Friday, July 6, 2007

Sad Panda News

We won't have a new baby panda this year. :(

Zoo scientists have confirmed that Mei Xiang is not pregnant. After she was articifically inseminated on April 4 and 5, she experienced a pseudo, or false, pregnancy.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Panda Mom is Nesting!

While we all know that Tai Shan is the best panda baby ever (and no other panda baby could ever compare in my eyes), I am excited about the possibility of a little brother or sister for our little peaceful mountain.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

U Street Farmers Market!

I was so excited when I read that U Street was getting a Farmer's Market! I usually shop at the Giant in Columbia Heights but recently their produce has been pretty dismal. I can never find any decent lettuce and they are always out of basil by the time I get there. I do love the Dupont farmer's market, but its getting too hot to walk down there and back with a bag full of produce! The U street farmer's market starts this Saturday in front of the Reeves Center. Full details below...


This is it-- just 3 more days to the opening of our own 14 & U farmers' market!

When: Saturday 10 -2
Where: The sidewalk plaza outside the Reeves Center on the northwest corner of 14th
and U Street.

What: wonderful, fresh, local:

those California Driscolls here!
rhubarb to cook with those strawberries -- but it will sell out quickly
Sugar snap peas - the first of the season-- come early for them.

Green garlic - spring planted to be ready for market-- makes wonderful garlic pesto
CRISP Adams County (Penn) Fuji and Gold Rush and Braeburn from storage
apple cider
apple butter
apple sauce
peach jam

Collard greens (Gomen)
Kale - A mixture of Red Russian, White Kale, and Winterbor...lots of different kale textures
Chard bunches
Spicy Salad greens with lots of baby mustards, cress, etc.
Lettuce - Heads of greens and red mixes.
Minuet Chinese Cabbage --
TENDER Baby beets - Chioggia and Bull's Blood..

Radishes - pink and red and white and French
Hakurei turnips--= sweet turnips to eat raw or braise for just a few minutes

and that is just a TINY TINY TASTE of what you will find. I have taken these from this
week's harvest report from just TWO of the farmers. Lots more to discover.

Robin and Katharine

We welcome WIC and CSFP farmers market vouchers. We support and donate fresh fruits
and vegetables to Martha's Table. We are also partnering with Work and Thrive.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Metro Transit Police fight iPod theft

From the Metro Website:

Metro Transit Police fight iPod theft
iPod theft is on the rise in the Metro system, and the Metro Transit Police want it to stop. From January through April 2007, 30 iPods were stolen from Metro customers. iPod thefts totaled 34 in all of 2006, and just two in 2005. To reduce iPod theft, Metro Transit Police are targeting Metro customers using electronic devices at a crime prevention outreach session at 4 p.m. today, May 9, at the Anacostia Metrorail station.

MTPD Officers will demonstrate behavior that helps customers avoid theft and crime. Officers will remind customers to remain aware of their surroundings and use electronic devices discretely. Safe behavior includes listening to music at a low to moderate decibel level; using black headphones instead of white headphones to make them less noticeable; and holding items inside backpacks, purses or jackets instead of in hands or on laps.

The officers also will distribute crime prevention information and identification decals for portable electronics.

The identification decals can be affixed to electronics and registered in a national database. The unique identification number will make lost or stolen items easier to track or recover.

In addition to the behavior listed above, the Metro Transit Police would like to remind customers of the following safety tips when riding Metro:
• Always be alert of your surroundings and the people around you.
• Avoid talking to strangers, especially in isolated areas.
• If carrying a purse, hold it tightly, and close to your body.
• If carrying a wallet, keep it in your front pocket.
• If you notice unusual behavior, unattended packages or anything that seems suspicious, call the Metro Transit Police at 202-962-2121 or tell a Metro employee.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

If it can't hide it...don't wear it!

Alright ladies...I know spring is in the air and as the weather warms up we are uber-tempted to show a little skin. But let's have some class!

I've noticed the cutout is back. You know what I'm talking about: that little missing geometric swatch of fabric from your shirt/bathing suit. I'm not sure what I think of this but after seeing a rather horrendous faux paux regarding this trend on Saturday afternoon, I feel its my responsibility to let you know what people will and will not let you get away with while sporting this trend.

Numero uno pet peeve -- if you can't hide a bra under it or go without, you probably shouldn't be wearing it. I know, I know...Carrie on Sex and the City did it all the time and with her couture no less. Well, that was a tv show that operated outside of the realm of reality. This most likely will not work for anyone not frequenting the Red Carpet. And even Carrie matched it to her outfits or went with a basic black. The girl, so unflatteringly depicted to the right (and I must thank Ryan for surreptitiously snapping this pick for me) is breaking a couple of rules. The bra doesn't even match. It was a lacy, periwinkle colored thing that stood out so obviously we were giggling about it for at least a half an hour. It didn't help that she was a little drunk and calling extra attention to herself. This shirt is the perfect candidate for the self adhesive bra. I mean, from the front she obviously needed "support" so I give her props for that. But when you only spend $14.99 on a shirt, you can spring for the $30 bra that can hide under it.

I was going to search for some good cutout options...but there aren't any really. If you wanna show some skin I suggest a halter, tube top or a strappy tank. But even with those options, if you can't go the no-bra route and you can't camouflage the thing, skip it. I don't care if its on sale or the most comfortable thing you've ever worn.

Its. Not. Attractive.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Save Eastern Market!

This Tuesday, bars across the District will be donating a portion of their proceeds to help restore Eastern Market. If this isn't a worthy cause, then I don't know what is! All of the proceeds will go to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. Currently our old staple isn't on the list, but hopefully they will step up! Regardless, plan on heading out and drinking Tuesday, May 8th. For a list of participating bars, click here.