A Date with Dad

Good morning :)

Look what came in the mail yesterday!!


Sorry, that was a tease. It’s not a digital… it’s my old camera from high school photography class!! My mom found it the other day at home and mailed it to me. I totally forgot about this thing… how cool! Did any of you take photography class? I remember LOVING that class in high school! So much fun developing things in the dark room and coming up with creative pictures :) I also remember it being awesome because we were allowed to wander around outside (on school grounds) to get photos. This usually involved sneaking over to Starbucks as well…


Anyway, I’m going to try to sell it online and put the money towards a new version… I love taking photos and reeeeeeally want one of the nice manual digital cameras! If you have one, do you think it’s worth it? Which kind should I get?

In other news, my dad is in town this week! We met up last night for dinner downtown, and I just have to share because it was SO delicious! We went to The Jockey Club, which is the fine dining restaurant inside the Fairfax Hotel in Dupont. I was really impressed — not only with their food but also their service!

I started with the Belgian Endive Salad, which was endive, poached pears, toasted walnuts, blue cheese, and sherry vinaigrette. I’m normally not a huge blue cheese fan but this was absolutely AMAZING.



p.s. How the heck do you pronounce “endive”? I keep going back and forth between “EN-dive” and “Ahn-deeve”… lol.

My dad had the Asparagus Soup — I had a taste and it was great! Very rich and creamy and bright green which is always fun :) (That lump in there is minced mushrooms!)


For our entrees, we both ordered the special of the day — the Dover Sole, which was filleted tableside and came served with potato and steamed veggies.


It was really cool to watch them fillet it so skillfully!


Mmmm… not a single bone!


This was amazingly flavorful and delicious! The veggies were great, too — not too buttery and very fresh. That’s one of my pet peeves — super buttery, soggy, overcooked veggies. What’s the point, right?! The potato wasn’t anything special so I left that to save room for dessert :)

For dessert, we shared the Vanilla Soufflé:


Which was incredible! It came with a warm vanilla sauce poured on top and was hot and bread pudding-like — mmmm.

We also shared this beauty:


This was almost like pineapple ravioli! Instead of pasta, they placed slivers of pineapple over chopped berries and fresh basil, which sounds weird but was actually amazing with the fruit!

What an awesome treat of a dinner. Thanks again dad :)

I’ve spent the morning studying (Anatomy & Physiology lab test this afternoon… boooo!) and now I’m heading to the gym for my favorite Pilates/Yoga mix class. There will also be some outside walking with flashcards happening later today… it’s beautiful out!


Don’t forget to enter my Oikos Greek Yogurt and reusable grocery bag giveaway if you haven’t already!


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    oh, what an amazing dinner! reminds me of one of the opening scenes in Julie & Julia…

    I have a DSLR and it’s totally worth it. It’s definitely an investment, but in the long run (and especially with your skill set in photography) it’s totally worth it!

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    I have literally saved up every penny within the last year in pursuit of purchasing a DSLR after graduation. It’s gonna make a huge dent/hole in my unemployed bank account but I think it’ll be worth it. I love taking photos and my current camera (which I love to death) is about 3 1/2 years old now!

    I’ve made an effort not to spent gobs of money on anything else though because I always think of it in relation to the camera. i.e. when my roommates went to watch the Final Four. ‘That would be 3/4ths of an SLR right there…nah’

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    I really want a DSLR! I registered at target for my wedding so I hope I get enough gift cards to afford one. From what I’ve seen on other blogs it looks completely worth it.

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    I LOVE my DSLR. It is a little annoying to cart around places, but the pics are absolutely amazing! I don’t use it as much as some bloggers, but it is awesome to use when traveling. ;)

    It looks like you and your dad had a blast hanging out!

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    Wow dinner looks amazing! I will have to check that place our since it is pretty close to me.

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    Oh my, that sounds INCREDIBLE!! Especially the fish, yum!
    I would loooove to have an SLR. Dreams..

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    I love photography class in highschool! It was so fun developing the pictures.

    That meal looks amazing!

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    I even took a photography class in college. My bf always asks me why nothing sunk in because I don’t remember any of that technical stuff.

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    What a beautiful camera!!

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    You are having quite the week, first your brother and then your dad. That’s so great that you get to spend this time with family. I bet you are loving it. :)

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    I actually started pronouncing endive both ways in my head and then kept reading to where you had the debate yourself. ha!

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    Looks like an awesome dinner! :-) Very nice —

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    Your camera is beautiful! It makes me sad you want to sell it, but I totally understand too!

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    Your dinner looks amazing. My friend Lisa is actually the pastry chef at Fairfax. Last time we visited D.C., my husband and I stopped in to say hello and she treated us to dessert. The basil in dessert just works…don’t know why but it does! So yummy.

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    Haha that was a total tease! My jaw totally dropped when I saw that camera! Looks like a wonderful dinner. :)

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    That meal looks absolutely delicious. I would love to try that last dessert, it sounds so interesting.

    I love my DSLR, it has been a great investment for me. So fun to take pictures with it.

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    I say “in-dive,” with a real Southern twang. haha. But I’m from NC so what can you expect…but I will say – that’s how Giada on the Food Network pronounces it…

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    Cool! I took photography all 4 years in high school but never kept up with it after that. I think I actually sold my old manual cameral to my dad when I was a starving college student! P.S. You dinner last night looks delish! Imma cravin’ some fish now! :)

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    I actually took a photography course and I’m a freelance photographer! :) I have a Nikon D80 and it’s a pretty awesome camera. I really want to upgrade but I still don’t have the money for it. It is worth it, having a DSLR, for sure. :)

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    What an awesome camera! I never took a photography clsss at school – but am doing one at the moment! Love it!

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    I was interested in photography when I was in high school but didn’t take it because my allowance wasn’t large enough. I am still interested. Maybe that is why I am so interested in blogs!
    Maybe i will do a blog some day!

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      That’s too bad your school didn’t have a photography class! The one I took was just an elective as part of high school – no allowance necessary! :)

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    I still have my old photography class camera too! I used to LOVE the dark room and spend all my extra periods there!

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    I started out as a photojournalism major in college, and still LOVE photography. We have a DSLR and love it – it’s such a great camera!

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    That restaurant looks amazing. Your blog makes me miss DC! (I went to American for undergrad). Anyway, I have the Cannon G11 which isn’t a DSLR but it takes amazing photos and it’s easy to carry around!

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    Heather @ side of sneakers says:

    Every bit of that dinner sounds just amazing!!

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