Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Rasmuson Theater in The National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW. A tribute to Heitor Villa-Lobos, a Brazilian composer regarded as one of the most influential figures in Brazilian music who has become one of the most well known composers in Latin America.
We were in New Orleans the week before Mardi Gras for work, and Luis has some photos of the French Quarter at One Photograph A Day. There were many parades and parties in progress and I learned that Mardi Gras is really about a two-week progression up to the main event.
It was our first trip to New Orleans post-Katrina (we were there in May 2005) and the French Quarter, Warehouse District (next to the convention center) and Garden District looked fine. However, Luis was in a couple of other areas of the city, including the Lower Ninth Ward. Things are still not so good there–many abanonded houses and buildings, and a lot of rebuilding still going on. I looked up population estimates and the city supposedly has about 290,000 people compared to 490,000 pre-Katrina.
Some of my favorites photos of New Orleans on One Photograph A Day: New Orleans: Blue Dog… Canal Street: Mardi Gras Parade… Moon Walk on the Mississippi… Streets of New Orleans… and Eating Out in New Orleans.
A quick note on Commander’s Palace: If you go to New Orleans, you MUST eat at Commander’s Place in the Garden District; it’s worth the price. Commander’s Palace is Creole-French-New Orleans food, and one of the Brennan family restaurants (although there was a feud and the properties have apparently been split among family members). The proprietor of Commander’s Palace is Miss Dottie Brennan. The food? I wouldn’t even know how to begin to describe how good it was. I had oyster and chicken gumbo, pecan-encrusted gulf fish and a strawberry shortcake… and a few bites of my friend’s Creole Bread Pudding.
Has anyone in Borderstan (or beyond) made a Bacon Explosion? It’s two pounds of ground sausage and two pounds of ground bacon woven together into a log and grilled! Or as noted in The New York Times story: “The Bacon Explosion is a massive torpedo-shaped amalgamation of two pounds of bacon woven through and around two pounds of sausage.” Check out the story in the New York Times–with photos. Advice to pigs: run for your lives!
Remember, Borderstanians, that the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market at 14th & U Streets NW will close for the season after November 22. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays only.
In my last couple posts, I have advised you people as to how best enjoy Oktoberfest in the comfort of your own home: this week, against my better judgment, I suggest you leave the house, and actually socialize with your fellow man. After all, Oktoberfest, in its original incarnation, was about celebrating life with one’s neighbors! Over these next few weeks, the DC area will be hosting a plethora of German-esque festivals hearkening the changing of the seasons. To my mind, these events fall into two distinct categories: kid friendly, carnival-style affairs (read: “Family Fun”), and beer-centric gorge-fests best left to the adults (read: “No, daddy is not sick! Now stop crying and keep your eyes on the road!”). Below is the full gamut of Teutonic tumults at your disposal: Choose wisely!
The Top 10 most popular Borderstan postings, as of August 29 (does not include hits on pages/sections):
- Cafe Salsa to Open in Borderstan
- Attention Foodies: Restaurant Week Extented
- Cafe Salsa: “Nuevo Latino Cuisine”
- 15th Street: Move Your Car Before 7 a.m.
- 10-Day Crime Stats for Borderstan: Down
- Hello Cupcake Bakery Opens Monday on Connecticut
- Car Talk: Are Your Hookups Showing?
- Borderstan on Facebook!
- Merkado Closing… Commissary Opening
- “Brokeback Meets Broadway;” D.C. Cowboys
Five of the Top 10 postings are related to restaurants or food. We hear you!
Why not another food posting this morning? Personally, I don’t find D.C. to be the best place for bakeries, delis and diners. We lack all three… places to get good, affordable food when you’re in a hurry… either sit-down or takeout.
So the opening of a new bakery on Connecticut Avenue is cause for hope. My view of food is formed by my rural Midwestern roots and the fact that I lived in Chicago for 10 years. Chicago was populated by waves of immigrants from Poland, Sweden, Germany, Greece and Italy (and many other countries) and to this day they make the city a diner-bakery-deli heaven.
I just wanted to remind people the a lot of restaurants are extending DC Restaurant Week this week and some for the rest of the month or into September. Here is a list of the restaurants and their dates.
Beacon Bar and Grill – Aug. 11th through 31st – Reservations
Cafe Atlantico – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
Co Co. Sala – Aug. 11th through 20th – Reservations
Circle Bistro – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
D’Acqua – Aug. 4th through 17th – Reservations
Dino – Aug. 1st through 31st. – Reservation
Farrah Olivia – Aug. 1st through Sept. 22nd – Reservations
Ici Urban Bistro – Aug 11th through 24th – Reservations
Indique Heights – Aug. 1st through Aug 31st – Reservations
Jaleo – Aug. 12th through 24th – Bethesda Reservations, Crystal City Reservations, DC Reservations
Mie n Yu – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
Mio Restaurant – Aug. 1st through Aug 31st – Reservations
Nage – Aug. 1st through Aug 31st – Reservations
Notti Bianchi – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
Oyamel – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
PS 7’s – Aug 11th through the 30th – Reservations
Rasika – Aug 11th through 23rd – Reservations
Spezie – Aug 11th through 31st – Reservations
Tabaq Bistro – Aug. 1st through 31st – Reservations
Zaytinya – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
Borderstan must have its fair share of Foodies based on our site visits. The most popular postings to date at Borderstan.com have been those related to Cafe Salsa. The owner tells me they are planning to open in October — we’ll keep you posted. And, yes, it will be the second Cafe Salsa, following the one in Alexandria. For future reference, the link to D.C. Foodies is now in the DC Blogger list in the right-hand column.