Today is the second day of The Takoma Park Five, a series of recurring lists about Takoma Park. Each weekday, we'll feature top five lists that look at sports, people, real estate, weekend best bets and a wild card topic. (If you want to help us figure out the wild card topic for this week, tell us in the comments section.)
Tuesdays are all about people. And that can mean a lot of things. It might be a list created by a Takoma Park resident or a list of Takoma Park residents. It could be your list of favorite places to ride your bike in the city or a list of the best bartenders. We're getting creative with this, so send us your suggestions.
As an icebreaker for People Tuesdays I'll start with a simple list of my favorite things to do in Takoma Park.
1. Ride my Phillips 3-Speed on a cool autumn morning
Why: There are few things more rewarding (and more Takoma Park) than a morning bike ride. I work from home, so my commute is about three feet from my bedroom to my office. (I think, by default, that makes me a green commuter.) I need to get out sometimes, and a bike ride is the perfect way to do that. I put on my tweeds and take out the old Phillips 3-speed, which I've lovingly named Breslin (after the Great One), for a ride around Takoma Park.
2. Have a beer and a pizza at Roscoe's after work.
Why: I grew up in a working-class family in South Jersey, so pizza and beer have been a big part of my life. I haven't found a good slice anywhere in Washington, D.C. (suggestions welcomed), but I have found a wealth of great Neapolitan pizza. Two Amy's is the classic, but Roscoe's, which I've just recently tried, is pretty good as well. And their craft beer selection is small, but significant.
3. Have a late-night drink at the Olive Lounge.
Why: I tried to go to this bar three time before I actually found it. And to me that's the sign of a great bar — tucked away, small, dimly lit. Hint: You have to go through the alley. Who would have thought? But it's the perfect place to get a beer or a glass of wine in the late evening, just before my last nightly check of news in the People's Republic.
4. Eat some ice cream at Summer Delights, whether it's summer or not.
Why: Have you notice that I have three items involving eating or drinking and just one involving exercise? I'm not embarrassed about that. Attached to this article you'll find a picture of your trusty editor eating some vanilla ice cream from Summer Delights. I grew up going to an ice cream stand called Dippy's, and this is just about as close as I've ever gotten to recapturing that childhood feeling.
5. Spend my Monday nights at the city council meetings.
Why: I'm not lying here or trying to butter up Mayor Bruce Williams. I actually really enjoy the council meetings. I've covered city and county councils before, and Takoma Park is the most vibrant I've been to. The people here really care. Especially about trees.