Jessie Johnston

IT’s Kinetic

Jessie’s having a very parental week. Last weekend her dad flew in for a visit (during which he not only attended his first ever major league baseball game, but also ate his first pupusa) and as soon as our intrepid blogger finishes persuading her cat that she’s not being replaced, her mother will arrive. It…

Feeding the Rich to Feed the Poor

You already know IT likes to eat. You also know that we like to do so on the cheap, if possible. And while we certainly enjoyed saving on delicious meals during Washington’s just-passed Restaurant Week, we’re fascinated by a new way to feel good about dining out that has taken hold in one of our…

Shake IT, Baby

IT digs the Bard . So we drooled a little on our doublet when we heard about the Kennedy Center’s six-month-long Shakespeare in Washington festival (though we do wish they’d come up with a catchier name…Shakespeare is Capital?). The fest kicks off on Saturday (this year’s bona fide twelfth night) with a free reading of…

IT Voluntours

The combination of travel and service work, or voluntourism, is hitting the mainstream—catching the attention of college students, professionals, and, get ready for it…Travelocity. The online travel agency has recently launched Travel for Good, partnering with several nonprofit organizations to make it easier for travelers to access volunteer opportunities around the world. Travelocity is a…

IT’s Wonderful

Ever wish you’d seen the Colossus of Rhodes? Or the hanging gardens of Babylon? IT sure has. And whether or not you’ve ever shared in this desire, you’ve probably heard of these long lost marvels, while other monumental victims of history never cross your (or IT’s) mind. Not that we’re calling you (or ourselves) callous.…

Wee Travel

Traveling with a baby just got easier. Actually, that’s not true. It’s just that we offspring-free bloggers only recently learned about a service to help those traveling with babies, and we think it’s cool, even if it’s only news to us. The service? Baby equipment rentals. Our introduction to this concept came in the form…

Drink Up

This week the winner of Nicaragua‘s National Drink Contest will be announced at a gala reception at Managua’s Hotel Real InterContinental. The contest invited all Nicaraguan residents, from professional bartenders to amateur barflies, to submit recipes for cocktails involving rum (competition-sponsor Flor de Caña-brand only) that could act as the country’s alcoholic ambassador, along the…

Louvre Schmouvre

IT loves Paris. When contemplating our beloved, we generally dwell on her more venerable delights—bridges across the Seine, winding Marais sidestreets— leaving it up to less storied destinations to tempt us with the next big thing. This fall however, the city of lights is forcing us to turn our historically inclined gaze beyond the Mona…

Cinema Paraíso

IT’s tired of being single, so we’re officially entering the dating scene. When we took you out for dinner last week it was more of a "hesidate," but this week IT’s serious: We’re taking you to the movies. The fall round of film festivals officially kicked off last weekend in Telluride, and continues apace in…

Castles in the Sun

2006 – 1st Place at World Championships of Sand Scuplture: “I Shall Fear No Evil…” Much to IT’s chagrin, summer will soon be drawing to a close. There’s still time for one last sunny fling, though, so this week our summer trilogy—successfully begun with the lowdowns on swimming pools and gelato—concludes with the highly anticipated…

IT’s Restaurant Weakness

IT likes to eat. When we can, we like to eat well. But if gourmet’s not an option we have no qualms admitting that we’ll eat our fill of pretty much whatever you put in front of us. The week before last, though, we were delighted to have the opportunity to eat gourmet food in…

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Next time you’re in D.C., you may notice an extra spring in your step. That’s because we’re getting some rubber sidewalks in our fair city. The Washington, D.C., government has contracted with Rubbersidewalks Inc. to install sidewalks made of shredded, recycled tires instead of unforgiving concrete on some city blocks. The benefits: Your bones are…

How Sweet IT Is

In case anyone was in doubt, last week’s heat wave was a clear reminder of just what season is upon us. Since we already gave you the lowdown on how to find a pool near you, this week IT will explore another favorite means of summer temperature reduction: ice cream. Or, to be precise, our…

Bard in the Yard

IT recently enjoyed a glorious evening of scenery and greenery at the D.C. Shakespeare Theatre Company‘s annual Free for All in Rock Creek Park‘s Carter Barron Amphitheatre. The excellent production of Pericles, combined with the inherent pleasure of getting something for nothing, got us thinking about free outdoor Shakespeare and where else to find it.…