Pork-ragu
Last Sunday I made this rigatoni recipe from the February issue of Bon Appetit and it was divine.  The secret was simmering the sauce for close to four hours.  I know..four hours?  Who has time for that?  Make time because it's that delicious. My hung over husband was very pleased and immediately ate two bowls.  Enjoy!

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shout out

Bobby
A well deserved shout out on my husband's birthday:

Thank you for being you.  You make me laugh, you listen to my endless ranting about dumb people (at the post office, on the road, on the phone), you cook me amazing meals, you go to the grocery store because you know I hate it, you hold my hand when I'm sad, you empathize when I have crazy deals, you take care of my ancient cat, you'll have a dance party with me after too many afternoon cocktails while we're at the beach, you're always up for an adventure at a new restaurant or bar, and you're curious about the world. I am so glad you're in my life. I hope you have a kick ass birthday. Pho shizzle. Smooches.     

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U-st-guideNew feature!  Neighborhood guides.  This is something I've wanted to do for a long time.  I've lived in DC for fourteen years (!?!) and I have my fair share of special spots.  As a realtor, I also think it's important to have a working knowledge of fun places in various neighborhoods.  I can't highlight every treasured locale. There's too many.  Instead, I've limited myself to my favorite home stores, restaurants and bars.  Everything you need when you're visiting a new neighborhood, right?  

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riveting rooms

Fireplacebedroom
No wonder people go on tropical vacations in January.  This weather (grey, rainy, weather advisory) leaves a lot to be desired.  Instead of going to the gym, I wanted to stay in bed this morning and snuggle in the covers. If I had a fireplace, my dream would be complete.  Work smerk. 

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saturday synopsis

Taco-soup

My husband has gone to AC for a boys trip this weekend and it's been delightful. Don't get me wrong, I miss the guy.  But I LOVE having some time to myself.  I made a version of Cup of Jo's taco soup (sounds disgusting but it's so.damn.good). Last night, I watched Buckwild.  I know. I have an MTV addition that's kind of ridiculous at my age.  But it's so entertaining.  The TV hasn't been on today.  I have Miles Davis on Pandora. I'm doing all the nonsense I've been putting off forever (work included). I'm having dinner with a few girls tonight at Fiola. Tomorrow, I'm writing a contract and seeing a few clients.  Then I'm going to make Calabrese style pork ragu to welcome home my hung over, exhausted husband.  It's my perfect sort of weekend.

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hello sellers market

Spring-st

Remember last summer when I first mentioned the switch from buyers to sellers market?  The start of the 2013 selling season has proven that conversation was not a one hit wonder.  It's back and it's here to stay until inventory levels increase.  

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The-source-dim-sum

Dim sum brunch..the mere mention of those words make me happy.  Add Scott Drewo, the amazing chef at Wolfgang Puck's The Source, to the mix and I'm a little euphoric.  What?  I like restaurants.  

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riveting rooms

Madrid house

Sometimes you see a home that's so stunning, you can spend hours observing the details.  Soledad Suarez de Lezo's Madrid residence is one of them.  Formerly an office space, she's transformed the rooms into an elegant home.  It was recently featured in Nuevo Estilo and it's not to be missed.  

This room is a perfect example.  Observe the huge windows, the objects de art, the vibrant colors of the couches and pillows and let's not forget those incredible ceilings.  It's brilliant!

photo via Nuevo Estilo

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National-capital
Whether the president being inaugurated is a Democrat or a Republican, Inauguration is a fun time to visit DC. All weekend, the city has been full of people seeing the sights and soaking up the energy of the big event. 

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Bobby's-ramen1
Earlier this week, when the weather was grey and rainy, my husband whipped up a bowl of "homemade" ramen for lunch.  It was delicious and comforting and I inhaled mine in about 3 seconds.  

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‘hood happenings


Hood-happenings-1-13links top to bottom: 1, 2, 3, 4

photos top to bottom: NY Times, Borderstan, Washingtonian, Thrillist

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lamp love

Lamp-love
I want a new lamp for my living room.  I love my current lamp but the scale is wrong.  It's too small for the space and every time I gaze at my living room, I think: "gah..that's got to go."   

These beauties have caught my fancy.  I really want number one: the Tolomeo Mega Floor lamp.  Except it's over a $1000!  Cue the search for something similiar and 2-4 are the options.  What do you think?

1. Tolomeo Mega Floor Lamp $1,015 2. Industrial Overarching Lamp $379 3. Walker Lamp $368 4. Polygon Floor Lamp $299

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