Friday, August 27, 2010

Falls Church Target – ‘Fresh Grocery’ Oct. 14

I’ve become a big fan of Target during the last couple of years. Partly because of their partnerships with the likes of Dwell, Orla Kiely, and John Derian (who has a new line launching with Target September 5 -- can’t wait!). And partly because you can pretty much get everything you need while you’re there (is it possible to walk out of there without spending more than $100?)

And soon, Falls Churchians and Arlingtonians will be able to get even more at our local Target when “Fresh Grocery” becomes available October 14 -- a full line of groceries, including meat, produce, bakery and dairy. I don’t think we’ll start doing our regular grocery shopping at Target, but I can’t deny it will be convenient and, most likely, affordable. I’m looking forward to checking it out.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Twig Pick: Love Letters Bedding

I'm loving the new Love Letters Bedding (by Ruffian) at Anthropologie. It's very sweet -- maybe too sweet with the bows. But if you're gonna decorate sweetly, a bedroom is the place to do it. $228 for a queen duvet; $88 for two standard shams.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

This Weekend: Arlington County Fair

The Arlington County Fair actually started on Wednesday, but it runs through this Sunday. So if you haven't made it there yet, it's not too late. We have so much fun every time we go. It reminds me of the bigger county fairs we went to when I was a kid, even though it's on the small side and so close to the city.
And, of course, they have all the classic carnival rides and food, including deep-fried Oreos (sooo good). The Racing Piglets is a fun event, especially if you have little ones.

Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 South Second Street
Arlington, VA 22204
Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sun: 11 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Twig Pick: Bird Cage Lamp

While I was searching for something else, I came across this Bird Cage Lamp at -- a steal for $39. If you’re not into the whole decopauge/vintage-imagery thing, you could easily swap out or reface the included lamp shade. Perfect for a sun room, covered porch or bedroom.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

This Weekend: Bella Vita Designs Grand Opening

Bella Vita Designs -- vintage, hand-painted furniture and accessories by Cally Apicella and Kelley Yeomans -- will be opening their first storefront this Saturday and Sunday, August 14 & 15 from 10 am to 6 pm at 6 W. Potomac St. in Brunswick, MD.

Before, they only exhibited at events like the Lucketts Market and DC Big Flea, so you'll no longer have to follow them around to see their affordable, pretty wares.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Heirloom Tomato Festival @ Terrain 8/21

I wish I could go to this! It's at Terrain at Styer's -- the pretty nursery/cafe/landscape design company in Glen Mills, PA. Some of the activities include tomato tastings, a canning workshop and a sunprint workshop by artist Jessica Durrant. What a lovely way to spend an August afternoon.

CSAs, Patio Tomatoes & Okra

Earlier this year, we decided to join the Jug Bay CSA with a couple of our friends. A CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a program where you can buy seasonal produce and herbs directly from a local farm. You pay up front early in the season, and then your “shares” are delivered weekly. With Jug Bay, you can either pick them up at the farm or at their drop-off spot in Capitol Hill.

Aside from always being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of produce we get (we end up sharing a lot of it), it's been a good experience overall. One of the benefits is that it inspires you to prepare food you might not have otherwise.

For instance, okra, which has been plentiful lately. Okra dishes are not a part of my culinary canon -- my family is Italian and I was raised in northeast Ohio. But Chris (who lived in the south for several years) suggested we make stewed okra and tomatoes. Sounded like a good idea to me.

So I did a quick search and found this basic recipe.* Turns out, this is a quick and simple way to enjoy okra. Fortunately, you don’t need to do much to good-quality, fresh ingredients. This is my kind of cooking.

Making this dish has also been a good way to enjoy all of the patio tomatoes we’ve been harvesting from our garden. I highly recommend these tomatoes, by the way. We're novice gardeners, but it's been suprisingly easy to grow them. And they have a great tart flavor. The ones we have are by Herb Herbert's Traditional Herbs. We got them at Merrifield Garden Center.

* I modified the recipe by sauteeing the onions in olive oil, using fresh tomatoes and cracked pepper, and not using green bell peppers.