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Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Donuts Paired with the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Donuts Paired with the Perfect Cup of Coffee

So much of the buzz around the opening of Sugar Shack donut shop in Alexandria, rightly, has been in praise of their handcrafted donuts. But I think their coffee selections deserve a shout-out too. Owner Rob Krupicka took great care in picking a roaster and creating a coffee menu, that in my case, will bring me into the shop, donuts or no donuts. “We use Zekes,” says Rob, “which is a Baltimore-based small batch roaster. We also offer it by the bag in the store. We offer a full range of espresso drinks, as well as a few specialty drinks you won’t find another coffee shops like our honey lavender latte.” (And for tea drinkers, he has a variety of loose leaf teas to choose from.) An ultra runner, Rob told me about a cold brew blend he devised called “runners blend.” I had the opportunity to try an iced cup the other day. The brew is designed for exercise recovery and muscle inflammation and is subtly flavored with ginger,...

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Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 | 4 comments

A Tribute to Our Friend, Marybeth Walsh

A Tribute to Our Friend, Marybeth Walsh

Today, we dedicate ourselves to giving healing thoughts and positive energy to a cherished Del Ray community member, Marybeth Walsh, who had been in remission for leukemia for many years, but has just had a major relapse. She is struggling to heal at Johns Hopkins, where, last we heard, she’s showing some positive improvements and may start on a new experimental drug. In the past, Marybeth has helped us write posts about feng shui and creating a peaceful, serene home. I also participated in her popular whole foods detox last year and was so grateful for the support and encouragement she provided. Marybeth’s brother, Bill, has started a CaringBridge journal, where you can read updates about Marybeth’s situation, and also leave notes for him to pass on to her. He says the words that friends and family near and far have written to her really “brighten her day.” We hope and pray that Marybeth gets well...

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Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 | 1 comment

Justine and Jonathan’s Art-Filled Home

Justine and Jonathan’s Art-Filled Home

I had the pleasure of touring Justine and Jonathan’s house to see their art collection, every piece with a meaningful back story. What I didn’t expect, but was not surprised to learn is how artistic Justine, Jonathan, and their two young children, Miles and Vivien, are in their own rights. We started in their living room to view the large oil painting they bought in a gallery in Florence, Italy, where they got married. They knew they wanted to buy a painting during their stay and they went into many galleries before they saw this painting and both loved it for the colors, the subject matter, and the overall style. Justine even still has a photograph that they had taken in the gallery with the artist. When they mentioned that they had just gotten married, he opened a bottle of wine, with a lot of fanfare, for them to share together in celebration. Over the mantle, Justine showed me a painting she and Jonathan bought together at the Torpedo...

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Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 | 1 comment

Pink Frosting, Chocolate, and Coconut: Progress on the Giant Yarn Donuts

Pink Frosting, Chocolate, and Coconut: Progress on the Giant Yarn Donuts

The Del Ray Yarn Bombers are happy to report the near completion of our first three giant yarn donuts for the new Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee shop to be hung as part of their interior design. If you haven’t seen the early phases of the project, check out our last post on our inspiration and experiments in how to construct an enormous donut and how we came to work on this ambitious project. So, what have we been up to? Amanda, her daughter, Kathy and some other clever crocheters finished covering an impressive number of wooden beads. Amanda coordinated the placement of colors atop the pink “frosting” and we tied each one on over the course of a few working sessions. A couple of us seamed up the edges of the donut where the pink frosting meets the brown underside, all but one opening where we would later add more stuffing to make the donut good and fat. Nadja tried out the nearly finished donut as a chair while munching...

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 | 2 comments

Creating a Moth-Free Environment for Woolens

Creating a Moth-Free Environment for Woolens

Imagine my dismay when I pulled on my favorite sweater and discovered a gaping moth bite on the arm. On closer inspection, I found more nibbles all over the sweater. After hearing from two local experts on creating a moth-free environment for woolens, I now know how to prevent a clandestine moth feast in the first place. We recently wrote about the collection of vintage ski sweaters at Amalgamated Classic Clothing and Dry Goods and mentioned how important moth-prevention is to the longevity of wool sweaters. The sweater collection in the store, as well as their many other wool items, are pristine. Fibre space yarn shop also takes a keen interest in keeping their vast collection of yarn moth-free. They don’t accept donated yarn “just in case” it’s carrying moths, and they have a 30-day return policy to make sure the yarn hasn’t had time for moth exposure. The owner of fibre space, Danielle Romanetti, and Deb Fuller, the Store Manager at Amalgamated, share their best practices for keeping their woolens moth-free,...

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