My Halloweekend 2010 November 1, 2010Posted by Leticia Rojas in Places, Things.
Tags: Day of the Dead, DC, Georgetown, Halloween, Margaret Cho, Warner Theater
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Just when I thought my studies and lack of finances was going to be the end of me… an enchanting weekend saves my social life! On Wednesday night, my heroine clad with beautiful tattoos, Miss Margaret Cho posted a contest on Twitter for two free tickets and meet and greet passes for her show at Warner Theater! I had already gotten over the fact that I couldn’t afford the tickets, and since I’d seen her before in Richmond I knew I’d have to pass this time around. But when I saw the tweet, I knew it would be worth a shot (a blind shot, but a shot nonetheless). There is no strategy to luck, it’s all chance… and I’m the type of person that will fill out surveys for Target or Wal-Mart in hopes of winning $500 gift cards or buy a lottery ticket on a day I’m feeling ‘lucky’… but even though I participate I never actually win! It’s always disappointing. So when I saw my Twitter direct message ‘inbox’ with two new messages telling me that I won the contest I was ecstatic! I couldn’t even believe it. I was worried I would show up to the box office and they’d turn me away… but sure enough I get there and it took the lady a few minutes to find my tickets, but they were there and once they were in my hands nothing could take the smile off my cheesy, half-moon eyes face.
All of Friday, the day of the show, I could barely focus on anything. I felt like I was going on a first date, struggling to pick out the right outfit and accessories without looking like I tried too hard, figuring out the right things to say so that I wouldn’t just spaz out the moment I saw her, and just counting down the hours until I was actually seated in the theater. I decided to just make a card for her and write down exactly how I felt about her and expressed my gratitude for being able to meet her because I knew I would forget half the things I wanted to say in person (which I did!) along with one of my favorite books.
Just as I thought, I did freak out a little bit… I couldn’t believe she was right there and I was so nervous. I asked her if I could have a hug, I told her “I love you” and graciously thanked her for having us, gave her my gift, stuttered over my explanation a little bit, and bothered her for an autograph… all in what felt like a matter of seconds. But she was very, very sweet about it… very humble and soft spoken, a different side of her stand up persona. I really wanted to just ditch the place and take her to eat some Korean BBQ in Annandale, but alas the meet and greet came to a close, and we were politely sent on our way. I was on a natural high for the rest of the night.
Saturday, the Halloween night for adults, was the cherry on top to a great Friday. I’ll keep this one short in sweet, because Halloween is really just about dressing up, people watching, and a few (or a lot) of drinks in between. I went to Georgetown, and checking out all the different costumes was very interesting, especially behind all my face paint.
La Calavera means skull in Spanish. I’ve always been fascinated by Mexican Day of the Dead art. This face paint was inspired by La Calavera Catrina (an elegant skeleton woman with formal clothing and intricate face paint). I spent under $14 for my “costume”. I bought a black and white skirt at the thrift store for $3.99, lace gloves and some face paint makeup for under $10. Unfortunately, the face makeup pretty much failed me… what do you expect for makeup under $10? So I ended up just using the white face cream, waiting for this to dry took up the most time. I tried using the face paint sticks to draw on myself, but that does NOT work for those of you who want to try painting your face one day. I ended up using black eyeliner and black eyeshadow for the outlines, red lipstick for the rose on my chin, and all other colors were colored in with powder eye shadow. Eye shadow really came in handy, because powder “sets” the cream makeup and prevents the color from fading/melting. Surprisingly, the makeup stayed put the entire night, even after hours of drinking and dancing. I really enjoyed drawing on my face, it was sort of an out of body experience and it made me feel like a kid again! But taking all that makeup off at 4:30 in the morning was a real pain, it was so thick and cake-y by the end of the night it took about ten minutes to wash off the stuff really well… but it was worth totally worth it.
Sunday Strolling in Eastern Market, DC October 13, 2010Posted by Leticia Rojas in Places.
Tags: Banana Cafe, DC, Eastern Market, flea market, food
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There are few things I love better than beautiful weather, flea markets, and good food. I actually love a lot of things, but that’s beside the point. Because I barely get a weekend off, I decided to really make it count and I wanted to do as much as possible! I haven’t been to Eastern Market in a few years, since before the fire. You can read more about that here.
I just love the atmosphere there. I enjoy being able to shop and browse outdoors instead of in a stuffy, overcrowded mall. The market is lined with merchants selling random things from leather satchels to stereoviews (I really, really wanted one)! There are so many awesome, kitschy random collectibles and items available… it’s a flea market/thrift shoppers daydream! I craved practically everything there but I decided to look, take my time, and thought I’d just come back with more cash and a more detailed idea of what I wanted rather than purchasing aimlessly.
They’ve also got an outdoors farmer’s market filled with everything you’d expect to find at a farmer’s market: fresh fruits, vegetables, and baked goods. I didn’t buy anything because I was already stuffed to the rafters from eating at the place seen down below, Banana Cafe.
My boyfriend and I dropped into this place accidentally. After being on the metro for the past 40 minutes we really had to pee and we were starving so practically anything seemed appealing. We walked a few blocks passing Subway (trite), a grill (ooh, that sounds good… oh wait, it’s an Indian grill. I love food, but Indian food isn’t my favorite but that story is for another time), and a seafood bar (awesome! We walk in and the hostess tells us it’s passed brunch so they only serve six items that don’t look appealing, ugh). We were getting exhausted and even more desperate for food. Even Popeye’s started to look good… just kidding, never. Then I saw this bright yellow place… Latin American food, yay! As stated earlier, the place is named Banana Cafe & Piano Bar. But they don’t serve only banana foods (I loathe bananas) and now that I think about it, I didn’t see any pianos but I also wasn’t paying attention and we ate outdoors, anyway. There were many appetizing options available, but I decided on the Cuban Chicken Steak because I haven’t had Cuban food in years, literally six since going to Gloria Estefan’s Bongos Cuban Cafe in Miami, Florida (that place is delicious by the way). They brought up chips and salsa to start, which made our stomachs so happy because like I said a hundred times over, we were hungry!
The chips were thick and had a true corn flavor in every bite, which is hard to find these days. The salsa was pretty good too, definitely not the best I’ve had because it could have used a little more heat but the consistency was good and it was very fresh. Our food came out pretty quickly, brownie points for Banana Cafe. My Cuban Chicken Steak (smothered in onions, mmm…) was huge! The presentation was really nice, but the flavor is most important and it lived up to my expectations, but didn’t exceed them. I had to take it home, so I had to carry the box the entire time we were walking around Eastern Market which made me wish I had just settled for a shrimp quesadilla.
The waiters were friendly enough, the service was good, the food came out warm and fairly quick. Overall, on a rating between great, good, okay, and bad… I’d give this place a ‘good‘. That being said, I’m still looking for a great Cuban restaurant in the area, so if anyone out there knows of a good place in the DC Metropolitan area, let me know!
Here are a few more pictures I sneaked while strolling around the vendors. I say sneak, because I didn’t want them to think I was taking pictures with the intention of stealing their cool ideas. I really just took pictures for visual notes of what I may want to buy when I come back! Or you, the reader, can just print these pictures and purchase them for me because Christmas will be here soon!
So If you’re looking for something different to do in DC, make your next stop Eastern Market! Just make sure to empty your bladder first.