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Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child!

  “You have to eat to cook. You can’t be a good cook and be a noneater. I think eating is the secret to good cooking.” Today would have been Julia’s 100th birthday. Google has a special tribute (pictured left). Chefs across the country are creating special menus (check out a special JC100 round-up of Washington,… Read more »

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Baristas & Bankers: A Blue Bottle Heaven at 30 Rock

Since the beginning of time, Suz and I have been java junkies and coffee house prowlers. Whenever we toured with Exit Clov, our first order of business after soundcheck was to grab Brett (our bassist and fellow coffee enthusiast) and track down the city’s quaintest coffeehouse, where we’d set up shop with our laptops and wait for… Read more »

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Homemade Crispy Kale Chips

A couple of weeks ago, we successfully tested out a superfood snack that you can make at home and consume guiltlessly: Dried kale chips! And unlike the pre-packaged kale chips you’ll find in the store, these won’t leave a gaping hole in your wallet: At $2.50-$3.99 for a bag or head of kale, it’s a… Read more »

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“Put an ‘Owl’ on It!”

Last year, I got hooked on a sketch comedy series called Portlandia that satirizes, ever so gently, the righteous lifestyles of the Pacific Northwest’s boho-urban elite. One of our favorite episodes parodies the cliched “bird” prints as an icon in Portland’s earth-loving, greener-than-thou, eco-fashion sensibilities. You’ll recognize references to the sketch whenever you hear the phrase: ”… Read more »

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Inaugural HTOTD: Magic of the Chia Seed

When he was still around, our dad had a thing for ancient proverbs and witty quotations. In our basement, he kept a small trove of quotation books filled with wise words from philosophers, politicians, literary greats. Every once in a while, he’d email a favorite quote to his children and extended family with the subject… Read more »

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Got a Taiwanese mom?

Are you still in the market for a meaningful Mother’s Day gift? Well if your mom’s Taiwanese, you’re in luck. Here’s an idea: An album of songs in Taiwanese and Mandarin! Best of all, the price is right for the frugal Taiwanese customer, teehee: $7 Buy it online — we’ll have it in the mail to… Read more »

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A Better Way to Keep Necklaces

If you’re like me, you rarely deck yourself out in jewelry unless it’s the bracelets and earrings you’re still wearing from the last event you bothered to dress up for. And it’s not that I don’t like accessorizing, I love it! But my laziness shows up in the strangest ways (for example, I’m too lazy… Read more »

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Recycling Precious Fabric on an Old Bag

Recycled some fabric last weekend! Bam. and from an unlikely object… a beloved old purse that I’ve been reluctant to part with over the years, even though it’s become worn and ratty. Normally a little patina just makes my heart grow fonder, but somehow the design on this bag doesn’t pull off that threadbare aesthetic… Read more »

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WANTED: Kickstarter Backers for Exit Clov’s New Album!

In case you hadn’t heard 😉 … Exit Clov is in the throes of fundraising to get our next full-length album out the door. We put together a little 5min video on Kickstarter where you can donate any amount – $1 to … Or just watch and be happy in your heart … that is… Read more »

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A DC State of Mind

Ladies and gents, Chops‘s latest music video, called “A DC State of Mind” If you saw his Metro Status video last year, get excited for this one : ) bboys, Ben’s Chili Bowl, tributes to Duke Ellington, 100% local, all DC. So what’s not to love? plus! I get cinematography credits in it (for the… Read more »