latest and greatest

I'm glad today is the last day of January.  It's been a heck of a month.  Here's a few snap shots of my latest and greatest via instagram. Do you follow me on instagram?  It's not the same content as the blog and facebook so follow me! top to bottom:  my mr. gave me the prettiest flowers for taking care of him when he had his surgery.   the new sorg project on the corner of 10th and v st. has started demo.  it's going to be a 40 unit condo building. did you know you can get pho delivered?  we love pho viet.  had a home inspection this week for a lovely loft.  it went...
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shout out to my mr.

It's my husband's birthday today!  This guy had a rough month and I'm so happy he's on the mend.  Knee surgery and being sick is a hard way to begin a new year, but he's bouncing back.  Although we already celebrated once last weekend at the pop up restaurant, we're whoopin' it up again today.  I believe in big birthday celebrations.   Every year I give my husband a shout out because I wouldn't be successful without him.  He helps me stage listings when needed, he empathizes when deals go wrong, and he buys me champagne to celebrate closings.  He let's me take endless pictures of him, our food and our adventures for the blog.  I'm a lucky girl.  Happy birthday and thank you for everything you...
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things to do | pop up restaurant at your home

Last weekend, I went to a pop up restaurant at a friend's house.  It was a birthday celebration for my husband and a couple of friends. Eight of us attended.  A pop up restaurant, also known as a supper club, is a temporary restaurant.  We had a five course meal prepared by a professional chef.  As you can see from the pictures above, it was top notch. The chef who provided the amazing dinner is Sam Mitchell of Sam's Table.  He was recommended by another friend that's booked him for the last two New Year's Eves.  She gave him glowing reviews and I'm adding another. The concept is pretty genius.  You pick a date and time.  You decide how many courses you want.  Sam shows up at your house with all the supplies and prepares a kick ass meal.  You provide the beverages. Sam cleans up. You get to enjoy a wonderful experience in your home.  All together, it's a win-win situation. Our menu: butternut squash soup, granny smith apple, fried sage, spiced cream   capellini alla carbonara, black forest bacon, black truffle, poached quail egg, cauliflower chips   pan-roasted halibut, beets, blood orange, endive, sherry beurre blanc   pan-roasted pork loin, collard greens, barley risotto, fried parsnips, maple-prune sauce   chocolate fondant cake, peppermint stick ice cream           photos provided by 2 of the attendees via their iphones.  thank you for sending them to me and allowing me to use them!  i normally take my own photos but sometimes it's nice to just *enjoy* the...
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sold | 2004 11th St, NW #325

2004 11th St, NW #325 Washington, DC 20001 657 square feet | $2598 yearly taxes list price | $395,000 sold price | $395,000 My latest listing sold for full price and closed yesterday.  Congrats to my clients!  Sunny one bedroom with an open floor plan, 9' ceilings, new floors, new porcelain tiles in the foyer and bathroom, new carpet in the bedroom, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, stackable washer/dryer and a garage parking spot.  Building amenities include concierge, party and exercise room, court yard and roof deck.  Steps to U St. Metro, restaurants and...
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riveting rooms

The cold continues which is why this lovely Miami condo is my pick for this weeks riveting rooms.  While you can't see a lot of the living room, I'm captivated by the view of the water.  How gorgeous is it?  Another reason I love this place?  It was designed by DC's own Darryl Carter. His amazing store is on 9th St., NW in Shaw. Do not miss it. The rest of the place is stunning.  See the photos below from the Elle Decor shoot....
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noteworthy

Janaury, you're killing me.  How much snow and cold can one withstand?  I know it's "normal" but I wish it'd be a little less ferocious.  Yesterday, I thought it'd be a great idea to walk from my house to 14th St.  It's only a 20 minute walk but ARE YOU KIDDING ME??  My face almost fell off.  sigh.  On a postive note, it's sunny which always make me happy.  Let's move on to stuff that's more interesting. I've been wanting to add plants to our living space forever.  Our condo gets amazing light.  There's only one problem.  I kill everything.  Amber Interiors swears there are plants that could survive me and this is the perfect plant guide.  Did you see One Kings Lane just launched a resale marketplace called Hunters Alley?  Looks interesting.   An interior design website just for men?  Awesome! Need Super Bowl party ideas?  This one is pretty fab.  ...
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good eats | spicy pork and kale soup

To add insult to injury, my poor husband has the flu.  Last night, I made him spicy pork and kale soup with rice noodles.  It was hearty, warming and delicious. It's the perfect meal for when you have a cold or when you're freezing from the frigid weather. Enjoy! spicy pork and kale soup ingredients 2 pound ground pork 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, crushed 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 bunch of kale, torn (about 4 cups) juice from 2 limes 4 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoon fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam) 8 ounces wide rice noodles preparation Mix pork, garlic, ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, red pepper flakes, and cumin in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add pork mixture; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until browned and cooked through, 8–10 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until flavors meld, 8–10 minutes. Add kale, lime juice, soy sauce, and fish sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until greens are tender, 5–8 minutes; season with salt and black pepper. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Divide noodles among bowls and ladle soup over. Can also use mustard greens, beet greens or turnip greens. adapted from bon...
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novel novels

What have you been doing while it snows?  I've been reading and it's been fantastic.  Yesterday, I read two books and began another.  I know.  I read fast. That's why I go to the library.  My two favorites of late?  Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen and Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley.  I've been waiting for MONTHS for these two to be published.   Lost Lake is a beautiful book.  I'm a huge fan of Sarah Addison Allen's magical novels and this one is no different.  The characters are well developed and the story moves quickly.  It's about love, loss and second chances.   Splendour Falls is set in Chinon, France.  It's about treasure and history.  I find all of Susanna Kearsley's book interesting and this proved to be the case again.   What are you...
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‘hood happenings

SOOOOO many good things happening in the 'hood lately.  I'm most excited about the movie theatre across the street.  If we also get the proposed grocery store, I'm never leaving U St.   link and photos top to bottom:  washington post, urban turf, washington post, urban...
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riveting rooms

I day dream about the strangest stuff.  For instance, I would love to have a front door like the door in this photo. I live in a condo so allll the doors look exactly alike.  Boring. First, I love the color of the door.  Then, the texture and lastly, the silver hardware. The foyer is stunning too but for me, this photo is about that exquisite door. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!   image via sf girl by the...
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livin’ for the weekend

I've been living for weekends lately.  I'm not sure why. I haven't been doing anything exciting but there's always this sense of relief when Friday arrives.  It should be the opposite since I work on the weekends. Some how, I'm still stuck on that 9-5, Monday-Friday schedule even though I haven't worked those hours for YEARS.  Strange. The week was productive.  Signed a listing agreement (fist pump), met a new client at the Batter Bowl Bakery (above) where I had an excellent ham and cheese croissant, waiting to hear if a client is going to make an offer (fingers crossed), went to my first rolfing appointment, had dinner with the girls and my husband is on the mend.  It's been a great week!  A few things that caught my fancy: This detox tea is yummy.  I bet you never thought you'd see the words "detox" and "yummy" in the same sentence. I'm seriously impressed with Emily Henderson's progress on her new house.  I wish everyone had her vision when they encounter a fixer upper. This DC house is sick.  Check out the virtual tour for the crazy wallpaper (definitely a $1000 a yard) in the foyer.  WHOA. Makeover your kitchen in 5 easy steps. I helped a friend pick out some lights for her house and it was so.much.fun.  Isn't this perfect for an entry...
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good eats | turkey meatloaf

I've been cooking a lot since my husband had his surgery. Normally, he does the cooking so it's been both fun and annoying.  It made me realize I'm throughly spoiled.  While I've always appreciated it, coming up with meal options has given me a new respect for his creations.  It's hard! Turkey meatloaf is one of our go-to weekly options.  We eat a lot of ground turkey because it's heart healthy and lower in calories.  My favorite version is from Giada but I didn't have any pancetta.  Plus, her version isn't so healthy.  Instead, I tried a new recipe and it was delicious.  My favorite part? How it sneaks in a bunch of vegetables and still tastes yummy.  Enjoy! Turkey Meatloaf ingredients: 1/2 of an onion 1 garlic clove 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 medium carrot 3/4 pound cremini mushrooms 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon ketchup 3/4 cup bread crumbs 1 large egg white, lightly beaten 1 pound ground turkey (mix of dark and light meat) Preheat oven to 400°F. In a food processor, chop onion, garlic, carrots and mushrooms.  In a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat, add olive oil.  Add chopped vegetables to pan. Salt and pepper. Saute until onion is softened and liquid from mushrooms has evaporated, about 10 to 15 minutes.   Stir in Worcestershire sauce, parsley, and 3 tablespoons ketchup, then transfer vegetables to a large bowl and cool. In a large bowl, bread crumbs, ground turkey and vegetable mixture.  Add remaining salt and  pepper to vegetable mixture and mix well with your hands. (Mixture will be very moist.) Form into a 9- by 5-inch oval loaf in a lightly oiled 13- by 9- by 2-inch metal baking pan and brush meatloaf evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup. Bake in middle of oven until thermometer inserted into meatloaf registers 170°F, 50 to 55 minutes. Let meatloaf stand 5 minutes before serving. adapted from...
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