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CHUCK TODD ON THE Q&A CAFE IN 2008. (OF COURSE, NEITHER ONE OF US HAS AGED) Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, will be the guest at The Q&A Cafe on Friday, December 19. (Consider this my holiday gift to you, fair readers and audience members). Do I need to say there will be a lot ot discuss? Nah. You know there will, including his new book, The Stranger, about President Obama. I would like to say we'll have books for sale, but I don't know at this point if we will, so please buy it in advance,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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When I suddenly became a solo parent to a 5 yr old, and a federal tax fraud defendent, and bankrupt, with all the chaos that landed on me, Eminem was my soulmate. He wrote to my pain and rage. His tunes were my hymns and anthems. He kept me from chugging pills and booze and committing God knows what. He tamed me. Lifted me up. He was my troubador. He comforted me in countless commutes and carpool lines and girded me before confrontations with adversaries who just wanted to take me down. Great to see him perform at The Concert... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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There are dozens of questions Bruce Allen should be asked. I will try to get to at least 15 or 20 of them on Tuesday, when he is the guest at The Q&A Cafe. But now, as I write this on Nov 21, the big one is probably: what's with two times cancelling a scheduled interview? Which is what happened on Monday afternoon. Here's the thing: while canceling the interview may seem like a small thing in the scheme of things of the Redskins organization, here's what it means in my orbit: I don't get paid. The District Cable Network... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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My much relied upon Sony RX100 camera died a couple of weeks ago and the repair was so costly it made more sense to buy a new camera, which arrived on Friday. It's the newer edition of the RX100. I took it out for a spin this weekend. I found a lot of love on the riverfront, the newly married and the newly engaged, posing here, and here, and there. As well as a lovely Saturday lunch at Fiola Mare. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Having dinner at Le Diplomate, doing its part to remind me why this is one of the best bits of culinary theater in town. Theater for the palate, the eye, and the mind. As one who slogged through this business for a dozen or more years I am always impressed with "Le Dip's" consistency of food and service. It's not easy to achieve either and especially both. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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THE OLD NEAM'S MARKET, WHEN IT WAS THE LATE MARVELOUS MARKET After I heard concern from The Georgetown Metropolitan's Topher Mathews that a bank might be a likely tenant for the old Neam's market space, I reached out. I sent a message to George Neam, who is overseeing his family's search for a new tenant. I asked whether a bank was under consideration. "That's not on my radar," was his response. Sincerely hoping his radar is accurate, because the last thing Georgetown needs, especially in such a prime location, is one more bank. What would be nice is a market... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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DAN RATHER AT THE Q&A CAFE IN 2007 I'm following up on the post earlier today that Dan Rather needed to reschedule our interview that was to be this Friday. It will now occur on Friday, December 12 at The George Town Club. Seating begins at noon, the fee is $35. For reservations, please call 202-333-9330 or email Q&A Cafe Reservations. (If you were wait-listed for 11/7 it's good to check on this new date, because perhaps not everyone who had a reservation can keep it). Our next Q&A Cafe interview is Tuesday, November 18, with "Redskins" president Bruce Allen.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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It would not be a complete Halloween without a drop by Bill Dean's annual Halloween party ... always reliably naughty and nice. We recap it today, with lots of photos, on New York Social Diary. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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The photo above is from the 11am All Saints service at Christ Episcopal Church today, notable because it was Rev. Stuart Kenworthy's last as rector after more than 20 years. The Christ Church congregation includes a lot of us here in Georgetown, but also people from beyond Georgetown's borders and, over the years, presidents and others of the nation's leaders. A few weeks ago Stuart and I did a "farewell" interview at The Q&A Cafe. He's interesting throughout, but especially when he talks about his time serving in the Iraq war and when, while he was there, a member of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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It was a day in March and I got up early to drive the long drive to Wallops Island, Virginia. It was a cool but sunny day and the drive was easy. NASA officials met me there and we were joined by photographer Ron Blunt to spend a day at the launch pad and assembly facility to shoot a story for Washingtonian. It was fascinating. The launch pad that was involved in last night's explosion is shown immediately below. It does not look like a conventional launch pad. There is no gantry. It's more of a hole in the ground... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
We taped this interview with Greg Valliere on October 17 at the George Town Club. Our next show is Friday, November 7, with Dan Rather. After that, November 18, the guest is Redskins president Bruce Allen. So much to talk about, and we make enough time at The Q&A Cafe. Join us. 202.333.9330. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
Two weeks ago I was a guest of Ferman Patterson on his Washington Full Circle broadcast. It was a very humid bad hair day that particular afternoon, but nonetheless a pleasant half hour in the air-conditioned studio. We taped the interview at the District Cable Network's new facility, the former studios of BET. Very big and nice. I hope you'll give it a view. At the very least you get to see photos of the amazing guests, and watch me age - and have various shades of hair color -- over 13 years of The Q&A Cafe. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
The late Ben Bradlee, who died today, appeared twice for interviews on The Q&A Cafe. First with Bob Woodward, and then a second time with his wife, Sally Quinn, and their son, Quinn Bradlee. The family interview, taped at Nathans, was broadcast and is preserved on YouTube. It's a rare and interesting glimpse of their closeness. Others who knew him better and longer will have many words to write and say about him, and I will read their eulogies with appreciation and sadness. I put up this interview as my own memoriam. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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When I write about new places I love I risk making it impossible to get back in, because others may follow my advice and max it out, but I also love to see good restaurants do well. Thus, on New York Social Diary today I write about Chez Billy Sud, which opened last week in Georgetown on 31st Street just below the C&O Canal. I believe this week they start serving lunch, too, and eventually will also have weekend brunch. I've been in on a few evenings, so far, and was not disappointed. I'm not going to give up the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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It was a perfect day to spend in Rappahannock County, Virginia, and that's exactly what I did, doing a morning/afternoon getaway with my pal Myra Moffett, who used to live across the way from us in "Little" Washington (the county seat). Stopped by a friend's farm to walk the hills and fields and snap some pics, including of our host in hiding under a mask. Also made a pit stop at the great Red Truck Bakery to pick up a pumpkin pie, which makes for the best breakfast. Pie for breakfast; try it sometime. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier appeared on The Q&A Cafe on Friday, September 26, to discuss the job, how its going, how she deals with stress, and, with a new mayor on the horizon, the future. Also body cameras and much more. Our next show is this Friday, October 17, looking at the mid-term elections. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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On Friday October 10 it will be my last day at Washingtonian magazine. It will also be three years to the day since I joined the staff as Editor-at-Large. On October 20 I begin a new chapter as Vice President of Communications for the FP Group. I'm eager for a new challenge. As I depart Washingtonian this week I'm thrilled about what's ahead but know I will miss good friends and the laughs we had and some memorable experiences, especially producing the monthly photo feature "Behind The Scenes." I'm so proud of that series. I'm also grateful for the support... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Brought this home last night from DBGB Kitchen + Bar to have while watching Sunday Night Football. Daniel Boulud may be a world famous French chef, and his new DC restaurant has a fine French menu with the sausages of his Lyon childhood and the best duck breast I've had in ages (plus foie gras, steak tartare, escargots), but he also knows his American fried chicken. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Georgetowners in the area of 31st and P and O Streets aren't the only individuals suffering through bumptious home renovation drama. They have solidarity with the New Jersey neighbors of Ice-T and Coco, whose own home renovaton in Edgewater has the community "fed up," according to Page 6. Renovations at two homes on 31st pushed neighbors past their boiling points weeks ago, but at least their frustrations were heard by Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, who voted unanimously to crackdown on dumpster abuse. The measure now goes to the city for approval. The immediate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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For those who enjoy cold, ice and snow, the happy season is about to begin. It doesn't make me very happy, at least not the cold and ice, but I do love a good snowstorm that shuts down the city. We haven't had that since 2009-10, but last winter hit us with a succession of small snowstorms that would not relent. What's expected for the winter of 2014-15? We went an expert at the National Weather Service said about the coming Washington winter. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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I don't eat a lot of bread because I am easily addicted to bread. Just the same I love bread, and so... I've had bread on the mind these past few days and since Johnson's was out of their money tree seeds I headed instead to Bread Furst to get THAT bread. My first choice is the Pain Palladin, named after the late great Jean-Louis Palladin, whose restaurant at the long gone Watergate was a favorite and remains the high water mark of DC fine French restaurants (and you won't get an argument from the other French chefs). With this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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We posed sixteen questions to Barry Trotz, the new coach of the Washington Capitals, and I think you'll agree his answers are interesting, candid and charming. The Caps regular season begins in only a few weeks and then its off, hopefully this year, to a title. Washington also hosts the annual Winter Classic, which is the focus of an event today at Nats Park. So much going on with sports in DC that, if you want, you can completely ignore the football team (kidding ... sort of) at least until November 18, when Bruce Allen is the guest at The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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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 Sep 13, 2014 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 Sep 13, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com