Banana-bread
Whenever I have bananas that have gone bad (those outlaws!), I make a batch of banana bread. My husband loves it and it's received rave reviews from my friends.  Not only does it taste delicious, it's low fat. Enjoy!

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Neighborhood-guide-columbia-heightsColumbia Heights has changed radically in the years I've lived in DC. When I first moved to the city, it was a sleepy residential neighborhood with little retail and foot traffic.  Then came the development starting with DC USA, a new Giant grocery store, and multiple apartment and condo buildings.  Now it's a bustling, pedestrian friendly neighborhood full of restuarants and retail.  It's so cool, the NY Times has designated it a "hip strip".  

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etto

Etto exterior
Out of all of the new restaurants opening in my 'hood, I was most excited about Etto.  Etto is a collaboration between the guys at 2 Amy's and the guys at Standard. I grew up in an Italian restaurant that served excellent pizza so I consider myself a pizza expert.  2 Amy's is, by far, the best pizza in town.  I knew Etto wouldn't disappoint and it didn't.

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riveting rooms

Pool lounge area
I love sitting outside when the weather is nice.  This weekend was absolutely beautiful and as I often do, I wish I had my own back yard.  This covered porch/pool area is divine and I could see myself relaxing here all hours of the day. Too bad it's in Argentina but it's a fantastic idea, no?

photo via Nuevo Estilo

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Flags
I hope you had a great holiday weekend!  As I predicted on Friday, it was a crazy weekend.  

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it’s a wrap

Picnicing
I should be celebrating the end of this week because it's a 3 day holiday.  Instead, it's about to get crazy.  

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art on the walls

Art-mbed
After months of gathering dust, I finally framed and hung the two pieces by Yao Cheng in my bedroom.  I'm so pleased with the results!  For me, the final touch to finishing a room is what you put on the walls.  It's also the aspect that I find the hardest.

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Taqueria-nacional

Yesterday when I was putting together my 'hood happenings post, I realized a slew of new restaurants had opened in the 'hood.  So many that I needed an additional post.  After months of being bored with the dining scene, I'm excited to discover these new places.  

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Hood-happenings-may-13
links and photos top to bottom: Urban Turf, Washington City Paper, Borderstan, Washington Post

 

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Kitchen smp

Isn't this kitchen perfect? It's crisp, open and I want to recreate the entire look.  I didn't think I was a fan of a white kitchen because I always think about cleaning it.  Keeping it pristine would be hard.  Yet my eye is drawn to this again and again. 

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see ya later


Ocean-cuba-see-ya-later

I'm so the glad the weekend has finally arrived!  I plan to enjoy the beach and hang with my folks.  The new light fixtures were a big hit.  I'm looking forward to hearing stories and viewing pictures from my parent's Italy trip.  The weather is absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to put my toes in the sand.  Have a great weekend!

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switcheroo

Beach-house-lights
Some years I kick ass at the present thing and some years I suck.  This year, I dropped the ball on my parent's 45th Anniversary.  I knew it was coming but I didn't do my normal prep. I didn't sneak into the piles of photos and create something awesome.  I didn't plan my usual big to-do.  I did buy them a pretty cool present but it's arriving in June.  I consider that a fail.  I was racking my brain for something to do when I thought of the perfect gift.

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