Monthly Archives: December 2008

New Swedish Kaf?in Manhattan


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WHEN YOU walk into the AQ Kaf?at Columbus Circle in New York, you are greeted with an array of Swedish and other Scandinavian delicacies and typical Swedish design featuring blond wood and white, spare interior space. Right away you feel at home and hungry.

EVEN THOUGH the staff may not be Swedish or even know a single word of Swedish, they soon let you know that this place is warm and inviting.

PERHAPS THEY are reflecting the personality of one of the owners of the place, Marcus Samuelsson, who along with H?an Swahn, is famous for the Aquavit restaurant on 55th Street in Manhattan.

OPENED last September, AQ Kaf?is a delight, where you can refresh yourself with hearty soups, tasty sandwiches and great coffee. Of course, you will probably want to treat yourself to a few Swedish pastries before you leave and maybe pick up a loaf of Swedish bread to take home. Perhaps when the restaurant gets its liquor license, they will then also offer beer and other beverages to complement the fine menu.

LOCATED at 1800 Broadway, on Columbus Circle, it’s a must stop in any Swede’s tour of New York City.


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Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman at the National Press Club

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Nobel Prize winner 2008 Paul Krugman signs books at the National Press Club.

NOBEL Laureate, Princeton economics professor and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman came to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Friday bearing bad news.

“I AM scared of 2009,” he said. “In this economy, everything that can go belly up, will.”

BUT HE said he was optimistic about 2010, maybe.

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Princeton economics professor Paul Krugman

WITH HIS GREAT wit and characteristic good humor, he explained some of the more complex aspects of today’s economy with a clarity that non-economists could understand. Unfortunately, he thinks that the country and economists don’t really know what will make the economy turn around. But spending on “shovel-ready” projects is probably a good place to start.

IF YOU WANT to watch Mr. Krugman’s whole speech, go to:

St. Lucia Ball at the House of Sweden Celebrates Holiday Tradition

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Nunu Wako, David Matthew and Jenny M?lqvist

A ST. LUCIA BALL to celebrate the grand Swedish holiday of Santa Lucia, the saint of lights – in the darkest time of the year — was held Saturday night, December 13, at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. It was a gala evening with a traditional Lucia procession, singing of Christmas music, Swedish (Julbord) cuisine and dancing to live music.

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Sofia Ruhne and Niklas Bengtsson

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Tara Eliza Castillo and Erika Lucas

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Robert Groshon

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Anna Dahl and Suzanne Schols

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Maria Ekman, Astri Kimball and Jennifer Carcich

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Christina Hoffman, Linda Tocchini-Valentini and Robin Lindgren

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Christine Yacoub

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Art and Fashion at Tee Party

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Glamour Grrls at the Tee Party event

LOTS OF PEOPLE flocked to the Tee Party@Tiffany’s, another great art event arranged by The Pink Line Project, which was held at the Arlington Arts Center, in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday night.

IT WAS an art-meets-fashion party created by Philippa Hughes, the art guru/glamour grrl of the Washington art scene. Philippa is the founder of The Pink Line Project.

THE PARTY’S fashion show featured T-shirt designs by Kristina Bilonick, Billy Colbert, DC51, DECOY, Cory Oberndorfer and Lisa Marie Thalhammer. There was also a presentation titled “Panel Discussion: The intersection between Art and Fashion,” with Kristina Bilonick as the moderator, and panelists artist Billy Colbert, blogger Rachel Cothran from and Tom Pipkin of DC Source, a soon-to-be-launched Web site featuring an original line of DC influenced street gear.

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Philippa Hughes from The Pink Line Project and designer Alicia Cosnahan, DECOY

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Rita O’Hara and artist Evan Reed

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A “sculpture in progress” by Evan Reed

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A figure in wax by Evan Reed called O’tanjoobi (Japanese for birthday)

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Creative Christmas outfit made of cellophane

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Artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer in front of her T-shirt designs

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“Intrepide Indulgence” by Monica Stroik

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Arlington Arts Center, where the Tee Party @ Tiffany’s event was held on Friday night