Recycling Fun on a Bun

Halfsmoke

Randomly, I found myself getting off the Metro Bus in northwest DC a few blocks from my old office on U Street. I couldn’t have been more than two blocks from my stop before the clouds exploded, pouring down rain, with gusting winds, and bringing a flash flood. It was horrible. I was going to a press event and dressed in pumps. Running was definitely out of the question. Quickly, I scanned the landscape for a spot to hideaway and when I looked up I realized I was standing right in front of a fairly new restaurant I had never seen before. It was called Halfsmoke. I dash in and was immediately consumed by the mouth watering aroma of grilled meat. I had found paradise and the carnivore in me wanted to scream and do a dance of joy. I wanted that meat so badly that I was ready to say oh well it’s raining let’s eat! LOL πŸ˜‚ Continue reading “Recycling Fun on a Bun”

Blackout: Solar Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

I’m starting this post in the middle of my morning, waiting for the eclipse to come and remind us all why nature is totally amazing. To say that I’m excited about the eclipse is an understatement. I don’t really know why. I just am! It might be that this is something so rare and special that it only happens once in a lifetime, or it might be that I’m free to enjoy it on my own terms. I didn’t have to work, I didn’t have to get permission from anyone to go and enjoy it. I woke up and decided that I was going to an eclipse party, and I did. Continue reading “Blackout: Solar Eclipse 2017”

5 Ways to Make Money On Your Own Time

Money

Tired of the 9-5 life but think it’s impossible to live without the predictability of a regular pay check? What if I told you that there are plenty of ways to make great money, working less hours, and having fun in the process. Well, there are and I know because I’m the master of making money quickly. Necessity forced me to find alternative sources of income because for almost two years I couldn’t find a job in my field. However, it was that struggle that set me on a path of discovery where I was able to find out how not only to get by but thrive in the “gig” economy. Little did I know that I would grow to love the ever changing environments I’d find myself in, that I’d learn so much about marketing, and that I’d get to travel and see the world and experience all the creativity and newness it had to offer. Talk about winning! I’ve won and keep winning because I’ve learn to think outside the box when it comes to obtaining financial stability and monetizing my free spirited nature at the same time. Continue reading “5 Ways to Make Money On Your Own Time”

5 Foodie Finds at MetroCooking DC

Taste Artisanal Market Honey

This weekend, I visited MetroCooking DC food expo, held annually in Washington, DC. I love events like this because it’s a great way to discover the newest in culinary creativity. This year, just as in year’s past, was great. I laughed, I tasted, and, best of all, shopped to my heart’s content. Here is a list of my five favorite takeaways.

It should be no surprise that two of my favorite vendors at the expo are honey producers. I ❀ honey! Lots and lots of honey! πŸ˜€ I use it in my drinks. I use it in my baking and when making sauces. I dip cheese, bread, and fruit in it. I like to drizzle it over my honey, pancakes, sausage. You name it, it calls for honey. I simply can’t get enough of this stuff.

These ladies of Taste Artisanal Market are giving honey a makeover withΒ their unique blends! I took home the Lavender honey. YUM!!!

Nutterly

Like nuts? Like chips? Why not chips made from nuts! πŸ˜πŸ‘ These super tasty snackables made by Nutterly were the absolutely amazing. I took home all three varieties (hazelnut, almond, and pistachio). If I had to choose the best of the three, I’d go with pistachio but that could just be because I’m also a pistachio junkie. πŸ˜‹

Falling Bark Farms' Hickory syrupOn a cold winter morning, there seems like there can be no better salvation than a plate of hot buttery pancakes drizzled with maple syrup. Well, there just might be, a plate of hot buttery pancakes drizzled with hickory syrup. If you thought hickory was just good for giving bacon great smoky flavor boy have you been underestimating this tree! You absolutely must try Falling Bark Farms’ Hickory syrup! My takeaway was the Brandy Infused Vanilla Hickory Syrup…OMG!!! πŸ₯žπŸ΄

Wouldn’t cha know, the crafty food artisans at Falling Bark Farms are also the producers of the second honey on this list.

Did I mention that I ❀ honey! πŸ˜‹ Let me state it one more time for the record just in case you missed it the first time. What’s better in hot tea than lemon and honey, well how about one better. Falling Bark has Lemon Infused Honey! Got a great steak on the grill and need to give it a little extra something special. You must baste it with Falling Bark’s Cayenne and Lime Honey. These two precious elixirs are a foodie’s dream come true!Falling Bark Honey

I don’t at all care for Ethiopian food but these crunchy treats are sooooo good! πŸ˜‹ Injera is the national bread of Ethiopia, made from teff flour that is mixed with water and allowed to ferment. It’s kind of like sourdough. It’s a bit tangy and most people I know love that about it. I for one am not one of those people. What I find great about these injera chips, made by Tsiona Foods, is that the sourness is practically gone and all you get is a light airy crisp. It’s sweet but not too sweet and almost melts on your tongue. πŸ˜€

Tsiona Foods

I hope you check out these products and if you happen to get a chance, visit this expo next year.

MetroCookingDC 2017