mantel madness

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The holidays have officially started in the Angotti household.  The mantel is (finally) decorated.  Pepperoni rolls are being proofed and fish is being cleaned.  Shortly, the annual fry-a-thon will commence on the deck.  This year, we’re doing it a day early since it’s supposed to pour tomorrow.  As I said in my holiday cards, Happy Whatever you’re celebrating!!

 

 

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When I first moved to DC, I lived in Adams Morgan.  Back then, the vibe was party all night and it was full of crappy bars and restaurants.  It was dirty and littered with giant pizza slices on my early morning walks.  There were few stand outs but overall, it was scummy but a lot of fun. Then I moved to U St. and refused to set foot in Adams Morgan.  Been there, done that. Recently, Adams Morgan got a face lift and it’s more attractive then it has been in years.  New restaurants and bars started popping up and once again, I find myself checking out Adams Morgan on a regular basis.  There’s a few new places I want to try (Pops Seabar and Roofers Union) and lots of old favorites (Cashion’s Eat Place and The Black Squirrel) but my two favorite happy hours are at Mintwood Place and Jack Rose.

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The happy hour at Mintwood Place is always packed.  You have to get there at 5:30 on the dot or the seats in the bar are full.  Happy hour is extensive:  $5 for a glass of house red, white or sparkling wine, $5 draft beers and an $8 cocktail of the day.  Plus a large part of the menu is available at a discount.  5:30-7pm in the bar only.

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The happy hour at Jack Rose is only offered in the Saloon on the first floor.  It’s from 5-7pm and they offer $2 off draft beer, $5 glasses of house red, white and sparkling wine. Select bar food is half off.  It too gets crowded so go early.

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1231 31st St, NW

Washington, DC 20007

5 bedrooms | 4.2 baths

6,713 square feet | $37,728 yearly taxes

list price | $5,600,000

sold price | $5,200,000 (cash!)

November’s largest sale was a classic Federal home in Georgetown.  It’s five levels, has four fireplaces, hardwood floors through out and has had a major renovation.  The kitchen and dining room open to the private garden and swimming pool. Click here for the entire virtual tour.

Personally, I’m not in love with the windowless kitchen on the basement level.  I know that’s how these old houses were built (kitchen in the basement for the servants and all) but it’s not my favorite. What do you think?

listing and photos courtesy of Herbert Riggs, Remax

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photos and links top to bottom: 1. Urban Turf 2. New York Times 3. Wall St. Journal 4. Washington Post

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Cousins Tucker Gallagher and John Graham are opening Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits tomorrow at 1939 12th St, NW.  They will feature small batch liquors, artisanal wine and craft beer. Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood.

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vacation | argentina

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After months and months of planning and day dreaming, my trip to Argentina is finally around the corner.  The plans are becoming a reality and I can’t wait. Traveling is one my favorite things and I’m already fizzing with ideas.  We’re spending a few days in Salta, then returning to Buenos Aires.  While in Buenos Aires, we’re taking a day trip to Uruguay. Any suggestions??

*This is where we’re staying in BA.  See what happens when you let a real estate agent make the housing arrangements???

 

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holiday mantel

It’s the first week of December and I have big decisions to make.  Like…how the hell am I decorating my parent’s mantel this year? I’ve looked around the web for this year’s inspiration and this was my favorite. I like the mix of metals and the pops of red.  What do you think?

photo via Emily Henderson’s website

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While I’m buying most of these gifts for my Mr., they could also work for your Dad or brother.

jogger pant $36.50 (currently on sale!)  Skinny leg (but not toooo skinny) sweats.  So cute!

mophie juice pack $59.95  For the guy on the go who always runs out of juice.

kiehl’s starter kit $42.00  No man ever says no to Kiehl’s.

cashmere beanie $29.00  Baby, it’s cold outside and a cashmere hat is the perfect solution.

 

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2917 13th St., NW #2 WDC 20009

2 bedroom, 1 bath flat, 1200 sf, on the second floor of a row house. Freshly painted, new hardwood floors, washer/dryer in unit, pets allowed. Parking available for an extra $150 a month. All utilities included except electric. 2 blocks to the Columbia Heights Metro, 5 minute walk to DC USA and 11th St. restaurants and retail. 93 walk score. Available for rent immediately. $2600 security deposit. $45 application fee. $250 pet deposit. Contact me if you’re interested!

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The holiday shopping frenzy has begun!  I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite ideas for the home.  Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

I’ve become obsessed with pour over coffee.  This glass coffee dripper and pot set can go in the dishwasher and the filter is reusable.  I love my Chemex but I’ve converted to the Carat.  Also necessary is a kettle that heats up quickly.  carat coffee dripper & pot set $65 hario coffee drip kettle $37.99

Everyone needs fun matches for their candles or their bathrooms (mine are in the bathroom for stinky guests. it happens).   skull matches  $7.00

This lucite trey is perfect for a bar or your coffee table.  lucite serving trey  $40.00

Who doesn’t love a fancy gold pillow to dress up your couch for the holidays?  fancy gold pillow $39.00

One of my favorite bloggers published her first book!  My copy is on the coffee table. elements of style book $22.14

I’m always looking for a good source for affordable art and I love print this from Buddy Editions.  Abstract No. 3 $50

 

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