Wednesday, February 25, 2009

No Sex, But Do You Want a Cookie?

This post should have been titled, "Mardi Gras at Central", but given how the night turned out... Sometimes things just don't turn out the way you planned and that may not be such a bad thing. Unfortunately, my planned dinner companion, Adventures in Shaw, got sick so I had to find someone else to have dinner with at my now favorite restaurant, Central, for their 2nd annual Mardi Gras Celebration. Why waste a reservation at a great restaurant when they're having live music from the New Orleans jazz quartet Laissez Foure and New Orleans food and cocktails? How hard could it be to snag a friend to go with me? Well, apparently harder than I thought. I asked a guy friend of three years who seemed eager and confirmed an hour before the reservation. Now let me add, even though this may not be of any importance, that this is a guy friend who has occasionally hinted at and made minor gestures toward being more than friends. Why? I have no idea. I have given this guy no indication that I'm interested in being anymore than friends and things seem just fine remaining that way. But his statements about there being good men around that women just ignore always baffle me. I don't doubt there are at least one or two good guys still left. I just want one I'm interested in. So, to make a long story short, I'm at the restaurant sitting at the table 40 minutes into the reservation and this guy, who I have always considered to be reliable, has not shown up. I call him and he tells me he is on his way?! On a night when tables are in demand at this restaurant, I called him back and said I would just eat at the bar. These are the times when you are thankful you have never slept with a man. When the very gracious hostess came over to see about me, I told her what happened and that I needed more gay guy friends and that I would be getting drunk. My second Hurricane almost did it while I munched on a tuna burger. Since I was not drunk or tired, I headed to Adams Morgan for more live music. I ran into an old DJ friend. He was with a friend who turned out to be from my hometown. While I didn't recognize her, we actually went to the same junior high school! What a coincidence! We exchanged numbers and made plans to meet up for dinner later in the week. My DJ friend gave me a ride home. He walked me to my door and after several minutes of explaining why a hug and kiss on the cheek was enough, I offered him a homemade chocolate chip cookie. I actually made cookies the night before and they turned out really well considering I hadn't made cookies in years. He declined. Oh well. I did promise him that I would show up for his DJ night this coming Sunday. C'est la vie!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

That Time of Year

Yes, it's that time of year - tax time. That means catching up with an old accounting friend to get the dreaded deed out of the way. Since this was cause for celebration, I stopped to visit another old friend - Aroma - to have an "I just finished my taxes" martini. It was a frequent stop when I lived in the neighborhood. I caught up with lots of people I hadn't seen in years and the place hadn't changed a bit, including the smoke. Aroma was the first bar to get an exemption from the smoking ban that went into effect a couple of years ago. It's strange to me that I was ever able to tolerate the smell. While this is still one of the best neighborhood bars in DC, the smoke and its after effect, was not pleasant. Hmmm... kind of like owing Uncle Sam.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Robbing the Cradle and Other Goings On

What did I expect really? I should have had sense enough to stay home this past weekend given that Friday was Friday the 13th and Saturday was the hideous fake holiday known as Valentine's Day. As some of you may know, I am a fan of the day after - February 15th - which I have previously referred to as Veteran's Day for Singles.

But the weekend started off well enough. I had planned to stock my kitchen with lots of decadent goodies on my first trip to Trader Joe's. The store has been open for some time now but given my dislike of grocery shopping, I haven't been motivated to hike or bus 16 blocks away just to do it. I now see why everyone loves the Joe! Afterwards, I decided to get some exercise and walk up M Street. The wind was really kicking up that day so when I ran into an Illy coffeeshop I absolutely had to stop in for a cappuccino. This is the best coffee ever! I have never had a better cappuccino. The shop is connected to the Renaissance M Street Hotel lounge. The lounge, with its incredibly comfortable seating and attractive decor, was just what I needed to relax and get some reading done.

I was scheduled for a trip to the hair salon the next day and figured why not get a manicure as well. Both appointments went extremely well. I left there to meet friends up the street at Palette's bar. We thought it would be fun to eat, drink, and mock the Valentine's Day dinner guests. I decided to order the burger since like Adventures in Shaw, am on a mission to find DC's best burger. As the foodie she is, her hunt is way more systematic. For me it's: I like the burger or I don't. And I did not like Palette's burger. No flavor at all. Like Palena, I would probably just like their other, more complex dishes better. Oh well. After too much champagne and shots of Grand Marnier, I headed home and crashed.

The next day was filled with brunch, shopping, watching the NBA All-Star game (why does the West always win?), and finally dinner at Sei, which I was really looking forward to. I had been hearing so many great things about the sushi at Sei since they opened last month. I love sushi but have become quite bored with the sushi restaurants in DC. Since they also own Oya, I was expecting the place to be chic, and it was. The all-white theme is the same as Oya but I love the details and lighting at Sei like the corseted chairs and menus. And the service was amazing from the moment we sat down. The sushi? Oh my! This was indeed the best sushi I've had in a very long time. What
seemed to make this experience even sweeter? An attractive, well-dressed guy comes over to us at the sushi counter and decides to chat with me. Yes, I was being hit on by a 20-something newbie to DC. He even insisted on paying my bill. Gee, how often does that happen? We exchanged cards and agreed to meet the next day for an early dinner. Ok, so I had a date for President's Day. We met at Marvin and talked so long that we ended up in the lounge listening to the sounds of DJ Jahsonic. Seemingly nice, intelligent, guy. A bartender friend joked that I was robbing the cradle. Talking turned to dancing and somewhere between Belgian beers, he told me that he was a psychic. Funny, right? Well, as I found out the next day, he was totally serious. A psychic? Just when I thought I had heard it all! So now DC is importing crazies.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Royal Bitch

This is what I'm drinking now: Royal Bitch Reserve Shiraz 2005. I was initially drawn to the bottle because of the label but was told by the owner of Modern Liquors, my neighborhood store, that it's a very good wine. I figured at $10.99, why not give it a try? I love it! It goes with everything and by itself very well. And if you're going to be a bitch, why not be a royal bitch?

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Shelter Comes to DC

Let the dancing begin!

This is how much of a house head I am: A couple of years ago I packed my little rolling suitcase and took the Chinatown bus to New York at 2 am. I arrived at 6 in the morning and immediately took a taxi to ClubShelter. I checked my suitcase at the door and danced until 10 am. The place was packed the entire time. It's a strange but comforting feeling to know that there are other people in the world who are into dancing at 6 am. I then visited family across the bridge in Jersey.
Tonight I plan on shedding a few pounds on the dance floor.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Am I a Grownup?

I was recently in the company of an 18 year old and felt compelled to ask what the kids do for fun these days. I'm never around kids except for the occasional visit with my sister and her kids. Well, this particular teen who lives in DC, gave me a run down of her social life. I was surprised to find out that hers was not much different than mine. She mentioned: going out to eat, art/music/fashion events, hanging out at a friend's place, going to the movies, and shopping. Yeah, pretty much the same for me. Boyfriend? Nope. Me either. She even said she didn't really like kids and probably would never have any. Now that was funny. But seriously, I really began to think about how different I am from an 18 year old college kid this past Sunday at a Super Bowl party thrown by some neighborhood friends. There was a keg, people playing beer pong, and so much pot being smoked I'm sure I got a contact high in addition to my hangover. And yes, these are all over-25 people with jobs and in some cases mortgages. Maybe this is what happens when people don't get married or have kids.
But the one thing that I can say distinguished me from the 18 year old: she said she wanted to be a trophy wife one day and do nothing all day but shop. Poor thing. A sense of reality usually does come with age.

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