BarbadosRiding the mini buses and taking in the local scenery.  I love the glimpse of water as you whiz down the road. And of course, Ri Ri.  

 
all photos via instagram

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fun in the sun

Beach-view

Barbados was a delight…my favorite Caribbean island thus far.  The weather was stellar, the food was delicious and the scenery was lovely.  I laughed constantly, drank entirely too much (hey..it's vacation!) and returned to DC refreshed but exhausted.  Vacation at it's best, no?A-day-in-barbados

A short video of the scenery at the beach in front of our hotel.  People watching was superb too.

 

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latest & greatest

Latest&greatest

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riveting rooms

Jennifer-fisher-kitchen
The rest of the kitchen isn't shabby either.  It's also major inspiration for how cool our kitchen could be if we got rid of all the builder grade crap.  Who doesn't want poured concrete floors, marble counter tops and a double stove and decorative skulls everywhere?  

*photo via CasaSugar.  home of Jennifer Fisher, jewelry designer.

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ciao

Me-8-yo-adios
I'm off to Barbados for a mini girls vacation and i.can.not.wait.  Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

oh yea..that's me when i was 8 years old.  saucy, aren't i?

share my adventures via twitter and instagram.

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sold: first friday

V-st-value

1011 V St, NW

Washington, DC 20001

2 bedrooms/1 bath

list price:  $469,900

sold price:  $469,900 with a 2K seller subsidy

DOM: 5

At the end of March, I featured this two level attached row house built in the 1890's.  It was perfect for someone looking for a condo alternative.

The home is 906 square feet and the yearly taxes are $3,454.  It has hardwood floors through out, an open floor plan, central AC, a back patio and gated parking. It's 1 block to the U St. Metro, the lively U St. nightlife and restaurants. 

As I suspected, it went under contract fast!  Welcome to the neighborhood.  

photos via MLS, listing courtsey of Rachel Valentino, Keller Williams.

 

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Big-daddy-hb
I hope your day (and your own personal holiday weekend) is full of good times, excellent meals and entertaining company.  smooches!

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  Blueberry-and-ricotta-pancakes

Although I made these pancakes two weeks ago, I'm still dreaming about them. They were delectable.  

My Mom loves pancakes.  After I spied this recipe in House Beautiful, I had to whip up a batch.  They're fluffy, sweet , tart…the perfect breakfast or brunch.  Or maybe even dinner.  

blueberry and ricotta pancakes

 2 cups whole milk ricotta

4 large eggs, separated

1 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup blueberries

1 cup real maple syrup

 

In a large bowl, add ricotta, egg yolks, buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon zest and stir until well blended.  Add cinnamon and vanilla.  In another bowl, sift the flour together with the sugar, baking powder, and salt.  In a third bowl, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form.

Fold the dry ingredients together with the wet, then carefully fold the egg whites into the batter.

In a large non stick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium high heat.

Carefully ladle batter into pan.  Add a handful of blueberries to each pancake.  Cook until bubbles rise in the center of each pancake.  Turn the pancake over and cook for another two to three minutes.  Repeat with remaining batter, adding more butter to the skillet as needed.

Keep the cooked pancakes warm in 200 degree oven until ready to serve.

In a microwave safe pitcher or cup, warm the syrup.  Serve the pancakes with drizzled with syrup.

*adapted from Tyler Florence's spiced fig and ricotta pancakes from House Beautiful October 2011.

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riveting rooms

Black-and-white-room
This room charms me.  I love the colors, the mix of patterns and that crazy chandelier.  It's completely over the top, playful and fantastic.

seen on because it's awesome. room by kristen michelini. photo conroy tanzer

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I love our neighborhood farmer's market at 14th and U St, NW for a variety of reasons:  convenience, the doggies that visit, the neighborhood folks milling about and the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies.  I'm planning a feast for later today.  Check out the video of my first farmers market visit of the season. (first attempt at filming, editing and loading a video.  inordinately proud of myself.  it's really not that hard.)  Now I have to run.  I'm off to work.

*shot using my 8mm app.  song: Patterns by Atlantic/Pacific

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first friday

Wissi-exterior

24 Wissioming Ct.

Bethesda, MD 20816

4 bedrooms, 5.2 baths

$6,999,000

This comely contemporary with views of the Potomac and an infinity pool is a short ride from downtown DC.  The home was designed by Robert Gurney.  It's 10,000 square feet with an open floor plan.  There are walls of glass, an elevator, a glass bridge, heated floors, a spectacular kitchen, plus spacious dining, living and family areas.  The second floor has an office plus multiple bedrooms with baths en suite.  The master bedroom and bath are humongous.  (Make sure you click on the virtual tour..it's stunning).  

This is not a new listing.  I was impressed with the design aspects of the home and decided to feature it. After all, how many Victorians can one person see? Although there are 163 new listings in DC this week, none inspired me.  I hope you enjoy!

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Hood-happenings

links top to bottom:  U St. Dirt,  POP, A Whisk + A Mile, NYT, DC MUD, DiningBis Now

photos: u st dirt, pop, a whisk+ a mile, nyt, dc mud, diningbisnow

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