Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken

My coworker Stef’s birthday was last week. I took her out to lunch and bought her a bought her a box of decorated cookies & pretzels. I think it’s become “our” thing. Well a couple of days later on her actual birthday, I get an email from another coworker asking if we should buy cupcakes…

Three Bean Baked Beans

Memorial weekend is usually the kick-off for summer.  Warm weather, lots of sunshine, and grills, grills, grills.  So far this weekend we’ve had hot weather and one day of sunshine, and now two days of rain.  But that’s not gonna stop me from grilling!  Ok, maybe it will, since I don’t have a roof over my…

Friday Things

The first warm weather holiday of the season is finally upon us.  I think it’s officially grilling time! The weather here has been in the mid to high 80s all week, making my 1 1/2 miles trek to the Metro challenging.  I’m trying not to turn into a sweat box by the time I get to…

Kramerbooks and Afterwords

Kramerbooks is a bit of an institution here in DC. It’s a phenomenal bookstore, cafe and bar that’s open late until 4am on the weekends! It’s mostly a favorite amongst my friends as a go-to place for a late night dessert. A group of us went there after dinner the other night after my birthday…

Rhubarb Galette

Finally, spring-like weather!  It’s so nice to see the sun again and not feel like I’m living in Seattle (I hear it rains there a lot !).  Hopefully, I can now put away my comfort food recipes and get back to nice spring desserts, and what better way to start than with a rhubarb galette. …

Scarlet Oak

Another birthday celebration dining entry! It feels like it’s never ending, and there is in no way a complaint! I spent the evening with a group of close friends at the swanky, yet cozy Scarlet Oak in SW, DC. That area is really booming now with lot bars and restaurants (and a great ice cream…

Pecan Dump Cake

Finding out that my grandmother didn’t invent the dump cake was like finding out there’s no Santa Claus or a tooth fairy.  Not really, but I did like growing up thinking that it was her brain child and I can’t see a dump cake without thinking of her.  She passed away when I was very…

Friday Things

My birthday celebrations are almost over.  I’ve had a glorious week of celebrating with friends and co-workers and I have one more day of celebrating to go.  I’m pretty lucky. As I’ve probably mentioned before, I’ve also eaten my weight in food and I’m determined to wear a bathing suit this summer, so guess who…

Drafting Table | Logan Square

Drafting Table was another one of the many stops during my birthday week.  My friends and I decided to come here for a few drinks and a little nosh.  When we arrived it was a bit crowded but cozy. I saw a couple playing Connect Four, and another table playing Jenga because board games are cool. …

Chili Mac

According to the calendar, it’s May, but as far as the weather is concerned, it’s late March/early April.  We’ve had 16 days of rain straight with one day off and now more rain to come for the rest of the week.  And, it’s cold!!  I thought I could turn my heat off, but I’ve lowered…

Lincoln

One of my co-workers took me to Lincoln for lunch as a birthday present. That morning, I had a temporary crown put on and was very numb, and worried that I might not be able to eat by lunch time. Luckily, the numbness wore off in time as I order my Cubano and Brussels sprouts….

Rhubarb Bars

It’s rhubarb time!  It’s so funny to me that I get excited about and love to bake with something I really don’t like to eat.  I hated rhubarb as a child, teen and most of my adult life, but now I’ve come to have a deep appreciation for it.  I have a few friends that…