Another month went by in a flash, hopefully spring is here! Check out what photos I have captured on my iPhone!
Unfortunately, the month of March started off on a sad note for us. One of our adorable kitties, Malcolm, passed away. I realize not everyone feels this way, but to us the cats are like family and it’s difficult when they’re gone. Thank you to all of our friends and family for the kind words, wonderful memories, and flowers. We’ll miss you Malcolm!
I’m probably the last person to check out Union Market, but thanks to my friend Alix- I (finally) did! After sandwiches from Red Apron Butchery, I also got some goodies for Sam. Alix and Sam are pickle lovers, so thanks to her I was able to choose the best one’s from Oh! Pickles. I also bought some fresh bread, from Lyon Baker, and a new beer from Cordial. Have you been to Union Market? If so, what’s your favorite place to eat at?
One early afternoon, Sam and I explored a new place- The Coupe. It’s a 24 hour diner in DC. Since then, I’ve also stopped by for coffee on a Saturday morning- lots of people coming in for brunch!
The 2 days before running races I like to make a giant pot of pasta. Of course, I get bored of just red sauce- so I tried out a brussels sprouts mac ‘n cheese recipe. Need other some new recipe ideas? Clams and Linguine with White Wine Sauce; Green Pea & Pancetta Linguine; Kale Lasagna; Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese; Mushroom Bolognese Fettucini; No-Cook Spaghetti Sauce; Provencal Pasta Sauce; Rigatoni with Vegetables, Figs & Blue Cheese; Sam’s Summer Pasta Sauce.
I ran in the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon! This was my 10th half marathon! Congrats to all the runners out there, and thanks to my friends Steph & Cassie for being great cheerleaders. Unfortunately, Sam was unable to run- but as always, he was my best cheerleader out there! I also celebrated by eating a couple of our Green Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!
I’m excited for #11 next month: the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in Nashville. Anyone running that race? Any Nashville recommendations? It’ll be a fun girls weekend which includes my friends Becky and Lianne- make sure to check out how their training is going!
Welcome the newest member of our family at Fifth Floor Kitchen! His name is Fuggles- it’s a type of hops used in British beer. One of Sam’s hobbies is brewing his own beer, which is where we got the idea for this cutie’s name. He’s a little less than a year old, and a very energetic little guy! I’m sure he’ll keep Van Gogh (our other kitty) on his toes!
Every couple needs a date night. Everyone needs a date night at Red Rocks. It’s our favorite pizza place in DC, and you all should check it out (at least) once. Above is the Roasted Eggplant pizza (roasted eggplant, goat cheese, pesto, parmesan). You should all be happy I shared this classified secret with you!
I really enjoy having dinner dates with food blogger friends- I always get the great gossip about new restaurants, best dishes and fun events. This past month Olga, from Mango & Tomato, and I went to Dukem. I haven’t had Ethiopian in a long time, and it was nice to try a new spot. Have you had Ethiopian? If not, definitely give it a shot.
Thanks to Liza, of (a)Musing Foodie, and her post about Tonx- I knew we had to try a new coffee. Check out how to get a free sample of Tonx Coffee here! We received a medium roast for our sample, and it was perfect for the cold March mornings!
Full disclaimer: For the free sample Tonx will ask for credit card information, and automatically subscribe users to the lowest monthly subscription, unless you cancel (which is done with a quick press of a button). They will provide reminders (via email) before moving you to the subscription (a couple of days notice).
*This was not sponsored by Tonx, just me sharing a link to a free sample!
The Monday’s in March have not had the best weather- hello snow! I’m hoping April will bring more sunshine and higher temperatures. We did stay warm this month by making some of these recipes: Dal with Lots of Vegetables; Provencal Pasta Sauce; Rhubarb-Blueberry Pie; Rice & Lamb Burgers with Spinach & Tzatziki Sauce and the Banana & Chocolate Chip Cake.
To end the month on a delicious notice- my runner friend Tracy and I tried this amazing dessert: Deep Fried-Bacon Wrapped PB Cups. Where can you find this treat? At The Passenger! Awesome bar too, so doubly worth the visit.