Touring Embassy Row

One of the dancers at the Côte d'Ivoire Embassy for Passport DC / Photo by Joe Newman Foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. have a certain mystique. Most are in impressive mansions and historic row homes and are usually closed to the public, except for special events....

Izakaya Seki is a neighborhood delight

Izakaya Seki has just about everything you'd want in a small, neighborhood joint. Friendly service, a cozy space, an owner who engages patrons, and a menu of what might best be described as Japanese comfort food -- delicious, yet, familiar. It's like going home and...

Now at D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum: Ai Weiwei

In the foreground is Ai Weiwei's "Colored Vases." In the background are the photos that make up "Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn" / Photo by Joe Newman There's a fabulous exhibit of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's work at Washington, D.C.'s Hirshhorn Museum running through Feb. 24....

Election Celebration, Washington

American democracy in action

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="398"] One of thousands of people who celebrated in front of the White House on election night. Photo by Joe Newman.[/caption] Car horns blared. Strangers high-fived each other. Women danced in the street. There was a lot of celebrating last night in Washington,...

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Remember, remember, the 5th of November

On this day in 1605, a plot to blow up England's royal family failed and the conspirators were captured. Guy Fawkes, one of the leaders of the conspiracy, was imprisoned in the Tower of London before he was hanged, drawn and quartered. Today, the British...

Expect the unexpected at Little Serow

[caption id="attachment_3441" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Last Day in Thailand Sunrise Over Rice Fields in Buri Ram. Photo by Kim Seng.[/caption] Little Serow 1511 17th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. www.littleserow.com There are certain things you shouldn't expect from Little Serow restaurant. Don't expect to make a reservation -- it's walk-in dining only....

After three days of horrible weather thanks to the "storm of the century," we were greeted with a wonderful sunrise this morning. Here's the view from my window in Washington, D.C.

Finally … the sun

[caption id="attachment_2594" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Sunrise in Washington, D.C. Photo by Joe Newman.[/caption] After three days of horrible weather, here's the view this morning from my window in Washington, D.C....

What’s in your zombie survival kit?

[caption id="attachment_2576" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by flickr user Bahman.[/caption] The Zombie Apocalypse is underway and you need to make tracks. Are you prepared? What do you grab on your way out the door? Do you have a "go bag" packed and ready? I'm a big believer in...