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Frenchie and A New Town

4 Mar

Moving takes time! Especially when staying at a furnished corporate condo for 3 months while trying to find a more permanent home.

House and condo visits, settling in, new routine, new marks.

All good fun in a new town but also quite exhausting.

While cooking has been put on hold for a while – there isn’t much you can do in a furnished place with 3 plates, 1 sauce pan and 2 pans – exploring and going on new adventures are the main activities that have taken much of my time and weekends.

Along with finding a new home.

In the end, it is a great way to discover a city and new areas.

Washington is everything I was expecting and so much more.

I could talk to you for hours about how colorful the D.C. streets are.

It reminds me of Boston a lot except that instead of being surrounded by a sea of red bricks typical of the Bostonian landscape, my head is now spinning and overwhelmed at the multitude of brightly painted facades in every color of the rainbow.

And how ironic that my temporary street is one of the most colorful streets in the area called Shaw and that the houses across from me are painted with the colors of the French flag.

It’s quaint, it’s delightful, it’s bright and it’s lovely.

Walking and exploring is so much more fun when there are secrets to discover at every street corner.

If you are thinking about visiting D.C., the followings are worth a mention:

  • Think about exploring Logan Circle – standing in the center of the circle and observing the beautiful old mansions is something I do not get tired of doing on a daily basis
  • La Colombe, Compass Coffee, The Big Bear Cafe and The Coffee Bar make for exquisite places to rest, work, read, and catch up with friends
  • Le Droit Park and Bloomingdale are both residential areas never featured in the tourists guides – quaint to walk through for their houses, colors, vibe and charm
  • How could you not fall in love with Salt & Sundry – the perfect store to find a gift
  • The colorful stools and food at Duke’s Grocery got me really excited to go back again
  • Chaia in Georgetown wooed me over with their “farm to taco” concept – a great vegetarian spot
  • As mentioned above, the city has great painted houses and murals – you should not miss the watermelon house at 11th St and Q St NW and the Dacha Beer Garden with the giant portrait of Liz Taylor

The new adventures and flavors D.C. has to offer are so enticing.

New musings, new colors and visual experiences.

Next time, I hope to announce something about a brand new home.

Stay tuned.

Frenchie and a New Beginning

29 Dec

The blog has been quiet since Thanksgiving.

There is a good reason for that.

For those who follow me on Instagram, it won’t come a surprise since I made the announcement two weeks ago.

After 3 years in Charlotte, a new life is waiting for me in Washington, DC.

New year, new beginning, new adventures.

2015 is ending on a high note.

2016 already looks thrilling and full of new experiences.

Below is a quick glance at what life looked like this year.

A few of my favorite things.

Places, food, colors, flavors and musings.

Ready for D.C. and what it has to offer.

But first, I must finish packing and moving!

Happy new everything to everyone.

Bonne Année 2016 !

Frenchie and Fall Cooking Days

3 Nov

The oven is on and the vegetables are roasting.

With fennel seeds, of course.

And a sprinkle of coriander, a dash of cumin, smashed garlic cloves, sea salt and olive oil.

The house smells like fall.

I’ve been roasting vegetables almost every day since mid-September.

That time of the year again when the light changes, the shadows more prominent on food, the mood a bit darker and time spent in coffee shops to get warmer.

Unexpectedly busy, this season took me from New York, to Boston, through New Orleans, and finally to Asheville.

Scouting for food. Color hunting. And snapping pictures along the way.

I will be back soon with two new recipes inspired by the latest travels and photos.

Recipes for the fall. Recipes for a change of season.

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