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DC Life – Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

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Last week I visited the Corcoran Gallery of Art for the first time to view a new exhibit about the subculture of graffiti, rap, go-go and punk scene in D.C. during the 1980s and early 90s.  Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s showcases the birth of an underground movement within the framework of the notorious drug problems, corruption and violence in D.C. at the time.  The exhibit spans the years between 1980 and 1992 and includes photos, records, video footage, newspaper clippings, original pieces of street art (sometimes entire chunks of walls), flyers, posters and much more.  I found it so interesting because although the majority of the movement took place before I was born, I was still able to identify with parts of the culture that I heard of, but didn’t necessarily know the history. Continue reading

Food Saturday: Veg-Head Three Bean Chili

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Warm up with this deliciousness!

Warm up with this deliciousness!

Two Food Friday’s in a row have gone by and I didn’t get a chance to post! Bad Shayla! Welp, welcome to Food Saturday! This is the first and hopefully last one because I’m a fan of alliteration and “Food Saturday” just doesn’t do it for me.  Anyway, although I didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday, I did get a chance to cook!  Continue reading

Levain Bakery

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Hello from New York! I came up to the city yesterday to spend a couple days here for a friend’s graduation and I had to make a stop at one of my favorite bakeries.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I am a sweets freak.  My sweet tooth will most definitely be the end of me.  I’m very particular about my sweets though, and I like to refer to myself as a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur…which brings me to… Continue reading

Summer Scheming: Music Festivals

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Bonnaroo! Manchester, TNImage credit: www.glidemagazine.com

Bonnaroo! Manchester, TN
Image credit: www.glidemagazine.com

Gosh, I tell myself I’m going to start blogging regularly then disappear for five days, sorry guys! I hope you had a great President’s Day weekend! Did you go anywhere? I spent most of the weekend working and I’m nowhere near where I need to be, but I wanted to come up for air for a quick moment to discuss something that has been a giant distraction for me lately.  I CANNOT stop thinking about all the upcoming music festivals taking place this summer in America and abroad! I feel like everyday an awesome festival that I’ve heard about but never attended announces that their tickets will be going on sale this weekend. HOW WILL I CHOOSE?! Continue reading

Food Friday: Ess-a-bagel

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IMG_3497When it comes to breakfast, New York City is the city of bagels.  New York prides itself on the bagel - the perfect, filling breakfast for on-the-go New Yorkers.  I personally stopped eating bagels once I read that calorie wise, one bagel is equal to five slices of bread (yikes!), but every once in a while I need to indulge.  I recently had that urge during a quick trip to NYC so I made the journey to midtown to a classic little bagel place I’d heard about… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: U.S. Virgin Islands

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The stunning waters of St. John

The stunning waters of St. John

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!! Today is also Throwback Thursday in the Twitterverse so I thought I’d highlight a place where I wish I was at this very moment.  In 2010 I visited St. Thomas with my family and it was absolute paradise.  We Americans are quite lucky that traveling in the United States does not have to be limited to only the 50 states we know and love.  U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, The U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John), American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and others are all accessible to American residents, no passport required.  It’s worth noting that all air passengers to these destinations are required to have a passport, but if you go by land or sea, an enhanced drivers license can get you back home.  I urge you to go explore! Continue reading

Mardi Gras in DC!

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Me helping prep for a crawfish boil circa Mardi Gras 2011

Me helping prep for a crawfish boil circa Mardi Gras 2011

Happy Lundi Gras ya’ll!  At this moment, thousands of people are reveling in the awesome debauchery that is Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Tomorrow is Mardi Gras, also affectionately known as Fat Tuesday, but the parade season has been going on since January 19.  As Fat Tuesday is the biggest day of the Carnival season, most people plan their Mardi Gras trip around this day, but travelers really have over three weeks to take part in the world-famous parades.  In fact, I have friends participating in the Krewe of Orpheus parade tonight!  Gooo Laura!

As a former participant in Mardi Gras 2011, I can honestly say that no other celebration compares to the real deal in NOLA. That said, I don’t have a teleport so I’ll be celebrating here in DC! Here are a couple of my favorite places in the DC area to laissez les bons temps rouler! Continue reading

Food Friday: Spicy Caramel Brownies

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Remember when I lost my mind and made Thanksgiving dinner completely on my own? That was fun.  If you do happen to recall that wonderful 8-10 hour ordeal, then you probably remember the fact that there was one item on my overzealous menu that I did not get a chance to make because I passed ou- ummm I had already made too much food to begin with.  Here’s a quick reminder of that menu.  The one dish I did not make was a desert option of Spicy Caramel Brownies, not too important since I had already made a delicious Caramel Apple Pecan pie.  That said, my sweet tooth kept nagging the hell out of me to try the recipe so I did. Here’s what happened… Continue reading

My Favorite Cities for Romance

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Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, Sonoma County California

Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, Sonoma County California

Paris? Nope. Florence? Oh, please. Although I can be a tad bit cynical about romantic travel, the fact is there are some cities in America that upon first visit you can’t help but imagine yourself walking hand in hand with the one you love.  As Valentine’s Day is approaching and is on a Thursday this year (make it a long weekend lovebirds!), here are my favorite romantic destinations in the good ole US of A. Continue reading

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