Coming Attractions

Now that Hunger Games has finally arrived, it’s time toward what comes next.  Here’s what I’m looking forward to in the next couple of months:

Bobcat Goldwaithe’s God Bless America.  After dropping out of sight for a while, he has a new HBO Special and what looks like an enjoyably nasty new movie.  The trailer is NSWF

 

Snow White and the Huntsman.  The trailers look phenomenal, and Charlize Theron has been a favorite of mine since 2 Days in the Valley, the criminally under-rated  1996 film that was her first credited screen appearance.  (And, of course, as an  Arrested Development veteran, she can do no wrong.)

 

The Pirates! Band of Misfits.  I’ve loved the Gideon Defoe’s The Pirates! books for years, and Wallace and Gromit films for even longer.  The two together should be magic.

 

If you enjoy the movie, you’d probably enjoy reading The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists or The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists

What I’m Reading

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Cliveden Set

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An Afternoon at Botanic Garden

The Conservatory at the Botanic Garden is one of my favorite places to spend a winter afternoon.  Most winters, I visit it at least once a month.  But this winter in Washington has, so far, been the mildest in memory, and, like revenge, tropical plants are best served cold.


The Jungle at Botanical Garden


A view of the jungle floor, from the second level

The palms in the jungle touch the ceiling



If you’d like to believe that I shimmied up one of the trees to take this picture, I won’t disabuse you.

A corner of the Orchid Room

The orchid section at Conservatory is one of the smallest rooms, but it’s one of my favorites.

Cymbidium Pebbles ‘Santa Barbara’

Let’s Get Started — Restaurant Week and Beyond

A friend of mine–a semi-hardcore foodie–sneers at Restaurant Week. “I avoid it,” she says. “It’s for amateurs.” I haven’t asked her if she’s changed her mind after reading that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, along with a group of White House staff, selected the Restaurant Week menu at Charlie Palmer Steak during their visit a few days ago.

This year, Washington Winter Restaurant Week runs from Monday, 9 January, through Sunday, 15 January. Many restaurants extend the celebration through the 22nd, and some celebrate all month. As Washington Restaurant Week winds down, Bethesda/Chevy Chase Restaurant Week takes off, running from Monday, 23 January through Sunday, 29 January. For some of us, this makes January a wonderful time to explore new places and return to old friends. It also gives me an easy segue to launch this, my first attempt at a blog.

I’ll be posting a lot of food pictures at the start, along with brief write-ups of Things I Like, notes on Coming Attractions, and interesting sites on the Web. It’s all a work in progress, so lets see where it goes.

–BC