Spicy Harvest Noodles

One of the joys of summers is harvesting fresh veggies from the garden.  I recently harvested carrots, peppers, tomatoes, summer squash and eggplants from the garden.  See the photos and the Spicy Harvest Noodle recipe I concocted.  You can be creative and use the vegetables you have, instead of using the ones below.  If you like the images you can purchase a tote bag, apron and prints through my online photo gallery Global Mosaics.

Spicy Harvest Noodles
1. Boil water and put a packet of soba noodles or another thin noodles variety. After they are cooked, rinse in cold water and set aside.
2. Fry garlic and serrano peppers in oil (just a pinch since they can be quite hot.)
3. Add sliced summer squash, carrots and thai eggplant. Feel free to use whatever veggies you have. Cook on medium high heat.
4. Add tamari or soy sauce, sesame oil and pinch of brown sugar.
5. Add purple Thai basil leaves if you have any.
6. Add in the noodles and add slightly more tamari.
7. Serve in a bowl and sprinkle roasted sesame seeds on top.


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Brightwood DC Stories – Share What You Love


Most people in DC have heard of Columbia Heights and Petworth, but what about Brightwood?

According to Wikipedia, “the Brightwood Community Association define the neighborhood’s boundaries as Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Aspen Street to the north, 16th Street and Rock Creek Park to the west, Georgia Avenue to the east, and Kennedy Street to the south.”

Did you know Brightwood once had a horse racetrack originally named Crystal Springs Park, then Piney Branch Park, and finally Brightwood Trotting Park?

On the north edge of Brightwood, you will also find the Takoma Recreation Center, with a wonderful indoor swimming pool and a gym.  They even offer Learn to Swim for Adults & Children’s classes, which are reasonably priced.  The Takoma Park Neighborhood Library is also located in close proximity.

The best way to get to and from Brightwood is the 62/63 bus line, which runs from Takoma Park to Federal Triangle, on 5th St.  The Takoma Park Metro is also nearby.

The cardinals and bluejays enjoy the canopy of trees, and neighbors’ gardens filled with annuals and perennials.

What do you love about living in Brightwood? Any good tips to share about living in Brightwood? Share your thoughts by commenting below or posting a link to a video message you record.

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Garden Stories – Garlic Scapes Adventure

Garlic farmers have to be very patient.  You plant one garlic bulb and it magically tranforms into a full head of garlic, but how long does it take?  Typically you plant around October 31 Halloween and it will be ready to harvest close to July 4 Independence Day, close to 8 months!

Today as I inspected my garden, I noticed there were garlic scapes already forming.  They blend in so well that sometimes they are hard to spot.  It’s absolutely essential that you cut the scapes off, so the plant puts its energy into the garlic bulb, the root, and not the scape, the flower.

So I had these beautiful tender scapes, now what?  I decided to check for scape recipes online and stumbled across this vegan garlic pesto recipe and decided to try it out.  I boiled some fusilli pasta and voila, I had some delicious garlic scapes pesto pasta.

Now I just have to patiently wait as the head of garlic is fully grown, so it can be unearthed to be enjoyed wholeheartedly!

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Mobile Without Strings: Now on Droid

I have avoided getting snared into a mobile contract. I used different prepaid plans, and finally settled on Pageplus Cellular, which runs off the Verizon network another words the reception is excellent.

For some time I used a Samsung i760, a Windows mobile phone. Although it was a durable phone the web  experience was limited.  I was looking for the iphone web experience, but with a physical qwerty keyboard.

I wanted to continue having the flexibility of the Pageplus plans ($29.95 for 1,200 domestic minutes and 3,000 text plus 100 megabytes of data and $39.95 for unlimited minutes and 20 megabytes of data). You can actually switch the plan every month depending on your needs. Another advantage is that there are no additional taxes or fees!

After some research I decided to go with the Motorola Droid which was about $100 on ebay.  Surprisingly the newer versions of the Droid had worse reviews on CNET compared to the older Droid.

In addition to the phone, I also purchased an extra battery and charger, and some accessories like a headset, usb charger, rubber case, screen protector, and a Square Trade warranty from ebay.

So far I love the phone–beautiful screen, physical keyboard, super fast web browsing, and great call quality. The battery can run out quickly if the wifi and 3g are on constantly, so the extra battery is good to have.

The 5 megapixel camera is pretty good.  Here’s a sample image taken with the camera of the Afro-Colombian mural by Joel Berger on U St. NW in Washington, DC.

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Winter Sunshine

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Staying Cool…Breezy Point Beach

As the sun beats down and the humidity melts us, we start daydreaming about going to the beach…However, most beaches are several hours drive from DC.

I recently came across Breezy Point Beach in Calvert, Maryland, which is about 45 minutes away. If you decide to swim, it is jellyfish season so watch out…

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Bike Power

Inspiring, funny, moving bike films…Catch more at the Bicycle Film Festival

o Inspiring – Bristol Bike Project
o Hilarious – LALO
o Melancholy, Moving – Bicycle/Jitensha


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Carnival Portraits: Up Close & Personal

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This year I got to the Caribbean Carnival much later, so I didn’t get good shots of the parade.  However, I got there just in time to catch people in the beautiful golden light of the sunset.  Many people were still hanging out at Howard University.

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Summer Garden >> Garlic, Carrots, Raspberries

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This weekend I harvested garlic and carrots. I planted the garlic October 19, 2009, almost eight months ago! Garlic requires a lot of patience. Two varieties of garlic I got from the farmers market are Music and German White. This garlic had not been treated like most garlic you find in the grocery store. You plant one clove and magically they turn into full heads of garlic!

I planted the carrot seeds on April 4th, so they took about 3 months. Carrots come in all colors, not just orange. I planted several varieties, including yellow and red ones. The key thing about growing carrots is you have to thin them if you want them to grow properly. Thinning carrots requires that you snip off the plants that are too close together.

I munched on a few golden and red raspberries while I was harvesting. They were sweet and delicious. Raspberries are easy to grow.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, peppers and watermelon are growing and look promising…

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Odunde Festival: Celebrating African Culture

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Odunde is the creation of its South Philadelphia founder, Lois Fernandez, who launched the festival after visiting similar celebrations in Africa. The concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, and celebrates the coming of another year for African-Americans and Africanized people around the world.

The annual Odunde Street Festival, held every second Sunday in June, brings a genuine taste of Africa to South Street and one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods.

The festival begins with a procession to the Schuylkill River, where prayers are offered and blessings bestowed. The procession then returns to 23rd and South Streets for the start of the street festival.

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