Food Face Off: Milk Bar versus Buttercream Bakeshop

Cookies at Butter Cream Bakeshop

As I’ve mentioned time after time, DC is a foodie paradise. There are so many good eats here that one could go an entire year without eating the same deliciousness twice if they wanted to. The options presented to us by the culinary creatives here can seem overwhelming at times, but that’s why I’m here, to make your life easier by eating everything and telling you all about it.

Recently, I decided to try and find the best cookie in the city. My first stop was Milk Bar. I had been anticipating the coming of Milk Bar to DC for quite some time.   It’s popular in New York and I had heard that their cookies were to die for. Needless to say, when I saw one was coming to town I was estatic.

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Recycling Fun with Food 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 ? Continue reading “Recycling Fun with Food on a Bun”

Food Adventure: National Bagel Day at Bullfrog Bagels

When I was in grad school, I had a very close friend who happened to be Jewish. He was a bagel fanatic and he taught me tons about the history of bagel making by Jewish people. He would go on and on about how real bagels should taste. I would laugh at him for being so picky. However, I must say that after spending so much time with him hunting for that authentic bagel flare, I have become a bit of a bagel snob. If my bagel isn’t chewy and if it has the consistency of Wonder Bread, I’m gonna be upset!

Imagine my joy when I discovered that I had a magical bagel shop right in my neighborhood that serves up fresh baked bagels with their own in house cream cheese. Joy, complete joy, that’s all I can say about the feeling I got from eating my first Bullfrog bagel.

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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 Great Food 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! ? 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.

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Nomadic Diva: How to Travel Light and Look Good

Munich Tour

Ladies, Luggage, and LipstickRecently, I presented on this topic at the inaugural Ladies, Luggage and Lipstick conference in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a phenomenal experience! I was shocked by the number of attendees who had an interest in my specific topic. Normally, I’m presenting on topics like strategic planning, personal branding, monitoring, and evaluation, or some other rather heavy topic. However, this conference was targeted at preparing women of color who might be thinking about traveling abroad to take the plunge.

I’ve been stuck one too many times having to carry my luggage all by myself great distances and up and down flights of stairs. There have been times when I’ve had to turn down last-minute treks because I had too many things to carry. There have also been times when I didn’t have the right items in my luggage. Either, I had too much of the wrong things or not enough of the right things.

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Memories, M&M’s, and Me

Liberty Green

Pink, yellow, blue, green candy-coated chocolate drops!!! Yes, yes, yes. That’s what you get at the M&M’s Store in Times Square. Since I was a child I have always loved M&M’s candies. I remember sitting with my bag trying to figure out which color was my favorite. I usually chose green, since it was my favorite color as a child. Ironically, green is now my son’s favorite color while mine is now pink. Funny how tastes change. But, one thing that has remained is my love of chocolate and my love for tiny poppable treats. There aren’t much simpler pleasures than M&M’s. They are simple, old-fashioned, goodness that has an appeal the world over.

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Food Life: Yelp’s Jet Set Fête

Yelp's Jet Set Fête

This was an all star, VIP event! Absolutely awesome!!!

I really had a great time at Jet Set Fête. It was so much fun to sample all the goodies and to watch all the wonderful performances.

I’ve spent a great deal of time living and working in Asia and having the opportunity to watch the Chinese dancers was a special treat. It brought back so many memories from my time in Hunan province.

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