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THE Q&A CAFE
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The Q&A Cafe
Wednesday, April 29
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CHECK OUT OUR WONDERFUL SPRING 3 COURSE SPECIAL
~ $25.50 ~
Choice of One from Each Course
New England Clam Chowder
Soup of the Day
Iceberg Lettuce, Diced Tomatoes, Bacon, Blue Cheese Crumbles & Blue Cheese Dressing
Mixed Greens, Romaine, Tomatoes, Cucumbers & Homemade Ranch Dressing
Simple Greens Salad
Our Marvelous Flat Iron Steak
Served in a Skillet with Diced Potatoes, Red Peppers, Onions, Zucchini,
Squash, Mushrooms & Broccolini
Prepared in a Garlic & White Wine Broth
Home-Style Roasted Chicken
Mashed Potatoes, Julienne Carrots & Broccolini
Chef Lore’s Meatloaf
Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans & Gravy
Our Signature for Three Decades
Vanilla Ice Cream & Rum Sauce
Topped with Cream Cheese Frosting
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NATHANS IN ZAGAT:
On Georgetown’s busiest corner, this “great local joint” with an “old-school”, “very Washington” vibe attracts locals who “always feel comfortable” in its “cozy” back dining room or at its “people-watching bar”; some foodies insist it’s “not for serious diners”, but “reasonably priced” American fare and a “fabulous brunch” keep regulars returning; N.B. owner Carol Joynt interviews a ‘who’s who’ of personalities at her ‘Q&A Cafe’ lunches.
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Swimming in Quicksand;
A Daily Journal of Survival
SATURDAY, APRIL 4 ... Got out of town today to The Plains, Va., for lunch at Forlano's Market. I wrote about this place in my coverage of the Virginia "hunt country" for New York Social Diary. Obviously, I think it's tops. At lunch they serve really amazing sandwiches - I had the excellent Philadelphia cheesesteak - and at dinner they do a full menu of appropriate dinner items, with wine and beer available. Today Spencer had the BLT and our friend, Sally Hosta, who lives out that way, had the crab cake on arugula.
EARLIER...Finally, a beautiful sunny morning, refreshed by the spring rains. Check out those cherry blossoms. I'm headed out of town for an awesome lunch.
Note: because some concern was expressed that I am going this alone, please understand the Ops are our lawyers. While I do talk to the landlords directly from time to time, and Jon Moss talks to one or two of them regularly, the negotiations are handled solely by lawyers - my lawyers and the landlords' lawyers. Occasionally the landlords go rogue on their lawyer, but the meaningful talks are lawyer to lawyer.
Black Op 1 has been on the case for three years. The Ops and Jon remain cool throughout the twists and turns and up and downs of every little clause in the agreement. I, on the other hand, get wildly emotional and take everything personally when I should just stand back, have faith, and let the pro's get it done. As Black Op says, "this will all work out."
FRIDAY, APRIL 3...A friend and I walked down to Nathans tonight and sat at the bar. I sipped champagne and thought about the business I've owned for a dozen years. He said, "this place is special. There are few places like it left. It's like a great little bar in a seaside village on the northeast shore or on Nantucket." I moaned about the age of stuff, and he said, "no, the weathering is good. It's authentic." He may be right. How can I tell? Lease negotiations have robbed me of the ability to see the forest from the trees. I know Nathans is worth saving. I'm trying very hard to do that, but it's hard work. Thank God for the Ops, Black Op I and Black Op II (who entered the picture only a few weeks ago). And Jon Moss. If he'd been captain of the Titantic there'd be no wreckage on the floor of the Atlantic.
I can't tell whether my landlords actually want to keep Nathans or kill Nathans. Their most recent demands make it seem like the latter. I think it's a combination of their own survival and that they just don't know what to do with me. I've never pretended to be made for this business or any business, but I've always been honest with them, and always put their interests first. I've never claimed to be more or less than I am.
This blog is called "Swimming in Quicksand" for a very specific and genuine reason: the daily struggle to keep from drowning. Ha! Ha! Ha!
EARLIER...The photos I took of the cherry blossoms are on New York Social Diary today. My new column also has photos I shot Saturday night of some very adorable models at the Fashion for Paws party, and Tuesday's annual dinner of TAPS, an organization that supports the families of military personnel who die in service to the USA.
Here's the full "life handbook" sent to me by Jeff Pfeifle. I don't usually go for these new agey things and, in respect to items #34 and #38, first you have to believe there is a God - but this outline is relatively sane:
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2008.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
11. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful..