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Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont

March 27, 2021

So many reasons to visit the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown this spring!

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Topping the list is Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea in their new festively decorated Cherry Blossom Pop-up Lounge located on the hotel’s ninth floor. As you enter the bloom-filled suite, note the fabulous watercolors by the Fairmont's own, Diana Bulger, Area Director, Public Relations! 

Diana Bulger (Photo by: fairmont.com) Diana Bulger

You will be welcomed to tea service with a Sakura and Peach Blossom Gelée, made with pickled cherry blossoms and peach blossom sake.

Executive Jordi Gallardo and Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Executive Jordi Gallardo and Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat

Executive Jordi Gallardo and Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat have collaborated on an amazing menu of savory and sweet cherry delights, including hand-made confections with Aguara chocolate.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Saturdays and Sundays through, Sunday, April 25th. Seating is available at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.

(Photo by: fairmont.com)

Space is limited and social distancing protocol is in compliance with DC regulations.


Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea is priced at $53 per person or $72 - $85 per person including Champagne or Sparkling wine. Tax is not included.


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You Say Cigale, I Say Cicada

March 24, 2021

For the next two months, I’ll be pretend I'm in Aix-en-Provence. 


Instead of listening to the deafening onslaught of the 17-year cyclical biblical plague, I’ll be wandering through fields of lavender, shaded from the sun by olive trees, sipping rosé, surrounded by jumbo pottery versions hanging on the façades of houses. 


Here’s the legend of how the cicada became the noisy spokes bug of provençal culture and France’s lucky charm.


“Angels descended from the sky and arrived in Provence in midsummer, in blazing heat. They were astonished to see abandoned fields and not a soul in sight. They went to visit the local priest, who was enjoying a siesta. They woke him up and asked him why everything was deserted. The priest explained that it was so hot that people couldn’t work out in the fields during the day and went to sleep in the shade while the sun was beating down. The angels went back up to heaven and explained the situation to God, who sent down a little creature with golden wings to sing at the top of its voice in summer and prevent workers from dozing off instead of working!”


I’ve read they’re a good source of protein too.

                                                                           Bon appetit!

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Hugh Newell Jacobsen 1929-2021

March 4, 2021

The very first series of articles I wrote for The Dish were about him: A Walk with Hugh Newell Jacobsen and Lunch With Hugh Newell Jacobsen.

I was first introduced to his architecture in college, and from then on, until we were neighbors in Georgetown many years later, I followed his work and incorporated his signature design touches wherever I could.

There will be many formal remembrances for this remarkable man, but I will always cherish my personal time with him.

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