Monthly Archives: February 2013

you are what you eat.

If that’s true, I’m trading in my stark white paleness for a self that is more eclectic, ethnic, diverse, and delicious.

My friend R’s cousin H was in town from the great state of Montana this week for a conference, and yesterday R took the day off and we showed H the town. We started at my house around U Street, walked down 14th Street, over to Dupont (taking some snapshots at the huge Freemasons temple on the way), and then up to AdMo.

The highlight had to be introducing H to Ethiopian food for lunch at the incredible Meskerem on 18th street. We ordered up a vegetarian messob — a selection of a few dishes, including lentils, cabbage, spinach, potatoes, and more. It’s all served over and eaten with injera, a spongy bread that seriously expands in your stomach. Consider yourself warned. While the items names and menu descriptions might not sound the most exciting, the array of spices really make the dishes a delight.

Meskerem

Then last night for dinner, I went to Hanoi House for some delicious Vietnamese food. Sorry no picture, but everyone seems to love their Pho — and I can tell you their pork Banh Mi is a solid choice, even if just for the delicious pickled veggies on the side.

Today, I spent much of the afternoon applying to jobs and watching The West Wing with my roommate. Although I jumped in on episode 15 after never seeing any of it before, I might actually already be hooked…

Then I headed to an early dinner with one of my best friends from high school. L lives wayyyyy out in Arlington (okay it’s not that far), but we see each other a shamefully small amount. Because we were eating really early (gotta love teacher’s schedules), we were able to get into Estadio no problem. It’s a seriously popular and raved about Spanish tapas restaurant on 14th Street that I’ve wanted to go to for… forever. But of course whenever I think about it, it’s 7 p.m. on a Friday… and there’s a 90-minute wait.

Everything was SO good. Start your meal with a cranberry and ginger slushito. Then order the crispy brussel sprouts. And an open-faced sandwich. And the chicken. And the shrimp. And the patatas bravas… Just order everything.

estadio

So. So good.

After dinner, it was only 7:30… so I showed L some of my neighborhood, ending the night with cheap beers and bluegrass music at local favorite Solly’s.

And now it’s SRSLY back to my PB&J (and PBR) diet until my bachelorette parties and wedding extravaganzas are overrrrr / I have an income again… whatever comes first.

Upward,

S

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daily affirmation.

daily affirmation.

Hokay, it’s been more than a week, and I’m still Tweeting. If you’re on the Twitter, or have any interest in my random thoughts (or want another way to see posts on this here blog), check me out: @seesallywrite (spoiler alert on what the S stands for…)

Won’t you be my …follower?

Upward,

S

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i can’t wait ’til I get you on the floor, good-looking.

Ahhhh, y’all.

K, H, another friend, and I will be puttin’ on our lady suits and ties to see Justin & Jay-Z August 8 in Baltimore.

SO. FREAKING. EXCITEDDDDD!

Upward,

S

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SKVL sisterhood.

SKVL

It’s a rainy, dreary day in the District, which means I’m downtown hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop sipping on SKVLs.

K and I are huge Skinny Vanilla Latte drinkers — apparently the barista in Reston already knows K’s order when she walks in. Lucky gal. Meanwhile, I’m wrapping up some freelance work before grabbing a quick drink with some old coworkers.

OH, also, this exists (thanks, A!):

Upward,

S

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the past few days were a little (Argo)nuts.

These last few days, I’ve found myself over and over and over again telling people how much I’ve enjoyed blogging on this here little site. And then immediately realizing my failure to actually… blog.

Let’s catch up a bit, shall we?

Thursday, I… met a couple of friends I haven’t seen in far too long for lunch.

The summer after my junior year of college, I went on a three-week study abroad trip to Salzburg, Austria. It was a global media literacy course, and the students came from schools all across the world. I met some incredible friends, learned so much about other cultures through wonderful conversations (genrally in the Bierstube over way too many Steigls). Two of those people were I, a fellow U-Maryland student, and A, a fabulous man from Chile. A is now writing soap operas in Santiago, and was sent to our nation’s capital to do some research for an upcoming political drama. Seriously. What a great life.

I, S, A

After lunch, I decided it was time for a little culture. A had to be in Dupont shortly after so I dropped him off close by at the National Portrait Gallery — of course with the recommendation to relax a while in front of the Great Picture. Then I ventured down to the Mall to meet C at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden.

Everyone had been recommending I check out According to What? An exhibit on Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist perhaps most famously known as the creative mind behind the Bird’s Nest / Bejiing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. It started outside, with a series of bronze sculptures all representing animals from the Chinese Zodiac. The tiger was fierce, y’all.

Inside, you can see the man has a distinct, politically charged voice, and it was interesting to walk through and see his sculptures, photographs, and videos he took around the city. He also controversially painted ancient Han vases with bright colors, and captured himself dropping one of them in a series of three photos — all of which were also on display. Today was its last day at the museum, otherwise I’d definitely encourage you see it

Exhibits around the rest of the museum were also lovely — including a huge glowing golden cube, a floor filled of graphic quotes and words, and a painting called Canuck Yankee Lumberjack. Who knew my dream man was so close by… and made of oil paints?

hirshhorn

The weekend meanwhile has floooown by: Friday was spent having lunch with my parents. No pictures, but a midday meal at Great Falls’ famed Old Brogue is always a true delight. The night ended with buckets of cheap beer and great friends. Saturday, I ventured back out to NoVA for a GORGEOUS bridal shower for one of my best friends, K. Her maid of honor did such an incredible job with decorations, food, and good times; I’m so, so excited to be a part of her wedding in a short 6 weeks!

And now I’m wrapping up the weekend praying for the Oscars to end so I can finally get some sleep. I also made hush puppies — a family favorite, as the Southern treats from Gary’s BBQ are a staple of our family’s summer vacations. I made them in honor of Beasts of the Southern Wild, obviously. I’m pretty proud.

hush puppies

Hope everyone’s Oscar parties or celebrations were (Argo)nuts! Gotta love Ben Affleck.

Upward,

S

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