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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In mid December, Little Leaf, the sister shop to Salt & Sundry, opened.  This week was my first opportunity to visit and it’s as cute as pie.  ll 2

Full of potted plants and paper goods, it’s a wonderful addition to Mid City retail. Stop by when you get a moment!

1401 S St, NW

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The second location of Union Kitchen Grocery has opened in Shaw.  Located on the corner of 9th and N St, NW, the store features a coffee bar, house made sandwiches and a hot/salad bar. Many of the available grocery items are produced locally. You can also grab basic necessities like a bottle of wine. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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1251 9th St, NW Washington, DC

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Salt & Sundry is one of my favorite DC stores and they moved into a larger location at 1625 14th St., NW this week.  I popped in yesterday to check out the new location. Per usual, it was stocked with an assortment of stylish home accessories, jewelry and cool stuff for the pantry. In their old location at 1401 S St., NW, they’re opening Little Leaf.  Little Leaf will feature plants and paper.  It’s supposed to open mid December. I can’t wait!

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Holiday Market

It’s that time of year again! The downtown Holiday Mart is in full swing. I love jumping on the Metro, grabbing lunch and strolling through the Mart in search of gifts. The vendors are regional artisans and I always find something unique. They’re open noon to 8pm daily until December 23rd.

 

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clockwise: 1. bitters set $26 2. Keihl’s travel set $26 3. J. Linderberg golf shirt $84.99 4. Dopp kits $29.98

Two more days till Black Friday! Here’s a few ideas for the gentlemen in your life.

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no cook tomato sauceTomorrow might be October 1st but it still feels like summer in DC. This is the perfect pasta dish to use the last of your farmers market tomatoes and zucchini.  Enjoy!

spaghetti with no cook tomato sauce and pine nuts

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup blanched pine nuts
1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
12 ounces spaghetti or linguine
1 beefsteak tomato, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup basil leaves, divided
2 small zucchini (about 8 ounces), coarsely grated
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Freshly ground black pepper
1 ounce ricotta salata (salted dry ricotta), shaved

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.

Place cherry tomatoes in a large bowl; season with salt.

Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, puree beefsteak tomato, garlic, red pepper flakes, 1/2 cup basil, 3 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until smooth; add to bowl with salted cherry tomatoes. Add zucchini, spaghetti, pasta cooking liquid, 1/4 cup oil, and remaining 1/2 cup basil leaves and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper.

Divide pasta among bowls, drizzle with more oil, and top with ricotta salata and remaining pine nuts.

*sub gluten free pasta if needed.

*recipe adapted from epicurious.com

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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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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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cocova-extAll week I’ve had a hankering for chocolate. Today, I walked into Cocova and went nuts.  I told myself I was buying client gifts.  I was actually satisfying my chocolate craving and my curiosity about the shop.  Dinner guests occasionally bring their truffles for dessert so I knew it was delicious.  The shop itself is amazing.  It stocks artisanal chocolate from all the over the world plus the aforementioned truffles.  Stop by for your chocolate fix!

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truffles

4 pack of truffles for my husband.  From left to right, clockwise: burnt sugar carmel, a coffee truffle, a rosemary flavored chocolate and a whiskey flavored truffle.

 

Cocova  1904 18th St. NW  202-903-0346

 

 

 

 

 

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