Monday, August 31, 2015

vote for Red Hen & El Camino in the Post Express's "Best of DC 2015: Dining"

You are invited to vote in the Washington Post Express' "Best of DC 2015: Dining."

Note that Red Hen -- under the "Best restaurant that lives up to its hype" -- and El Camino -- under the category of "Best tacos" -- are in the running.

And note that Bloomingdale-based Capital Candy Jar is a contestant for "Best trendy desserts" -- as well as Bloomingdale Farmers Market's Whisked.

Here is the link to vote.


Vote for Express’ Best of D.C. 2015: Dining


Best restaurant that lives up to its hype

Rose's Luxury 
Le Diplomate 
The Red Hen

Best trendy desserts

Pops by Haley 
Capital Candy Jar 
Dangerously Delicious Pies Baked & Wired

Best tacos

District Taco 
El Camino

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

four weeks from today! Art All Night on Saturday, 09-26-2015 -- from North Capitol Main Street

See this event announcement from North Capitol Main Street:

#PlayItCool tonight with music inspired by Upnorth Trips at Old Engine 12

See this tweet and image:

8:55 AM - 24 Aug 2015 

Langley STEM classes in full swing

From the Langley STEM Facebook page:

STEM classes are in full swing since the first day of school. Some of our classes have dealt with our bees and honey production. The students reviewed the life cycle of bees and their life in the hive. Our scholars watched from the library as I pulled full honey frames from the hive. The next class assisted in extracting the honey from the comb with our new extractor pictured below. We were able to fund the purchase with a grant we received from the University of Minnesota at St. Paul.

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for Sunday 8/30

51 Randolph Pl NW #501 is priced at $290,000. and will be pen from 1-4pm on Sunday

The featured property will be open on Sunday from 1-4pm at 51 Randolph Pl NW #501 and is offered at $290,000.  The listing is represented by Daniel Nagata with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc  You can find more information in the link below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here.  The same info can be seen in a map format here.

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday.  If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments.  Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail suzanne at 10 square team dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bloomingdale Farmers Market: Even more delicious summer recipes !

From: "Markets & More" <>
Date: August 28, 2015 at 2:00:02 PM EDT
Subject: Even more delicious summer recipes


Sundays 9-1 • 100 Block of R NW
Hi BFM fans,
It's that time of year when tomatoes are at their peak.  So, please slow cook a whole bunch overnight, sliced in half, cut side down over slivers of garlic and basil and olive oil at 200 degrees on cookie sheets or sheet pans in the oven and freeze them in portion-sized freezer bags. The thick ones-- not the regular sandwich bags. Or can them so you have summer sauces all winter or make pitchers of gazpacho because we're going to have a return of the 90 degree weather and nothing is as cooling as pulling out your pitcher of gazpacho and filling a glass with it.  Slice some very ripe peaches or nectarines on top.

Jeff and I had a pizza topped with lots of slices of very ripe tomatoes -- it was great.  Make Caprese salads or Greek Salads, tomato tarts, tomato jam, quickly cooked tomato sauce from grated (!) tomatoes on fresh or dried pasta. Here is David Tanis' recipe.  As he says: the time is right and his sauce is easy and quick and so good.

I am so happy to have green beans back on the menu. The weather was not kind to them in Provence and we had very few green bean salads: so easy to make when nature cooperates.. Toss the trimmed beans into boiling, salted water.  Add a few garlic cloves. Cook until the beans are just past al dente and then drain very well.  I like to mash the garlic with salt and toss into some olive oil with chopped chives and tarragon or mint. Coriander (fresh chopped or toated ground) is good too with the beans. If you prefer that seasoning.  So, toss with the seasoning that suits your mood, drizzle with lemon and serve hot or warm or tepid.  Make lots of beans and keep them for instant Salade Nicoise over the next few days.
Some friends chop tomatoes into their bean salad...An Italian friend adds steamed new potatoes.  It is also glorious with bits of Keswick feta. But what isn't?

Stacia has a gorgeous selection of flowers for us this week at Truck Patch Farms' stand.

Music at Market:  10:00-12 Sam and Zoe will be our musicians this week.
BIKE HOUSE 11-1 Bring back those bikes.

New this Week
  • MIxed Berry Pie stars at Whisked
  • All about the Cherokee Purple tomatoes: NPR did a nice story and we have them.
  • Shishito and Padron fans: Mountain View is Shishito Central.  HERE is how to blister
  • Full Sours are back at Number 1 Sons -- Pickle Heaven full of choice again.
  • Zesty Zestar and Gala-like Sansa apples at Reid
  • Peaches rule but lots of berries too at Reid and grapes!
  • Beautiful flowers at Truck Patch
At the Stands
CUCINA AL VOLO PASTAS, SAUCES AND SOUP:   Sauces and Soups now in glass jars.  Bring your jar back for a dollar off your next purchase. This week:  Mushroom sauce, Cherry Tomato Sauce, Eggplant Norma, Duck ragu and rabbit Ragu and pasta choices at the stand...

REID ORCHARDS: Blueberries, blackberries, red raspberries, white and yellow peaches, white and yellow donut peaches, nectarines, Ginger Gold, Earligold, Summer Rambo, Sansa, Mollie's Delicious and Zestar apples, plums and seedless grapes.

MOUNTAIN VIEW ORGANICS: Lotsa Tomatoes. Fresh garlic, Padron and Shishito peppers. Shiny, thin, long Japanese eggplants. New potatoes in various colors, baby leeks. Carrots with greens, Hakurei salad turnips and greens, baby beets, Swiss Chard, baby boy choy, summer squash. Pale green Hungarian and Italian frying tomatoes. Purple onions with their greens. Gorgeous heirloom and Cherry Tomatoes.

TRUCK PATCH:  Brryan loves to grow those heirloom tomatoes: Stripped German, Aunt Ruby, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, Roma, Big Reds, Stripped Zebra, Great White, Valencia.Watermelons and Cantaloupes! Armenian serpentine cucumbers. lettuces, kale, Swiss chard, Green Beans, Beets, Eggplants.  Stacia says: Gorgeous flowers.

TRUCK PATCH MEATS:  Pastured Pork! - Bacon, Bone in and Boneless Pork butt, tenderloins, bone in and boneless pork chops, spare ribs, breakfast and savory sausages, and whole chicken and chicken parts.

NUMBER 1 Sons:  Pickle Palace is complete again. Full sours, half sours, District Dills, Kicky Koshers, Crispy Koshers. Pepperpatch Okra from Garner's  okra.  Grill a kimcheese sandwich this weekend and don't forget your pickle.  Deep fried pickles are good too. I saw "to.die.for" Pimento Kimcheese burgers at vacation pix posted by chef Tiffany McIsaac (Buttercream Bakery).  Try your own with Keswick Pimento and Sons kimchi.

KESWICK:  What I like about the Keswick stand is that they have such a huge range of cheeses.  Cheddar, Calverley, Wallaby, Vachino Bianca, Bovre, Tomme Sweet Tomme , Carrock.  Some are Jersey cow, some are a mix of Jersey and goat  Sample them all. I love to rave about their Mozzarella because it is so creamy, so much like the real Italian buffalo Mozzarella.  And if you love yogurt, be sure to check this.  Pimento Cheese is top of mind  because I saw a fabulous Pimento Kimcheese burger picture. Chileheads, alert. I was eating Dragon's Breath last month -- hot cheese!                                                                                                                                       
WHISKED: Mixed Berry Pie stars this week. Nectarine Vanilla Bean Pie, Peach Pie, Peach Raspberry Pie, Salted Caramel Apple Pie, Sea Ssalt Chocolate Chess Pie. Savories: Ratatouille and Southwestern Corn Quiche

PANORAMA: Baguettes and croissants, breakfast pastries and lots of breads. Breton specialties like Kouign Amann and the new Crois-Nut.French breakfast pastries like palmiers, almond croissants plus the plain and chocolate crosisants, baguettes, the olive oil buns that grace the 25 dollar hamburgers at Central and the Rustiques they serve you at Citronelle. Sandwich breads, too. If they are out of a bread you crave, ask them to save one for you for next week. Late risers: they have lots of whole wheat, multigrain and sourdough boules and loaves that sell out early.

GARNER:  American Edamame also known as baby limas or butter beans.  NOT the kind you hated as a child.  Toss them into simmering salted water until tender and sprinkle with sea salt and olive oil.  Addictive. Watermelon Wonderland: Red seedless, yellow seedless, red seeded, cantaloupes, Fascination green fleshed melon too. Bicolor Sweet Corn, Heirloom tomatoes, Early Girl tomatoes, green beans, yellow beans, Romano besns, Eggplants, Japanese, Italian, Ghostbusters, Sicilian. Red, Orange and Green bell a Chile heads: look here hot peppers (Jalapeño, Anaheim, Poblano, Serrrano, Cayene, Habañero). Candy onions, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes. Carrots, zucchini and summer squash, cucumbers, kales, savoy cabbage, black eye pes. Swiss chard. Cut herbs. Red and green okra.

Please spread the word about the Produce Plus at market. Just show a Medicaid, Wic, SNAP/EBT card, Senior Check, CSFP Card and a DC government ID and we give you $10 in checks for fruits and vegetables at the market PLUS $5 in bonus dollars to buy fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs. That's $15 a week. Go to 14&U on Saturday as well and you have $30 a week!

Robin and the Teds
Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

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BZA appeal re: 67 V St NW now in the DC Register with a Tuesday, 11-17-2015 hearing date

See this tweet and image:

appeal re is officially in the register w a Nov 17 hearing date:
11:31 AM - 28 Aug 2015

you are invited to attend the 1st reading of Bloomingdale resident Joe Arnold's new novel, The Song -- Saturday, 09-19-2015

See this 08-28-2015 message from John Salatti:

 Joe Arnold

Energy Healing Retreat to Raise Funds for Congo Orphans at Samsara House 2023 -- Sunday, 08-30-2015

Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:01:25 -0400
Subject: Energy Healing Retreat to Raise Funds for Congo Orphans at Samsara House 2023 Sunday 8/30 9:30AM - 4:30PM

We will host the second Congo Orphan Fundraiser/Energy Healing retreat at Samsara House 2023 at 36 R Street NW.  Details, sign-ups, and contributions can be found or made here:  

Energy Healing Retreat to Raise Funds for Congo Orphans
9:30AM - 4:30PM
By Donation
Read More/Signup:

​At our first fundraiser, we raised $187, and a friend's meditation group donated $69.  Thank you to everyone who donated so generously!!! And please look below for one testimonial on the energy healing sessions! And on the link here:

We already have $50 towards the next fundraiser at Samsara House (which is helpful, because we will be renting the space).  So, we have raised $306, and still have rent to pay. 

So far, I have sent $310 to the orphans' guardian, Paul Kitete Tunda, for Caleb and Moise's school tuition, notebooks, school clothes, etc.  I have also sent ​$150 for one month's food and to cover Paul's expenses as guardian.  So, total sent this month:  $460.  

I would also like to send at least $200 towards the cost of mattresses, bedding, and mosquito nets.  Please forward this information to anyone who would also like to donate, or who would like to receive energy healing, or who would like to hear the 11 am talk on energy healing.  

If anyone would like to read the email in French from Paul Kitete Tunda to see the reality of who is helping on the other side, I will gladly forward his emails.  Recently, he mentioned that Caleb & Moise's aunt, with whom they live, has been ill.  She has had HIV for several years.  She also has children of her own.

Thank you for being part of our small efforts to transform ourselves and our world with Divine Love and Compassion!

Love and Light,


Energy Healing testimony by C.S.:

Anandi gave me a healing session that restored my faith in myself and my direction in life. Physically, I felt a calmness afterwards and sense of overall well-being. The day after I felt heat in my chest and buzzing in my head that was proof of the session's energetic work. This positive experience was only possible after going through a number of earlier healing sessions that helped me work through some heavy psychological issues, which for newbies to Reiki may leave you feeling sapped and slightly 'sick' afterwards, but is worth working through. Yay for Reiki and Anandi's blessed gifts!

Carol Richardson, M.Div., M.P.H.

at the Florida Avenue Park Saturday, 08-29-2015, at 12 noon: GetStrong Fitness Sweat Club free community workout !

Stop by the Florida Avenue Park tomorrow at noontime for a free community workout with GetStrong Fitness!

See this Instagram post:

This is one lesson that holds true in and out of the gym. In the gym pick up something heavy and do your best to lift it; In life we seek big challenges and do our best to exceed them.

From the GetStrong Fitness Facebook page:
GetStrong Fitness Sweat Club This Saturday the Sweat Club will be back at it like a bad habit! Come out and turn up with dope music and a great workout!

Brightest Young Things: Big Bear Cafe's Wine & Swine dinner did not disappoint

See this tweet:

THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT IN OUR BELLIES! 's Wine & Swine dinner did not disappoint:
10:07 AM - 28 Aug 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Unified Scene Theater: Introduction to Improvisational Comedy classes available

From the Facebook page of Unified Scene Theater:

We currently have two classes have available for registration at The Unified Scene Theater: Introduction to Improvisational Comedy, and Advanced Improvisational Comedy: The Harold. They've been available for about a week, but we announced them first to those who signed up for our email updates, and to those who came to our Open House on Saturday. The result? There are only three slots available in the Beginning Class, and The Harold Class is half gone.
If you want to be the first to hear about classes, be sure to join our our mailing list classes. Second: if you're interested in these classes, you probably should act now, because it's looking as if they will sell out very, very soon.

See this tweet update:

Update: September's Beginning Improv Comedy Class SOLD OUT! Thanks for the support, .
12:20 PM - 28 Aug 2015 ·

Shaman Alex Kugler and Madhu Anziani at Samsara House 2023 -- Saturday, 08-29-2015

Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:32:31 -0400
Subject: Shaman Alex Kugler and Madhu Anziani at Samsara House 2023 8/29 1PM-4PM


You are invited to attend:


Shamanic Living : A Celebration of the Circle as the Self with Alex Kugler and Madhu Anziani of One Fire Wellness

Shamanic Living : A Celebration of the Circle as the Self with Alex Kugler and Madhu Anziani
One Fire Wellness 

Saturday August 29th - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Another mind-blowing event
at Samsara House 2023

  Circle Limited to 14 people -
A waitlist will be created in case someone cancels


On visit from California, Shamanic Practitioner Alex Kugler returns to Samsara House 2023--this time with Sound Healing Artist Madhu Anziani--to offer another mind blowing experience of exciting self-exploration and adventure!  
About this Event: 
  • Are you tied of being controlled by your fear of the unknown?
  • Are you hungry to find your own source of wisdom and guidance?
  • Are you desiring more community and support on your path?
Join us for an exciting 3-hour workshop on the day of the Full Moon where we will gather in sacred community to deepen our connection with Self, other and the natural world. You will be initiated in the art of the Shamanic Journey where you will meet and interact with your personal Spirit Guides and Teachers. We will be making devotional music together and have ample time to speak our hearts, to be heard and held by the Circle. With the aid of the drum, deep listening, limpias (energetic clearings) and other Shamanic tools you will reconnect with your Spirit Family and experience the power of our human birthright - direct communication with Spirit.
This workshop will include music, playfulness and profound depth.  It is appropriate for ages above 12 and all levels of shamanic understanding. Come share and be held in the re-membering of the circle as the self.
Cost - $90 - $75
- $75 Earlybird On-line Ticket (until Sunday August 23rd at midnight)
- $90 August 24th through Day of the Event 
- $90 At the Door - Cash Only

Items to bring:
  • Journal and pen
  • Sacred item (stone or ritual object)
  • Rattle & Drum (if you have them)
  • Water bottle
  • Eye cover (not necessary)

About Alexander and Madhu
Alexander & Madhu have been studying the healing arts for over a decade each and currently are apprentices in the Pachacuti Mesa Tradition.  Regularly holding ceremony in rhythm with the phases of the moon and offering healing sessions to clients all over the bay area, Alexander & Madhu are committed to rooting deeply into community and acting as catalysts and supporters for the birthing of the new paradigm.  Madhu's training in Sound Healing, Pranic Healing and Medical Chi Gong give him unique qualifications to work with those needing support, and Alexander's extensive work in Waking Down in Mutuality, WePractice, Rainbow Bridge Shamanic School, and Sound Healing harmonizes with Madhu's healing skill set.  And having just released their first album of ceremonial music, Alexander and Madhu bring to ceremony their years of musical study as professional opera singer (Alexander) and jazz musician (Madhu).  Their ceremonies have been described as an interactive shamanic revival.

Alex with be available for private healing sessions.  Please contact him via email ( or phone (917.755.3304) 

* * * * *
  Circle Limited to 14 people -
A waitlist will be created in case someone cancels

Hosted by Samsara House 2023
36 R Street NW
Washington DC 20001
Contact: 202-505-0735
Coming by Metro is advised.  
Parking: 2hr Street parking on R Street NW, Best to park on Quincy, S Street NW or North Capitol Street.
Metro: NoMa New York Ave Red line stop or Shaw green line for a short walk, or get off at Chinatown and take the P6 to Randolph Rd Stop or the 80 to Lincoln and R Street NE Stop (both stops 1 block from R Street NW).

Twitter: @samsarahouse
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Shift Happens at Samsara House 2023


About Samsara House 2023, (est. 2013)

 "Samsara House 2023" at 36 R Street NW is an Awareness-based shared space where world-shifting communities are meshworked to expand each other's world-views and experience and spread that which is emerging.  Samsara House 2023 rapidly prototypes models for the new world to template upon and ignite a revolution in consciousness within ten years.

Samsara House 2023’s strategy is to exemplify a gift-economy over the market economy, one that values giving over having. While all events cost at least one dollar to cover utilities, any additional contribution will go towards periodically giving half back to a socially responsible organization or cause in need that you also help identify. Going together as a river, we build a thriving community of communities and pave the way for a new world. Samsara House 2023 is a Holacracy powered organization founded by Cullen Kowalski at a row house in Bloomingdale, New Washington, D.C.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ Buckminster Fuller 

Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi

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Samsara House 2023
36 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20001