Posts Tagged ‘Washington DC’

20th January
written by Steph
Yes you can (watch history happen)!

Yes you can (watch history happen)!

Remember back on November 4th, when there was that historic election in which Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States?  Well, that decision is finally paying its dividends today, as he gets sworn in at 11:30 am EST on Capitol Hill (where America happens, and which Tony and I saw the inchoate beginnings of the inauguration stage and hoo ha, all the way back in November).  Everyone knows that Tuesday is a slack day, so even if you aren't out in Washington, D.C., (and who could blame you when a single night in a hotel in the area is setting people back my month's rent (and that's just for the cheap seats)!), you can still watch the festivities online; I'll be tuning in to CNN's coverage.  I suppose that every day, history happens, it's just that some parts of history will be better remembered than others, and I promise you this will be one of them.  I mean, come on!  He's gonna get sworn in using the same bible the Abraham Lincoln used... No one's ever done that before!  That's what all this hubub is about, right? And if you are in D.C., let Obamania reign supreme!  Head over to Asia Nine, won't you, and have the Lame Duck sushi roll in honor of Dubya.  Apparently George W has never been so sweet... or spicy!  Personally, all the way out here in Nashville, I think I'm gonna celebrate with an Inauguration Partini (recipe below)... has American politics ever tasted so sweet?

Inaugural Partini

1 part Grey Goose Le Citron flavored vodka

Sweet taste of liberty!  Hope it doesn't taste like pennies...

Sweet taste of liberty! Hope it doesn't taste like pennies...

½ part Mandarin Napoleon ½ part honey ¾ part hot water ½ part lemon ½ part orange juice Pinch of star anise powder 1 star anise

In a cocktail shaker, place the honey and hot water; stir to dissolve. Add Le Citron, Mandarin Napoleon, lemon juice, orange juice and star anise powder. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with star anise and relish with pride.

23rd November
written by Tony
Some nice light on the Captiol dome.

Some nice light on the Capitol dome.

Recently I took my first trip to our nation's capital. Steph was giving a talk at the SFN (Society for Neuroscience) conference on her research and I thought it would not only be a great chance to see her in her element, but also to take some time to explore a city that greatly interested me. The more research that I did the more enthusiastic I became about the prospect of wandering around the city. From what I could gather from my initial research, the metro system around downtown was fairly extensive and would offer more than enough mobility during our stay, which it did admirably. More on that later. Of particular interest were the Smithsonian museums, which to my delight I discovered were all free admittance. I've always been fascinated with the museums, especially the Air and Space Museum and this chance to see it first hand was something I'd been wanting for a long time. Our first day in the city was spent visiting the monuments, which did not disappoint. The weather, however, did. The first day was rainy and slightly cold (though not terrible). The rain did diminish the experience of the outdoor monuments, to be sure, but they were still impressive to behold. (more…)