Month: October 2014

Let’s Talk Live (With Me!) : Is DC The Most Expensive City to Live In?

Last week I joined the ladies of WLJA-TV’s Let’s Talk Live morning show to discuss the recent report that DC is the most expensive city to live in. I had a LOT to say on the subject; watch now to find out more!

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Impossibly Crisp Homemade Pizza

And hot off the heels of my “Farewell, Food Writing” announcement, here’s your proof that I will never stop talking about food (I know you were worried!). This, my friends, is my latest homemade obsession! I snagged the secret making to these unbelievably thin, crispy, and EASY pizzas off of David Lebovitz’s Facebook feed. In addition to being super tasty, they take approximately 8 minutes to make. I kid you not. I’m hoping to post a tutorial soon, but meanwhile, let me know if you want more info!

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Farewell, Food Writing

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For nearly three years now, one of the hats I’ve worn has been as a food writer. I landed the gig as Dining Editor for Bisnow Media while I was still working as an attorney, and kept that going alongside my career transitions and endeavors for nearly two years. When the demands of the Bisnow gig became too much for me to balance with my burgeoning real estate career, I jumped ship and headed to Eater DC. Not only were their freelancing requirements much more reasonable than my role at Bisnow had been, but it was also really exciting to be writing for such a high-profile food site!

Between real estate, teaching yoga, and food-writing, my plate has been absolutely packed for the last couple of years. And the thing about a successful real estate business is that it’s constantly growing – the better your business is, the more of your time it demands. I’ve also taken on a more active role in managing GL Barnhart Construction, as there is a significant amount of crossover between our client bases. And through my yoga studio, I am making forays into the world of career/life coaching that really excite me (more on this soon). And my rule has always been: if your plate is full and you want to add something to it, you have to take something off first.

So, it is with a heavy heart and sad stomach that I close this particularly tasty chapter of my professional journey. This month was my last writing for Eater, and my swan song piece was posted today. While I will continue to cover restaurant openings on Urban Living by Alia, for the foreseeable future I will no longer be writing for any external publications. But the good news is, I was able to end on a wonderful note: my final piece for Eater was on a subject near and dear to my heart. You can read it here: Does Virginia’s New Chuy’s Live Up to an Austin Native’s Memories?

Thanks to everyone who has been following my adventures in writing! I assure you, my writing days are far from over. My blog will only continue to get bigger and better, and have a few other writing-related ambitions up my sleeve for the next few years. So stay tuned – I’m just getting started!

Radici Now Open on The Hill

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From Marvelous Market to the Silver Spork and now Radici – with such a prime location, you’d think the space at the corner of 7th and C SE (right across from Eastern Market) would have no trouble staying in business. And yet here we are, with the third iteration in as many years. Here’s hoping this one sticks!

Radici will be a grab and go style cafe during the week, and will offer table service on weekends. Two Italian chefs – one from the north, one from the south – are running the kitchen, so we can look forward to a wide variety of pastas, small plates, and “pizzettes”. The detail that has me most excited? They serve Illy coffee!! I actually had the honor of trying their first-ever latte, and I have to say, they are definitely doing the Illy name justice.

The folks behind Radici put a lot of money into completely changing the space. Terra Cotta tiles imported from Italy and Venetian glass lamps are just a few of the fun highlights. But I’ll let the photos do the talking:

 

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Imported Italian lemon trees inhabit the two window seats. They should be bearing fruit by next year!

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DIY Pumpkin Patch!

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This weekend my fella and I headed up to Westminster, MD for an apple- and pumpkin-tastic weekend, and I may have gotten a little carried away when we were shopping the pumpkin patch. But I have to say, turning our front yard into a mini pumpkin patch has been WAY more fun than my usual practice of setting 2-3 basketball-sized pumpkins on our front steps. So if you, like me, are the type who enjoys a bit of seasonal flair about the house as the weather begins to cool, I highly suggest that you carve out an afternoon and head out past the burbs to one of VA or MD’s many pumpkin farms. (You can find a great list of options here.) Not only will you have a much bigger and more interesting variety of gourds to choose from, but they will be *much* cheaper than buying punkins in the big city – meaning you can stock up on enough of them to create a mini-masterpiece like mine above! For extra fun, grab a couple of apple crates or bales of hay as props to help create different height levels and add some more variety to your display.

Up For Debate: Expanding the Hill’s Historic District

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The Hill Rag reports that meetings, conversations, applications, and red tape are all underway in an attempt to expand the official Historic District on Capitol Hill. The article does a great job of explaining the nitty-gritties of the process and debate, and the photo above does a great job of showing where the current and proposed boundaries are. Not surprisingly, the proposed expansion extends north to H Street and east to the stadium – aka, the parts of the Hill that have recently (in the past 2-4 years) exploded in popularity. There are a lot of details and nuances to this conversation – again, detailed in this Hill Rag article – but if you don’t have the time and/or interest to read through, here are my two biggest takeaways:

Pro-Expansion: Preserve the charm of the Hill neighborhood by preventing an overabundance of the shiny (and often of questionable quality) condo/apartment buildings that have started popping up at a slightly alarming rate.

Anti-Expansion: If you own a home in a Historic District, getting work done on said home is GIANT pain in the tush. Special permits are required that take forever to obtain, the nature of the work that you’re allowed to do on your home can be very limited, and the cost of hiring a contractor with the appropriate skills and training to do your work can be prohibitive.