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Monday, July 17, 2006

This weekend: DC and Philadelphia

We should figure out plans for hanging out in DC the evening of Saturday the 22nd and Philadelphia the evening of the 23rd. Seems like lots of you are in DC; could you suggest a central pub-type place where we can chat over food and pitchers? I'll be with Anand and Dennis and Amber, I think. 7pm?

Philadelphia, want to meet the spectacularly cool Dubin and I hope TJ and, of course, Anand? Where?

9 Comments:

Blogger Dubin said...

Word! What time are you coming into town on Sunday? We can have a picnic and your fans can come join us if they like!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Picnic! Transit-freak Anand is arranging going back and forth from DC, but I'd like to leave DC early to spend time with you (when you're free). Anyone else for a picnic on Sunday?

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not gonna be in California. There are bugs elsewhere in the country, and weather too! Eating outside is never a good idea, unless you're camping, then it's fine.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Dennis said...

Just got home from an evening sitting on the lawn down at The Mall. Some few hundreds of folks were there to watch "The Day the Earth Stood Still" with the Capitol in the backgroung and the Washington Monument silhouetted against the sunset. There were a few mosquitoes out, but it wasn't bad. It got up to 99.7F today, but it should be cooler by this weekend.

All of that is just to say that a picnic could work. Maybe we DC fans would like to throw a disc around on The Mall w/ you! Better pack one just in case.

8:32 PM  
Anonymous thelonious_nick said...

Alas, I will be out of town this weekend, but at least my crush will remain intact.

Try the Brickskeller, near Dupont Circle (get off at Dupont Circle stop on Metro's Red Line). 1523 22nd St NW, DC. For food nearby (well, about 8 blocks north), I like Meskerem (Ethiopian) in Adams Morgan at 2434 18th Street. If you don't want Ethiopian, there are dozens and dozens of other ethnic restaurants along 18th. If you are still awake past your bedtime and are in Adams-Morgan, you must go to The Diner on 18th. Any person on the street will know what this is.

I suspect many of your fans are actually in Northern Virginia. If you prefer heading to the Old Dominion, try Four Courts Irish pub directly across from the Courthouse stop on the Orange Line. Take my advice and don't order food there, but because of its location, it's a good place to meet people at the start of the evening and there are numerous restaurants/bars in close proximity.

Adams-Morgan is DC's cool, funky neighborhood. But don't worry about fitting in, DC has very low standards for cool and funky.

7:07 AM  
Anonymous thelonious_nick said...

Philadelphia is the best town for fun. It has a bad reputation, and you'll probably be horrified at the knee-deep trash and the St. Bernard-sized rats (only slight exaggeration). But I have never had more fun than in that city.

You must, must, must go to Monk's Cafe at 16th and Spruce Streets. Belgian food, extensive beer list.

Not too far from Monk's you must, must, must go to the Mutter Museum of Medical Oddities at 19 S 22nd St. But don't go around mealtime.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Used to live in DC...
THelonious Nick is correct, esp. about the low standards for cool - which I think is a good thing - makes it easier for everyone to have fun.

Dupont - Buffalo Billiards - they have a "meet" chalkboard. Huge upscale joint, great to meet lots of people.

Pretty much any irish pub in the greater DC area is going to be amazing (I don't know why, but it is true)- everyone will be singing raunchy irish songs by nights end. Really.

also fun in DC - moroccan restaurants with belly dancers.

-dithers

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Saloon is a great hangout place on U Street, if you're gonna be in DC.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous thelonious_nick said...

Sorry, one more thing.... I know you won't be in DC too long, but I would be remiss if I didn't point out that the best guide to eating, especially in Northern Virginia, is Dr. Cowen's blog.

http://www.tylercowensethnicdiningguide.com/

3:36 PM  

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