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Posted on Dec 5, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 15 comments

Much Ado About Nothing

After the Hot Chocolate 15K on Saturday, I would have been perfectly content to lay prostrate in bed for 24-hours straight. Of course, that doesn’t exactly make for a productive day, nor for an exciting blog post.

Silver Bells

Luckily, I already had plans with Claire to have a fancy grown-up ladydate last night! So we headed into the city for a delicious dinner at Zaytinya, then to see Much Ado About Nothing at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.


I hadn’t been to Zaytinya since my birthday dinner two years ago, so it was fun to go back! It’s a Mediterranean mezze restaurant, which is small-plate style (like tapas). It’s a little on the expensive side, but is definitely tasty!

Pita Bubbles

Claire and I got a bunch of li’l plates to share… as well as some sparkling wine to sip. We are ladies, after all!


For starters, we got a little bowl of tzatziki to dip our warm, fluffy pita bread in. You could tell it was made with real, full-fat Greek yogurt and it was AMAZING. So creamy and rich. Nom.


We also got the beet salad that I distinctly remembered from my birthday dinner. So delicious. Can someone PLEASE tell me where I can find golden beets? I need more of them in my life but can never, ever find them in the grocery store or at the Farmer’s Market!

Zucchini Pancakes
Zucchini & cheese patties

Shredded lamb wrapped in phyllo

Lamb and beef meatballs

Everything else we got had crazy Greek names that I can’t really remember… Keftedes… Kolko-something-edes… it was all delicious, so to channel the playwright of the evening: What’s in a name?

We also got to sample some Mediterranean desserts! One was a sort of deconstructed Turkish Delight, and the second was a saffron rice pudding, with candied pistachios and candied rose petals! We got the latter out of curiosity more than anything else, but it was pretty good, if somewhat different. Rice pudding is never my favorite dessert, but I feel proud as a foodie for being adventurous, haha. All in all, a fabulous pre-theatre dinner!

Shakespeare Theatre Company

As for the play, it was fantastic! We got the tickets as part of a LivingSocial deal about a month ago, but didn’t know much about either the production or the venue. Turns out they were both very modern as well as very cool! Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s comedies, and was full of snark and wit. This production was set in 1940s Cuba, complete with tangoing, mojitos, and flamenco guitars. I’m always amazed by how easily Shakespearean language translates into more modern staging. It runs until January 1st, and I heartily recommend the show!

The only real downside was that the show didn’t end until 10:30 last night, and that’s not including the metro ride back and the time spent editing the photos above, haha. So not only am I super sore, but I am also mucho exhausted. One thing at a time though… What is the consensus on post-race massage? Am I supposed to wait until I’m no longer sore, or is 48-hours enough time to have waited?

Happy Monday!

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Posted on Aug 22, 2010 in Food, Weight Loss | 3 comments


So, as you may have guessed from the title, I went to see Mary Poppins at the Kennedy Center this weekend!

My mom recently came home after spending several months in Houston taking care of my grandmother, so we spent a day as a family (my parents, brother, sister, and me) and went to dinner and the show!

It was super fun, and the production quality was pretty outstanding. The set pieces alone were just fantastic! Plus, I just love, love the Kennedy Center in general. Below is a photo of me on the terrace overlooking the monuments!

As part of our family-filled Saturday, I also spent the morning at the Falls Church Farmers Market with my mom and my sister! I got a pretty good haul – some fresh eggplants, bell peppers, onions, and some new kind of green bean that I forget the name of. Rivancolo or something? Anyway, I’ll post a picture whenever I end up cooking those so maybe you can help me re-identify them.

To update you a little on the week prior to Saturday, Thursday my friend Amanda came over and we made a nice healthy dinner together. It really is more fun to cook with a friend!

We made a raw summer squash salad (yellow squash and zucchini peeled into strips and tossed with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper), and some steamed broccoli, and took inspiration from fANNEtastic food and did a Balsamic Glazed chicken (marinated a chicken breast in some balsamic vinaigrette and tossed it in a pan – it caramelizes deliciously!) It was extremely satisfying and very healthy, too!

Anyway, weigh-in tomorrow morning (!!) and I know not to expect anything close to the difference in my last weigh-in, I am still hopeful that some progress has been made. Also, it’s been hard due to my ankle and not being able to exercise. I have plans to reattempt Zumba this Wednesday though, and we’ll see if I can do some light gym time tomorrow. So that’s something to look forward to! Well, maybe not “look forward” but… you get the idea, haha. So for now, I’ll leave you with what I consider to be a hilarious picture of my brother’s and my lite grocery trip from this weekend. Note that the groceries on the left are his, and on the right are mine:

Yeah, that pretty much sums up the difference in our nutritional attitudes! 🙂 Until next time, my friends!

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