March 8, 2009
Paulette Dininny is getting ready for maple-sugaring in Edinboro, Pa. Here's her reporter's notebook based on last year's syrup season. DRIVE TIME About six hours from the Beltway COST $120 plus gas GETTING THERE Edinboro, Pa., is about 340 miles from the Capital Beltway in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania, near Lake Erie and the New York state border. Take Interstate 270 and I-70 to Pittsburgh, then follow I-79 north to the Erie area. Alternatively, Continental, Northwest and US Airways offer connecting service to Erie from BWI Marshall starting at about $140; from Dulles and Reagan National, starting at about $250.
May 1, 2009
Everything you always wanted to know about bonsai but were afraid to ask: How do I say it? Try "BONE-sigh," not "BAHN-zai. " In Japanese, the word means, simply, "plant in a pot. " Penjing is Chinese for "container scenery" or "tray scenery. " Where was it invented? Bonsai's popularity in the United States took off after World War II, thanks in large part to returning soldiers who had spent time in Japan, says National Bonsai & Penjing Museum curator Jack Sustic. And bonsai is still largely associated with that country.
March 29, 2011 |
Two rounds of Beer Madness should be sufficient to eliminate the weaklings, the wannabes, the beers that made us go "meh. " As our quest to find the best craft brew in America progresses, we should expect our panel of tasters to linger longer over their samples as favorite brews recur and difficult decisions must be made. That proved to be the case with Round 3, in which six of the eight beers to advance won by a hair's breadth, 5-4, in blind tastings at the ChurchKey bar. Sheer happenstance, a passing mood, even the barometric pressure might give one beer the edge over another.
March 8, 2009 |
Things get hot and steamy along the eastern shore of Lake Erie around now: It's maple-sugaring time. "When neighbors see steam rising from the woods, they know the season is underway, and they start showing up at the sugarhouse," said Janet Woods of Hurry Hill Farm outside Edinboro, Pa. Cold nights and warmer days signal maple trees to send sap upward in the outer sapwood of the tree; that's where producers tap and collect the raw material....
March 28, 2008
Keeping Track of Your Baggage Dear Heloise: If you ever have had an airline LOSE YOUR BAGGAGE, you know how frustrating the process of recovery is (if it is recovered at all). I have found a way to ensure that my baggage can't stay lost long. I bought some plastic name-badge holders with clip attachments. On my computer, I designed a card to fit into it. The card has information about my flight, destination, contact information, etc. Behind the first card, I insert my return-flight information on another card.
February 23, 2009 |
BLUE GRASS, Va. There was something in the smoke, as Ivan Puffenbarger's sugarhouse burned and the volunteer firefighters roared over the mountains trying to save it. In the ash and plastic fumes, there was a smell like molasses dripping on a stove burner. Seven hundred gallons of maple syrup was on fire. "Sugar just burns like wild," said Elmer Waybright, chief of the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department. When his crew arrived, they could see canisters inside blowing their lids off and the syrup boiling out on fire like lava.
May 23, 2012 |
W it & Wisdom, a Tavern by Michael Mina, was born with a silver spoon in its mouth. The first of two dining venues to open in the sleek new Four Seasons hotel in Baltimore, the restaurant was conceived in collaboration with Mina, the well-respected San Francisco chef whose domain extends to the very good Bourbon Steak in Washington. He, in turn, hired some local notables to staff the open kitchen of what was designed to be a Twitter-era tavern, among them Chris Ford, best known for his handiwork at Trummer's on Main.
February 7, 2008
Falls Church begins its annual sanitary sewer rehabilitation project this month. The project, which continues through mid-April, coats sanitary sewer lines with a resin containing styrene. The chemical is not harmful to humans or animals but emits an unpleasant odor. To prevent the odor from entering the home, residents should pour water into all drains, including basement-floor and air-conditioner condensation drains, before the work starts to create a seal to keep out the odor.
February 19, 2010
Friday Los Amigos Invisibles -- Sunday Hockey Night at the Canadian Embassy -- Sunday Chinese New Year celebration LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES Friday Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles have rightfully earned a reputation for dare-you-not-to-dance live performances that blend salsa, funk and jazz with propulsive Latin rock. They describe themselves as "Jamiroquai meets Santana" though fans of another thrilling ensemble, Ozomatli, will find plenty to like when the sextet performs at the Black Cat Friday at 9 p.m. with Thunderball.
June 24, 2009 |
THE HAMBURGER A History By Josh Ozersky Yale. 147 pp. $14 What do Alger Hiss and the hamburger have in common? According to the editors of a new series of books, they are both "Icons of America" -- yet both have had their patriotism questioned. In "The Hamburger," historian Josh Ozersky dispenses quickly with the claim that the hamburger -- never mind its name -- has its roots in Hamburg, Germany: "It doesn't matter if Mongols used to ride around with minced horsemeat under their saddles, on their way to some hamburger-fueled havoc in the thirteenth century," he pronounces.