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  1. For anyone in Paris or fans of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, a temporary artwork for Paris, will be on view for 16 days from Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021. The Arc de Triomphe will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue, and with 3,000 meters of red rope.
  2. If you are interested in CONCACAF WC qualifiers or watching all of Star Trek then keep it. If not, yours is a good plan.
  3. Cracked Eggery Cleveland Park opens tomorrow, Friday Sept. 10. Washingtonian. Maybe they can crack the curse of this store front.
  4. Always nice to get accolades from the national food media: Paola Velez, Bakers Against Racism Angel Barreto, Anju Full List
  5. You might be looking for something a bit different, but the Ace Adventure Resort has cabins for rent, full kitchens, hot tubs etc. While it is an "adventure resort" mostly used for white water rafting groups, many of the cabins do appear to be tucked away. The resort is just North of the New River National Park and near the town of Oak Hill. I've only used their camp grounds and that was like, 20 years ago... Airbnb is another option.
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  7. 2 Amy's is requiring proof of vaccination for dine-in. I believe proof is not needed for outdoor patio seating. We showed our credentials at the door and saddled up to the wine bar. The star of the night: Josiah's Brother-in-law's grilled veal chop (8oz) with grilled rapini, fresh shells beans, lemon. Pricy at $27 but damn was it tasty.
  8. Vegan SIL demands good vegan food not half-assed here's some vegetable sides for your dinner. Fortunately Philly is a very vegan food friendly town, they even have fully vegan pizza shops: enter 20th Street Pizza. This store front pizza shop is located at South 20th Street between Sansom and Chestnut a couple blocks north of Rittenhouse Square owned by the same folks that run Blackbird Pizzeria in the Northern Liberties neighborhood. We ordered take, going with the Tomato Pie and Supreme. Both were square pizzas in the thicker crust style. The Supreme was declared the winner. I think, sadly, the pizzas suffered from being in the pizza box too long. It took us about 40 minutes to get to our destination from 20th Street. Would love to try them again fresh from the oven.
  9. Wondering the streets of Philly, my brother and SIL wanted to try a tapas place they had heard about. I don't think they knew Barcelona Wine Bar is part of a chain. So we ended up here for brunch. I haven't been to any of the DC locations, so I have no point for comparison. That said, they did a good job for a late Saturday lunch/brunch, especially with two vegetarians and a vegan in tow. Their bread is served warm and is decent, with a crispy crust. The crumb is a bit pillow-y, but good for soaking up olive oil. The brunch fideo with chorizo and egg was very good. Fideo (or fideua) is basically a paella type dish made with a short, angel hair like pasta. I'd definitely order this again. The boquerones were served six on a plate with a generous splash of olive oil. I'm guessing these were from a package (I doubt anyone is making boquerones in-house), so hard to screw up but they went well with the bread, and really tiny little fishes are usually good. They did a good job with the mushrooms ala plancha, green beans with garlic and parsley, and spinach and chickpea cazuela. The patatas bravas were a good sized portion of well fried potato chunks, but the sauces were not particularly bravas: too mild and not overly flavorful. But, ya know, toss a couple of the patatas on the fideo with the chorizo and egg...it's pretty much a brunch win. Refreshing glasses of sangria, not too sweet, washed everything down. Service was good, friendly, and our server marked up the menu for veg/vegan friendly dishes. Again, I don't know what the DC branches of Barcelona are like, but the Philly branch did a satisfying job.
  10. The English Premier League started off with a bang when tiny Brentford FC, newly promoted to the EPL, beat Arsenal 2-0 at home. Brentford's new stadium holds 17,500, for comparison Arsenal's stadium seats 60,000. This was Brentford's first game in the English top flight division since 1947. After the game, old men were literally crying in the stands.
  11. These are some of the cookbooks I've been using a lot during the pandemic. Falastin: A Cookbook Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley. Palestinian cooking from Ottolenghi's business partner. A little more chefy/hip in the Ottolenghi mode. Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen More Palestinian from human rights lawyer turned cookbook author Yasmin Khan. A little more downhome family cooking focused. And yes, owning Falastin and Zaitoun is worth it. Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus Yasmin Khan's follow-up cookbook focused on the Eastern Mediterranean and the impact of the ongoing refugee crisis. Bitter Honey: Recipes and Stories from Sardinia Regional Italian/Sardinian cooking from British ex-pat Letitia Clark. Her blog is also good. Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou Melissa Martin. Family recipes that serve as inspiration for the Mosquito Supper Club restaurant in New Orleans. Be warned, there are no short cuts in this cookbook, many recipes start with "cook onions for 1 hour" but totally worth it. Also most of the recipes are scaled for 6-8 servings. Maunika Gowardhan's website Regional Indian. She has moved most of her new recipes to her app, which only works for Apple, but her website has a good backlog of pre-app recipes. Her next cookbook devoted to Thali comes out this Fall.
  12. Was running errands around the neighborhood yesterday and decided I needed a slice...white onion. Not enough by the slice stores in DC.
  13. We stopped in the Center City location over the weekend and ordered three donuts: Blueberry Lemon, Banana Nutella, Chocolate Toffee. Looks like the fancy flavors rotate daily. We both thought the Blueberry Lemon one was the best. The donuts are on the smaller side but are super rich and tasty. We split each donut so ended up eating three halves and that was plenty. A short stroll to Rittenhouse Square with some coffee and donuts made for a nice Sunday morning.
  14. Given the untimely death of Hung Liu this weekend, this show is pretty much a must see, IMO. Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands August 27, 2021 - May 30, 2022 “The story of America as a destination for the homeless and hungry of the world is not only a myth. It is a story of desperation, of sadness, of uncertainty, of leaving your home. It is also a story of determination, and—more than anything—of hope.” Hung Liu, 2017 Hung Liu (1948-2021) was a contemporary Chinese American artist, whose multilayered paintings have established new frameworks for understanding portraiture in relation to time, memory, and history. Often sourcing her subjects from photographs, Liu elevates overlooked individuals by amplifying the stories of those who have historically been invisible or unheard. Having lived through war, political revolution, exile, and displacement, she offers a complex picture of an Asian Pacific American experience. Her portraits speak powerfully to those seeking a better life, in the United States and elsewhere. Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands will be the artist’s first major exhibition on the East Coast. This is also the first time that a museum will focus on Liu’s portraiture. In Memoriam: Hung Liu 1948–2021 ArtForum
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