Month: March 2013

Museum hopping & the Daily Post

The days are still chilly (what’s up with that, March?!), and I’m pretty bitter that my winter coat and wool socks are still in rotation. Let’s hope April brings more spring-like weather. A couple of weekends ago, a group of us decided to escape Southern Maryland to museum hop in D.C. We were able to fit in three museums before hunger took over. In a couple of photos… Mapping out our route at the National Gallery of Art. Above at left (and below at right) is Michelangelo’s David-Apollo. The unfinished marble sculpture was on temporary display while we were there. Second museum stop:  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Lastly, we checked out the National Museum of the American Indian. This was our shortest visit. Note to self:  never museum hop on an empty stomach.  A most welcome sight after a windy day in the District:  hot tea and freshly baked pizza from Matchbox in Chinatown. And if you haven’t seen this yet, WordPress.com was nice enough to profile me on their blog, the Daily Post last week. Seriously, …

Surprise tulips

Never underestimate the gift of flowers. They can brighten up a room and your spirit. Extra points if they’re a surprise and for a birthday. :) Thank you to my sweet friends who gave these to me as a birthday gift. I was going to hoard them, but they’re too pretty to keep to myself. Here’s hoping spring is just around the corner!

Food spotlight: VIN 909 Winecafé

I am a big lover of food; that’s no secret. So when Jay and I were in Annapolis, Md., recently, I suggested that we check out VIN 909 Winecafé. The place certainly has some bragging rights — rated #1 restaurant in Annapolis according to TripAdvisor and made Washingtonian’s top 100 list. And guess what the best part is? Completely affordable! The only thing I was upset about was why didn’t we check this place out sooner?! They don’t take reservations, but they do have call-ahead seating, which is what we did. We called when we were 20 minutes away, and they sat us as soon as we arrived. I love that it’s a farm-to-table restaurant, where many items on the menu are locally sourced from organic farms. Jay ordered a Full Sail Brewing Session Lager and the Wild boar meatball sandwich. Front row seats to all the cooking action. Seriously, one of the best pizzas we’ve had. I ordered the pizza of the day, which included lamb, bacon and arugula. The butterscotch pudding with caramel pecan sticks …

Vancouver in less than 48 hours

In hindsight, we should’ve given ourselves more than a day and a half to explore the largest city in British Columbia, but Jay and I made the best of our time and covered a lot of ground — all by foot! Join me for a walking tour of this gorgeous city… We got into the city late afternoon after our ski trip at Whistler. After finding and settling into a our hotel, we immediately set out to find food. The twinkle lights and cobblestone streets of Gastown drew us in. The Gastown steam clock even whistles! It’s powered by steam from the city’s downtown centralized heating system. At right is a statue of “Gassy” Jack Deighton, a steamboat captain who arrived in 1867 and opened the area’s first saloon. Funny how we go to Vancouver to end up eating at a Carolina barbecue place. No regrets though, this place was delicious. (Insider tip: order the jalapeno pork sausage smokie and a side of their hush puppies with honey bourbon dip!) Canada Place, home to Vancouver’s convention centre, that …