Washington DC, United States
Jadd, 29
Digital strategist, foodie, friend
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work for a creative agency as a content strategist. I do it because I love making functional websites that also make people say "wow!"

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Morrissey, Frank Ocean, Sia, Boyz II Men, "Everybody hurts" by REM, and if I really am down, early '00s Dashboard Confessional.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Mad Men will always be my #1, The Wire, Park and Rec, Atlanta, Homeland, Game of Thrones, The list goes on...

Name some spots in Washington, D.C. that are good for a Tinder date.

Man, that really depends on the person(s). Someplace semi-quiet so the two can really connect, but close enough to the action if they really hit it off. Places like: The Royal, Satellite Room, The Shepherd, or Atlas Arcade.

Who’s your hero and where in Washington, D.C. would you take them out for a serious hang?

I'm not sure if I have any heroes. Regardless, if it is someone I hold in high regard I'm taking them to Boundary Stone - A no frills whiskey bar with excellent ambiance and way-too-good-to-be-served-at-a-bar fare.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I'll check the local vintage stores around 18th and U NW for cool vintage T-shirts, but the J. Crew men's shop & Marine Layer on 14th street dominate my wardrobe.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Any "club" with an artificial waiting line and/or a "list." There is enough pretense on the capitol, we don't need that in our bars.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Probably the REALLY touristy things. I love all the Smithsonian Museums and the Mall/Monuments really are beautiful when you stop and look at them.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Washington, D.C. and where did you get it?

I had a mac and cheese waffle topped with brisket chili and cheese sauce at Wicked Bloom. I actually heard my arteries clogging with each bite, but it was 100% worth it.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Washington, D.C. that you particularly like?

I mentioned this before, but I love Boundary Stone in Bloomingdale. It just feels like a perfect neighborhood bar. There are other amazing bars in different neighborhoods like Trusty's in Hill East, Looking Glass Lounge or the Petworth Citizen in Petworth, Exiles on U St, or The Tombs in Georgetown.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Washington, D.C.? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Pineapple and Pearls will run you $280 per person for a 8+ course meal. It recently got 2 Michelin stars in their first ever D.C. guide, and it is definitely the most expensive meal in the city. The menu changes daily, but the pea soup was the highlight when I went!

What restaurant in Washington, D.C. looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

It is actually just outside the city, but El charrito caminante in arlington is amazing El Salvadorian and Mexican. The place has no real tables - just a counter and a few stools, and all the restaurant supplies are in full view instead of in storage but the food is some of the most delicious and authentic I have found in the area.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Washington, D.C.? Which one do you like?

Cocktail bars are plentiful in the city. Places like Jack Rose, The Shepherd, Columbia Room, The Gibson, Barmini, and 2 Birds 1 Stone all put their heart and soul into their drinks and it shows. My recommendation is to order "The Rickey" whenever you can find it on a menu - it was created here in D.C. and is the unofficial cocktail of The District.

Where would you take your partner in Washington, D.C. if you wanted to really pamper them?

Roses Luxury. Amazing food, service and atmosphere without all the pretense that can occasionally come with "high end" dining in D.C.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

D.C. is a melting pot so not too many things are exclusive to the area. If you're visiting in the summer seek out Chesapeake Bay blue crabs. They are usually served by the bushel, outdoors and on a picnic table. It may take you a few tries to get the hang of opening them but the effort is worth it. Another local favorite is the Halfsmoke - It is similar to a hot dog, but usually larger, spicier, and with more coarsely-ground meat, the sausage is often half-pork and half-beef, smoked, and served with herbs, onion, and chili sauce.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Washington, D.C.?

Georgetown. It is historic, but now mostly occupied by high end fashion chains you can find in any big city.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Washington, D.C.?

Ivy City. An out of the way area that was once just a smattering of abandoned warehouses is now a bustling area with a brewery, restaurants and unique bars.

What are the Washington, D.C. spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The Mall. It will be packed with fellow tourists, but the Smithsonian Museums are free and the monuments are simply beautiful.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

It is too hard to pick a favorite. I just got back from Rome and the history of the city was incredible. I was blown away by its beauty.

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