Deciphering DC: Cherry Trees @ The Tidal Basin

2017-03-26 15.47.11 Jefferson Memorial and Cherry trees in D

Now that all the cherry blossoms in DC have come and gone, let’s reminisce.

I first discovered the brilliance of Spring cherry tree blossoms in Seattle at the University of Washington’s Quad, where 31 Yoshino cherry trees were re-planted in the 1960’s. I also witnessed cherry trees in Kyoto and Tokyo in 2008. The effect in all places was beautiful to be sure, but so far have paled in comparison to the volume of blooming cherry trees that we know so well from the Tidal Basin.

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Eat This: Curry Katsudon @ Donburi

Curry katsudon
Curry Katsudon @ Donburi

I’m a sucker for good katsudon, but I’ve not really made a point of trying it outside of Japan or the Seattle area where I grew up.

A friend once described katsudon as simply ‘meat on rice’. The origin of the name is from ‘tonkatsu’ (pork cutlet) and ‘donburi’ (rice bowl).

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Concert Pick: The Wild Reeds @ Rock and Roll Hotel (4/28/17)

The Wild Reeds
The Wild Reeds (Photo Credit: Band’s Facebook)

The Wild Reeds, a band with hints of rock and folk and country, come all the way from Los Angeles to play for us at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday, April 28th. Why not join them?

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Do This: Filmfest DC (4/20-4/30/17)

Image from Last Man in Aleppo
Filmfest DC: Last Man in Aleppo (Photo courtesy of Cinetic Media)

Since 1987, Filmfest DC has been introducing DC to feature-length and short films from all over the world in most of the genres imaginable. 31 years and over 1000 films.

This year, Filmfest DC will offer over 70 movies and events in various venues and theaters around DC. Find the full list and times here.

Here are three movies that look interesting to me:

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Deciphering DC: Capitol Stones

Capitol Stones
Capitol Stones @ Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is big enough where you can hike around it dozens of times and still find new spots and trails yet discovered by you.

One such spot is the resting place of the Capitol Stones, and it took me over 10 years living in DC before I heard about it.

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Eat This: The Hot Mess @ Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. (Union Market)

The Hot Mess
The Hot Mess @ Mason Dixie

Just add their sausage gravy to the traditional Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit and presto! you have a hot mess on your hands.

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Concert Pick: Little Hurricane @ Songbyrd Music House (4/12/17)

Little Hurricane
Little Hurricane (Photo Credit: Band’s Facebook)

Little Hurricane, a blues rock duo from San Diego, descends on Songbyrd Music House on Wednesday, April 12th. And you should be there.

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Do This: Drink Beer During the Craft Brewers Conference Week (4/10-4/13/17)

3 Stars Brewery
Tasting flight @ 3 Stars Brewery

This week, the Brewers Association is descending on DC for their annual Craft Brewers Conference (CBC).

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Deciphering DC: The Kang Tree

Kang Tree
This magnolia tree looks like Kang (from The Simpsons)

Part of the reason this blog exists, is to find and share about cool or strange things in the city we think we know. The feature – Deciphering DC  – attempts to achieve that.

There is a grove of trees on the National Mall, off the beaten path, that is just secluded enough to give you the sense you may have stepped outside of DC. You haven’t.

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Do This: Union Market Drive-In Movie Series (Starts 4/7/17)

Union Market
(Photo Credit: echaik)

Union Market’s drive-in movies are back! Starting this Friday, April 7th through early November, this once a month event lets you witness a movie outside in the elements in the early evening.

Walk-ups are free, while cars cost $10 per car. Food and libations are available from the many vendors in the market.

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Sports Pick: Washington Nationals 2nd Game (4/5/17)

Nationals Park
Nationals vs. Marlins – April 5, 2017

It’s that time again! Sweet, sweet baseball.

Come on, you know you’re excited. You know you have high hopes for your Nationals to play in the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

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