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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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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
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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