midcity 18th annual dog days

Don’t forget it’s the MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Sale this weekend.  It’s the 18th year and a great way to support local business. It’s going to be lovely weather this weekend. Go check it out!

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links and photos top to bottom:

cnn, washington business journal, borderstan, washington business journal

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Hello internet!  How are you? I’ve been swamped at work (yea!) but enjoying the lovely weather.  This is what I’ve been doing lately:

Tuesday, I had an appointment near City Center and I stumbled upon their stellar Japanese lantern decorations in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  The festival is in full swing and the city is overrun by tourists for the Festival and Spring Break.  Make sure you check them out before they’re gone.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed the new murals in the alley near American Ice.  This panel is my favorite because the colors are so vibrant.

I visited Frank Underwood’s presidential portrait at the National Portrait Museum. This tickled me to no end because it’s SUCH a DC thing.  Apparently, Kevin Spacey was there for the unveiling in character.  I love it!

I think everyone knows how much I enjoy my ‘hood and this painting on U St. summarizes it perfectly.

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hood-happenings3.16links and photos top to bottom: Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Urban Turf, Washington Post

 

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mid city sale 2015

The MidCity Dog Days sale is the weekend!!  If I’m not working, I go early, scoop up a few deals and enjoy the people watching.  This year, over 23 businesses are participating.  I’m looking forward to checking out Salt & Sundry, to grabbing a lemonade from Cork Market and seeing if there’s a fancy home gadget I need from Home Rule.  These are my go-to local shops.  Don’t miss it!

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ElRey

El Rey Taqueria opened in 2014 but it hasn’t been one of my go to spots.  When it first opened, a good friend visited and said it smelled faintly of trash.  The downside to being built from shipping containers?  Whatever it was, it didn’t sound appealing to me.

A couple of months ago, I went for a drink and fell in love with the patio.  Then last week, the weather was beautiful and I was in the mood for tacos.  It seemed like the perfect time to visit El Rey.

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I’m impressed and it definitely didn’t smell like trash. My husband and I had dinner and cocktails and it was yummy.  I had a few tacos:  the el pastor (pork + pineapple=delicious) and a fish taco.  My husband had a few tacos (carne asada and ceviche) then an enormous plate of nachos.  He was not successful in eating it all but he loved every bite.  My only complaint is it’s loud.  While concrete floors and corrugated steel look cool, it bounces noise everywhere.  We were sitting at a 2 top outside and I had to yell to have a conversation. While it’s not a deal breaker (it was Friday night happy hour..come on!  Yell a little), after an 2 hours I was ready to roll.

Nonetheless, I’ll be back.  The service was wonderful, the food was good and the drinks were strong.  Everything you want in a local taco place!

El Rey Taqueria + Mexican Beer Bar  919 U St NW Washington, DC 2001

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March was my eight year anniversary of living on U St. Corridor.  While the landscape has changed, the vibe has not.  Here are my 8 favorite things about my ‘hood.

9-30 club1. The 9:30 Club.  It’s one of the best music venues in the city and it’s literally across the street.  I love that I can wander over there on a random Tuesday and hear something spectacular.

farmers market fruit2.  The farmer’s market on Saturday’s May-November.  I haven’t been able to go this year because of work and I’m not a happy camper.  I love the rows of seasonal fruit and vegetables, the bakery stand and the Amish farmers pedaling their organic pork and beef.

u-st-metro-stop3. The Metro is a two block walk. I rarely ride the Metro but when I do, I’m glad I don’t have to schlep twenty minutes to a stop.

2120 Verm rooftop 4124. The roof top deck of my building.  It’s stunning and I love sitting up there with a book and a glass of wine.

u st rest gif5. The multiple bars and restaurants in the ‘hood.  I can walk in any direction and there’s great options.  The best part-new places open constantly!yes market

6. While most of DC is obsessed with the Trader Joe’s down the street, I love Yes! Organic.  I run in, grab whatever stuff I need and run out.  gallagher-and-graham7. Gallagher and Graham is a locally owned spirits shop that sells beer, wine and alcohol.  What else do you need?

8.  The Lot at Atlantic Plumbing.  While I know this won’t be around forever (it’s where the new Whole Foods will be built), it’s fun to wander over and check out the events. The video above is from a couple of weeks ago when they had karaoke. While this lady was wonderful, the people who followed were not.  Life on U St.!

What do you love about your neighborhood?

 

 

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I love living in DC.  I love my friends, my job and most of all, DC itself.  While city living isn’t for everyone, I find it fascinating.  I like parking my car and walking down the street to the post office, the farmer’s market and the dry cleaners.  I enjoy trying new restaurants and bars.  I’m constantly impressed with the endless free activities all over the city. I find it hilarious to catalog the strange (hello guy walking his parrot). It’s the last week of summer and DC is dead because everyone is on vacation.  Traffic is manageable, the restaurants and bars aren’t clogged with people…it’s so refreshing!  Next week, Congress will be back in session and the Fall grind will begin.  Meanwhile, I’m enjoying having the city to myself. What do you love about where you live?

 

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