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brunch classes at Hill's Kitchen


After taking the breakfast baking class and hounding the owner of Hill’s Kitchen enough, she has scheduled not one but two brunch classes this fall!  So now’s your chance to come perfect your brunch-making skills.  And while you’re there, shop around a bit.  This kitchen store has been a fantastic addition to the Hill.

Brunch for the Lazy $45
Sunday, October 18, 11a

Need to totally impress some brunch guests, but also, meh?  This is the class for you.  We are starting off with the proper way to make both the Bloody Mary and the Mimosa, both often ruined by unloving hands.  Then we’ll cover how to make a good frittata, buttermilk pancakes, fresh blueberry compote, hash browns fried with bacon, and fruit salad that people actually like and don’t just eat out of politeness.  We will also discuss how to pre-make everything above so that you can get tipsy with your guests while brunch basically makes itself.  Join us!

Brunch for the Ambitious $45
Saturday, October 31, 11a

Do you love breakfast, but wish that you could justify serving it for lunch (or dinner) every day?  Become a Breakfast Ninja and you can serve it any time of day and no one will say a thing.  This class covers the amazing yet scary Eggs Benedict, Crispy Waffles with Seasonal Fruit Compote, and Blinis served with Gravlax and Horseradish (gravlax is like lox or smoked salmon).  And because we’re ambitious, we are going to make our own Bloody Marys from scratch, as well as learn how to cure our own bacon and gravlax, poach eggs, and make our own fruit syrups.  Breakfast is the new black.

For a full listing of fall classes, go to

Screen on the Green schedule announced

The schedule for the four Screen on the Green movies has been released.  All four are old classics that you’ve heard mentioned many times but have likely not seen (or at least in a long time).  Everyone worked hard to bring the outdoor movie series back, so make sure you get it on your calendar and remember to go!

  • July 20, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • July 27, Dog Day Afternoon
  • August 3, On The Waterfront
  • August 10, Rebel Without A Cause

Happy 4th of July!

I usually watch the fireworks from DC, but decided to check them out from the river in Virginia this year.  A few friends and I walked down the bike path from Rosslyn to a great spot just past Roosevelt Island – the view was gorgeous and definitely worth the hike.  I love fireworks and seeing them reflected off the water just made them that much more beautiful.  The full set of pictures can be found on my Flickr page, but here are a few highlights.

4th of July favorite: concert rehearsal at the Capitol

When I was a kid, we would go to the Capitol to watch the fireworks and listen to the concert held on the west lawn.  That was “back in the day” when security was not such an issue and you could get in and out pretty quickly and easily.  Today, with the security check points causing longer lines, I am not so inclined to deal with the holiday crowds.  But a free concert with a gorgeous view is always nice, which is why the July 3rd dress rehearsal for the Capitol Fourth Concert at the Capitol is so ideal.  There were lines when we showed up at 7:40 (for an 8pm start) but they were not too long and moved pretty quickly.  We were there too late for a great view of the stage so we went to the top of the hill where we could see just enough of the stage, and have a good view of the big screens and the Washington Monument.  We pulled out our wine grape juice that was in a thermos, some dinner that we packed up as our picnic, and spent the evening listening to music and watching a gorgeous sunset in the Nation’s capital.  What more patriotic way can you kick off your 4th of July holiday?

See more pictures here.

Eastern Market Reopens Today!

More than two years after a fire destroyed Eastern Market, the big reopening is finally here!  The fire was devastating to Hill residents – the market was the heart of the neighborhood, and losing it was like losing part of our homes.  My mom owned a toy store across from it when I was growing up, so my earliest memories include the old market.  Needless to say, waking up to live footage of the flames was heartbreaking.  Thankfully, the community and city rallied around the historic site and renovated it to something more beautiful than any of us remember.

The Market officially opens today, with a ribbon cutting at 10:30.   The official celebration will be tomorrow, so come on by!  I was asked to volunteer as a docent and will be giving tours of the Market from 2pm until 4pm.

In training to be a docent, I learned more about the history of the market than I ever imagined existed.  If you’re interested in it’s impressive and long history, read my post at  And then come get a tour tomorrow to find out even more!EMFlyer

Screen on the Green is Saved!


It looks like the efforts to save Screen on the Green actually worked!  I just got this press release from HBO: Continue reading

a recessionista favorite: Jazz in the Garden

photo by M.V. Jantzen on Flickr

photo by M.V. Jantzen on Flickr

While it is somewhat customary to hightail it out of town to the beach on Memorial Day weekend, I cannot think of a more dreary way to spend the start of my summer than stuck in traffic on my way to a jam-packed beach.  So, I usually choose to stay in town to enjoy a long weekend of fun in DC.  To start my long weekend this year, I packed a picnic and met a bunch of friends at the Sculpture Garden for the kick off of Jazz in the Garden, one of my favorite free summer concerts in the city. Continue reading

Outdoor Movie Nights

photo by riacale on Flickr

photo by riacale on Flickr

Yesterday, We Love DC broke the sad news that HBO is pulling it’s sponsorship of Screen on the Green, news that quickly sparked the birth of a Facebook group called “Save Screen on the Green!”  The outdoor movie festival has been a long-time favorite summer activity in our dear city and will be sorely missed – you just can’t beat that gorgeous backdrop.  But do not fret for too long, as there are enough alternatives around the area that you can basically see a different movie outside every night from May through September. Update: Screen on the Green is Saved!

  • No one else seems to be covering this in their outdoor movie guides but I’m more than happy to share it here – The Capitol Riverfront BID, which showed baseball-themed movies last summer, is running with an 80’s theme this year.  Every Thursday night from June 4 – August 6, at Tingey Plaza in SE, right by the ballpark.
  • NoMa’s Screen Festival returns again this year with “Music in Pictures,” featuring films about musicians and bands. Wednesday nights from June 10 – July 29, at L Street Between 2nd and 3rd Streets in NE.
  • Crystal City’s Crystal Screen is showing Superhero movies this year on Monday nights from May 4 – September 23 in the courtyard at 18th and Bell Streets, across from the Crystal City Metro.
  • The Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival is showing 80’s movies (these groups need to start coordinating their themes to avoid overlap! Last year it was all Bond, this year is all 80’s) on Fridays from May 1 – September 4.
  • And if Rockville isn’t too far out of the city for you, The 13th Annual Comcast Film Festival acts as a fundraiser for NIH Children’s charities. August 14 – 21 at the Mansion at Strathmore.
  • Update: DCist lists a few more options that are out in the ‘burbs.

So there you go, Tuesday night is the only weekend when you cannot find an outdoor movie showing.  Not too shabby, even without Screen on the Green!  Now throw in Jazz in the Garden, and the many free summer concerts in the area, and you’ve got a jam packed summer schedule.  So pack a picnic, a blanket to sit on, and enjoy all that summer in DC has to offer.

Evening Parade at the 8th & I Barracks

This is one of those events that I tell people they need to see at least once while living in DC.  Every Friday evening in the summer, the Marines at the 8th & I Barracks put on the Evening Parade, a performance featuring the President’s Own U.S. Marine Band, the Commandant’s Own U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, and the amazingly impressive Silent Drill Platoon.  And always a crowd favorite, an appearance by Chesty XIII, the Marine Corps’ English Bull Dog mascot.

So what’s the big deal about some marching bands and a big crowd of Marines?  Part of the appeal is visiting the Barracks, which is the oldest post of the Corps in the United States.  The Commandants’ house, on the north side of the Barracks is one of the most beautiful residences in DC, and is the oldest continually inhabited residence in Washington, DC.  Yes, even beating out the White House.  Apparently when the British were invading the city in 1814, they spared the Commandants’ house…several theories are floated around to explain it but I’m not sure anyone knows the real reason for sure. Continue reading

Taste of 8th this Saturday!


Full disclosure: I’ve been working with Barracks Row Main Street to help with a few of their annual events, including this one. So, yes, this is some shameless self-promotion, but it’s only because I am truly excited about this event on Saturday!

Taste of 8th is, well, exactly what it sounds like: a chance to get a taste of the many many restauants on 8th Street SE, which is also known as Barracks Row (because of the Marine Barracks, for those of you who are not familiar with the area).  The event is this Saturday, April 25, from 1pm-4pm.  Tickets are $5 or 5 for $20.  Each ticket will get you one tasting at any of the participating restaurants and can also be entered into a raffle for prized from the merchants on 8th Street. We’re also offering $3 tasting tickets for kids under the age of 10.

10 years ago when I left DC for college, this stretch of Capitol Hill was anything but a destination.  Most of the storefronts were boarded up and there was a good bit of crime.  There were a few restaurants on the blocks closer to Pennsylvania Avenue, but not many.  By the time I moved back after college, several stores and restaurants opened, and the city was working with the neighbors and the Marine Barracks to get the street cleaned up.  Now, you’re hard pressed to find parking on a Friday or Saturday night because all of the bars and restaurants are so packed.  And it’s not just because of a few hyped up bars.

The pides and hummus at Cafe 8 are currently one of my favorite things to get for dinner, the margaritas at Las Placitas are hard to resist, especially when sitting on their patio in 80 degree weather, and Fusion Grill has a great menu that keeps getting good reviews from my friends who stop by there.  Some more recommendations for Saturday: Levi’s is rumored to have the best macaroni & cheese in the city (I’ll have to test that one out for myself this weekend), Belga Cafe usually throws in a free beer with your tasting, and Cava will have a table set up with a preview of their menu (they will have their grand opening the next week).

So if you haven’t been to the neighborhood lately, or if you’d like a chance to try a few new places for not a lot of money, come on over!  A full list of participating restaurants can be found here. And if you want to get the scoop on other events and news, become a fan of our Facebook page!