Julia Child’s DC Residence Is on the Market…

…for $1,100,000.

In something of an understatement, the Agent’s Summary describes the property as  “As-is condition, Fixer-Upper, Needs work, Rehab potential.”  And this is what it looks like:

Julia Child House

In most places—even in Georgetown, where the house is located—$1,100,000 might seem a bit excessive for a “Fixer-Upper.”  My Mother used to enjoy driving me up the wall with stories about the mortgage on my family’s home, which was much larger and better kept than this one.  It was $87 a month.

Julia Child House

Paul and Julia Child lived in this house at 2706 Olive Street, NW, in 1948, when they were both serving in the Office of Strategic Services, an organization that later became the CIA.  They lived in France through the early 50s, and returned here In 1956.  Julia Child gave cooking lessons in the kitchen.

Julia Child House

All photos found on the Estately.com page.

Elizabeth Berkley Sparkles at Showgirls Screening

About 4000 people were at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Saturday night for the first screening of the cult classic Showgirls in 20 years, when they got a big surprise.

Showgirls star Elizabeth Berkley, looking phenomonal, made an unscheduled appearance, and drove the crowd wild with an amazing and beautiful speech.  Who says there are no second acts in American lives?   (Hint:  It was Zelda Fitzgerald’s husband.)

Sunday Morning — Victoriana of the Week

"The Meeting on the Turret Stairs," by Sir Frederick William Burton

“The Meeting on the Turret Stairs,” by Sir Frederick William Burton

Sir Frederick William Burton’s “The Meeting on the Turret Stairs” was inspired by a medieval Danish ballad which was translated into English by Whitley Stokes, a friend of the artist.  The poem tells the story of the ill-fated love affair—is there any other kind?—of Hellelil and Hildebrand.  Hellelil was a princess, and Hildebrand was one of her guards.  When  Hellelil’s father discovered the affair, he ordered his seven sons to kill Hildebrand.   “The Meeting on the Turret Stairs”  shows the couple’s final embrace.

The rest of the story is tragic.  Hildebrand kills the father and six of the  brothers before Hellelil intercedes to save the life of the youngest.   But Hildebrand is fatally wounded, and the surviving brother drags Hellelil home behind his horse.

The painting is in the National Gallery of Ireland.  Back in 2012, the RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann, the national public service broadcaster of Ireland) held a competition to name Ireland’s favourite painting.  This is the work that won the public vote.

The Art of Pavel Vetrov

The artist is Pavel Vetrov, who specializes Interior and product design, as well as architecture. He’s from Kiev, Ukraine, but seems to be based in Krakow now.   I can’t tell you much more about him—there’s not a lot on the Web, and none of the write-ups that he’s posted on his web site are written using the Latin alphabet.

This particular project is called “SUNDAY.”  I love its…bi-polarity.   You can see more of his work at his site.

Vidalia — Lunch on 24 June 2015

After my v successful adventure in cheap eats, which left me fond memories of three extraordinary finds, and at least five places that I plan to revisit regularly, I was in the mood for something a little more upscale.  It was time for a trip to an old favourite,  Vidalia.



The crisp, buttermilk-fried oysters were served on a deviled egg aïoli, and came with arugula, pickled vegetables, and a hot sauce vinaigrette.



I had coriander-rubbed swordfish on an English pea purée as my main.  It was adorned with cucumber, pea shoots, and a ramp dumpling. The little dots of red-orange colour are part of the smoked roe vinaigrette.



Dessert was a blue cheese mousse with cherry jam, spiced cashews, and cherry croutons, which I would have called crackers, rather than croutons.

Meals at Vidalia never disappoint.  The quality is uniformly high, as is the level of creativity. There’s always something new and surprising on the menu.