Discover Something New at Home in Washington, D.C.
New Restaurant: Kapnos
Mike Isabella's brash Italian fare made him famous as a "Top Chef All-Star," but he's even better taking a lighter hand with Greek cuisine at Kapnos, in the U Street corridor. Its name means "smoke," and you can't go wrong following that spirit to the succulent, grill-charred goat and a tender, heat-kissed arctic char.
Place to Bring a Little "Home" Home with You: Cork Market
After ending your meal on U Street, amble a few blocks south to Cork Market, the retail spinoff of D.C.'s cult-favorite answer to the foodie-friendly wine bars of London and Paris. You'll find rare, well-curated bottles to impress your relatives plus a selection of local baked goods and imported treats that make perfect last-minute gifts.
Word on the Street
Washington's hottest topic this year is nonpartisan -- whether the Redskins should change their name amid protests from American Indian groups. If you don't have an opinion on that one, try uniting your family table in frustration at when the Metro finally will be extended to Dulles airport. (Middle of next year? Maybe.)
Elana Schor is one of a small group of New York City natives who prefers D.C., where she has lived for eight years. Her favorite local activities are running the Mall, paddling the Potomac, gawking at the Smithsonian and sampling all the homemade pop-tarts at Ted's Bulletin.