April 9, 2008
Among the incidents highlighted in a new GAO report on the use of federal "purchase cards": · The Postal Service spent $13,500 on food and liquor for employees and corporate clients at a 2006 dinner at an Orlando steakhouse. · Four Defense Department cardholders charged more than $77,000 at Brooks Brothers and other high-end clothiers for tailor-made suits and other items, including $7,000 in purchases the week before Christmas. · A NASA employee bought two $400 iPods for the personal use of a supervisor, whose name was engraved on...
November 28, 2009
Why are the media cheerleading for President Obama's state dinner instead of questioning the wisdom of having such a pompous, unnecessary and extravagant affair when so many Americans are hurting and sleeping in the streets because of the economy ["Prawns & Protocol," Style, Nov. 25]? The appropriate words come to mind: "fiddling while Rome burns" and "Let them eat cake. " I voted for Obama because I saw a remarkable individual who I thought would relate to average Americans rather than to the power brokers and the celebrities.
June 23, 2009 |
In the midst of the explosion-filled, bullet-riddled, Imaxed-out summer movie season, sometimes we need a film that delivers a nice, quiet, thoughtful dinner for two. Enter " My Dinner With Andr é " ($39.95), the 1981 classic that features what is, arguably, cinema's quintessential conversation. Actually, strike that. "Dinner" doesn't just "feature" a conversation. This Louis Malle picture -- shot at the then-shuttered Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., -- is nothing but chat, focused fully on a back-and-forth between playwright...
April 27, 2009 |
Last Tuesday evening, Rahm Emanuel quietly slipped into an eighth-floor office at the Watergate. As white-jacketed waiters poured red and white wine and served a three-course salmon and risotto dinner, the White House chief of staff spent two hours chatting with some of Washington's top journalists -- excusing himself to take a call from President Obama and another from Hillary Clinton. As the journalists hurled questions and argued among themselves, Emanuel said: "This feels a lot like a Jewish family dinner.
October 9, 2012
Regarding Gary Newton's Oct. 7 Local Opinions commentary, " The Lincoln Reflecting Pool returns — and so do the geese ": Canada geese are delicious and nutritious when baked with quartered apples. (The apples add flavor and absorb grease.) The National Park Service could catch the geese using a net, and the food could be given to kitchens that feed the hungry. Problem of goose droppings solved. P.A. O'Connor, Waynesboro, Pa.
July 10, 2013 |
View Photo Gallery : Where were you on Jan. 7, 2012? I remember the date vividly, because it was the worst dinner party I ever hosted and not because of my guests, who were kind to send me notes afterward thanking me for everything short of the food. They used the trick I employ when chefs whose work I can't praise ask me how I'm enjoying dinner in their restaurant: So nice to be here. Love the dining room. Great service. In my house, we call such distractions "shiny baubles," like the...