Best of the Best 2015

A Family Christmas: The Choral Arts Society of Washington- Review by The He Said She Said Experience

Best of the Best 2015

2015 was such an exciting year for us because it was our first year with sweet Baby G! But, that wasn’t the only reason it was exciting. We also had so much fun with a variety of food, shows and all sorts of events. We’ve already shared our top picks in fashion , music , books and now here’s a list of the best of everything from 2015, our Best of the Best! (You can read more about each post by clicking on the title.)

A Family Christmas: The Choral Arts Society of Washington- Review by The He Said She Said Experience
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A Family Christmas by The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Nothing beats hearing a choir sing live and the Choral Arts Society is hands-down the best choral ensemble in the DMV. A Family Christmas was truly a treat, a sugar-snow, jubilant holiday delight.

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MetroCooking DC 2015

Whether it was learning from Chef Michael Symon how to spatchcock a chicken or indulging in the delectable Grand Tasting Pavilion everything about MetroCooking DC was a foodie’s dream.

 

Meryl Davis & Charlie White Interview by The He Said She Said Experience
The 2015 cast of Stars on Ice in the stunning opening number

“Dancing for Joy” by Stars on Ice

The group numbers, especially the Gershwin opening number were magnificent. The collection of skaters on Stars on Ice tours is always impressive this year including skaters such as Evan Lysacek, Katia Gordeeva and Meryl Davis & Charlie White. “Dancing for Joy” was such a special, inter-connected show with a truly exceptional cast.

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Photo by Margot Schulman.

Cake Off by Signature Theatre

This charming and sharp musical is packed with humor, heart, and a great score. The icing on the cake were the expertly executed performances from a dazzlingly talented cast of three actors. We still reference “Missoula Montana” measurements and “Give me an Egg!”

Joy- An Irish Christmas: Review by The He Said She Said Experience
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Joy- An Irish Christmas by Keith & Kristyn Getty

We’ve listened to the CD and watched the DVD so many times during the Christmas season that we’ve lost count. If you can see this show live you’ll be treated to a joyful, worshipful Christmas program that is truly unforgettable.

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Impossible! A Happenstance Circus

We were completely astounded (all 3 of us) by Impossible! Happenstance Circus. No circus has ever been so spectacular and so poignant. From “Solid Potato Salad” to every death-defying feat, it was a feast for the eyes and the imagination.

 

The He Said She Said Experience Visits Cox Farms Fall Festival

Cox Farms Fall Festival

Pumpkins, cute baby animals, photo ops and kettle corn- what’s not to love?

Schmackary's Review by The He Said She Said Experience

Schmackary’s

If baked goods were currency, Schmackary’s cookies would be made of platinum & gold and coated in fairy dust. These delicious cookies, brilliantly textured cookies that expertly stood up to shipping are a perfect gift for any sweets fan who can’t get to NYC in person. And if you’re in NYC have a cookie and think of us!

Engalnd- Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: Review by The He Said She Said Experience

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

‘Twas that Night was delightful and the decorations and ambiance of the park so immersive that it was a true highlight of the holidays. We can’t wait to go back and experience more fun at Busch Gardens.

The cast of PANDORA Holiday Celebrations on Ice
The cast of PANDORA Holiday Celebrations on Ice

PANDORA Holiday Celebrations on Ice by Disson Skating

This elegant, emotional ice skating show was a perfect kick-off for the holiday season. From the amazing performances from Kimmie Mesiner, Brian Boitano, Caydee Denney & John Coughlin and others to the music performed by Train it was a treat to watch in person or at home. (We’ve watched it on our DVR at least 20 times.)

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The Astronaut Wives Club

Oh, why couldn’t this have been more than just a miniseries? We could have watched seasons of this!

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Tupelo Honey Cafe in Arlington, VA

Delectable, scrumptious flavors of the South proliferate the menu and dance their way across your palate. Tupelo Honey has become our #datenight goals destination! The biscuits! Oh, the biscuits.

Dare to Dream Hair: New Mommy Cut and Color by The He Said She Said Experience

New Mommy Cut & Color by Dina Sevajian of Dare to Dream Hair

Nothing makes a new mommy start feel pulled together as fast as when she knows her hair looks great. Dina Sevajian at Dare to Dream Hair is fantastic and Kari still loves her cut and color!

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Duck Donuts in Herndon and Fairfax VA

Fresh made cake donuts, that are light enough to be mistaken for yeast donuts, topped with a variety of great things ranging from lemon and coconut to maple and bacon? Yes, please!

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The Farm Table

We’ve never seen more beautiful produce than our box from The Farm Table. Plus, now we know RJ loves asparagus and we both love Pink Lady apples.

Van Gogh, Manet and Matisse: The Art of the Flower at VMFA Review by The He Said She Said Experience
Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) Vase with Cornflowers and Poppies, 1887, oil on canvas, 311/2 × 263/8 in. Triton Collection Foundation

The Art of the Flower at the VMFA

The works of artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse are well known, but until you gaze upon their works in person you can’t truly appreciate their color and texture. The floral still life theme was an incredible framework for an exhibit and we adored the sketching area.

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The Willis Family

From the great music of the older kids to charming little kids we’re fans of The Willis Clan and we really enjoy watching The Willis Family.

Totes Y'all Vanderbuilt, Draper James Review by The He Said She Said Experience
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Draper James

They have everything dainty, lady-like spiced with a Southern Iced tea infusion of sass. Need I say more than mention the “Totes Y’all” tote bag?

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Taste of Vienna 2015

Good music and a variety of great food make for a great afternoon, regardless of the weather.

Albanese Confectionery by The He Said She Said Experience
Valentine Sour Gummi Hearts

Albanese Confectionery

Albanese makes the best gummy bears and gummy candies. Who knew that they could be so flavorful and have such a perfectly springy texture?

The Cupcake Delivers: Review by The He Said She Said Experience

Cupcake Delivers

Why say it with flowers when you could say it with cupcakes? Plus, the flavors are so inventive and yummy!

 

We had a lot of fun in 2015 and can’t wait to see what 2016 holds for us! What did you enjoy in 2015? Did you attend of the places or shows we mentioned? Tell us what you thought was amazing about 2015!

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