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[26 Nov 2008 | 2 Comments | 980 views]
Capital with an "A"

My dad and I are inordinately interested in spelling. I was mentioning that I always have to look up the spelling of capitol vs. capital. I don’t think I’ll ever have to look that up again because we came up with the perfect device — The capital city is obviously chosen before the building so it’s spelled with an “A.” The capitol is generally round like an “O” (at least the ones in Austin and D.C. are). Can anyone can help me remember the difference between “affect” and “effect?”

It’s interesting …

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[24 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | 1,175 views]
M.E. Swing Coffee

Rachel took me to Swing’s coffee near the Corcoran today. They have been roasting fresh coffee in D.C. since 1916. Rachel ordered a latte and a molasses ginger cookie. I had a bite of that cookie and it was tasty.
While we were waiting we started chatting with the baristas – Shane and Abdi were especially friendly! When they found out I have a food blog, they offered me a complimentary latte so they could show off their artistic foam decorations. While I “usually never have a second cup of coffee,” …

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[24 Nov 2008 | 4 Comments | 1,496 views]
Cowgirl Creamery

I almost walked past the Cowgirl Creamery today. That would have been a huge mistake. The owners, Peggy and Sue, grew up in the D.C. area and have been making organic cows milk cheese in California since 1997 and their one other retail store (besides two creameries) is in San Francisco.

I admired the wonderful products featured throughout the store — artisan meats, jams, crackers, cheese boards, wines, breads — this would be the perfect place to pick up treats for a romantic picnic or to grab a last-minute hostess gift. …

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[24 Nov 2008 | 6 Comments | 899 views]
Eastern European Treats at the Kielbasa Factory in Rockville

My dad picked me up at the airport the other day and asked if we could run a quick errand. I’ve known the man for 3o years but he never ceases to surprise. Where were we headed?

To The Kielbasa Factory (actual logo at left), on the second floor of a mini-mall on Rockville Pike. Just in case you were wondering, it’s the only grocery store that caters specifically to the Polish-American community in the D.C. area. They carry everything you might need to feed your cravings for sausage, chocolate, sweets, …

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[23 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | 1,077 views]
Tis the Season for Potluck

Over the past three days I’ve been to three potluck events. Somehow I was able to get away with only making one dish, Roasted Jeweled Vegetables, and those ingredients cost me only $13. Those root vegetables were so bountiful that they provided for our FH-Austin Thanksgiving lunch and for my second monthly potluck shabbat.

Yesterday morning I woke up bright and early to fly home to Maryland for a week-long holiday. My dear friend Rachel invited me over to a potluck dinner at her mom’s place and told me to bring …

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