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Ryleigh’s Oyster

Posted in 5D Mark II, Baltimore, Food, Maryland, Photography by firthefirst on May 20, 2010

wynee came to town a couple of weeks ago (yes I’m still trying to catch up to the present, eventually) and demanded to be taken to eat something yummy.  being the foodie kidnappers that we are, tina and I obliged wholeheartedly.  and that’s how we ended up spending the best part of the afternoon (the pre-food-coma part) at Ryleigh’s Oyster just around the corner of Light and Cross streets. (more…)

don’t everybody like the taste of apple pie

Posted in 5D Mark II, Defrag, Food, Photography by firthefirst on May 18, 2010

we’ll snap for your slice of life I’m tellin ya why.  why?  nobody’s gasoline dreams are gonna keep me from my apple pie. (more…)

Napoleon [Bistro and Lounge]

Posted in 5D Mark II, Adams Morgan, Food, Photography, Washington, DC by firthefirst on May 14, 2010

I don’t think anybody really calls Napoleon Bistro & Lounge in adams morgan by its full name, just as I doubt anybody called Ol’ Boney by his full name back in the day.  personally, I like to think of Bonaparte’s sister restaurant as Napoleon Dynamite.  because that’s what it is.  besides having one of the coolest restaurant websites ever, it’s got the food to back up the hype. (more…)

2010 Smithsonian Craft Festival

Posted in 5D Mark II, Architecture, Penn Quarter, Photography, Washington, DC by firthefirst on May 13, 2010

tina had the wonderful idea of going down to the national building museum to check out the 2010 smithsonian craft show.  it’s long over by now, but if you’re in town and around for it in the future, it’s worth checking out.  apparently craft shows aren’t just open to any hippie with a bad whittling habit who wants to set up a stand.  these things are deeply competitive and the intensity of the artists is palpable.  even better, the quality of work on display really does reflect that. (more…)

we mortals are but shadows and dust

Posted in 5D Mark II, Architecture, Penn Quarter, Photography, Washington, DC by firthefirst on May 12, 2010

there is a quiet little plaza across the street from the National Building Museum that few people walk through and few people think about.  it suffers from a disease pervasive in DC known as memorialitis:  when everyone and everything has a statue, plaque, or monument in its name, nothing really stands out.  the irony of america is it demands that everyone be deemed special, without realizing that when everything is special, nothing is really special anymore. (more…)

Mandarin Palace

Posted in 5D Mark II, Chevy Chase, Food, Photography, Washington, DC by firthefirst on May 10, 2010

if that doesn’t make you want to smack your grandma and say yeehaw, you should consult a medical professional immediately.  appreciating a good peking duck is universal.  even vegetarians have to act like they’re not just a little interested.  don’t drool on your keyboard there, your spacebar is going to stick.  do your tastebuds and slightly bruised grandma a favor and take them both to Mandarin Palace down in chevy chase. (more…)