Travel

Quick Thoughts on Ethiopia

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Blog, current events, Travel

Following successful CES Unveiled events in London, Paris, and Tel Aviv - I spent 3 days in Ethiopia.  It was my first trip back to Africa since 1999 when I was in Egypt and it was really my first trip deeper into the heart of Africa's Africa. A few quick thoughts from my three short days there. Africa is Massive. The land mass is overwhelming. You know it intuitively. But only really grasp the enormity by being there. China is 3.75M square miles. The United States is 3.79M square miles. Africa is 11.76M square miles. Africa is Growing. Certainly no surprise to anyone. Africa is growing....

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In Search of Soul Food: Henry's Soul Cafe

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Travel

Friday we were in search of some authentic soul food.  Henry's Soul Cafe has been on my DC Dining Bucket List so we headed there. But in poking around there are a few more I want to try. These include Ooh's & Aah's, Hitching Post, the recently opened Mama Reacer's, Eatonville Restaurant, and Saints Paradise Cafeteria (any restaurant in the basement of a church has to be worth trying once, no?) Henry's Soul Cafe is in U Street-Cardozo and if you aren't watching closely you'll mistake it for a convenience store instead of the mecca for soul food that it is. Perhaps best know for its...

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July through October 2013 Travel Log

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in Travel

It has been a few months since I've done a travel log. Making up for lost time by putting the last few months into a single post. July 2013 2 trips 3 airport (IAD, SAN, LAX) 4 flight segments 9116 total miles 2 red-eye flights 4 hotels 6 hotel nights                                     August 2013 3 trip (Lake Anna, VA; Corolla, NC; Aberdeen, MD) no flights 1 hotel night 1 hotel night September 2013 2 trips 3 airport (IAD, SFO, SEA) 5 flight segments 10,240 total miles 2 red-eye flights 4...

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King Ribs

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Travel

Today was a BBQ day. A perfect BBQ day. Friday afternoon was calling for a slightly prolonged lunch.  79 degrees. Fall is coming quickly and the last days to eat outside are upon us. All of this summed to outdoor dining and BBQ. We were on the hunt for the best BBQ in DC and our research unearthed several worthy options.  Each of these will be added to my list. Our first/original destination was Mr. P's Ribs and Fish. But upon arriving at the converted school bus in NE, we found Mr. P's closed for the day. A quick call to his "office" (which I'm pretty sure is his home number) confirmed...

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RT's Restaurant - Alexandria, VA

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Travel

Earlier this week I knocked another restaurant off my DC Bucket List.  RT's Restaurant - named for the initials of the founder - is now in it's 28th year and has occupied 3804 Mt Vernon Ave the entire time. I was told that before RT's opened the location was occupied by another restaurant dating back to the 1930s.  Hung on the wall inside the current restaurant are several black and white photos of waitresses outside of the front door of 3804 Mt Vernon Ave and I was told these photos date back to that earlier restaurant. Just north of the heart of Del Ray, RT's is on a section of Mount...

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Fast Gourmet - Washington, DC

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in personal, Travel

I'm sure there is part of me that sublimely wants to be a food critic. Early in my education - after deciding not to purse art school (another story entirely), but before studying economics - I debated heavily about getting a degree in culinary arts.  I had just returned from living in the Netherlands where I had spent time around Maastricht  and Masstricht University and loved the atmosphere there. It is a fabulous, cultural city tucked on the Belgium-Netherlands border and straddling the Mass river. The perfect place to study food. But I digress. I went into economics. I chose the dismal...

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