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Falafel For Good

June 18, 2017

Inside Falafel Inc. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Inside Falafel Inc.

No falafel has ever come close to my first in Kiryat Tivon, too many decades ago. Until now.


Brainchild of Ahmad Ashkar, Palestinian-American businessman, author and founder/CEO of the Hult Prize FoundationFalafel Inc. is a lot more than Georgetown’s latest tasty street food diner.


In 2016, Esquire magazine selected Ashkar “Entrepreneur of the Year.” And for good reason.


As authentic as the recipes passed down by Ashkar’s mother, it’s also “the world’s first falafel quick-service food social enterprise.”

On the wall inside Falafel Inc. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) On the wall inside Falafel Inc.

In 800 square feet, previously occupied by Quick Pita at 1210 Potomac Street, "every meal you buy, helps feed a refugee in need." The menu is simple. Falafel in a bowl or falafel in pita. Tasty sauces, sides and drinks. That's it. 


Judging by the line outside 20 minutes before noon opening time on Saturday, Falafel Inc. is well on the way towards its goal “to build a world-wide community of 100 stores … to feed 1,000,000 refugees every year.”


Patio dining at Falafel Inc. (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Patio dining at Falafel Inc.

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Pillar & Post Brings the British Back to Georgetown

June 7, 2017

Denby tableware on antique table with pew chairs (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Denby tableware on antique table with pew chairs

For Daphna and her mom Judith Peled, Pillar & Post is more than a carefully curated shop filled with British antique furnishings, original artwork and home accessories. "It's bittersweet when things get sold because we've personally selected every item on one of our shopping trips to England," Judith explains. "When we buy something it means we both love it so its very special to us," adds her daughter.

A love of home design, travel and British history meant that transitioning from the political and lobbying world to retail has been an exciting adventure albeit on familiar turf for this new mom and her family. "We love Georgetown and didn't think there was something that had the British aesthetic here," Daphna explains, "The scale of the shop dictates the scale of the pieces, which really is a great fit for urban spaces."

Pietro Puglisi and Daphna Peled (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Pietro Puglisi and Daphna Peled

Officially open now after their neighborood debut/sneak peek earlier this year during the annual French Market, Pillar & Post is a most welcome addition to the Book Hill area. 

Formerly Sherman Pickey, the space lends itself perfectly to displaying everything from a Regency dresser to kitchen accessories from sustainable organic Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire. "We discovered this fabulous company when we ate at their London restaurant," Daphna tells The Georgetown Dish. "After a bit of cajoling, the shop agreed to let us sell their products." Look for the aromatic candle line in mason jars (we loved the  Bergamot) and canvas aprons and oven mitts.  

Edwardian loveseat (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Edwardian loveseat

Another charming British houseware and children's accessories line is from Sophie Allport. When's the last time you saw a hare doorstop or knitted sheep cushions with a matching blanket?

Whether you're decorating a new Georgetown townhome or looking for a house-warming or baby gift, check out this elegant shop for one-of-a-kind treasures.

Pillar & Post is located at 1647 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. Tel. 202.290.3084 

Daphna & Judith Peled (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Daphna & Judith Peled
Etagere with Sophie Allport children's accessories (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Etagere with Sophie Allport children's accessories

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Cigale, Cicada

May 17, 2017

If we were in the South of France, there'd be a parade. The noisy spokes insect of provençal culture (thanks to the poet Frédéric Mistral), is off schedule and emerging en masse in the DC area. 


Mistral illustrated his bookplates with a cicada and the legend, "Lou souleu mi fa canta," provençal for "The sun makes me sing." Louis Sicard, a ceramicist circa 1895, began designing cicadas as paperweights, starting a trend so popular that to this day the motif makes its way to everything from fabrics to pottery displayed proudly outside of French homes.


Here, we complain about the noise and the mess.


Shall we blame climate change, politics? The good news. They're high in protein, low in fat. I hear they taste a lot like shrimp.


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