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November days are supposed to be all about bright blue skies, crisp air, and colorful leaves, but Washington's weather has been decidedly flaky lately. Snow in October? Not cool, Mother Nature. Luckily, we've been doing more than just shopping to prep for the blustery days ahead. We spent an afternoon with Black Jack's bar manager Jack Caminos — a master mixologist with a serious 'stache — and got schooled on how to recreate three of the bar's best drinks. These cocktails are guaranteed to make you feel warm and cozy all winter long. Plus, with names like The Black Apple and Bull's Blood, they're a major step up from your usual spiked hot chocolate.
Photographed by Jane Pierce
Going home means getting an opportunity to appreciate some things you always took for granted. Things like a full fridge, neighbors who know your name, and decent thrift shops with reasonable prices (seriously — if we could count all the moments of rage we've experienced from sticker shock in big-city thrift shops...). read
Our noses are redder than a Louboutin sole, and we haven't felt our toes since October. Yep, it’s cold here in NYC. But, in Wisconsin, for example (where this editor's mother lives), it's even worse. (Meanwhile, his brother in L.A. thinks his 65-degree day is nippy.)
Winter weather may be complicated, but our read