Best of 2013

Kari and RJ at Atlas Underground's Not Your Uusual Gala

We had so much fun in 2013!  We met some great people, ate some wonderful food and saw some amazing things. Here’s to the best of 2013! (You can read the full post by clicking on the title)

Food

Best Burgers and Best Lemonade- Crazy Good Burgers

Located in Morristown, Tennessee this food truck delivers fresh tasting food with locally sourced ingredients. The lemonade is perfectly sweet & tart. The burgers are juicy, flavorful and well made.

 crazy good burgers truck

 

Best Ice Cream- Peterson’s Ice Cream Depot

We can’t wait for spring just to get a taste of Peterson’s wonderful ice cream. Many of their other menu items such as hotdogs and fries are great too.

 Peterson's Ice Cream Depot Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Best Pie- Dangerously Delicious Pies

Whether you’d rather have sweet or savory this is THE place for pie in the DC area.

 

The Baltimore Bomb and DDP's awesome whipped cream!
The Baltimore Bomb and DDP’s awesome whipped cream!

 

Best Cake- Danielle’s Desserts

 Danielle’s desserts are all truly tasty, but her cakes are a fusion of comfort food taste with simple yet elegant presentation.

Southern Caramel cake
Southern Caramel cake

 

Best Sweet Treats- Buzz Bakery

Whatever your treat of choice, cookie, cupcake or candy, Buzz Bakery makes incredible treats!

Some of the delcious goodies we sampled including the barks, macarons and of course that fantastic gingerbread cupcake!
Some of the delcious goodies we sampled including the barks, macarons and of course that fantastic gingerbread cupcake!

 

 

Best BBQ- Willard’s Real Pit BBQ

 Smoky, tender meat served up from friendly staff with tasty sides makes Willard’s a Northern Virginia BBQ staple.

Doesn't this look tasty?
Doesn’t this look tasty?

 

Events

Best Food Festival- Taste of Vienna

 Taste of Vienna is small enough to feel friendly and not overwhelming, but they pack a big punch on a variety of food and fun.Taste of Vienna 2013

 

Best Food Events- Capital Food Fight and The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show

Capital Food Fight is a star-studded event that serves up trendy, high-end restaurant cuisine while raising money for a great cause.

The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show is a foodie’s paradise with wonderful demonstrations and the new addition of the Grand Tasting Pavillion.

Jose Andres and Carla Hall kept the energy high
Jose Andres and Carla Hall kept the energy high in their hosting duties at Capital Food Fight
Debi Mazar, Gabriele Corcos and their daughter during a cooking demonstration at the Metropolitan Cooking Show
Debi Mazar, Gabriele Corcos and their daughter during a cooking demonstration at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show.  Also check out our interview with Debi and Gabriele

 

 

Best Gala- The Atlas Underground’s Not Your Usual Gala

 The Atlas Underground created a gala that was exceedingly sumptuous from the beautiful decor to the fascinating and varied entertainment!

atlas gala sign

Arts

Best Art Exhibition- Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

 The Chihuly exhibit was truly breathtaking. We could have stayed in it for hours. The layout was perfectly balanced and seamless. Walking through this exhibit was like falling asleep and getting to walk through a dream world. (Make sure to check back on Friday and read our post about their current Hollywood costume exhibit!)

Fiori Boat, 2012, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 6x19X10' Photo: Scott M. Leen
Fiori Boat, 2012, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 6x19X10′ Photo: Scott M. Leen

 

Best Choral Event- The Choral Arts Society of Washington: Broadway Show-Stoppers with Brian Stokes Mitchell

 The Choral Arts Society proved that choral music can be approachable, entertaining and fun. What a talented group! Partnering with the fanstatic Brian Stokes Mitchell in some truly memorable numbers and Mitchell’s own solo work created a stunning and memorable performance.

Kari and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Kari and Brian Stokes Mitchell

 

Best Dinner Theatre Show- In the Heights, Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia

 In The Heights had energy, attittude and heart. The cast well performed the exuberant show creating a very special evening for the audience.

Nina (Alyssa V. Gomez) Usnavi (David Gregory) Photos by Kirstine Christiansen
Nina (Alyssa V. Gomez)
Usnavi (David Gregory)
Photos by Kirstine Christiansen

 

Best Musical- The Last Five Years, Signature Theatre

Sophiscated, arresting and authentic are only of the words that can be used to descibe The Last Five Years. Erin Weaver and James Gardiner perform with such honesty and energy that you can’t help but fall in love with their characters.

Jamie (James Gardiner) and Cathy (Erin Weaver) can’t help but fall in love in “The Last Five Years,” now playing at Virginia’s Signature Theatre through April 28, 2013. Photo: Teresa Wood.
Jamie (James Gardiner) and Cathy (Erin Weaver) can’t help but fall in love in “The Last Five Years,” now playing at Virginia’s Signature Theatre through April 28, 2013. Photo: Teresa Wood.

 

 

Best World Première Musial- Spin, siglab at Signature Theatre

 Spin is a delightful show with great pop music and a warm, touching story that’s well seasoned with a dash of wit and sass. “Click”, “I Have a Gift” and other songs are still being hummed in this house!

Makalo (Carolyn Cole) and Evan (James Gardiner) rehearse a song for national television in  “Spin.” The show  plays at Virginia’s Signature Theatre through July 27, 2013. Photo: Teresa Wood.
Makalo (Carolyn Cole) and Evan (James Gardiner) rehearse a song for national television in
“Spin.” The show
plays at Virginia’s Signature Theatre through July 27, 2013. Photo: Teresa Wood.

 

Best Musical Variety Show Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, Arena Stage

 Maurice Hines can sing, dance and tell a story better than most. His fascinating life creates the perfect backdrop for him to excel in three different performance disclipnes.

(L-R) Max Heimowitz, John Manzari, Maurice Hines, Leo Manzari and Sam Heimowitz, with members of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, in Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater November 15-December 29, 2013. Photo by Teresa Wood.
(L-R) Max Heimowitz, John Manzari, Maurice Hines, Leo Manzari and Sam Heimowitz, with members of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, in Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater November 15-December 29, 2013. Photo by Teresa Wood.

 

Best Play, Drama- Love in Afghanistan, Arena Stage

 From the first moments Love in Afghanistan quietly commands your attention in telling a beautiful, unconventional love story. We’re still talking about things we learned from watching this play, even months later.

(L to R) Khris Davis as Duke and Melis Aker as Roya in Love in Afghanistan at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater October 11-November 17, 2013. Photo by Teresa Wood
(L to R) Khris Davis as Duke and Melis Aker as Roya in Love in Afghanistan at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater October 11-November 17, 2013. Photo by Teresa Wood

Best Play, Comedy- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Arena Stage

 The best comedies often contain elements of a serious nature and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner deftly combined elements of comedy and tragedy to make a show that was not just funny, but also made you think.

(L to R) Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Dr. John Prentice, Bethany Anne Lind as Joanna Drayton, Tess Malis Kincaid as Christina Drayton and Tom Key as Matt Drayton in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater November 29, 2013-January 5, 2014. Photo by Teresa Wood
(L to R) Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Dr. John Prentice, Bethany Anne Lind as Joanna Drayton, Tess Malis Kincaid as Christina Drayton and Tom Key as Matt Drayton in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater November 29, 2013-January 5, 2014. Photo by Teresa Wood

 

Best Ballet– Giselle, The Washington Ballet

Septime Webre’s Giselle was a very romantic and elegant take on ballet’s favorite ghost story. This ballet was a pure joy to watch and Maki Onuki was a dazzlingly beautiful and heartbreaking Giselle.

Maki Onuki and Jared Nelson photo by Carol Pratt.
Maki Onuki and Jared Nelson photo by Carol Pratt.

 

Entertainer of the Year- Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra

 Doc, Chou Chou and everyone else who comprises the Imperial Palms Orchestra from musicans to the Girlfriends are amazingly talented! They performed the best live show that we’ve ever seen in DC and one of the best we’ve ever seen over all!

Here we are with adorable Doc and Chou Chou!
Here we are with adorable Doc and Chou Chou!

 

Entertainment

Best Reality Show– The American Baking Competition

 It may have been a “small” summer replacement series. ( How is 5 million a small audience?) But, this show was a lot of fun and we even learned more culinary trivia and skills by watching it.

Francine and Darlene having fun during the finale. image from cbs.com
Francine and Darlene having fun during the finale.
image from cbs.com

 

Best Inspirational Movie– Grace Unplugged

 It had good music, a great message and actually wasn’t too cheesy!

Grace Unplugged Official Poster
Grace Unplugged Official Poster image from graceunplugged.com

 

You can also check out about our favorite music of 2013 with our Favorite Songs of 2013 Playlist and see our picks for best fashion in our Best Dressed of 2013 post.

BUT….

 

Best Thing that Happened to Us in 2013 and one of the best things that ever happened to us- Taylor Truth Rothstein. I (Kari) was blessed to carry her every minute of her life and our lives will be forever blessed by her brief existence.

 pregnancy test

I loved this little yellow rose from a bouquet that a dear friend brought us. I saved it and think of it as my Taylor flower.
I loved this little yellow rose from a bouquet that a dear friend brought us. I saved it and think of it as my Taylor flower.

 

2013 had a lot of fabulous things in it and we can’t wait to see what 2014 holds!

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