Washington DC, United States
Susie, 1
Helicopter Pilot and Adventurer at Large
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a commercial helicopter pilot. I do it because it's one of the most amazing things I have ever done. I also use my skills to help with animal conservation in Africa and Asia.

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

Sunday Afternoon by Rachael Yamagata, Glory Box by Portishead, Special by Garbage, Shake It Out by Florence + the Machine, Dancing On My Own by Robyn, Put Your Arms Around Me by Texas, Hurt (the Johnny Cash version), Lyin' by Bishop Briggs

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Firefly; BSG; Felicity; Gilmore Girls; older Law & Order SVU; Blackadder; Sherlock AND Elementary

Name some spots in Washington DC that are good for a Tinder date.

Lincoln Memorial, Union Market, Dirty Habit, Left Door, any of the Smithsonian Museums, but especially Air & Space

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Goodwill, Oasis, Nordstrom's, Saks, J. Crew, Anthropologie, Boden, Rent The Runway, Outdoor Voices

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

Go to lectures at the Smithsonian

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

Pretty much the entire menu at Minibar

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Washington DC that you particularly like?

Captain Gregory's (but it's in Old Town Alexandria)

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?

Minibar, the equivalent of some people's rent, the tasting menu

What restaurant in Washington DC looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Panda Gourmet

Where can you get the best cocktail in Washington DC? Which one do you like?

As of this week, Quill. Sidecar

Where would you take your partner in Washington DC if you wanted to really pamper them?

Salamander Resort in Middleburg, VA

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Washington DC?

Barracks Row

What are the Washington DC spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Monuments at night, the Smithsonian museums, Penn Quarter, Shaw/U Street Corridor, Capitol Hill

Tomorrow’s your last day in Washington DC. How do you spend it?

I would go and take a spin or pilates class in the morning, then I would have an apple fritter from Sugar Shack. I would then walk around the museums and look at my favorite pieces, go have Happy Hour at the Gibson or Captain Gregory's, and then go grab dinner at Pineapple and Pearls, followed by a nice walk by the monuments at night.

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

As cliche as it is, Paris, because I always feel a sense of home when I get there.

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