1. It’s the economy, stupid. 2. A week is a long time in politics. Or variants thereof, such as, “If a week is a long time in politics then a month seems an eternity.” 3. What part of x don’t you understand? Although this one seems to have nearly died out already. 4. Way beyond, or way more. 5. Any time soon. 6. “Events, dear boy, events.” (Except as the name of an excellent political blog, currently in abeyance.) 7. Learning curve. 8. Raising awareness. 9. Celebrating diversity. 10. In any way, shape or form. 11. Inclusive. 12. Community, especially a vibrant one. 13. Hearts and minds. 14. Celebrity. 15. Makeover. 16. Lifestyle. 17. Going forward. 18. A forward policy. 19. A big ask. 20. At this moment in time. 21. Not fit for purpose. 22. Hard-working families. 23. Apologies for lack of postings. 24. Black hole (in a financial context). 25. The elephant in the room. 26. Perfect storm. 27. Seal the deal. 28. A good election to lose. 29. Game-changer. 30. Beginning an article with “So”. 31. IMO, IMHO, LOL, ROFL and so on. I mean, whose opinion is it going to be? Genuinely witty abbreviations, however, are permitted, for example, QTWTAIN, YYSSW, IICRS (Questions to Which the Answer is No; Yeah, Yeah, Sure, Sure, Whatever; Iraq Inquiry Coverage Rebuttal Service). 32. Vibrant (when used to mean lots of non-English people). 33. Progressive. 34. Arguably, as in “arguably the most perfect village in the Siebenburgen” (Spectator, 24 July 2010). 35. Headlines beginning “Now”, as in “Now You Pay for Prison Parties.” 36. We will take no lessons on x from y. 37. Beginning a report with “They came”. 38. Iconic. 39. “Action” as a verb. 40. Parameter. 41. The level of. 42. A sense of. 43. A series of. 44. The introduction of. 45. A package of. Especially measures. 46. A basket of. 47. A raft of. 48. A range of. 49. The prospect of. 50. (All) the hallmarks of. 51. “Leverage” as a verb. 52. U-turn as a verb. 53. Dislocate as a noun. Or disconnect. 54. Toilet, storyline or any other unsuitable noun as a verb. 55. Exponential or exponentially used to mean big or a lot. 56. Incredible or incredibly as intensifiers. 57. On a daily basis. 58. It’s in his/her/their DNA. 59. Let’s be clear. 60. At the end of the day. 61. Organic, to refer to anything unrelated to farming or to the chemical science that deals with carbon-based compounds. 62. “The truth is…” before the peddling of an opinion. 63. End of. 64. Any journey not describing travel from A to B. 65. A no-brainer. 66. Pot, kettle. 67. What’s not to like? 68. Max out (in relation to credit cards only). 69. He/she gets it. They get it. He/she/it just doesn’t get it. 70. “All the evidence tells us” to mean “I’ve read something about this somewhere that confirms my prejudices”. 71. Fairly unique. 72. Paradigm shift. Or anything to do with a paradigm. 73. Quantum leap, except to mean a very small change of fixed magnitude. 74. Step change. 75. Sea change. 76. Real people and the real world. In real time. 77. Coffee, the waking up and smelling thereof. 78. Ongoing. 79. Project, except in the construction industry. 80. “No longer.” (Following a loving description of The Way We Were.) 81. Agenda, except to describe a list of things to be discussed in a meeting. 82. Out of the box (especially thinking). 83. Kick the can down the road. 84. Psychodrama. (To describe any tense political relationship.) 85. Radar, to be on someone’s, or to be under the. 86. Name and shame. 87. Does what it says on the tin. 88. Stakeholder. 89. Deliverables. 90. Key (adjective). Especially keynote speech. 91. Enough already. 92. Who knew? 93. Epic fail. 94. See what I/he/she did there? 95. Not so much. 96. Beleaguered, except of a city, town or fort with turrets. 97. Rolling out, except carpet, wallpaper or logs. 98. Forward planning (until invention of time machine allowing other kinds). 99. “And yet, and yet …” 100. The suffix -gate added to any news theme supposedly embarrassing to a government.
Powerful Because: It moved Barracks Row beyond 7-Eleven.
Marines bunking at the barracks on 8th Street SE were never starving: Sandwiches from Capital City Sub could sustain them. And, in a pinch, there’s always 7-Eleven. But, until 2004, nobody considered that dumpy retail strip a particularly appetizing destination for a nice dinner. That’s when Bart Vandaele opened up his venerable moules frites and waffle shop. The tiny restaurant ushered in a new scene: Since Belga’s arrival, a slew of other places have moved in nearby: Matchbox, Ted’s Bulletin, Cava Mezze, and The Chesapeake Room, to name a few. The neighborhood now throws an annual block party called “Taste of 8th” to give people a chance to try them all. Vandaele helped pave the way. And his Belgian fare has not, um, waffled, even if the service can sometimes seem like the place has joined the European slow-food movement. —Stefanie Gans
701 9th St. NW, (202) 638-0800
Powerful Because: You still want to eat there, years later.
Almost every week brings a new restaurant to the city. Crowds flock. Crowds decline. Crowds move on. But not at Zaytinya. Eight years after it opened (when Penn Quarter was just starting to push its neighborhood branding northward), José Andrés’ homage to Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisine continues coaxing crowds with a balance of refinement and familiarity. Locals and tourists alike are drawn to the sleek, white, bright interior, well put-together food, and affordable menu. Sustaining such a full house almost every night of the week is no easy task in this transient town, where new restaurants—whether good or bad—command attention. Besides an array of tempting mezzes, Zaytinya pumps up the star power in the kitchen. Andrés is not the only boldface name protruding from this dining scene staple: Two-time Top Chef alum (and owner of the forthcoming Graffiato) Mike Isabella once plated lamb shanks and tabbouleh in the 230-seat Mediterranean haven. —SG
28. Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, (202) 822-8783
Powerful because: Sorry—and seasonal—only seem to be the hardest words.
Founding Farmers was pretty much bitch-slapped by The Washington Post in 2009. Former Post reporter Jane Black revealed its supposed farm-fresh menu was not as local or seasonal as it preached. The restaurant put forth a nasty rebuttal. But it has since re-shaped its message, acknowledging its menu may not always reach perfection with the most sustainable or organic items, though the restaurant will surely strive for it. If there’s power in the mea culpa, then Founding Farmers swallowed a heaping helping of pride. (It doesn’t waver, however, in its green leadership, as the first D.C. restaurant to be LEED Gold certified.) The sniping over vendors and sourcing may never have reached the masses, though; Founding Farmers still does a whopping 1,240 covers a day, a testament to its staying power. And no wonder: It shares a building with the International Monetary Fund and sits just three blocks from the White House. With neighbors like that, Founding Farmers must have known how to keep calm and carry on. —SG
633 D St. NW, (202) 637-1222
Powerful Because: It’s the new Bombay Club.
This Penn Quarter restaurant offers an eloquent combination of gorgeous food (crispy spinach, tandoori salmon) and chic interior, all at a price point guaranteed to impress guests by how much you’re dropping on them. Sure, you could lose just as many rupees at Bombay Club (same owner), that stately old-school power spot with the crusty piano player. But the younger power set prefer to chew their naan some place a bit more hip. Yes, the nouveau Indian restaurant, which is planning a second spot for the West End, claims the loyalty of The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. But the city’s true commander of cool, Michelle Obama, also anointed it with her presence, knowing its role as a place to be spotted but not disturbed. —SG
818 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 331-8118
Powerful Because: It passed through fire.
The president and first lady selected this acclaimed seasonal and locally sourced American restaurant as the site of their first date night in the District, just days before his January 2009 inauguration. It’s good to get to know the new neighborhood. Husband and wife team Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray opened up the eatery in 1999 in a coveted spot, about a block away from the White House. Almost a year after they got to know the new neighbors from Chicago, a late-night kitchen fire heavily damaged the place, but the Grays didn’t budge from their powerful perch. They rebuilt, opening six months later to welcoming reviews. One ironic selection for the relaunched restaurant’s new menu: the char. —SG