#BlueStarBrief August 2022

This Month in the #BlueStarBrief
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine nears the 6 month mark, our support remains with the Ukrainian people in their fight for freedom and sovereignty. Please continue to use the sources outlined in our March edition to stay up to date and support Ukrainian defenders.

Here's what we have for you in this month's #BlueStarBrief:

Guyanese President Ali Visits Washington, D.C.

Blue Star Strategies' Women-Owned Small Business Certification

Our Summer Tips & Recommendations
Guyanese President Ali Visits Washington, D.C.
U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch and Guyanese President Mohamed Irfaan Ali

President Mohamed Irfaan Ali of Guyana visited Washington the last week of July with a delegation including Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo and members of his cabinet, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch. While in D.C., Ali met with business leaders, politicians, and academics, showcasing his administration's multi-faceted strategy for economic advancement and promoting potential partnerships between the US and Guyana.

Read more about President Ali's visit, and what it means for the US-Guyanese relationship, here.

Blue Star Strategies' is a Certified Women-Owned Small Business!
Blue Star Strategies is happy to announce that we have been officially certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a Women-Owned Small Business. The certification required that we be at least 51% owned and controlled by women who are U.S. citizens, and have women who manage day-to-day operations and make long-term decisions. We are thrilled to earn this certification under the leadership of our co-founders, CEO Karen Tramontano and COO Sally Painter.

What We're Reading
Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy - Erich Schwartzel

Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West - Catherine Belton

From Reopen to Reinvent: (Re)creating School for Every Child - Michael B Horn

Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood - Fatima Shaik

Madame Fourcade's Secret War - Lynne Olson

Night in Tehran - Philip Kaplan

A Ballad of Love and Glory - Reyna Grande

Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine – Alan Lightman

Felicity and Devotions – Mary Oliver

The Soul of an Octopus – Sy Montgomery

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter J. Miller Jr

The Last Thing He Told Me - Laura Dave

The Silent Patient - Alex Michaelides

Where We're Eating
One of Chef Sandra Gatti's Italian plates at Ciel
Great wine, food, and views from Alaska's Seven Glaciers
Nina May - Seasonal American fare, family style, in Washington, D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood

ilili DC - Mezze-style Lebanese in an open, modern setting at The Wharf in Washington, D.C.

Fiola Mare - Italian seafood on D.C.'s Georgetown waterfront, widely recognized as one of Washington's finest

Imperfecto - A fusion of Mediterranean and Latin American cuisine striving for never-achieved perfection in D.C.'s Foggy Bottom neighborhood

Donjuan - Fresh, local ingredients define this must-visit in Cartagena, Colombia

Aragosta - Fine dining with spectacular views of Goose Cove in Deer Isle, Maine

King Eider's Pub - Traditional pub fare in a historic setting in Damariscotta, Maine

Becky's Diner - Classic diner eats along Portland, Maine's historic waterfront

Horn & Cantle - "The Best of the Old West" in Big Sky, Montana

Seven Glaciers - Contemporary Alaskan cuisine served atop Mt. Alyeska

Time Out Market - A diverse food hall in the center of Lisbon, Portugal

Vicente by Carnalentejana - Alentejo meats in an intimate setting in Lisbon, Portugal

Black Pepper - Mediterranean cuisine in the center of the old town of Hvar, Croatia

Cremeria La Scala - Exceptional hazelnut ice cream in Ostuni, Italy

Da Gino al Parlamento - A favorite of Italian MPs, across the street from Parliament in Rome, Italy

Ciel - Refined Italian with rooftop views of the Mediterranean and the city of Marseille, France

Code Ø - Homemade vegetarian in a zero-waste café committed to the social and solidarity-based economy in Lorient, France

What We're Doing
Backpacking the Transcaucasian Trail - Plan your trip

Watching a film at La Villete's Open Air Cinema in Paris, France - View the program

Enjoying local wine and rolling countryside at an Italian Villa - Book your stay

Becoming "One With Eternity" at the Hirshhorn's Yayoi Kusama exhibit - Learn more

Eating more sweets than we should at Stefanelli's Candy in Erie, PA - try the milk chocolate sponge with melt-away toffee filling! - Order a box
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