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Back to back baby showers

December 10, 2008 Leave a comment

On Friday afternoon, my office held our holiday party. We ate tasty hors d’oeuvre from Russia House (mini crabcakes, veal meatballs, shrimp on crostini, etc.), drank some specialty wines (pictured below), and had a white elephant gift exchange. Unbeknownst to me, the staff had also organized a surprise baby shower for me. It was wonderful because they ordered vanilla baby shower themed cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes, the best cupcakes in the metro DC area (in my opinion, they should have won top cupcake in the metro DC area while the Washington Post was running that story). Our baby received some very cute outfits, blankets, and accessories. Thanks to my wonderful coworkers.

On Saturday evening, my family threw a baby shower with over 40 people in attendance. My husband and I cleaned and prepped the house, I prepared the appetizers and my family prepared the main dishes. When guests arrived, we played baby shower games and opened up a ton of presents for the baby. After the party ended at midnight, my husband and I were so exhausted after our long day but we took a moment to think about how blessed and happy we are to have such a great support network as newbie parents.

Camera for aspiring architect

November 24, 2008 Leave a comment

For Christmas, my brother is shopping around for a professional camera for his girlfriend who’s an aspiring architect in the Boston area. He asked for some ideas and I told him that a digital SLR from Nikon is probably the best choice. The d70 to d300 Nikon cameras are pretty good semi-professional cameras without getting into the pricier and more professional range of the D2 and D3s. Once he’s got the camera body out of the way, she will probably still need to purchase some pretty good lenses (they have some that are specifically made for architectural purposes) and a tripod for those still shots. I wonder what his final decision will be.

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Belated election day post

November 22, 2008 Leave a comment

This election day, November 4th, was the first time my husband ever voted so we made a big deal out of it. We both adorned our Obama t-shirts (the ones you get for free when you contribute to the campaign). We also hosted an election watch party, serving up appetizers, pizza and drinks in red, white and blue cups. White cups are for independents or unaffiliated. Although our house was a blue one, we had guests who did drink out of the red cups 🙂

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Quantum of Solace and Locolat

November 18, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m amazed at who saw the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, as soon as it came out. It’s hard to believe I myself went to see this movie last week because the last movie I saw was Ironman (June 2008) for my cousin-in-law’s birthday. For the last couple of months since, I’ve been an avid Redbox renter, watching flicks as soon as they come out on DVD. However, maybe I was compelled to watch this movie based on the good reviews and the fact that my husband wanted to watch an action flick to take his mind off his work for a couple of hours.

Upon returning to work on Monday, I was pleasantly surprised that two of my female co-workers had also viewed the movie as soon as it was released and had very strong feedback on the plot, the action and the characters. We all liked the movie but thought it could have been improved in various ways, by incorporating more cutting-edge technology used by Bond, deeper portrayal of Bond’s inner turmoil, more sophisticated (as opposed to brutal) fighting scenes, more car chases with more expensive cars, and a villain that we love to hate (this one was alittle too likable for our taste). All of this conversation going on while we’re eating delicious desserts and sipping European coffee at Locolat, a gourmet dessert cafe in the Adam’s Morgan/Dupont area. Locolat also serves light sandwiches and quiches in case folks are looking for a more substantive meal.

Opened for months now, Locolat is owned by a young couple with the most adorable baby girl. The husband makes all the decadent desserts, ranging from mousses, truffles, cakes, among various other desserts. His wife and the baby usually interfaces with the customers up front by the cash register. They all make a charming team, very warm and inviting. At least I always feel welcomed everytime I drop by the shop.

In the past few months, I’ve tried the decaf caffe latte and the tropical iced tea. The latte is always full of flavor and pairs perfectly with a sweet pastry or dessert, which for me is always something chocolate-y, such as a cholocate chip muffin or a chocolate mousse cake. The last time I stopped by, I sampled the chocolate chip waffle which was not at all like any waffle I’ve ever tried. This one was alittle dry with a thicker consistency. Very different, indeed. I can’t say that I liked it better than the usual buttermilk waffles that I’m used to as this was the first time I’ve tried the liege-style waffle. I think I’ll stick to the other Locolat desserts in the future though.