neighborhood guide: logan circle

Logan Circle is one of the most popular neighborhoods in DC.  The Whole Foods on P St. has anchored the neighborhood since it opened in 2000.  Shortly thereafter, condos, retail and restaurants followed.   Shop at Showroom 1412 and Timothy Paul Home.  I could spend hours in each of these stores.  Showroom 1412 offers art, new and vintage furniture and has the most amazing array of light fixtures.  Timothy Paul Home sells fancy bedding, unique pillows and home accessories. Eat at Estadio and Thai Tanic.  Estadio is the real deal.  It's one of the few Spanish restaurants in DC that tastes authentic (I know since I lived in Spain.) Thai Tanic is my go-to Thai restaurant.  It's nothing fancy, brightly colored and loud with excellent Thai food.   Drink at Churchkey and New Vegas Lounge.   If you're a beer lover, Churchkey is not to be missed.  They offer over 500 types of beer served by a knowledgable staff. New Vegas Lounge is a total dive.  It's not pretty but if you're in the mood for jazz and blues, this is your spot....
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preparation is key

This week has been busy with new listing appointments and meetings with buyers.  Which means I don't have anything ready for today beyond this little note. I'll be back tomorrow with my latest neighborhood guide: Logan Circle! *photo via...
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latest and greatest

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novel novels

Books that are strange and creepy instantly enthrall me.  Both of these tales qualify and you won't be able to put them down. Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is set on a remote island off of Wales. It's a fantasy so there's kids with extraordinary powers, time loops and monsters.  The Night Circus is a novel about a black and white circus that only appears at night and a fierce magical rivalry.    Each book has that element of super natural that entertains me endlessly.  If you're looking for something weird and wonderful, these two books should be added to your reading...
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riveting rooms

Have you seen Style Me Pretty Living, Style Me Pretty's new home site?  It's visually stunning and it's my new favorite blog.  This is a kitchen is from a beautiful home in Conneticut.  Usually, Hollywood Glamour is too opulent for me but when it's done right, it's amazing.  Plus you know I'm a sucker for a kick ass light fixture.   photo via Style Me Pretty...
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it’s official..

I'm old.  Yesterday, I bought a sleep number bed and I can't wait until it's delivered.   In my head, I'm still that 17 year old, charging down the soccer field, crushing people.  My body has it's own ideas and due to various aches and pains, I'm now wholeheartedly aware that I'm not that 17 year old after all. It's not a fun realization.  It's humbling and a little humiliating.  I guess I better get used to it because it's only going to get worse. I aspire to be like the ladies in my exercises class at Vida Gym.  Due to my aches and pains, I take a class 2 times a week called V-Fit.  It's a low impact weight class and it's really challenging.  It was initially started for the 60+ crowd but eventually all walks of life have started to show up.  There's people like me, pregnant ladies, people who are just starting to work out again and the amazing 60+ crowd. I hope when I'm 60+, I'm doing what these ladies are doing.  They look great, they work out hard and are amazingly spirited.  They never complain when our instructor invents new methods of torture (I mean exercise).   I love the class and I'm so glad Vida makes an effort to include our population.   Are you aware of aging?  How does it make you feel?  Resigned or elated?  So many part of getting older are amazing.  Although I'd like to have my younger body back, I'd never trade my current mind for my younger mind.  That old adage is correct:  a lot of things get better with age.       photo via...
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good eats: beef stew

Yesterday was the first day of Spring but it doesn't feel like it in DC.  Today, the high is 39 (!) and next week we're supposed to have snow.  So much for Spring. On the other hand, it's perfect weather for stew.  My husband makes this all winter and it's delectable.  I love his version because it's full of veggies and flavorful. Enjoy! Beef Stew   ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 lbs. boneless beef ribs cut into 1 inch pieces 4 tablespoons all purpose flour 3 large potatoes 4 large carrots, chopped or 2 cups baby carrots 1 lb. green beans 1 package sliced mushrooms 1 package grape tomatoes 2 stalks of celery, chopped 1 cup frozen peas 1 32 oz. beef broth 2 cups red wine 2 teaspoons each fresh rosemary, thyme, sage and bay leaf salt and pepper to taste preparation Preheat oven to 275 degrees. In a large dutch oven, add 3 tablespoons olive oil.  Salt and pepper beef then dust with 1 tablespoon flour.  Add beef to the pot. Saute until no longer pink, about 6 minutes.  Transfer beef to a bowl.  Add vegetables (except peas) and herbs to pot. Saute for 10 minutes.  Add broth, wine and beef to the pot.  Bring to a boil.  Then reduce to medium-low for 15 minutes.  Then turn off stove and place dutch oven, uncovered, into the oven. Leave in oven 2 hours.  After 2 hours, remove from oven, skim fat (if any) from top of stew.  Add remaining tablespoon of flour mixed with 1 tablespoon of water and stir into the stew.  Add peas.  Put stew back in oven for another hour.  After third hour, stew will be done.  Serve immediately.    ...
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‘hood happenings

links top to bottom:  Elevation DC, WTOP, POP, TWP photos top to bottom: Douglas Development, Mimi+Meg, POP,...
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it’s the little things

Most people wouldn't get excited about a new kitchen faucet but I do.  I loooovvvveeee it and did a happy dance around the kitchen once it was installed.  I know.  It's random but it's the little things that entertain me. It all started with a wonky toilet in the master bathroom.  It needed to be augered. In my world, that meant I should immediately order the kitchen and bathroom faucets that have been sitting in my Amazon.com shopping cart for the last year. I'm not showing the bathroom faucet because it's not nearly as thrilling as the kitchen faucet.   The kitchen faucet makes me think of when my brother and I used to wash dishes in our restaurant when we were kids.  When we started our jobs, I was 9 and my brother was 6.  I would scrape/rinse the dishes, load them in a rack and slide them into the dishwasher.  He would pull them out and unload them.  He always whined that he did more work when I knew I really did more.  But he was only 6 so I let it slide.  (I love my kid logic).  I immediately sent a picture the faucet to both my parents and my brother saying "what does this remind you of??"once it was installed. Anyway, this faucet makes me smile because it's new and shiny plus it makes me think of when I was little. That's a good combo and that's why I looooove it. kitchen faucet  (was super excited to save $299 on that bad boy.  'cause that's how I do it).  bathroom...
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riveting rooms

In honor of St. Paddy's Day, I thought a dining room with a green chair would be apropos.  (plus how major is that chandelier?) Did you have a good one?  I did absolutely nothing to celebrate and I'm ok with it.  Happy Monday! photo via...
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daikaya

Yesterday, my husband and I had a lunch date at Daikaya, the new ramen shop in Penn Quarter.  There's been a lot of hype about Daikaya and as we discovered, it's well deserved hype. Working from home does have some benefits.  I'd been reading that Daikaya had lines around the corner on their opening day and lines for lunch every day.  We decided to get there right as it opened…and there was still a line.   Once we were seated, it was very straight forward.  There are 4 choices of ramen.  I chose the shio ramen and my husband ordered the shoyo ramen.  The staff carefully explains the differences between the broths and what to expect:  this is a Sapporo style ramen with chewy noodles imported from Japan.   It was delicious!  The ingredients are wok seared and then the broth is added, giving each bowl an amazing depth of flavor.  I inhaled mine as did my husband. It's the best bowl of ramen I've ever sampled. One word of warning:  this is modeled on an authentic Japanese ramen shop. The idea is to eat and get going. We were there a max of 30 minutes from start to finish.  The staff doesn't rush you but the space isn't designed for a lingering meal.   Daikaya 705 6th St, NW WDC 20001  Hours: Sun-Mon 11:30-10|Tue-Thurs 11:30-11|Fri-Sat...
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real estate round up

links top to bottom:  UT, cnn.com, CJDC, Washington Post photos top to bottom: me, cnn.com, wp,...
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