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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 13 hours ago 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
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Garden & Gun columnist Julia Reed has a new book, Julia Reed's South, which will be published in May. I'm happy to announce she is coming to Washington and will do an interview with me for The Q&A Cafe on Thursday, May 26. This show will be taped at Tudor Place Mansion -- as we did last May with chef Patrick O'Connell. It will be a sumptuous luncheon event under the tent on the lawn. The ticket prices are $30 for members, $40 for non-members, or 2 tickets for $70. The book will be for sale. Seating begins at 11:45,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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THE FAMOUS CAPELLA ROOFTOP For more than a week I've been hearing that the Capella Hotel in Georgetown was sold to one of the leading international hotel groups, Rosewood. I heard the staff had been told, and that chef Frank Ruta had been told his restaurant, The Grill, would remain in place with the new ownership. When I heard all this again on Tuesday I put up a "rumor du jour" tweet and a mention on Facebook. THE CAPELLA IN WINTER Almost immediately I got a DM from the Capella's marketing office, asking me to take down the tweet, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Yolande Betbeze Fox died last week and with my New York Social Diary column today I pay tribute to her as the last of the great Georgetown grand dames, a league of women with privilege and social graces who were also on the national stage, equal to or a step above the capital's most powerful men. Achieving early fame as Miss America of 1951, she was instant renegade and woman of the world. She had homes in New York, Paris and Palm Beach, but Georgetown was her base, and where she was happiest. Please read the full tribute. Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
My recent interview with Diane Rehm is now on YouTube. We talk about her new book, "On My Own," about love, marriage, loss; life and death; about what she'll do after ending her gig with The Diane Rehm Show. We're two widows on barstools, talking. Please give it a watch. And also please book a seat for our next lunchtime show, March 4, with the great journalist John Donvan. We'll talk about his long career with ABC News, "Nightline" in particular, and now with IntelligenceSquared, but also his new book about autism, "In a Different Key." Rez: 202-333-9330. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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In my column today on New York Social Diary, I write about the excellent new series, "The People vs OJ Simpson," and what it was like during the "trial of the century," while working as a producer at Larry King Live. Please give it a read here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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The Q&A Cafe episode featuring my interview with broadcast Diane Rehm will air on Friday, February 19 at 8 pm on Comcast channel 16. If you don't catch it then it will be on YouTube soon after and I will post it here. Thank you to John Avery for snapping these pics. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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WE HAVE TO CANCEL THE INTERVIEW WITH FORMER DC MAYOR VINCENT GRAY THAT WAS SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 24. Our next Q&A Cafe is March 4 with journalist and author John Donvan to discuss his highly-praised book on Autism, "In A Different Key." For reservations, please call the George Town Club at 202-333-9330. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Cafe Milano has launched a new Sunday brunch and today I gave it a try, courtesy of Franco Nuschese, Laurent Menoud and Manuela Cavalieri, who were on hand to oversee the first day. I mean, its Cafe Milano, so what's not to like, but the ease of this brunch is that it includes a buffet and a full menu. The entree is ordered off the menu and the buffet provides the starters and desserts. Wine -- still and sparkling - is "bottomless," which is the fashion. My main course was the Chilean sea bass, which Milano always does so well.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
DC Councilmember Jack Evans and I taped this interview a few weeks ago, just before he was unanimous chosen as the new chairman of the Metro board -- meaning he has his work cut out for him. He's also up for re-election. We discussed Metro and much, much more. Please give it a watch. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Day #2 of the #DCDigout. The view of Georgetown from the rooftop of the Watergate. Looking toward the Kennedy Center from the Georgetown waterfront. Looking toward Key Bridge from the Georgetown waterfront. Looking up Virginia Avenue from in front of the Watergate building. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Remember 2012? The year when everything seemed possible for the Washington Redskins. That was because of rookie Robert Griffin III, the team's new franchise quarterback. It was all so great until it all went horribly wrong. As we look forward to the 50th Super Bowl, I look back at 2012 and RGIII today in my New York Social Diary column. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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31ST STREET, SATURDAY 10 PM As I write this -- 10:35 pm Saturday -- the blizzard seems to be winding down. The full moon is visible behind a haze of clouds. The streets are beautifully quiet. The photo above is a panorama at the intersection of 31st and O Streets, with Christ Church behind the street lamp. I don't know how we're going to dig out, but that's for tomorrow. Some earlier photos, below GARDEN AT 11PM FRIDAY GARDEN AT 8AM, SATURDAY Some first 8 hours photos of the the 2016 mid-Atlantic blizzard that's been named #Snowzilla, all of them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Actor David McCallum came to Washington for a book party hosted by Jennifer and Chris Isham, who happen to be family. It was a lovely little party and all the details are on New York Social Diary. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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On New York Social Diary today we take you to the opening night of the Washington Winter Show, formerly known as the Washington Antiques Show. It was at the Katzen Arts Center. Read all about it. Lots and lots of photos, too. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Please go to this New York Social Diary link, ya'll, and let me take you to New Orleans for Christmas. It was an excellent 8 days and nights of letting the good times roll. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Dear Rich People, National Park Service and the DC Government: Here's a useful "to do" for 2016: get the rotted "Georgetown" barge hauled and replaced by a shiny new model that can be put into service for passengers. It's been too long that this sad relic has sat deteriorating before our eyes. No excuses. It serves visitors, the community and its a charming symbol for the historic village where it resides. This can be done. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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This pic is from the "Christmas Without Tears" show produced and hosted by my pals Harry Shearer and Judith Owen (he in the red&green, she in the white), which happened 12/23 at Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans, the last show of a tour that included New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. All the shows are great, but the NOLA edition takes on special meaning because Harry and Judith are transplanted New Orleanians. They bring together a fine group of talented artists who call NOLA home full time or part time. This year they included, most of them in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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I stopped by to see ChiChie -- and Paris, both of them posing here -- at her new location for ChiChie's Canine Design and Grooming Spa, now at 1742 Wisconsin Avenue, a few doors between Bistro Lepic and Collins Animal Hospital. Still all the same wonderful services for your precious canines, and in an inviting and stylish setting. There's street parking right outside her door and also across the street on S Street. For an appointment, call 202-333-3575. ChiChie has taken loving care of 4 dogs for me over more than 30 years. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Today we welcome Diane Rehm to The Q&A Cafe, taping at 1pm at The George Town Club. She recently announced her retirement from hosting her daily The Diane Rehm Show, after the 2016 election. We'll have lots to discuss about her retirement, her career, her life, her craft, as well as her new book, On My Own. We're starting later than usual due to her broadcast schedule. Audience seating will begin at 12:30, the show at 1pm. Lunch will be served. The fee is $35. To make last minute reservation, please call the George Town Club directly at 202-333-9330. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com
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Book a seat today for our first Q&A Cafe of 2016 -- a conversation with two Washington media scions, Washingtonian publisher Cathy Merrill Williams and Graham Holdings board member and former Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth. They are friends, too. The date is Thursday, January 28. We'll tape at lunchtime, with seating at 11:45. The fee is $35 and lunch is served. For reservations please call the George Town Club directly: 202-333-9330. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at CarolJoynt.com