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09/17/16 Cate (my former roommate) came back to DC for my birthday weekend. A few months ago, Jess and I went out to Colorado to visit her and her hometown.

Adventure(s): Adams Morgan – Roofers Union

09/18/16 Celebrated my 25th birthday. More grateful each year to see how much has changed in my life: including how I progressed within my own mental and physical state, having the support and love of my family and friends, being able to work harder within my career and loving every second of it. But most importantly, knowing that growth plays an important role in my life and seeing how the people I love in my life also show and encourage this kind of growth.

Adventure(s): Duck Donuts, Shenandoah National Park, Iron Gate Korean BBQ

09/19/16 – 09/22/16 Making Cate’s trip to DC special and worthwhile before she heads back home to Colorado. We all saw a feminist play called Collective Rage: A Play In Five Boops and then finally tried a new restaurant called Bonfire that specialized in smores.

Adventure(s): Woolly Mammoth Theater, Bonfire

Philadelphia




On Memorial Day weekend, I went back home to New Jersey to visit my family for my Grandpa’s 91st birthday. The entire family came out (especially the ones all the way out in California). Before I went back to New Jersey, I took a pit stop in Philly and met up with my friend Skye. We ate at Reading Terminal Market and walked through the Magic Gardens for a fun little day trip in the city.

CNY Preview


I’m ending my weekend feeling a bit sick, but I was still able to enjoy the past few days without letting the minor cold take over and ruin my weekend. Down with this cold (pho to the rescue)!

If you are planning on heading to the movies, I recommend giving the Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts a watch because they were incredible (emotional/sad, but worth it). Who knew animated films could be so sad? Sanjay Patel’s, “Sanjay’s Super Team” was a lovely tribute to his father.

On Sunday, there was the Chinese New Year Festival (A little CNY preview before the New Year begins) occurred at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. There were performances from the Embassy of China: music, opera, dancing, and the lion dance. It only made me excited to go back to New Jersey, and celebrate with my family!

District Doughnuts

LA TIMES

A BIG THANKS…to the Los Angeles Times for posting my food photo on their Twitter page. After every weekend, they feature photographs of #weekendeats from people around the LA area or anywhere in the world. Being based in DC, I informed the LA tourists who are planning any summer vacation trips into DC to visit District Doughnuts in Eastern Market. If you have a sweet tooth or love donuts, this is the spot to be with their array of flavors from snickerdoodle to cookies and cream bites. Check out their full menu here.

Donut

Maketto

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H Street in Northeast DC may not have been the first choice for restaurants five years ago. Like other parts of the city, H Street was the target of riots, creating a bit of destruction after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. From what I have seen, H Street still has its fair share of boarded up store fronts, but things have changed for the advancement of the city. Trendy bars and restaurants are beginning to open up, and it’s bringing a lot of culture to this street.

My friend Jen and I tried a Cambodian and Taiwanese restaurant called Maketto, which is right next to the Rock and Roll Hotel music venue. And to our surprise, it’s not only a restaurant! Upstairs, there was a cafe that had an array of brewing techniques for various coffee beans and different types of teas that won us over while we waited for our table. Downstairs, they sold a mix of international footwear, clothing, accessories, books, and magazines.

Next time you’re in the city, take a chance to explore H Street. See what this historic street has in store for you.

Kale Chips

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Is Kale so last year? According to BuzzFeed, 2014 was Kale’s best year. This doesn’t make 2015 the end of kale because we all still need healthy green vegetables in our lives in order to remain a nutritional lifestyle. As for me, I was one of the many people who hopped on the kale bandwagon, and decided kale should be in every single one of my meals (including smoothies). I experiment in the kitchen all the time, love to find new recipes, and hope and pray the outcome of what I make is delicious. If it’s edible, I did my job (just kidding – my cooking isn’t so bad)! I did burn kale chips one time for a dinner date, but he didn’t care.

If you ever need a healthy snack, don’t reach for that bag of chips or sugary soda. Kale chips are extremely simple and quick to make, and I guarantee your body will thank you for being good to your self. I got my recipe from the Food Network.

INGREDIENTS
1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried, 2 tablespoons olive oil, Sea salt, for sprinkling

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes. Serve as finger food.