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Here's my New York Social Diary column today, with thoughts on Washington's new marijuana law. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
Happily reposting this 2009 piece I wrote for New York Social Diary, about the time the late Nora Ephron dropped by the American History Museum with some fine loot from her charming film "Julie & Julia." Cozy here in bed, watching and remembering the occasion. Enjoy! JULIA’S KITCHEN GETS MORE JULIA (2009) All you have to do is read her enduringly terrific book, “Heartburn,” and you’d be safe to assume writer and director Nora Ephron is not thrilled to come to Washington. Talk about returning to the scene of the crime, err, heartburn. But come she did last week, bearing... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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The DC Cannabis Campaign's Adam Eidinger is interviewed about the process of getting marijuana legalized in the nation's capital. We taped this episode of The Q&A Cafe on Friday, March 20 at The George Town Club. It was broadcast on DC Cable Network, channel 16. Watch the full show here: Our next show is April 24, with chef Daniel Boulud. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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It seems it was only yesterday when Howard and I went to Bistro Lepic to check it out in its first week of operation, but guess what? That was 20 years ago. Co-owner Cyrille Brenac reminded me of this at dinner the other night, and the celebration that he and his business partner, chef Bruno Fortin, have planned. Through Sunday night they are offering a special menu that features "all our favorite dishes." This restaurant is among the neighborhood's staples. Here's how it is is with my nearby friends: One of us calls the other and asks, "Want to go... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CarolJoynt.com
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Dozens of DC fashionistas swarmed the French ambassador's residence Tuesday evening for a party to honor fashion writer Robin Givhan, and her book "The Battle of Versailles." It would seem the party might be postponed because of the plane crash on French soil but no, said Ambassador Gerard Araud, postponement did not come under consideration. There were some comments about the catastrophe in the French Alps, but subdued beneath air kisses, laughter and the shutter click of party cameras. It was a gathering of the beautiful people, accompanied by Champagne, foie gras, smoked salmon and a late-arriving André Leon Talley,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Here's some good news for Georgetown: if he and his partners can find the right 5,000 square foot space, acclaimed Chinese chef Peter Chang would like to bring one of his restaurants to the village. Gen Lee, who is Chang's partner and spokesman, is ready to talk to any interested parties. As a person obsessed with high quality Chinese food, I hope a developer see's this post and helps to make it happen. Chang just opened in Arlington, and I made a beeline there in the first week. Fans lined up outside for as long as two hours to get... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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In the last week I have had an interesting back and forth of messages with the new owners of the old Neam's Market space, which in its last iteration was a Marvelous Market. The exchange began with an email sent jointly to me and Topher Mathews of The Georgetown Metropolitan. It was from Daniel Mermel, on behalf of his family who own Sivan Properties of Port Washington, NY. Daniel and I continued writing to each other after the first message. His tone was open, friendly and welcoming of opinions and advice. He had quite a lot to say and I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
Sitting at a bar, talking #marijuana w @aeidinger for #QandA Cafe, w a puff, too. Thanks @bendroz for photo. #dcmj pic.twitter.com/rsetDy6bkc — Carol Ross Joynt (@caroljoynt) March 20, 2015 Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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It's such a pleasure for me when I have a chance to spend time with the people who've been landmarks of my journey. Larry King is one of those people. He was honored tonight at the Newseum, and interviewed by Leon Harris, who walked him through the story of his life. I'm grateful to Mary Kay Blake for inviting, and was so happy to see Larry plus a group of former colleagues, including Carrie Stevenson and Barbara Berti. Really, nothing else to say but so many memories. Larry and I did some incredible interviews. To name only a few: Al... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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It's not just a hamburger, it is the much heralded hand-crafted hamburger created by chef Frank Ruta when he owned Palena. It took a few weeks but it is now on the menu at Ruta's new home, the Capella Hotel in Georgetown Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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I'm pleased to announce that on Thursday, May 21, we will celebrate the publication of Chef Patrick O'Connell's new book, The Inn at Little Washington, with a Q&A Cafe at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in Georgetown. This is a different location for the show -- typically we're at The George Town Club -- but it will be an otherwise routine Q&A in that there will be a long, good interview, a seated lunch and good food (from Susan Gage Caterers). Seating will begin at noon and the program at approximately 12:30. The fee for the interview and lunch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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I'm pleased to announce that Chef Daniel Boulud, a culinary force in the U.S. and cities throughout the world, including Washington with DBGB Kitchen + Bar, will be our guest at The Q&A Cafe on Friday, April 24. It will be a lunchtime taping of the show at the George Town Club, with seating beginning at 12:30 and the program at 1pm, with lunch included. The fee is $35, all inclusive. For reservations, please call 202-333-9330 or email GTC Reservatoins For more on this remarkable man, please visit the Daniel Boulud website. Coming in May to The Q&A Cafe, another... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
Watch or only listen but please don't miss this timely Q&A Cafe interview with @War author and Daily Beast writer Shane Harris. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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THIS TEMPORARILY PATCHED HOLE WAS GAPING OPEN & DEEP WHEN MY CAR HIT IT ON WEDNESDAY Wednesday evening, driving home from work in the rain and the dark, rolling in the crowd of rush hour traffic, my car suddenly hit a very deep hole. The location was M Street at 23rd. I didn't see it coming, focusing instead on the cars and buses around me. It jarred me and jolted my car. It didn't feel lake any routine pot hole. The fact I could still roll forward was surprising, as various warning lights started to flash on the dashboard, one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Walking home from work Thursday afternoon in the snowstorm I snapped these few shots ... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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THE NEAM'S BUILDING ON SATURDAY MARCH 7 2015 The family-owned Neam's building at Wisconsin and P Street has been sold to a New York real estate developer, Sivan Properties, Inc., which reportedly is growing a portfolio of DC properties. It took some digging to find the name of the buyer -- not quite FOIA, but close -- and it is confirmed. There had been an earlier deal with another company, but that deal fell through, which led to the sale to Sivan. The news of Sivan as the buyer comes as we learned the property almost sold to the Fuchs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
REPOSTED FROM NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY BROADCAST NEWS Because I worked in network news for much of my career friends ask what I think of the Brian Williams scandal, and how it could have happened. The better question is why, and the answer puts blame as much with the industry, and the culture of fame, as it does with Williams. It’s the inevitable derailing of a direction in the news business, especially broadcast news, that began with Watergate and the incredible fame that hit Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and begat more fame for countless other previously anonymous journalists, especially... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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ADAM EIDINGER, COMING TO THE Q&A CAFE How did legal weed happen in DC and who was instrumental in making it happen? Easy answer: Adam Eidinger. He will be our guest at the George Town Club this evening at 5pm. Join us. Adam, with the DC Cannabis Campaign, was the force behind Initiative 71. He has quite a story to tell, dating back to when he co-owned Capitol Hemp, a head shop that was famously raided and closed by DC Police. This Washington Post story gives some good background: A Protester Looks at 40. Adam is an activist, an organizer,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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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 Feb 24, 2015 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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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