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1827 Florida Ave, NW #204

Washington, DC 20009

2 bedroom | 2 bath

1,000 square feet

rent | $3300

One of my clients moved for a job and I’m helping them rent their condo.  Contact me to see the unit. It’s a sunny 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo with hardwood floors, open floor plan, granite counter tops in the kitchen, dishwasher, central heat/ac and a full size washer/dryer in unit. Master bedroom with bathroom en suite. Conveniently located in Dupont Circle, minutes to the Dupont Circle Metro, restaurants and retail. 98 walk score. No pets or smoking. Available 9/1/15.

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before-after-plycraftAfter a brief trip to NC to be reupholstered (my parents found a guy that reupholstered the chair for $175.  Seriously.), my chair is back!  I LOVE it.

I went with a graphite fabric from Osborne and Little.  It’s got a little texture but most importantly, it’s not scratchy.  I loath scratchy fabrics.

My new couch is also supposed to be delivered soon.  Before you know it, I’ll have a brand new living room!

 

*currently the living room is a state of disarray.  new furniture coming in and old furniture going out.  it’s driving me crazy. please ignore the mess in the photo.*

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farmers-market-saladLast weekend, I went to a cook out and brought this salad.  It was a hit and I’m making it again for dinner this week.  Enjoy!

Farmers’ Market Quinoa Salad

ingredients

1/2 cup pistachios

8 oz. green beans

4 oz. sugar snap peas

1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (I used basil, parsley, and chives.  Can also add tarragon and dill)

1/3 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp white wine vinegar

2 tsp dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

1 large head of broccoli, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

2 cups pea shoots (tendrils)

1 cup cooked quinoa (from about 1/3 cup raw)

preparation

Cook green beans, sugar snap peas and broccoli in a pot of salted water until no longer raw but still crunchy, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of ice and let sit until cold, about 3 minutes.  Drain, pat dry, and thinly slice into bite size pieces.

Blend herbs, oil, vinegar, mustard and 2 Tbsp of pistachios in a blender, adding water by tablespoonful if dressing too thick, until smooth and consistency of heavy cream.  Season with salt and pepper.

Toss beans, peas, broccoli, pea shoots, quinoa and remaining pistachios in a medium bowl to combine.  Drizzle salad with dressing and toss again to coat everything.  Season with salt and pepper.

 recipe via bon appétit

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916-G-St-NW-ext

Congratulations to my clients!

916 G St, NW #802
Washington, DC 20001
1 bedroom + den | 885 sf | $508.60 monthly condo fee
sold price | $525,000

Stunning 1 bed + den in Mather Studios. Sunny industrial loft with 10′ ft ceilings, original exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors, exposed duct work, a custom built media cabinet and tv that convey, custom sliding barn doors and gage~ steel floors in the bedroom. Open floor plan, granite countertops and stainless appliances in kitchen. Nest thermostat, walk in closet, w/d in unit, and pets allowed. Steps to restaurants, retails and Metro in vibrant Penn Quarter. 98 walk score.

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bar-mini

Last week, my husband and I had cocktails at barmini. barmini is the cocktail lab adjoining José Andrés’ restaurant minibar.  One of our wedding presents was dinner at minibar and it was an incredible experience.  I was expecting the same level of “cool” and I was not disappointed.

As you can see from the video, the presentation is bad ass.  This was a highlander cocktail: scotch, mescal, rosemary and a creme de cocoa cloud.  We also had a few nibbles:  liquid “olives” and tuna tartare.  It was a fun experience and I can’t wait to go again!

food-barmini

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wth? bad mls photos

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

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blurry and full of junk. it’s a winner!

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so water damage is one of the attractive features? lovely.

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hood-happenings-aug15

links top to bottom: District Source, WBJ, Urban Turf,

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novel novels | beach reads

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Last week, seven books from my library reserved list hit at once.  Most people would be overwhelmed.  I was pumped!  Out of the seven, The Luckiest Girl Alive and The Book of Speculation were my favorites.

I thought The Luckiest Girl Alive was going to be the typical “fashion girl in her 20’s” book. Nope.  It’s twisted, dark and completely engrossing.  It also had an unexpected plot twist.  I love when I’m surprised by the story. I read so much it rarely happens.

The Book of Speculation is one of those strange tales about a weird family.  There’s tarot card readings and freaks.  If you’re into American Horror Story, this will book will appeal to you.

I also received the new Judy Blume In the Unlikely Event (meh), The Stranger by Harlan Coben (great thriller), The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (the premise is so silly but highly entertaining), The Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin (bluck). I’m leaving out one because it’s too embarrassing to admit I read it (a trashy, romance novel by Johanna Lindsey).   I also purchased The Color of Circles by Lindsay Ashford (decent but check it out from the library),  You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz (predictable but entertaining nonetheless), The Precious One by Maria de los Santos (LOVED it).  Is it ridiculous I read 10 books in a week?  Yes but if you could, wouldn’t you?

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