a new kind of Christmas

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This holiday season a lot of my friends took part in unconventional traditions. You can add me into this group, too. Rather than boarding a plane and heading back to the Motherland (Wisconsin), I found my mom picking me up in Charlotte, North Carolina. Arriving in Charlotte wasn’t even the end of it; from there we drove 2 hours west to their new home in Hendersonville, NC.  After a week with my family in Hendersonville, I can report back saying Christmas wasn’t any different from other years (other than the fact that I didn’t get to see Matt). We still watch an uncountable amount of Christmas movies, drank a great deal of Brandy Old Fashioneds, went to Mass on Christmas Eve and waited to open gifts on Christmas day afternoon.

Growing up you can only imagine Christmas at your house, with that special dinner, opening gifts, etc., but once you hit a certain age that all changes. I now see and understand that it doesn’t matter where I celebrate Christmas as long as family and your loved ones surround you Christmas is the exact same. Do you feel that Christmas can only be special by celebrating it a particular way?

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy New Year!

technology

the era of apple

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Back in January, I got the internet. *gasp* I wrote an article about my time before-internet in September. Yeah, if you can do that simple math I was without the internet for quite sometime, and truly it was much longer than the noted 4 months…it was really like a year and four months. People used to give me a lot of heat about not having the internet at home, but honestly, I didn’t need it. People would hate-on me because I am part of Digital District, and how can that be possible when I’m not in the “digital age”…folks, it’s not like I don’t have a smartphone or an iPad, calm down.

The adventure started about a month ago, that’s when I turned in my computers for a shiny new model. Little did I know, getting a new computer was a much bigger deal than most people make it. After doing much research my mind was made up, and soon I would be the proud new owner of a MacBook Air.

So, I wrote that first excerpt back in March when I purchased my computer. All is going well and I am fond of my Macbook Air. It’s been a great purchase and really the best deal for me. Now that I am back in the “digital age” and actually using my technology, RE: iPad, Macbook, and iPhone I don’t feel any different than before. There are days when I still wish I didn’t have a computer at home, but that’s when I know it’s time to put the computer down and to get outside. Do you think you could live without a computer at home?

grapefruit

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So it’s not a secret that I do not like grapefruit and I never have. Lately, I’ve been on this kick of trying new foods that I distinctively know I don’t like, but I want to try them in different forms just to make sure. More often than not the experiment at hand has the same outcome: I still don’t like [insert food].

This week, I was given a grapefruit and I brought it home for Matt to enjoy, but before totally handing it over I had an epiphany. Once, I heard about broiled grapefruit, and I figured what better time than the present to try this.

Broling a grapefruit is simple and takes about ten minutes. Sprinkle half a grapefruit with a little brown sugar and place it under the broiler for a few minutes; it couldn’t be easier to make. You just broil it until the sugar begins to bubble and caramelize a little, melting into the tangy grapefruit beneath.

Broiled Grapefruit

1.To make it easier to remove the grapefruit segments with a spoon once the grapefruit is cooked, use a sharp paring knife to cut around the edges of the fruit, where the fruit meets the rind. Then gently cut inside the grapefruit, along the edges of the segments. Don’t cut all the way through the grapefruit, just to the rind if you can.

2. Place the grapefruit halves, cut side up in the pan. Spread brown sugar over the top of the exposed fruit (not the rind), about 2 to 2 teaspoons of brown sugar per half (more or less to taste).

Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until the brown sugar is bubbly and beginning to brown and caramelize. Remove from oven. Let cool for a minute. Eat while still warm.

It’s that easy! After the experiment I decided I could eat a grapefruit like that and I would even give a few more options a try. I am going to give this version of broiling a try next.

club w

calling all winos

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This post is all about wine and drinking it. Last week I stumbled upon Club W when I found a free pomo code for two bottles of wine. After seeing the promo, I was very intrigued and checked out their website. Though this is a little copy and paste, they can explain what their motto is best.

Learning about wine should be fun, not overbearing or pretentious. We produce a short video for every wine featuring one of our curators that includes tasting notes and other background information such as the producer’s story, an explanation of the growing region or a primer on the varietal. A QR code on every bottle that we ship will take you directly to the video. It’s an easy, un-obtrusive way to learn about the wine you’re about to enjoy, if you’re so inclined.

No Jargon. No BS. Just great wine.

  • Our team of curators source some of the coolest small production wine from around the world and present new bottles every month.
  • Love something we sent you last month? As long as we have bottles left you can add more to your next order.
  • Know what you like? Perfect, pick exactly what you want from our selection.
  • A Club W Experience is commitment free and guaranteed to make you happy. Cancel or skip a shipment any time. Don’t like something? We’ll send you a replacement or a refund.

So, this sounds pretty awesome, huh? I like that idea that they match your pallet based on your likes and dislikes and your taste buds. I ordered my wine last week and needless to say I am anxious to start sipping on it. Once I get it, I will give you a full review of the service and product.

date night

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At least once a week Matt and I try to put time aside for the two of us for date night. Date night is an awesome thing, if you and your significant other don’t have this, I’m sorry and I truly hope you can instate one. Every date night is unlike the previous one. For us date night can be a simple meal at home followed by a movie, going to a museum, heading to Nationals Park or grabbing a libation at our favorite hang out. Last night, was different. Last night was about a celebration and date night so we needed excitement and to get a little bang for our buck.

You might remember a post from me about National Grilled Cheese Day. If you don’t, here are the highlights. The post talked about this new restaurant that hit DC. Grilled Cheese DC, opened just in time for National Grilled Cheese Day and last night, Matt and I were fortunate enough to check this establishment out. I was beyond pumped to check this place out and the experience was nothing less than amazing.  Though the calk board wasn’t ready for us to jot down your grilled cheese recipe on a big board by the bar, which your fellow diners will vote throughout the week before a winner’s announced every Friday, we still had a great time.

If you get a chance, check GCDC and be sure to ask for Allen as your waiter not only is he awesome, but he really knows the menu.

 

a big step

for China

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in my short 23 years of life, China always had a one-child policy–now they are ready to abolish it. The Chinese government will ease its one-child family size restrictions and abolish re-education through labor camps. In turn this will end two policies that for have defined the state’s power to control the citizens’ of China lives.

If  this all is carried through, the lifting of this policy will mark the first significant nationwide easing of family-size restrictions. These restrictions have been in place in the 70s. There are estimates that the policy could lead to 1 to 2 million more births in China every year. Currently China’s birth rate per year is approximately 15 million.

Personally, this is a huge change and a huge step in another direction for China. We must applaud their efforts. China, will now be on the forefront, so keep an eye on the news.

For more information, check out this news article from the New York Times.