location, location, location

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Folks, I am talking about the 4th of July in our Nation’s Capital. No, it’s not “too far” away to start planning the best holiday known to mankind. Fourth of July in Washington, DC is something special. DC is crawling with tourists who infested the city like a bad flu, but even with them around nothing can stop me from enjoying the birthday of my nation.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty. Where are you watching your fireworks? After a long discussion with my friends we finally found the perfect place! No, I am not telling you where we are going, but I will tell you a few gems for suggestions. Spectacular views of the fireworks can be seen from the following:

I hope you use one of these locations for fireworks or find an even better hidden gem!

birthday

celebrate

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Birthdays are an amazing thing. Sure, everyone has one, but it’s about the memories and the execution of the day which make it a special thing. Obviously a birthday is a day that comes once a year and it is when a person celebrates the anniversary of his/her birth. It’s not like I need to tell you, but Birthdays are celebrated often with a gift, party or/and a rite of passage.

Birthdays have always been a big deal to me and I don’t know why. Today is an even bigger deal. No, it’s not my birthday but it is Matt’s! This is the first year I get to celebrate his H177birthday with him in our five years of knowing each other can you believe that?

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I’m truly blessed to have you in my life, as nothing could be more special than the day when you came into this world. Even when skies are gray, you brighten every day. You will always be the love and light in my life. I couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate this wonderful day with you. Here’s to wishing you a joyous birthday. I love you.

opening day

#baseballisback

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It’s the moment we have been waiting for, baseball is back. After a long winter, spring couldn’t come soon enough and with spring that only means one thing; baseball! No matter how baseball tries to disappoint you at times, Opening Day is still a welcome and special moment after that long and cold winter.

Baseball, is the greatest game of all. It is your life played across nine innings. It comes with hits, runs and errors. It is played by people who are rather isolated on the field—the pitcher, the shortstop, the center fielder—and when they make a mistake, an error, it’s there for all to see. But they do what you must do every day: Get back in the batter’s box and keep on swinging.

Love-MLB-copyToday, a long-awaited, frenzied and fantastic Nationals Opening Day will start the season.

It’s about time.

an open letter

[insert your name here]

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Dear You,

As our relationship has progressed you have noticed one motif about my life: go big, or go home. You’re right, I don’t take things lightly and I don’t do them small. If I am going to do something, I commit. With all that being said, my birthday is never a different story. Every few years, the Super Bowl will try to overshadow my special day but I never allow it to do so.

This year, my birthday was wonderful because of you. Celebrating this 24th year is something I will ever forget. Being surrounded by loved ones, receiving phone calls and even the simple smiles truly made the day something special.

Over the years we’ve shared many stories, laughter, drinks and celebrations, but this one was different. This particular birthday celebration encompassed many wonderful aspects of my life. The celebrations this year allowed me to join in all of the tom foolery and showering of love that a birthday should have.

For you, I am grateful. Without you, my birthday would not have been the same. Thank you for the memories we made this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing what my 24th year has in store. I am lucky to have you along for the journey. Once again, thank you. I am so touched and thankful to be blessed by such awesome family and friends!

All My Love,

Kendal Ann

 

 

another year

birthday

This morning I received a very appropriate email that I wanted to share with you. As my (24th) birthday was yesterday, the text below only explains that age doesn’t matter. Age is just a number. Emails like these just go to show that life is a strange and unusual thing. We have many connections that we don’t know about. Read below and the the irony ensue.

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Age

You have never been as old as you are right now.

You will never again be as young as you are right now.

Age is just a number.

We are more than our age and greater than the sum of our parts.

We are better than our worst mistakes and still greater than our proudest accomplishments.

When it comes to starting something, you are never too old and you are never too young.

kapnos

it’s all Greek to me

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Chef Mike Isabella, Top Chef, opened Kapnos yet another resultant in July 2013. His newest restaurant draws inspiration from Northern Greece and he brings it to the Fourteenth Street Corridor, in Washington, DC. in July 2013.

Kapnos is Greek for “smoke,” which just happens to be the first aroma to greet you as you begin your dining experience. The rustic feel and open kitchen make you feel right at home. This cozy restaurant is a treat for all.  Imagine, two wood-fire grills with rotating spits and a large oven for stone-baked flat breads. Guests can enjoy carvings from whole animals that have been spit-roasted all day, including: lamb, goat, duck, chicken, and suckling pig, there is really nothing you can go wrong with when ordering off this menu.

For a celebratory Tuesday night, this place was packed by 8 PM. We made a reservation for dinner (7:15 PM). photo 2People were mingling at the bar, and a few folks were already seated. Our waiter was tentative and made fantastic suggestions. He also picked up on our conversations and gave witty remarks. As a birthday was our purpose for Kapnos on a Tuesday night, I was very pleased with the atmosphere, food and libations. Without a doubt I will be back to Kapnos to try a few more things on the menu.

Kapnos is unlike any Greek restaurant I’ve ever been to, but in a good way.

My recommendations

tyrokafteri  feta, smoked manori, grains of paradise
lamb tartare green chickpeas, tahini, mint
charred brussels  white anchovy, black garlic, kalamata, red pepper
potato garlic  sunny duck egg, red pepper-almond puree

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