AT MAYDAN, TAKE A CULINARY ADVENTURE FROM MOROCCO TO GEORGIA

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(Photo by Kate Warren)

Food is one of the best ways to learn about and experience other countries and cultures. That’s certainly the case at Maydan (1346 Florida Ave. NW), one of D.C.’s newest restaurants. The concept opened November 21 and embraces recipes and cooking techniques from a hand full of countries including Morocco, Turkey, and Georgia.

The word Maydan fittingly translates into “town square,” and the restaurant layout certainly lives up to that name. The open dining room and bar is both bustling and cozy, making guests feel like they’ve been transported from the streets of D.C. to a gathering place halfway across the world. At the center of it all is an attention-grabbing hearth,  which is used to cook just about everything on Maydan’s varied menu (it also does a pretty good job helping to heat the space on cool winter nights). AT MAYDAN, TAKE A CULINARY ADVENTURE FROM MOROCCO TO GEORGIA

“The kitchen is huge, with an over-sized marble island with an embedded stainless steel gas cooktop so you can pretend you’re on your very own cooking show, except every episode ends with your family ordering pizza and then two days later one of them is diagnosed with botulism.”

“The kitchen is huge, with an over-sized marble island with an embedded stainless steel gas cooktop so you can pretend you’re on your very own cooking show, except every episode ends with your family ordering pizza and then two days later one of them is diagnosed with botulism.”

THE WORST COMMUTE IN DC IS THE WORST COMMUTE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD

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A recent article that ranked DC as having the worst commute in the nation made me remember when, for a whole year, I had the worst commute in DC, and thus the worst commute in America, and possibly the entire world. Shaw to Herndon, via two trains (the Green to the Orange) and then a Metrobus from the West Falls Church station for a last stretch that took me within five minutes of Dulles. Two hours each way, Monday through Friday.

I’d get out of bed at 7:40, often still slightly drunk, shower and dress in fifteen minutes, and be on a train at 8. I usually woke up around 8:15, somewhere between Mount Vernon Square and Archives. If I gained full consciousness before Gallery Place, I’d sprint out to catch the Red Line over to Metro Center, a shortcut that allowed me to skip the dogleg down to L’Enfant and over and up through Smithsonian and Federal Triangle, a savings of four stops and around ten minutes. Occasionally this shortcut backfired, if the Red Line was delayed or packed to capacity, and I’d be stranded in the Gallery Place station crowd, mentally tracking the progress of the train I should’ve stayed on, which inevitably led to mentally tracking the life I should’ve been living, an alternate existence that was short on details other than the fact that in that parallel dimension I was still in bed.

THE WORST COMMUTE IN DC IS THE WORST COMMUTE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD

THE DISTRICT’S BEST HOLIDAY-FUELED & LIGHTS FESTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND YOU CAN’T MISS

Okay, you know how there are those people that absolutely hate it when they start to hear Christmas music in November? The same people that can’t stand to see Christmas lights, festivities and holiday sales out just before Black Friday? Well, this post is not for them.

No, my friends, this post is for those of us that get insanely giddy every time we start to hear the old school oliday  music echo through the corridors of the  mall. This is for those of us that are pushing 30 and still taking their pictures with Santa.

THE DISTRICT’S BEST HOLIDAY-FUELED & LIGHTS FESTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND YOU CAN’T MISS

RING IN THE WEEKEND HITLIST

Okay, so you’ve eaten so much holiday goodness that you’re full to the brim like a stuffed turkey and you’ve put in the mandatory face-to-face time with the crazy fam. Now, all you’re looking to do is find a way to get out and hang loose for this holiday long weekend.

Well, you’re in luck because we’ve brought you a fun-loving Holiday Weekend Hitlist chock full of the top events this weekend. RING IN THE WEEKEND HITLIST