Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Rome is still fertile

A recent stunt in Rome colored the water in the famous Trevi Fountain a deep red. It's interesting because red can suggest so many things- both positive and negative- and in this context the guerilla artist commented that it represents a "Rome that's still menstruating, Rome that has not entered menopause yet, can still have children, is still fertile." Blood can be life giving and life letting.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Why Is Moonshine Against the Law?

Two Georgia men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of operating a moonshine still in the Chattahoochee National Forest. One of the bootleggers faces up to 35 years in prison for his crimes: making the brew, selling it, and not paying taxes on the proceeds. Back in college, the Explainer had friends who brewed their own beer, and that wasn't against the law. So why is moonshine still illegal? Click here for a swill that exlains the rationale. Take a Long Swallow

According to the article on Slate " Despite the Appalachian stereotypes, not everyone swigs moonshine just for fast, cheap intoxication. Some folks are accustomed to the taste of unaged whiskey, and they prefer the buzz that comes with it."

Monday, October 08, 2007


Cleveland Park's ARDEO has recently been named a BEST NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT in Washington DC. It's a comfortable and warm space, in spite of the mirrors and backlit colorfield art pieces. Susannah met me in Washington for the night, and we had a nice walk in the unseasonably warm October night from Woodley Park. The crowd definitely had a neighborhood feel and a warm buzz permeated the space. The menu was interesting, and I had a hard time choosing a starter and entree so I opted for three appetizers served in successive courses.

I started with a Peeky-Toe Crab dish, served with crisp green apples, citrus gelee and a sweet soy reduction. As my next choice I had a Foie Gras Torchon with rillette ( a fancy version of BBQ), Riesling apricots, and chipotle syrup. Both were fantastic. I finished with an order of Steamed Nova Scotia mussels, served with grilled chorizo, scallions and a smoked paprika tomato broth.

Susannah had a great starter of asparagus and goat cheese in brick paper, grilled endive, pistachio, and a honey garlic balsamic dressing. Pan fried gnocchi were served with haricot vert, red peppers, shallots and sorrel. She fnished her evening with a chocolate sampler including biscotti, fudge, white chocolate truffles, and a molten cake.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Indique is a gem of an Indian restaurant in Washington DC's Clevelend Park. It's name comes from the combination of Indian and Unique and seems to be an apt title for a place that thrives on creating new variations on traditional indian food. Two hours after my first bite, my mouth still tingles from the deep heat of toasted telecherry peppercorns in the signature Chicken Chettinad- the best indian that I've had since years ago on London's Brick Lane. Sides of cucumber raita( with hints of cumin swimming in fresh yogurt)mango chuutney and naan and icy cold KingFisher beer rounded out the meal.