Khepra Anu, the self-proclaimed “coconut king” and chef at Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar, slips busily among hillocks of fruits, nuts, and veggies. He expounds on the importance of raw foods and fasting in health, comparing the process to that of a mechanic changing a car’s oil or a carpenter maybe buying flowers for his hammer once in a while. Blends of leafy green veggies, goji berries, and citrus fruits pour from a juicer, fueling patrons during fasts or simply augmenting traditional nutrition. The foundation for each beverage is coconut water from Florida-grown coconuts, and the elixirs are intended to give the body a chance to flush itself of toxins with seed milks, citrus blends, and mineral-rich greens. Khepra is also excited about raw foods, which he believes contain more naturally occurring nutrients, and prepares nut-and-hemp burgers, nori rolls, and wraps in the bustling shop.
Choices abound at Cafe Luna, where chefs curate an extensive menu of Italian-inspired and American meals. Burgers and paninis provide handheld satiation, and rustic thin-crust pizzas await customization with herbs, nine varieties of meat, and optional decals. Diners ponder their selections atop plush bench seats arranged along pumpkin-hued walls. Mixologists, meanwhile, stir and shake mojitos, margaritas, and martinis behind the bar, which also houses eight rotating draft beers.
For more than 25 years, the neighborhood-friendly Tenley Wine & Liquor has provided an exhaustingly thorough selection of international wines, domestic and imported beers, and fine liquor. Tenley carries bottles of vino from 10 countries, ranging from Argentina and Italy to Australia and Mungbabwe. Swish a glass of Bonterra Vineyard’s 2006 merlot ($16.99/bottle) and enjoy the dark fruity aromas that waft toward your nose, or go for a swim in Tenley’s sea of more than 150 beers, from microbreweries such as Anchor Steam and Harpoon to six-pack standards including Corona and Heineken ($8.99/six pack). Tenley stocks more than 50 single-malt Scottish whiskeys, including the grassy and fragrant Cutty Sark Blended Scotch ($20.99 for 750 mL). Browse Tenley’s wide array of cognacs, liqueurs, and several other cordials, from Absinth La Torment ($23.99 for 750 mL) to Baileys Irish Cream ($23.99 for 750 mL).
The all-natural cooking sauce is gluten free, low in sodium, fat free, and kosher. This tasty blend of spices and ingredients makes brisket creation easier than short division for a mathlete. Its all-purpose nature goes far beyond the world of brisket for which it was designed. Use it to give new life to meatballs, or add it to slow-cooked chicken. Check out a few recipe ideas here. You can grab up to three of these hermetically sealed jars of goodness. Head toward the condiments section at Chevy Chase Supermarket on a quest for the sauce containing the welcoming smile of Bubbie Jeanne gracing the exterior and her hopes and dreams filling the interior.
Eastern Market Tango introduces locals to the art of tango with group dance parties and lessons conducted by a pair of in-house instructors. Jake Spatz combines his love for dance and DJ'ing in his nightly activities at Eastern Market, and Maximilliano Gluzman brings the skills he learned studying tango with renowned Argentine dancers and teaching at La Academia in Buenos Aires. Their tango lessons focus on correct posture, leading, and following to help couples communicate through body language and respectfully traverse the dance floor. They also work on improvisation, to help couples find enjoyable ways to dance together in crowded clubs or ATM vestibules where space may be limited.
During milongas—dynamic tango dance parties—advanced and beginning students strut their sultry skills on the dance floor until the wee hours. Three-tiered plates of fresh fruit and dark chocolate beckon resting dancers, as pairs work their way across the studio’s spacious hardwood floors.
At Berkshire Family Dental, dentist Hassan Chehayeb combines an approachable chairside manner with the latest technology to prioritize client comfort and convenience as he tends to their teeth. Clients relax and sip coffee in the reception area before seeing Dr. Chehayeb, who has completed extensive training through the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He specializes in dental implants and periodontics, and keeps patients entertained with virtual-reality goggles that play DVD movies. During procedures such as crowns, veneers, and inlays, he uses the highly precise CEREC machine. This technology creates restorations in about an hour—instead of over the course of multiple visits—allowing patients to quickly reassume their normal eating habits without having to first smash every meal with a sledgehammer.