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    India

    Hello fellow Rockwellians, Greetings from India, more specifically Bangalore, the high tech capitol (you know, where all those jobs are being outsourced to!) It has been quite the adventure. 22 hour trip to Madras, with a 5 hour layover in Frankfurt, thankfully the restaurant serving german sausage and half liters of beer was open at 8am! Up early the next day and a short commuter plane to Bangalore. I'm in country for my housemate's brother's wedding. The eating and drinking have been a bit dodgy, can't drink the water, be careful what you eat, liquor and beer kind of sucks (one place was charging $95 of a bottle of Kendall Jackson 2002 Zin!) we have been mostly eating in high end places, the first night pool side at the Windsor Sheraton and afghan kabobs. The next night at a restaurant called 13th Floor, which has a patio on the 13th floor on a highrise building, nice lounge overlooking the city for drinks afterwards. The next night at a hotel called the Taj West End. we have struck out to a couple local places. The best eating so far was at a small restaurant in a city called Mysore. The fruit and veg market at Mysore was fantastic, lots of little alleyways and vendors all over the place. Been sick for the last couple days so been subsisting off crackers and ramen noodles...I think right now, all of us would kill for some pizza! I'll update this post with links, pictures etc. when I get back to the states...heading home Thursday night. Tweaked
  2. NMWA will be holding a free community weekend over MLK Day weekend (Sat/Sun/Mon) Free Community Weekend: Women’s March on Washington MUSEUM HOURS: Saturday, January 19: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, January 20: 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Monday, January 21: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  3. Be advised that NMWA will be reinstalling their third floor collection from Dec. 17 until Dec. 28 (*). With more than 5,000 works in their collection, it's time to hang some new stuff! During this time, the Rodarte and Ambreen Butt exhibits will be open. Both are worth seeing. (*) "Gallery Reboot: Collection Galleries Closed December 17-28" on blog.nmwa.org
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    Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Mushroom curry, crispy fried egg, Jasmine rice, lime pickle
  5. Daikaya Group To Take Over Former Graffiato Space in Chinatown Details TBD. "It's a no brainer for us to take next door because it's next door," Utagawa says. "We want to have that opportunity to keep the cool vibe of the area."
  6. Just announced. If my googling is correct this will be in the new mixed development/apartment building along Connecticut Ave currently underconstruction. And given the size, 2,800 sq ft plus 1,000 sq ft patio, that's the only location that would make sense. The developers are going big on this one! Looks like it will be pasta focused with salads, antipasti, salumi, cheese, and meat/fish entrees. Bread Furst on one side of the street and the Trabocchis on the other. "Fabio and Maria Trabocchi are Opening a Van Ness Restaurant Devoted to Pasta" by Becky Krystal on washingtonpost.com
  7. District Soul Food & Lounge is taking over the former Banana Cafe space. Capitol Hill Corner with the goods: "Two Brothers Soul Food, a popular but short-lived restaurant on Route 1 outside the Beltway has chosen the former Banana Café on Barracks Row as their new home. According to ANC Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg, in whose district the restaurant lies, the restaurant plans to open in September. Banana Café closed last December, when owner Jorge Garcia-Meitin Zamorano retired. District Soul Food owners Chris Everett and David Roundtree announced last November that they were closing Two Brothers after seven months and relocating. The restaurant opened in May of 2017 and had experienced a number of structural issues with the building, which eventually drove the decision to relocate. The menu will feature authentic Southern cooking, heavy on fried chicken, pulled pork, fried fish, collard greens, baked beans, etc. Oldenburg says that the owners will offer live jazz in the former piano bar on the second floor. Everett and Roundtree are partners in other real estate deals, but relative newcomers to the hospitality business – Two Brothers was their first venture as restaurateurs. The space is undergoing renovation, which, according to ANC Commissioner Chander Jayaraman will include plans for indoor trash storage. Jayaraman, as chair of ANC6B’s Alcohol Beverage Control Committee, has been a strong advocate of indoor trash storage, and developed a strategy of using alcohol beverage license applications and renewals to encourage Barracks Row restaurants to provide indoor storage to combat rodent issues."
  8. The national parks have been hit particularly hard by this shutdown. Local communities and park concessions have been trying to help out with volunteer cleanup crews and donations but have been overwhelmed. This is a popular time at Joshua Tree with the winter rock climbing season, and were fortunate to be open over the holiday season when the campgrounds were full. But tour companies and other local community businesses are going to really start feeling the pinch if this goes on for much longer.
  9. Brett Anderson on the changing taste of gumbo in New Orleans. Gumbo, the Classic New Orleans Dish, is Dead. Long Live Gumbo.
  10. Frankly the Dupont Circle location looks abandoned. Maybe they do late night stuff? Maybe I don't have the right password? Who knows.
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    New Orleans, LA

    Cross posting, but seemed worthy to add to the NOLA thread. Several restaurants listed, both old and new. Gumbo, the Classic New Orleans Dish, Is Dead. Long Live Gumbo. (NY Times) Brett Anderson on the changing taste of gumbo
  12. With the partial government shutdown and the Smithsonian Institute + National Gallery of Art now closed (they both had some residual funding which allowed them to stay open until the New Year...but alas no more), we should highlight some other art museums around town. The Kreeger Museum is a smaller, private art museum residing at the former residence of David and Carmen Kreeger, with 5 acres of sculpture gardens. Designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, it is among the few examples of his work in DC. The Kreeger's focus on 19th and 20th century paintings is evidenced by works of Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Cezanne, Chagall, Miro, and Stella. Also included in the permanent collection are works of prominent Washington artists and outstanding examples of traditional African and Asian art. The Kreeger recently completed a reinstallation of their permanent collection, so now is a great time to visit. Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm Closed Sundays and Mondays. Closed all federal holidays. Suggested Donation Adults: $10 Students/Seniors/Military: $8 Members and a guest: Free Docent Tours Tuesday to Friday: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm Saturdays: 10:30 am, noon, and 2:00 pm
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    Repatriation of Art Works to the Country of Origin

    Washington Post op-ed re: art work stolen during by the Nazi regime.
  14. Anyone who has been to the British Museum knows that much of the collection was acquired under dubious circumstances (ie: stolen/taken). The other classic example is art works looted during World War II, especially by the Nazi regime. The Allied effort to protect and recover cultural artifacts was under the auspices of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program and written about in Robert Edsel's book Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. Now France is having a conversation about art works that reside in French art galleries which were acquired during the country's African colonial period. The New York Times in conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne, a Senegalese philosopher and professor of French at Columbia University; Cécile Fromont, associate professor at Yale University, a French art historian who specializes in exchanges between African and European populations; and Toyin Ojih Odutola, a Nigerian-American artist.
  15. After a long drive home on Boxing Day (3 hours from Richmond to DC...ugh) I went to 2 Amy's for dinner. The place was slammed, the entire back bar area filled with people waiting on tables. I guess people were tired of being at home with relatives! Fortunately, few people were actually eating at the bar, and I was able to snag a seat at the end. Miguel and Tammy took good care of me. Highlights included: Sicilian Anchovies with bread and butter - A must order Roasted Eggplant with cherry tomatoes, almonds, smoked paprika, and sheep's milk ricotta - This was a log of roasted eggplant sitting in a pool of cherry tomato sauce and a wedge of the always excellent ricotta (apparently sourced from Sardinia) Butternut Squash and farro salad with vincotto and tardivo radicchio - a great winter salad, the vincotto adding complexity to farro and squash. Photo: eggplant and ricotta
  16. Plenty of asparagus and strawberries floating around Eastern Market, not sure how local they are...otherwise nothing has really taken off yet.
  17. To kick-off the countdown of the upcoming grand opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) the museum will be projecting images from its collection on the building facade. Three nights only, Nov. 16, 17, 18 from 5:30pm to 9pm.
  18. The bottom noodle soup, assuming it is the Mee Kathi with tofu, looks amazing (well it all does, but that soup in particular!)
  19. If you are doing wine tasting on the West Coast, Alaska Airlines can be a great option due to their wine program, which allows Mileage members to check a case of wine for free from certain airports. We were able to haul a case of wine back from Walla Walla, WA via Sea-Tac. One of the wineries in Walla Walla provided us with a shipping box and the cardboard inserts which cradle the bottles. Or you can buy one of those fancy wine suitcases. Plus we flew Sea-Tac to BWI direct, also a bonus! Wine (Mileage Plan™ members only) - one protectively packaged case of wine when traveling on flights from the following airports, within the United States: Burbank (BUR), Fresno (FAT), Los Angeles (LAX), Monterey (MRY), Oakland (OAK), Orange County (SNA), Ontario (ONT), Palm Springs (PSP), Sacramento (SMF), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), San Luis Obispo (SBP), Santa Barbara (SBA), Sonoma (STS), Boise (BOI), Eugene (EUG), Medford (MFR), Portland (PDX), Redmond (RDM), Bellingham (BLI), Pasco (PSC), Pullman (PUW), Seattle (SEA), Spokane (GEG), Walla Walla (ALW), Wenatchee (EAT), and Yakima (YKM). The program does not apply when flying to international destinations. Looks like they do a similar waiver for pineapples from Hawaii!
  20. How Brexit will kill the British sandwich <insert British food jokes here>. But seriously, the infographic in the story illustrates how much the British economy counts on "just in time" deliveries from continental Europe. Pretty much the only sandwich food item that the U.K. is currently self-sufficient is the bread.
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    I-85 Durham to Richmond?

    Does anyone have any good recommendations along I-85 from Durham, NC to Richmond. I'll be driving that route after Christmas, during the afternoon. BBQ, diners, I'm pretty much game for anything that doesn't involve a huge side trip.
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    I-85 Durham to Richmond?

    There is a Bojangles in Union Station (assuming it is still there). The Carolina relatives say it is no good, and they know their Bojangles.
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    I-85 Durham to Richmond?

    A pork chop biscuit would certainly see me through to Richmond!
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