Late Afternoons

24 Apr

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Last week was busy, but Thursday after work, we did finally manage to go to our favorite neighborhood cheese shop, Cheesetique.

We love this place, and it’s dog friendly!

On My Bookshelf

23 Apr

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1. Because A Fine Balance is one of my favorite books ever, I reread it every couple of years.

I learned so much about India from reading this novel and the characters are so unforgettable that I find myself thinking about them from time to time.

 

2. My bookclub read Endurance a few months back while we were in the middle of our winter of discontent in DC, and it gave me so much perspective.

The British explorers who ventured into the South Pole are true heroes!

 

3. The Night Circus is a story about magic keeping a circus alive.

This story had so fantastic description that I’m hoping this one gets made into a movie.

 

4. I love when writers talk about their childhood and vacations and describe what they ate at the time. That’s what happens in Blue Plate Special.

It seems to me that reminiscing on food is a little like catching a whiff of a scent that takes you back to the past.

Isn’t it funny how you can suddenly remember all kinds of other details too?

 

Have you read anything good lately?

 

Green Space

22 Apr

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Last Saturday was a perfect day (not too warm, not too cool) so we headed to the National Arboretum in DC.

We hoped to view one last glimpse of cherry blossom trees before they are gone for this year.

We had heavy rain early last week, so most of the blossoms were gone, but there were a few trees still hanging on.

The grounds at the arboretum are so peaceful and best of all, it’s dog friendly…

Everything in our lives is about the dog these days.

Big Green Egg Easter Dinner

21 Apr

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Last week was really busy, so it was wonderful to spend a relaxing Easter at home.

We planned a special meal and Easter Sunday was all about cooking, playing with Quinn, and hanging out at home.

This year, we flavored our ham with Bourbon Maple marinade and then smoked it on the BGE, which was a great success!

Side dishes included potatoes delmonico and southern green beans from Cooks Country (our favorite recipe source)

As we were cooking, we drank bloody marys and I made a batch of homemade gougeres. I thought they would be hard to make, but they turned out so easy and good.

How was your Easter? 

 

Flashback Friday: Angkor Wat

18 Apr

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A few years ago, we were fortunate to travel to Cambodia and see the Temples of Angkor Wat.

This was one of our very favorite trips ever!

We have so many great memories from there… including monkeys and a very cold tuk tuk ride early in the morning!

Neighborhood in Bloom

17 Apr

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A few years ago, we flew back from Japan to go house hunting in the DC area.

We were here during that one magical week in the Spring when everything is in bloom.

As soon as I saw our neighborhood alive with cherry blossoms and daffodils, I knew I’d found our perfect place.

Late Afternoons

16 Apr

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This week, I got into the spirit of the French tradition of Goûter, or late afternoon snack…

I don’t have time during most work days to sit and eat a proper lunch. I’m usually walking and eating at the same time!

For this reason, I’m trying to slow down and unwind in the afternoon and enjoy some food.

Cherry Blossom Season in DC

15 Apr

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One day after work, we headed to the Tidal Basin to enjoy the cherry blossoms.

This is one of my favorite times of year in DC.

Is it colorful wherever you are?

Flashback Friday

11 Apr

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A few years ago, we spent the night on Zamami Island, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

This tiny island was so low key with only few sunbathers on the beach. In fact, it’s the perfect kind of island that shuts down once the sun goes down.

I still remember how quiet and peaceful it was there, and how beautiful and clear the water was!

I did forget this one funny detail, though… we stopped at a small cafe and had a drink after dinner.

There we found the funniest magazines that featured cat centerfolds! Only in Japan, folks…

You can read another post about a special experience we had on Zamami Island here.

 

Georgetown Canal Walk

8 Apr

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One of our favorite walks with our dog Quinn, the C & O canal in Georgetown.

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