Francophile Dinner & a Movie and Much More



Bastille RestaurantMy husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Bastille in the North end of Old Town, Alexandria, VA. The stress-free atmosphere helped to calm our nerves from the multiple, disruptive cell phone calls from our teenage son. Not only was the food divine but there was an ongoing exhibit of paintings displayed on the walls of
Open and Shut (Pistachio painting) by artist, Cindy RichmondA Vicious Circle (Crab Claw painting) — by artist Cindy RichmondMussel Bound Painting by Cindy Richmond
pistachios, crab claws and mussels for us to enjoy by artist, Cindy Packard Richmond. Her work was mesmerizing — taking common foods and presenting them as “visual feasts” in provocative ways — all alluring to the visual palette.

Another place for us to try that features French Cuisine and culture is the hip Napoleon Bistro & Lounge. Even the website is an artistic splendor. Enter and a portrait of Napoleon becomes a large-scale digitized image that follows your cursor — very eerie but clever. This bistro is not your typical stodgy, DC politico, chat room. It’s a place to get away, sit back and relax in Empire Red walled ambiance watching free French movies every second Tuesday of the month or listen to lounge music during happy hour or dance your troubles away late at night. What a refreshing mix at their Adams Morgan location and smaller scale Georgetown cafe.