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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Henry’s Soul Cafe

Image: Fried Chicken, Greens, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and a hint of Cornbread. Last Updated: July 2021 Current Status:  Open for take-out, and you can order ahead.  They have a couple seats outside, if you can’t wait.  Note that they close on the early side. Overview:  Inconspicuous on the Dupont side of a block that […]

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Mama Ayesha’s

Last Updated: May 2021 Current Status: For 60 plus years this spot has been serving locals and dignitaries alike with the food that “Mama” Ayesha Abraham brought with her from Jerusalem in the mid-20th century.  Mama Ayesha’s name is now carried forward by another generation of her family, and the restaurant remains a local favorite.  […]

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Frederick Douglass on the 4th of July

Image: Frederick Douglass, Unidentified Artist, oil on canvas (c. 1844). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution For the last few weeks the words of Frederick Douglass have been floating in and out of our national conversation.  In the District this has been in regard to the statute in Lincoln Park.  On Saturdays, we tend to post […]

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The Rhymes of History

Image: Marching to Black Lives Matter Plaza under Scott Circle Two weeks ago, among the thousands who took to the streets to protest injustice and inequality, I was struck how Washington, D.C. can be so rich in history that many may not even realize it. Those in the streets protesting under the banner of Black […]

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Saturday in the Museum with Kadir

Image: “Mighty Josh” by Kadir Nelson On Saturdays, we like to take a break from covering the world of D.C. dining to highlight something from the world of art.  Typically, that is something related to food, but on the week the Nationals won the National League Pennant, we turn to D.C. baseball history.   As many […]

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