Yesterday we went to the H Street Festival, along with just about everyone in DC it seems! So crowded, so much to check out. It was a perfect weather kind of day, we ran into lots of our friends and neighbors, ate some delcious street food, listened to live music, and Val and Ty picked up an awesome new piece of glass artwork for their house. Great success!!
artwork in progress
giant banana car!
Spotted some of my rendering work printed out and displayed on one of the tables. woohooo
On Saturday morning I wandered down to the farmers market at 13th and H St NE. Even though I got there a little after 9, when it opened, there was a pretty long bread line. It was worth the wait though for my breakfast scone. I also picked up some fresh lamb kabobs and some homemade sweet pickle relish. Anyoe have any good lamb recipes? I was thinking about just throwing the meat on the grill, along with some veggies. Mmmmm.
I haven’t taken very many pictures lately, but we’ve still been up to some stuff here and there. Over the weekend we finally went to see Hugo and loved it! It’s hard sometimes to drag Matt to the movie theaters, he claims there is always something better we could be doing with our time, but he obliged by taking me anyways. YAY! I thought the movie was beautiful visually and actually meant to be seen in 3D, especially all the amazing scenes inside the clock tower. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. Maybe it’s out of theaters now anyways, I’m not sure, I’m usually really late to these things.
On Sunday, we biked out to Del Ray, VA which is a little bit north of Alexandria. Neither of us had ever been there, but it’s just a quick little trip on the Mt Vernon trail to get over there. We walked around a bit, despite that fact that it was pretty windy and cold, poking our heads into the VeloCity Bike Co-Op, Cheesetique where we picked up some cheddar cheese rubbed with Turkish coffee (it is delicious), and Dairy Godmother for a ice cream treat. I took this sad picture of the ice cream cones hanging from the ceiling. It really was a much cuter place than this bad photo might lead you to believe. I want to go back during warmer weather.
Last night, I finally checked out a class at District Yoga on H St. They have a really great space there – small but comfortable and cozy. My arms are a bit sore today though! Must not let three weeks go by again without yoga…
That’s about all I have to report on for now. Slow news week at Juxtaexposed.
We finally tried Taste of Jamaica on H St the other night for dinner. While we were waiting, we were checking out all paper money from around the world that they have posted on the glass of the ordering window. There are a few coins taped on there, too. It pretty much put my dad’s foreign money collection to shame. We tried counting the number of different currencies that we had come into contact with, ie how many of the countries we had visited… I think we accounted for maybe only 6 or 7 of them. Moral of the dinner outing = we need to plan another trip!!
Travel wishes aside, we ended up getting takeout – curry chicken and jerk chicken. It came with a ton of rice and veggies, and loaded with delicious spices. It made our noses run it was so good. Next time, we could probably have split one platter, there was so much food. Highly recommend. Hmm, maybe we should go to Jamaica…
Last night we saw Langhorne Slim and The Law at the Rock and Roll Hotel. I love that place. It’s just so cozy. The show was awesome – he sang a few solo songs, but most of the time the band was up there on stage with him, including the guy pickin’ the banjo, my favorite part. Now it’s just a rainy Friday afternoon, so I’m listening to all the songs again on repeat. They’re always that much better after seeing them live.
Yesterday we checked out the H Street Festival and all the eye-candy it had to offer. It was PERFECT fall festival weather – cool and comfortable. We ate some delicious street vendor food, ran into lots of friends and neighbors, and enjoyed all of the people and dog watching. Love this neighborhood!
the Atlas Armada ran up and down the streetcar tracks. human-powered!
one of the many decorated cars on display. how awesome is that paint job?
(and with “taxation without representation” tags, no less)
We FINALLY made it to the new H Street NE location of HR-57 last weekend. It was long one of our favorite DC spots for live jazz music when it was formerly located on 14th St, and since it was super-nice enough to move along with us into our new neighborhood — well, yeah, we really have no excuse for not getting there earlier.
It’s still got a “new” vibe to it with the white-painted side walls (I definitely prefer the exposed brick at the former location), but the music was just as enjoyable during our evening there… so I’m not complaining. These places take time to settle into and find their real character. And if you judge by these pictures, doesn’t it look just as moody and comfortable and awesome as ever?
One other note of interest! It looks like they are now equipped with crepe-makers up front in the windows where you come inside. Though I didn’t smell any of the fresh doughy treats or see anyone order them, I’m going to have to look into it on our next visit. Wine, jazz, and crepes. Match made in heaven.
The show was great too — lots of long numbers in their set, hilarious commentary by the band members in between jams, and also a few spontaneous breakouts into the theme song from Sesame Street. This song is brought to you by the letters “H” and “R.” Love it!
I snapped this (blurry iPhone) photo a few weekends ago while we were enjoying some coffee in the backyard area at Sova on H St. I really like these bench/seater/outdoor daybeds that they have back there. Just a simple wood frame and a long cushion, but a great place for lounging around and enjoying a hot beverage. This might have to go on the growing list of things that would be nice to have at our new house, though it will likely have to wait until a weekend project next summer when we’re feeling ambitious.