20006 Travel Guide
Come Monday evening, expect quite a few of the above eggs to be featured items on Ebay as President Obama's first White House Easter Egg Roll floods the lawn with 1,000 children eager for presidential candy. If your family is heading down to Washington DC for the event, or just for a little touch of Easter in the capital, then we recommend taking a cue from the first family and thinking green.
Those fortunate enough to be holding one of the tickets for the egg roll should take a closer look at the commemorative eggs; they'll be more eco-friendly than ever with 31 per cent less paperboard and colored with renewable vegetable oil-based inks. You can even get your hands on one without a ticket or overpaying on ebay, since the National Parks Foundation is hocking them for $7 a piece online and at the White House Visitor Center. Now if only we could eliminate the gas used to deliver the egg orders by getting the Easter Bunny up off his lazy butt.
· Michelle and Barack create 'green' egg for kiddies' Easter event [Hello!]
· Presidential Travel Coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo: Rex/Hello Mag]
While everyone else is in the mood for cheap eats these days, DC is said to be recession-proof, since everyone there works for the federal government or one of the political parties, and none of those are going out of business anytime soon. (Well, the Republicans might be on the verge.)
For now, DC politicos of all stripes are still enjoying their power lunches and dinners, so they're pretty excited to finally get a restaurant from culinary powerhouse Alain Ducasse. The French cooking idol behind New York's Adour and 21 other restaurants around the world recently opened a second outpost of Adour at the St. Regis Hotel on K Street.
The restaurant is as opulent as you might expect, with a David Rockwell-designed interior complete with stainless steel wine vaults. Ducasse's signature French cuisine doesn’t do any new tricks here, but the duck- and seafood-heavy menu of $40-plus entrees should keep DC's expense accounts busy.
The Capital has a new temple of organic-local-sustainable-seasonal eating: Founding Farmers restaurant, which opened this week on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Chef Graham Duncan's restaurant was designed to meet LEED green standards, and the food celebrates local farmers and considers carbon footprints at every turn.
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We don't go crazy for museums around here--though we heart cute uniforms--but we're definitely considering a trip to Washington, DC to scope a new show at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The new exhibit has the requisite, elitist title--Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939--but even that can't stop us from wanting to check it out.
With about 400 pieces of industrial design, architecture, painting, photography and graphic design, the show chronicles the development of all the stuff design-savvy hotels fill their lobbies with. Pieces range from slick furniture--like Alvar Aalto's Paimio Chair--to architectural snapshots--like Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye. This installation, which was previously at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, has some additional stuff from the Corcoran collection, so all you jet setters might want to see it a second time. It's on view until July 29.
Bonus tip: If you have the audacity to take Amtrak into DC, you can snag a 10% discount if you're going to see the show. (How do they make sure you actually go to see the exhibit?) Call 800/872-7245 and tell `em about "Convention Fares Code X75L-969" to see the savings.
· Modernism exhibit [Official Site]