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What do you do and why do you do it?
I work a desk job because it pays the bills. I work some nights in a restaurant because it's lively. I consistently forget to open my mail because if it was anything important, I'd get a phone call, I think.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
The Cure - Bloodflowers.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
The Odd Couple, The Wire, The Sopranos, Full House
Name some spots in Washington DC that are good for a Tinder date.
I'm happily married. I don't even know how to use Tinder. I guess you'd want somewhere well-lit and somewhat crowded? Little Miss Whiskey's on H St
Who’s your hero and where in Washington DC would you take them out for a serious hang?
John Cena (After the Children's Hospital to fulfill a small child's Make-A-Wish wish) - we'd go get a salad at Sweetgreen.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Shirts from Hugh & Crye. The J. Crew Men's Shop on 14th St.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Friendship Heights / Bethesda. I used to work there. It's ultra bland and very uninteresting.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Wake up super early and tour the monuments. The construction on the national mall is neverending.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Washington DC and where did you get it?
Every winter, Rose's Luxury does some kind of truffle pasta. A few years back it was rigatoni in a parmesan cream sauce covered in black truffles. I felt my arteries clogging with every bite, but it was sublime.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Washington DC that you particularly like?
Not really hidden, but the bar at the Black Cat is a great place to just grab a beer or a strong drink and hang out with friends.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Washington DC? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Pineapple & Pearls - An amazing multi-hour tasting menu at a two Michelin-Star restaurant. It's $325 / person, but it's worth every penny. I will forever remember the taste of the egg-drop soup that was made table-side.
What restaurant in Washington DC looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Duccini's Pizza. Giant pizza slices that will soak up anything you drank that night.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Washington DC? Which one do you like?
The French 75 at Barmini.
Where would you take your partner in Washington DC if you wanted to really pamper them?
Brunch at the Blue Duck Tavern, followed by a spa day at the Park Hyatt
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Go to Ben's Chili Bowl, get the (veggie) chili-cheese fries. The halfsmoke is whatever, but the chili cheese fries are the real key.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Washington DC?
The White House. It's literally the only place on the planet where street hockey is still a thing.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Washington DC?
Iron Gate. Grabbing a drink at the bar here is always a great experience. And dinner in the courtyard (if the weather's nice) is super romantic.
What are the Washington DC spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Start your day super early and walk the Georgetown waterfront. Head to the Washington Monument and the WWII Memorial. Also, the Vietnam War Memorial.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Washington DC. How do you spend it?
Packing my bags! Followed by dinner at Tail Up Goat.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Seattle - for its food and coffee. Philadelphia - to just walk from end-to-end and eat all day long.