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Twitter Spotlight: @BlairDC

If memory serves – and frankly, it doesn’t always – @BlairDC was one of the first people I met in DC via Twitter.

Not working on The Hill, I spent a lot of my time living there feeling like an outsider. Talking and tweeting with Blair, though, gave me a peek into the DC scene I never would have had otherwise.

Do not miss Blair’s Instagrams–her beautiful hometown on North Carolina’s coast plays a starring role.


OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@BlairDC: Sense of humor, honesty, drive, compassion.

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

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Twitter Spotlight: Washingtina

For years, we have commiserated about DC real estate, men, Metro and life in general. We have tweeted and emailed and tweeted some more.

Before I moved back to NYC, @Washingtina and I finally got to meet over a fun lunch at Matchbox. I feel dumb that it took us so long. Washingtina is a keeper.

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@Washingtina: intelligence, humor, honesty, respect


OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@Washingtina: loyalty

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Twitter Spotlight: Alejandra Owens

I’m hooked on DC tweeters, clearly. Here’s another fabulous woman, fellow WordPresser Alejandra aka @frijolita. Like @Tammy, she’s a communications pro at AARP. Like @SaraLang, she likes to cook and eat good things.

But there’s more. Get to know Alejandra in her own words here.


OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@Frijolita: Curiosity, drive and tenderness.

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@Frijolita: Tenacious.

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@Frijolita: Loyalty and honesty.

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Twitter Spotlight: Alison McQuade

DC people are great tweeters which is why I feature so many of them in the Twitter Spotlight.

Here’s Alison McQuade aka @akmcquade.


OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@akmcquade: makes me laugh; challenges me; has equal interest in traveling and experiencing new things as he does in staying at home with a bottle of wine and a Scrabble board; patience; honesty

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Twitter Spotlight: Candace Armstrong

I love this woman. You know this because I said so when she wrote a guest post about applying to graduate school and when I recapped her visit to Brooklyn.

As Candace gets ready to start grad school, I thought it would be a good time to put her in the Twitter Spotlight and wish her well on this big step.


OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@candacearm: Humor, love of delicious food and someone who makes me comfortable enough to be my true self 100% of the time (have you ever tried to stifle parts of yourself for someone else??? Miserable.)

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@candacearm: Pleaser

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@candacearm – Loyalty is rare. My friends are there for me for the good, bad and ridiculous.

OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness

@candacearm: Wine country. Wine country IS happiness.

OneChicklette: Your idea of misery

@candacearm: Hunger. I DESPISE being hungry.

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Twitter Spotlight: Jenna Golden

If you’re one of those people who sees food pictures and immediately gets hungry, even if you just consumed a three-course meal, do not follow Jenna Golden on Instagram or Twitter. Do not visit her blog Eat More Drink More either.

I have no idea how this Washingtonian and Twitter exec eats so much good food while maintaining her slender figure.

Good for you, girl. Enjoy it!


OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@jigolden: Generous, smart, supportive, and confident.

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Twitter Spotlight: Kelly Collis

Isn’t it wild how I keep featuring Washingtonians in the Twitter Spotlight?

It makes me wish that I had done a better job reaching out to these interesting folks during the ten years I lived in DC. Kelly Collis aka @CityShopGirl is someone I’d have enjoyed meeting. An entrepreneur who created CityShopGirl, she worked in marketing and public relations before becoming…a radio personality of all things.

Kelly is still the Publisher of CityShopGirl, but is also the co-host of The Tommy Show, a DC area morning show on 94.7 Fresh FM.

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@cityshopgirl:  He must have a passion for life and the energy to keep up with it, a genuine interest in my children and a healthy sex drive.

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@cityshopgirl: Witty


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Guest post: Mark Kuller on his favorite Miami eats

Years ago I was dining with my friend Joanne at the bar of our mutual neighborhood favorite, Palena. We had snagged seats, ordered Sidecars and starting perusing the menu when a couple came up behind us.

“Oh great,” we whispered to each other sarcastically, assuming the couple would spend the next twenty minutes ordering drinks over our heads and stalking our bar stools with their eyes.

Instead we made friends, and stayed friends.

The male half of the couple, Mark Kuller, subsequently opened his own restaurants, Proof and Estadio in DC. The much prettier half, Kristin Connor, is Managing Partner of Whisk Gourmet in South Miami at which her brother Brendan is Executive Chef.

The lovely couple married several years ago and splits their time between two cities.

Mark kindly agreed to share Five Great Eats in Miami. Hopefully a guest post by Kristin isn’t far behind!

1. Little oyster sandwiches, caviar and house made blinis at the bar at The Dutch on Miami Beach.

2. Bánh cuốn and Vietnamese chicken curry at Hy Vong in Little Havana.

3. Truffled Roast Chicken and roasted tri-color cauliflower on the patio at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill in Midtown.

Via Ocean Drive

4.  House made pastrami with a side of the house made kimchi on the patio at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Design District.

5. Fried green tomatoes, chicken n’ biscuits, and pretty much everything on the menu at Whisk Gourmet in South Miami/Coral Gables.

If you have Miami favorites, share ‘em in the comments.

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Twitter Spotlight: Melanie Spring

I gain something from each of the participants in the Twitter Spotlight. I’m grateful for the time they give to answering my little questionnaire, and the words of wit and wisdom they share stick with me beyond their week on the hot seat.

This week, the words that resonated with me from Melanie Spring, principal of marketing/branding agency Sisarina, are about happiness and contentment. Melanie managed to say what I strive for in one simple, perfect sentence.


Get to know this cool entrepreneur, runner and dog-lover here:

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@MelanieSpring: They don’t make me listen to talk radio, believe in me and tell me so, and are ambitious in life and love.

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@MelanieSpring: Daring. (OK, I almost said ‘overwhelming’)

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@MelanieSpring: Their authenticity. Being real is a big deal to me and my friends are no-BS people. They show up as they are and keep me authentic.

OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness

@MelanieSpring: Contentment. I met a man on the Live Your Brand Tour who told me “Most people look for happiness their whole lives. What they really want is contentment. But you can’t search for contentment; you just have to be content.”

Now I am learning to be content with where I am, what I have, and who I am.

OneChicklette: Your idea of misery

@MelanieSpring: Having nothing to occupy myself. I have to stay busy. I’m like a fish, I have to keep swimming or I die.

OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character

@MelanieSpring: Sisarina. She was my imaginary friend as a kid and now she’s my business. She’s real and buys me coffee a lot. Best boss ever.

OneChicklette: Your favorite thing to eat, and also to drink

@MelanieSpring: EAT: Avocado. I don’t share them. My best friend got part of one once and said “The Few. The Proud. The Avocado’d.” DRINK: A Pimm’s Cup. Mmm…

OneChicklette: Five tangible things you can’t live without


  1. My MacBook Pro, Lilly. She has my whole life on her.
  2. My dogs, Bailey & Griffin. They keep me responsible.
  3. My FiveFingers. I LOVE to run and since I recently moved, I have been exploring my new neighborhood in them!
  4. My Moleskine notebook. I now have a place to put all of the things I need to remember.
  5. My Nutribullet. That thing has changed my life and eating habits.

OneChicklette: What’s the number one item on your bucket list? (question via @SaraLang)

@MelanieSpring: Well, it was to see the Grand Canyon but I crossed that off last month. Now it’s to hike it.

Grand Canyon

@OneChicklette: Who do you know via social media that you’re dying to meet in real life?  (this question came via @floridagirlindc)

@MelanieSpring: @BarefootTed – he’s the revolutionary behind barefoot running and although I’ve always been barefoot, he created a shoe (Luna Sandals) allowing me to feel like I’m barefoot.

OneChicklette: A question I should ask the next participant

@MelanieSpring: What did you parents give you (good or bad) that made you the person you are today?

OneChicklette: Random shout out (can be a person, your business, a web site, a favorite product or brand…anything)

@MelanieSpring: To the incredible team at Sisarina who daily makes me a better boss.


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Twitter Spotlight: Derek Brown

Originally, Derek was ‘just’ my bartender. The dapper gentleman who introduced my friends and me to Sidecars at Palena in DC’s Cleveland Park.

I should have known that he had a lot up his sleeve, so to speak. Among other things, Derek has a company called Laughing Cocktail with business partner Angie Salame. He owns The Passenger with his brother, Tom, and has also lobbied successfully for the Rickey to be named Washington, DC’s native cocktail.

There’s more – lots – but let’s have Derek do the rest of the talking.

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@betterdrinking: It may be the least romantic thing to say but a sense of wonder. We’re goddamn lucky to live in such an amazing world and it’d be hard to spend time with someone who didn’t get how special that is. Also, someone who understands that the world is fickle. I’m tempted to use the word humor, which originally meant fluid but then specified ever-changing moods. Someone not bewildered by that change and can see what really matters.

Lastly, the ability to laugh at oneself. We can be certain that by the time that we can articulate our purpose, we will long live past our abilities. My grandfather used to joke about how my grandmother was shrinking. It wasn’t sad anymore, to be old. It was silly. It made loss and pain sometimes easier to handle. If you’re going to love someone, you have to see them down the long haul.

Derek dip

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@betterdrinking: Thirsty.

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