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*Is this really so shocking? A local resident says she prefers D.C. to her native California. Also, she had her car stolen three times…in California. Slate.com has the video

*Chocolate Chip Cookies! So few ingredients, yet so many ways to mess up. “Like the omelet, which many believe to be the true test of a chef, the humble chocolate chip cookie is the baker’s crucible.” If you’re hungry, open this web link at your own risk.

*Note to Metro Transit Police: you have to report your own incidents, just like you’d report others.

*And in other food news, former Top Chefer Spike Mendelsohn is set to open his burger joint this week and host his famous pals—you know, “Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and a bunch of Mendelsohn’s New York buds”—next week, according to Seriouseats.com.

*What to do when your rowhouse doesn’t provide enough lawn space to meet your gardening needs: see photo here.