Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mary the Minnesotan

My friend Mary left VA for MN several years ago and returned for a visit. We enjoyed lunch together in Shirlington Village at Cheesetique.

Mary with her Green Eggs and Ham framed by bottles of wine

Christine's Board: Honey Goat Cheese, French bread, flatbread, glazed Greek figs, grapes, and pickles

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Night at the Theater: A Norwegian Night Out

We were a group of ten who had dinner at Nurish before heading for the Anacostia Playhouse to enjoy a wonderful performance of "The Norwegians." It was an absolutely hilarious dark comedy that made fun of the Minnesotans and the Norwegians.

It was hard taking a photo of the table. You can catch a glimpse on the left side of Amanda, Rosalie, Richard, Tenley, Mette, and the Minneapolitan (standing); on the right side a Lutheran pastor, Tim, Lynn, Christine, Joel, and Barbara

         At the theater from left to right: Richard, Mette, Lynn, Christine, Tenley, Joel, and Barbara

Monday, March 23, 2015

Alex and Ruth

Andrea and I wanted to introduce our friends Alex and Ruth to the best pizzeria in DC: Menomale. We had an enjoyable evening of good food and good conversation.

The Italian Husbands

Alex and Ruth share something fishy, Andrea has prosciutto e melone

The American wives

 Christine enjoys a delicious dish of Coccio, chickpea puree with melted mozzarella

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Field Trip to NMWA to See "Mary"

Our Lenten class this year focuses on Mary, the Mother of Jesus. I organized a field trip to see the "Picturing Mary" exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Three of us attended a very stimulating gallery talk - John, Barbara, and Christine.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cheese for St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

To celebrate I met my Name Sister Christine at Cheesetique. I had the delicious special, Gjetost and banana on cranberry walnut bread. Delicious! Christine and I both had a wonderful bowl of tomato soup.

(Unfortunately the server tipped the camera and, although I rotated it in Word, this blog won't turn it right side up!)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lunch with Larissa and Ivan

Andrea and I met our Siberian friends for lunch at Aladdin's in Burke. A good time was had by all!

Larissa, Ivan, Christine, Andrea

Larissa's Cheese Cake

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Iberian Peninsula

 This month the Kennedy Center is featuring the culture of the Iberian Peninsula in its Iberian Suite. I spent a few hours wandering in and out of the exhibits. The highlight for me was the Picasso exhibit. He created some beautiful art objects in imitation of the art of ancient Greece. Remarkable!

 Another highlight was the "Tribute to Jose Saramago" panel discussion. Very stimulating and informative!

And a lovely fashion exhibit - all blue and white like Delft pottery.

And four striking portraits of famous literary figures made out of wine corks. 

Frederico Garcia Lorca

Gabriel Marquez

 Gabriela Mistral

Jorge Amado

Thursday, March 12, 2015

My friend Marie and I had a lovely dinner at the Persimmon restaurant in Bethesda. We both ordered the salad with beets, goat cheese, and almonds. Delicious!

We then went to the Bethesda Writing Center to attend a presentation on Contemporary Nordic Literature sponsored by the Embassies of Norway and Denmark and NORLA. Two young authors were present and read from their works - the Danish Christian Jungersen and the Norwegian Lars Ramslie. It was an informative and stimulating evening.