Links and Love

With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, all the blogs I follow are bursting at the seams with mentions of love and such. Being single and having had a number of…interesting, shall we say?…dating adventures the last few months, it’s a tad annoying. My personal motto for getting through this holiday when not in a relationship: single doesn’t have to mean solitary. I’m blessed to have great friends and a lot going on, so I don’t really get lonely so much as horny. That said, ick at the preponderance of hearts and pink.

That aside, some interesting love-related articles:

My favorite is from Madagascar: “Love is like seaweed: you go to her, she leaves you, you leave her, she follows you.”

Favorite line: “Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
-Veronica A. Shoffstall

Other randoms:

Finished another book in all of 3 hours the other night: Easy by Tammara Webber. It was a quick read, and reminded me why I enjoy trashy fiction.

CoCo Sala has fabulous brunch, but be prepared to go into a sugar coma.

I need more routines in my life. I say that a lot, but I’m finally working on getting some down.

Winter Fire in T-minus 3 days! I’m nervous and excited. I can’t wait for all the shows. My friend said it’s like they designed this year’s programming just for me, and she’s right. That said, I’m a little bummed that a lot of the classes I’m interested in are at the same time. I’m also nervous since I don’t have many play dates scheduled – I hope I don’t end up wallflowering too much. I’m worried that my room will end up too crowded or people won’t pay me their portion. I’m also hugely excited to spend a weekend with some of my favorite kinky friends.

In yoga, they have time for meditation. We’re supposed to relax and focus on not thinking. All I can do is think about how I can’t not think. Yes, it’s ridiculous. I think the only times I really relax fully and surrender to the moment are when I’m doing rope or kinky things and I’ve given up control, or when I’m full of adrenaline from a new adventure.

 

Good Eats: Unexplored Horizons

Clearly, trying all of these would be really expensive and fattening, but these are the ones on my list. Suggestions are welcome.

Fixed Price:

  • Rogue 24
  • Komi
  • CityZen
  • Sushi Taro
  • Minibar (would need extra convincing/money)

Best of/Fancy:

  • Rasika
  • Zaytina
  • Old Ebbitt Grill
  • Proof
  • Fiola
  • Vidalia
  • Etete
  • Graffiato

New/Fad:

  • DGS Delicatessen
  • Toki Underground (or other ramen place)

DC Staples:

  • Dairy Godmother
  • Cowgirl Creamery
  • Granville Moore
  • 2 Amys
  • Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • Pizza Paradiso
  • ThaiThanic
  • Amsterdam Falafel
  • Julia’s Empanadas

Recommended by Friends/Other:

  • Great Wall (Logan Circle)
  • Lincoln
  • Rosa Mexicano
  • Oyamel
  • Pho 75 or Pho Royal
  • Ravi Kabob House
  • Masala Art
  • Chez Francois
  • Italian Store
  • Glendale Farms

Burgers:

  • Ray’s Hell Burger
  • Thunder Burger
  • Shake Shack

Bars:

  • Churchkey
  • World of Beer
  • Speakeasies: The Gibson, PX, Harold Black
  • Boundary Stone
  • Cork
  • Veritas
  • Vinoteca
  • 18th Street Lounge

Brunch:

  • Black Salt
  • Tabard Inn Restaurant
  • Busboys and Poets
  • Ted’s Bulletin
  • Market Lunch
  • Kafe Leopold
  • Carlyle
  • Belga Cafe
  • Rustico
  • Virtue Feed and Grain
  • Lyon Hall
  • Montmartre
  • Chadwicks