Category Archives: Non-Food

thrifty/epicure 2.0

Some of you might have noticed that there hasn’t been a lot of action around here lately. In fact, some of you sent me a couple of very nice notes about it. Well, I am alive, and not even on vacation. What I have realized however, is that there is just no way to post every day, or even close to every day, on the blog. I just need the time to do other important things, like watch House marathons on USA, or call my friends to complain about my fantasy football team.

I’m sure you are all sorry to hear that. But there are some positives that will come of this. First, I will be resuming posting this week. Also, during this busy time, I’ve been learning about what I see as a great little blogging tool: Twitter. I’m sure some of you know what Twitter is; you can skip this. But for the rest of you, Twitter is a microblogging tool, where each entry can only be 140 characters long. Also, Twitter can be updated from your mobile phone, meaning you never have to be somewhere where the Internets can’t immediately figure out what you are doing with your life. Yay! Anyway, read more here, if you really want to.

What Twitter can do for me, though, is allow me to create instant reactions to the various things I’m doing. And that is what I’m going to do with the blog. I will post entries, which will contain a link to my Twitter profile, where I’ll “liveblog” dinners out, dinners in, food festivals and basically anything else I can think of. Afterward, I’ll post the whole thing on the blog proper. If I don’t think that Twitter has done the event justice, expect a longer post with more considered thoughts.

So, starting this week, here’s what you can expect: one long post, on larger topics or events and one or more liveblogs of various places I’m visitng or foods I’m eating. I’ll try to announce the liveblogs earlier in the day on the blog so that you know what is coming. If you wanted, you could also follow me on Twitter – though I should warn you, not everything I write is about food, or is even vaguely coherent.

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A week without cooking

Sorry there hasn’t been much in the way of bloggy goodness this week; real life has actually intruded on this little internet project. But I’m back now, and ready to bring you the regular dose of insight, wit and pure culinary genius.

Also, this has been a strange week for me – I haven’t cooked a single time. Not for others, not for myself. It’s been a little weird. In fact, not only haven’t I cooked, but other people have cooked for me. On Sunday, a friend had a “house-cooling” party: she’s leaving her place in Shaw for the wilds of Friendship Heights. In a meal that was explicitly explained to us as “cleaning out the fridge” we had lemon caper chicken, vegetable quiche, and a pear-almond-Gorgonzola salad with homemade vinaigrette. It was nice; really tasty – though for me the nicest thing was being able to enjoy a meal without having to worry about what still needed to be cooked, or cleaning up afterward!

And check out this chicken:

Lemon Caper Chicken

After the jump: more food pictures, and pictures from the other reason I haven’t been cooking this week.

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DC Sales Tax Holiday

This may be way off topic, but thriftiness is thriftiness, wherever you can find it. Next week, all clothing, shoes, back to school items and more are exempt from DC’s 5.75% sales tax. I’ll personally be at Filene’s Basement – yeah I’m quite chic. [DC Tax and Revenue, via Shop Around Blog]

Quick Bites: Free Events

A weekly list of “Free and Easy Events” from the Washington Post. Enjoy the fringes of DC culture (and occasionally the uber-tourist mainstream) without opening your wallet. [Going Out Gurus]