Saturday, July 26, 2008

Gay or ....?

For a single girl in a big city like DC, you've got to have some guidance about dating. That's when you turn to your circle of friends - women, men, gay, straight, etc. There's got to be some level of definitive sexual orientation in my opinion. But hey, I'm in my 30's, and maybe that's all gone out of the window with the 20-somethings. All I know is, it's nice to know who you're sleeping with. I had this discussion at a recent neighborhood wine tasting. As the discussion went, "How do you know the guy you're sleeping with is gay/bisexual/experimenting/unsure/whatever?" Here are some questions a group of us came up with that could possibly be of use:

  • Does he have a rack of magnum condoms but is not so well-endowed?
  • Can he recite lines from Sex and the City?
  • Is he better at being Martha Stewart than the woman herself?
  • Does he like and request a finger up his ass?
  • Can he accessorize your outfit better than you?
  • Does he think the decision to sleep with a man is a matter of mere self control?
Just some thoughts. Any others?

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Gordon Biersch 20th Anniversary Party

In celebration of their 20th anniversary and their Sommergold beer, Gordon Biersch is throwing a party this Wednesday, July 23rd. Join them at their Gallery Place location at 9th and F Sts. NW for complimentary hors d' oeuvres featuring items from their Sommergold seasonal menu including: Shrimp and Crab, Asian Chicken Salad, Prime Burger, Roasted Half Chicken, and Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi. The party will be held in the Bar/Cocktail areas only.
Between now and August 3rd you can enjoy their seasonal Sommergold beer, a Kölsch style pale ale that is light and dry with just a hint of fruitiness. It's hot and sticky in DC which means, a it's a great time to try a new summer beer while it lasts! And I've always loved the space. It's convenient, airy, and spacious. Bring your friends. Cheers!

Location: 900 F St. NW, Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Time for a Vacation?

I'm beginning to believe my taste buds are trying to tell me something. For the past two months I have not only been craving strong flavors from far away places, but I have actually been cooking such dishes. And believe me, cooking does not happen often for me. Just a few weeks ago, I blogged about spending the weekend eating homemade lentil curry. A couple of weeks later, I found myself craving a spicy noodle dish called Dan Dan Noodles. I made my own version and boy, was my mouth on fire! But it was delicious.
Then, just the other day I was craving Greek. So, I decided I would use the ground lamb I bought from the Bloomingdale Farmer's Market and make lamb soft tacos. I seasoned the lamb with salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, lemon zest, onions, garlic, chili peppers, and plenty of fresh mint and oregano. I also made use of my mini food processor, which has been collecting dust, by making a yogurt sauce. Into the food processor went onions, parsley, cilantro, a little ginger, lemon juice, garlic, and chopped kosher dill gherkins. This mixture was added to some Greek yogurt and seasoned with salt and pepper. I loaded up the tortillas first with a little sour cream, the lamb, shredded green cabbage, cilantro, and the yogurt sauce. A few squirts of hot sauce (I like everything hot!) and I was done. Of course, I had to pair this meal with something. I was recently given a bottle of Selene Merlot, 2002 as a gift and it paired wonderfully with the lamb. I popped in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, kicked up my feet, and enjoyed.
Apparently, I need to make use of my passport and go somewhere. The question is, where? Greece, India, Southeast Asia....Suggestions?

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Affordable Summer Cocktails

In hard economic times like these, you have to have your priorities straight, right? Well, of course. And the first on the list if you're like me is figuring out where to go any day of the week for a good, cheap drink. The last thing you want to do is give up cocktail night with the girls. Lately, I've noticed a few I thought I would mention. And yes, it's always good when the place is within walking distance of your home.

Sundays at Merkado
Bring your own wine night - no corkage fee. If you love wine and have a favorite for under $10, this is the place for you! As we who eat out know, it's the alcohol that always hikes up the bill so, this is truly a bargain. And if you order the giant plate of nachos which are excellent for sharing, you're all set.

Corduroy Happy Hour
As Metrocurean recently mentioned, this newcomer to Shaw but known to many foodies for the past several years, is now offering a happy hour from 5-7 pm every weekday. It includes: $6 house wines, $7 cheese plate featuring 5 different cheeses, and $4 spring rolls. But just a glance at the amazing full menu will make you want to break the bank and stay for a 3-course meal!

This little Mediterranean gem now has a lovely patio. Here's their lineup of specials:
Tuesdays - 1/2 priced bottles of wine
Wednesdays: - $4 Sangria
Thursdays - $4 Mojito
Fridays - 1/2 priced Mussels


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Divorce Is In The Air

One of the things I love about being single is never having to worry about getting a divorce. Bad dates, bad breakups, heartbreak - yes. But attorneys, court proceedings, and dividing up property - no. Way too much to deal with. Divorces are just so drama-filled and just downright sad when children are involved. And when there are celebrities involved, even more so. This whole Christie Brinkley thing is unbelievable. What I never understand is, why get married in the first place? If you want to sleep with teenagers and get involved in online sex adventures, do you really need to get married? No. Then there's the Alex Rodriguez or A-Rod divorce. Given his level of "alleged" infidelity, the nickname A-Rod seems appropriate. My take on this situation is that he falls into two categories of men not to date and especially not marry: an athlete and a man who is prettier than most women. And I hate to say it but in this case, he is way more attractive than his wife, which isn't hard. Given what we know about most men, it's no wonder his wife is alleging marital misconduct. So, while not making excuses for men and cheating, I wouldn't even have bothered getting A-Rod to stand up in a church and take a vow to keep his rod in his pants.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Independence Day Rant

After a long night of hanging out on Thursday and what felt like an allergy/sinus attack, I decided to stay in and chill for the holiday. The previous two 4th of July's that I've lived in Shaw must have been spent elsewhere because I do not ever recall such loud fireworks. I felt like I was in the middle of a war zone! Like most people, I appreciate a good professional fireworks show even though I do stay away from crowded venues to see them like the National Mall. But this shit was ridiculous and went on from 6pm until at least 1:30 in the morning. What I wanted to know while enduring this and possibly going deaf, was whether or not this was legal and where was the police. According to the news, DC police were expecting a high volume of calls. The article mentions what is illegal but none of that means much to someone like me who knows nothing about fireworks. I don't know and really don't care to know what a cherry bomb is. All I know is that the article and DC government Fire and Emergency Medical Services state that firecrackers and fireworks that explode are illegal. And this stuff going off in my neighborhood was definitely exploding! Being the pissed off citizen that I was, I called the police. Of course, the dispatcher assured me that someone would be out. Two hours later, I still felt like a hostage. My other question is this: how can the police distinguish between firecrackers that sound like gunshots and actual gunshots? And given my experience with DC 911, if I had said that I heard gunshots outside my window, no one would have shown up for hours anyway. While I love my neighborhood, it's times like this that I miss upper northwest!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Is This For Real?

Why do I feel like this Washington Post article, "Plea Deal for Woman Accused of Having Sex With Senator's Husband", should have been in the Onion? According to the story, radio executive Tom Athans, husband of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow basically pulled a Spitzer. Apparently, even husbands of politicians are partaking of prostitutes. The article seems to have been written with just as much brief sarcasm as I would have written it and makes you ask:

· How does prostitution get reduced to trespassing in a hotel?
· Why didn't authorities bring sex charges against Athans?
· What happened in that hotel room for only 15 minutes?
· Is $10 per minute too little or too much for sex acts?
· How does he get off free and clear while she faces 90 days in jail?
· How are nude lap dances really any different from paid sex acts?
· Just how prevalent is the use of prostitution in marriages?
· Could you really sleep with a man after he's been with a prostitute?

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