partying, partying, yeah.

well, not exactly partying…
but Jeff and I did celebrate our anniversary in our favorite way: with food! literally, our Monday went something like this…

Jeff: “what should we do today?”
me: “well, what are we doing tonight?” (I knew Jeff made reservations)
Jeff: “eating lots of food… but i have an idea for lunch.”
me: “Chipotle!!!!”

so, yes, we drove thirty minutes to the nearest Chipotle and were quite pleased with ourselves (and in case you were wondering we both got veggie rice bowls, and between the two of us we ordered all the salsas). then we went home, got dressed up, snapped some photos under the arbor where we were married (which you can see here and which will make an appearance again in our next installment of wedding photos later today)……and then we hopped on the train to head into the city, as we so often do. our first stop was Caravan of Dreams, where we enjoyed “live” beet ravioli with walnut and sun-dried tomato filling and hemp mint cilantro pesto (i mean seriously, what!?), seitan taquitos with guacamole and pineapple and the best lemony kale ever, and “live” pizzetta with cremini mushrooms, avocado, cashew cheese, and pumpkin seed crust. this may all sound crazy and odd to you, but i seriously cannot say enough good things about this food. we also had one of the greatest carrot cakes ever. if you live in the city, go there now. and then thank us. [FYI: “live” means raw, indicating that it is unprocessed, uncooked, and usually organic.] despite helping ourselves to dessert at Caravan of Dreams, there was a final spot to hit up before heading home: One Lucky Duck. not only is it an adorable space (an extension of Pure Food and Wine, in case you’re wondering), but if I wasn’t really full I probably would have wanted to order the entire menu. instead, we conceded to ordering a mint sundae… and it.was.amazing. i think i had a dream about it. chocolate, fresh mint, and mint chip ice creams, with mint chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce and vanilla cream. oh yeah, and it’s all raw, by the way, so you can feel kinda good about eating it.i love how we celebrate. it was very “us” and so very fun. [sorry about the unfocused picture of us above; our flash wasn’t functioning properly.]


california dreaming…

over the weekend, Jeff and I were reminiscing about how much we loved staying at the carneros inn a few years ago and how we so wished we were there now instead of studying for exams. then, coincidentally, Alaina over at LiveCreatingYourself blogged raved yesterday about how much she loved this place, too. that prompted me to dig around for these old photos from our august 2009 trip. (since i was 9 years old there have only been one or two California-less years, due to my dad’s work events, and friends and family who are based there; in more recent years, there have even been biannual trips since Jeff’s dad lives there now. sadly, there was no 2010 california visit, but we’re hoping to make it west soon! and definitely swing by Carneros again).

[all photos ours, …and p.s. i loved that red mug from the Boon Fly Cafe so much that i bought it so it could come home with me. it makes everything taste better.]

more D.C. snapshots

Washington Monument; National Portrait Gallery; Smithsonian American Art Museum

National Gallery of Art; sunset on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol

vegan soul food at Vegetarian Soul Cafe in Shaw; Sticky Fingers cinnamon bun; Sean and root beer at Sticky Fingers Bakery in Columbia Heights

National Gallery of Art – East Building, admiring the Rothko’s; friends in front of the pretty American flag exhibition at the National Museum of American History
beautiful display of goods at Baked and Wired; delicious Sprinkles cupcakes (ours had the cute “v” for vegan red velvet – seriously amazing. we love food. but we also love our friends and had such a fun time meeting up with them for the weekend. we’re hoping for more little trips like that in our future!)

providence and back.

we took a quick trip to Providence last weekend for Jeff’s work. we scarfed down delicious vegan sandwiches at nice slice (the pizza looked amazing too), wandered the streets and enjoyed the pleasant weather, explored the RISD museum of art (so beautifully curated!), sat for a few hours at cafe choklad with a soy chai, and then booked it out of there to avoid traffic, with some falafel from east side pockets in hand. i have loved dark grey homes with bright yellow doors for quite a while now. it’s nice to see it in action at this providence residence and so well executed. just the right shades complimented by the lovely classic home. i definitely want to return to the RISD museum of art. it was so nice.

birthday bread.

for Christmas a year ago, our dear friend Sheila offered to teach us how to make bread. somehow we never got around to a lesson in 2010, so to start this year off right, we planned a bread-making session for my birthday. Sheila has been making all types of breads for many years, so she selected one of her favorites (made with potato and rosemary) for our first lesson. this was such a fun way to spend part of my (24th) birthday. while we waited for our bread to rise and bake, we enjoyed delicious stew with quinoa, and mini carrot cakes to celebrate both of our birthdays. the aroma of baking bread is one of the most amazing smells ever.
the bread was so delicious and cozy and satisfying. we wanted to eat it all right away but we did our best to resist the temptation. we now have big bread-making plans for our future. we hope to be that type of family whose house always smells like warm bread and has fresh loaves in the freezer.

the night before Christmas…

…the stockings were hung by the “chimney” with care…
… I finished preparing one of my favorite Ina Garten recipes from Barefoot in Paris: yellow and red beets made with orange, raspberry vinegar, and thyme…
…and we celebrated Jeff’s 23rd birthday!! we ate a delicious dinner at Elements with my parents and then opened presents by the fireplace! don’t his presents (and my socks) look good?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, wonderful husband, Jeff! and MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!