Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NO RECIPE BREAKFAST SKILLET HASH

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Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are born from spontaneity. Like from a need to rid my refrigerator of any and allll the foods before winter break combined with yet another college instinct to minimize any and allll the dishes. (Resourcefulness at its finest, folks.)

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So I just realized I ended up outlining a procedure even though this was supposed to be a "no recipe" kind of dealwhoops? No matter though cause nothin's stopping you from inviting a few friends over (like me please?) and have a yummies and healthies best meal of the day together! Seriously, it doesn't get much easier.
Ingredients
Eggs: 1-2 per person
Starches: a couple good sized sweet potatoes or potatoes
Greens: a bunch of spinach, mesclun or kale
Mushrooms, sliced
Salt & pepper, to taste (or cinnamon for sweet potatoes!)
1. Heat oven to 400°F and bake sweet potato (pierce a few times with a fork) for about 15-20 minutes (basically just enough to soften it because I am a weakling at cutting raw potato).
2. Set aside a large skillet to hold errythang.
3. In a smaller pan, scramble eggs and pour into big mama skillet.
4. Stir fry mushrooms, add in greens, and add to mama skillet.
5. Dice sweet potato, stir fry until soft enough to chew, and add to the skillet of wealth.
6. Gather 'round like it's a campfire and dig in (like we said, we're all for plate minimization).

Monday, March 16, 2015

NEW LAYOUT!

Bear with me as I work through some kinks, but yay for a new theme! :)

LA COLOMBE

Guys, our food scene is upping its game (!!)...slowly but surely. With multiple outposts in Philly, NY, and Chicago, La Colombe has finally made its way to its first DC dig whaddup. You'd definitely have to be looking for it to find it though - true to hip café fashion, it's tucked away in a hidden alleyway in a conspicuously gentrifying area of town.

Though La Colombe crowds up easily, I like how the no-wifi deal solidifies the sense of retreat from the city. (And lesbireal, we could also always be a little less attached to our technological devices.)

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Seriously, who straight up paints their storefront name banner into a brick wall? It's like they already know they'll be staying a while.

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Like chemistry class but better since there are no lab reports involved. Just pour over contraptions that I always consider ordering from but never do because I always opt for the cheaper alternatives (perhaps a sign that I will never attain true coffee snob self-actualization).

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Apparently La Colombe is too hip for a menu, but you can never go wrong with lattes and hot chocolate - the flavors run deep and the mugs run artsy here. (Extra holla for coffee art even on the hot chocolate!!)

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And what would a hipster coffee shop be without sleek industrial decor and instas bein' grammed left and right? (Or rather, left in this case...har har har)

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All in all, La Colombe wasn't a mind blower for me, but I respect what they're going for. Take a morning, leave the work at home, and join the cool kids in casually sippin' on their single origin blends. Forget the need to constantly be "doing something" (of which I am most definitely guilty of) and just unwind.

La Colombe
Café, $
924 Rear N St. NW (Blagden Alley)
Washington, DC 20001

Monday, February 23, 2015

EXCITEMENT

GUESS WHAT, GUYS?!


Huge shoutout to everyone who voted for me! (I didn't rank into any of the People's Choice Awards, but I won an Editor's Pick Award, soooo it's all good haha.)

Honestly, I'm still awed and humbled at seeing my work being sold online. I may have fantasized about it before, but I never really imagined it could come to fruition. So to all those who are so fabulously uplifting and always ready to bless me with genuine encouragements - thank you, thank you, thank you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

FOR THE HUNGRY

Presenting the true mark of snow day productivity: I'm also constantly bombarded with countless restaurant & café recommendation requests, so hopefully these will help out with that. I'll be (hopefully) continually updating links/places/categories, but in the meantime, enjoy!

where to caffeinate

For the curious ones/if you want the full comprehensive list:
my personal restaurant log

Monday, February 9, 2015

WOOLS & LEATHERS | BROWNS & BLACKS

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Banana Republic top | Forever 21 blazer + necklace | DKNY coat | Club Monaco pants | J. Crew booties | Burberry scarf (thanks mom!) | Michael Kors watch | James Avery ring

Oh man, I can feel the chills just thinking about that day again. ('Twas the same fateful late December night asd;flkajsdk happened, and since good things come at high prices, of course it came complete with waiting in the relentless stinging cold.)

Shoutout to my mother for urging me to invest in a wool coat; this bae of a coat was an instant winner with its clean silhouette and black leather accented belt + collar (also a major shoutout to my friend who tipped me off to Macy's online sales!).

Honestly, I enjoy layering up during the winters - I've been cutting down on clothing expenditures lately, and this season really lends itself well to experimenting with combinations from what I already own. In retrospect, I'm also glad that the sad size of my dorm closet gives me a spatial restriction on clothes (and since I'm on a closet cleansing kick, here's a neat idea that'll give you money back too).

For all y'all fellow east coasters, hope you're staying warm!

Monday, January 26, 2015

ROSE'S LUXURY

I don't even know how to begin this post. Rose's, I pledge you the best of my lowly, limited love that can barely begin to do justice to your glory.

(Warning: Long post ahead. Be wary of potential drooling and/or untamable hunger pangs.)

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I'm personally not a big movie watcher. It's not that I dislike movies; I just usually don't find it worth the initiative to go watch them - I mean, if I'm going to spend a couple hours of my day to just sit there and do nothing whatsoever with the rest of my body, it better be worth it. Thus, I don't really watch too many movies (or maybe I just don't have friends to ask me to watch with them??).

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But occasionally I come across a gem - oftentimes an Academy Award winning film. And I'm reminded once again that there's a reason why films are nominated and why they win (Lincoln, anyone? #sogood).

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Likewise, when Bon Appetit names the 2014 Restaurant of the Year, they ain't playin'.

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The wait is pure agony but the long-awaited entrance...pure heaven. Especially on frigid winter evenings. (As shown by the mitten above.)

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The decor and ambiance are really something; Rose's is definitely one of the most photogenic restaurants I have ever been in. Lights strung across the whole expanse of the ceiling and comfortably dim lighting + hip wooden furnishings make the experience both comfortably casual and warmly intimate. There's just an overall feelgoodness that can't be encompassed in words.

I think I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Challah bread with black sesame & honey butter - Yes, this was complimentary. Yes, this was one of the strongest starter bread offerings I've ever encountered.

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Popcorn soup with grilled lobster - Smooth, salty soup + chunky, not-so-salty lobster + miraculously not soggy popcorn = perfect balance of texture and flavor.

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Pork sausage, habanero & lychee salad - The hype is real and the 15 different ingredients also very real. Pork is on the salty side, but no matter because your mouth is too busy juggling the flavor explosion to really notice anyways.

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Brief interruption in programming - did I mention we sat at the kitchen bar? (#SCORE!) Anyhow, back to the food.

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Whole grilled quail with fall greens & mulled cider glaze - Possibly the best dish of the night. The moderately tender consistency of the meat + subtly sweet/tangy glaze (SO. GOOD.) = winner.

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Capricci amatriciana with smoked sheep's milk pecorino - I'm not a big pasta person, but w o w this housemade pasta was soft, was smoky with a kick of spice, was covered with shredded sheep milk cheese, was yummies.

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English pea cake, mint curd, pistachios & buttermilk - Very interesting. I don't know how he makes the veggie-esque leaves and the liquidy milk and the spongey cake work, but it all coalesces into this subtly sweet...something. Like I couldn't tell what I was eating but it was weirdly good.

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Chocolate mousse with burnt coconut, shredded lime & coconut milk ice cream - I can leave the earth in peace now. (Though maybe a bit more peace if the portion size was bigger, but hey I'll take what I can get.)

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Peanut brittle - (What accompanied the receipt.) Quite the upgrade from your average end-of-meal fortune cookie.

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Elizabeth was fabulous - a perfect personification of the generous and accommodating server, quick to give thorough explanations of dishes to help tailor our choices to personal preferences and active in engaging in genuine conversation. (She also somehow noticed our struggle to pick one dessert from the menu, so she served us both with one on the house. We were ready to cry at this point.)

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The man-owner-chef-tatted-up-superhero himself, Aaron Silverman!! (Also lovin' his respectably diverse kitchen staff.)

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From the service & amenities (like the above tin of bobby pins in the bathroom) to the last bite, this restaurant crazily manages to effortlessly showcase impeccable attention to detail, from the realms of decorative quirks to flavor juxtaposing.

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The picture says it all. If you're looking for a whirlwind tour of eclectic flavors, a humble yet extravagant display of culinary prowess, an comforting experience for both the stomach and soul - look no farther. This is it.
"Rose’s isn’t just in the restaurant business; it’s in the making-people-happy business."
Rose's Luxury
717 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Monday, January 19, 2015

BLACK & BLACK | VELOUR & SUEDE

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Torn by Ronny Kobo dress | Crown Vintage booties | J. Crew necklace

I apologize for the graininess; picture appropriate lighting is not one of the Washington National Cathedral's fortes.

It does however have a strength as a beautiful musical performance venue! A friend of mine had extra tickets to hear the Czech Philharmonic perform Smetana's Má Vlast and Dvořák's New World Symphony, so the roomie and I promptly took to capitalizing on the opportunity. 

Suffice to say, that night also brought back many a memory of toiling through early morning rehearsals and poking fellow cellists through the stands and scrawling silly markings all over our music. If anyone from West is reading this, I miss making music with y'all, but I'm glad we at least overlapped a bit in our journeys of pursuing music for the rest of our lives. #canigetawolfpack