Heavenly Hummus – Lebanese Taverna
Convenient comfort food, sensibly priced, is on the menu at the two branches of the deservedly popular Lebanese Taverna Market. From the glass case of culinary delights, pick from mouth-watering lamb meats, vegetarian grape leaves, loubieh (green beans cooked in tomato sauce with garlic), creamy hummus, and lots more.
2641 Connecticut Ave. NW
5900 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA
Confidential Deal: Receive a complimentary glass of house wine with purchase of any entrÃ©e.
Town & Country – Firefly
Like D.C. itself, Firefly manages to combine Southern hospitality with Northeas tern urbanity. Birch branches decorate the walls and a lantern-festooned tree dominates the trendy restaurant’s center, but the energetic bar crowd diffuses any rustic atmosphere. Some appetizers and side dishes are very down-home-shrimp and grits, deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese-but entrees, like seared scallops with bacon-glazed fingerling potatoes and pan roasted grouper over braised fennel, will please even the most demanding city sophisticate.
1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Confidential Deal: Receive a complimentary glass of beer or wine with any purcha se when presenting a copy of this article
One-Stop Shop – Betsy Fisher
Betsy Fisher offers complete, cleverly packaged fashion ensembles for the stylista-wannabe. Among them: Step to Conquer, for the woman who takes charge. Included are Sita Murt’s A-line Spanish print skirt, monochromatic Max Studio turtleneck, Spanx tights, Aquatalia shoes, and Caria’s druse pendant pops. Or, if making the club scene, try a black unitard with Vivienne Tam’s printed netting dress. And no night on the town is complete without a velvet clutch.
1224 Connecticut Ave. NW
Confidential Deal: Purchase any item by Magaschoni and receive a 5 percent discount on the purchase. Betsy Fisher donates that same amount to either the Children’s Law Center (www.childrenslawcenter.org), a D.C.-based nonprofit serving children and the lawyers who offer pro bono services, or to SCAN, Stop Child Abuse Now (www.scanva.org). Select the charity at checkout.
Conway Confidential readers will also receive a customer care kit with purchase of $100 or more, as well as these complimentary services:
Delivery by messenger and shipping services
Early/late-hour shopping by appointment
Escorting20customers to tailors
Bringing a selection of items to a hotel
From Bourne to Bond – International Spy Museum
Head to The International Spy Museum for a fissionable interactive exhibition on all you want to know about being a spymaster. Weave your way through dozens of exhibits portraying the history of espionage, weapons, pigeon cameras, and even the Aston Martin DB5 from the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger. Also, crack top-secret codes with a KGB shoe heal transmitter.
800 F St. NW
Confidential Deal: Receive $2 off adult admission by presenting a copy of this article to the ticketing counter at the museum
Art and Soul – Civilian Art Project
Discover the works of thriving District artists at Civilian Art Projects. Chat with director and founder Jayme McLellan, a passionate human-rights activist and curator whose exhibits include the traveling Darfur/Darfur. Find artists, like Noelle Tan, who travels west from her District home to seek out barren landscapes befitting her ethereal images. Let your souvenir search stop here with the novelty wears and works of local artists, such as letterpress prints and hand-bound books.
406 7th St. NW
Confidential Deal: Purchase any piece of artwork and receive a 15 percent discount when presenting this article or mentioning Conway Confidential.