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  1. Museo del Prado is celebrating its 200 anniversary throughout 2019. Located in central Madrid, the museum holds one of the great European art collections, with works by Goya, Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, and Titian, among many others. The collection has more than 20,000 objects, many drawn from the Spanish Royal Collection. The centerpiece of the collection is Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez. The collection also contains such masterworks as Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights and Goya's Third of May. If you find yourself in Spain this year, it will be a great time to visit the Prado.
  2. I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Online reports: Wilber's BBQ in Goldsboro, NC is closed. I can't find independent news sources to verify, but photos posted online from the scene do not look promising. Goldsboro Daily News also reporting, they can't confirm if its a permanent or temporary closure. Wilber’s Barbecue, one of NC’s iconic BBQ restaurants, has closed Myrtle Beach Online
  3. Some tasty match ups. QUARTERFINAL DRAW Ajax vs. Juventus Liverpool vs. FC Porto Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City Manchester United vs. Barcelona SEMIFINAL DRAW Tottenham or Man City vs. Ajax or Juventus Man United or Barcelona vs. Liverpool or Porto
  4. The bad news: Porchetta Wednesday is no more. If you need a porchetta fix go on Saturday nights. The good news: The rest of the stuff is as tasty as ever. Plus Miguel and Tammy working the back bar. Sicilian Anchovies + Bread & Butter: An always order Braised Radicchio and Artichoke Tart: Super rich with ricotta cheese from Sardinia Pickled Sardines with Cara Cara orange, fennel, mint: Perhaps the dish of the night Tardivo Radicchio alla Romana: A pile of tardivo dressed with an anchovy sauce Marinated Carrots with Sheep's Milk Ricotta: One of the dishes sitting on the wine bar, looked unassuming, but those carrots were super sweet and carrot-y. Tossed with a little bit of cumin and topped with the ricotta from Sardinia.
  5. An artist most people have never heard of, but looking forward to this one. Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling "This landmark exhibition of monumental sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard (b. 1942, Deensen, Germany) illuminates the process by which the artist gives outward visual form to her ideas and emotions. Expressive cedar sculptures are accompanied by poetic explorations in paper pulp, leather, linen, and other organic materials. With an emphasis on her work since 2000, The Contour of Feeling marks the most ambitious presentation of von Rydingsvard’s art in the United States, and her first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C. The daughter of a woodcutter from a long line of peasant farmers, von Rydingsvard spent several of her early years in the wooden barracks of refugee camps in Germany at the end of World War II. Her works offer subtle hints of biographical, religious, or cultural references, while deliberately remaining abstract and evocative. Each of the large-scale sculptures involves a labor-intensive, yet intuitive, process that can take nearly a year to complete. Wearing safety gear and wielding heavy machinery, von Rydingsvard and her team saw, slice, stack, glue, and mark the works with graphite before assembling their final forms. Towering vertical structures, sprawling floor-based works, and expansive wall constructions inspire awe and introspection."
  6. Should be a good one down in Houston, with work from the Kroller-Muller Museum and the Van Gogh Museum. Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art "The MFAH is the only venue for this major survey that brings together more than 50 masterworks by one of the most iconic artists in the history of Western art. Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art follows Van Gogh (1853–1890) through four key stages of his career, from early sketches to final paintings. Few artists left behind as complete a diary of life and work as Van Gogh, whose decade-long career as an artist began when he took up painting in 1881. Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art highlights the artist’s early years in the Netherlands; his luminous period in Paris; his search for light and color in the South of France; and his exploration of nature as a source of enduring inspiration in Saint-Rémy and Auvers. The exhibition showcases portraits, landscapes, and still lifes drawn primarily from the collections of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands."
  7. Working on the home made pizza. This time with Jim Lahey's no knead pizza dough, using King Arthur Bread Flour. Baked at 550 degrees for about 13 minutes on sheet pans. Pizza: Pesto, caramelized onions, thinly sliced tomatoes, goat cheese.
  8. From my understanding a Chapati is always made from Atta flour (a whole wheat flour), while Roti may incorporate other types of flours. There are also some regional variations, for example in south India a chapati might be lightly fried.
  9. Most museums are only showing a small percentage of their collection at any given time. The Metropolitan Museum on Art, after all, has more than 2 million objects in its collection. The Louvre's collection is about 460,000 objects and between 35,000 and 38,000 are on display. The New York Times explores: Clean House to Survive? Museums Confront Their Crowded Basements
  10. Singapore Noodles...pretty damn good. Recipe from Serious Eats. I made it without the char siu pork, because I have no idea where I would buy some in the district (Full Key maybe?). I would watch the sodium levels with this dish, between the fish sauce and the soy sauce and the recipe calling to season with salt at the end. But overall I thought the recipe worked out very well.
  11. Tacos: Pinto bean puree, scrambled eggs, guac, salsa, watercress, radish, lime
  12. At W 39th and 8th Ave is the newish Upside Pizza. Basically the same area as Go Go Curry.
  13. Lukaku scored early (2nd minute). PSG piled on the pressure and scored shortly after. Buffon gaffed to give ManU the 2-1 lead. After that, ManU looked disorganized for much of the game, spraying passes all over the place. At the end of the game they were putting in players called up from their youth squads. In about the 89 minute, Kimpembe (PSG) blocked a shot by jumping and turning his back, but left a flying elbow hanging and was called for a handball on VAR review. A tough call, but most pundits agree it was technically a handball. Rashford buried it with authority. Agg. 3-3 ManU advanced on away goals. They got the job done, but it wasn't pretty. Highlights
  14. Good one SAF! Reminded me that Galaxy Hut should also receive recognition. According to their website they opened in 1990 and they claim to be the DC areas first craft beer bar. True or not, I have no idea, but certainly an early player in the DC craft beer scene (and also an important music venue).
  15. A very nice brunch was had at Convivial, in fact I would elevate it to one of the better brunch choices in DC. We started with a tasty burrata and greens dish. It included a wedge of roasted winter squash, which seemed unneeded. The roasted cauliflower was also good, even if the pureed beet sauce was oddly sweet. The yard long slice of quiche should definitely be considered. Served on a bed of dressed greens, the pastry crust is buttery rich and the eggs soft and custardy. Convivial also serves a very good bloody Mary. Cedric was in civilian clothes at the host stand and keeping an eye on the floor. We walked out into the sleet and rain happy and full.
  16. Washington Post review. "The Baltimore exhibition demonstrates that a movement rooted in exploration of the individual consciousness could also take up collective themes and political content. It was an ugly time, and much of this art is relentless, cries of the heart against the defining din of barbarism. But surrealist artists were engaged with the world at a time when all too many people retreated into mute horror or escapism — neither of them effective, or responsible."
  17. Another major art show featuring Rembrandt on the 350th anniversary of his death. For anyone heading to Abu Dhabi... Rembrandt, Vermeer & the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from The Leiden Collection and the Musée du Louvre The exhibit features 16 painting by Rembrandt as well as pieces by Vermeer, Jans Lievens, and Carel Fabritius, with more then 90 works from the Dutch Golden Age on display. The Leiden Collection is the largest collection of 17th Century Dutch art in private hands.
  18. You should of course take the opportunity to go see the Rembrandts at the National Gallery of Art. Long before the "selfie" was a thing, Rembrandt was crushing the self portraits. During his career he produced almost 100 self portraits, including 40 paintings and 31 etchings. Needless to say he was prolific! Self-Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar
  19. 2019 marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's death. There are multiple exhibitions opening around the world marking the anniversary. And course many articles being written. We will try to keep the more engaging material consolidated here. The New York Times is running two articles about Rembrandt Rembrandt Died 350 Years Ago. Why He Matters Today. Rembrandt in the Blood: An Obsessive Aristocrat, Rediscovered Paintings and an Art-World Feud --- "All the Rembrandts" Exhibition at the Rijksmuseum "Rembrandt, Vermeer & the Dutch Golden Age:  Masterpieces from The Leiden Collection and the Musée du Louvre" Exhibition at the Louvre Abu Dhabi "The Night Watch"
  20. A cool looking exhibition at National Geographic. This is a ticketed exhibition, available on the National Geographic website. Queens of Egypt "Travel back in time with National Geographic to visit ancient Egypt, one of the world’s greatest civilizations, and get to know some of its lesser-known leaders—Egypt’s mighty queens. Learn about the hidden role of women in all aspects of Egyptian society. Meet seven Egyptian queens whose impact helped shape both the ancient and modern worlds. Then travel in the footsteps of women through their daily lives and into their tombs on their journeys to reach the afterlife."
  21. Haha, rereading this thread, and we still regularly use the two Biere du Boucanier snifters we bought from The Saloon. What a great $8 investment!
  22. The Big Hunt was an early player in the DC craft scene. Dave Coleman was the GM and Beer Director at The Big Hunt and then went on to found 3 Stars Brewing. The references I can find online is that Coleman was beer director at The Big Hunt in 2006, if not earlier. My guess is his efforts predate Birreria Paradiso, probably by a couple of years. The Reef opened in 2001/02. When it closed in 2013, most media reports noted that it was one of DC's first bars to focus on craft beers. The First DC bar to have Chimay and Allagash White on tap (according to the Post) RFD opened in 2005(?), which of course had the same owners at the Brickskeller, and the same problems with keeping beers in stock. Rustico also opened in 2006, with 250 bottles and 30 taps. Granville Moore's helped jump start things on H Street, NE in 2007 with a Belgium beer focus. Brasserie Beck opened in 2007 (was originally slated to open in 2006) ChurchKey was delayed and finally opened in 2009. Meridan Pint opened in 2010. I'm sure there are other notable additions. Such as The Saloon on U Street, which opened in 2000. There was a previous Georgetown location, but I'm not familiar with its history nor beer selection.
  23. For Picasso and Dali fans, this looks like a worthy trip up to Baltimore. This appears to be a ticketed exhibit with timed entry, tickets available on the BMA's website. Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s Nearly 90 Surrealist masterworks of the 1930s and 1940s by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, and André Masson are presented through a timely lens—that of war, violence, and exile. Despite the political and personal turmoil brought on by the Spanish Civil War and World War II, avant-garde artists in Europe and those who sought refuge in the United States pushed themselves to create some of the most potent and striking images of the Surrealist movement. Monstrosities in the real world bred monsters in paintings and sculpture, on film, and in the pages of journals and artists’ books, resulting in a period of extraordinary creativity.
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