Life with Bawse: Hiking

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Okay, lets be honest. I don’t feel like what we did was really hiking, more like taking a stroll on rugged terrain. We were planning on going to the Shenandoahs this weekend but it was scheduled to rain. We still wanted to get out so we too the pup to Great Falls, VA.

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Bawse got a new backpack and we wanted to test it out. It’s perfect. He can carry his own water, bowl, treats, food, and poop bags now yay! And he walks pretty normal with it. We got him the Kurgo Wander Dog Pack and it’s perfect for our pitbull.

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Bawse was so excited, he basically pulled the whole time. Not fun for his daddy. For the most part he was good at ignoring the other dogs, unless he was allowed to meet them. He met a girl pitbull and he was totally smitten he didn’t wanna leave her to continue our walk.

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There was one weird guy with a labradoodle that kind of annoyed me though. We saw them coming, so we stepped off trail, and had Bawse sit and focus on me. He was doing really well, and all would have been fine if they guy kept walking past. But no, he just stopped in front of us with his dog.

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Like. Really bro, wtf. Keep it moving. He didn’t say anything he just stood in front of us. Bawse must have felt uncomfortable because after sitting for a little while and them not moving on Bawse went towards the other dog, who then tensed up and they lunged at each other. We decided to just start walking. That was weird. And annoying.

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Other than that he did pretty good, he just needs practice and desensitize from all the excitement of the sights (which I doubt will ever happen because nature is too exciting)!

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The best part is a worn out puppy afterwards!

Thunder Beast Root Beer

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I don’t drink anymore, so when I found out there was a brewery, that focuses on ROOT BEER, I was intrigued to know more. At the recent Yelp event, I got to meet Stephen Norborg and taste Thunder Beast root beer. Oh. My. Goodness. It was like nothing I’ve tasted before. Its smooth, with a hint of maple to start, sweet but not cloyingly so, and ends with a note of butterscotch. I’m not talking yellow wrapped grandma butterscotch candy, but like a smooth buttery one like a Werthers.

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It’s a small, locally operated company, which is fine by me, because I think that’s what makes it so great. After talking to him you can tell he’s got a great passion for his craft, and you can taste the love he puts into his product. Currently they only have their root beer by the bottle, but I hear there’s a delicious ginger beer that shows up at farmers markets and trade shows. I gotta figure out how to get my hands on one!

According to their site:

Our root brewskis of freedom are:

  • Caffeine Free
  • Corn Syrup Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Crafted With Passion and Care
  • Drank Heavily by Us
  • A Suspected Love Potion
  • Made With real American Thunder

I’m going to definitely need a keg of this in the near future. Maybe Mardi Gras!

Yelp’s Jet Set Fete

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In the 3 years that I have started this blog, I’ve been invited to many, many great food events. From huge events filled with local restaurants, to private charity events, to soft openings of new restaurants this little blog has tasted a lot. And I am so thankful for the opportunities to eat, meet and engage with awesome food enthused people!

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Last night I attended Yelp’s Jet Set Fete, which was an event to benefit the DC Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

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The theme of the event was retro-chic vintage, exotic travel. It had cultural demonstrations from China, Japan and Indonesia to name a few. That combined with a plethora of food and drinks from local vendors, I forget that I am there for a good cause and just there for a good time!

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Aside from the food, music, and flowing drinks, there was something for everyone. If you wanted a more mellow night, the other side included, painting, manicures, massages, and tarot card readings.

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I definitely recommend any yelp events that YelpDC hosts. Its a guaranteed good time!

 

 

Tuesday 10: Dim Sum


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It’s no secret that I love dim sum. I probably get it every week. If I had the patience, I would make some. But I don’t, dim sum is great for people who don’t have patience. Why? Because as soon as you sit down, you can eat. A dumpling cart will roll by and you can just grab to your heart’s (and wallet’s) desire. My go to dim sum items are:

1. Shrimp rice noodle crepe with sweet soy sauce


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2. Har gow, shrimp dumpling

3. Chive dumpling

4. Sesame Balls

5. Szeuchuan Green Beans

6. Roast Duck

7. Chicken Feet

8. Crab Balls

9. Taro Dumpling

10. Turnip Cake


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There are so much more, but I’m limiting it to ten. Now I’m hungry. What are your favorite dim sum items?

Giveaway: Mastering the Art of French Cooking

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My blog turns 3 years old this month. I can’t believe it. In honor of that, I’m giving away the coveted cookbook by Julia Child, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I: 50th Anniversary.

Every kitchen should have one. She teaches you a lot, and the french technique is universal, in my opinion. PLUS now you can watch Julie & Julia and follow along! I will announce the winner on the actual bloggiversary. So you have from now until October 25th, midnight to enter! To win, just leave a comment below recommending your favorite cookbook, or any new cookbooks you are excited to get when they come out.

Good luck!

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