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IN DC, AS OF THURSDAY, YOU CAN LEGALLY HAVE SIX OF THESE PLANTS IN YOUR HOME I'm not a pot smoker, at least not in the last decade or so, but often I wish I could be. I see it as no different than alcohol but less violent. Yet weed and I don't agree with each other, especially not the modern extra potent buds. That's why I believe in marijuana legalization. Regulation will create more managed cultivation and more managed cultivation will lead to more varieties and higher quality strains, which will lead to a strain for lightweights like me.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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I came upon a similar moment a year ago, also on the C&O Canal -- ice hockey. Here, it's under the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge, but I've seen enthusiasts having a go with the puck at various spots on the ice between Georgetown and Fletcher's Boat House. While I didn't see anyone hiking on the Canal, there were some footprints in the snow that covers the ice ... presumably thick ice. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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For better or worse, in this photo Shane Harris and I look like the student council co-presidents, but neither one of us behaves that well. Nonetheless, we have a good time together, as we did this evening for a #CrisisCocktails edition of The Q&A Cafe. It will air next Friday, Feb. 27 at 8 pm on Comcast channel 16. The focus was his book, @War, but we delved especially into the mysteries of ISIS, cyber warfare, the SONY hack, cyber security in general and how to be Internet safe (not entirely possible). After the taping, Shane, Joe de Feo, Lyndon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Should a cocktail cost $22? Apparently, it depends. This barrel-aged Manhattan at the Capella Hotel bar brings that price, and it sells. It also makes a pretty picture. It's not difficult to make at home, btw. Here is the recipe from the "Mad Men" cocktail guide: INGREDIENTS 1 3/4 oz bourbon 3/4 oz sweet vermouth 1 dash aromatic bitters 1 maraschino cherry INSTRUCTIONS -Select mixing glass -Add bitters -Pour bourbon -Pour sweet vermouth -Stir -Select cocktail glass -Strain -Garnish with a cherry When I make this recipe I add a dash of the cherry juice, too. History: This drink got... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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It was interesting to read the reports this week about the plans for what many call "the Nathans building," at the corner of Wisconsin and M, where my family owned and operated Nathans bar and restaurant for 40 years. Soon enough we'll all be calling it the Under Armour building. They are the building's owners now, having bought it from the family who inherited it back in the early part of the last century. According to Topher Mathews at The Georgetown Metropolitan, Under Armour's renovation plans have merit. Anything would be better than what the interim tenants (Serendipity) did, covering... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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It's been an eventful week for DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser and she'll talk about it with us tomorrow at The Q&A Cafe in one of her first long-form interviews. Only two months on the job and she's had to deal with a range of issues -- from snow to going up against Congress on marijuana legalization. Here's a chance to meet DC's new mayor. The location is the George Town Club at 1530 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Seating begins at 12 noon, and the program begins soon after. The fee is $35, all inclusive of lunch, tax and tip. For reservations... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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This morning I found myself suddenly in need a locksmith. The details aren't important because when you need your locks changed you need them changed and generally right this very minute. Only it was 9am and I had an important presentation at work at noon. That's how I met Udi Ma of DCLocksmith. That's Udi in the photo, standing by his car. Udi came to my assistance after being recommended by my next door neighbors, who had heard about him from other neighbors. Udi was at my house by 10:15 and I was at my office before noon. In between... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Are St. Barth's and St. Moritz not in this year's budget? No time for a week at Canyon Ranch? The yoga sanctuary is been there/done that? Let me assure you: rescue is at hand. When Meridian Health operated out of the Georgetown Park Mall I heard about, and saw it, but it just wasn't in my orbit ... for whatever reasons. The mall closed and Meridian found new digs in Upper Georgetown at 1673 Wisconsin Avenue, just above Q and below Reservoir. Again, it wasn't too much on my radar, but just before the holidays my pal Adam Mahr started... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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True confession: once upon a time my husband had the ceiling over my bathtub painted a trompe l'oeil of a bright blue sky and puffy clouds and flying among them the Concorde, hot air balloons, and our two dogs. It was fun, sweet and sentimental. But, wow, look at this ceiling of an elevator at the Katzen Art Center? No shade on that. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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This is one of the ways I'm my happiest. Hiding behind a camera. Another is in a kitchen, cooking. And yet a another is under sail ... to maybe nowhere. Being with friends, having a cocktail, telling stories, laughing out loud. Got a lot of that tonight, just shy of the being under sail. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
I am reposting this from New York Social Diary. It is a wrap-up of memorable meals from the last year at restaurants in and around Washington. It was a challenge to keep the list to only 14, because there were so many good meals at so many good places during 2014. The full list is at the jump. When reviewing the last year through the lens of my budget, it is clear where the fun dollars went: eating out in restaurants old and new. And with good reason — the region continues its growth as a foodie’s paradise. More than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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DUMBARTON OAKS IN JANUARY The photographer David Kennerly has created a photo challenge group on Facebook, and I'm happy to say he added me to the group. As I started to look in the archives for photos to post I was drawn to various images of winter. I've posted some on the group page but here is a larger selection. They were shot over the past several years using either a Canon Rebel, Sony Rx100 or various iterations of the iPhone. MONTROSE PARK SWINGS BENCH, MONTROSE PARK While there are a lot of chilly justifications for shooting only B&W winter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Happy New Year, all, as we cross the bridge into 2015. Take time to get out on the open road, such as above, crossing the mighty Mississippi. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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THE CAPITOL HOLIDAY TREE, THE CITY'S PRETTIEST Christmas Eve morning in Washington dawned wet and foggy, especially as the unseasonably warm air hit the chilled Potomac River. Below are the Kennedy Center and Roosevelt Island. Both photos were shot around 9am with my Sony RX 100. Here is a favorite image from inside Christ Church, the Episcopal parish at 31st and O Streets in Georgetown. I shot this on Christmas Eve a few years ago with my iPhone Hipsta app. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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I love posting this recipe every year. It is the Egg Nog that was served at Nathans every Christmas Eve year after year, on the house. My husband, Howard Joynt, created the recipe after getting some tips from the bartenders at White House holiday parties. These men were on the household staff and, among other duties, made the Egg Nog. We were fortunate to be invited many years in a row and after the receiving line off Howard would go to discuss Egg Nog. Back in the day the White House served some fine Egg Nog (I hear of late... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Dan Rather came to Washington today to tape The Q&A Cafe and it was a sell-out show at The George Town Club. It will air next Friday on DCN Channel 16. We talked presidents, Civil Rights, CIA, journalism, television, CBS News and, especially, the questions Robert Redford asked as the actor prepared to portray Dan in the upcoming film, "Truth," which just finished filming in Australia. As if an hour with Dan wasn't treat enough, Greg Menna of District Doughnuts brought a buffet of his treats for all to share. He's looking for a Georgetown location for expansion of his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Snapped these pics this morning during my run. Have you noticed the tractors and bulldozers and dump trucks are gone and Rose Park is on the other side of its makeover. Its quite a fresh face ,too. Now, too just get the running path upgraded! (Too long a story to get into here). Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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KENNEDY CENTER HONORS PRODUCERS MICHAEL STEVENS AND GEORGE STEVENS JR On New York Social Diary today we recap the Kennedy Center Honors, where the producers themselves produced a showstopper. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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MARK EIN, ON THE RIGHT, IN THE KITCHEN HE WANTS TO REDO. Take a few minutes to read the Washingtonian account of a very nasty real estate battle that is going down between some very rich people in Georgetown. In one corner is socialite developer Jane Cafritz. In the other it is venture capitalist Mark Ein. They are backed by their supportive spouses, teams of lawyers and architects, and each side wants its own way. What's the cat fight over? The (relatively moderate) upgrading Ein would like to do to a property he owns, the former home of Katharine Graham.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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After Peacock Room opened on P Street for a brief time earlier this year or late last year before closing for a season of renovations. It is now open on again - on P across from the 7/11 -- and seems open to stay. They serve lunch and dinner Wed-Sun, and also have wine and beer and coffee bar. They open at noon, except on Sunday, when they open at 8:30 am (with pastries on hand). It's a pretty place and worth checking out, and a welcomed addition to the upper middle part of the village, where we need more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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DOG TAG BACK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS Dog Tag Bakery opened today. It's been a long time coming. I wanted to get something up ASAP, so that you'll go and go often, so here's an edited version of the press release: Dog Tag Bakery officially opened for business today at 3206 Grace Street, NW. The enterprise is a work-study program for veterans with disabilities and their spouses seeking to begin civilian careers in business. Dog Tag offers breakfast and lunch menus filled with sweet and savory breads, cookies and pastries, including vegan and gluten-free items. The first... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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Do this one of these wintry nights: drive to Petworth, 828 Upshur NW to be precise, and tuck into a table, or a seat at the bar, at cozy Crane & Turtle. Chef Makoto Hamamura and his crew produce a tasty and innovative dining experience, starting with excellent cocktails and small bites. We started with Hamachi Tataki and Big-Eye Tuna Tataki (irresistible, both) and then moved on to appetizers of Japanese mushroom tempura and a dish of roasted butternut squash, followed by the entrees, Maine scallops and Pan Roasted Monkfish. For dessert? Apple Rangoon and, for the chocoholics, Mount Fuji.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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I never thought in a million years that I'd write a New York Social Diary column about bacon, but perhaps it underscores how seven years as a diarist can lead a writer to the most interesting opportunities. And so it is, as today's column is about The Bruce Bacon. One of the publisher's of the site, Jeff Hirsch, sent this encouraging message: "Didn’t think it was possible to write a story about bacon (and make it) interesting. But you somehow did it!" Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com