Saturday, January 30, 2010


My coworker and I went to Rosa Mexicano for lunch yesterday, and we had a nice 3 course lunch since it’s Restaurant Week over at National Harbor.  But the highlight definitely had to be the dessert as I had the most delicious cupcake I’ve ever had.


You know you want to eat it just from looking at it ;)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Official Snack of the Veggies

I was walking through Costco this weekend picking up some odds and ends, and I saw this bag sitting in the aisle, and I knew right then and there I had to buy it.

Veggie StrawsWhat’re these like?  Well, imagine the taste of a french fry with the crunch and weight of a potato chip, and you get the veggie straw.  Even though the bag highlights that these have 30% less fat than regular potato chips, I can imagine someone easily eat 30% more since these are soooo good.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Furniture

I have a pretty sturdy dining room table, but the chairs that I have are definitely on their last legs since the legs look like they might fall out at any moment.  So yesterday, I made a run to Ikea to see if I can find some new chairs for my table.  I sat on a few and was initially set on picking up a set of four Börje chairs, but then I saw the nifty looking Granås glass/metal table set WITH four chairs for less than the four Börje chairs.  After some debate with my parents, I decided that the deal was too good to pass up and picked up the Granås along with four Rivta seat cushions since the metal chairs were a bit stiff.  I also picked up a Karsten office chair with arms since the fake leather/plastic on my old one was starting to peel apart and the cushioning on it wasn’t cushy anymore.  The new table set looks good in the apartment, and my butt’s thanking me for the new office chair :P

New Dinner Table and Chairs

New Office Chair

As for food this weekend, my parents and I went to Mark’s Duck Palace since we’ve heard that they’re the only dim sum place nearby, and boy, the restaurant was PACKED like a NYC dim sum restaurant, but it was easy to see why since the dim sum was top notch.  Mark’s Duck House will definitely have to be a VO DC restaurant destination.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Piano Hero Challenge

Ever since getting the digital piano for Christmas, I’ve been trying to practice my way back in to some sort of decent piano-playing form.  Kira suggested that I try to learn Yiruma’s “River Flows in You”.  I hadn’t heard this song before, so I went to Youtube to find some clips of what it sounds like, and while it sound intricate to play, I don’t think it’s overly impossible to learn.

Some further searching on Youtube landed me this video that lays out all the notes for you to “River Flows in You” in a Guitar Hero/Rock Bandish format.

So far, I can keep up with the right hand, but it’s been difficult to hone in on the left hand, but I’ll keep at it and see how far I can get.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Next Evolution of Guitar Hero

The name might sound cheesy (YouRock Guitar), but from the article I read here, it looks like a pretty ingenious device for those who are ready to graduate from the plastic colored-button guitar and move up to a real guitar.

I might have an incentive to learn guitar by myself now!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cesar’s Diner

With the move to Alexandria, I have a wider choices of restaurants available to me compared to at Aberdeen, which one of my coworkers declared a cultural black hole.  King Street in Old Town Alexandria by itself offers a variety of potential choices as you can see below if you search for “restaurant” on Google Maps.  So in an attempt to try as many restaurants in and around Alexandria as I can, I've made myself a New Years Resolution “treat” to go to a different restaurant each weekend.

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I was craving breakfast food this morning, and I couldn’t find any diners with a quick search on King Street, so I headed up north to Arlington on 23rd Street to check out  Cesar’s Diner.  Although the reviews on Yelp made Cesar’s sound like it was hit or miss, I thought it was quite good if you’re coming in for breakfast.  The place was really packed when I drove by, and I thought I might have had trouble getting a table for myself, but they seated me pretty quickly at a booth for two.  I had thoughts of having pancakes, but the omelets sounded too good to pass up, so I ordered a bacon and mushroom omelet with a side of home fries.  Their home fries must be a popular item as one of the grills in the kitchen has its whole surface covered with chopped potatoes.  I also ordered a hot chocolate, which turned out to just be a packet of instant hot chocolate, but the extra whipped cream on the top was a nice touch.  For whatever reason, part of me was amused by the bendy straw that was served with my water, but it’s probably because I haven’t seen one in a while.

omeletMy omelet came out neatly rolled like a burrito accompanied by the home fries.  There was also a side of wheat toast not pictured.  It’s pretty typical of an omelet, but since I hadn’t had eggs in a while, this omelet was pretty darn good.  I’ll likely come back again to try their pancakes and waffles.