Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snowy Saturday

It snowed about 6 inches in the DC area on Saturday, but Mike and I refused to be snowed in. Instead, we headed downtown for lunch and to find something cool to do. But first, we bundled up!

Who's the terrorist?


We went to Clyde's at Gallery Place. There's Mike, looking all smug.



And I got hot chocolate!



And lasagna.



And Mike got a bacon cheeseburger, with all the yummy fixins.



Unbeknownst to us, the Verizon Center was hosting the Georgetown vs. Duke game. Whoops! But Georgetown won! And when the game let out, it seemed like everybody who went to the game wanted to go to Rocket Bar, across the street.

Oh well--we got dessert, a hot fudge brownie sundae, and took our time to leave so the crowds could die down. Yum-O.

Then we walked up the street to the DC Convention Center for the 2010 Auto Show.

I like big trucks, and I cannot lie.


Ford turned this car on its side so that...they could show us something cool. Not that we couldn't have seen it anyway, but hey, when's the last time you've seen a car displayed intentionally on it's side?


There were all kinds of green vehicles there too.

And then some not so green.



There was this cool concept car called the Cadillac Converj.


And my favorite, old school muscle!


This Audi, with a V12 engine, was probably my favorite car there. Just check out those headlights!

We made it home safely, just in time to watch movies, since we've seen just about everything in the theater. (feel free to skip Edge of Darkness, lol). I'm just glad to say that we weren't slaves to the weather. What did YOU do on Saturday? Whatever it was, I hope you had as much fun as we did,
Insana

I have a crush on Trader Joes

After watching the documentary, Food, Inc., I've been wanting to make an effort to shop at organic food stores, but I'd always heard that to shop organically, you have to pay a lot more. Not to mention that the closest organic food stores are at least 30 miles from my house. Would you drive 30 miles for milk and cereal? AND pay more for it?
Well, turns out, I don't have to do either. My friend Declan told me there's a Trader Joe's grocery store as close as Old Town, Alexandria, and since I work about three miles from there, I decided to give it a try.
Guess what? I LOVE Trader Joe's! Wait, let me not go that far--I'm in like with Trader Joe's. Although the store is ridiculously small, parking was easy (yep, even in Old Town), the prices were great and I left the store guilt-free. It was wonderful! And to prove it, I documented some of the items I found, including the prices...
I didn't buy any of these tampons, I was just surprised to find them.

That's right, almond butter and sunflower seed butter. I didn't get any though, lol.





A half gallon of Vitamin D milk was $1.89, which is what I normally paid. The prices were the same or better than I'd find in the regular grocery store, filled with super processed foods. I wish I'd been shopping here all along! I haven't tasted everything I got yet, but so far, the milk, salad, fruit, etc. has been just as tasty as I expected. I can't wait to try the rest!
Surprised that shopping organically is easier than I thought,
Insana

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Commercial Shoot - Frame Displays

Last Monday, I had a commercial shoot in Sterling, VA, for a retail company that sells frame displays to eyeglass and sunglass stores. It was a great opportunity to use my new stands and seamless background!


Here are some of the photos I took that day, mostly of acrylic frame displays.




Now I can't wait until the next shoot! Always ready,

Insana

Monday, January 25, 2010

B-CCC Travel Competition

For the month of February, the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club's competition subject is "Travel", which consists of any photo that was taken at least 50 miles away from this area, and your photo has to be taken in the last three years. Showing a different culture or geographical area in your photo gets you bonus points, but since I've never really left North America...I've got to work with what I've got!

These are my two submissions:

Times Square

Fort Pierce Sunset (Florida)


Hmmm. Maybe I can doctor them a bit and make them punchier before submission? If not, they're going in, just like this! They're due tomorrow and competition is next Monday night.

Thank you for viewing, and wish me luck!

Insana



Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Zaytinya es muy buena

Saturday, my friends and I went to Zaytinya on 9th Street in NW DC, for DC Restaurant Week. What better time to try a new restaurant than when you can get a four-course meal for $20?

Here, Ryan peeped that I was taking a picture of half the table.

Everybody was served this delightful soft bread--we still don't know how they kept the bread inflated with steam!

One of my first dishes was crispy eggplant in a garlic-yogurt sauce...yummy!


And then shimp in a mustard butter lemon sauce, MAN this was good, I could have kept eating it and eating it...


Mike ordered a Turkish coffee, which arrived impossibly small for the amount of coffee that Mike, and most normal Americans, are used to. However, if the coffee is so strong that you can almost chew the grounds as you drink it--it's no wonder they give you such a tiny cup of it. These were the grounds in the bottom of Mike's cup!
I believe this was Falafel, or chickpea fritters in tahini sauce.

That's what chickpeas look like?

I ordered Shish Taouk, or grilled chicken, sumac, onions and grilled tomatoes and a garlic tahini (the white sauce on the left that looks like grits). The chicken was good! Not as good as the shrimp, but good.

For dessert, some people ordered the Greek Apricots and Yogurt, on the Washingtonian's list of best desserts. I think Zaytinya may have paid for placement on that list with this dessert.


However, the other dessert choice, Turkish Delight, was indeed delightful! Walnut ice cream with crushed walnut pieces on top, farm goats' milk, yogurt mousse and a honey gelee. Yum!


The plates were small, but are affordably priced, especially if you're going to get two or three plates. I'd go back! Now where shall we go next? Stay tuned,
Insana