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fall 2010 August 8, 2010

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my zodiac sign May 17, 2010

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I think the bulk of what I read about the Pisces sign is false. However, every once in awhile, I’ll read something and it does ring true. Here are some things I’ve noticed more often than not, apply to me:

  • Pisceans are space cadets – they daydream a lot and are constantly in their heads. I think I’m in my head about 70% of the time and I’m cool with it. HAHA
  • I am not great with money; I love to spend and I’m pretty lax about spending habits
  • I’m quick to run from committing myself to long-term things
  • I’m restless; I love to travel and when I’m not traveling, I’m always thinking about it
  • I like my freedom to roam and explore without any restrictions. I hate being boxed in, tracked, followed, obligated to do things I don’t want to do
  • I like being protected and taken care of by loved ones
  • I’m a romantic
  • I’m into creative pursuits

I’m sure there’s more 🙂 I just don’t think I’m terribly unstable, have an alcoholic problem, have feet issues, or are into safe love-related pursuits. There’s a lot of crap out there, man!

 

FOOD REVIEWS: Ghana Cafe & Chop’t

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So I think we’re all aware of how sporadic my updates tend to be in this blog – I always feel like I should wait to have my thoughts organized before attempting to write anything. Because it’s been awhile since I’ve done a food-related blog post, I thought I’d start my new spur of blog posts with one of those! (Aren’tchu lucky…)

GHANA CAFE
1336 14th St. NW on Rd. Island
Washington, DC 20005

A few weeks ago, a friend and I trekked to Ghana Cafe. I say ‘trekked’ because it was in a different part of the city, and required stopping at an out-of-the-way metro station than our usual trips into the city. My reasons for wanting to check it out? (1) Featured a vegan menu and (2) I’ve never had anything from Ghana before – much less anything West-African. I ordered a ginger beer (freshly brewed by the teenager whose Dad I’m assuming owns the place) and man was it strong and delicious. I could feel the heat in my stomach. I totally think they should bottle that stuff – it reminds me of the kick you get from Kombucha. I ordered a fufu dish with okra and my friend had fufu as well, with a spinach dish. Both were delicious and the servings were enormous – just how I like it! You could tell there was freshness in the dish itself and the fufu (which is a paste made by boiling yams or other root veggies and then pounded by mortar & pestle until a gooey-like ball is formed) was very filling. Accompanied with the heat from the ginger beer, I’d say it’s a perfect meal to have on a cool night when you need a little heat in your belly. As for the ambience, it’s pretty chill. When we got there, the place seemed pretty deserted, but after our drinks came, the place started to pick up with all types of young 20-somethings filling the spot and placing orders. The bar is the centerpiece to the place which isn’t huge or anything, but great if you want to go somewhere with home-style cooked food and are interested in conversation with a good friend without having to shout 🙂

CHOP’T
730 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

I’ve always passed by Chop’t and thought of it as “some place that sells rabbit food.” I always turn my nose up at the thought of ordering a salad – it’s usually the last resort if a restaurant doesn’t have any vegan options. However, this past Friday, friends and I were hungry, needed to kill some time before hitting the dance floor, and didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money. Chop’t was new and we thought we’d give it a shot. I got an arugula salad, white beans, avocado, and smoked tofu with a lemon vinaigrette. I was pleasantly surprised at how simple and delicious it was! The bowls are massive. I crushed it all, of course, because I have an enormous appetite, but it was a lot of greens. The ingredients in my salad were fresh, the staff were really nice, and the lemonade that I bought to accompany my salad was good too. I like the ability to customize the salads – there is a huge menu of choices for “toppings,” so the possibilities seem endless. You can craft a salad to your liking and it’s made to order, CHOPPED right before your eyes, and packaged quickly for you to starting chowing down. All in all, I think it’ll be my top pick for when my friends and I are in the Chinatown area. I’ll pass up on La Tasca, Fuddrucker’s, and Chipotle – it’s that good people. The best part is, after eating salads like this, you don’t feel the “oh man I feel sick” kinda full, you just feel full. I’m also certain that all the greens kept me powered to dance for hours afterwards. The vibe of the place is low-key. It’s clean, which is important in Chinatown, and the design of the spot looks really hip & cute. I’ll definitely visit again.

 

bleeeeeeeeeep. April 20, 2010

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Is it me or are the weekends getting shorter??

Lately I feel like the work’s been piling up, the work days are shorter (so I get less done!) and the weekends just seem to fly by. *sigh*

I hope this passes.

On a brighter note, I took my first shot at tempeh “chicken” salad. It’s AMAZING. Currently reading Skinny Bitch in the Kitch by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin and it’s great. Love all of the hilarious side notes! Will post photos tomorrow 🙂

 

happy cloud April 14, 2010

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It’s been ages since I’ve been moved this much by a song. My chest swells to mimic the sounds of the instruments and tries to sing words that aren’t there. Talib Kweli’s Love Speakeasy is my new favorite. I really need to reach to the ends of funk and jazz to see where I can listen to more great music like this.

I picked up a book this weekend that I haven’t been able to put down since I turned the first page. It’s Kenji Jasper’s The House on Childress Street. I’m almost finished with it and it’s only Tuesday. I look down and my eyes fly through sentences and over page after page until it’s time for me to transfer buses or get up and walk the five minutes to work from the train station. I’m enveloped in the world of the author, an escape from my own life, and it feels beautiful. I feel connected.

Spent some time with my best friend this weekend, doing the low-key movies-at-her-place thing. I love to dance, I love to go out and try new restaurants, to explore, but there’s also a part of me that will always find joy in being at home, curled up in bed, carefree, in the company of someone I love. I wanted to lie forever, and drift off to sleep for days, but sadly it was Sunday – which means the next day is Monday and another work week starting.

Lately I’ve been feeling really happy, really good, like I’m on uppers or something. Which is strange because for the past week or so, I was feeling really down. I feel like my senses are heightened this week, like my food tastes better, the smells are more pleasant, and things look more attractive – colors brighter, music louder and more appealing. I can’t explain it. I feel like I’m floating on a cloud.

{Below: Young girls at the Songkhran Festival this weekend for Thai / Cambodian / Laotian New Years}

 

ooh la la la April 4, 2010

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there are two types of relationships in life, people: one where the other person understands you inherently and one where you both constantly have to work at it to get on the same level.

the question is…which one is more satisfying to you?

 

feist – lonely lonely March 21, 2010

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I feel too scared to do what I want and instead, fall into what is comfortable that makes me unhappy. I realized today that in a way, it’s terribly sad, but in another way, I feel like I can identify with some of the films I’ve seen, songs I’ve heard, and feel connected to other people – in a twisted way. How long should I let myself feel this lonely?

I wish there was a barometer for, on average, how long people should let themselves feel this way before it gets unhealthy and self-destructive. I can think of ways to be happier, but I don’t want to rush anything. Or maybe, rushing is something I should do more of? Maybe THAT’S what I’m missing…spontaneity. Who knew I would be this humdrum at 23. Ugh. I’m frustrated with myself.

I’m scared about doing something if I haven’t completely thought it through. Then again, who really keeps track of your mistakes that closely? I haven’t made any huge ones in awhile, shouldn’t I allot myself one or two every few years? The next time I get the impulse, I’m just going to do it. I’m just going to do what a friend of mine says she’s so quick to do.

I’m going to make the best mistake ever. Stay tuned, folks.