Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Unfortunately my skills are not as stellar when it comes to baking. Up until recently, I have not had the desire to bake. Precise measurements and having to wait several hours just to let something rise was not that exciting to me. It just seemed like it was easier to leave baking to the professionals.
Well, I have to admit that my perspective on baking has changed as of late. Mike has always enjoyed baking and has mastered the art of making great pie crust. He bakes a mean apple pie, and he makes it look so easy.
For Labor Day weekend we took a day trip to Saint Michaels, Maryland and bought a pound of fresh blueberries. We worked together and made a lovely blueberry pie and then amazing blueberry muffins. And guess what?! It wasn't that complicated, it was just as fulfilling as cooking, and I enjoyed it.
Who would'a thunk it? Baking aint so bad! See for yourself.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The Veritas wine list is extensive but not daunting like some wine lists are. There are many great reds and whites to choose from. You can have wine by the glass or of course, by the bottle. They also have a great variety of red, white, and dessert wine flights.
We had wine by the glass. Mike started off with the Hullabaloo Zinfandel from Napa Valley, CA which was very tasty. I had the Matchbook "Tinto Rey" from Dunnigan Hills, CA which was a blend of syrah, tempranillo, malbec, petit verdot, and graciano. It was great. Smooth, a little spicy, with a nice finish.
The couple sitting next to us got some munchies which looked good, but we were stuffed from dinner, so didn't order any food. The food on their menu sounds great, so we will definitely go back to have drinks and bites next time. They offer a nice selection of cheeses, charcuterie, dips, and chocolate. Yummy.
The servers were very attentive and down to earth, which we both appreciated. The seating inside was nice as well. Dark with some light music and a nice hum from people chatting. I liked the crowd too. It was a good mix of people. No rowdy annoying GW grads or anything like that.
I can say with certainty that we will return to Veritas again soon for some tasty wine and a good time. You should try it too! Check it out for yourself here.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
I was watching SportsCenter tonight and learned that in a few days Michael Jordan will be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. ESPN put together an MJ highlight reel. It was probably five minutes -- it could have been three hours.
MJ won NBA titles in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Played in April, I was 13 when he won his first, 20 when he won his sixth. While Jordan is undeniably the Greatest in his sport, I think he holds a special place in my heart because of who he was, when he was, what he was. Jordan's career spanned middle school, high school and college for me. When he retired a Washington Wizard, I had already met Christina (2003). All of the stages of my post-pubescent life I lived watching MJ.
It is, for lack of a better word, so complex how you think about the past as an adult. My own child or children (coming in the next couple of years, I am sure) will only hear stories of Jordan like I heard about Ruth and Mantle, Lombardi and Namath, Chamberlain and Dr. J; he or she will read about him and overhear recounts of "His Airness" from old folks like Dad and his friends. Never will my children have the distinct feeling of youth gone by and coming of age that I have when I think about Michael Jordan.
Funny, isn't it, how the most random and seemingly insignificant things can so greatly impact our lives as adults. Here's one for nostalgia.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
My wife just posted about Autumn being her favorite season and it is no surprise, I am sure, that it is also my favorite. Deciding to marry in October was really a no-brainer for us. We both look forward to the season of cooler temps and earthtones wishing that it were as long a season as Summer in DC.
My post today is a commentary on dressing as One should according to the traditional calendar as well as the weather conditions where you live. For most (at least the five or so of you who read this blog) my post means little more than my attention to detail on all things sartorial is greater than the average human. I comment anyway:
1) Color and texture matter most. All have heard the "No White Past Labor Day Rule." Not to be followed religiously, but the premise is sound. Pack away linen, chambray and light weight/light colored cottons. The window for such materials is short, so if wardrobe usefulness is a concern (as it should be) these items should represent a small fraction, say 1/4 - 1/3 of your overall wardrobe. Living in DC means that I must have a set of light suits and sport coats. As much as I like them, away they go until Memorial Day.
2) Don't jump the gun. While scarves have become year round appropriate to the masses, I disagree with this proposition. Tweeds, heavier wools and wide-wale corduroy should not emerge until the lows are in the forties or the highs don't exceed the fifties. Sweaters, even lighter weight, should stay in the drawer while temps are summerlike. Even if your day planner says it is the tenth month.
3) Don't let magazines or retail windows dictate your dress. Both are at least a season ahead. I ignore the circulars and such by trying to buy off season. In other words, try to confine what you are looking at by concentrating on all the heavily discounted Summer stuff to buy now and wear next year. Honestly, I am not so good at this, but as time passes I hope to practice more of what I preach.
4) Physically rotate your wardrobe. Christina and I have a pretty big walk-in closet, but also have tupperware storage boxes under our bed for off-season wear. If you go through the process every Memorial Day and Labor Day, you will dress more season appropriate and save closet space.
So next Tuesday will likely be in the eighties -- I'll be commuting in DC with nothing weather appropriate to wear!!