Saturday, January 30, 2010

Le Crepe Experience

Earlier tonight we made a trip out to the Pentagon City Mall for some shopping.  Although neither of us had been to this mall before, we didn’t expect too much from this trip.  You know, all malls are the same at some level – lots of retailers, big families wandering the corridors with huge bags flanking them, and the obligatory food court.

As soon as we left the metro station and entered the food court we realized that there was something different at this mall.  Being in a densely populated area, as you would expect the mall has a large vertical presence than horizontal one, so the food court is on the bottom level with an atrium that is capped with windows above the fourth level.

Okay, that is different, but not “blog-worthy”.  What is really special was the first vendor that we saw…a crepe vendor called Le Crepe Experience.  As soon as we saw the name, we immediately had to fit a stop here into our agenda of tasks in the mall.

We were both very excited about having a crepe because we both love them, and the last time we had one was on our honeymoon at Jade Mountain.  As we shopped we kept recounting stories of that trip and how much we enjoyed the fruit crepes there.  So, after nearly three hours of walking and shopping, with all of our objectives met we decided to fall into “the crepe zone” and tune the rest of the mall out.

By the time finished looking at and salivating over the menu we decided to share a sweet crepe called a Royal Strawberry with white chocolate.  We were excited to hear that although they had peanut butter as an available filling, they kept it in the back, away from the rest of the kitchen as not to cross contaminate anything in case any customer has a peanut allergy  (Woo Hoo!).
After watching the batter pour, spread and cook, we then got to watch the white chocolate and strawberries get applied.  It felt like such a treat to be able to watch our crepe be created, and the anticipation of eating it grew with every ingredient that was added.
 
At the culmination of our crepe assembly, we felt as though we had some sort of a strong connection with the person who made our crepe, and we walked to a table with the excitement of children.

By the time we finished eating our crepe, we decided that we could more easily justify making the trek past three other malls in order to visit this one for the crepes alone.  Yummy!

Fun Graphic: 16 Things You Never New…

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

State Of The Union Shots!

In an economy that is still trying to convince itself that we are recovering, I was skeptical that I could bear to watch the State of The Union address.  In the end, I decided to record it rather than watch it live since I found WAY too many distractions to watch it live.  Most of those distractions were pointless (except watching the Caps-Ducks game).  However, I did find the drinking game below on the Huffington Post site.  I think I need to have this ready when I watch the speech this weekend.  :-)

 

Event

Instructions

  • Obama says "let me be clear"
  • Do one shot
  • Obama says "change isn't easy"
  • Do one shot
  • Obama says "make no mistake"
  • Do one shot
  • Obama says "Let me be clear, change isn't easy, make no mistake."
  • He's screwing with you to get you drunk, so five shots
  • Joe Wilson yells something
  • Do two shots
  • Obama yells back
  • Finish the bottle
  • Obama says "jobs"
  • Do one shot, two if you're unemployed
  • Obama says "health care"
  • Do not drink, you will not be given a replacement liver
  • Do one shot
  • Nancy Pelosi becomes a seal
  • STOP DRINKING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
  • Obama mentions Bo
  • Put beer in your dog's water bowl
  • Joe Biden nods-off/laughs inappropriately/starts talking before the speech is over
  • Do three shots
  • Obama uses the term "Congressional leadership"
  • Do two shots carefully as all that laughing will make it difficult to swallow
  • Obama says he's "fighting for you"
  • Do one shot, two if you believe him
  • Obama mentions Haiti
  • Text “Haiti” to the number 90999 and donate $10 to the Red Cross

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Charm City...CAPS!

This will be a bit of a long connection, but it made Barbie and I laugh so try to follow me here.  Most people have heard of Charm City Cakes.  It is a cake shop in Baltimore that is featured on the show Ace of Cakes on the Food Network.

One of the cake decorators who works there (and appears on the show) is Mary Smith.  Barbie and I have seen her on the show and hadn’t formed a strong opinion about her because she was kind of funny and had a good spirit, but she seemed to always be on the fringe of the story of each episode.

Well, as of today we have both formed a VERY strong positive opinion of Mary Smith.  Not only is she a Washington Capitals fan, but she also dislikes Sidney Crosby almost as much as Barbie.  Although, Barbie typically calls him “Cindy Crosby” because he cries like a girl.  I became aware of Mary’s NHL allegiance when I saw a tweet from her on Twitter that read “I like to think that the cake I'm working on right now is partially responsible for the win tonight.” and had the picture below attached to it:
Cake

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Friends & Hot Pot!

Last night we had a wonderful time with our friends Shawna, Quinn, Megan and Mike while we partook in something called “Hot Pot.”  Yes, when the invitation went out, we all giggled at the name and quickly went to Wikipedia to determine the origin of this name.  After a quick session of Wiki-research I found out that Hot Pot is commonly referred to as Chinese fondue.   However, in stead of dipping things into cheese, you dip proteins into a common broth.

The process is pretty simple, each person creates their own seasoning bowl with soy sauce, chili seasoning, sesame oil and garlic.  After each person dips their protein of choice (shaved beef, shaved chicken, cuddle fish meatballs, or beef and pork meatballs) into the hot pot to cook they then dip it into their own seasoning bowl.

We all made our food together and ate, and ate, and ate some more until we were so stuffed and had to be rolled out of the dining room.  The funniest part of the Hot Pot experience came near the end when a big bunch of noodles was added to the broth.  Trying to fish those noodles out with chopsticks was an entertaining experience for everyone.  By the end of the night we we were full of not only food, but a bunch of wonderful stories from our good friends.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Our first editorial blog post of 2010

We share our opinions about the world in most of our blog posts.  However, most of the opinions that we share are about less than controversial topics.  This is where that changes…wait for it…we are siding with Conan O’Brien!  Jay Leno and his writers were funny on the tonight show when they were “fresh blood”.  But, that changed some time ago.  I couldn’t stand watching the Tonight Show with Lay Leno for the last 4 or 5 years of his run there, and the only thing that would bring our TV’s back to NBC after prime time was Conan O’Brien.

With that preface out there, we are joining the rest of the Conan “CoCo” O’Brien fans by posting this on our blog as well:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Why zippers have YKK on them


This morning I discovered a fun new web-site called Today I Found Out that I plan on scouring frequently in the future.  On it I discovered the answer to the “YKK Mystery”!  Check this out:

The YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (say that five times fast).  In 1934 Tadao Yoshida founded Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (translated Yoshida Industries Limited).  This company is now the worlds foremost  zipper manufacturer, making about 90% of all zippers in over 206 facilities in 52 countries.  In fact, they not only make the zippers, they also make the machines that make the zippers; no word on if they make the machines that make the parts that make up the machines that make the zippers.

Their largest factory in Georgia makes over 7 million zippers per day.

In any event, Mr. Yoshida’s company zipped to number one by practicing the “Cycle of Goodness”, as he called it.  Namely, “No one prospers unless he renders benefit to others.”  Using this principle, he endeavored to create the best zippers out there that would hold up over long periods of time in the end product.  This in turn would benefit both the manufacturers who used his zippers and the end customer and because of these things benefit his company with higher repeat and referral sales, thus completing the “Cycle of Goodness” *zen moment*

So next time you’re zipping up, take a moment to remember Mr. Yoshida.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Caps Rap!

I saw this video on Ted Leonsis’ blog today.  Ted is the majority owner of the Washington Capitals and he often interacts with fans on his blog.  I truly admire Leonsis for this reason, as he interacts with fans no matter what they have to say – positive feedback or negative criticism, it doesn’t matter.  (And the fact that he was a President for my employer until last year doesn’t hurt either.)

This video was made by a former-Maryland resident, Andrew Bowser, who has since moved to the west coast.  He went to his first NHL game last season when back in the area visiting family.  His friends and family helped contribute to the finished product as well as a few current Caps.  Enjoy!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I hope…

My friends continue to show me how selfless, thoughtful and kindhearted they are.

This morning, we woke up and got some bad news. A very dear friend let us know that his fiancĂ©’s mother lost her battle with breast cancer and passed away last week. Zack and I had dinner with them a short while ago to celebrate their engagement. These two people are some of the nicest and most caring people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am unable to describe how sorry I am that they have to go through this during a period in time that should be one of the best in their lives.

My friends sent a New Year’s greeting and well wishes. I can only guess at how I would handle a similar situation but I’d bet that I would not reach out to anybody and wish them a happy anything. I would probably be so upset that I would not want to see or speak to anyone. That is what makes my friends so great and why I would do anything I could for them.

To say that I am passionate about cancer research and awareness would be an understatement. My family has had seven people diagnosed with cancer - five aunts, an uncle and my mother. Of that group, three aunts passed away and my mother has twice fought breast cancer. I pray a cure is found and I hope one is discovered in my lifetime. Until then, I will continue to support research efforts and bring awareness in any way I can.

For my friends, I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.  For my family, never forget and never lose faith.

It’s How Cold!?!

It has been pretty cold for the last few days, but tonight it got REALLY COLD!  Below is a screen shot from weather.com that we had to post when we saw the wind-chill factor!  Brrrrr.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year’s Resolutions

Need some help making a New Year’s Resolution?  I found a site that can help:  New Year’s Resolutions.  It will randomly present you with a resolution when you open the page.  If you don’t like what you are offered, you can click the “Gimme More” button to get another one.  Below is mine:

 

Resolution