Vieux Carre, New Orleans-style cocktail bar” Opens 5pm Tonight


1413 K Street, NW

From a press release:

“Vieux Carre, a New Orleans-style cocktail bar in downtown D.C. (1413 K Street NW), opens tonight and promises to bring a taste of the Big Easy to the nation’s capital. Vieux Carre — or “French Quarter” — is inspired by the world-famous party town and its rich history of one-of-a-kind food and drinks.

Photo by Joy Asico

The stylish, candlelit venue features a mezzanine level that allows bar patrons to look down at the marble bar and first floor below, reminiscent of the many historic buildings on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. The chandeliers and wrought-iron details create an old-world vibe, while dark paneling makes it modern. The bar also includes a “bartender’s lab” with a special glass window through which guests can watch bartenders preparing garnishes, syrups and other add-ons for delicious, unique New Orleans-inspired cocktails.

vieux carre menu (pdf)

Guests will enjoy classic Louisiana drinks such as the Hurricane and French 75, the namesake Vieux Carre as well as lesser-known cocktails like the Bywater and Absinthe Frappe, in addition to Abita Beer, a New Orleans favorite. The bar will also serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic snow balls, with rotating flavors of shaved ice made in-house for a fun twist on a childhood summer treat. This Fall, Vieux Carre will begin serving New Orleans staples like po’ boys and cajun fries.

“New Orleans is one of my favorite cities, and our amazing Beverage Director, Jeff Coles, grew up there,” says Creative Director Seth McClelland who also created The Speak, which sits just below Vieux Carre. “We have always talked about bringing the storied and unique cocktail culture to D.C., and so Vieux Carre was born.”

ABOUT VIEUX CARRE: Vieux Carre is located at 1413 K Street NW, Washington D.C. 20005.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday through Saturday, 5 pm to 2 am and open until 3 am on weekends.”

Your Afternoon Animal Fix

Your Afternoon Animal Fix

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 2 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.


“BIGGIE SMALL OF Capitol Hill by Karen Cohen”


“Pablo and his little friends. (Bloomingdale)”


“Stimpy just moved to Hill East, and is a big Far Side fan and a bit skeptical.”

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“MyTripTime provides a three-month travel summary for all trips taken on Metrorail”

“MyTripTime provides a three-month travel summary for all trips taken on Metrorail”

metro trips

Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

This is pretty cool, if a bit big brotherish, but should have interesting results – from WMATA:

“New customer tool measures personal on-time scores for Metrorail trips
Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today announced that customers can now access and track their own personal on-time trip scores on Metrorail with the new MyTripTime online tool.

MyTripTime provides a three-month travel summary for all trips taken on Metrorail, including an on-time score, total number of trips taken and number of stations visited. Internally, Metro will use this data to assess impacts on customer travel and identify necessary improvements.

“We frequently heard from customers that the existing on-time performance measures did not meet their needs because we did not offer a snapshot of an individual’s personal experience on Metrorail,” said Wiedefeld. “With MyTripTime customers can easily track exactly how often their trips were on time and how often trains were late, without sifting through data across all operating hours and all stations.”

MyTripTime on-time scores are calculated by comparing actual travel times—when customers tap in and out with a registered SmarTrip card—to the amount of time that trip should take when service is running normally.

Riders with a registered SmarTrip card can access the MyTripTime feature by logging into their accounts at”

Today’s Rental has “great bay windows in Bloomingdale”

Today’s Rental has “great bay windows in Bloomingdale”

138 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 138 Rhode Island Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Available now!! Sunny and bright 3 bedroom 2 level home, with great bay windows in Bloomingdale. New carpet, and freshly painted.Full size washer/dryer. Easy commute to downtown. App Fee $40/pp. Pets case by case.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1 bath is going for $2,950/Mo.

What’s The Early Word on Slim’s Diner – Is It Really as Rough as Some Having Been Saying?

What’s The Early Word on Slim’s Diner – Is It Really as Rough as Some Having Been Saying?


Georgia and Upshur Street, NW

I’ve been getting a ton of emails requesting we do an early word Slim’s. So here goes:

“They’ve been getting HAMMERED on Yelp and I haven’t heard a whole lot of good experiences from it. We haven’t been yet as we’re just waiting for things to settle down.”

So for folks who’ve actually been – what’s the early word? Please say when you went and if you’ve been back since?

“Luckily the rock missed my head and I only have a swollen arm to deal with.”

“Luckily the rock missed my head and I only have a swollen arm to deal with.”


via google maps

“Assault on 2nd and Todd Pl NE

I’m writing to let the PoPville community know of an assault that happened to me at approximately 6:45am this morning [Thursday] as I was getting into my car to head to work. A man was sitting on the sidewalk near my car mumbling incoherently. While unlocking my car door he approached me from behind and threw a rock at me, striking my elbow. He ran away quickly while I jumped into my car. Luckily the rock missed my head and I only have a swollen arm to deal with. He did not try to snatch my purse.

I filed a police report and they are on the hunt for him during their normal patrol of the neighborhood. He is a black male, approx 5’6″, 140 lbs, age 30-35. He was wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants. He ran down 2nd St NE towards McKinley Tech High School. I believe he probably ducked into the alley parallel to T St. or T St.

Stay safe!”

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Photos from PoPville – Old and New

Photos from PoPville – Old and New


Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

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WhatsApp may leave deleted chats behind in your iCloud backups

Popular online messaging service WhatsApp has made all sorts of security news in recent years.

One of WhatApp’s early cryptographic SNAFUs involved using non-secret information to construct secret encryption keys, which is a bit like using your pet’s name as a login password.

The company went on to make two-time use of a one-time pad, a no-no in cryptographic circles. (It isn’t called a one-time pad for nothing.)

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum subsequently asserted that “[r]espect for your privacy is coded into our DNA” little more than a year after the company was censured by Canadian and Dutch privacy authorities for violating privacy rules in both countries.

And the app went through a period of blurting out your location to eavesdroppers by communicating with Google Maps via unencrypted HTTP rather than using encrypted-and-authenticated HTTPS.

The company was bought by Facebook in early 2014, at which point we wondered whether that would make things better or worse.

Technically, at least, the acquisition seems to have done no harm, with WhatsApp now providing end-to-end encryption in a privacy-centred way, where WhatsApp itself never holds the cryptographic secrets that it would need to snoop on your messages as they pass through its service.

So much for what’s often called “encryption in transit” or “encryption in motion.”

Encryption at rest

But what about “encryption at rest”?

If crooks (or suitably warranted-up law enforcement officials) got hold of your laptop, or your phone, or your iCloud backups, would they find blobs of digital shredded cabbage?

Or would some or all of your long-sent and theoretically-deleted messages hang around where they could be recovered?

Well-known and respected iOS security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski decided to take a look at the iOS flavour of WhatsApp, and he found that WhatsApp’s delete function didn’t quite.

The iOS app stores its messages in a database that uses the popular and widespread SQLite toolkit.

SQLite promises to keep your data safe and consistent: what’s known in the trade as ACID, short for Atomic, Consistent, Isolated, and Durable.

Even if the battery runs out at the wrong moment, or the app crashes half-way through, the database will still be in a stable and sensible condition.

But SQLite doesn’t offer, or claim, to encrypt your data at rest; that aspect of security can be provided by an additional cryptographic layer, thus avoiding the additional complexity that would arise if SQLite also had to be an encryption tool, or the encryption tool also had to be an ACID database engine.

In other words, when you delete messages from the WhatsApp database, SQLite marks the records so they can be re-used later, but until the database fills back up again (which could take a long time if you delete lots of messages at once), the raw bits-and-bytes of the old data will remain behind.

A forensics expert like Zdziarksi might well be able to recover it, especially if you have synced your phone to your laptop without encrypting it, or backed it up to iCloud, where it won’t be encrypted:

The WhatsApp chat database gets copied over from the iPhone during a backup, which means it will show up in your iCloud backup and in a desktop backup.

Fortunately, desktop backups can be encrypted by enabling the “Encrypt Backups” option in iTunes. Unfortunately, iCloud backups do not honor this encryption, leaving your WhatsApp database subject to law enforcement warrants.

This isn’t the end of the world, of course: it’s still not easy for crooks to grab your WhatsApp messages, and even after a heap of work they might get no more than a few fragments of uninteresting stuff.

But it’s a reminder to programmers everywhere that end-to-end encryption doesn’t just mean “each end of a network connection.”

It includes the physical device at each end, too.

What to do?

Zdziarski has a range of handy hints for iOS data security in general, which we encourage you to look at.

Suggestions include:

  • Remove and reinstall the app from time to time so a blank database is re-created.
  • Backup locally via iTunes and encrypt the backup, but don’t replicate your data to iCloud.

As always, this is a reminder that security is a journey, not a destination.

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Lisa Vaas

I’ve been writing about technology, careers, science and health since 1995. I rose to the lofty heights of Executive Editor for eWEEK, popped out with the 2008 crash, joined the freelancer economy, and am still writing for my beloved peeps at places like Sophos’s Naked Security, CIO Mag, ComputerWorld, PC Mag, IT Expert Voice, Software Quality Connection, Time, and the US and British editions of HP’s Input/Output. I respond to cash and spicy sites, so don’t be shy.

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“It has always been a dream of mine to own a small, neighborhood bakery that people find welcoming. I failed to behave that way”

“It has always been a dream of mine to own a small, neighborhood bakery that people find welcoming. I failed to behave that way”


Mark Furstenberg, middle

The following apology was posted to numerous neighborhood listservs yesterday:

“I write to apologize to Ms. Rubin for telling her to leave my bakery, Bread Furst, because she had a dog. Although Ms. Rubin explained to me that her dog, who was small and well behaved, was a service dog, and she pointed out that her dog was wearing a service vest as well as service dog photo ID, I asked her to leave. I had a previous bad experience with a dog who was very disruptive to my customers, and I was reacting to that. It has always been a dream of mine to own a small, neighborhood bakery that people find welcoming. I failed to behave that way when Ms. Rubin and her service dog came to the bakery, so I apologize. At the bakery, we have placed signs on our door to make our policy clear that service dogs are welcome. I hope that Ms. Rubin will return.

Mark Furstenberg”