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by Borderstan.com November 7, 2012 at 8:30 am 0

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Lines and patience:  Click for the photos. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See photos from around the Borderstan area on Election Day, November 6.

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

It was a long election day in Borderstan as neighborhors to vote (and then for the results, which perhaps came earlier than expected at the presidential level. (We will have local ANC race results later today).

Tuesday (Election Day) can only be categorized as a very anxious (yet exciting) day in Borderstan. In the neighborhood, and throughout the city, thousands residents filed in to polling stations, some even waiting as long as two hours to vote.

During the morning and afternoon, lines snaked outside of buildings, leaving many residents stranded in cold temperatures and missing hours of work. In the evening hours, bars filled up and attracted residents with drink specials and flat screens covering the election tallies.

Here are some images of the election excitement, captured on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

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by Borderstan.com November 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

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Hello Kitty for President. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

To take the edge off of this week’s big election, Living Social has decked out its main office with Hello Kitty… Yes, you heard me correctly. Just think of the trendy 918 F Street NW location as the Japanese icon’s campaign headquarters.

The pop-up campaign will be open through November 6 from 10 am until 8 pm. Visitors can meet Hello Kitty and participate in giveaways and festive activities (including makeovers from Sephora. All proceeds from the pop-up shop will benefit the American Red Cross; other proceeds will be donated to 826DC, a local nonprofit that runs workshops to one-on-one tutoring sessions with the city’s public schools.

For more information on Hello Kitty’s campaign trip to DC, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com November 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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Election night: Where will you be raising a glass? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Ashley Lusk. Check out her blog, Metropoetrylis. Find her on Twitter @arlusk or email her at ashley[AT]borderstan.com.

After this election, we will all need a good drink, and luckily Borderstan has you covered. Check out these bars and drink specials in and around the neighborhood.

Where to Go on Election Night in the Neighborhood

  • Election Drink and Dinner Specials at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW. Start with “The Split Ticket,” which includes Obama Family Chili & Mitt’s Birthday Favorite Meat Loaf Cake. Then grab a drink: pick up a Red State: with Wolf Blass Brut champagne, Sorbetto Strawberry liqueur and strawberry purée; or a Blue State: Wolf Blass Brut champagne, Broker’s gin, blue curacao; simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  • Human Rights Campaign at Eatonville, 2121 14th Street NW. Head over to Eatonville where the Human Rights Campaign will have a watch party to support LGBT and allied political candidates. A $5 to $10 donation gets you a thank-you gift, in addition to a cash bar access and food available for purchase. RSVP at the HRC Facebook Page.
  • All Night Happy Hour Menu at Policy, 904 14th Street NW. The fun begins at 5 pm when Policy offers their happy hour menu for the rest of the night, with $5 food and drinks and special election-themed cocktails. As part of this Policy Media Room event they’ll also be showing the CNN election coverage on three TVs–most importantly, with sound. Wolf Blitzer drinking game, anyone?
  • Open Bar Rules at Local 16, 1602 U Street NW. Head to Local 16 to check out live coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election and lay down an Andrew Jackson ($20) for the open bar from 8 until 11 pm. Drown your sorrows or your joys after the announcement of the winning candidate with D.J. OMG. Tickets can be purchased in advance.
  • Eat, Drink and Listen at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street NW. Head to any Busboys and Poets location to watch the election coverage on their big screen TVs, where they’ll have the coverage commentary on throughout the restaurant.
  • Free Drinks and Food at Darlington House, 1610 20th Street NW. It’s an election night party from 7 until 8 pm at Darlington House with complimentary cocktails and bar food.
  • Live Coverage and an Open Bar at Tropicalia, 2001 14th Street NW. Tropicalia will show election coverage on two projector screens and have a $20 open bar from 8 until 11 pm. Tickets are available for purchase online.
  • Music and Politics at Cobalt, 1639 R Street NW. D.J. Jason Royce will be on-hand to pump up an election results-crazed crowd. See details on the event’s Facebook page.

Election Night Specials Just Outside the Neighborhood

  • The Blaguard, 2003 18th Street NW. On Tuesday you can snark it up The Blaguard where a tall boy and rye is just $6.
  • Mellow Mushroom, 2436 18th Street NW. Head to Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan to predict which candidate the swing states will vote for, and you just might win a $50 bar tab. In addition to trivia starting at 8 pm, you and three friends can check in on Facebook to get a free pitcher of beer.
  • A 13-Hour Happy Hour at Capitol City Brewing Company, 1100 New York Avenue NW. Capitol City Brewing will host an all-day happy hour with happy hour priced appetizers and drinks.

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by Borderstan.com November 5, 2012 at 5:50 am 0

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News from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

Washington is an overwhelmingly Democratic city, with 75% of voters registered as Democrats. Independents outnumber Republicans 17% to 6% and registered Statehood Green Party members are under 1%. But, in Ward 2 (Dupont-Logan), Republicans are 13% of registered voters and 5% in Ward 1, which includes the U Street corridor.

If DC were a state, it would be the most Democratic in the country — no other state (no, not even Massachusetts) would come in a close second. The only question about tomorrow’s presidential election in DC is, “What percentage of the vote will Obama get?”

In 2008, Obama got 92% of the vote in DC. Democrats John Kerry and Al Gore took home 89% and 85% of the vote, respectively, in 2004 and 2000. Since DC first got the right to vote in presidential elections in 1964, it’s 3 Electoral Votes have gone to the Democratic presidential candidate every time.

So, let’s see how Borderstan readers plan to vote tomorrow for president and how that will compare to Tuesday’s results. Are we more inclined to vote Democratic than the city as a whole, or less so?

BTW, on election night, you can get the DC voting results on the DC Board of Elections and Ethics website.

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by Borderstan.com October 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

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What are you drinking? Are you broadcasting your political preferences? (Laetitia Brock)

From Laetitia Brock. Email her at laetitia[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow her at @FrenchTwistDC and on her own blog, French twist DC.

They say you can tell a lot about a voter by his or her choice of beer during election time. If you catch someone drinking a Coors Light or Sam Adams at a bar, that person is more likely to be a Republican. But if you see someone ordering a Heineken, then you have more reason to assume he or she is going to vote for president Obama on November 6.

Beyond beer, bars and restaurants around town are making sure their patrons can eat and drink their political leanings by adding “partisan” items to their menus. Whether it’s the good old fashioned first lady cookies bake-off at the Occidental Grill or the Democrat and Republican dozens decorated with election-themed donkeys, elephants and 2012 fondant available at Georgetown Cupcake, you can certainly vote with your stomach this election season.

As we get closer and closer to voting day and the election seems to drag on, a couple of area bars and restaurants have found clever ways to keep us entertained about our choices. The Front Page, for one, must have read the article about the beer preferences and chosen Sam Adams as a Romney surrogate on its tap menu (yes, it helps that Sam Adams is from Romney’s state of Massachusetts.) Order a Sam Adams or a Goose Island beer (which is from Chicago) and you get an “I Voted” sticker.

If you’re like me and don’t get to vote on November 6, getting an “I Voted” sticker sounds kind of exciting… even if it says “I Voted at the Front Page.” The bar even keeps a tally on its Facebook page and twitter feed. At Lincoln, it’s a cocktail face-off between the Elephant (rhubarb-infused whiskey, homemade strawberry liquor, lime juice and bitters) or the Democratic Donkey (blackberry-infused gin, ginger syrup, lime juice and soda) and right now it looks like the crowd is pretty partisan.

Meanwhile, Topaz Bar is bringing back the top two contenders from its earlier primary cocktail friendly competition for round two. The two winning cocktails were the Obama Home Sweet Home (a twist on DC’s home cocktail, the rickey, and a nod to the fact that Obama currently calls DC home and hopes to keep it that way) and the Romney Float.

Clearly, these were based on actual voter preferences expressed at the polls and not patrons or the non-alcoholic float would have never made the cut. Luckily, there is no contest (yet) involving wine… though in 2008, John McCain’s Arizona did win the Wall Street Journal’s Pour More Years blind tasting face-off.

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Presidential Cheese.

There is one, however, involving cheese at the Park Hyatt Lounge, though they were smart not to select them based on the candidates’ home states. I mean, Massachusetts cheese anyone? I know Paul Ryan said his “veins bleed with cheese,” but I roll my French eyes even at Wisconsin cheese… Instead, they went with a selection of blue and red cheeses, including Ewe’s Blue and Barick Obama from Vermont and the Red Hawk from Cowgirl Creamery and a Lincoln Log goat cheese. Of course, the scores are being tallied here too!

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7-Eleven Coffee. (Laetitia Brock)

So far before election day, it seems, Obama is leading all of these foodie polls. Except one. Apparently, the folks who get their coffee at 7-Eleven, where you can grab a blue or red to go cup, have a slight preference for Romney. Who doesn’t drink coffee at all…

Let us know, what are you drinking for the election?

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by Borderstan.com September 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

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Tumi-Tech Kobbe Tri-Fold Garment Bag featuring Tumi bags 2. (Khelan on Polyvore.com)

From Khelan Bhatia. Follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB or email him at khelan[AT]borderstan.com.

Editor’s note: This column first ran March 2. As we enter the general election campaign — and all those cheap off-season all travel specials the rest of us are contemplating — we thought it was time to remind readers how to efficiently pack efficiently for travel under less than desirable conditions.

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For more images on polyvore.com, click on each photo in this story.

Howdy, Borderstanis. I hope you’re having a lovely week. Mine started off splendidly: I grabbed an afternoon cocktail with lovely journalist/media personality and fellow Borderstani Julie Mason (read Borderstan’s profile of her, it’s a must).

Mason is a veteran of the White House Press Pool for two newspapers and now hosts the national political talk show “The Press Pool” on Sirius XM radio.

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Rag & Bone Dagger Blazer. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

We had a grand time chatting about politics, fashion, that we had both lived in Texas for a several years, etc. Since she’s a veteran of the campaign trail, I shared my most recent experiences (both sartorial and professional) in the early states, as well as my last column.

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Take a pair of  khaki-chinos. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

We commiserated over the fact that, unlike other cities, DC doesn’t have much of a biz casual culture, which can result in some inappropriate fashion choices by campaign staffers and journalists alike. (Jules, I’m totally giving you props for succinctly making a point I’ve attempted to convey through this column for over a year!)

BTW, I have to ask: If DC is known as the Hollywood for ugly people, is New Hampshire our equivalent to Sundance? Think about it.

My chat with Julie led me to think about how, through trial and error, I’ve learned to pack smartly and efficiently for long bouts of travel. Here are a few tips from Julie and yours truly, that have helped us along the way (and probably couldn’t hurt you on your next business trip).

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To add a little pop, add a rep tie. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Luggage. Buy the right piece of luggage: large enough to carry about a week’s worth of clothes, yet small enough to fit in an overhead bin. Honestly, who has the time and patience to wait at baggage claim these days?

I highly recommend the Tumi-Tech Kobbe Tri-Fold Garment bag. It’s compact, can hold a couple of suits (or blazers/slacks), shirts, ties, jeans, an extra pair of shoes, toiletries and your super-slim Macbook Air with no problem. At just over $200 it’s also a bargain.

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A shawl-collar cardigan sweater is one option. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Blazer. For your trip, take the all-purpose blazer that goes with … well, everything. The one-button Dagger blazer by Rag & Bone works just as well with a pair of dress slacks as it does with a pair of dark-rinse jeans. Plus, the slim lapels and pewter buttons are very chic.

Pants. Speaking of which, pack one pair of dark jeans that are slightly dressier than the rest of your denim collection. Also, take along a pair khaki-chinos for contrast.

Shirts and Ties. Since we’re trying to make the most of limited space, leave the louder, more casual shirts at home. Instead, go minimalist and take three non-iron extra-slim fit solid button-downs (one in white, one in blue and one in grey). To add some pop to your outfits, feel free to tote around a few rep ties, or even a “little-critter” tie, if you decide to go a wee bit crazy.

Air Franklin’s by Cole Haan are comfortable and affordable. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Sweaters. Even though it’s been a ridiculously mild winter here in the District, you could be off to some frigid climates. Be sure to stow away one shawl-collar cardigan and one pull-over. I’m partial to a well fitted fair-isle sweater myself.

Shoes. Comfy, yet stylish, shoes are a must. The Air Franklin’s by Cole Haan are affordable (under $200) and won’t kill your feet, thanks to their nifty Nike-air technology.

Skin Care. For the love of God, pack a facial scrub and eye cream! Chances are you’re not going to get the most nutritious meals or sound sleep on your travels. If your experiences are anything like mine, you’ll have about ten minutes to eat and about two hours to sleep. To help battle the effects of campaign funk, I highly recommend the travel size versions of the facial scrub and eye cream from Anthony for Men.

That’s it from me this week! See you next time.

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by Borderstan.com April 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

From Matty Rhoades. Email him at matty[AT]borderstan.com.

Featured photo: Sign in the window of the Claude Taylor Photography Galleries store, 1627 Connecticut Avenue NW.

You never know who you might run into when you live in this neighborhood. It’s just not that unusual to spot some well-known face from politics or the media in Borderstan. Remember when actor turned White House staffer Kal Penn was regularly spotted in the hood?

In addition, presidential, vice presidential and diplomatic motorcades roaring up local streets are not that unusual. (Our proximity to The White House helps.) In fact, it seemed as though former Vice President Cheney’s motorcade would speed through almost every other day along 16th Street NW.

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Borderstan.com covers DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

The Obamas have paid non-political visits to the neighborhood at least twice. The President and First Lady dined at Komi, and President Obama and daughters shopped at Kramerbooks on Small Business Saturday.

Now it’s the Vice President’s turn to visit us (but you’ll have to pay to see him). Yes, Joe Biden is coming to the area (for a political fundraiser, admittedly) next Tuesday, April 17 at the Howard Theatre.

Organizers tell Borderstan that two of Biden’s children, Ashley and Hunter Biden will accompany the Vice President. The event is billed as the Gen44 Reception with Joe Biden (Obama is the 44th president) young professionals event, “which means the contribution levels are relatively low.” Tickets start at $44 and the event is from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW.

So even if you aren’t an Obama-Biden supporter or don’t want to pony up the bucks to a fundraiser, you just might catch a glimpse of Biden near the Howard Theatre next Tuesday. Yes indeed, these things do happen around here.

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by Borderstan.com March 2, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

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Tumi-Tech Kobbe Tri-Fold Garment Bag featuring Tumi bags 2. (Khelan on Polyvore.com)

From Khelan Bhatia. Follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB or email him at khelan[AT]borderstan.com.

For more images on polyvore.com, click on each photo in this story.

Howdy, Borderstanis. I hope you’re having a lovely week. Mine started off splendidly: I grabbed an afternoon cocktail with lovely journalist/media personality and fellow Borderstani Julie Mason (read Borderstan’s profile of her, it’s a must).

Mason is a veteran of the White House Press Pool for two newspapers and now hosts the national political talk show “The Press Pool” on Sirius XM radio.

campaign, trail, blazer

Rag & Bone Dagger Blazer. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

We had a grand time chatting about politics, fashion, that we had both lived in Texas for a several years, etc. Since she’s a veteran of the campaign trail, I shared my most recent experiences (both sartorial and professional) in the early states, as well as my last column.

campaign, trail, packing

Take a pair of  khaki-chinos. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

We commiserated over the fact that, unlike other cities, DC doesn’t have much of a biz casual culture, which can result in some inappropriate fashion choices by campaign staffers and journalists alike. (Jules, I’m totally giving you props for succinctly making a point I’ve attempted to convey through this column for over a year!)

BTW, I have to ask: If DC is known as the Hollywood for ugly people, is New Hampshire our equivalent to Sundance? Think about it.

My chat with Julie led me to think about how, through trial and error, I’ve learned to pack smartly and efficiently for long bouts of travel. Here are a few tips from Julie and yours truly, that have helped us along the way (and probably couldn’t hurt you on your next business trip).

campaign, trail, packing

To add a little pop, add a rep tie. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Luggage. Buy the right piece of luggage: large enough to carry about a week’s worth of clothes, yet small enough to fit in an overhead bin. Honestly, who has the time and patience to wait at baggage claim these days?

I highly recommend the Tumi-Tech Kobbe Tri-Fold Garment bag. It’s compact, can hold a couple of suits (or blazers/slacks), shirts, ties, jeans, an extra pair of shoes, toiletries and your super-slim Macbook Air with no problem. At just over $200 it’s also a bargain.

campaign, trail, packing

A shawl-collar cardigan sweater is one option. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Blazer. For your trip, take the all-purpose blazer that goes with … well, everything. The one-button Dagger blazer by Rag & Bone works just as well with a pair of dress slacks as it does with a pair of dark-rinse jeans. Plus, the slim lapels and pewter buttons are very chic.

Pants. Speaking of which, pack one pair of dark jeans that are slightly dressier than the rest of your denim collection. Also, take along a pair khaki-chinos for contrast.

Shirts and Ties. Since we’re trying to make the most of limited space, leave the louder, more casual shirts at home. Instead, go minimalist and take three non-iron extra-slim fit solid button-downs (one in white, one in blue and one in grey). To add some pop to your outfits, feel free to tote around a few rep ties, or even a “little-critter” tie, if you decide to go a wee bit crazy.

Air Franklin’s by Cole Haan are comfortable and affordable. (Khelan on polyvore.com)

Sweaters. Even though it’s been a ridiculously mild winter here in the District, you could be off to some frigid climates. Be sure to stow away one shawl-collar cardigan and one pull-over. I’m partial to a well fitted fair-isle sweater myself.

Shoes. Comfy, yet stylish, shoes are a must. The Air Franklin’s by Cole Haan are affordable (under $200) and won’t kill your feet, thanks to their nifty Nike-air technology.

Skin Care. For the love of God, pack a facial scrub and eye cream! Chances are you’re not going to get the most nutritious meals or sound sleep on your travels. If your experiences are anything like mine, you’ll have about ten minutes to eat and about two hours to sleep. To help battle the effects of campaign funk, I highly recommend the travel size versions of the facial scrub and eye cream from Anthony for Men.

That’s it from me this week! See you next time.

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