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HOLY SPICE-A-MOLE!

Long time no blog! I am so sorry there has been nothing new to read from the Daily Moderation blog the past few days! This week was HORRIBLE. Wednesday I ran around all day setting up for a work meeting and then hosting a cocktail party – Thursday I walked into work and quickly received a barrage of phone calls – all needing to be tended to and it didn’t stop all day – yesterday I began my day with an 8:30 meeting, a 10:00 meeting and finishing up work before I left at noon to have a meeting in Mt. Vernon. Then I bought a veil, went to the gym and had dinner with some girlfriends Phew! Can it be calm now? Please!

Anyway, I won’t bore you with my eats of this week because when it’s so busy I have little motivation to cook and make anything exciting. It was a lot of quesadillas on Flat Out Wraps, English Muffins with PB, you know the drill.

However, Tuesday night I made a kick A dinner. From Cooking Light’s 20 Minute Meals I made the Thai Chicken Saute. This dish tasted just like it was out of an Asian restaurant! And if you were to read a Thai menu, this dish would have three illustrated peppers next to it. Whoo!

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While this dish was uber-flavorful, next time I make it – I’m going to use half the advised amount of Sricacha sauce. That way I won’t have to drink milk with it again.

Last night my friends and I went to Founding Farmers. According to its website:

The Founding Farmers name represents a combination of ideas: it is a celebration of the land, and the American family farmer; it is a nod to the founding fathers of our country, many of whom owned and farmed land that surrounds Washington, DC; and it is a place where true, sustainably farmed, grown and harvested American foods reminiscent of traditions from across the land are brought to our guests.

I had been here once before and had a really great experience. Last night, not so much.

First, we had an 8:30 reservation and were not seated until well after 9:00 – in the bar – on stools. Sort of cool, but not what we were looking for last night.

We had originally gone for Restaurant Week, but their menu was so limited we stuck to their normal menu. I ordered a glass of Pinot Grigio. Now, I NEVER send wine back – because, quite frankly, I’ll drink anything. But this tasted like a dessert wine – was way too sweet. So I exchanged it. My friend’s wine had cork in it. Ewww.

I ordered a bowl of the Tomato Basil Soup to start. It was good, but the waiter spilled some on the table next to me, and it was spicy. Overall, not too creamy – which is just how I like it.

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I ordered the Ahi Tuna Spicy Poke Salad. Now, I ordered this salad the last time I was there and LOVED it. This time, it was WAY too spicy! I had to ask the waiter to bring bread out so I could neutralize my taste buds.

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My friends ordered some great looking steak, and I sampled a bite of their mashed potatoes which were so yummy. I also sampled a bite of my friend’s Lobster Macaroni. WOW. This was so rich, but ah-ma-zing.

So for five of us to get two glasses of wine a bowl of soup/salad and a main dish, our bill was $239 not including tip. It was nice to be with my friends, but I don’t think I’ll be heading back there anytime soon.

It is next to the World Bank / IMF, however, and looks like it has a very fun bar scene – despite the two idiot sticks who were sitting at the bar when we arrived who were so smashed they were slamming their hands on the bar and yelling to the bartender “TWO JAMESONS – NOW!” Classy, kids. Classy.

The fiance is at his bachelor party in NYC this weekend so it’s just ME! I love that! I get so much done around the house – I sleep really well in our double, yes double, bed because I can stretch out.

On the list for today: laundry, dishes, cleaning, grocery, taxes, make wedding placecards, bridesmaid luncheon invites, gym, bridesmaid shoes, doggie playdate for Thumper, out of town gift bags, thank you notes. I better get started! I’m going to a house party tonight – seriously, a legitimate house party. So excited! I’ll try to check back in with you chicas later!

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