DC Intern Diaries

I'm a female 24 year old DC permanent intern. You name it and I've probably interned it. I'm also a graduate student in DC.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Inaugural Food Part II

Swanky Benjamin Harrison served blue Point oysters on ice, sweetbread pate à la reine, breast of quail à la Ciceron, pâté de foie gras à la Harrison, terrine of game à la Morton and pyramid of nougat Renaissance. I can't even pronounce these names.

At President Bush's first inaugural, Bush served an assortment of seafood, lamb with red Swiss chard sauteed with cranberries, mushroom and corn souffle, and apple tart with cinnamon ice cream.

During this inaugural, guests at three Inaugural Balls at the MCI Center, to which donors of between $100,000 and $250,000 were invited, will dine on lobster medallions with orange and grapefruit sections, filet of beef tenderloin with asparagus, baby carrots, potatoes au gratin and Georgia peach crumble with vanilla ice cream. Just think, it only takes the cost of 1-2 Ivy League educations, 1-2 hummers, or 1/3 of a one bedroom condo in Adams Morgan to eat a meal you could get for a couple hundred bucks.

Some special inaugural treats:
Reagan: jelly beans (they invented the blue one for him!)
Clinton: brocooli
Coolidge: pickles

The sparest inaugural meal: vegetable soup and crackers served to Lyndon Baines Johnson aboard Air Force One.


Snow day for everyone...but me

While my friends who work at nonprofits and lobbying shops and other varying DC places and at government agencies are going home between 1-3 pm, I am stuck here at work! Argh! Oh well, at least I have tomorrow off. Looking forward to going out tonight and partying! Hopefully it will have stopped snowing. (I hate weathermen - they are the worst type of men - because they are always wrong!)

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Man Threatens to Blow up Van by White House Right Before Inauguaration; Creates Traffic

From the WP: A man who threatened to blow up a van a short distance from the White House waged a standoff with law enforcement authorities this evening, snarling downtown traffic for blocks and leading police to evacuate several blocks of downtown as a precaution. The man was upset about a family matter and the episode did not appear to be related to terrorism or Thursday's presidential inauguration....The incident began just before 4 p.m. at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Police said the man, who was driving a cargo van, claimed to have 15 gallons of gasoline inside along with a triggering device.

This guy must be nuts. Who is stupid enough to do something like this when there are hundreds of snipers and armored vehicles and police and troops around????

Traffic today at 5pm downtown was just awful. It took me double time to get where I was going on. My cabbie was NOT happy about crossing town.

I used to intern at one of the buildings they evacuated. That must have been scary. They evacuated a few times when I worked there because of threats. It always freaked me out. I wasn't getting paid enough to deal with that stress.

Inaugural Party Food

When it comes to party food styles, they've ranged from simple under Carter ("peanuts and pretzels" balls with tickets costing no more than $25) to the hearty spread laid out for Buchanan's ball in 1857: 400 gallons of oysters, 500 quarts of chicken salad, 1,200 quarts of ice cream, 60 saddles of mutton, 8 rounds of beef, 75 hams and 125 tongues, plus $3,000 worth of wine -- about $63,000 worth today.

At the Palm, the lobbyist hangout and downtown landmark, the Long Island Iced Tea has been remade into the Capitol Iced Tea, with iced blue Curacao stars.

The menu for Wednesday's sold out prestigious Black Tie and Boots Ball:
Bartenders will serve Lone Star and Shiner Bock beer, among other drinks. The hotel is getting ready to feed 12,000 people during the ball, plus serve a sit-down, rib-eye steak dinner for 950. Buffet offerings will include southwestern Caesar salad (add jicama, spice up the dressing) and mesquite grilled jumbo shrimp (marinate in lime and cilantro, add chipotle) and Texas rice.


Saturday, January 15, 2005

3rd Season Apprentice "Book Smart" Lawyers Not Impressive

They all attended T2-T4 law schools. I'm not too impressed. Basically anyone with a crappy GPA and LSAT score with a heartbeat can get into these law schools.

Alex - Seattle University of Law

Bren - University of Memphis Law

Erin - Villanova Law

After reading the "book smart" profiles, I think the lawyers are the least impressive, as lawyers and as possible corporate whatevers for the Trump organization. Jennifer was MUCH more impressive in both law and business. I really was expecting under "book smart" some Yalies, Harvard grads, Columbia, etc. No one even has an impressive undergrad. Is this to level the playing field with the non-bookies?

I'm glad we don't have royalty in this country

(CNN) -- Britain's Prince Harry has apologized for wearing a Nazi uniform to a party, admitting he made a bad choice and saying through his publicist, "I am very sorry if I caused any offense."

The apology was released on Wednesday by the Clarence House Press office: "I am very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologize."

The press office said, "Prince Harry apologized tonight after he was pictured on the front page of The Sun newspaper in a Nazi soldier's uniform which he wore to a fancy dress party."

An image of the front page of Thursday's editions was released to the media late Wednesday.

A large headline reads, "Harry the Nazi."

Next to it stands the prince, who is wearing slacks and a short-sleeve shirt, both beige, with a red Nazi insignia on his left arm.

Prince Harry is third in line to the British throne after his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William.

Friday, January 14, 2005

DC Restaurant Week Review: Palette

Palette's bar area and drinks gets 5 stars. Soft lighting, nice colors, fresh red roses, large martini glasses. Not enough seats though. And the actual taste of the martinis was just so so. I would recommend the Willard, Ozio, Eleventh, Bar Rouge, Helix, Mandarin Hotel, and Topaz for martinis over Palette.

Palette's restaurant week menu was a good bargain, good choices. Saved probably around $20.

Now the food. The steak wasn't very good. It was rather chewy and fatty. The chicken was excellent and juicy. The sweet potato soup was excellent. The crab cakes were very good - tons of crab, not much filler. Deserts were pretty bad. The chocolate cake was dry and stale. It wasn't sweet enough. The apple tart was dry and burnt. It could have been an apple cracker. The wine was great and priced well. The service was very good and attentive. Our table sucked though and was in the corner and practically on top of the people next to us. We could barely hear ourselves until they left. The cotton candy while waiting for the check was the best part. What a cute idea.

Monday, January 03, 2005

The Bush White House Christmas Tree - a Gay, Pagan Celebration?

While walking around the tree on the ellipse last week, I noticed that there were several large logs burning. According to the sign, they were there to symbolize a "gay festival" back in the times of Thor.

When did the Bush White House begin celebrating gay festivals and pagan Gods??

I'm surprised the Christian Coalition hasn't taken some action by now.