Cheese Boards and Vision Boards







I am the type of person who will look for any excuse to bring people together so this past Friday, I decided to host my very first Galentine’s Day get together.What’s Galentine’s Day you say? It’s only the best day of the year! It’s ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus…cheese!

On the agenda? Cheese boards and vision boards. Why? Because cheese is a delicious way to up my calcium intake and vision boards because they are all the rage in helping one clarify and focus on a specific life goal.

Based on these photos, it looks like I should have added taking down my Christmas tree to my vision board but in reality, it actually was a fun activity. It was a bit corny, but it helped open up the conversation to our hopes and dreams and allowed us to make plans for the future (even if it was as simple as a shooting date since it turns out we were all interested in learning more about photography).

For those interested in seeing what I’m interested in doing this new (Chinese) New Year….
+ Learning how to swim properly (Or if you take my vision board literally..become a mermaid)
+ Photography
+ Learning how to make Matcha Green Tea Lattes
+ Walking More
+ Saving up for a home
+ Meditatition and learning how to relax (I’ve been super uptight lately)
+ Finding a new hobby that Rob and I can do together
+ Cooking more at home and eating healthier
There were also lots of puppy pictures on my board but right now that looks like a long term goal.

If you’re looking for something a little different to do with your friends rather than going out to dinner or out drinking, I highly recommend grabbing some scissors and glue and get to vision board making!


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.


Crystal Couture: Fashion for Suburbanettes

The DC area’s hottest fashion SHOW and high-end bargain trunk SALE returns to Crystal City this February 7th to February 11th, 2012. Crystal Couture – Show & Sale brings over 40 of the metropolitan area’s most stylish boutiques and designers all under one roof. The one-stop shopping experience lets guests browse discounted offerings on the rack AND on the runway as models showcase offerings of participating boutiques. Shoppers will also enjoy sips from the bar, free make-up and hair makeovers, chats with fashion consultants, music from DJ Neekola, and experience the one-of-a-kind ambiance that is Crystal Couture!

The SHOW portion of Crystal Couture brings a high quality, professional fashion show complete with gorgeous DC area models (including America’s Next Top Model contestant Bianca Chardei), fabulous runway choreography, exquisite styles, and upbeat tunes. Professionally managed by Maggy Francois, Crystal Couture’s runway show always puts Crystal City on the map of the fashion world!

For a full schedule of participants, runway schedules, and more click here.

My Friend Adrienne’s Friends’ Holiday Party

I am embarrassed to say that I declined an invitation to Adrienne Weber’s eighth grade sleepover birthday party because a girl told me that her house was in the “ghetto” and that they did not lock their doors at night (all false BTW).

LUCKILY, I came around my snobby ways and slowly infiltrated Adrienne’s inner friend circle.  That is how I ended up at Kristy’s dad’s house last Saturday night for a holiday get together.  We ate crab dip by the fire while her father played jazzy Christmas tunes on his piano.

Kristy went to Lemon Road Elementary in McLean with Adrienne.  In middle school Adrienne moved to Centreville to befriend me.  Devon attended hs and was on the cheerleading squad with  Kristy at McLean. Later on Devon would turn out to be my sorority sister and roommate.  And that is the story of our friendship! (Megan is in our friend group as well but I will talk about her another time)


Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

At the strike of midnight on the third Thursday of every November, France erupts in massive celebration in honor of the unveiling (or should we say uncorking) of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine. Beaujolais Nouveau, which is a young wine (only 6 weeks old) comes from a region south of Burgundy in France.

Twisted Vines is allowing suburbanettes to partake in this tradition by  pouring a range of Beaujolais by-the-glass and in flights this Thursday and Friday! This is a great opportunity to compare a beaujolais nouveau to a beaujolais villages and a beaujolais grand cru!

Neighborhood Haunts: Twisted Vines Bottleshop and Bistro

Yesterday, Devon from The Sweet Loaf and I met up for a bottomless mimosa brunch at our local wine bar Twisted Vines.  Located right off of Columbia Pike, Twisted Vines is a comfortable neighborhood space that dishes out delicious small plates and great wine at a very affordable price point.  It was a great spot for a girly afternoon gab session and when they say bottomless mimosas – – they weren’t kidding.  I don’t think I ever saw the bottom of my glass that day! They were also not kidding when they said they offer small plates….Dev and I ended up ordering three entrees to share because we were still hungry at the end of the meal (granted we stayed for three hours…but still!).

Beef Empanadas

Chicken and Mushroom Crepes, Brioche French Toast



Goodbye Jaleo*!  With its beautifully textured walls, sparkling cava sangria and outdoor patio my new favorite tapas joint is Bodega in Georgetown.

My cousin Karelle and I sharing a paella lunch with lobster, clams, mussels, and prawns in it.

Amber and I enjoying a glass of refreshing cava sangria on a warm summer night.

*Just kidding, I still love you Jose Andres!

The Scene at Lincoln

When you think of the name Abraham Lincoln words such as “Honest” and “Presidential Powerhouse” come to mind.  But trendy?  Not really.  Say what you want, but the people behind Hudson Lounge has struck gold with their trendy new restaurant concept Lincoln,  which is based on the United States’ super sexy 16th president.  The decor features a floor made entirely out of pennies, mason jars hanging from the ceiling, presidential pop art, and a giant leather chair inspired by the Lincoln memorial.

The restaurant serves seasonal small plates sourced from local farmers around the region.  Most of the dishes featured comfort food classics with a twist such as their lobster beingets, baked macaroni and cheese, and chicken pot pie.  Their hand crafted cocktail menu includes libations such as the Lady Lincoln which was a refreshing concoction of prosecco, St. Germaine and lavender, a throwback drink – – the Moscow Mule which is  served in a copper mug.

I checked the place out for myself last week and have deemed it perfect for a girl’s night out.  The tapas style entrees, exciting ambiance, and  unique drink menu is sure to please anybody carrying two X chromosomes.

Girls Night In

My super hot ex-roommate and local bread pudding expert Devon stopped by last Sunday for some good eats, gossip, and VMA commentary.  On the menu?  A mixed green salad with cucumbers, orange bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes, red onions, and grilled spiced shrimp.  We heated up some pita bead triangles with some tzazikiki sauce to round out the entire meal.  Delish!  I had not watched the VMAs in years but I loved the Amy Winehouse tribute by Bruno Mars and Beyonce’s new song “Love on Top”.  The ’60s are coming back in a real big way.

Always the Bridesmaid…Never the Bride

I am so excited to be in my friend Dr. Tiffany Vu’s wedding next week!  Her second bachelorette party was held at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar in the National Harbor.  See photo above for hot Asian city.

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