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Springtime is our capital's most bipartisan pleasure


Gazing at the cherry trees in our nation's capital may be a cliche touristy, but strolling among the blossoms in full blush, Usually between late March and early April Tends to silence Objections. The scene is dreamlike. Along the path around the Tidal Basin, between the Potomac River and the south end of the National Mall, a crush of branches explodes with clusters the color of cotton candy (more than Georgia's delicate and pale pink-flowering dogwoods). Japan gave 3, 020 trees of synthesis to the U.S. as a token of friendship in 1912, and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival -held this year between March 20 and April 14, with a parade on April 13 began in in 1935.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial sits on the southeast corner of the Tidal Basin. Its site stirred public disapproval When chosen in 1937 as some cherry trees had to be removed. Memorials always rouse controversy of some sort, It Seems. When the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial which completed opposite the Jefferson Memorial in August 2011, another uproar Arose. An inscription on the side of the thirty-foot statue of King misquoted as saying, "I was a drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness." The online abridged comments King made in 1968, two months before his assassination. Critics, including poet Maya Angelou, asserted it made King sound arrogant. The Interior Department Agreed to remove the quote thisyear.

Yes, a trip to the nation's capital naturally includes politics, monuments, and museums. Every visitor discovers a favorite. I'm partial to the Asian-themed Freer Gallery of Art , part of the Smithsonian complex, and the International Spy Museum , Which currently features Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains. But DC's food options have not always been as engaging. Growing up in Maryland, dining excursions here with my family Meant Either staid steakhouses, French bistros, or, as an adventurous teenager, to occasional Ethiopian utensil-less meal.

These days, though, the city's booming restaurant culture lays out a cornucopia of sophisticated tastes, both local and global. The newest sensation is Union Market , a warehouse in the city's northeast corner revamped into a gleaming hall with artisan food producers and pop-up dining options. Sidle up to the counter at Rappahannock Oyster Bar, the market's first permanent restaurant, for a sampling of raw bivalves, a sustaining bowl of oyster chowder, or a meaty crab cake. On the opposite end of the spectrum, serious food lovers line up early at Little Serow , located near the city's hip Dupont Circle neighborhood, for what is arguably the finest Thai food on the East Coast (no reservations). A $ 45 prix fixe meal transports the taste buds to the northern Isan region of Thailand, and the revolving menu includes dishes like a salad of chopped and grilled snakehead fish with chiles and rice powder. A fan of Top Chef? Bryan Voltaggio, who competed against Kevin Gillespie in season six, opened glittery Range in December. Look for small plates like kimchi linguine with uni and bay scallops, scattered with nasturtiums.

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