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DIY Fun: Lamp Making

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If I had cable I would be completely addicted to home improvement shows. And I would probably be broke trying out everything on my own at home. In the absence of cable, I have found a love for flipping through craft books and bookmarking things for rainy days when I am feeling the need to pull out the hot glue gun and get creative.

With two weeks off around Christmas and New Years, I finally found some of that down time and chose a project that has been on my list for far too long -lamps for the sideboard in my dining room. The chandelier gives decent light but this is an interior room that can sometimes feel too dark. After feeling uninspired by options in stores, I came up with an idea. I had a really cool bourbon bottle that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away because I liked the look of it so much. And it just so happened to be the perfect shape for the base of a lamp! Continue reading



I have a confession: I am becoming disenchanted with brunch.

There are many things I still love about brunch, and it remains a frequent part to my weekends. It is still one of my favorite ways to see friends on the weekends, especially when our schedules have gotten so insane with families, traveling, etc. It’s great to be able to catch up over a two-hour brunch and still have your whole day ahead of you. And let’s not forget one of the more popular reasons to love brunch: it’s one of the few times it’s acceptable to drink before noon.

But it’s been awhile since I have had a brunch that has been worth writing home about. Last week, as I read yet another post by someone who thinks brunch is overrated, I found myself agreeing with the author. Continue reading

Taste of the Nation Kicks Off With Brunch on March 3

Taste of the Nation has always been one of my favorite events in DC.  It brings together great restaurants and chefs, and supports a great cause: Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which includes support for our local beneficiaries Capitol Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions and Mary’s Center.  The one thing that has always been missing is brunch.  Well, until this year.

On Saturday, March 3, Taste of The Nation will hold a Pre-Event Brunch at Jack Rose (2007 18th St., NW) from 12:30 until 3:00pm.  A group of chefs, mixologists and baristas will come together to create everything on the brunch table, all with the united goal to raise additional funds and awareness towards ending childhood hunger in America. Continue reading

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Abby, the winner of the complimentary brunch for two at Asia Nine!

And thank you to everyone who left comments!  Happy brunching!

brunch at Senart’s Oyster House

When Senart’s Oyster House opened on the Hill, I knew I found a new favorite dinner spot.  The oysters were delicious, the meats were juicy, and the soup was excellent. And then the chef mentioned something about brunch…yes, it was time to come back for another visit.

Senart’s serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10am, which is perfect for those weekends that are jam packed with, say, an early afternoon bridal shower in Baltimore, which meant I needed to hit the road by noon.   Continue reading

Mimosa or Bloody Mary?

One of the best things about brunch is that it is one of the only times it’s socially acceptable to drink before noon.  There are many drinks to choose from but the two most popular — the mimosa and the Bloody Mary — are the subject today.  I know a lot of people who love one and hate the other.  So what’s your preference on a Sunday morning?


Thanks, Capital Cooking!

In case you missed it, Lauren DeSantis of Capital Cooking profiled me and brunch and the city on her site this morning.  You can read the full post on her site.

Happy 4th of July!

image by Pink Sherbet Photography on Flickr

Are you looking to finish off your 4th of July weekend with a delicious brunch?  Many of the Saturday/Sunday options may not be open on Monday the 5th, but you’re still in luck — this city has a growing list of places that serve breakfast every morning of the week, making them great choices for a lazy holiday from work.  Here are a few options to get you started:

This list is far from complete, so just call ahead if you have a certain place in mind that I haven’t listed here.  And keep in mind that many places only serve breakfast until 10 or 11 am on weekdays, so don’t sleep in too much!

Restaurants "Unleashed" Week – The Brunch Specials

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is holding a week of restaurant specials March 1-7, many of which include brunch specials!  I’ve got your brunch round up right here, and if you’re looking for recommendations for the best deals on lunch or dinner, check out the top picks from Amanda at Metrocurean and Katie at We Love DC.  The full list of specials can be found in this PDF.  A lot of these are out in Virginia but if I hear of any more in the city during the week I will be sure to add them.

  • Darlington House
  • Extra Virgin Modern Italian Restaurant
  • Gordon Biersch
  • The Grille at Morrison House
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar
  • Hudson Restaurant and Lounge
  • Mie N Yu
  • PassionFish
  • Urbana Restaurant
  • Vinifera

Today's LivingSocial Deal: Co Co. Sala

If you haven’t already discovered LivingSocial and Groupon Deals, go sign up for updates or start following them on Twitter.  There have been some great deals and they seem to be continually expanding.  One of your favorite restaurants or stores is bound to pop up, and then you save money at places where you’re already spending it!  Pretty simple, really!

Today’s deal is at Co Co. Sala, which happens to have a great Sunday brunch!  (You can read my review of Co Co. Sala’s brunch here)  If you sign up through this link, you get 5 Deal Bucks to spend on your first purchase. When you spend that first $5, I get 5 Deal Bucks too!  So go buy it, enjoy a great brunch (or dinner, dessert or happy hour!), and spread the word!

Full disclosure: LivingSocial asked me to pass along this deal to my readers.  The incentive that I get Deal Bucks sure doesn’t hurt, but I figured it was a good one to share since I do love Co Co. Sala and their brunch.