August 26

During my first job as a reporter in D.C., I remember calling up a source once and saying: “Are you sure you have time to talk to me now? It’s Friday afternoon.” To which he replied with not a little self-importance: “It’s Friday in Washington.” Over the years, I have lived through many, many of…

August 25

Lemon-zucchini muffins (I had five or six zucchinis stored in the fridge and I’m not even growing them myself). For these muffins, you leave the zucchini unpeeled so the muffin tops will look like they’re sprinkled with green confetti (and I’m beginning to think there’s never a good reason to peel zucchini anyway). Combine a…

August 24

They were doing salsa lessons at the neighborhood sports bar, and in a strange way the row of dancers in front of a guy with a microphone reminded me of the line dancing I used to see through the window at Remington’s, the country-themed gay bar down the street from my old apartment. I ordered…

August 23

We had tomatoes on slices of toast with ground beef. I’ve been forced to pick my tomatoes when they’re still unripe and a little green, because once I’ve allowed them to fully ripen they’ve already been discovered by the squirrels.  A bit of research, however, tells me I’m probably waiting too long to harvest them…

August 22

I woke up early and planted some autumn vegetables, having concluded it’s more efficient to buy the plants instead of bothering to grow them from seeds. I cleared the side of my garden that used to be spring lettuce and replaced it with clean, symmetrical rows of broccoli, leeks, and brussels sprouts. The other half…

August 21

I suppose it is late summer. Horticulturally, you can see it in the black-eyed susans: they still look like flowers, but here and there the yellow petals have fallen off with only the black bullseye centers remaining. Billy, the bartender at the Irish pub, told me the Irish like to drink port with a few…

August 20

A friend invited us to a party for Bloomberg staff at National Harbor, where you could take part in family activities like sand castles, magic shows, and a hat decorating booth. The food was prepared in thoughtful ways that made it easy for peripatetic guests to enjoy it; for instance, you could get salads in…

August 19

There’s a particular taste I associate with Whole Foods cheese that I think might even be a conscious part of the store’s brand, and by this I mean the cheese they leave out in the fruit section and encourage people to sample as they walk in. It was flavored with balsamic vinegar and had a…

August 18

Met people at the Mexican restaurant below the office and a coworker ordered a mango drink with a jalapeño aftertaste that kicked in ten seconds later, so it was bracing and refreshing at the same time. Later I was at a giant bar next to the Verizon Center, one of those places so large that…

August 17

Leftover chopped salad for both lunch and dinner. It was the Ottolenghi and Tamimi mixture of tomatoes and cucumbers with lemon juice, and it seemed to taste good with anything, even when the pairings aren’t supposed to work. For lunch I tried it with a peanut butter sandwich and a peach, and for dinner, we…

August 16

It was around 8:15 when we sat down for dinner and we’d already closed the window shades. And so it begins, our slide into darkness. I had more Korean from Seoul Food and watched a peculiar Canadian/Mexican documentary about monarch butterflies, who look like leaves unfolding from the trees when they scatter from their perches…

August 15

We were at Ikea over the weekend and I picked up a refrigerated box of cinnamon rolls, even though my sixth sense for bread immediately told me they wouldn’t be much above what I’d find in a grocery store. I could not help it: I wanted lingonberries and maple syrup and a limited-square-footage apartment with…