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The Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd appeared on The Q&A Cafe on November 10, 2016, just after the 2016 presidential election. Here's the full interview as it aired on cable TV. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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COME TO GEORGETOWN TONIGHT AND THIS COULD BE YOU! As I walked along M Street this afternoon I looked toward 29th Street and saw a mess of flashing blue lights. OMG, I thought, is the President headed this way! What's going on? Or perhaps a head of state arriving at the Four Seasons Hotel. Nope. None of that. It was a fleet of tow trucks descending on M to haul away any cars still parked at meters at 2:55 p.m. The deadline was 3. Tow trucks as far as the eye could see. They roared into action like an avenging... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Andrew Sullivan is a legend of modern journalism -- here and across the pond -- and I'm pleased to announce he will be the guest at The Q&A Cafe on Friday, January 27. Its about time, because I've been asking him for a decade. Believing as I do in serendipity, this date may be the best timing for an interview with Andrew as it will be just a week after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Some of the most biting commentary about the 2016 election and Trump's win can be found in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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My take ... from Georgetown DC. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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DRESSED FOR TEA: MELANIA TRUMP AND MICHELLE OBAMA We know who will be the next president, but we don't know, once they are in the White House, what will be the fashion and style statements of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. What will be their impact on pop culture. We can only speculate, and that's at the top of the menu for the December Q&A Cafe with guests Tom + Lorenzo - Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez. Theirs is highly informed speculation. We will look back, too, at President and Mrs. Obama and their stunning fashion legacy.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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JUST LIKE THAT, I OWN A BUSINESS Over the past few years, as I've navigated the challenges of trying to rebuild my career, I've grown to be more appreciative of what I learned along the way in a business environment. Some lessons reveal their relevance only over time, certainly that is what happened with me and business. Here's the big lesson: until you have owned your own business -- and paid the salaries of others with your own money -- you have lived a sheltered life. While I understand that for some people that is just fine -- and I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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A photo from my "Halloween" archives, chosen because it suits today and a week from tomorrow! Have fun tonight, and then tomorrow, as you think about Election Day, maybe call the George Town Club to see book a seat for the Thursday, Nov. 10 Q&A Cafe with Maureen Dowd (there's a wait list, but we ALWAYS have no-shows), and the Dec 7 Q&A with Tom + Lorenzo....when we'll breakdown high fashion, low fashion, red carpet fashion -- Washington "fashion" - and all our favorite TV shows ... from "Westward" to "Mad Men," as well as "Ru Paul's Drag Race" and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 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 Sep 21, 2016 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