riveting rooms

How amazing is this room?  The perfect classic couch.  That striking chandelier.  The lucite and gold table.  I love good design! image via andre...
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fall fun

Something about the crisp weather in September and October makes me want to entertain.  My inspiration? The Fall recipes in the latest Bon Appétit.  We're having a few folks over for dinner tonight and I'm making a Gâteau Breton aux Pommes.  It's just a fancy way of saying "apple cake" but it's looks really impressive, non? More on that next week.  Meanwhile, have a fantastic...
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‘hood happenings

Back to reality and back to what's been happening in the 'hood.  Links top to bottom: CJDC, POP, TWP,...
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chicago

Chicago was a perfect weekend escape.  After a rocky start, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Our travel day was horrendous.  All flights were grounded in and out of Chicago due to a bad weather.  We were supposed to arrive at 12:30 pm and instead arrived at 5pm.  Cue a large cocktail at the Pump Room at The Public.   Our first evening in town we had reservations at The Bristol which is billed as an "American restaurant."  That translates to fresh, seasonal food that is absolutely divine.  My favorite dishes were the watercress, hazelnut, shaved apple, fennel and celery root salad and the cavatelli with broccoli rabe pesto.  Don't you want to hop a flight to Chicago right now??  My husband, who is super critical, raved (RAVED! even posted something on Facebook that was positive) about the meal.  It was, hands down, the best meal of the trip. My second favorite meal was breakfast at Little Goat, the casual diner from Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard.  I had the best cinnabun of my life (see yesterday's photos), the cocktail menu was called "Hair of the Goat" (hahaaa) and my husband ate a dish called "Bulls Eye French Toast"… French toast with a perfectly poached egg in each slice topped with fried chicken, strawberries and maple syrup (holy shit was it good).   While on vacation, my husband and I always enjoy a few cocktails.  The current hot spot in Chicago is The Aviary.  Equal parts cocktail lounge and science lab, it's an original experience.  Drinks are concocted carefully so flavors meld as the ice melts.  No two sips are exactly alike. The presentation is dramatic.  My husband's drink involved several pieces of lab equipment and a flame (!). It's reservation only and a scene but well worth the hassle.   Chicago also has great shopping.  Michigan Ave., the main drag of the city, has all the big box stores.  What's more fun is the small, locally owned shops like P.O.S.H.   Full of flea market finds and china, it's a unique home store.  I could have spent hours in there pouring over the old maps and sorting through their inventory. There were tons of little stores I wanted to explore but it didn't happen. Next trip!  Besides eating, drinking and shopping, we also did a few touristy things.  We walked around Millennium Park and took the requisite photo of ourselves in...
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technical difficulties

*@#$ computer and internet.  I was 95% complete with my post about Chicago when my computer froze and I lost it.  I give up.  Here's a few images via instagram until I stop cussing.   right to left clockwise:  best cinnabun of my life from little goat, windows at public hotel, beautiful sunset saturday night, masses of glittering...
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riveting rooms

Mondays after a mini-vacation are no fun.  It's back to the gym and the grocery. No more lattes in the lobby. The photo above is from Public Hotel, where we stayed this weekend.  It's a beautiful space.  This room was my favorite with the curved arches and cool windows....
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windy city adventure

No big post today because I'm visiting Chicago for the weekend. We're staying at the swanky Public Hotel and have big plans.  There's an art show on the Pier. There will be a boat tour.  There will be lots of delicious meals.  There will be multiple cocktails.  I will relax....
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latest and greatest

top to bottom:   pan tomate with chorizo and manchego tastes just like a fancy pepperoni roll.    I'm in love with my new turquoise office lamp from Urban Outfitters. My annual condo board meeting was held at Veracruz Art Gallery/Bar..how cool is that mural? I am obsessed with my new Fall nail color.  Marc Jacobs came out with a line of nail polish that's super shiny and chip resistant.  I purchased the 130 Sally (iridescent blackened green) and it's so pretty.     all photos via instagram.  follow...
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g sandwich

When G Sandwich opened, I did a happy dance.  FINALLY…a neighborhood joint where I could get a decent sandwich. The sandwich shop is the latest endevour from Mike Isabella (Graffiato, Kapnos, Top Chef) and opened the last week of July. I'm a big fan.  I always get the roasted turkey sandwich with fresh spinach, giadiniera (a pickled vegetable topping that's mostly chopped carrots and onion) with lemon-thyme mayo.  Yea.  It's yummy. This time, my husband ordered the suckling pig sub with mustard greens, spicy apple mostardo and provolone. He also ordered the homemade rosemary potato chips (so.damn.delicious).  Although he thought it was good, he also thought it needed more acid (yes, these are the type of conversations we have at lunch).  So he wrapped it up and took it home.  He then proceeded to devour it after he doused it with sirracha and hot banana peppers.   In the past, my husband has also ordered the Italian Sub.  Which he liked except for the mayo and eggplant (which also led to a rant on Facebook about how "real" Italian subs don't include mayo.  This guy.  Food critic or pain in the ass.  I can't tell most days). However you feel about my husband's peccadilloes regarding G's sandwiches, they're quality.  I'm super excited to have it within a couple of blocks of the house. Not to mention, Wed-Sunday they have a $40 tasting meal that's 3 courses and features Italian dishes.  Go visit! G Sandwich 2201 14th St, NW  WDC 20009  ...
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district flea

On Saturday, the newest flea market to hit DC opened it's gates.  District Flea, from the same organizers as the Brooklyn Flea, is located at 945 Florida Ave, NW. It will run until October 19th and feature food, vintage clothing and furniture plus various artists peddling their work.   The District Flea is literally across the street from my condo.  Saturday was a fantastic day to be outside and I thoroughly enjoyed wandering around the booths. I purchased a hand drawn map of DC for the foyer. I saw a lot of great mid-century modern furniture and vintage clothes.  There was a lot of hilarious people watching and hipsters galore.  If it's successful, the organizers will continue it in the Spring. Go check it out!...
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riveting rooms

How clever is this accent wall?  It's a simple way to add color and interest without having to spend a ton of money.  Think how cute this would be in a kid's room!   photo via Jessica Helgerson Interior...
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new listing!

2001 12th St, NW #214 Washington, DC 20009 775 sf | $299 condo fee | $2,916 yearly taxes list price: $445,000 Spacious, sunny corner 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo with an open floor plan in the Lincoln.  Granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, new Bosch dishwasher, recessed lighting, stackable washer/dryer, new hot water heater, garage parking spot and a balcony overlooking the courtyard.  Building amenities include exercise room, party room, roof deck and a concierge. Steps to the U St. Metro, retail and restaurants. 98 walk score.  Open Sunday from...
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