Why We Love 14th Street

Where to find Fuse in DC.

Where to find Fuse in DC.

Now that 14th Street’s Fuse Pilates has all of our class offerings, it truly is the center of all things wonderful in D.C.

Sure, I might be partial (I live in the neighborhood), but I moved to the area in 2002, and when I first lived here, 14th Street had almost practically nothing. I think Thai Tanic and St. Ex were the only places to eat. Le Diplomate was a laundromat. There was a stinky fish market where Dolcezza is now. And Room and Board was an empty, graffiti-covered warehouse.

So, in celebration of all things 14th Street, I thought I would give a brief overview of my favorites.

Dolcezza’s black sesame gelato. Ah-ma- zing. Also they have excellent croissants.

Coffee and gelato in one cute shop right across the street from the studio. Perfection. Photo: www.dolcezzagelato.com

Coffee and gelato in one cute shop right across the street from the studio. Perfection. Photo: www.dolcezzagelato.com

Nail Saloon. Yes, it’s really expensive. But, to go into a nail salon that doesn’t smell like a nail salon and have hermetically sealed tools that probably won’t give you a staph infection is a luxury I find worth worthwhile. Plus, they have the most gorgeous colors of polish that don’t have bad stuff in them that gives you cancer. I’m 100% for things not giving me cancer.

El Centro’s fish tacos and tableside guacamole. I’m always game for guacamole. Also their sangria is great. And by great, I mean you can drink it like it’s Kool-Aid, which means it’s tasty and dangerous. Live on the edge.

Taco heaven at El Centro. Photo: www.richardsandoval.com.

Taco heaven at El Centro. Photo: www.richardsandoval.com.

The scenery. There are a LOT of attractive people walking around 14th Street. I think the ratio of fit and good-looking people is especially high in our neighborhood. Some very hot men run shirtless. I approve. (Yes, that’s sexist, but just think about how many sexist things are said daily about women. Time to return the favor.)

Compass Rose’s khachapuri. Haven’t had it? Let me describe. Khachapuri is a Georgian (Eastern Europe, not Southern U.S.) cheese bread that is essentially a boat of bread into which they put butter, multiple kinds of cheese, and then they crack an egg on top and mix it all up into a gooey pile of wonderfulness.

Yes, it's as good as it looks. Photo: www.foodandwine.com

Yes, it’s as good as it looks. Photo: www.foodandwine.com

Trader Joe’s. Sure, I love Whole Paycheck as much as the rest of you, but to be able to go into a grocery store and get a bag full of food for less than $40 is astounding. Plus, they have all sorts of great things like dark chocolate covered peanut butter cups, sriracha potato chips, cookie butter, and, oh yeah, organic meat and veggies. Plus, the people who manage the long lines are on their game. You get in and out fast.

Salt & Sundry. Need a cute, unique gift for a birthday, wedding, anniversary? Look no further.

Excuse us while we redecorate every room in the house. Photo: www.bonappetit.com.

Excuse us while we redecorate every room in the house. Photo: www.bonappetit.com.

Ted’s Bulletin. Because sometimes a girl wants a milkshake. And other times, she wants a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup – just like mom used to make, unless you had my mom, who was Dutch, so our grilled cheese sandwiches were made with gouda and there wasn’t tomato soup. But you get what I’m saying.

I could go on and on. It seems that every week, something new comes to 14th Street. This week, it’s our reformer and reformer plus classes at Fuse. Who knows what next week will hold?

Stay hard core,
Mariska

More to love about 14th Stret from the Fuse family
Jocelyn
– Being close to Whole Foods and a ton of great restaurants.
Clare – Hanging out in the circle after class, soaking up the sun and people watching. Also, Miss Pixie’s!
Meredith – Shows at the Black Cat and brunch at St. Ex.
Ayelet – Going out to dinner on 14th. So many awesome restaurants to choose from!
Laura – Manis and pedis at Nail Saloon! Plus great post-Fuse fuel at sweetgreen, and delicious pizza and wine from Ghibellina + Sotto!
Joe – Peregrine Espresso & Press Juice Bar. Also check out Miss Pixie’s for some creative home accessorizing!
Rumer – Shopping at Salt & Sundry, grabbing dinner at Doi Moi or Le Diplomate. And of course Lululemon!

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