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  1. We just got back from a multiday road trip from DC to Denver and then a 10 day stay in Denver. We stayed in higher-end hotels during the drive and weeknight hotel prices were pretty good, we were paying about $150 a night, staying one night per hotel. In Denver we stayed with famly so that was easy. We stayed one night each in Louisville, St. Louis, and Kansas City. We found that the further west we drove the less mask wearing became compared to DC. By the time we reached Kansas City it was like there wasn't a pandemic going on. Pretty much no one wore a mask, indoors, outdoors, in r
  2. The drive from Kansas City to Denver, all 600 miles, calls for some distractions. Enter Goodland, KS, home to the World's Largest Easel, which holds what must be the World's Largest Van Gogh painting of sunflowers (the state flower of Kansas). But wait, there's more. Refuel at the very good Good Grounds Coffee & Bistro. They pour a nice latte and the pecan coffee cake is fabulous. I'm kinda pissed that we didn't make it in time for the biscuit sandwiches. I-70 Kansas at Exit 17. Absolutely worth it!
  3. We arrived late afternoon on a rainy day in Kansas City. We stayed at the very nice Fontaine Hotel along Brush Creek and the nearby museum district. The hotel had nice rooms with king sized beds and a good 7th floor bar which opened out onto a terrace with a swimming pool. I'd stay at the Fontaine again. Unfortuantely, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was closed by the time we arrived so we walked around the grounds and sculpture park. It was getting late and the hotel had a deal with the next door Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar. Yikes seafood in Kansas City...the place was pretty
  4. We stayed one night at the Westin downtown across the street from Busch Stadium. The hotel was fine, it looked pretty from the outside and lobby but the rooms felt a bit dated. We visited the very nice St. Louis Art Museum, which has a good collection of the modern Big Names, but not a lot of depth. The museum is located in the lovely Forest Park, which is kind of like NYC's Central Park. You could spend a good afternoon wandering around. At sunset we walked over to the Gateway Arch, which I'll have to say was surprisingly impressive, and it was pretty cool to watch the setting sun
  5. Louisville We stayed at the historic Brown Hotel for one night, which was very nice. The lobby and bar area are both decorated with that classic hotel feel. Rooms were nice with a king sized bed. We arrived fairly late (8pm-ish on a Tuesday night) after a 10 hour drive from DC. The hotel bar area was open until 9:30pm. We took a walk around the neighborhood which is near the 4th Street Live entertainment district which looked like it was hurting. The chain restaurants were all open, but lots of the independent looking restaurant spaces in the area were empty and for lease. In a
  6. Plans are for an Italian restaurant and market with possible collaboration from Nancy Silverton. Could be interesting. Washingtonian City Paper
  7. I think the good thing with the streaming services is you can pay month-to-month. So if you want to binge the hell out of a show or two, or a sporting event, pay for a month, watch the show(s), and then drop the service. And since most of them are $5.99 or $6.99 for a month, it's cheaper than a beer.
  8. Space to Soar: NMWA's Renovation Plan NMWA Press Release Washington Post story "The National Museum of Women in the Arts will close Aug. 9 for a two-year renovation that will add gallery space and an education studio, improve accessibility and upgrade the mechanical systems in its historic building. The $66 million project is the first renovation since the museum opened in 1987."
  9. Unknown, unknown and unknown. Opening soon in Van Ness.
  10. Signage up: Shemalis is opening in Van Ness at the corner of Connecticut and Albemarle. Pretty much across the street from Bread Furst. That spot used to be a dry cleaner so no idea how long it will take to build out the space. Looks like construction has been going on since early February. "Coming Soon"
  11. My friend had to travel down to Richmond to get his Covid vaccination. The first time down he sent me sad photos from McDonalds...the second time down I was like, dude, go to ZZQ. I then sent him an order to bring back. Even after traveling back from Richmond and then sitting in my fridge overnight, this is some mighty fine bbq. The pulled pork was succulent with smoke and great peppery bite. The beef hot gut sausage was also very tasty. This is a fairly coursely ground sausage with great flavor and a tingle of heat. Their slaw is just ok, esp. by itself, but it was pretty good
  12. Little Sesame hummus at a grocery store soon. They have come a long way since the basement at DGS Deli! Little Sesame is starting out by selling their new packaged hummus with a 90-day shelf life at two Montgomery County farmers markets this weekend. Find it at Pike Central Farm Market in Rockville on Saturday, May 8 and Bethesda Central Farm Market on Sunday, May 9. In mid-May, both D.C. locations of Foxtrot Market (Georgetown and Mount Vernon Triangle) will start selling it, as will regional online grocer 4P Foods. In June, Little Sesame will make its debut at a major grocery store wit
  13. Assuming the Olympics goes on as planned: Men's Olympic draw (this is primarily a U-23 tournament, because FIFA doesn't want it competing with the World Cup. The USA did not qualify...again) Group A Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France Group B New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras, Romania Group C Egypt, Spain, Argentina, Australia Group D Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia Women's Olympic draw (This is a full squad tournament. The USA is a favorite for a Gold Medal. Other than Germany (#2) and France (#4) not qualifying this is a stacked
  14. What started as a Spotify playlist several years ago by legendary British DJ Sasha showcasing music that he liked to listen to at home or in the studio but didn't fit into his club set, has grown into a full blown music project. Sort of perfect for our pandemic times. I think the best way I can describe LUZoSCRUA is a modern take on the progressive atmospheric breaks that Sasha and his music partner John Digweed championed in the mid 1990s via their Northern Exposure 1 and 2 mixes. Regardless, it's one of the best sets I've heard in...years. Sasha LUZoSCURA 001 - OpenLab Radio mo
  15. The Kreeger has reopened after a pandemic closure. Admittance is by reservation and timed entry. TRACES The Kreeger Museum is pleased to present TRACES, an exhibition featuring regional artists Billy Friebele, Roxana Alger Geffen, Rania Hassan, Sebastian Martorana, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Antonio McAfee, Brandon Morse, and Johab Silva. Guest curated by Sarah Tanguy, the show explores how the past evokes shifting memories while suggesting new and present narratives. Rich in representation and abstraction, TRACES encompasses painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, sound, and v
  16. 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.”
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Obit for Wilhelmina Cole Holladay (Wash Post) New York Times article National Museum of Women in the Arts - In Memoriam
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
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