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Monday, October 20, 2014

On Eating, by Mark Twain

"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside."
-Mark Twain

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Peachy's Picks Washington, D.C.: Al Tiramisu Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

Owner Luigi Diotaiuti

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If you think this is just another Italian restaurant review, think again.
It's true: Whom You Know has reviewed more Italian restaurants than any other cuisine, and Chef Luigi Diotaiuti impressed us in every aspect of fine dining on our recent trip to Washington!  Even the lemonade is amazingly superior, and it was the best lemonade we had all summer.  From the moment we chatted with Luigi, who is the sole owner on the phone to the conclusion of our review, we were convinced we found a winner.  So far, so great Al Tiramisu!
Luigi is of course Italian, and hails from Lagonegro.  This means black lake, just like Dublin means black pool.  (And Deegan means descendants of those with dark hair...)  Al Tiramisu literally means "pick me up," as in "cheer up."  Hence, their logo of the Jester!  It's true, you will be cheered up.

Like our friend Joe Farruggio of Il Canale, Luigi is another Washington restaurateur that runs marathons.  And when you see his menu, you'll be tempted to begin your Al Tiramisu dining marathon.  The menu changes seasonally at Al Tiramisu four times annually, so it's possible a new menu has debuted for fall since our visit and if we were there this minute we'd be back.  They have specials every day, and Al Tiramisu began in March 1996.
Peachy began angelically from a dietary and nutritional standpoint: she ordered the Rucola con scaglie di Parmigiano Reggiano (Arugula salad, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.)  It was fresh and flavorful, and if you've been reading carefully you know she is an advocate of the simple done well.  Bloomberg, the angel on Peachy's shoulder, does travel with her to Washington.  He was pleased with her selection.
We love when people listen and put dressing on the side.  
For her pasta course, Peachy chose Linguine alle Vongole, and it was perfectly al dente!  Fresh clams in all their succulence delicately danced on our palate and our resident Garlic-Enthusiast-In-Chief was so pleased with the Garlic aspect of this fine course.  Every bite was just as decadent as it looks and we would absolutely order this again.  And, to be honest, every pasta item on this menu looks like it is to-die-for.
Chef Luigi has a smashing personality to go with his uber-talented culinary skills and every course he personally introduced to us.  We'd like to hear more of his stories next time...you know who loves stories.  Once we saw this fish, we knew we had to try it.  Not every venue has fish like this, and did you know Al Tiramisu uses several different fish companies: one in New York, two in Philadelphia and three to four in Washington, D.C.  We asked Luigi to pick his two best fish, and that is what we tried.
Peachy Deegan was thrilled to try the local Red Snapper.  It was gorgeously presented in all its glory in an appropriately fashioned teardrop-shaped dish.  Peachy could not have been more pleased with her entree, and though we believe Red Snapper is the most common of the Snappers in the Continental USA, common would be the last adjective we'd pick to describe the superior flavor and freshness.  The potatoes and sauteed vegetables were every bite as delicious as the excellent Red Snapper, which swam down in our culinary history with honors. 
It insisted on a close-up.
You want to eat the fish!
Finally, for dessert Peachy selected the Semifreddo al croccantino: Semi-frozen custard with carmelized mixed nuts.  An absolute dream that you will be delighted to find room for, the Semifreddo was every bit as creamy and captivating as it looks.  The ambiance and atmosphere at Al Tiramisu is elegant without stuffy and absolutely immaculate.  There's not one thing we didn't like except for maybe that it's not down the street in Manhattan.
Our esteemed panelist adds:
Just off Dupont Circle sits an enclave of culinary excellence in Al Tiramisu. For many years proprietor and head chef Luigi Diotaiuti has delivered the perfect complement to romantic dinners and DC power lunches, and in the process has delighted the palettes of Washingtonians with his constantly evolving menu options. Al Tiramisu’s menu changes four times each year, with the season, and herein lies the secret to much of Al Tiramisu’s success: the quality of the cuisine is constant while the offerings evolve with the times. 
On our recent visit, our experience opened with a sampling of the Arugula salad with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, and the breaded grilled calamari skewers, with roasted potatoes and mesclun salad. Both were excellent in design and, most importantly, taste, but the calamari skewers took this introduction to Al Tiramisu to the next level. The calamari was perfectly seasoned while avoiding the excessive oil that too often, these days, obscures the essence of calamari, compromising the original flavor. In this interpretation of the popular appetizer, the roasted potatoes provided the perfect base for what proved to be the best calamari we’ve had in several outings. 
For our second course we followed the recommendation of the wait staff and tried the Round Ravioli filled with Swiss chard and caciocavallo cheese. The caciocavallo, a standout and one of Earth’s top five cheeses that isn’t used often enough in Ravioli dishes, provided a potent flavor that was flawlessly married to a subtle butter and sage sauce. At this point it became clear that Al Tiramisu’s well-deserved reputation owes much to the genius of uniting traditional staples with modest applications of seasoning. In this way, the food very much speaks for itself, with no small amount of help from the talented kitchen staff. 
Third courses are either the charm or the death knell of fine dining – and Peachy found herself in the rare position of being overwhelmed by the options. This third course provided a key decision. For if there has ever been a restaurant in our nation’s capitol that seemed to promise perfection in its preparation of red meats, it is Al Tiramisu. One survey of the menu – and two courses into this experience – and it was clear that one couldn’t go wrong with the slow braised beef short ribs or the grilled lamb chops. However, we like to take chances on talented chefs, and so we opted for the adventure that is fish. We had good reason for this decision. Luigi always maintains at least two options. Each day there is a fresh local fish (on this visit it was the Red Snapper) and also, in a welcome bit of decadence, he imports a fish directly from Italy. In this case the Italian option was the bone-rich-but-worth-every-conscious-bite Dorada. Dorada is typically found in the Mediterranean Sea and thus we were pleasantly surpised to sample it a few blocks from the White House. The Red Snapper was very good – moist and well seasoned – and the Dorada was the unexpected delight of this three course lunch. 
There is something about Al Tiramisu that speaks to the essence of fine Washington dining. It is an experience that provides equal parts culture and culinary excellence; and as “Tiramisu” is the Italian phrase for “Pick Me Up” – this house of simple civility at the edge of DuPont Circle is perfectly captured in its name. For lunch, Al Tiramisu offers the ideal mid-day pick me up, and for dinner you may very well need to be picked up after a glance at the dessert menu. 
We concluded our experience by sampling the most popular dessert which is, of course, the Tiramisu classico. We can honestly say that the espresso dipped ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese is worth swimming across the Potomac to sample…and the semi-frozen custard with carmelized mixed nuts (the wait staff’s recommendation), provided an utterly superb and fresh adventure into the otherwise well-trodden ground of custard. 

To say we recommend Al Tiramisu is an understatement – rather, we insist upon Al Tiramisu. In its tenth year on DuPont Circle, Al Tiramisu has proven that culinary craftsmanship, when engaged in seasonal reinvention, is the definition of dining excellence.
Peachy Picks Al Tiramisu!
Al Tiramisu is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

Luigi we can't wait to see what you do next!







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On Laughter, by Mark Twain

"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
-MARK TWAIN, The Mysterious Stranger

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IndigoH2O Premium Alkaline Mineral Water Highly Recommended by Whom You Know! All Water is Not Created Equally: Some is Just Superior.

All Water is NOT the same.
And we just learned of some high caliber water you should know about.
If you're like owner and creator 
Yuri Cataldo, perhaps you feel tired often, like he once did before he created this water.  We feel there's a high percentage of tired people in Manhattan!

If you are tired, maybe you're not drinking the right water, and enough of it. 
IndigoH20 boasts essential minerals in its p
ristine spring water from the Great Lakes Region.  It is crafted with a perfect balance of natural minerals, resulting in a 9.0 pH alkalinity and a silky smooth, incredibly crisp, exceptionally fresh taste profile. Until you try this water, you will never know what silky smooth water is like on your palate.  These extraordinarily unique characteristics make IndigoH2O the first ever water to perfectly pair with fine food, wine, spirits, and still contain exceptional health benefits in each sip.   We even liked making coffee with it-that's the ultimate in our not being tired!  Everyone drinks water, and why not get your minerals in at the same time?!

This premium water is beautifully showcased in stunning indulgent blue glass bottles-all amazing restaurants we know: they would look great on your tables!  From a Charitable perspective, 
IndigoH20 is a 
member of 1% for the planet and so donates money to help children in need.   
IndigoH20 is the 
only award-winning alkaline water in the world and a top choice for culinary enthusiasts to cleanse their palate.   
IndigoH20 is guaranteed to be fluoride, hormone, drug, and chemical free. 

IndigoH2O is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know!




And P.S. Drink it before and after you see A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder!  (Bryce and Yuri went to Yale Drama School together.)
Owner Yuri Cataldo tells Whom You Know:
Growing up I had a lot of health issues that were holding me back from living my life. After going to numerous doctors I was diagnosed with Mediterranean Anemia and was told there is nothing that could be done: I would just be tired all the time and would have to learn how to live with it. On the advice of one of my parent's friends, I went to go see a natural doctor. After a series of tests she found out that what I really needed was the correct amount of minerals for my body and to drink more water. After a few weeks of eating better, drinking more water, and taking the correct vitamins/minerals for my body I felt like a new person. After grad school I was traveling more and was having issues finding good quality bottled water so I decided to create my own. I had taken 0 business classes during my years studying art and design at IU, Juilliard, and Yale so I read lots of books. In 2011, I just jumped in with both feet and launched a website to test the market. At the end of the first month I experienced success, so I started producing the water. Originally it was called Simple Water, but the name was changed to IndigoH2O in 2012. Since the name change, our water has been taking off. We've been featured at the MTV VMA awards, The Emmy's, the Golden Globes, the Kansas City Film Festival, and an upcoming feature film. In addition to online sales picking up, we got into Whole Foods Market which in turn has opened up other doors for us. IndigoH2O can be found in Whole Foods, Aveda Salons, Amazon.com, independent grocery stores, doctor offices, fine hotels and other retailers across the US, Argentina, Kuwait, Italy, and Denmark.

Our biggest success came in the winter of 2013 when we won our first international award at the Berkley Springs International Water Tasting. We have won an award every year we've entered the Berkley Springs tastings.

Berkley Springs International Water Tasting Results:
2014 - Silver Medal
2013 - Bronze Medal

 Yuri Cataldo also tells us:
I am a successful Entrepreneur and University-level Instructor who combines music, theater and the arts with tactical, real-world business strategies. As an Instructor, I am determined to create a pathway for art students towards business ownership, career opportunities and financial satisfaction without having to rely on a ‘fallback plan’. As an Entrepreneur, I have honed my skills in guerilla marketing and promotions, tough negotiations, responsible sourcing, team leadership and business finances/P&L. 

Named one of Indiana’s “40 Under 40 Business Leaders” for 2013.

Education:
Yale University, Yale School of Drama, New Haven, CT - Master of Fine Arts in Production Design, May, 2008
(Awarded the Donald and Zorka Oenslager Scholarship in Stage Design)

The Julliard School, New York, NY - Professional Program: Theatrical Design, Administration and Marketing, May, 2005

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN - Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Drama, May, 2004

(Awarded the Rosemary R. Schwartzel Scholarship; Helen Sarah Walker Scholarship; Kappa Kappa Kappa Scholarship and IU Honors College Professional Experience Grant)

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On Eggs in a Basket, by Mark Twain

"Put all your eggs in one basket -- and watch that basket!"
-MARK TWAIN, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

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The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Isaiah "Ikey" Owens October 14, 2014

Isaiah “Ikey” Owens (third from the right) and the Mars Volta win for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards®, held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2009. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com ©2004. Photographed by: Michael Buckner.

"GRAMMY Award winner, as a member of the Mars Volta, Isaiah “Ikey” Owens was a multitalented organist, keyboardist and producer. Known for creating and experimenting with new and distinctive tones, he began his career in Long Beach, California, playing with bands including the Long Beach Dub Allstars and Crystal Antlers, along with his own band, Free Moral Agents. More recently, Ikey joined Jack White's backing band, the Buzzards, in 2012, appearing on both of White's solo albums, as well as performing with him on tour. Our music community has lost a gifted and creative artist all too soon, and our thoughts go out to his family, his friends and the many musicians with whom he collaborated."
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Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

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THE RECORDING ACADEMY STATEMENT RE: TIM HAUSER OCTOBER 17, 2014

Manhattan Transfer group members Tim Hauser (left) and Alan Paul (right), and Solomon Burke (seated) with members of the GRAMMY Foundation®’s GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble at the GRAMMY® Salute To Jazz event held at The GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles on January 26, 2010. Photo Courtesy of The Recording Academy® /Wireimage.com © 2010. Photographed by: Charley Gallay

"Eight-time GRAMMY® winner Tim Hauser was a remarkable talent and pioneering figure in jazz vocal music. A founding member of the legendary jazz-pop quartet the Manhattan Transfer, Hauser and his bandmates have been setting the bar for vocal power and precise harmonies for more than five decades. Known for putting their unique spin on the sounds of jazz, R&B, rock, swing, and more, the Manhattan Transfer became the first group to ever win GRAMMY Awards in both Pop and Jazz categories in the same year. In addition to his impressive vocal ability, Hauser was also a gifted producer and vocal arranger. Throughout his career, his love for music and performing always prevailed, as evidenced by the group’s live shows and international popularity. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fellow group members, as well as to all who have been entertained by his exceptional talent."
-Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

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Madeline Shirt by Out of Print Clothing Recommended by Whom You Know



Line up, Manhattan!
Peachy Deegan's got a new favorite t-shirt, and it's by one of our newest brands covered, Out of Print Clothing.  When you aren't reading books, wear them!  
"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines..."
From the 1939 first edition cover, this t-shirt made in Mexico is cut well and is incredibly soft!

- Cotton/poly fitted tee 
- Distressed, softened print

- Color: vintage royal

Purchase of this shirt sends one book to a community in need





Out of Print is a New York City fashion brand launched in January 2010. Life-long friends and avid readers, Jeff LeBlanc and Todd Lawton, founded the company after realizing that much of their shared interests and conversations revolve around their favorite books and authors. As important as books are as personal expressions, conversation starters, and community builders, Jeff and Todd felt there existed a need to get more people to join the discussion. With this feeling at heart, the idea to create a mission-driven fashion brand dedicated to celebrating the world’s greatest stories was born.

Todd, with a marketing background at Nike, and Jeff, with an addiction to graphic tees and an entrepreneurial spirit, decided the t-shirt to be the perfect vehicle to ignite their movement. For them, the t-shirt is the ultimate conversation starter. It also serves as an effective tool for Out of Print to do good—the cause, extending the unifying and transformative power of books to as many people as possible. 


Since launching its initial line of t-shirts and sweatshirts, the Out of Print collection has grown to include an array of literary gift items: tote bags, iPhone and eReader cases, home goods, notebooks, journals and stationery items—as well as a full line of toddler shirts showcasing many of the most loved classic children’s books of all time.

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ROY FEINSON NAMED OFFICIAL ARTIST FOR THE 15TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS Our Coverage Sponsored by Solera Restaurant

If you want to experience premium Spanish cuisine in Manhattan, there is only one place to go and that is Solera. Solera Restaurant and Tapas bar has been dominating Spanish cuisine in Manhattan for the last twenty-one years. Housed in a comfortable midtown brownstone, Solera occupies two floors at 216 East 53rd Street, with a capacity for 115 people. Each dining room evokes a warm, intimate feeling and reflects the colors and images of Spain. Solera restaurant offers contemporary interpretations of regional Spanish cuisine that will delight you. The Wine Selection is exclusively Spanish, offering New York's most extensive collection of Spain's D.O.'s, as well as, a fine selection of Sherries and Gran Solera Brandies de Jerez. Do tell Rufino that Peachy sent you! He is famous for bringing the paella pan to New York, among his many accomplishments. Solera is highly recommended by Whom You Know: 

Rufino Lopez is a Culinary King: 

and is a Mover and Shaker: 

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Founder of the impressionist mosaic art genre and award-winning artist Roy Feinson has been named the official artist for the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®. Feinson's artwork will be used as the official image for the world's premier Latin music event and will be the featured artwork on this year's poster, program book, and other important applications. For breaking news and exclusive content, join The Latin Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

"Given this year is our 15th anniversary, we wanted to take a unique approach to commemorate this special occasion, and we’re extremely excited to work with an artist who has the ability to capture this important milestone on our behalf," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "Roy Feinson's innovative work reflects the rich history of our organization and utilizes an unforgettable 14-year photo retrospective of the Latin GRAMMY Awards® in a colorful mosaic that conveys our essential international community spirit."

The multi-talented Feinson is an artist, writer, graphic software engineer, and founder of Doubletake Images, and has pioneered the genre known as impressionist mosaics. Feinson fuses technology and art to create works that provoke creative thinking and presents detailed images in large graphic formats. He was commissioned by Disneyland in 2005 to create 38 large-scale mosaics for the park's 50th anniversary. In 2007 he created the world's first free-form mosaic for the 50th anniversary of the GRAMMY Awards®. He serves as the art director for Project S.N.A.P., a non-profit organization designed to give K–12 students and their families the opportunity to speak out on community issues using art as medium to convey their message. Feinson's fourth book, The Zebra's Stripes:Insights into Animal Vision, is scheduled for release in early 2015.  
The 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 20, and will air in the United States on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit LatinGRAMMY.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @LatinGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "Latin GRAMMYs" on Facebook , and join the Latin GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, Google+, Instagram,Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

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Ralph Lauren Men's Madison Avenue Windows Fall 2014 Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner

For nearly fifty years, Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner has been entrusted with Manhattan’s finest wardrobes. New York’s fashion boutiques have been recommending Hallak to their loyal customers for years. They understand the importance of quality fabric care and protecting their client’s investment. While Hallak is known for their expert handling of couture and other precious items, they also make it a point to give your more casual garments the same level of attention. Their representatives are always on the look out for the hard-to-notice stains, loose seams, missing buttons, etc. You can trust Hallak Cleaners with your entire wardrobe and then some. A sample of some of their specialized services: 
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Nashville Predators To Host 2016 NHL All-Star Festivities January 30-31

The National Hockey League (NHL) announced the selection of the Nashville Predators, the city of Nashville and Bridgestone Arena as hosts of the 2016 National Hockey League All-Star celebration. The League’s mid-season showcase will take place Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 and will include the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL® All-Star Game.

"Nashville knows how to showcase stars, put on great events and deliver first-rate entertainment and is a great place to visit. So where better to host our 2016 All-Star Celebration than in Nashville?" Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The spotlight will shine on our All-Star players and on the wonderful connection that has developed between Music City and hockey. Without question, Nashville is an ideal location for all the All-Star fun and excitement."

“Bringing this event to Nashville has been among our very top priorities for some time. We are delighted for our fans, the Nashville community and for the members of the hockey community across North America and the world who will get to see what an exciting place Nashville is to visit,” said Nashville Predators Governor Tom Cigarran.

“Hosting the 2016 NHL All-Star Game is a huge win for Nashville. We have hosted big sporting events like this, and we know it benefits our city in many ways, particularly our downtown and hospitality businesses. I look forward to showcasing the enthusiastic base of hockey supporters in our region and all that Music City has to offer,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

The 2016 NHL All-Star Game will mark the first time the NHL All-Star activities will take place in Nashville. The Predators and Nashville previously hosted an NHL signature event, successfully welcoming thousands of NHL fans, executives and personalities to the city for the 2003 NHL Draft™. Bridgestone Arena has the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in the U.S. since the doors first opened in 1996, hosting more than 13 million guests during that time. The Predators have been the primary tenants of Bridgestone Arena since 1998 and boast one of the most unique game atmospheres in the NHL.

Further details on the 2016 NHL All-Star celebration, including ticket information, special events and television broadcasting information will be released at a later date. Those wishing to use the official hashtag of the event should utilize #NHLAllStar.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus will host the 2015 NHL All-Star celebration. The League’s mid-season showcase will take place Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 25 and will include the NHL Fan Fair™, NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft™, the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.



NHL and the NHL Shield are registered trademarks and NHL All-Star Skills Competition, NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft, NHL Draft and NHL Fan Fair are trademarks of the National Hockey League. Nashville Predators name and logo are registered trademarks of the NHL team. © NHL 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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