Friday Sunshine

Happy Veteran’s Day!  Thank you to all of the men (including my dad, RIP) and women of the armed forces for their service to our country and the world!

Just dropping by to share some sunshine……

The People’s District is a website that shares the diverse stories of DC residents through simple yet insightful interviews.  This week’s profiles are on Dionte and Lorenzo, two young participants of City Blossoms, a non-profit committed to kid-driven, community engaging creative green spaces. Reading these posts brought such joy to me that I just had to share:

Dionte on Construction, but with Plants

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

When I grow up, I want to be a construction worker, but if that doesn’t work out, I will be a professional football player.

“I live on Girard St. and used to look out onto the garden, before it was a garden, from my window. This place used to be a dump and full of sand. The playground was all run down, and most of us weren’t allowed to play out here. Then one day, I saw the construction come, and they built a new play area for us kids. Now, we be out here playing football, riding our bikes, using the swings, and gardening. It’s nice to have a place where kids can come out and play instead of just staying all up in the house.”

To hear more from Dionte, please visit The People’s District here: http://peoplesdistrict.com/dionte-on-construction-but-with-plants

Lorenzo on His Award-Winning Watering

Friday, November 11th, 2011

“Hi, my name is Lorenzo and I live on Girard St. in North America. I am five-years-old, and I loooove gardening. I like to plant plants so that other people can have plants. Did you know that plants need water? It’s true, they get real thirsty just like people.”

For the rest of Lorenzo’s thoughts, please visit The People’s District here: http://peoplesdistrict.com/lorenzo-on-his-award-winning-watering

Be sure to continue to check back regularly with The People’s District for more DC sunshine and please be sure to support City Blossoms.

Did this bring you as much joy as it did me? Do you want to play on the playground with Dionte and Lorenzo too? Are there similar programs in your area bringing green spaces to the inner city?  Leave your sunshine below.

Review: SAX Restaurant

If you have never been, you MUST visit SAX Restaurant. Inconspicuously nestled in the heart of downtown DC, this restaurant is the perfect venue for that rare indulgent dining experience. From the red carpet entrance to the velvet and gold decor you are sure to let the troubles of the world dissipate once inside.

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Upon arrival, my friends and I began at the bar where we were presented with a pretty extensive drink menu but decided on the rare pineapple champagne which was very tasty! Once our complete party arrived we decided to head over to our table  – but not before the bartender served us a refreshing pre-dinner tuna tartare “bite”.  Seated just in time for the Burlesque show, we took some time to peruse the menu offerings for the $39 pre-fixe dinner. The show was very entertaining and classy.  Male and female dancers performed fascinating routines in 15-minute intervals behind a elevated glass encased stage…it really was quite lovely.

Once our orders were placed, our highly attentive and knowledgeable server  brought out the night’s chef’s choice amuse bouche: a cup of chilled pea and mint soup with goat cheese and ginger. Like the tuna tartare, this was a welcomed surprise. This soup is not something that I would ever order from a menu but the flavor combinations were so perfectly delicious that we knew then that we were indeed in for a real treat.

For Act 1, I had a bowl of seafood squash bisque w/ salmon “bacon”, crab, shrimp and mussels. Rich and creamy, this dish had the entire table in awe, literally.  Imagine smoked salmon combined with the best cream of crab soup you’ve ever had and your favorite shrimp bisque. We all kept looking around at each other as if to say “do you taste this?” LOL It was THAT good!

Table cleared of Act 1, we were then served a palette cleanser of cranberry sorbet. Just a spoonful, it was a nice mixture of sweet and tart. As we continued to enjoy the show, one of my girlfriends asked our server for another drink recommendation.  After asking her a few questions, our server smiled and said she had just the drink. She brought back a rosemary gin and tonic. Surprise, surprise…after one sip, my girl had us all convinced that we must try this drink.  Now I am by no means a gin and tonic type of girl, but baaaaby this here drink had me questioning my whole life.  Who knew?

Act 2 came in the form of strip loin served with eggplant puree and zucchini tarts. The loin was great however the real stars of this dish are the puree and tarts  – again two things that I would never think to order. At this point I was dangerously close to being full so I reserved half of this entrée for next-day lunch =D

My meal concluded with a Final Act of apple trifle desert layered in a flute.  The perfect ending to an almost unimaginable meal. I should probably mention that there was also a SAXual Chocolate cake that many of the other ladies equally enjoyed.  Finally in keeping with what we learned to be the “SAX way”, we were also served after-dinner petit fours of rosemary shortbread, passionfruit marshmallows and cocoa dusted almonds.

A night at SAX is definitely a must-do. The service (bartender, waitress, doorman, hostess, e’rebody!), ambiance (although a little too dark for some of us), food (duh!), drinks and show were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! For more information, visit the restaurant’s website at : http://saxwdc.com/ .

Have you been to SAX? Do you find the dim lighting annoying? If there was a “guest dancers” night, would you sign-up? Leave your sunshine below.