La Chaumiere

To cap off restaurant week, the Mr and I went down to Georgetown to visit what I was told is a classic Georgetown restaurant: La Chaumiere.

The place is totally unassuming outside, located next to a cheap looking Mexican place (that we considered going to for drinks first since we arrived early). Once we stepped inside we saw that the interior was lovely if tiny. With exposed beam work and copper kettles on the wall, this truly felt different than the places that we normally eat.

We were seated at a quaint little two top that unfortunately was on top of another table. If I had a main complaint about this place it would be that. Remove a table or two and spare me listening to the world’s most ridiculous conversation from one table over.

We got the restaurant week menu and both enjoyed the food but I only got pictures of my own (and missed a course at that). I started with the mussels in garlic butter. No picture but suffice to say that there was enought garlic and parsley in the butter that it just would have looked like a green blob on the plate.

For my entree I had the Cornish game hen:

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Apparently the Mr put his sunglasses on the table. I was too distracted by my food to notice. The hen was good, but the potatoes were really the best thing on the plate.

Now on to dessert:

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Profiteroles. Pretty classic. Very delicious. The chocolate was just the right level of bitter to balance out the dessert. Since the hen portion was so small, I was able to finish this with no problem.

I thought the service was adequate, but I did notice others seemed to be getting better service than our table. I’m not sure if it was our age or the fact that we were ordering off of the restaurant week menu, but I didn’t feel like our waiter wanted to spend much time on us. Shame really, because I’m always looking for a nice place to take our parents and families when they come to visit and I had high hopes for this place.

I would consider going back but based on the treatment of our waiter and the small portions, I don’t know if I would go back outside of restaurant week. That said, it made a nice cap to the weekend and we spend some time walking around Georgetown which is always nice.

Happy Monday everyone! I’m off to eat kale and air for a few after all of last wee’s adventures….

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Rasika West End

Throughout my life I’ve pretty much always had a fascination with Indian culture. I have a few friends that are from India and have always enjoyed trying the food that they make (or that their moms send to them). That of course means that I love a chance to visit Rasika or Rasika West End in DC. My coworker and I went to west end yesterday for restaurant week lunch and, as always, it was amazing.

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We both started with palak chaat. If you don’t get this when you go to Rasika there is something wrong with you.

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I got Manglorian fish curry which was made with grouper. As a Floridian, I love grouper so I jumped at this one. It was moist and flavorful. Loved it. All of the meals come with rice and naan. Can’t go wrong there.

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My coworker got the vegetable Thali. Also a great choice. I thought I hated lentils until I tried this dish. The spinach dish was amazing as well.

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Dessert for both of us was gulab jamun. Any other choice is invalid. If you’ve never tried gulab jamun then you should go to your nearest Indian place and order 5 orders. They’re so good it’s sort of absurd that America hasn’t tried to make it a thing yet. If you’re wondering what it is, it’s sort of like a donut hole that is soaked in a syrup that is flavored with cardamom and rose water. It sounds weird but it is ridiculously good. I could eat these every single day and be happy. Real happy.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend and that it is filled with happy news. We’ve had a bad enough week this week news wise that I think we all deserve some fun.

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Oval Room

The Oval Room is a well known restaurant in DC. Located near the White House, the Oval Room has a very DC feel to it with perfect service and enough space between the tables to conduct some secret House of Cards style business.

My coworkers and I had lunch there yesterday for restaurant week, so let’s jump right into the delicious:

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Buffalo mozzarella with a vegetable salad and spicy vinagrette. Light, fresh, and a fantastic way to start a lunch.

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For my main I chose the rockfish. The dish was delicious, but I could have done with more of the vegetables underneath. I’m a total veggie lover, so I’m always a fan of more.

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For dessert I went with chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream. This dessert was good, but didn’t hold a candle to the dessert at Westend Bistro. The brownie was a little dense for my taste but my coworkers seemed to really enjoy it.

The lunch was definitely worth going to and I enjoyed everything I ate. It’s just hard to be floored when I just recently had such a fantastic meal.

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Restaurant Week Dinner: Westend Bistro

Last night the Mr and I went to our first Restaurant Week meal of the year at Westend Bistro. Owned by Eric Ripert, we had high hopes for Westend Bistro (despite some somewhat harsh reviews online).

We had:

 

 

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Sweet Corn Soup. Honestly, this tasted like the freshest bowl of soup I’ve ever had (and I love soup).

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The Mr had Vadouvan Curried Skate Wing, which is a type of fish I had never heart of. It was rich and delicious.

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I went slightly out of character and got Flat Iron Steak with Truffle Fries. Every bite was amazing. The Mr stole quite a few fries but I didn’t mind. I never could have finished this on my own.

 

Now to dessert:
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I had the chocolate and banana Napoleon. Banana desserts are my favorite and this one came with salted caramel ice cream.

 

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The Mr had corn ice cream with blueberry compote. It was pretty wild.

It was a lovely dinner and we cleaned our plates (especially dessert). If you’re in the mood to try something new, I recommend Westend Bistro. You can check out their restaurant week menu here.

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It’s Restaurant Week!

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This week marks one of my favorite weeks in DC: Restaurant Week! The reason I love this week so much is that it is a great chance to try new places. There are quite a few restaurants in DC that we just never get around to going to because they are too busy or too expensive or we just don’t think about them enough. Restaurant week is a great excuse to finally check some of them off the list.  Check out the full list (with links to some of the menus) here.

I have a full slate this week with both dinners with the Mr and lunches with co-workers. I am going to have to make wise choices (and not skip any workouts), but it will be worth it! Happy Monday everyone!

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Weekend

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It has been a busy few days at work, hence the lack of posting on here. The way my mornings usually work now are that when I would have been sitting around watching the Today show and drinking coffee, I instead sit on my couch, drink coffee, and draft a blog post. It’s very complicated and important.

The last few days I’ve had to either go in to the office early to get work done or jump on the road to a meeting out of town. It’s been slightly exhausting but I think a short busy period is just beginning. With that in mind, I plan to savor the hell out of this weekend starting as soon as I am done with work today. Let’s do big things people (even if that just means a big nap).

Happy Weekend!

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#30DayDetox Homestretch

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Today is Day 22 of the 30 day TV detox around my house, so I thought I would fill you in on how it is going. In a word: semi-successful (ok maybe that should count as 2). The Mr is surprisingly having a much worse time with this than I am, even though I consider myself to be the main tv watcher in our house. After the first few days he admitted that he came home and put the tv on out of habit but then turned it off. He has also been watching documentaries on his computer while I read at night. In fairness, I sort of forced this on him so I’m not angry at him for not sticking totally to plan.

I on the other hand have been doing pretty well. A few weekends ago when the Mr was out of town I allowed myself to watch a show since it was 10pm on a Saturday and I had been good all weekend beyond that. With the exception of some netflixing as a chosen date night activity, I haven’t put regular TV on while I’m home.  I feel like I have gotten more done in these 21 days than I usually do, and my weekends haven’t felt like a total waste. I may not stick with no TV forever, or even past the 30 days, but I am more productive and happier getting things done. Sorry Today Show, your suggestion may have led to our permanent breakup.

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Cabinet Clutter

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Today we are tackling an embarrassing but necessary post, how I tamed my bathroom clutter…

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I know what you’re thinking, and yes, that is rather disgusting and out of control. When I was reguarly couponing I would pick up bottles of shampoo and conditioner for anywhere from free to $2. I would stock up and put them all under the sink in the bathroom, which as you can see is pretty small. I also keep my hair styling tools, medicine, and the rest of the necessities in there like toothpaste, body wash, lotions, etc.

Some people can deal well with clutter and  I am not one of them. I allow clutter to happen, but then it slowly drives me insane. So when I was at Bossed Up Bootcamp, I spent some time thinking about what is truly holding me back in my life. One of the answers surprised me: all of the clutter around my house. It puts my head in a jumbled space. Even though I could close the door:DSC_0875

I always knew what was inside. It was slowly driving me insane. As a quick refresh, here is how awful it was:

Just awful (and embarrassing!)
Just awful (and embarrassing!)

Bottles everywhere. Samples and travel sizes in bags all over the place for “easy” access when I travel for work.

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A closer look at chaos

So, first things first, I went to the container store and picked up some containers (who would have thought) after measuring from the edge of the cabinet interior to the pipe in the middle. I decided on these:

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Technically it is shoe boxes, but no one ever said you have to use things for their intended purpose.  So I picked up four of the larger men’s shoe boxes, two of the women’s shoe boxes and two of the “accessories” boxes for actual easy access to things that I use often. Then came the hard part:

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Emptying out all of the junk. You can see our retro vacuum in this picture. I figured I might as well actually clean out the space while I was at it.

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I call this one “Surrounded by nonsense.” Once everything was out, I started sorting things in to bins and it all came together quickly. It was so quick that I actually wondered why I never got around to doing this before.

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ORGANIZATION FTW

Everything had a place. Things that I accessed more regularly (my hair removal system, lady supplies, chargers for my toothbrush and hair straightener) all went in accessory boxes in the front for easy removal.

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I couldn’t help feeling like it needed to be a little more clear what was in each box, but I didn’t want to write directly on them in case we move and these get repurposed due to space limits. So with the help of a sharpie and some sticky notes I put in the finishing touches:

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Now that everything is labelled, I have easy access to all of my supplies. I won’t accidentally buy something because I forgot that I already had one, and my mind feels clearer just knowing that everything is sorted. It’s amazing what some organization will do for you!

I think my kitchen cabinets will be next!

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Discovering Fabletics

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Fabletics is a company that I have been hearing all about for months now. Started by Kate Hudson (who I am assuming works out all the time based on her fantastic body post multi-babies) the company sends you “personalized” picks for workout clothes each month. You can either purchase or skip a month, but supposedly the clothes are all high end quality at a lower more accessible price point for the masses.

Immediately the concept appealed to me because I love to work out, I love workout clothes, and while I can appreciate the look of brands like Lululemon, I’m not interested in supporting their brand as they blame women’s thighs for their shoddy workmanship. I’m all about positivity these days, and a company that shames their clients just doesn’t fit in my life right now (plus who wants to pay $100 for a pair of workout pants?!).

My friend tried Fabletics and loved it, so I decided to take a look. She recommended a pair of pants which ironically were the first thing that I saw and said “oh I want those.”

 

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She told me the quality was high and that they were in fact as cute in person as in the picture, so into my cart they went. I got them and wore them to a barre class last week and to brunch and I LOVED them. They were so comfortable and didn’t slide down at all during the workout (my main workout pant pet peeve).

With this positive experience in mind, I signed up for the regular VIP program. Here is how it works:

You receive an email on the first of the month (today) which tells you that your picks are ready and waiting for you:

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Once you click in to your page you see a whole bevy of available outfits that you may like. Some are two pieces, some have three. Some are colorful, some are more neutral. Most pieces have multiple colors available. The outfit pages look like this:

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I love that you can see each of the pieces that make an outfit so that you aren’t wondering which of the sports bras they paired the shirt with to get that cute strappy look (I can’t be the only person that always wonders that!).  You can skip a month or pick an outfit of your choice and there is no punishment for skipping. So far I am pretty thrilled with this service.  If you want to check it out I have a referral link here.  Hopefully you will like it as much as I do!

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

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Gratitude

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So I am in the middle of an organizational project that I want to share with you all (either tomorrow or Monday) so I don’t have much to share right now. That said, I do want to say thank you for reading and especially thank you to my new blog subscribers. There are a few folks who have recently subscribed and I’m so happy to have you.

One of the things we did some work on at the Bossed Up Bootcamp that I attended was gratitude. We often don’t tell people what we are really thinking or feeling and often fail to let them know how grateful we are to have those people in our lives. I have made the decision to be more grateful in my life and to actually take the time to show that. So even though I don’t actually know any of you, I want to take a moment to say thanks. Knowing someone out there is listening provides some good motivation to keep on moving. I hope you all have a lovely Thursday and remember: the weekend is coming!

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