Memories Of Margarita Pracatan At Christmas

Given that I’ve put dinner interviews on hiatus until the coronavirus pandemic is over, there won’t be a festive-themed meal with a stranger this year like my December 2011 dinner with Santa Claus. Instead, I wanted to post something in memory of my late friend and former interviewee Margarita Pracatan….

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Vote For DeAngelo Jackson At The XBIZ Awards

Adult model DeAngelo Jackson (the 122nd dinner interviewee) is among the several contenders for an accolade at the upcoming XBIZ Awards, which is an annual awards ceremony dedicated to the adult entertainment industry. The event has been running for more than 15 years and has all the glitz and glamor…

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Steve Hayes Exposes Movie Dubbing Secrets

Steve Hayes (dinner interviewee 118) will be co-hosting an online event on Sunday Dec. 13 at 8pm where he promises to reveal the secrets of dubbing voiceovers throughout Hollywood’s history. Steve is the creator of the YouTube series “Tired Old Queen at the Movies” where he adlibs for about five…

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Do The Foxtrot With Gaspard

The utterly charming BBC radio presenter Zeb Soanes (the 28th dinner interviewee) in recent years has also turned to writing children’s books about Gaspard, “the handsomest fox in London” and his adventures in England’s capital. Zeb writes the books along with illustrator and author James Mayhew, and they recently announced…

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The Tobolowsky Files Return

Legendary Hollywood character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (the 66th dinner interviewee) is also a great storyteller, writing two books of anecdotes about his fascinating life and career. He also shares tales from his past on The Tobolowsky Files, a podcast that took a hiatus starting in June 2017 but recently returned and…

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Throwback Thursday 73: Dating In DC

For the 73rd dinner with a stranger, in April 2015 I met Craig Schattner at Mintwood Place in DC to learn about his video documentary Dated. Craig said he’d been on more than 100 dates in four years and was still single, and so he launched the series to try…

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Parkway Bakery Shipping Poor Boys Nationwide

During the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants have grappled with how to adapt to a takeout or delivery focus rather than in-house dining — and many are struggling with whether they can stay afloat. I’ve written before about the different ways that chefs and restaurateurs that I’ve interviewed for Dining With Strangers…

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Throwback Thursday 72: In Christy’s Shoes

Here’s the 72nd Throwback Thursday: my March 2015 dinner at Bourbon Steak in DC to meet Jacki Barnett. She’s one of three co-founders of In Christy’s Shoes, an organization that hosts shoe fashion show fundraisers in memory of Jacki’s late friend Christy Levy Peters. During a very enjoyable meal, Jacki…

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Have Some Laughs With Alex English In DC

This is very short notice, but if you live in DC and want a good laugh, check out Alex English’s standup show on Saturday October 31. Alex, the 113th stranger featured on this site, will be performing an outdoors socially distanced set at 8pm, though doors open at 7.30pm. The…

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