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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on February 28th, 2011 by Paint It What I Tell You

Good news for all you Target lovers who line up to battle it out for their wildly popular designer collections: a bunch of old favorites are coming back for a limited time! Search for J Street showcases a few frocks for you ladies, and gentlemen, who love a discount.

In case you were in doubt, “competence, compassion, effective, [and] efficient” are all words that at one time were associated with Marion Barry. Or something like that, as Washington City Paper reminds us.

Need to know what to serve next time you have people over to watch Black Swan? Search no further than Mango and Tomato‘s Oscar Movie Food Guide!

Unsuck DC Metro posts what I consider to be a really terrifying video. I’m glad there’s no sound, because I don’t want to hear the screams.

Grant’s Blog questions the subtext behind an ad for a sugar substitute. Insulting or authentic?

If you’re into dumpster diving, then boy does DC Food For All have a treat for you! (But seriously, you’re probably too late. No really, seriously.)

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on February 24th, 2011 by dcblogs

TBD’s Night of the Long Knives. Washington City Paper reports big cuts. Editor’s note: TBD, apparently, wasn’t meeting Allbritton’s revenue expectations. It’s very tough news for the talented news staff it hired. The good work by the journalists at TBD, and there was lots of good work, was often linked by local bloggers, even those not part of its network. Good reporters are a force of nature, capable, self-reliant, and inventive, and it is easy to believe that the affected TBD staff will do well. For TBD itself, I wouldn’t count it out. The original vision was a three-to-five year growth plan, and it may yet achieve its goals if Allbritton can stay true to the idea of mainstream media working in concert with local bloggers. — kob.

Que sera, Sarah shares a photo and a story about My Little Pony, circa 1981.

A very detailed, insightful look at Shaw’s Historic Bakeries. Streets of Washington.

Image Granted, a blog about “dressing men for the life they want,” says that DC is quickly becoming a hot bed for vintage shopping.

Once you embrace the concept of the egg, mini breakfast pizzas seem like an excellent idea. Corcoran Street Kitchen.

Thoughts on American Ice Company. U Street Girl

Prince of Petworth has photo of the newly renovated Petworth Library.

There’s some good advice in the Capital Bikeshare Checklist by chasing mailboxes.

Tonight: ARTventures on H Street. Art Walk and Dine around. Frozen Tropics.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on February 23rd, 2011 by RestaurantRefugee

The sex kitten/blogger behind Blonder Than You writes hauntingly about knowing thyself, others knowing you, knowing a city, and knowing the women who walk her streets.

GLAA Forum takes the DC Republican Party to task for what it describes as continuing its “pursuit of irrelevance.”

Not for Profit Dad gives us an inside look at his jury-service-imposed sabbatical.

Beyond Bread offers a one-year-later look at DC’s first in the country bag fee law.

The Hip Flask has a drink with Alex Trebeck.

Writing letters you never can (or would) send is an exercise in venting that PHNX65 employs with aplomb.

Greater Greater Washington conducts some analysis to help end debates in bars and at watercoolers region-wide: DC Taxes are lowest.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on February 22nd, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

Sometimes, we need a reminder that it’s okay to love ourselves, and today, PositivelyPresent takes a moment to explain loving yourself can lead to loving others.

Maybe always being the bridesmaid isn’t so bad, after all? Hilarity In Shoes talks about her experiences with two separate weddings… the kind you would expect to find in an Owen Wilson Movie.

Speaking of movies,  AreSeven has posted a review the short films that are up for Oscar nods this year.

District Chocoholic serves up a rather tastey sounding treat, complete with a creative way to present it as a pretty awesome edible bouquet.

While we’re on the subject of chocolate-y cravings, Dealing in Subterfuges whips up a recipe for a cookie that might bring even the most devoute dieter to her knees.

Smiles in the City lets us in on the “not-so-secret-secret” cool new neighborhood: H st NE.

And finally, Go Backpacking shares the colorful experience of visiting Japan, and the importance of being able to just let go and have a good time.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on February 21st, 2011 by Paint It What I Tell You

According to the Cosmology of Reya there are “star people” hovering above us in the skies of DC; I on the other hand, just see an amazing sunset.

Resisting a dessert is something I’m not good at, but resisting a gorgeous food photo is something I’m really incapable of. Keep It Simple Foods gives us a recipe for a new treat and some pictures that are worthy of a magazine.

This image from One Photograph A Day makes me nostalgic for the already gone spring-like days of last week, jealous of my former grad school self that could lounge on any of the gorgeous steps along 16th Street on a weekday afternoon, and happy that it’s theoretically only a few more weeks until we’re all taking moments to bask in the sun like this girl.

The Pint Glass has two words for you: Beer Chips. Not beer and chips, but Beer Chips.

Assorted Stuff raises the issue of teacher-bloggers and the manner in which they discuss their students in their own private internet rants. This is something that has always caused me to raise an eyebrow; reading on Facebook or overhearing negative anecdotes about other peoples’ students is typically cringeworthy at best and head-shakingly sad at worst (in my opinion). I’m glad it’s not just me who feels this way.

Date Me, DC ponders the most elusive and mysterious state of being in the dating world: exclusivity.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on February 18th, 2011 by magnolia

A dose of 1970s nostalgia that’s equal parts funny and depressing from I can hear you bitching…

More commentary on the fact that Watson made the humans look bad on Jeopardy! the other night, this time from Manifest Destiny, who speculates on where we as humanity can go (and can’t go) from here.

The uprisings in Tunisia got a great deal of press last month, introducing us to a part of the world that most of us didn’t really know before. French Twist D.C. shows us the tourist side of the country, one that much of the world already appreciates.

As a firm believer in the extreme special-ness of birthdays, be they milestones or otherwise, I ADORE the attitude behind this list of birthday decrees at Liz in Law [School].

Being a blogger, I read this rumination from Rude Cactus on the state of blogging with more than a little concern. I rather dig this hobby; is it already passe?

Buppie The Blog has a confession to make, one that perhaps plenty of us in our late twenties/early thirties can easily (if somewhat ashamedly) understand…

Our cautionary tale/PSA this go-round comes from Fresh Muddy Waters: mixing allergy pills, alcohol and interactions with law enforcement can lead to some… interesting side effects.

And finally, I’m being a little self-centered with today’s pretty pictures, because these are pretty pictures of my spiritual home: New Orleans. Thanks, MirellaMcCracken, for the reminder of why I know what it means to miss this place…

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on February 17th, 2011 by asinglegirldoingsinglethings

Every woman knows how great it is to find that perfect purse.  But Cosmopolitan Conservative goes a step further with the concept that a good purse can also bring together women with different political views.  At the other end of the extreme, Unbreakable Man Laws talks about the importance for men to “build” things.  Insert grunt sound here.

This next blog by Hyperbole and a Half is nothing but hilarious.  And the pictures will make you fall out of your seat laughing.  At least that is what I did when I read it.

New to DC?  Still confused why there is a 14th and K NW,  14th and K NE, 14th and K SW, and 14th and K SE?   You are not alone.  This week So you are New to DC explains how the quadrants work and what is unique about each of them.

Writers have come out of the wood work with the ability to blog and capture new online audiences.  DC Blogs is a perfect example of this.  But one thing that we forget is that as the Internet grows, ipads and kindles become the new norm, bookstores are taking a hit.  This is the reality for Malnurtured Snay.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on February 16th, 2011 by RestaurantRefugee

Post Requiems on Valentine’s Day:

Hilarity in Shoes had a Valentine but was a little confused with the process.

Pamela’s Punch was single but not solo, and maybe a bit cranky about it.

Stymieland had date night with the husband (thanks to visiting babysitter, very good directions, and a fire department that didn’t come.)

A brief treatise on the evolution of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube from counter culture rap stars to Dr. Pepper pitchman and Actor/Producer from the intrepid Alyssa Rosenberg.

DCFemella makes a compelling case that attacking funding for public broadcasting isn’t a partisan issue.

Grassroots Media Project released their interview with the legendary godfather of go-go Chuck Brown. Lately the word icon is used a bit too casually for this contributing editor’s taste, but few applications are more appropriate than describing the recent Grammy nominee as such.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on February 15th, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

Even though I am a day late for Valentine’s Day, D.C.Girl@themovies has compiled a list of non-traditional romantic movies that capture the many facets of love, 100% free of the cliche and smarm that typically goes hand in hand with the Holiday.

Colorful and Original, Pink and Green Mama has a great idea for inventive DIY cards.

ArlNow shares a video tour of 23 of Arlington’s historic homes, produced by Arlington County.

The Anti DC gives a review of Komi, sandwiched between two deliciously funny thoughts on some of the “love” that’s in the air.

If you’ve ever wished your partner came with an owner’s manual, you might want to check out Sassy Marmalade‘s tandem posts about figuring out your boyfriend or girlfriend.

The economy is still hitting a lot of folks pretty hard, but Sweating the Big Stuff shares the One Dollar Rule with readers in an attempt to help them get the most for their money.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on February 14th, 2011 by dcblogs

How to be Romantic on DC’s Metro. B(ridge) and T(unnel) Crowd

Infinite Connections, in what may have been a difficult post to write, shares this: Apparently, I am one of those women who will go through life without a partner. Regardless of what some may think, I did not choose this.

Let’s Tune Out is apartment hunting and list some of the places she has looked at, including a co-ed place in Columbia Heights that’s searching for “one awesome person.”

Parisian Vibe – G St, NW. Curator of DC Style.

Cool & Weird: Video of Bottoms Up Draft Beer Dispensing System at Verizon Center. Yglesias. It is also serves up a clever introduction to the problem of liquor license regulation in DC.

Pop Cesspool, “The roar of the masses could be farts,” is 10 years old.