Posts by DM Magazine

WNO’s ‘Silent Night’

On the night before Armistice Day – which, of course, gets swallowed up by Veterans Day in the United States – Washington National Opera presents an opera about one half-remembered moment during a war that ended with ringing church bells a full century ago this year. Yet if composer Kevin Puts has his way, and…

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The Glory of Goulash

If you stay in that beautiful capital on the Danube, Budapest, or wander from one remote corner of Hungary to the other, you won’t get a straight answer asking if goulash is really a soup or a stew. We’ve begun to suspect it is neither, or perhaps it is both. All we really know is…

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The Not-So-Big Bird

I have always been a very huge fan of a not very huge bird – the so-called rock Cornish game hen. I’m sure I will love eating the bird forever. But I must admit, I was disappointed to learn just how little of the name I grew up respecting isn’t something akin to a lie,…

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Bravo Bibimbap!

If I were a dish instead of a person, or even a dish named after a person or a person named after a dish, I’d really like my name to be Bibimbap. It sounds enough like “this and that” to make and keep a promise of the versatile, freeform wonders of Korea’s single most famous…

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Twice-Cooked Cookies

Showing every sign of good sense and more than a little good taste, the world has finally embraced the ancient Italian confection known simply as Twice Cooked. You might be wishing for a more romanticized, less workaday sort of name. Still, ever since the Roman legions discovered that these cookies retained their quality for days…

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Maine’s Favorite Roll

Though it would be hard to construct a scary new edition of “Jurassic Park” around them, lobsters look like prehistoric creatures to anyone paying the slightest attention. In fact, by definition, they are prehistoric – covering the shorelines of the New World when the first European settlers started arriving at the beginning of the 17th…

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Santorini’s Wine Tourism

Santorini is a small island on the southern edge of Greece’s Aegean Sea, small certainly if measured in square miles (less than 25) and arguably if measured by impact on world history. Yet thanks to one iconic wine grape and a dazzling origin story that might actually be true, this purple-black volcanic rock rising from…

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The Mystery of Prague

My journey to Prague began as a postcard, truth be told: one of those faded, crumpled cards in a flea market long ago – I don’t remember where or when. Yet the city in that vintage photograph seemed filled with castles, with shuttered windows and cobblestones and statues and balconies, and drifts of white snow,…

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Richard Ford @ The Folger

Eudora Welty, whose closely observed, very Southern fiction included the 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Optimist’s Daughter and the much-read-in-schools short story “Why I Live at the P.O.,” barely ventured outside her own neighborhood in Jackson, Miss. Today, her home is a National Historic Landmark that’s open for tours. And if you ask anyone in…

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New Glenstone, Part 2

The 204,000-square-foot Pavilions are intriguing, and not without their own updated version of trompe l’oeil. The area is a cluster of eleven stark gray boxes rising from earth toward sky, and from any distance you can’t tell how large or small they are unless someone is walking alongside them. Yet if you think these buildings…

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