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Reston Town Center

Reston Town Center

I’ve been spending much of my time lately at my boyfriend’s house in Reston, Virginia, which is a fairly distant suburb of Washington, DC.  There’s no metro service to it, although there will be shortly when the DC Metro’s Silver Line extends toward Dulles airport.  When I was a kid growing up in nearby Alexandria, VA, or so I’ve been told, this area was almost completely farmland.  Now it’s a large and beautiful suburb—or beautiful as suburbs go. (more…)

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JumbledCareful readers may have noticed that my mother is facing some health issues, which explains why she was out of town a few weeks back.  (She was visiting another city for medical treatment.)  When she got back, her many and very loving friends showered her with flowers. My mother has always loved flowers.  She buys them for herself often and has assorted vases to show them off.  They symbolize to her, I think, her delight in aesthetic beauty and her desire to relish the present.  Buying flowers means she cares enough about herself to merit beautiful surroundings. (more…)

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Herbivores Delight Bordered

The “Herbivores Delight” from Ripple

The other day I was trying to figure out what to do with all the herbs that are starting to really flourish in the garden, and the solution hit me—herbal drinks. I love herbal infusions in cocktails. My favorite drink at the moment is served at Ripple in DC and is called the Herbivores Delight. It’s chamomile-infused vodka with grapefruit-thyme soda. I love the way herbs fight against the sweetness in drinks, and I love how subtle their flavors are. I also thought they might work in a mocktail; my mother is not drinking at the moment but I still wanted to make her an interesting treat. So I went online and found every recipe I could for thyme flavored drinks, went out and bought the ingredients, and hauled them all to my boyfriend’s house to play with them. (more…)

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