nopa kitchen + bar

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Last weekend, my husband and I went to Nopa Kitchen + Bar in Penn Quarter. Nopa is the latest restaurant in Ashok Bajaj's restaurant empire.  Since Rasika and Bibiana (also part of his group) are two of my favorite DC restaurants, I was eager to give Nopa whirl.
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Neighborhood-guide-adams-morgan
Adams Morgan is a neighborhood you love to hate.  On the weekends, it's inundated with pleasure seekers and littered with the remnants of giant pizza slices. During the week, it's full of locals ready to enjoy a little peace and quiet.  I lived in Adams Morgan for my first nine (gah..where has time gone?) years in DC and I loved it. Over the last few years, the landscape has changed.  DC Gov recently revamped 18th St. and it has a clean, modern look.  With it's proximity to the Metro and the National Zoo, it's still one of the most popular 'hoods in NW.

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feelin’ frantic

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I'm having one of those crazy mornings and I don't have time to write a cool post. I had one planned. I was mid sentence when I realized..it's not happening.  I was up till 11 working an offer and back at it today at 6am. One of my sellers is in Shanghai.  A 12 hour time difference makes an interesting transaction..but it's happening. That's all that matters. 

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latest and greatest

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riveting rooms

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How adorable is this room in Nantucket boutique hotel 76 Main?  This room plus the others are divine and I want to go visit immediately.  Is it time for vacation?

photo via 76 Main website

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new listing!

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950 25th St, NW 103-S

Washington, DC 20037

0 bedrooms | 1 bath

550 square feet | $643.80 coop fee

list price: $205,000

Charming, sunny L shaped studio with new tile floors in the kitchen and bath. 92 Walk score. Short jaunt to the State Dept, Kennedy Center, Georgetown, GWU, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and the Metro. Building common areas recently renovated and free WiFi. Roof top pool, court yard with grills, fitness room and business center. Fee includes all utilities, taxes and underlying mortgage.  Open Sunday 1-3pm.

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‘hood happenings

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links top to bottom: washington post, cjdc, urban turf, wbj

photos top to bottom: washington post, me, urban turf, me

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wth?

Sometimes, listing photos make you scratch your head and say "wth?"  A few of my favorites below:

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circus tent or living room?

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this kitchen is cheerful?

Dining-room-crazy

is this supposed to be baroque?
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sushi taro

Sushi taro
Sushi Taro is the best sushi in DC.  My husband and I have been regulars for years and we enjoy lunch there at least once a month.  It's my husband's go to place when he needs a sushi fix.  

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riveting rooms

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In between rain storms, DC has been having unbelievably nice weather.  The kind that instantly puts me in a good mood.  I sat outside all weekend on one patio or another and it was wonderful.  I wish I was sitting on this patio right now, drinking my coffee and writing this post.  

photo via mi casa

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happy father’s day!

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When I think of my Dad, I always think of him in the kitchen.  He loves to cook and was the chef at our family restaurants.  This photo is from our outdoor kitchen (better known as the deck) in the back of the house two Christmas Eve's ago.  This is where all the magic happens on Christmas Eve:  fried squid, whiting, frittae along with a lot of drinking and trash talkin'.  The rest of us hang around, waiting for the food to emerge so we can grab the first bites.   It's a good day.

To my Dad: the chef, attorney, doctor, car salesman and all around bad ass..have a wonderful Father's Day.  I love you mucho!  Smooches.

 

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With all the nonsense at the beginning of the week, I almost forgot it was Father's Day this weekend!  Luckily, I ordered my Dad's gift last week.  

My Dad loves a good bottle of bourbon and Jefferson is his new favorite.  His golf game can always use a little help and this golf laser rangefinder should do the trick.  Dad likes to look sharp and he's handsome in purple..especially purple gingham.  Last but not least, a jambox wireless speaker is perfect for listening to the Aretha station on Pandora while hangin' on the front porch at the beach.  

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