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Come December it will be time to have a laugh, dish the "style" of the new president, and catch up on what matters in real and runway fashion, the latest celebrity gossip, the highs and lows of the hot films and TV shows and the coming award season, not to mention how to be ahead of the curve with the holidays. Meaning, book a seat now for the December 7 Q&A Cafe with Tom + Lorenzo, who publish the must-read website and the must-download podcast: Tom + Lorenzo | Fabulous & Opinionated, with 7 million monthly followers, and who wrote... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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Very happy to announce that The Q&A Cafe's 15th anniversary will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 10, with guest Maureen Dowd, the New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of the new book, "The Year of Living Dangerously," and also a Georgetowner, which is appropriate for this occasion since The Q&A Cafe was created and has thrived in Gtown. Please join us at noon. Make your reservation today with The George Town Club at 202-333-9330. Or send email to reservations. Note: while at a private club, The Q&A Cafe is fully and proudly open to all. Be there. More... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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When my husband was diagnosed with pneumonia my first reaction, because he could walk and talk, was, "oh, people survive pneumonia all the time, that's why its called 'walking pneumonia.'" The doctors quickly schooled me on the facts. Pneumonia comes in many forms, and much depends on when it is diagnosed and how it is treated. In every form it is a serious, potentially fatal illness. To call it "walking pneumonia" is to be dismissive of its seriousness. If not taken seriously, and treated, it can suddenly take a deadly turn. That's what happened to Howard. He thought he had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Who can believe it has been 15 years? Feels like 5, feels like 100, but here we are - alive, relatively at peace, and moving on. Its because of that celebration of life, and the way we have moved on in the aftermath of so much horrific loss that I believe this date should be a national holiday. A day where we take stock of what lost and make the most of what we have. But until then, I have my own traditions. *First and foremost, in a personal regard, and trying to make a contribution, is that out of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Here's Johnny Holliday with me in the studio just before we taped The Q&A Cafe a few weeks ago at DC Cable in Brookland. It was an interesting hour that covered everything from contemporary Nationals baseball -- Johnny's the pre and post game announcer -- and his favorite players, and why -- to memories of his start as a DJ at a very young age and the opportunity to work with and hang out with the icons 70s and 80 rock n' roll. His career has been long and diverse and more to come. Here's the full show. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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This is very preliminary, but this morning I met with the owners of a renowned Paris 3-star restaurant. They want to open in Washington, and have been here for a week eating at all the top rated spots and visiting available real estate. We sat for an hour or more to discuss the in's and out's of owning a restaurant in Washington. It was a pleasure to give them what I hope was good advice. We took a moment, too, to remember Michel Richard, who died this morning. Telling the story of Citronelle was a good opening to our conversation.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Master chef Eric Ziebold and I taped this interview on the morning after one of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe. That event in France made for a meaningful contrast between the world out there and the sanctuary that is a haven of fine dining, such as Kinship and Metier, the lovingly reviewed upstairs-downstairs restaurants created by Ziebold and his wife, Celia Laurent. I have been an unabashed fan of Eric's since he opened CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The new places are the realization of his dreams meshed with his considerable talent. The interview is a culinary journey,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Ah, an actual weekend off between the GOP and Democratic conventions. I don't mind that it is blistering hot out in DC. The heat reminds me of Austin, and I like Austin, and so I'm pretending it is an Austin weekend. Sunshine on my face and body. Now, if only La Condesa could be transported to the corner of Wisconsin and P ... I'd be set. I will be in DC for the Philadelphia convention, and I'm fine with that, too. Our crew at Hardball will work long hours to bring political junkies -- hopefully YOU -- a lively and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Working on my first presidential nominating convention in years, and years, and as I sit in my office alone, desk crammed with computer screens and TV monitors, I feel ghosts of conventions past, friends and colleagues, standing calmly at my back, watching, and occasionally laughing or smiling or pointing, but most often pulling at their chins or scratching their heads. I sense what the thinking may be of David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, Charles Collingwood, Catherine Mackin, Doug Kiker, Helen Thomas, Hugh Sidey, and many more now gone. I got to work closely with all these people and none tolerated mediocrity... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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It will air next Friday, July 15, but today we taped a Q&A Cafe interview with Eric Ziebold, the James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of the conjoined restaurants Kinship and Metier, which opened this year on 7th Street across from the DC Convention Center. We started by noting the violence of the past two weeks, from Bangladesh to Dallas, and including Istanbul, Iraq, Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, and how restaurants often serve as the refuge - he called the experience a "respite" -- from the madness of the world (though we know, in Paris, and Bangladesh, they were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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The word has traveled far and wide that the great Bill Cunningham died last week. The tributes have been a love fest and a way to get to know him even better, though in truth "knowing" him was elusive. He was an icon. I pay homage and with deep respect, because I am no Bill Cunningham. Still, I've photographed dozens and dozens of parties and he was my muse. Between 2007 and 2016, two to three a week, and even occasionally two or three a night. My photo archives are mostly party photos, several thousand of them. Bill Cunningham, while... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Shot this with my iPhone last week, walking home from dinner at Kinship. Was struck by how the light gave the White House a hue of buttercream. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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July 4th weekend presents a lot of opportunities for the perfect staycation, especially since the 4th itself is a "school night," with many of us having to be at work early the next morning. This beautiful fireworks photo above was from a year ago. I shot it from the rooftop of the then Capella/now Rosewood Hotel, where they host an annual fireworks party, with cocktails, barbecue, a swimming pool. Its very expensive, at $110 per person, but includes all you can eat and drink....and the view and the pool, plus in-house valet parking. A much less -- actually free --... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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So timely for the campaign season, Kate Andersen Brower visited The Q&A Cafe to talk about her book, "First Women." For those inside our outside the Beltway, it is fascinating to hear what she learned about behind the scenes at the White House and the lives of modern First Ladies. Please give it a watch. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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It's not so long ago that the Rosewood (then Capella) hotel rooftop was off limits to all but an elite few. Now, with the new ownership, it's come one, come all. Apparently. I received this inclusive invitation from Rosewood, and it appears to be open to you and you and you and you: Hi Carol, Hope all is well! I’m writing to share the news that Rosewood Washington, D.C., in partnership with Lululemon and Georgetown Yoga, is hosting Yoga on the Roof, a complimentary, community sunrise yoga event on Saturday, July 2nd at 8:00 AM. Guests and locals alike are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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You may remember Nathans this way, the bar: Brace yourselves for what it looks like today, as a construction crew transforms it from its 40 years as Nathans into a new life as an Under Armour store on the main floor, a cigar bar in the basement, and two condo apartments upstairs. Here's how it looked this morning. The first photo is the bar, looking front to back. The old bar would have been to the left, in front of the windows (yes windows, because way back in the last century it was a stand alone building. The dining room... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Friends and family of Yolande Betbeze Fox sat in her garden, nibbled on canapés from a buffet in her dining room, gathered round her piano in the drawing room and remembered her with affection and song on Saturday night at her home on N Street. The party was hosted by her daughter, a last party, really, as the house officially goes on the market this week with a price tag of just a breath under $10 million. The mansion is a one of a kind for Georgetown, and Washington, and comes with historic provenance: it is the house Jackie Kennedy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Buy Julia Reed's"South," prepare a canapé or two from a recipe in the book, make up a pitcher "Pink Perfection" or Sangria w/ an added shot of Vodka ... and then watch. Or watch first and then do the rest, but...watch. It was a fun time when Julia made her encore appearance at The Q&A Cafe, this time at our annual road trip to Tudor Place Museum, on the lawn, under a very toasty transparent tent. Julia was just one of the seven interesting guests who filled our winter/spring calendar. More to come this summer, and the 15th anniversary in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Word on the street is that the Georgetown mansion that was former First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s post-White House home is on the market for a cool $10 million. Not a crazy amount in these times of outlandish prices for notable real estate. This one brings real history with it, too, as it is the home Jackie bought for herself and her children after the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. The handsome house easily is Georgetown’s (and perhaps Washington’s) most notable trophy house, with bragging rights that best the next three, each the home of a famous Washington grand dame: Katharine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Make your reservations Q&A Cafe TODAY, when the guest is Kate Andersen Brower, author of the New York Times bestseller, First Women. We'll take a look back at recent First Ladies, but we'll also explore the future: what if the current presidential campaign lands a man, Bill Clinton, in the role of First Spouse, and boss of the White House east wing? But also, what to expect from Melania Trump or Jane Sanders, should their husbands win the '16 election. Having read the book I can assure you this is a lunch you'll want to make. At times alarming, at... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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As the Capella, the rooftop of the 31st Street luxury hotel was "members only," and for a hefty fee, but new owner Rosewood has plans to open it to everyone, and for lunch and dinner. Removing the velvet rope barrier to the rooftop is just one of the "initial small changes" planned for the hotel by Rosewood, who bought it from Capella. "We've made a decision to open the Rooftop Bar & Lounge to the public” said an executive with the hotel in an email message. “Rosewood is all about 'A Sense of Place' in innovative and memorable ways and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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When District Doughnut opens in Cady's Alley in several days it will more or less be a pop--up, and an opportunity for Georgetowners to experience the delicious bakery treats that draw lines of customers to the shop on Barracks Row. I've been a fan of DD since I reported on their opening for Washingtonian. And in my last office job, on Dupont Circle, DD delivered an assortment of doughnuts every Friday, which certainly improved staff morale on TGIF mornings. (On Mondays we got Bullfrog Bagels!) Above is the mother ship, the first brick and mortar District Doughnut across from the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Here is the May issue of Washingtonian Magazine, with the latest episode of "Behind The Scenes," a feature I started doing for them back in 2011. It is one of the mag's most prominent photo features -- a two page spread of a single image. The premise is it has to be someplace the public cannot typically go, or that is off-limits in general, in some cases even top secret. In the process of producing the feature, we've been to some amazing places. Below is inside the private, appoint-only, "play house" of porcelain designer Anna Weatherley. It's in Roslyn! There... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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ZANNCHI, THE NEWEST ADDITION TO GEORGETOWN'S RESTAURANT SCENE This is an open letter to all the very nice and well-meaning people who have written to, stopped me on the street or otherwise contacted me regarding the lifting of the Georgetown liquor license moratorium, supposedly paving the way to a new era of fine food and wine.(And, they hope, a reopening of Nathans, but, sorry, not going to happen). I would like, just as so many others, to see this development lead to Georgetown relcaiming its place in the Washington restaurant scene. It's not illogical. It was the restaurant go-to neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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On New York Social Diary today we visit Whitmore Farm in Emmitsburg, MD., to celebrate spring, adorable baby animals, good food and friendship. The little piglets above were a week old when they posed (sort of) for my camera. Whitmore is a wonderful day-trip from DC, to meet the farmers, Will and Kent, visit the animals, and return home with a cooler of good eats. They also sell baby chicks, should you want to start your own backyard egg farm. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com