Louisa Hall’s Griefcat Releases Debut Album

Ukulele-playing singer-songwriter Louisa Hall (the 57th stranger interviewed over dinner) has developed a stellar reputation for her solo career performing unique and funny songs like “Barista Boyfriend” and “Internet Love Song,” among many others. But she’s also writing and singing similarly amusing and heartfelt songs for Griefcat, a duo with…

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Throwback Thursday 60: Behind The Craft

New interview tomorrow (done prior to social distancing)! For today, here’s the 60th Throwback Thursday: dinner in June 2014 with Brendan Kelleher, who talked about his website Behind The Craft. Brendan, a beer enthusiast, used the site to interviews owners of craft breweries and learn about the process of making…

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‘Stay-At-Home’ With Brigtsen’s Spring Cookbook

Frank Brigtsen, chef and owner of New Orleans restaurant Brigtsen’s, is currently social distancing at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But that hasn’t kept him out of the kitchen, and he’s just released a “Stay-At-Home” spring cookbook with 19 recipes. It costs $25 and can be bought directly from Brigtsen’s…

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Throwback Thursday 59: The Classical Cellist

The 59th Throwback Thursday is my May 2014 lunch with classical cellist Daniel Lelchuk at New Orleans’ Tujague’s Restaurant. We talked about his life in music, including his current role as assistant principal cello with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and much more.

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Enjoy Elevenses With Lorraine Bowen

If you’re looking for some entertainment while social distancing, singer-songwriter Lorraine Bowen is here to help. Every day at 11am (UK time, so 6am Eastern in the United States), Lorraine takes to Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for her show “Elevenses With Lorraine” that features a mix of fun exercises and…

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Throwback Thursday 57: Amplified Louisa

Here’s the 57th Throwback Thursday: Dinner with DC-based ukulele-playing singer-songwriter Louisa Hall, talking about what inspired her to play the instrument and where she gets the inspiration for writing quirky songs like “Barista Boyfriend,” “Missed Connections,” and “Awkward.” The article includes a couple of Louisa’s music videos, including her impromptu…

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Help Out These Strangers’ Restaurants

During the COVID-19 pandemic some restaurants are aiming to stay afloat by offering delivery and takeout service. Among those who could use some love are several restaurants whose owners I’ve interviewed for Dining With Strangers, so please help if you can however possible. FishScale (Washington, DC) In October last year…

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Throwback Thursday 56: A Perfect Fit

The 56th Throwback Thursday: May 2014 dinner with costume technician Edwin Schiff. We met at the since-closed Tash in DC’s Eastern Market to talk about his work, primarily as the wardrobe head for the Folger Theatre. “I could never do a 9-5 job,” he told me. “I thrive on variety…

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