The Peep.

if you're not at the table, you're on the menu - DC proverb
I think it is time to put ThePeep to rest.  I am becoming increasingly more uncomfortable having my personal information out there.  I knew the risk to begin with but now that everything is much more interconnected and that itself is becoming harder to control, it makes me think twice and I just do not feel like sharing on here anymore.
I still enjoy sharing about my life, to those that I care for, but I think I’ll go back to the old fashioned way of communicating- i.e. having conversations rather than saying “read my blog”.  I also still enjoy taking photos and writing. Having this blog was a good exercise, if not, an outlet, so I am sad to have to make this choice.  Maybe I’ll start again but this time under a pseudonym or be less personal than I have been.  This blog was always so undefined regarding its purpose and I could never make it one way or another.  
Well, thank you for reading!  It has been a pleasure writing here. Good bye. 

I think it is time to put ThePeep to rest.  I am becoming increasingly more uncomfortable having my personal information out there.  I knew the risk to begin with but now that everything is much more interconnected and that itself is becoming harder to control, it makes me think twice and I just do not feel like sharing on here anymore.

I still enjoy sharing about my life, to those that I care for, but I think I’ll go back to the old fashioned way of communicating- i.e. having conversations rather than saying “read my blog”.  I also still enjoy taking photos and writing. Having this blog was a good exercise, if not, an outlet, so I am sad to have to make this choice.  Maybe I’ll start again but this time under a pseudonym or be less personal than I have been.  This blog was always so undefined regarding its purpose and I could never make it one way or another.  

Well, thank you for reading!  It has been a pleasure writing here. Good bye. 

Boba from Bambu and pho from Pho Xe Lau in Eden Center. Pho was good and boba was delicious! Best boba I’ve had in the area so far. Thank goodness.

After Kintaro, I came home and talked to one of my besties in Tokyo. After speaking for an hour and a half or so (we could talk much longer), I went to the bathroom and found this note.

I ran to the fridge to find these delicious cupcakes! It was like my birthday again :)

Then JT called me to the room to show me a magic trick. It was really cool! And then when I thought he was done, he pulled out this ring. I was speechless!

I have a ring now. And I can’t stop staring at it! I love it!!

It’s a tulip ring from the 1960s made with gold, enamel, and a diamond. The original owner received it upon graduating from medical school.

Sh*t’s getting real now, hahaha.

More manna. JT took me to Kintaro in Georgetown. It’s a very small place run by Japanese. There was a misunderstanding about putting names on the list (no reservations) but it worked out so we could sit at the little two person sushi bar.

This is now my personal favorite for ramen in DC. The way they make the shoyu is perfect (clear broth).

I feel like Goldie Locks: Toki is not Japanese ramen so I can’t judge it, Sakuramen was too salty, Daikaya was too heavy, and Kintaro is just right. To each their own. This is just my personal list.

JT had their Hiyashi Chuuka and enjoyed it.

We also shared some sushi. Can guess which ones are JT’s? ;)

We took a rare day off from events and studying to go to Little Washington in Virginia. There was a deal for a wine boot camp at the Little Washington Winery.

It was a little long, a bit boring at first but in the end it was an informative and nice, relaxing experience.

We leaned about pairings, corked wines, the importance of aerating and how to do it quickly, and tasted some good white wines (a rarity for me). Their red was voted best red in Virginia. Maybe it need to be aerated and aged longer because it wasn’t anything spectacular. I’m sure it ages well though.

For dinner we went to The Quarterdeck and got some all you can eat crabs. They were good but after two hours, we still didn’t feel full, we were exhausted, and our hands hurt. I think I’ll stick to king crab legs or de-shelled crab meat. I also now have new appreciation for crab cakes!

Dinner at The Tower Club Tyson’s Corner. It’s like a country club but minus the golf course and located at the top of a business center building. There was a deal to check it out so we took it.

The dinner was ok. I can’t imagine dining there without the deal or some big business expense account.

It was very… Old school America “fine” dining? It seems dated, like something out of the movies from the 70s. It was empty on a random Thursday that we went but I imagine the place filled with fat cats sipping brandy and smoking cigars. They even made an aluminum foil swan for the doggy bag.

It was a good experience to satisfy my curiosity and I have no desire to go there again.

Burger from American Tap Room.

Gio admires his fork. Haha.

It was ok. Not a fan of the bun.

We went to The Pig and it was tasty.
We had Little Pig: a charcuterie plate; beet salad; spoon bread: a bacon, zucchini, basil and Parmesan stuffing/dressing and my favorite!; fried oysters (why not?); mac and cheese; and braised cheek.

Drinks came in mason jars. It’s one of those places ;)

I made salon cakes with sweet potato and a sauce with yogurt. This was not my favorite dish…

I made salon cakes with sweet potato and a sauce with yogurt. This was not my favorite dish…

Tacos from Taco Bamba. We were excited to learn about this place near our home. It was pretty good, not nearly as good as Cozumel but that’s a given. This is closer though!

Tacos from Taco Bamba. We were excited to learn about this place near our home. It was pretty good, not nearly as good as Cozumel but that’s a given. This is closer though!

My manna.

From Kotobuki.

Went to see The Second City when they came to DC. They were great!

I enjoyed the show while munching on cookies and red wine. How grown ups enjoy cookies.

Homemade chicken, kale, and lentil soup.

Homemade chicken, kale, and lentil soup.

stuck

I’m stuck in a bit of a rut and I don’t know what to do to get out except give it some time.  And I’m one of those impatient beings who wants to know how much time it will take and what I can do to make it go quicker!  Needless to say, this is frustrating.  But time is a gift.  I must remember this.  

I’ll try to post but I feel I lack the energy… Maybe I’ll just share pictures.  

My Friday night. Bath + wine + Thrice. 

This has been long over due.

My Friday night. Bath + wine + Thrice.

This has been long over due.