Thursday, May 22, 2014

food chick chatter - May 22

Hey! Good Morning to you.

Last night I met a 6'11" man named Mustafah. My girlfriend is going to make him her "boo" *cracking up*

Also, last night I danced to reggae/dancehall music, I love to dance! And I am a music fanatic. The house reggae band was on break but a DJ was playing great tunes. I had the entire dance floor to my myself and was doin' my thing getting lost in the tunes. A man joined me on the dance floor and began to lead me in Swing dance. I don't really know Swing but I can fake the footwork, I dance Salsa . The fancy arm tricks, and turns are the same in the two dances. It was sooooo much fun Swing/Salsa dancing to reggae, and dancehall. A girl watching from the sidelines saw how much fun we were having and came over, looked at me and said, "I love Swing, can he do two?" I knew what she meant, our male lead didn't hear the question over the loud tunes so I repeated it for him. He smiled and granted our request by leading two ladies simultaneously through spins, turns, passes and more. We danced, spun, twirled, and laughed. Good people, good vibes.

For the last week, a woodpecker has been pecking at my house. It is VERY annoying and drives me CRAZY! He has an entire forest to peck the hell out of, leave my house alone you dumb (but very beautiful) bird! I know him/her pecking at the house means an insect problem for me but I can't deal with that right now. Too much other pressing stuff going on.

I'm craving Rappahanock Oyster's Tuna Tataki.

Oh I made a great tasting salad for breakfast--baby arugula, red and green leaf lettuce, matchstick sweet carrots, and Craisins tossed in a tiny bit of Organicville French Dressing. Arugula and lettuce courtesy of Homestead Farms, Millington, Md. They are supplying my veggies for the spring/summer harvest via this CSA program.

I think I am going to make a bigger effort...well effort, to learn Swing dancing. I looked into it before but my option was to go on a Friday night. That is usually Kizomba night. I really, really miss Latin Hustle lessons. That dance can fit any music and fold into other dances quite well. I just need a good lead who is able to do the fusion dance thing.

You know what I hate? I hate the Arboretum is no longer open every day of the year except Christmas. The National Arboretum is a not only a place of beautiful trees, plants, meadows, and wildlife, it is a wonderful place to bike, picnic, and take long contemplative walks. It's my favorite place to go in DC.

NPR All Songs Considered Question Of The Week: What's Your Go-To Windows-Down Song?
Love Plus One
by Haircut 100. Riding down a country road or on a winding road through a forest, in my road-trip car, this totally rocks!

My mom called. I guess I gotta call her back.

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What I'm listening to: it!
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


This is not the day I had planned. It started off well. I made a fresh pot of coffee--doctored up the icky Zeke's coffee with cardamom and nutmeg to create a tasty cup of coffee. Made myself a yummy breakfast with my veggie stash from Homestead Farms.

The delicious, organic veggie sauté consisted of baby bok choy, tender baby turnips, sweet onion and mushroom. My taste buds were thrilled and my tummy full, so I was all set to start my day. I stepped outside and Wham! I was hit full-force with tickled-scratchy throat, burning nasal passages, eyes that wanted to fall shut, headache; and, the onset of itchy skin. No, no...I cannot take another day of this. About face! I turned and went back into the house.

I have spent the last 40 minutes fixing myself. Rinsed off in the shower to remove allergens; flushed eyes with Alcon Tears Naturale Free; performed a rather lengthy nasal rinse; and, gingerly applied hydrogen peroxide drops to my ears. I don't have an ear infection but since the weekend, one of my nagging allergy symptoms has been a "tickle" feeling in my ears to accompany the tickled nasal passages and throat.

Aren't people supposed to grow out of allergies? I grew into mine and the symptoms get worse every year.

Hibernating in spring

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Super Mario - Food Art by Daryna Kossar

This takes patience.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sweet Treats at Union Market

Union Market
1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Hours: Tues-Fri 11-8, Sat-Sun 8-8

Co Co Sala Artisanal Chocolates

I stop by Co Co Sala to have the beautifully designed, creamy Pistachio Kulfi. It is the perfect thing to top off lunch. There is a lot of flavor in this little 1-inch square treat--the cardamon taste comes through strong right along with the pistachio flavor.

Last week I tried the Chocolate Enrobed Bacon. Yes BACON enrobed in chocolate. Nomnomnomnomnom! Guess what? The bacon is applewood smoked!

Dolcezza Gelato Factory

My newest pleasure when visiting Union Market is the Dolcezza Gelato Factory, right outside of Union Market. Mmmm...their gelato is creamy, fresh, and just good; not icky sweet. Truly refreshing. I have been to Dolcezza three times in less than one month. There may be a slight addiction happening here. Soon I will try something other than the Salted Caramel Gelato but right now I have a serious love affair with that flavor. Visit Dolcezza Factory website for hours of operation.

550 Penn St. NE., Washington, DC
Dolcezza has a gelato stand inside Union Market as well.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Scenes from Funk Parade DC

Funk Parade was held May 3, 2014, in the Shaw neighborhood of N.W., Washington, DC.

source: funkparade website

Photos: Washington, DC
I wanted to share these photos first thing Sunday morning but I had major technology problems that prevented me from accessing the photos. I ended up sharing many of the photos on twitter but there are still a few that are only posted here.

Funkateer plays Brazilian Cuica
I had such a good time at DC's U Street neighborhoods inaugural Funk Parade. 

Two words to describe it are: BIG FUN.

Myself and fellow Funkateers were cheering, chanting, and dancing as we marched up Vermont, to V Street and back down Ben Ali way to U street. Music for the parade was provided in many forms: Ballou High School Marching Band, several professional artists played traditional/well-known instruments, various parade participants played spoons, banged on buckets, shook rattles and maracas, and played unique instruments. I enjoyed seeing BicyleSPACE cyclists riding and blasting vintage funk music from a super-duper boom box.

U Street scenes and festivities:
Mural at alley-way where graffiti artists were at work

Graffiti/mural artists in the midst of creating

 Parade spectator with funky shoes

U Street Funkateers playing hard core funk music in the 1300 blk. 
They had massive particles of funk.

 Batala All Women Percussion Band at staging area waiting for Funk Parade to begin.

Ballou High School Marching Band, Washington, DC led the parade.

Everyone came all out for this event. People on roof tops, streets lined with spectators, and plenty of Funkateers marching for "One Love" and community.


Funkateer in Ben Ali Way shaking an African instrument.

The parade marches down Ben Ali Way in front of the Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown mural.

FlashMop getting down and funky.
"FLASH MOP is DC's lean, mean (-- actually, pretty friendly), pop-up, civic clean-machine."

Batala All Women Percussion Band = phenomenal show-stoppers

I don't know how many musicians were in the Batala Band but there were A LOT. As the parade was winding down and Batala DC made it to U Street, the ladies commanded attention as they got down hard & funky playing at the entrance of a U street alley-way. The Batala DC performance caused folks to stop, and gather, and fill U Street! Batala DC are must see performers!

DC folks get funky and fill U Street blocking the westbound lanes, 1300 block U Street, DC.

Funky Divas dance in the westbound lanes of U Street.

I look forward to next year's DC Funk Parade.

The Mothership has landed.
Parliament Mothership

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