Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
"The middle classes are being pushed down by inflation, which makes a stable standard of living seem an unattainable hope. The gap between the haves and the have-nots is widening. The basic needs for housing, health care and education are not being met for millions... Decision-making is invariably confined to small circles, with the outcomes largely intended to serve special and self-serving interests."
Sound familiar? The authors might be referring to countries in the Middle East, but it's getting harder and harder to throw stones.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Came across this quote on Facebook and loved it. Isn't it beautiful to think of a battle represented in dance rather than in war?
"The tango is a direct expression of something that poets have often tried to state in words: the belief that a fight may be a celebration." - Jorges Luis Borges
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, December 29, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Can anyone think of where? Stoney's has moved into the space recently vacated by P St. Bistro. Are there open spaces I'm blanking on?
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
I've been to SF a few times now, and the last most exciting place was Burrito Juan or something equally generic-sounding. I'm not kidding; this was the best burrito I've had yet (and I'm on a mission to try them all).
But the Swan Oyster Depot (no web site, of course) looks incomparable. How amazing, by the way, is Flickr? I'm so excited to try it... and of course will share when I get back. But I have six weeks left to drool...
Anyone have favorite restaurants in SF or Maui? Please leave a comment.
First of all, of course this place is called Ethel's. Two of my great-grandmas were named Ethel. I don't think there is a more loving, Jewish-grandma-ish name out there.
And I love that they're open all over Chicago (there's a warm place in my heart for Chicago) because you really need to warm up there, and I hear the seratonin in chocolate helps with that. But most of all, since I rarely get to Chicago anymore, I really love that the only one outside of Chicago is in Las Vegas.
Oh, and lastly I love that someone is trying to take the Starbucks concept to a new food. Let's see if it works.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
- Rasika - Indian, near Chinatown. Apparently opening next week, Dec. 12. Chef Vikram Sundaram has come to DC from London's award-winning Bombay Brasserie, according to The List.
- Fogo de Chao - Finally, DC gets a churrascuria. For those of you still confused, that is Brazilian for lots of meat, delivered to your table on an "all you can eat" basis. It's a chain but looks promising. Coming THIS WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7!
- Zengo - recently opened. Billed as "modern Mexican" food, it seems frighteningly more like Mexican meets Asian.
- Open City - see post below for details on this new Woodley Park hangout by the owners of Tryst and the Diner
- Jin - yet another odd mix of Caribbean-Hawaiian. It's located on 14th Street, next to Busboys and Poets. Looks a bit Euro-trash for the neighborhood, but you can't judge a bar by its windows.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
I'd be very careful sending anyone to Wesleyan University in Connecticut because they're getting rid of single-sex dorm rooms. You won't even be able to guarantee that your daughter is living with another woman.
Check it out here. If you have any respect for what this guy has to say, please take his advice and stay away from Wes.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Something new: blogs
Something borrowed: David Corn
[Open Source Media] will link to individual blog postings and highlight the best contributions, chosen by OSM editors, in a special section. Bloggers will be paid undisclosed sums based on traffic they generate.- A.P.
Monday, November 14, 2005
The latest venture by Constantine Stavropoulos (Tryst, The Diner) is called Open City, and it is situated on a piece of prime real estate by the corners of Connecticut and Calvert in Woodley Park/Adams Morgan. The coffeehouse/diner/bar aims to, like Stavropoulos' successful Tryst, become the "third place" for area residents. "You have this third place that you go to," Stavropoulos explains. "There's your office, your home, and the other place." This particular third place—also Stavropoulos' third spot in the city—will offer WiFi and feature a gourmet coffee bar, a full-service (cocktail) bar with beer on tap and some 12-or-so wines by-the-glass, and plenty of seats in the dining area to order upscale-ish diner food like Italian-style pizzas, eggs all day, sandwiches and salads.Incidentally, that corner of Connecticut was nowhere near Adams Morgan until Metro decided to name the stop Woodley Park/Adams Morgan. One mile away, over a bridge, does not constitute one contiguous neighborhood. But I digress... Unclear exactly when this new place will open, but stay tuned.
Monday, October 31, 2005
"He could feel her heart beneath his hands. He moved his hands slowly lower still and she arched her back to help him and her lower leg came against his. "It only gets better from there. Read all about Scooter Libby's erotic fiction in this week's New Yorker.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Never fear, the Office of Emergency Management is on the case. In the meantime, use this as an opportunity to quell your sweet tooth.
Monday, October 24, 2005
The other new restaurant to arrive will be Rumberos, brought to us by the folks responsible for the Rumba Cafe in Adams Morgan. Can't complain about that one.
I'll keep you posted as more information arrives.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
This year's event will be hosted by David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Stella) and feature comedians including:
• Susie Essman (HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Comedy Central)
• Colin Quinn (Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn)
• Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Late Night with Conan O'Brien)
• Demetri Martin (Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central, Perrier winner)
• Caroline Rhea (The Caroline Rhea Show)
• Dean Obedeillah (CNN, Air America 's Morning Sedition)
• Aziz Ansari (Premium Blend, ECNY- Best Male Stand Up)
• Catie Lazarus (AMC, ECNY- Best Comedy Writer) **
Advanced tickets can be purchased online for $30 at seedsofpeace.org/events. Special $25 student tickets are also available. All tickets at the door will be $40. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Seeds of Peace at 212-573-8040 x.32.
All door proceeds will benefit Seeds of Peace, a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization dedicated to empowering young people from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.
** Catie went to college with me
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
"the D.C. City Council passed emergency legislation establishing .05 as the blood alcohol content level below which a driver is presumed not to be intoxicated."
No need to concern yourself with that one glass of wine anymore. Drink up, suburbanites, and drive yourselves home with no fear.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Thursday, October 06, 2005
This case is so interesting to me. Basically, it's a classic debate over whether a school should promote literature that runs counter to its values. What's most unusual is that this is a parochial school, and the literature is being called "un-Christian."
But this seems to me to bring up all kinds of political issues. If evolution is "un-Christian" and only creationism is real, do we stop reading Huxley in schools?
You can't hide behind literature. It is just another medium - like television, like movies, like music - that describes the era in which we live. If there is more homosexuality in literature today, it means just one thing. And that's what worries people.
"A bag is sort of like a portable house. It represents you."Who are these people buying $1K handbags and - seriously - have you donated your money to Katrina victims yet? These are people who, according to the NYT, make $50,000 to $75,000 a year! People: you are spending 1/50 of your income on a purse. What if someone spills a beer on it?
But my next question is what do you do when you're done with that purse? When you're bored of it? Can you give a $1500 purse to the Goodwill? Do you get to write off $1500 on your tax return if you do?
Monday, September 26, 2005
Take a look at this article in Grist magazine for more details. Then take yourself to Whole Foods and buy that avocado (they're proud to be from California!) that looks like it should absolutely not cost $3. It'll make some damn good guacamole!
Friday, September 23, 2005
An article in today's Christian Science Monitor only supports my thesis - as the French are supporting a campaign to encourage residents to quit driving into town. Noting that reasons to find alternative transportation (or as those punchy French call it, "clever commuting") continue to grow (global warming and rising fuel costs, to name a view), those clever French folks are actually taking action.
Of course, we've reached a tipping point in America too. You know when GM introduces a hybrid, change is afoot.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
I did read someplace that it's already open, so if I'm behind, please let me know.
And in case anyone is wondering what the heck Viridian is, it's a blue-green pigment.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
"I guess this means we've won the war on terror," said one exasperated FBI agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity because poking fun at headquarters is not regarded as career-enhancing. "We must not need any more resources for espionage."I have to say, porn on the web bothers me a lot less than spam (sometimes they are indistinguishable), than Michael Brown's failed career at FEMA, and than the lack of an evacuation plan for Washington in the case of terrorism. But my vote doesn't count for much.
Monday, September 19, 2005
No doubt some of you in the new U Street/Columbia Heights corridor are intrigued by all the recent growth in the area. To that end, I thought I’d share my weekend discoveries.
Friday night: meze. Tabaq opened last month on
Saturday: pizza. Delivery from Radius in
Sunday: ever since hearing about Busboys and Poets, I’ve been excited to visit. We spent Sunday afternoon there, and my expectations were met. Busboys and Poets, which opened last Tuesday, is a hip, sunny, bright, clean Tryst. There are tables around the perimeter where people can eat a square meal of lunch or dinner (breakfast is coming, they say). Inside are comfy couches and chaises where people settled in for the afternoon. Wi-fi makes it easy to set down with a laptop. I sat down with a textbook and drank coffee for a good two hours without anyone bothering me except to ask if I wanted a refill. Food is very reasonable – they have sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and burgers, and all of them looked good. I can only speak directly to the Portobello and Goat Cheese sandwich, which was delicious. A full bar rounds out the experience, with Magic Hat #9 on tap! And there is a bookstore inside in case you need reading material.
All in all, a weekend full of delicious discoveries.