A Menu Worthy of the Gilmore Girls

6 Sep

Impressive and delicious, this cake is a great finish to any girls night!

After all the fuss, Earl turned out to bring perfect weather to DC for the holiday weekend. Sunny and breezy you couldn’t help but spend time outside, unless of course you decided to hold a Gilmore Girls marathon like me.

I know, I know – Why would I host a TV marathon on such a perfect weekend? Thinking Earl might ruin my pool dreams I had already set my heart on a Gilmore Girls day…

Since @Akmcquade and @Fleuredeflorida were up for the gathering, we spent Sunday drinking, dining, and watching TV.

Thankfully @Akmcquade is in love with Gilmore Girls as much as me and understands the need to watch the show for hours on end. I finally have someone who gets all my show references and doesn’t look at me like I’m crazy!

No Gilmore Girls event would be complete without a feast, so I put together the below menu (sadly no pop-tarts, pizza, or Chinese food):

Everything was easy to assemble, colorful, light, and delicious. Can’t wait for our next Gilmore Girls event!

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Day trip: North Beach

16 Aug

I’ve been itching to go on a road trip. Not for any particular reason. Just a desire to escape the city for the day. Thankfully, a few friends felt the same way and we planned a trip to North Beach, Maryland to satisfy our travel bug this past weekend.

Our decision to check out North Beach hinged on two key points: 1) It’s only 45 minutes away and 2) Washingtonian recently deemed it akin to Key West. So Saturday morning we packed up the cooler, turned on a little Vampire Weekend, and headed out!

Upon arrival, it quickly became apparent that The Washingtonian had perhaps overstated the likeness of North Beach to Key West. I’m used to wide open beaches with miles of sand and waves for as far as the eye can see. North Beach consisted on two small strips of sand, rocks, trash in the water, and a teenager monitoring access to the beach.

After paying for beach passes (a first for me), we found a spot and settled in. Lucky for us we arrived early enough to spread out. For those arriving after noon the choices for parking your towel were limited. So if you ever go, go early!

Despite my beach neighbors’ incessant chattering about their desire to never work and affinity for singing along to bad R&B – the afternoon was relaxing. We had escaped the city, we could smell Bay air, and sand was under our toes.

The town was also fun to explore – we treated ourselves to Sweet Sue’s and checked out the finds at Nice and Fleazy Antiques. I fell in love with a box of wooden letter stamps and found two “V’s” to add to my initial collection. Purchasing the letters pretty much made the day a success in my book.

All in all, North Beach is nice, quick escape for the day, but certainly no beach vacation.

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Future Star of Step Up 4

9 Aug

In Step Up 2, we took it to the streets. In Step Up 3D, we experienced dance battles up close and personal.

And now, after watching the below video, I’m going to suggest that in Step Up 4, we have a battle of the generations.

The Third Time is Always a Charm

25 Jul

Thanks to Brain Williams (my nightly news anchor crush) I was introduced to Deer Tick about a year ago and instantly fell in love. In a word, the music is gritty. But it’s also soulful, sinful, and at times serene.

Last Thursday I saw the band live for the third time at the Rock & Roll Hotel. The show lived up to all my expectations despite the unbearable heat and pushy crowd. The show started with a series of songs from War Elephant and Born on Flag Day before moving into songs from the new album The Black Dirt Sessions. Highlights included These Old Shoes, Baltimore Blues No. 1, Ashamed, and Smith Hill.

The only true disappointment came when the band finished without playing Dirty Dishes (my all time fav song). Thankfully I’ve heard it live twice including an acapella style version at Black Cat.

I wasn’t able to capture much video during the show since we stood in the back by the fan, but I did record Ashamed (below). I also recommend this great link the band tweeted to their set in NYC at Maxwell’s from NYC Taper. You can download the whole set live as an Mp3. FANTASTIC.

I’ve Moved and It’s Official

19 Jul

Thanks to Jeremiah Owyang for including me in his July 16, 2010 “People on the Move in the Social Business Industry” post. I’m excited about the new position and opportunities to expand my skill set!

Sculpture Garden Fountain Running

5 Jul

Food, wine, and fun at Jazz is a weekly tradition. Photo by TeddieN.

Jazz in the Sculpture Garden is one of my favorite summer DC traditions. The fact that we can lounge on the National Mall sipping wine, munching on snacks, enjoying live music, and kicking back after a long week for free is remarkable. If you have never attended, I recommend joining us next Friday especially after what happened this week – fountain running and crazy announcements. That’s right, fountain running. I think it’s primed to be a new DC sport.

The crowd at Jazz is tame for a bunch of 20-somethings averaging a bottle of wine per person. At the end of the day, people respect the park and privilege to picnic for an evening.

But this week, Jazz took a turn toward mayhem with the introduction of fountain running. I firmly believe fountain running started because of the pre-event announcement telling everyone not to get in the fountain. You can “dip your toes in,” but you can not, under any circumstances, get in the fountain. Thanks for letting us know Sculpture Garden. You just gave all of us a grand idea!

Honestly, traipsing through the fountain has NEVER crossed my mind. EVER. One, the park is crowded. I don’t want to fight my way up to the water. Two, it’s probably gross. Who knows what sort of creatures live in there. Three, what if I get my clothes all wet? Yuck.

I’ve never seen anyone  get in the fountain in the four years I’ve attended Jazz. I’m not saying it hasn’t happened. I’m just saying it has never been a “problem.” Not this week (which seems ironic considering it wasn’t even hot).

This week, about half a dozen couples charged across the fountain at the conclusion of Jazz to the delight  of everyone in the park. I don’t know who started it since I was on the outskirts of the fountain, but once the the first couple took the plunge everyone followed suit.

With the crowd chanting and cheering, pair after pair charged across to the other side, some more successfully than others. I witnessed a number of trips, falls, and flops during the excursion, which only egged on the crowd more. And, it wasn’t just young adults breaking the rules. A mother even ran through with her child in tow.

Of course, the fountain running was not appreciated by the park and the announcement to vacant quickly followed. But this wasn’t any announcement. Oh no. This was the announcement of all announcements. Why?

1. The girl making the announcement threw her voice in the hopes we would take her more seriously.

2. She kept telling us to exit immediately in her crazy voice. Over, and over, and over, and over.

3. She even tried to convince us to leave by telling us to put on our shoes.

4. Two of the exits were closed, but we needed to EXIT IMMEDIATELY.

5. No one bothered to move for at least 30 minutes.

The announcement was so great, I even have a little audio clip for you to experience a taste of the evening. You’re welcome!

Fourth of July Alpharetta Style

4 Jul

The city of Alpharetta puts on an impressive fireworks show each year at Wills Park. I haven’t been home for the holiday in a number of years and wasn’t the least bit disappointed after DC fireworks. The hometown advantage is being up close and personal with the show. The fireworks explode directly over your head and you can see the ash falling to the ground!