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  1. New, French-inspired/focused all day restaurant from the Dabney folks. Opening Fall 2021-ish. Washingtonian with the story. The restaurant won’t be your typical bistro with onion soup and escargots (not to say the classics won’t ever make appearances). Rather, Langhorne describes the place as “more similar to a French restaurant you’d find in France than the ones you’d find in America.” It will focus on fresh-from-the-market cooking with simple plates “really, really well-executed.”
  2. Champions League Quarterfinal draw and bracket: QUARTERFINALS Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund FC Porto vs. Chelsea Bayern Munich vs. Paris Saint-Germain Real Madrid vs. Liverpool SEMIFINALS Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund Real Madrid or Liverpool vs. FC Porto or Chelsea The quarterfinal first legs will be played on April 6/7 with the returns on April 13/14, and the first semifinals will be on April 27/28 with second legs to take place on May 4/5. The final will be played in the Turkish city of Istanbul on May
  3. Former Cleveland Park farmer's market stand and now food truck, Cracked Eggery, is opening two brick-and-mortar locations: in Cleveland Park in the old Tino's space and a 24/7 location in Shaw. Apparently the food truck will also continue operation. Washingtonian
  4. Lewes, DE We did a change of scenery escape half week in Lewes, DE, renting a super cute Airbnb situated along the main drag of Lewes. It had its own entrance with a key pad entry, second floor walk up, with a large bedroom on the third floor. One of the owners of the apartment also owns the store on the ground floor. Basically, zero contact. Lewes has a mandatory mask wearing policy throughout the historic district and the vast majority of people were in compliance. It was also March midweek, so there weren't that many people around....quiet. Most businesses were open with varying
  5. Obit for Wilhelmina Cole Holladay (Wash Post) New York Times article National Museum of Women in the Arts - In Memoriam
  6. Opening Saturday March 6, The Phillips Collection will launch a special exhibition celebrating its cenntennial. Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century "In 2021, The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, celebrates its centennial. The museum opened its doors 100 years ago as a memorial to founder Duncan Phillips’s father, Duncan Clinch Phillips, and brother, James, who died in the 1918 flu epidemic. Recognizing the healing power of art, Phillips sought to share his “living” collection in a welcoming space and to inspire others to find beauty i
  7. Next week...New opening! Tickets by reservation. Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend Mar 03 to May 31, 2021 "Textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark (b. 1967) is renowned for her mixed-media works that address race and visibility, explore Blackness, and redress history. This exhibition—the first survey of Clark’s 25-year career—includes the artist’s well-known sculptures made from black pocket combs, human hair, and thread as well as works created from flags, currency, beads, cotton plants, pencils, books, a typewriter, and a hair salon chair. The artist tran
  8. Saveur as a print magazine has folded. I received a postcard today saying my Saveur magazine subscription would be transfered to Magnolia Journal, part of the Magnolia brand run by Joanna and Chip Gaines of some fixer upper type TV show. They are launching a new TV network also called Magnolia. Saveur is pivoting with a renewed focus on their digital platforms (which frankly suck, their website is awful). During its prime Saveur was one of the top cooking magazine (the top imo). I'd been a constant subscriber since 1997. Sigh. NY Post with the details.
  9. Champions League knockout round kicks off this week: Feb. 16 RB Leipzig v. Liverpool 3pm Barcelona v. PSG 3pm Feb. 17 Sevilla v. Dortmund 3pm Porto v. Juventus 3pm Feb. 23 Atletico Madrid v. Chelsea 3pm Lazio v. Bayern 3pm Feb. 24 Atalanta v. Real Madrid 3pm Monchengladbach v. Manchester City 3pm Streaming via CBS All Access ($5.99 per monthly is totally worth it for watching Champions League)
  10. Maria Guarnaschelli, influential cookbook editor, who oversaw the 1997 revamp of the "Joy of Cooking". Also worked with Rose Levy Beranbaum "The Cake Bible", Judy Rodgers, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Julie Sahni, Rick Bayless, and Fuchsia Dunlop, among many others.
  11. My neighbor and I have continued our monthly 2 Amy's dinners. Instead of saddling up to the back bar, we now bundle up and eat out on our building's patio. The 2 Amy's online ordering system is easy to use and most orders are ready within about 20 minutes. 2 Amy's has a table set up in their front door vestibule, a staff member takes your name and then hands you your order. You don't enter the restaurant space. All easy, low contact, and streamlined. Unfortunately, their menu is also more streamlined these days and understandibly many of the wine bar daily specials are no lon
  12. The Phillips Collection will be hosting a free (with registration) live stream featuring Zlatomir Fung, Sunday January 31, 2021 from 4:00pm-5:30pm. GIUSEPPE TARTINI (1692-1770), arr. Paul Bazelaire 50 Variations on a Theme by Corelli CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918) Syrinx (adapted by Orfeo Mandozzi) COLERIDGE-TAYLOR PERKINSON (1932-2004) Lamentations, "Black Folk Song Suite" "Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning cellist Zlatomir Fung makes his debut at The Phillips Collection. Fung burst onto the world stage after he won the Gold Medal at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky
  13. I was randomly on Zahav's website and noticed they ship nationally via Goldbelly. The Lamb Shoulder Meal Kit is $249 + free shipping. Pricey, but they say it serves 6 and looking at the meal kit it looks like a ton of food. This package serves 6 people and includes everything you need to make a 3-course meal featuring the Zahav Lamb Shoulder: Hummus (16 oz) Beets with Tehina (8 oz) Pickled Napa Cabbage (8 oz) Moroccan Carrots (8 oz) Matbucha (8 oz) Spicy Fennel (8 oz) Twice-cooked Eggplant (8 oz) Schug (2 oz) Harissa (2 oz) 12 Pitas
  14. Well, I'll give the 3321 Bistro folks props for forging ahead, gutting a restaurant, redesigning the space, and opening during the pandemic. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing takeout meal. Their menu is a mess. Much of the food was underseasoned, some of it not seasoned. Ingredients were missing. The ingredient quality was supermarket level. Maybe the meat dishes are better? Sigh. The Vegetarian Quesadilla was bland and boring. I've made better veggie quesadilas with leftover scraps from my fridge. The salsa tasted and looked like it was from a jar. The Plantai
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