Ann Patchett’s interview on the Colbert Report

photo via Colbert News Hub

Thanks to my friend D for telling me about Ann Patchett‘s terrific interview on the Colbert report a few weeks back. Patchett has recently opened an independent bookstore in Nashville called Parnassus Books and was there to discuss the importance of the old-fashioned brick and mortar bookstores. She proved a worthy sparring partner for Colbert and actually left him stuttering and speechless!

America Eats


Last night we ate at a restaurant that was a history lovers dream, America Eats Tavern in Washington DC.
Opened in July 4, 2011 to coincide with the exhibit at the National Archives, What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?, the restaurant has gathered recipes from throughout America’s history and cooked them for grateful diners.
José Andrés Is the chef. He has owned several concept restaurants in DC, and is credited with bringing small plate dining to America.
On the menu were such selections as Oysters Rockefeller, Chicken Pot Pie, Pineapple Upsidedown Cake and Vermont Sugar on Snow.

What is nice is that profits from the restaurant are being donated to The Foundation for the National Archives. The restaurant is set to close on July 4th 2012 so I’m glad we were able to experience this unique dining experience.
The best part…..they brought the check out in an old, smelly book!!