Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday Funday

Today, Steak and I met up with some very old friends of ours. They're originally from Illinois like us. The guy moved out to DC two years ago for a job offer and then enrolled in law school at GMU. The girl went to high school with me, college with Steak (she's the reason I met Steak in the first place) and is currently in vet school at UofI. She's actually dating the guy at GMU, so she accepted a job offer in Alexandria in order to be with him this summer.

We were really excited by the idea of a pig roast in Clarendon so we headed over to Restaurant 3 to enjoy some pulled pork sandwiches and drinks.

Preparing the pulled pork sandwiches street side.
A slab of pork ribs.
My bacon bloody mary and Steak's Bells Ale.
The sandwich.
After the 4pm meal, fro-yo at Red Mango and a trip to our apartment to watch Almost Famous, our two friends said goodbye and Steak and I ventured back into Clarendon for more food!
Amazing pizza from Faccia Luna.
Me and my gelato, because I just can't get enough ice cream / fro-yo / gelato in the summertime. 

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Arlington Bloggers

Hi fellow bloggers!

Is anyone going to the pig roast at 3 Restaurant in Clarendon today?? I'd love to meet some of you if you are. Steak and I are going to head over there with two of our friends from Illinois who just got into town. Here are the details I got from CityShopGirl:

3 Bar & Grill in Arlington is hosting an old fashioned pig roast on Sunday, May 30 from 4 p.m until they run out of pork.  The roasted 250+ pound pig from Eco-Friendly Foods will be street side on Clarendon Boulevard, while the restaurant will offer drink specials from 4-9 pm.  Specials include $3 Bell’s Oberon Ale, $2 Miller Lite and $5 Bacon Bloody Marys.  Hot, smoky pulled pork sandwiches will be available for a suggested donation of $5, with all proceeds directly benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Melting Pot

Steak and I celebrated our one year anniversary tonight! Well, we've actually been dating for almost three years now, but we were celebrating our first year of living together. And what a wonderful year it has been. I couldn't have asked for anything more to have come from this experience. Living with Steak has been absolutely amazing and I can't wait to share many more years together.

Our favorite Chianti. If you ever see the Banfi Chianti on a menu you must try it.
The delicious accoutrements for the cheese.
The delicious Feng Shui cheese, made with gruyere, white wine and sake.
The meat.
The "Mojo" cooking oil, made with orange and lime.
My date for the evening and for life.
The damage.
Yin Yang chocolate, made with passion fruit infused white chocolate and dark chocolate.
The dessert platter. Good on its own, better dipped in chocolate.
 

Friday, May 28, 2010

Ponyo


Steak and I have been meaning to watch Ponyo, the Japanese animated film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, since it came out in the United States last year. We finally had the brains to rent the movie from Netflix and we finally had the time to sit down and watch it last night.

What an awesome movie! The story of a beautiful little goldfish who escapes from her overbearing father's underwater lair (think Nemo) and discovers the human world through the eyes of a little boy named Sosuke (think Little Mermaid). In order for Ponyo to become human forever and restore the balance of the sea, Sosuke must pass the test of love. 

The movie is beyond adorable and is perfect for a rainy night. It also has an all-star cast that includes Betty White and Tina Fey. Go check out the movie today!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Steak Made Steak

On Monday night, Steak made the delicious tri-tip steak we bought at Whole Foods over the weekend. We also bought freshly prepared stir-fry veggies to go along with it. The result = super delicious. We also finished the wine we bought from Best Cellars last Thursday while we watched How I Met Your Mother and the first episode of The Bachelorette. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer Songs

I am beyond excited for three albums to drop this June. I can't wait to lay by the pool, work-out, and run a half marathon listening to these tunes. 

6/8 - Christina Aguilera's Bionic

 6/15 - Drake's Thank Me Later

6/22 - Eminem's Recovery

Yes, I realize I have some odd taste in music. I only like three genres: classic rock (bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, KISS, and The Doors), female pop artists (vocalists like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Fiona Apple,  and Tori Amos) and rap (artists like Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Drake).

I've always enjoyed music most of my demographic didn't listen to (outside of the female pop artists, I suppose). In middle school my favorites were Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit, KORN, Eminem, and my favorite, The Offspring.

Since I was a young little blond girl in a nice little suburb at the tender age of 12 my parents didn't approve of me going to these rock concerts. But guess what, I'm 23 now and guess who I finally get to see in concert on July 16th: THE OFFSPRING!

Thank you summer, thank you for being oh so wonderful.

Images courtesy of wikipedia.org.

Monday, May 24, 2010

LOST

Steak and I ventured to Whole Foods on Sunday and dropped a ton of cash. After reading several books and watching several movies on nutrition, I've become a little paranoid about the food I've been eating. I asked Steak if we could try going Organic this week in order to ease my mind. 

While we were playing in the seafood aisle, we were inspired to make fish tacos out of the fresh Tilapia and bell peppers.

The wine we bought at Best Cellars on Thursday.
Steak's homemade guacamole. Beyond delicious.
Our TV table all set-up and ready for LOST.

As all of you know, the season finale of LOST aired on Sunday night. Steak and I sat through all 4 1/2 hours of it. It was wonderful. I laughed, I cried, I cried, I laughed, I sobbed. What an emotionally draining, yet fulfilling episode to conclude the season. I won't give away any spoilers in case someone hasn't seen it, but I will say that I'm completely satisfied. I don't think the writers took the easy way out, nothing was black and white and I love that. I will miss the Tuesday night phone calls I had with my mom to discuss the outrageous twists and turns of LOST. But a part of me is satisfied because I now can rest easy knowing that the show has concluded and concluded well.

I will miss John Locke most of all. Best character on television, ever.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

La Tasca Thursday

As I explained here, Steak and I love to dine at Mexican and Spanish restaurants on Thursday nights. This past Thursday was no different. Now that the weather is finally warming up we chose to eat at La Tasca and enjoy their 1/2 priced pitchers of sangria. 

La Tasca style sangria.
Fried peppers and onions.
Cheesy bread.
Jumbo shrimp.
Sangria pitcher #2, this time w/ sparkling wine & blueberries.
Paella w/ chorizo.
Banana dessert w/ chocolate ice cream.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wine Tasting

On Thursday night, after the free fro-yo, Steak and I went to try some wines at Best Cellars in Clarendon. Most of the times we've gone we usually only find one we like, but on this particular night we loved both the wines we tried. Only $21 spent for the set. 


Steak and I are having a wonderful weekend so far. Hope everyone is enjoying theirs as well!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Geek Toys

So I've been browsing ThinkGeek.com for a while now. Think of it as a website full of dorky toys for nerds. My kinda store. They have things that light up, things that beep and all kinds of computer toys. I'm going to cover a few of the things that I've been watching for a while but have not yet sprung for.



This guy, the Phantom Keystroker V2 is the best office/home computer prank. It looks like a little USB stick but you adjust the settings and plug it into the victim's computer and then wait for them to become frustrated. The device randomly moves the mouse, toggles caps lock on and off and types random stuff. You can even set a delay between random events to just long enough that they go crazy trying to figure out what's going on. ThinkGeek



Meet the USB Doomsday Device Hub. It's cool just because how extremely over the top it is. For $50 bucks you get a metal box with several switches a key lock, flashing lights and a big red button. Does it do anything? I don't know. All I know is that I want to push it! It can apparently be used as a 4 port USB hub as well, if you're into that sort of thing... ThinkGeek



Who thinks keyboards are boring? Umm, not this one. THe Luxeed U5 Dynamic Pixel LED Keyboard may be one heck of a mouthful, but it sure is mesmerizing! The lights work and can be programed to shine in a number of patterns. I know if I had this during college I'd hardly made any progress on my late nights programming or writing papers. I have a keyboard for all of my computers, but this one is just too cool to not want, even if it is $140-$150. ThinkGeek



Not only am I a big fan of computers and all things nerdy, but I'm a pretty big music fan. The T-Qualizer shirt is the perfect shirt for anyone into concert going and nerdy enough to wear a shirt that requires 4 AAA batteries. Basically the shirt reacts to the volume of sounds around the wearer and the bars move reflecting the ambient noises. How cool is that? I wonder if I could wear this on an airplane... doubtful. ThinkGeek

There is definitely some cool stuff on that site. If you're as geeky as me, you now have a fun site to kill time on at work! Excuse me while I try to justify buying these toys.