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Jack Evans this morning led a small crowd of well-wishers in marking the 15th anniversary of Bluemercury in Georgetown. He read a city proclamation and was joined by founders Barry and Marla Beck. The shop on M was the beauty chain's first. They've grown to 55 stores and make lots and lots of moolah. And here's one reason why: two dudes, baseball caps fashionably ass backwards, cruised by on their fixies. One says to the other: "Bluemercury is the real deal. I buy all my lotions there." It's a candy store for people who love lotions, and scents, and oils,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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It was a family occasion for chef Daniel Boulud on Friday night when he opened his first Washington restaurant -- DBGBDC at CityCenter. Above he is with his daughter, Alix, new son Julien and wife Katherine. They hosted a packed party at the restaurant, which opens to the public today. Below are some other pics from the party: the food, with a reflection of the room; Daniel with Patrick O'Connell, Alix (who just moved to Washington) with friends, and Daniel again with a fan, the famous burgers, the view from H Street. Also, the two of us. Daniel and I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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There's a reason the U.S. military and aeronautics experts have studied the magic flying powers of the Hummingbird. They can maneuver in ways not possible for any other bird. I was fortunate to spot a few of them this past weekend at a friend's home on the Chesapeake Bay. I shot these photos with the wonder camera, my Sony RX100, on full zoom. I was probably 15 feet away, sitting very still. Behind them is the screen on a window. You'll have to imagine the happy sounds they made as they sipped at sugar water. Their wings make a sound... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Is there a worse day to have to go to work than the day after Labor Day? No. So, for the first time in ages, I'm taking the day off. This is the last week before the calendar fills up. I've got more than 20 invitations I've accepted between now and November. (Between us, I wish more charitable organizations switched to the ALS model. I'd rather get dunked by a bucket of ice water than go to a gala any day). Just think, six months from now we'll be begging for this heatwave. Above, some favorite photos of summer, shot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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I visited with a friend in Chestertown, Maryland. His home overlooks the water but also has a beautiful garden out back. Being there expressed the idea of a summer idyll in the best possible way (including some late-night partying, too, but not photographed!) Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Redskins president Bruce Allen will be the guest at The Q&A Cafe on September 23 to answer questions about RGIII, Kirk Cousins, a new stadium, maybe even a new name. Join us. 202.333.9330. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Cynthia Riggs and Howard Attebery. Photo by Jonathan Wiggs for the Boston Globe There was a wonderful love story in the Boston Globe this weekend. No need for me to go into deep detail, just read it. I will say this, I know the woman in the story, Capt. Cynthia Riggs of Martha's Vineyard, because for a little while in the 1980s she dated my late father, Richard H. Ross. We all met when Charlie Rose hired Cynthia to captain his boat, the Curiosity, for a trip up the Potomac River. Cynthia lived on her own boat at the Gangplank... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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As events have played out in Ferguson, MO, people in other communities have asked, "Could it happen here?" Could it happen right here in Washington DC or the immediate suburbs? The discussion is at the point where police departments are re-evaluating how they train and staff their officers and some officials are questioning the use by police of military-grade equipment in confronting protestors. Ferguson, police body cams, traffic photo enforcement, the anniversary of 9/11, the inevitable new mayor, the challenges facing the force, and her own future, are just some of the topics we'll explore with Metropolitan Police Department Chief... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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I was pleased to see The Georgetowner newspaper this week take a strong stand in the dumpster debate. It's not online, alas, but they basically said the ANC needs to review the rules and take some kind of action to protect residents from what is bascially contractor abuse. The city has to take some blame, too, because it costs virtually nothing for a contractor to get a dumpster permit, as well as permits to occupy residential parking. There's no question its a fraught subject. There's deep frustration among residents who are directly impacted. I live in the vicinity of two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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That legendary Texan, Dan Rather, will bring his considerable personality to The Q&A Cafe on Friday, November 7. This will happen in the immediate aftermath of the midterm elections and he'll help us reflect on the results and what they mean for the lameduck years of the Obama presidency and the 2016 elections. Another topic to explore is the recent news that Robert Redford will portray Dan in a film about Rathergate, a film in which Cate Blanchett will co-star. Dan is a busy journalist and broadcaster. Check out the Dan Rather website to learn more. Oh, and Texas. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
In a block of eyesores it is one of the worst. I'm referring to the Georgetown Theater, which sat neglected for years on Wisconsin Avenue just above Dumbarton. The previous owners did nothing to maintain the place and at a precious cost to Georgetown. In particular, the symbolic sign, which in its prime was a standard of photographs of the village. Here's a report that I found this morning on Topher Mathews The Georgetown Metropolitan. It should give us all hope. I remember when the theater operated as an actual theater. That's where I saw the movie "Carrie" with my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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The new season of The Q&A Cafe, and our 13th year, launches on Friday, September 12, with Metrpolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. Soon after, on Friday, October 3rd, we'll welcome a man who preaches to power each Sunday, the Rev. Stuart Kenworthy, of Georgetown's Christ Episcopal Church. He's retiring his pulpit and his last sermon is Sunday, October 5th. Both Lanier and Kenworthy have fascinating stories to tell. Another must-see comes in the next month, when on Friday October 17 we turn to politics and the mid-term elections with political and economic strategist Gregory Valliere. There will be additional... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
I love this Vogue list. I tried most of these looks while living in NYC or France, where they understand fashion experimentation. Washington doesn't have the DNA to understand fashion, but there's always hope with the advancements in gene (and jeans) research. Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, May 2013 The most memorable fashion moments in history were never made by playing it safe. Treading the line between faux pas and forward-thinking is the key to developing a fearless sense of personal style. In celebration of Vogue’s August Age Issue, we’ve put together a bucket list of fashion risks to have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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If you are in search of a delicious Maryland crab cake, head to Deale, Maryland and Petie Greens. I try to hit Petie's a few times each summer and even into the fall. I go for the crab cakes. It's a classic western shore road house, serving a lot of locals and families and with a busy bar. But, again, it's the crab cakes. They also sell the uncooked cake to be prepared at home, which allows me to drive out, stop at the farmer stands along the Deale road for sweet corn, tomatoes and watermelon, pick up the carry-out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Sharing my Chesapeake Bay weekend with you, and hope these images bring calm, warmth and a nice breeze, plus a dose of "twinkle, twinkle little star." Western shore watermelon whipped into an icy daiquiri and served for Sunday brunch with a farmers market herb, kale and feta baked frittata (a meal that is all about second helpings.) Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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In my New York Social Diary column this week I swooned for DC restaurant Toki Underground. I also mentioned that Toki has home delivery. Its from a relatively new service, Caviar. Tonight I tried Caviar for the first time and ordered from Toki. I recommend Toki, but Caviar offers home delivery from a range of quality restaurants. Below are some photos of how the food looked when it arrived, approximately an hour after I put in my order online. I polled my housemates and overall we were pleased and impressed. Toki was a good test because we'd had dinner at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
This Q&A Cafe interview was taped several years ago, just before Quinn Bradlee married Pari Williamson. He appeared with his parents, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn. Today, in a Washingtonian story, Sally confirmed rumors that have been on the street for while that Quinn and Pari are divorcing. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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We stopped by the Washington Kastles tennis match tonight. Because of the southwest waterfront development the annual summer matches moved indoors to the Smith Center at George Washington University. Tonight's competition were the Boston Lobsters. Spotted in the audience: former DC mayor Adrian Fenty, there will his son and other family members. There are still two more nights of matches, including the championship on Thursday. Tickets are here. KASTLES OWNER MARK EIN KASTLES CHEERLEADERS (YES, TENNIS CHEERLEADERS) START OFF THE EVENING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ADRIAN FENTY, IN THE HOUSE BOBBY REYNOLDS HAD SOME AMAZING SERVES AND ACED THE LOBSTERS Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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WITH BRENDAN SULLIVAN, LOOKING OUT FOR ME ON SEA AND ON LAND Today's New York Social Diary column wraps up a week of celebrating, including a sail on a fine yacht, "Celebration." There's also a juicy rumor and some very good food, and the company of family of friends. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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I'm pleased to announce that MPD Police Chief Cathy Lanier will be the guest at The Q&A Cafe on Thursday, September 18. Lanier last appeared several years ago, not long after she was appointed to the job by Mayor Adrian Fenty, and she was a popular and engaging guest. That's to be expected. Lanier was reappointed by Fenty' successor, Mayor Vincent Gray. What will happen with Muriel Bowser? Will DC's next mayor prevail on Lanier to stay in the job or will Lanier seek another role in her professional life? At one point there was speculation she would run for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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If this is not what my brain looks like, exactly, it is at least what it feels like from time to time. I came upon this room while on a field shoot for something else, but could not resist. The proprietor apologized for the appearance, to which I said, "please, don't. This is awesome." He said, "it's actually cleaned up." I said, "more awesome." Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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First thing for us when Spencer, Kate Davis and I arrived at the Washingtonian magazine "Best of Washington" party was to head to the food table set up by a family favorite, Toki Underground. The chef/owner is Erik Bruner-Yang and he does, among ramen and dumplings and other delicacies, great buns. I love his buns. Whethe at Toki or Union Market, and especially at a party where he is there serving them up. We hit another dozen or so food stations, too. It's such a feast, this party. If you haven't yet had Erik's buns, make it a culinary priority.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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I had it all in the last week -- a rural getaway to Clarke County, VA and an urban getaway to NYC -- and gloat about both experiences today on New York Social Diary. Friends, fun, food and not having to make the bed. The Virginia part was to spend time with jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke and her husband John Staelin, and the New York part was to spend time with David Patrick Columbia and Jeff Hirsch of NYSD and Daniel Boulud and Evyn Block of the Boulud "empire." I take you with me. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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AT FIOLA MARE W/ TRAVIS, MARIA AND JOHN, AFTER THE FIREWORKS We had a great view of the national fireworks from our table at Fiola Mare on Friday July 4th. Just one of many fun foodie adventures of the past several days, accounted for in my New York Social Diary column today. Also, a visit to Mark Furstenberg and his handsome new bakery, Bread Furst. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Happy July 4th, everyone. Remember to kick back, be proud, have fun, hug a friend/lover and eat your berry pie. Sublime July 4th raspberry pie from Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, VA. Ya gotta have a hot dog on July 4th, and the best are at Haute Dogs and Fries in Old Town Alexandria. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com