sold! 916 G St, NW #802

916 G St, NW #802 Washington, DC 20001 1 bedroom | 1 bath 885 square feet | $450.59 condo fee list price: $494,500 sold price: $480,000 with a $14,400 seller credit DOM: 126 I represented the buyer on this transaction and she got a fantastic deal.  We stalked this unit for months which worked to her advantage.  In this particular case, the seller had moved out of state, the unit had been on the market 126 days and they were ready to sell.  A seller credit is virtually unheard of in the current DC market. Congrats to my client! I hope you enjoy your new home in Penn...
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latest and greatest

February was chock full of fun stuff.  I finally photographing my favorite door in DC (love it!). My husband gave me beautiful tulips for Valentine's Day (awww).  I explored  a few exhibits at the Building Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. I'm obsessed with the architecture in both museums. I'm finally feeling better too. Homemade chicken noodle soup is a cure all.  I can't wait to see what March...
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good eats | chicken noodle soup

This is a repost because I feel terrible today.  It's snowing (so.over.the.snow), my head is pounding and I want to go back to bed.  The saving grace of today is the vat of chicken noodle soup simmering on the stove.  My husband is a rock star. This was originally posted in December 2011. Nothing comforts me more than a bowl of chicken noodle soup.  I'll eat any version of it:  from a can, in a restaurant, or homemade. As soon as the first bit of nip hits the air, I'm looking for a bowl of broth, noodles and chicken.  This homeade adaptation is a 'lil something my husband and I whipped up.  He did the hard part:  boiled the chicken carcess to make the broth with onions, celery and carrots.  I added the fun stuff:  chopped chicken, star pasta and spinach.  Enjoy!  Chicken Noodle Soup 1 carcass of a grocery story roasted chicken, with meat separated 16 cups low sodium chicken broth   1/2 cup onion 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced 2 celery stalks,  sliced   1 cup frozen or fresh chopped spinach 1/3 cup star pasta 1 cup chopped chicken from store bought chicken 1 tablespoon basil 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes   Combine chicken broth and chicken carcass in a large pot.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about twenty minutes.  Using tongs, remove chicken carcass. Cool slightly and remove fat from the top of the broth. Return broth to a simmer.  Add carrots, onion and celery.  Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until vegetables soften, about 8 minutes.  Add spinach, basil, red pepper flakes and bring to a boil.  Add star pasta.  Boil until pasta tender.  When pasta tender, reduce until soup is simmering.  Add chopped chicken.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Serve...
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it’s one of those days

It's one of those days:  I'm getting sick, my head is killing me and I have absolutely no ideas for my post today.  Actually, I have a few but did not prep accordingly. Which is why we're going to talk about the Justin Timberlake 20/20 tour which was in DC last night.   I went (definitely DID NOT help my cold but whatevs..it's JT, people) and it was amazing.  I was never an N' Sync (in fact, I wrote IN Sync not N' Sync initially..duh) fan but I've always been a JT fan.  I've been insanely excited about this concert for weeks and the show was everything I expected. He is ridiculously talented.  I'm still dancing.  Did anyone else attend?  What did you think? If it's coming to your city, GO!  ...
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riveting rooms

This weekend held the first hint of Spring.  The weather was sunny and warm. I'm hoping the worst of winter has passed.  Nice weather is an instant mood booster for me and I want to spend as much time outside as possible. It makes me start dreaming about vacations in fantastic locals.  This room is from a wonderful villa in the Tuscan countryside.  I love the contrast of old and new. (That arched doorway and ceiling. So beautiful!) While Italy isn't a destination this year, my best friend from college lived there for years and I was able to visit often.  Where are you going this year? photo via Nuevo Estilo.  The rest of the house is bad ass...
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the fainting goat

New restaurant alert!  The Fainting Goat, located at 1330 U St, NW, opened in December.  The concept for the tavern, which took over the old Urban Essentials space, was announced in January 2013.  While the building out of the space didn't take long, the liquor license was delayed by the ANC.   The tavern is a good looking place with a rustic feel.  The menu is concise. I've been twice and I was pleased with the food.  Our service both times was excellent. My husband is completely obsessed with the pork fries, a pork terrine made out of head cheese which is shaped into fries and then finished in the fryer. This time, we ate the burger and a shrimp roll. On our first visit, we sampled the porchetta sandwich, romaine salad and the burrata.  I was impressed with their attention to detail: housemade mustard and ketchup for the burger. While everything wasn't a hit (I did not like my shrimp roll but that's me, not them), I'm excited there's another option on U St. Welcome to the 'hood! all photos by...
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delish dessert | flourless chocolate cake

On Valentine's Day, my husband and I had a dinner party instead of going out. I believe dessert should always be served when friends are over.  While often decadent, it's a wonderful excuse to try new recipes. This cake was amazing.  Flourless Chocolate Cake ingredients 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter cut into cubes, and 1-2 tablespoons extra to butter the pan1 pound of good quality bittersweet chocolate chips9 large eggs at room temperature, separated3/4 cup granulated sugarPowdered sugar for dustingFresh berries to garnish  preparation Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a bowl, and using a pastry brush or paper towel, grease the inside of a 9 inch springform pan. Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, then add the cubed butter to the chocolate and microwave in 15-20 second increments. Be sure to stir the chocolate and butter as you go and be careful not to burn the chocolate, or it will seize. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until pale yellow in color. Mix a little of the chocolate/butter mixture into the egg yolk mixture to temper the eggs. If you add all the chocolate at once, your eggs will scramble. After the eggs are tempered, add the rest of the chocolate mixture to the eggs. Using a hand-held mixer, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently add the egg whites to the chocolate mixture, folding them in with a rubber spatula. It’s important not to over mix or you will deflate the egg whites. Pour the cake batter into your buttered springform pan and bake until the cake is set and the top starts to crack. You will know it’s done once a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it. About 50-55 minutes depending on your oven. (Mine took 65 minutes to bake.  I have no idea why. Luckily, it was still delicious). Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before releasing it from the springform pan. I served the cake with fresh raspberries and powdered sugar.  It could also be served with vanilla ice cream, crème fraîche or raspberry sauce.  Recipe...
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‘hood happenings

links and photos top to bottom: urban turf, eater, urban turf, washington city...
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things to do | american cool exhibit

Who and what do you think is cool? It's a question that drives most industries: fashion, entertainment, music, interior design and technology. It's a question that shapes our psyche as a nation. That's what the American Cool exhibit discusses at the National Portrait Gallery.  I went over the weekend and it's an intriguing, fun concept.  I enjoy popular culture, trends and what's "new".  It's also fascinating to look back and see how we got here.  As the sign says, it runs till September 7th. Go check it out. photo via my iphone of a sign at the National Portrait Museum ...
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riveting rooms

I'm a detail girl.  I notice the tiniest things.  When I first saw this photo, I focused on the pillows.  Then I noticed that exquisite light fixture (you know me..always color and light fixtures first).  The best part about the room?  The octagon tile below the bar.  It's adds another texture but is unobtrusive.  Details.  They're so important. photo via arent &...
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besos

Happy Valentine's Day!  I'm hosting a dinner party tonight instead of going out and I couldn't be more excited. There's a porchetta in the oven (yum) and the flourless chocolate cake has been baked (recipes and photos next week).  It's going to be a great evening.  Have a wonderful day and smooches to your loved...
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sofa search

My brother is on the hunt for a new sofa.   His current couch isn't as comfortable as he'd like and it's wearing quickly.  He lives at the beach and has a dog that drools when she gets anxious.  The couch needs to be indestructible.  Comfortable and indestructible is a hard combo to find. Since I'm a class A lounger, I suggested he look for something with down filled cushions with a foam core.  Our couch has this type of cushions and I'll never buy anything else.  It's perfect for reading, napping and TV watching.  After running around town and sitting on sofas for him, these are my top 3 choices for his price range of $1300-$2000.   The Dunham sofa from West Elm for $1549 (currently on sale for $1316.00).   The Klyne II sofa from Crate & Barrel for $1499.00. The Jasper sofa from Room & Board for $1299. The Klyne II will need some time to break in because the cushions are a synthetic ticking vs. down.  Although I wasn't 100% on board with it, it was pretty comfortable.  Ditto for the Jasper sofa although it has down ticking.  I also encouraged him to shop in the local Charleston, SC furniture stores, but so far no luck....
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