Book Club: The Sequel

Alternate titles for this post: “That Time I Didn’t Actually Read the Book” and “Somehow I Still Manage to Make Everything About Vampire Diaries”.

Friday marked the second occurrence of Blogger Book Club, which the lovely Claire hosted this month.

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Claire & Amy

Since Claire is an amazing hostess, she made a ton of gourmet treats for us. It turned out to be a rather good thing that she went so far above and beyond when it came to the food, actually, since almost every single of us in attendance ended up bringing wine. Evidently we were ALL very concerned with running out of wine this time, haha!

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There was goat cheese dip (heavenly!), strawberry champagne cupcakes, almond cupcakes with caramel frosting, epic homemade sausage pizza that I unfortunately didn’t get any good pictures of, and so much more. Delicious!

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Veggies and Sarah

The conversation flowed as we all caught up with each other on the happenings that we hadn’t already read on each others’ blogs, haha. Eventually we adjourned to actually, y’know, talk about the book, which as you may have already posited from the opening sentence of this post, I did not finish. I don’t really have an excuse as to why. It’s a good read, and I’m looking forward to finishing it even though I know what happens now (confession: I actually really love spoilers). I just let time get away from me this past month, and made the poor (but certainly not regretted!) choice of restarting the Hunger Games series on the flight down to Florida. Which obviously meant that in between squealing like the little girl I am in Harry Potter World, I did nothing else but read until I had finished all three books again. (Read them. Srsly.)

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Jess eyeing the table of goodies.

Anyway, I sat politely while the rest of the girls who actually did their homework discussed the amazingness of the novel, before eventually somehow steering the conversation into more familiar territory. I’m pretty sure the nuggets that I contributed included many references to my impending Harry Potter-themed birthday party (it’s happening. You have been warned.) as well as VEHEMENTLY advocating for everyone to watch Vampire Diaries. At one point I actually leapt up from my seat in exclamation, that’s how serious it was. (Watch it. Srsly.)

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Me and Rachel

So as it turns out, even though I’m the worst book club co-founder ever, seeing as how I didn’t actually read the book we chose, I can still have a rockin’ good time at book club. And I fully intend on demolishing this month’s pick! We chose The Poisonwood Bible for April’s read, which I remember hearing tons about but have never read. As always, if you’re in the area and aren’t already on the email list, let me know if you’d be interested in joining in!

Are you a book club aficionado? Quite a few of the girls in the club seem to belong/have belonged to multiple ones!

PS: Check out my friend Sarah’s new blog: The Sarahverse!

Sushi Hour

Since “sushi” is pretty much synonymous with the word “happy” in my eyes, I think this post title totally works. So it’s probably no surprise then that after last night’s third DC blogger monthly meetup I am the sushiest gal around.

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Heaven.

I met up with Jess, Carly, Claire, Catrina, and Amy at Cafe Asia in Rosslyn for happy hour last night!

Cafe Asia

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Claire, Jess, and Carly.

I tried to ration out my eating properly throughout the day since I know I just can’t help myself when it comes to sushi. Turns out that was a very good call…

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Edamame

I had never been there before, but Cafe Asia’s happy hour is pretty fantastic. $2.50 draft beers and $3 apps! The space was really big too, so it was easy to move from the bar to a table when we realized there would be just six of us.

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Showing off my Whasian pride with Catrina.

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Amy & me

After we were seated, we settled in for the main event. I decided that it would be a good idea to eat an entire avocado for dinner, so I started with the following “salad”:

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There’s some shredded cucumber and wakame buried under there too, I promise.

Before moving onto this deliciousness:

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Claire had the fancy dragon roll on the right as well as the tuna roll, and I demolished the salmon, eel & avocado, and “Cafe Asia” roll on the left. I wasn’t kidding about the amount of avocado I consumed today. Totally counts as a “green”, right?

And as if my day wasn’t sushi-tastic enough, LivingSocial had a deal today for 50% off of sushi at Maneki Neko in Falls Church! I’ve always considered them to be “the other” when it comes to FC sushi (my loyalty lies with Koi Koi now and forever!) but hey, with a deal this good I’m definitely willing to broaden my horizons!

What’s your sushi stance? I find it’s a very polarizing cuisine: people either love it or hate it. It’s clearly no secret that I’m part of the former category, but some of you might be surprised to hear that Steve really doesn’t like it! I’ve finally gotten him to the point where he’s at least willing to take me to sushi restaurants though (where he’ll order the teriyaki chicken, haha), so I guess I can’t really complain. Doesn’t stop me from trying to force him to eat it anyway though. LIKE IT. LIKE IT, I SAY!

DC Blogger Meetup: Ella’s

Ahoy-hoy, friends! Today’s post is coming to you a bit later than usual this morning, but you’ll see why in a bit. Phew! Between sushi, crashing a culinary school class, and last night this week has been a whirlwind! But a superawesomefuntastic whirlwind, of course.

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So last night, I met up with fellow bloggers Kacy, Katie, Allison, and Jess for dinner & drinks at Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza in Chinatown! (Photo purloined from Jess.)

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Ella’s has an amazing happy hour that goes from 4 – 7, and it was PACKED. Katie and Allison arrived there early, so they had staked out a couple seats at the bar. We ended up having to wait a while for a table, but somehow we survived…

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$3.50 glasses of sangria? Don’t mind if I do!

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Thankfully all that time waiting gave us plenty o’ time to peruse the menu, so we ordered pretty much as soon as we were seated. Can’t keep hungry bloggers from their food, after all!

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I got the strawberry & orange salad to start (with spinach, candied slivered nuts, and goat cheese), and the margharita pizza.

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Which I ate 2/3 of, and it was soooo good. There’s nothing quite like melty fresh mozzerella and fresh basil having a party in your mouth, no sirree. Of course, the absolute best part about going to dinner with other bloggers?

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I’m never the only one taking pictures of my food! A big round of applause for the evening’s organizer too, btw: thanks Kacy!

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I know you want to thank me for posting this photo, so I’ll just preemptively say you’re welcome. 😉

It was a fantastic evening, even with the stifling humidity. Unfortunately, the night didn’t end quite as awesomely. Remember at the beginning of the post how I referenced mentioning why I’m posting a little late today? Well, that’s because I was up LATE last night… throwing up. Urk. I don’t know if it was the sangria, the salad, the pizza, or some combination of the three but something just didn’t sit well with me. I started feeling nauseous on the Metro ride home, but thankfully held it together until I walked in the door (thanks again for the ride, Kacy!) So it took me a little longer than usual to pull myself together this morning after the not-so-fun-ness that occurred post-dinner. Whatever, still worth it. The only true tragedy is that I had to throw out my leftover pizza this morning, since I really didn’t want to risk getting sick again. Sad.


Thanks for this pic, Kacy!

We’re going to try to implement a monthly outing like this, so other bloggers/blog readers in the area, mark your calendars! I believe we’re aiming for the next one to be at Graffiato, Top Chef (!!) contestant Mike Isabella’s new restaurant, in August. More details to come, but come one, come all!

Have you ever gotten food poisoning before? Have any thoughts on it, tips for avoidance, home remedies, recovery foods, anything like that?