The city water in D.C. is notoriously bad and in deference to our guests’ health we don’t want to offer "Chateau Potomac". If people insist, we will of course oblige them with tap water, but we feel that bottomless sparkling or still bottled water for .29C is more than fair.
That’s Justine Kraemer, Elisir’s General Manager/Sommelier on the restaurant’s 29-cent surcharge on water. Elisir, a fine dining establishment, features two signature menus: a seven-course $75 menu and a 10-course $95 menu. So if you opted to pay that much for a meal, a 29-cent surcharge probably doesn’t rank that high on your list of daily gripes. However, many wonder why an upscale restaurant would want to pass that cost onto the customer? The DCist’s Jamie R. Liu explores.
Just look at Black Friday. It’s the best argument for Cyber Monday that exists. “Want to save money but avoid the very real threat of being stampeded by large hordes of wild bargain-hunters?”Cyber Monday asks. Who doesn’t?
That’s the ComPost’s Alexandra Petri breaking down what you really need to know about Cyber Monday: there’s no pepper spray involved. In fact, you don’t even need to put pants on for the biggest online shopping day of the year. But if you find yourself at work today, chances are pants are indeed necessary. It’s also likely that you’re the one down low in your cubicle hiding behind a fake Excel spreadsheet. Yeah … you’re not fooling anyone there, secret shopper.
Rebecca Black’s “Friday” is the “Who Let the Dogs Out?” of the YouTube era. You mocked her, you ridiculed her, and you wished Rebecca Black and her viral “Friday” song would just disappear. Apparently, you didn’t try hard enough because, yeah, she’s still very much around. After a cameo in a Katy Perry music video, the YouTube sensation recently released a new single (that’s right, more Rebecca Black musical stylings), and Kohl’s has just turned her inescapable “Friday” song into a Black Friday commercial. The 20’s Patrick Pho tweets: “Gotta go to Kohl’s? Not if you have this song playing in the background.”
Once upon a time, the University of Maryland-College Park was considered one of the best schools in the country for a student-athlete. Now, as a result of some brazen miscalculations and overreaches by the athletic department, the school plans to cut 8 of the school’s 27 varsity programs to save money. And although playing college sports is obviously a privilege, it’s still sad to see teams forced to disband due to errors they didn’t make.
That’s The WaPo’s Clinton Yates lamenting recent plans to cut athletic programs at Maryland. Remember all those expensive seats and suites that were added to Byrd Stadium a few years ago? Turns out if you build it, they won’t necessarily actually come. And when your revenue-generating football team is 2-9 and alumni stop writing big fat checks — athletic programs must go. Among the sports Maryland plans to cut are men’s tennis, all three men’s track teams (indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, cross-country); men’s and women’s swimming and diving; women’s water polo; and aerobics and tumbling (competitive cheer).
Troubled Thoughts. With an ever-changing QB lineup, The Washington Redskins are morphing into the ‘00 Destiny’s Child of football. (Of course, without the talent.) Unlike DC, which went on to pop/R&B greatness, the future is looking much murkier for Mike Shanahan’s bumbling squad. Yesterday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, the fifth in a row, has some questioning if the team was better before Shanahan hit town. Really, it has come to this?
Ah, to Be the 1 Percent. If you have $1.3 million just lying around and a fascination with old architecture, then you’re in store for a deal (we think.) As Prince of Petworth notes, a historic condo located in the mansion originally built by Ulysses S. Grant, Jr. is currently on the market. So you and your moneybags may want to take a looksie here.
Speaking of moneybags, it turns out area residents are rolling in them. Maryland is home to the most millionaires per capita, and DC and Virginia also make the list.
Best Scam Ever? It was shocking Hollywood news when Kim Kardashian filed for divorce after just six months of dating, a lavish $10 million wedding and 72 days of marriage to Kris Humphries. Instead of just deducing two months is the new eternity for celebs and moving on, the short-lived marriage became the watercooler discussion filled with witty cracks and outrage that the entire marriage was a constructed-for-TV scam. In the video above, The Washington Post’s Clinton Yates weighs in on the buzz, and suggests the marriage can only be a scam if one actually believed it to be anything other than a business proposition.
As for the Kardashian business, The Fab Empire’s Joi-Marie McKenzie believes that proposition (and its resulting divorce) could actually still prove to be a gain. “The brand won’t be tarnished. Kim is probably going to make even more money,” McKenzie says. “It’s a real-life Young & the Restless; people want answers to why she broke it off instead of trying to work through it, if she’ll return the ring, what went wrong and so on and so on. The marriage is being featured heavily on her reality TV shows, so people will watch and she will win.”
Another Day, Another Metro Woe. While it may not seem surprising to the daily Metro riders that take to Twitter to voice their complaints (you know who you are), the transit agency expects to see a drop in ridership next year. The Examiner’s Kytja Weir reports that the loss of federal transit benefits for commuters and high unemployment numbers are among the reasons for the predicted drop.
As for Metrobus riders, they’re busy complaining to the tune of 1,368 complaints per month – a five percent increase from 2010. Perhaps this may help: Montgomery County bus riders can now track their Ride On bus arrivals with a real-time system.
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