Hurry and vote! This fun contest is ending on April 30th. Vote for your favorite artistic + martini = artini at these hot spots around DC. The event culminates with a party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Darn that I didn’t know about this until now. I would have had one more excuse to visit all these restaurants and sample their artini versions, for I think there is an art to making a good martini. I hope they’ll still be offered after the fact.
My 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
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.