  are a few of them!     OK!  Now I have this huge urge to sip a Guapo's margarita.  And if I lived in Tenleytown, with it's enviable walk score, I could just drop by, and probably run into a bunch of neighbors.  
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Every time I've gone to Murasaki for sushi, the parking gods have found me a parking space a few steps from the front door.  Now that is an auspicious beginning to a wonderful meal. The plan was to pull out my iPhone and snap shots of the artfully prepared dishes before digging in.  But no such luck.  We just scarfed them down, then I remembered the photos.  But you can go to the Murasaki's menu to see them for yourselves. My recommendations? The Dragon Roll is fun to look at and tastes quite wonderful.  And if you are a Redskins fan, you can try the Redskins Role, which mixes shrimp tempura and spicy tuna.  Actually, I've eaten here a bunch of times, never ordered the same thing twice, and have always loved their sushi. It's very much a neighborhood restaurants, where you will find cou...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Several times a week, I drive by this brick and sandstone fort sits on the highest elevation in Washington.  Dating back to 1861, Fort Reno was one of a circle of forts built around the city to defend Washington from the Confederate Army.  Whenever there is a big fireworks display scheduled downtown (like maybe for President Obama's second inaugural?) many residents of Tenleytown head for this hill instead of going downtown to fight the crowds.  And in the summertime, Fort Reno is a popular venue for local musicians to give free concerts.    If you are planning a move to or from the Washington, DC area, I can help!  I am licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  Email me at Housepat@mac.com, or call 202-549-5167 SEARCH ALL LISTINGS IN THE DC METRO AREA
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Washington, DC's Dancing Crab:  Reopened at Last About 30 years ago, when I first moved to Washington, DC, a date brought me to dinner at the Dancing Crab in Tenleytown.  It was one of those really funky looking places where you just know  the crabs will be wonderful - the kind of place that my old grandmother could pick out from miles away.  And over the years, I've enjoyed many wonderful meals of Maryland crabs with all the accouterments - hushpuppies, potato salad and beer.  Then, a few weeks ago, I brought some friends there to find it closed!  Oh no!  We had to cross the street and eat sushi! Coming home from work, I noticed a sign saying it was open again, so we went back last night.  It's open indeed, and it's under new management!  When you walk through the door, the fellow on t...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Starting My Diet at Sur la Table Last week it hit me.  I have to lose a bunch of weight.  In the very near future, I'm going to need double knee replacement surgery, and it's going to have a much better outcome if I am lighter and in better shape.  Still, over the past few years, I've tried all of the things that used to work, including Adkins and Weight Watchers.  The results were, to say the least, disappointing. And I realized - I don't know how to do it.  So I found a doctor who does and am just doing what he tells me to do. And like they all say, it's about diet and exercise.  Rats.  And I was looking for a magic fat melting pill! So Monday, I picked up a bunch of packets of meal replacement powder mixes for three meals.  At night I'm eating a lean and green dinner. And there is a ...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Cafe of India:  If You Forgot to Make Reservations at Le Chat Noir A lot of the time, you can't get into Le Chat Noir without reservations, but when they are full with an hour and a half wait, don't give up.  Right next door there is the Cafe of India. That's how we discovered the place.  And I'm glad we did.  It's become one of my favorites in Tenleytown. The menu is fun.  We started off with an appetizer of crackling spinach.  It's one of those dishes that I could not possibly reproduce.  And the rest was a treat, whether you are a vegetarian or a carnivore.  Since the night we couldn't get into Le Chat Noir, we've eaten at Cafe of India a bunch of times.  And every time we go there, they treat us like we are their best and favorite customers.  It's sort of the way I want my own clien...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Washington's Own Le Chat Noir When I was in college, I worked my way through as a ticket agent for the old Eastern Airlines, and every chance I got, I hopped a flight to Paris.  But it wasn’t until my last trip a few years ago that I finally found my way to Montmartre in search for Le Chat Noir.  Then I found out that it closed sometime in the late 19th century.  The closest I came was the kitty at the bottom of this post who happened to cross my path while I was there. And just by coincidence, there is another Le Chat Noir a great little DC French restaurant.  And it is my favorite place to go with friends for dinner.  While they have a great menu of all of the French classics, my favorite is Moules Frites.  The moules are in this wine and butter and garlic sauce that is just amazing, ...
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