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  1. I'm having difficulty location a bottle of this for reasons of cocktail. Any suggestions? Ideally in PG or Montgomery county MD, but I work in Ballston if you think one of the VA ABC stores would carry it. Worst case, point me to a DC liquor store. TIA!
  2. "Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Dies at Age 80" by John Heilprin and Francis Kokutse on abcnews.go.com
  3. There is the artist, and then there is the man. The Little Tramp and the Refugees Who Loved, Then Loathed Him, by Dove Barbanel, December 29, 2017, on nytimes.com.
  4. There are several highlight films of Roger Federer hitting near-miraculous shots on YouTube. This 2008 Wimbledon tiebreaker against Nadal is as good as any highlight film - this is some of the greatest tennis ever played (by both players):
  5. My wife and I are doing an Alps tour -- Switzerland (Lucerne), Italy (Lake Como and then Verona), Austria (childhood memory of a place called Schladming) and flying out of Munich in Germany. Looking for suggestions and tips for wine touring in Italy in particular, and especially near-ish Verona. I know you have to make appointments and I need to get busy NOW since we'll soon be traveling. Any places I really should try? Tips on getting to places to look at the vineyards and maybe taste some wines (or at least have lunch or snacks nearby where I can buy some of the wines to try myself? I'd really appreciate it. As for food and restaurants, we'll follow our noses and research, but any suggestions there are welcome. We'll be driving so we'll have a car and can go anywhere. From dives and autostrada rest stops to the finest of the fine, it's all good to me. Thanks mucho!
  6. nashman1975

    Switzerland

    Heading to Zurich/Berne, Switzerland in 2 weeks. I've checked Egullet and there wasn't much written, and what was written, left me with the impression that the culinary scene was lacking. Any suggestions from anyone? Thanks Nashman
  7. manolands

    Geneva, Switzerland

    Hellllllooooo fellow citizens of the kingdom of rockwell!!! After a month or so hiatus I am back but no longer on the NYC forum having moved to Geneva!!! I need recommendations big time. I would love some adventures out of town but also need adventures in the city as well. I am extremely interested in Swiss food BUT would love to know about Balkan places, Turkish places, and others you think are noteworthy!! I am a sponge ready to soakith your advice!!
  8. I will confess--I have always been infatuated with Audrey Hepburn. The pixie cut, the cigarette pants, those eyes! I grew up wanting to be her, and now, in my 50s, I still emulate her gamine fashion style. I first became smitten with her when I saw her Oscar-winning performance in the 1953 romantic comedy, "Roman Holiday." She was just 24 when she landed the role of Ann, a princess who sneaks away from her royal duties for a day of fun in Rome with Gregory Peck. She went on to receive five Oscar nominations throughout her career, but this was her only win. She won a Tony award that same year for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in Ondine. She remains one of the few people who have won Academy, Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards. Since I was a young girl, "Roman Holiday" has been one of my favorite films. It won three Academy Awards: best actress, costume design and screenwriting. I watched it again this week, and I still love it. It isn't the most complicated story. There aren't any special effects. But the chemistry between Peck and Hepburn is compelling, and the shots of Rome are delightful. The thing that makes this film a classic--the standard by which romantic comedies are judged, and often found lacking--is Audrey Hepburn. She isn't the most beautiful film actress of her era, nor is she the most talented. But she is graceful, charming and beguiling. She has that "it" factor that makes it impossible to take your eyes off of her when she is on the screen. She radiates loveliness, kindness and approachability. I have never been one to follow celebrities. When she died in 1993, I bought a copy of the commemorative People Magazine about her. I felt like the world lost a true icon, a woman with a spirit and style that inspires people to this day. I enjoyed her performances in "Sabrina," "Charade," and "Wait Until Dark." I am not a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" fan, although that role is one that established her as one of the world's top fashion icons. Born in Brussels, she lived in German-occupied territory during the second World War. She later became a ballet dancer, a model and an actress. Perhaps because of the adversity she faced as a child, Hepburn became an advocate for children in her later years, devoting much of her time to UNICEF.
  9. If you ever want to broaden your classical music horizons, Joseph Szigeti is a good place to start - he's old enough where he has ties to the great 19th-century masters, but young enough where he has some recorded material available, much of it reference-standard. Szigeti even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, perhaps in part due to him being a frequent soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Here is the first movement of Beethoven's 10th Violin Sonata, played with legendary Beethoven pianist, Artur Schnabel (also a name everyone should know). Other performances can be different than this, and equal to this, but they cannot be "better" than this:
  10. I can't handle much more than Dubliners (which I'd *love* to discuss with someone if they started a topic about it, hint hint hint) ) - I picked up Ulysses once, and put it back down after about ten minutes, realizing I'd never finish it.
  11. As I'm typing this (and this), Stanislas Wawrinka has just defeated the great Novak Djokovic for the 2015 French Open Men's Singles Championship. Given that Wawrinka dispatched Federer in the quarter-finals, and beat Djokovic at the peak of his game, and also won the 2014 Australian Open Men's Singles Title, you really have to include him in any discussion of "Who's the best men's tennis player right now?" I think Wawrinka has broken through to the top 4, displacing Andy Murray, and may even be better than that. In no way is Djokovic finished, although Nadal's may be a career in decline from this point forward. Given that I think Nadal, and perhaps even Djokovic, have careers that are in question, it is fitting that it appears as though Federer may well rise above this giant, multi-year tangle of thorns to be ultimately considered the Greatest Of All-Time.
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