Saturday in the Museum with Robin

Image: Robin Gowen, The Massing Hills II (2015). To cap off our week of celebrating Santa Barbara wine country – including our visitor’s guide for wine lovers and the not short history of the wine region – we thought it appropriate to highlight an artist with roots in the area for our Saturday art post. […]

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Wine Country Trip: Santa Barbara

Image: At Beckmen Vineyards Published: August 30, 2021 A recent two-day swing through Santa Barbara wine country was inspiring.  It it is one of the most interesting wine regions around.  A fair share of big “California-style” wines are produced in the region, but there are also all kinds of producers, big and small, that are […]

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Santa Barbara Wine Country History

Image: Santa Rita Hills in the morning.  Sea smoke indeed. Published: August 30, 2021 This history is an appendix to our Santa Barbara Wine Country guide.  We thought it would just be a few paragraphs for reference at the end of the guide, but – as you can see – it got a little out […]

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Week in Review – 8/29/2021

Image: Tore Johnson, Paris (1949). Welcome to the weekly recap of activity on our site and a news round-up of the dining world.  The least favorite month in D.C. is almost over, and we look forward to a better autumn.  So let’s start with updates to our dining guide that you can use to plot […]

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Saturday in the Museum with Ragheb

Image: Ragheb Ayad, A Cafe in Aswan (1933). This Saturday we travel to Eqypt for our weekly art post.  Coming across a review of a recent book on Egyptian coffee house culture, put us on a search for something to post that captured some of that culture.  The pleasant serendipity of these art posts is […]

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Grand Duchess

Image: Shrimp Scampi. Last Updated: August 2021 Current Status:  Open for sit-down inside and on a small sidewalk area.  They will do take-out too. Overview: The low-key bar has upgraded its menu hiring a chef that worked previously at Fiola Mare and Martin’s Tavern.  The food is solid with a few fun twists like Philly […]

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Sharbat

Image: Honey cake. Last Updated: August 2021 Current Status: There are a few tables inside.  Take-away is always an option.  Open 10:00 am to 8:30 pm.  Closed Mondays. Overview: The small space just south of Columbia Road on 18th Street specializes in Azerbaijani pastries, both sweet and savory.  It is the thinly-layered slices of honey […]

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Week in Review – 8/22/2021

Image: Branson Decou, Breakfast in Paris (1945) It is the sleepy days of August, interspersed with some torrential downpours.  This is generally our least favorite time of year.  But this year, despite everything, it doesn’t seem as grating.  Maybe getting to travel helped.  For those faithful few readers who stuck around, here is our weekly […]

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