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Posted 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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
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It's not a crime wave, but there is an uptick in the word on the street of incidents -- mostly car breakins, package thefts, but this accompanies the earlier report of some armed hold-ups in Cleveland Park and Georgetown. Not sure what came of that. Whatever the reason, this weekend I noticed an increased presence of police even on the residential streets. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
Marion Barry Jr., who died last night at the age of 78, appeared on The Q&A Cafe twice, the first time long before the program was recorded and aired on cable TV. The second interview, above, occurred in September of 2012. He was very candid, engaging, and amusing, and its worth a watch. We covered a lot of territory. First, though, please read this review of the Barry interview and my remembrance on New York Social Diary Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at CarolJoynt.com
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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