Thursday, April 24, 2014


1636-D Beekman Place, NW
2BR/2.5B/ $689,000

Proudly Offered By: Ken Germer 

The space of a rowhouse with the convenience of a condo, Beekman Place has it all.

A big, bright, renovated condo featuring 24/7 security, 2-car parking, 2 private outdoor patios and a park-like setting - all within blocks of shopping, dining and nightlife.

This property has 2 real bedrooms, 2 full baths, plus a powder room on the main level. Eat-in kitchen with updated appliances and finishes, new oak flooring, tons of storage. Harris Teeter around the corner and a Walk Score of 95. Pet friendly community.

OPEN SUNDAY 2:30-5:30pm.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CityCenterDC Retail Update

Looks like more high end retailers are headed to the new DC development, CityCenterDC.  The Washington Business Journal reported today from an anonymous source that Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Loro Piana, Christian Dior, Hermes, and Paul Stuart will be joining the slew of luxury retailers already signed on for the project.  They add to the long list of Longchamp, Kate Spade, Burberry, Allen Edmonds, Tumi, Zadig & Voltaire, and Hugo Boss.

The article points out, however, that CityCenterDC's restaurants don't quite match the level of the shopping.  So far there is Daniel Boulud's DBGB burger and bistro joint, Richard Sandoval's Mango Tree, and David Chang's Momofuku (a noodle bar).  Tom Papadapoulos, who represented Boulud in his deal at CityCenter and is working on several other restaurant deals at the site said "But it's all going to be cool and hip; that's what they want there." 

What do you think?  Should they be focusing on signing fine dining restaurants or is it better to bring the "cool" restaurants and bars to town?

JUST LISTED: Renovated Columbia Heights Condo

1417 Newton Street, NW #305
Washington, DC 20010 
1BR/1B/ $349,500

Proudly Offered By: Ken Germer 

Bright 1 bedroom in a stylishly renovated elevator building. Efficient, open plan with lots of windows. Chef's kitchen with granite, wood cabinets, SS appliances, gas stovetop. Bamboo floors. Big master with 2 deep closets. W/D in unit. A rooftop terrace provides stunning views for entertaining. Steps to Columbia Heights metro, dining, shopping, nightlife. Pet friendly community.

OPEN HOUSE  SATURDAY 2:00-4:00, SUNDAY 12:30-2:00pm

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Small Girl, Big Appetite

Small Girl, Big Appetite Recipe of the Week:  Crispy Kale and Tilapia

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Oven-Roasted Crispy Kale...Oh and Tilapia!
I've been following into a pattern lately where I may have a weekend of overindulgence (case in point: Easter weekend brunch, but I'll talk more about that later this week), followed by a week when I want to eat light to make up the difference.

So tonight, I revisited an old favorite:
Beer Battered Tilapia with a Chile-Mandarin Orange Sauce. This recipe is pretty light on the battering and doesn't come across like an overly fried fish. Or at least that's what I tell myself when I want to "eat light."

To accompany the fish, I made my first crispy kale in the oven. And while some pieces got a bit more brown than I'd like, all in all I was happy with the results. The kale recipe is below.
Oven-Roasted Crispy Kale (serves 4)
  • 2 bunches of kale
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 TB toasted sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 375°F. Rinse kale and pat dry thoroughly. Remove and discard thick ribs and roughly chop leaves. Pat leaves dry again. Toss with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every five minutes or so, until leaves are tender, crisp on edges and slightly browned. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.

Monday, April 21, 2014

DC Architecture Week April 21-May 1

Architecture Week starts today and it's kicking off with an exhibit of architecture and design images by photographer Ron Blunt.  Panorama:  25-Year Retrospective of Architectural Photography will take place this evening from 6 - 9pm at the Mandarin Oriental Art Gallery.  Architecture Week goes from today, April 21st - May 1st.  From AIA DC's website:  Now in its 16th year, Architecture Week celebrates architecture in the nation's capital. Daily public events will shine a spotlight on Washington's architectural culture, including cultural organizations, institutions, neighborhoods and landmarks, as well as AIA|DC's home at District Architecture Center. From tours to book signings to exhibitions, there's something for everyone during Architecture Week!

Check out the full schedule here!

Just Listed! Renovated Condo One Block From Metro

Proudly Offered By:                                                                          OPEN SUNDAY 2-4PM
Andrew Turczyn 

1250 4th Street, SW #W401
Washington, DC 20024 

Friday, April 18, 2014

What to do this Easter Weekend

Looking for some fun things to do with your family in town this weekend?  The cherry blossoms may have said farewell but there are still plenty of fun things to do that will keep everyone happy.  

Tonight there is the Chinese Menu at the DC Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.  This is brought to you by Peter BErgen who organizes instructional classes as well as shows for his troupe which often feature traveling improve and standup performers.

Or you can head to the Big Hunt for their free standup show from Underground Comedy.  There is no cover or drink minimum. Doors open at 7:30; show starts at 8:00. You must be 21 to enter.  Find more information here.  

If comedy isn't your thing then maybe comics are?  This weekend brings Awesome Con...DC's version of Comic Con.  Now I can't say that this is my thing so I'm not sure how "awesome" it will really be but you can find out all the details here.  And there's an after-party of sorts on Saturday night at the Black Cat where Andrew W. K. will perform along with Adam Warrock and Rare Candy.  Doors open at 9pm and tickets are $20.  Here's the info.

There's a Spring in the Dogwoods tour at the National Arboretum on Saturday from 11am - 12:30pm where you'll get to tour the Dogwood Collection with horticulturist George Waters.  Tickets are $12...get them here.    

Then we get to some Easter fun.  There's the 7th Annual Eggstravaganza at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden at 1644 31st St. NW on Saturday from 10am - 12pm.  

And have you been to Pinstripes yet?  It's the new bocce, bowling alley, restaurant that recently opened in Georgetown.  Sunday is as good of time as any to try it out for their Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt.  Kids 5 and under are free, kids $15 for ages 6-12 and adults are $30.