Allie: How did you wind up living in DC?
Steph: I’m from Montgomery County – born and raised. I went to New Orleans for college, then lived in San Francisco for a job, and then decided it was time to come back to my roots. I’ve been in DC for three years now.
Allie: I hear you just started a cool new job – tell me about it!
Steph: I’m the U.S. Marketing and Communications Manager for Leon, which is a mediterranean-inspired place that serves naturally fast food.
Allie: Hmm..why have I never heard of this place?
Steph: It’s not open yet! Leon is opening in early September.
Allie: Once it opens, how do I get there and what should I order?
Steph: It’s on 1724 L Street in Farragut North, and any of our sandwiches are delicious – they’re served on challah buns. We also have really good falafel and lamb kofta. (NOTE: Follow Leon on Facebook and Instagram for updates)
Allie: Can you offer a deal to GatherDC-ers?
Steph: On September 5th and 6th, you can come in for free food if you give us feedback on it. RSVP to email@example.com. Also, if you sign up for our Leon club you can get 40% off after 5:00pm once it opens.
Allie: At the end of a long work day, what’s your favorite way to relax?
Steph: Yoga. But definitely not hot yoga. I really like The Yoga Shala in Shaw.
Allie: Besides The Yoga Shala, what are your top 3 favorite workout classes or studios in DC?
Steph: Oh there’s too many to pick just three! I’d say Off Road for boxing, FlyBarre for barre, and Reformation Fitness for HIIT/TRX.
Allie: What’s your resolution for this coming year?
Steph: Keeping a good work-life balance. I want to find time to work out as much as I’d like while crushing my new job.
Allie: How do you motivate yourself to workout so often?
Steph: The prospect of one day obtaining a 6-pack keeps me going.
Allie: When and/or where are you the happiest?
Steph: When I’m snuggling my Australian lab Sophie, while outside of course.
Allie: Who is your Jewish role model?
Steph: My grandpa. He’s a Holocaust Survivor. He lost half his family and came here when he was 16 knowing no English. He had to make a life for himself and his family. Today, he volunteers for The United States Holocaust Museum once a week.
Allie: If you could have 3 celebs in your entourage, who would you choose and why?
Steph: Anna Kendrick, everyone tells me I look like her and she is awesome. Gal Gadot, because woman power. Channing Tatum, because he’s always been my man crush.
Allie: What is your favorite Jewish food?
Steph: My grandpa’s potato kugel and my mom’s noodle kugel – really all types of kugel.
Allie: What’s your favorite way to celebrate the Jewish New Year?
Steph: Being with my family. Eating lots of apples and honey.
Allie: Complete the sentence: When Jews of DC Gather…
Steph: They make and eat good food while kvelling or kvetching.
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