Saturday in the Museum with Baishi

Image: Qi Baishi, Three Longevities (Three Peaches). It is an annual ritual of anticipation whereby the first crops of summer in the farmers market create an appetite for the next ones. Asparagus brings thoughts of strawberries. Strawberries bring thoughts of peaches. We have yet to spot the peaches in person this year, but for our […]

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Saturday in the Museum with Dongqing

Image: Zhou Dongqing, The Pleasures of the Fish (1291). This weekend’s art post is a close up of a fish that is part of a much larger scroll from Imperial China. It is inspired by an ancient script. The Pleasures of the Fish is by Zhou Dongqing and dates to the 13th century. It is […]

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Saturday in the Museum with Sanshan

Image: Detail of Zhou Wenjing, Rustic Retreat among Fisherman (15th Century). For our Saturday art post we return to the theme for the year of where food comes from. We go back to Ming era China and the work of a court painter capturing a scene of working fishermen. This painting, Rustic Retreat among Fishermen, […]

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Lucky Danger – DC Location Closed

Image: The Aftermath Last Updated: September 2021 Current Status: The American Chinese spot moved to an Arlington location.  The old Prather’s spot is now Bar Chinois. There have been some unusual twist in the last year or so when it comes to D.C. dining, for example Kevin Tien is now running a restaurant out of […]

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Saturday in the Museum with Hongzhong

Image: Gu Hongzhong, Han Xizai Gives A Night Banquet, (probable reproduction of 10th century original) To match the increasingly social nature of life as the vaccine takes hold, we highlight this painting from the Song era in China by Gu Hongzhong for our Saturday art post. The image above is a close-up of a section of […]

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Panda Gourmet

Image: Eggplant Last Updated: May 2021 Current Status: The foodie haven in the Days Inn – just past Ivy City on New York Ave – just keeps going.  The food is Chinese with an emphasis on Sichuan and Shaanxi regional dishes.  The story is that the Chinese government housed the workers building the new embassy […]

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Astoria Added to 17° CxNW Recommended Restaurant List

Image: Water Boiled Beef Last Updated: May 25, 2021 Current Status: Astoria is moving to dine-in only, and shutting down take-out, delivery.  It is a beautiful little spot with great food.  Go in person and enjoy! Employee Relief Fund: Venmo @astoria_dc.  “All proceeds will be split amongst the staff at Astoria & our sister restaurant, […]

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Saturday in the Museum with Jin

Image:  Excerpt from A Feast by Li Jin (2001) This week on the site, we reviewed the fast casual spot Chiko with its combination of Chinese and Korean cuisine.  So for our Saturday sojourn to the world of art, we went poking around the intertubes looking for a classic Chinese painting about food.  Instead of […]

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