Yoga on the National Mall

As a new yoga student, I pretty much got my butt handed to me on a silver platter  when I attended a free yoga class on the National Mall last Saturday.  But the weather was so beautiful, I didn’t mind one bit!

Thanks to my sister Kristina and friend Clarissa for joining me in this public humiliation!

PS: The next Yoga on the National Mall class will take place on May 19th, in conjunction with DC Yoga Week!

 

 

Loose Thread

[1] Kat, Jessica, Sarah and I had brunch at the cutest European cafe Kafe Leopold
[2] Besides marrying Rob, the one wedding thing I am most excited about is crafting!  Kat, Jessica and I attended the Wedding Workshop at Paper Source and learned how to heat emboss envelopes, place cards, and treat boxes.
[3] Mountainside lunch
[4] A possible wedding venue in Smallville, USA
[5] Pho Sate with my little brothers, Rob and Rob’s best friend since age 4 – – Kevin and Kris downed their ENTIRE soup bowl plus two egg rolls!

Around the World with Rosetta Stone

Rob and I had so much fun at the DC Social Media Week event at Barcode sponsored by Rosetta Stone.  At the event, attendees participated in a live tweet off to vote on which countries they wanted to “visit”.  In a two hour span I was able to eat food, drink libations, and listen to music from Greece, Italy, Peru, and Japan!


Lamb Kebab and a Peach Dionysus from Greece…as my favorite Greek Jesse Katsopolis would say…Have Mercy!

Pisco Sour, Beef Empanada and Avocado Crostini from Peru..Ay yi yi! Muy deliciouso!

Bittersweet Prosecco + Pizza from Italy! Mamma Mia!

Tuna Tartare + Spicy Tuna Rolls from Japan (they had a sake cocktail but it literally tasted like death which is why there is no picture). Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto!

I love fun nights out with my fiance!

 

Valentine’s Day 2012

For Valentine’s Day, Rob and I had a heart shaped pizza at our favorite pizzeria — Famous Luigi’s.  The restaurant’s claim to fame is that they are the oldest restaurant in the city.  Famous Luigi’s looks like the back drop of a low-budget sketch comedy with its checkered tablecloths, moustached servers and drippy candles but I am totally in love with it.

Since it was a special day of love, the restaurant hired a violinist to serenade all of the diners table side.  I requested that our violinist play a Whitney Houston song but unfortunately he was unable to oblige.  Instead he played a horrendous rendition of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”.  I’m sorry but as far as divas go Celine does not equal Whitney in my book but that is a discussion for another day.

Regarding gifts, Rob and I set a $20 limit this year.  We ended up getting each other the same gift.  Moleskin notebooks.  His is Star Wars themed and mine is Valentine’s day themed.  This coinky-dink only gives me further proof that I am going to marry the most awesome guy in the whole world!

I also got Rob this bacon and egg themed Valentine’s day card because he makes me bacon and eggs every weekend!

 

11th Annual Sugar and Champagne Recap

Hi Friends!

I recently got the chance to cover the 11th Annual Sugar and Champagne benefit event for DCSocialite.com.  See below for my recap:

A sold-out crowd of humans and their canine companions gathered at the Ronald Reagan Trade Center last Wednesday to attend the 11th annual Sugar and Champagne event benefitting the Washington Humane Society. Hosted by Chef Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox fame, the highly anticipated event featured an evening of fine wines, savory treats and gourmet desserts from some of the metropolitan area’s most talented chefs. Even four-legged guests had access to fresh fare at an exclusive and fabulously decorated “Doggie Bar”.

Highlights of the night included:

Best Display:  Jose Andrés once again proved he was king of this town with Oyamel‘s “Day of the Dead” display of Rome point oysters with a citrus broth and pasilla de oaxaca air.

Most Photogenic:  Meet Chilly, this poodle showed everybody the 70′s were back with his large afro puff and tie dye attire.

Best Use of Pork:  PS7 served a savory and sweet pork cinnamon roll with a side of iced cardamon coffee with spiced rum that would be perfect for either breakfast or dessert.

Best Classic Interpretation: Props to Founding Fathers for their mini peanut butter pie. A perfect blend of peanut butter and chocolate with a salty crunchy finish thanks to its caramel corn topping.

Celebrity Sightings: Contestants from TLC’s Next Great Baker were on hand to dish out handmade treats. Contestant, DC native Pamela Anh and her daughters showed off cherry blossom themed cake pops.

Best Savory:  The Source‘s tuna tartare in a crispy sesame cone was spicy and addicting. I had to walk away from the table after the chef started recognizing me from coming back so many times.

Most Surprising Dessert: Flowers in champagne by Taberna del Alabardero. After sampling dozens of heavy, chocolate desserts this simple and fresh treat was a delight for my eyes and palette.

# of Dog Fights Avoided:  Three

For more event photos click here.

Free Award Winning Noodle Soup and Movie

To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, chef Hou Chun-sheng, winner of the 2011 Taipei Beef Noodle Soup Competition will serve his special beef noodles during a reception at the Freer, followed by a screening of Eat Drink Man Woman. Chef Hou’s beef noodles are a must-eat for international gourmets and the perfect dish to prepare viewers for Eat Drink Man Woman–Taiwan-born director Ang Lee’s food-centered film about an elderly chef and his family as they experience the trials and joys of life in modern Taiwan. Settle in and enjoy an evening of homestyle Taiwan food culture! Free and open to the public.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art – Myer Auditorium
Wednesday, February 15
6 pm
Free; Walk In

For more information click here.

Thank you to Jian for the heads up on this fun and free event.

 

My First Urban Food Truck Experience

As I mentioned earlier, I am temporarily working at my company’s DC branch while they are rebuilding my office.  The first thing on my “To-Do” list of being an urban worker was to eat lunch at a food truck like all of the fun, hip city people do on television.

Thanks to some Twitter research, I found out that all of the food trucks in my area posted up at Farragut Sqaure around lunchtime .  Since the weather was a sunny 65 degrees, I grabbed my partner in crime (my fiancé who works two blocks away) and had a wonderful mid-day picnic.

So many choices, what to pick?!

All of the bright colors and fun costumes led me to the beautiful land of Merlindia, a traveling food carnival.

Butter Chicken and Curried Potatoes with Cauliflower for $4?  YES PLEASE!  (The 5 Hour Energy Drink was a free sample that I did not drink)

Sir Robert went with the ever popular bulgogi tacos with kim chi slaw.

I loved the casualness of people lunching on this grand statue.

Barbie pink scooter I found on my walk back!

Overall, I am loving my little office vacation in the city but a little part of me misses my suburban office.  I have yet to encounter a Peruvian chicken joint on my block and pho in the city costs $10 or more per bowl!  That is basically highway robbery people!

Our Wild Fatastic Ride

I am temporarily working in DC for the month while my office goes through an extensive renovation.  My new workspace is located approximately two blocks from Rob’s office which means our new routine includes:

– Seeing who can wake up first to hog up our one person bathroom
– Driving to work together
– Eating lunch together / Or eating a virtual lunch together at our desks
– Driving home together
– Eating dinner  or going to happy hour together
– Debating about going to the gym together or watching our favorite shows together
– Going to bed together

I thought by the end of the first day I would be ready to punch my boyfriend (fiance!) in the face but it has actually been really nice.

Some of the stops we visited on our slow descent into diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure include:

Nando’s Peri Peri – – Our favorite South African roasted chicken spot!  It’s so good that you will want to pass up your only brother’s engagement dinner!  Also, a little Suburbanette bird just told me that it will be opening it’s first Virginia location at Pentagon Row this summer!

Crumb’s Cupcake – – Rob called me excitedly to let me know that the new shop right next to his office was giving out cupcakes!  The blustering cold did not turn me away from the thought of a nice, moist, fluffy cupcake with my favorite flavor of icing on top (FREE).

Barcode — Best happy hour in the city!  Tuesdays is half priced bottle night so a few girlfriends and  I was able to enjoy a smooth Argentinian pinot noir for the sweet, sweet price of $15.  Rob ordered the banana bread beer which I am happy to report lived true to its namesake.

Pho Sate – Rob and I found ourselves back in the burbs’ after visiting Baby Willow in the hospital.  Let me tell you there is nothing that soothes frazzled nerves like a hot bowl of steaming pho.  For more information on my favorite pho spot click here.

 

 

 

Holiday Date Guide: Christmas Lights and Sights Edition

Festival of Lights – Growing up in Centreville, my family always made it a point to pile up in the car and check out the annual lights extravaganza at Bull Run Regional Park.  After the light show, you can stop at the Festival of Lights Holiday Village and try your hand at some old timey carnival games. $15 – $20 per car.

Zoo Lights – Take a stroll through the national zoo to marvel at the animals in light formation.  Train rides, ice skating, funnel cake, hot cocoa and more — the best part?  Admission to all the fun is FREE!  To read about my recent trip click here.

Richmond Tacky Lights Tour – If you find yourself in the 804 area, be sure to check out this neighborhood tour of amazingly fun, tacky, and awesome light shows.  Free.

Leesburg Non-Traditional Christmas Tour -Fans of curious oddities and grinch-like couples should take a drive out to Leesburg to view the controversial holiday creations that include a spaghetti and meatball Jesus sculpture and a  skeleton of Santa nailed to the cross. Free.

National Christmas Tree – Since 1923, spectactors have gathered on the Ellipse near the White House to gawk at the grand illumination of the National Christmas Tree and it’s state Christmas tree babies known as the “Pathway of Peace”.  Free.

U.S. Botanic Gardens – During the holiday season, the U.S. Botanic Garden presents “Season’s Greenings”, a unique exhibit featuring model trains and incredible replicas of the world’s most famous statues and monuments made completely out of plants.  Free.

 

Holiday Date Guide: Let’s See a Show Edition

Rob loves giving me tickets to shows as gifts – – together we have seen Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Legally Blonde, Raphael Saadiq, Musiq Soulchild, John Legend, Jersey Boys, Harry Connick Jr., and Avenue Q together (and I am sure there are a few others that I have missed!).  Events always make great gifts because they are fun and make great memories.

The Washington Ballet Nutcracker – Set in 1882 Georgetown, Washingtonian this adaption of The Nutcracker stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker, King George III as the villainous Rat King.  The show is being held now till the 24th December at the beautiful and historic Warner Theatre. $31 – $90 per ticket

A Christmas CarolFord’s Theatre presents a new production of A Christmas Carol that reinvigorates this timeless tale. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.   $46 – $75

The Washington Chorus: A Candlelit Christmas – With the splendor of brass, organ, percussion, and the 200-voice chorus, this beloved holiday event features Christmas classics, sing-alongs, and the glorious candlelight processional.  Held at the Kennedy Center Dec 17 – 22nd.  $15 – $65

Suburbanette Tip:  Tickets for many of these performances are sold at a deeply discounted price on goldstar.com.

 

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