Monthly Archives: September 2011

To Bike or Not To Bike?

I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d really love to have a bike. D.C. is pretty spread out and sometimes it feels like it can take forever to walk/take public transportation. Bikes are chic, easy, relatively cheap, and definitely eco-friendly, but do I have what it takes to bike in D.C.?! Riding a bike here would certainly be different than riding it in Pennsylvania! For starters, there are pedestrians. Also, the ever-intimating traffic circle. But is this really enough to keep me from buying a bicycle? I think not!

Plus, I already picked out which one I want. Adorable, no?

Do you have a bike? What is the best part about riding it?

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My Favorite Place in D.C.

My favorite place in D.C. is the National Cathedral:

Religion aside, this building is in my opinion the most beautiful in the entire district. Its gothic archetecture, stained glass windows, and cobblestone courtyards seem ancient, but the National Cathedral was completed in (get this) 1990. It took over 80 years to construct, and the results are just stunning.

The gardens surrounding the cathedral are my favorite place to go when I feel like escaping city life. You can sit on the benches outside and feel like you’re in Paris near the Seine.

Do you have a favorite place in DC that I should know of? Do tell!

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The Perfect Bruschetta

If I could eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would probably be bruschetta…

Bruschetta is a delicious and easy precursor to any meal. Yet, I find that most places butcher this simple appetizer by drowning it in seasonings, or using too many ingredients, or (even worse) serving it on soggy bread. In my opinion, the perfect bruschetta has the following:

Lightly Toasted Italian Bread

Minced Garlic

Diced Tomatoes (without the seeds)

Diced Onion

Basil

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then spoon it onto the toasted bread. Simple!

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Piece of Cake

Would you ever make your own wedding cake?

Personally I would be too terrified to attempt such a daunting task (especially with my very limited baking skills), but it seems like more and more people are taking it upon themselves to create their own little slice of heaven.

This coconut cake from Martha Stewart looks luxurious and delicious, and Southern Living’s amaretto cake is fun and light-hearted. Both were made from scratch, and with a little love (and a lot of really superb lighting) they came out looking sweet enough to eat!

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Today

I love New York.
Today, yesterday, ten years ago, ten years from now.
It is beautiful, it is unique, it is strong.
And so are its people.
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I wish I was there today. I wish I could do my favorite thing to do in New York: Wake up early, walk to Bryant Park, and sit at one of those little round tables, just people watching and reading. I wish that I could be there to comfort everyone who is in pain, everyone who is worn with memories and sadness like me. And so much more than me.
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I wish I could visit the past, and look at that beautiful skyline one last time. I wish I could visit the future and know it will all be alright.
But for now I know two things:
New York is strong.
I love New York.


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Happy Weekend!

I don’t know about you, but to me this week seemed like the longest four-day week of all time.  It’s weeks like these that give us a reason to celebrate the week-end where we can catch up with people we love, watch a movie in bed, or sleep in. This weekend I plan on beginning my job search (gasp!), and doing a little of the aforementioned weekend activites. What are your plans for this weekend? If you’re like me, you will inevitably lose at least one hour of the weekend to aimless web browsing, so I’ve helped you begin by posting a few food and health-related things I’ve found this week:

Like everything that Smitten Kitchen does, this tart looks delish.

A fall-friendly margarita (for those of us who aren’t quite ready to let go of a summer favorite).

…and something to put said margarita on: I own these coasters from the hilarious Anne Taintor.

Soda-free is the way to be.

Finally, this dinnerware from Kate Spade is sure to make any healthy meal look fabulous.

Have a happy, healthy weekend everyone!

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Pillow Talk

How much do you love these throw pillows?
They are the creation of British designer, Stephen Reed, and I just cannot get enough of them. They add personality and humor to any space, while serving a completely practical (and comfy) purpose. I truly  adore them.
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They speak for themselves.

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