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Fave Bougie Burgers in DC: Duke’s Grocery

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3.06.15 by sarah

the right proper burger // duke's grocery in washington, dc

The first time I heard about this burger, I was guarding Emily’s bike outside of the Safeway on 17th Street, last summer. She had forgotten her lock, and it was one of those unexpectedly warm days of September, after a cold spell. Emily inherited Joanne, a big cruiser bike — and Joanne has some big hips on her frame. Not judging — but we parked her next to a pretty nice 80s-ish road bike… the kind that super attractive hipsters who live in Bloomingdale ride. I was secretly wishing I had Barbie, my own 80s racing bike that was resting in my bedroom just a block away. You know, because when your imagination runs off, it sprints — to having a conversation with a handsome stranger about each other’s bikes, which would obviously lead to a long and happy life together. Or maybe a few weeks. Dating in real life seems so far fetched these days, but stranger things have happened to me.

Sure enough, while Emily was shopping, a super attractive hipster man with a super attractive beard strolled out of Safeway, and struck up a conversation with me about the weather and this wonderful, super attractive day. Somehow, we got on the topic of best burgers in DC — his idea, not mine. I was still starstruck by the fact that he wanted to talk to me.

His plan was to have a leisurely, breezy bike ride to Duke’s Grocery from Bloomingdale (I was right!), but the summer heat had him sweating bullets. Or maybe it was my California cool attitude. Anyway, at the time, I was very loyal to Le Diplomate’s burger… but mystery man stood by the burger at Duke’s Grocery.

So naturally, the next weekend, Shaeda and I had to swing by to see what all the fuss was about. And oh, what a fuss.

I’ll preface this entire story by the fact that we went to Duke’s Grocery on a rainy Saturday morning, and had to go again 24 hours later. No joke. The burger was that good.

the right proper burger // duke's grocery in washington, dc

We started with the Pimm’s Cups, which is my favorite light-hearted cocktail at any hour of the day. Duke’s Grocery is bright and airy inside, with an industrial Edison bulb chandelier. There’s an upstairs, but we managed to snag a couple of arm chairs on the first floor.

The burger is perfect, really. Pictured is the Brunchy burger — the menu changes regularly, but there’s always an epic burger variation on there — a double patty topped with edam cheese, house pickles, charred red onion, mayo, and arugula. We added a fried egg, because… obviously.

the right proper burger // duke's grocery in washington, dc

the right proper burger // duke's grocery in washington, dc

If you make it there on a weekend during brunch hours, be prepared to wait for your table, and to wait for your burger. It’s a tiny kitchen, and they get backed up with orders. But have a few drinks, and know that it’s worth it.

Duke’s Grocery
1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

 

m2c2 – jan 2015

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1.15.15 by sarah

cat, i'm a kitty cat

It’s already been a bit of a crazy year for me — and we’re only fifteen days in. Who needs weekends, really? (Me. So desperately, me.)

I’ve spent every day I’ve had off on location for a photo shoot or editing photos from a photo shoot. So I’m going to hibernate this weekend. Aka, edit more photos from last weekend’s photo shoot. I took 997 photos in one day. And I love almost every one of them.

Tomorrow is a day away from the day job, which means I’ll be crouching over some delicious pasta dishes for another client. And I cannot wait. If I knew freelance photography would be such a great ab workout, I would have started doing this years ago!

Anyway, this music has been aiding me through the past 15 days, which still have me pining for a life in Norway. Tromsø 2015, here I come :) Xo!


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This week, in DC

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1.08.15 by sarah

Everything is prettier covered in snow. Right? Even our government building. Even the Hirschhorn Museum’s front yard kale. Here are a few shots I took on Tuesday morning as the District was dusted with a little bit of snow.

snow in dc, 2015 // sweetsonian

snow in dc, 2015 // sweetsonian

snow in dc, 2015 // sweetsonian

snow in dc, 2015 // sweetsonian

snow in dc, 2015 // sweetsonian

snow in dc, 2015 // sweetsonian

snow in dc, 2015 // sweetsonian

Kicking off 2015 right — in Europe.

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1.07.15 by sarah

Happy new year, everyone! Hoping you all were able to spend some time with your family and friends. I was lucky enough to spend Christmas in Los Angeles, and then New Years in Oslo with my absolute favorite Norwegian. And, I finally got to see Norway in the snow, and I have to say that I’m smitten. The winter is actually worse here in DC… so I’ll probably just have to move to Oslo at some point in my life.

Real talk, though, I’d really like to just take a couple of months off to live in northern Norway during the winter — chasing the aurora borealis would be my jam.

Itching for more Norway photos? Check out my summer snapshots from Bergen and Oslo.

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Holiday Tours at the White House

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12.09.14 by sarah

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Holiday tours at the White House // Sweetsonian

Thanksgiving 2014

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12.04.14 by sarah

Thought I’d share — my family is the cutest, and Thanksgiving is the best. Hope you all had as much fun as I did! Xoxo.

Cookbooks like whoa // gift guide

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12.03.14 by sarah

Cookbooks almost always make the perfect gifts — they’re not too expensive, are filled with pretty things, and usually include activities you can do with the person you’re giving them to. There are so many cookbooks out there, it’s pretty easy to find a cookbook that sums up your relationship with your friend or loved one. Here’s a handful of selections from my Pinterest wish list, and ones I’ve had the pleasure of perusing or owning.

cookbook gift guide // sweetsonian

Cheese Obsession — we all have that friend (or are that friend). // $19.84

Ottolenghi — for someone who still does not have this cookbook. // 21.00

Saveur, The New Classics // $26.49

Breakfast for Dinner — my personal heaven // $13.83

Feast — gorgeous photos for your vegetarian loved ones // $23.33

Cook Your Date into Bed — your bro friends could probably use this. // $12.79

The Edible Garden — for your friend with the green thumb and a temperate climate // $14.96

True Food — from a restaurant I visited at the Mosaic District in Virginia… gorgeous photos and recipes that will make you salivate // $12.02

The Spirit of Gin — because sometimes, it’s more fun to drink your meals. // $18.55

One Pot — Martha’s way of making clean-up an easy job. // $15.60

Cooking Slow — More time, more flavor. // $24.63

Food52 Genius Recipes — my go-to resource on how to do anything in the kitchen. // $24.92

Music to Cook to // December 2014

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12.02.14 by sarah

Hi friends! Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving — I was able to go back to California to hang out with the family, so I took a little internet break for a few days… and in the process, completely forgot to publish my November playlist. So I’ve renamed it to December.

Enjoy a week filled with a wintry mix — I even did some design work with the artists in the playlist this month. Happy December! Xo.

music to cook to // december 2014

 

Tech & photography nerd // gift guide

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11.20.14 by sarah

tech gifts

These are all things I’d love to get in my stocking (usually I just get wine and candy, but hey, not complaining) — especially if you’re gifting a photographer, fitness lover, or overall smartphone addict.

 This 8 gb Nikon DSLR flash drive is absolutely adorable — I usually swear by these mini external drives because I can just leave them plugged into my Macbook Air, but if I had a drive that looked just like my camera setup, I’d take that everywhere. Are you on Team Canon? Here’s yours — that one even comes with two lenses. Jelly.

The Ban.do gem speaker is everywhere — and it’s by far one of the most attractive bluetooth speakers out there. If only it came in gold! If you’re in the market for something with better quality, my friend Jen has the Mini Jambox — I was beyond impressed by that little thing. It was more powerful than my whole speaker system at home. Here’s another gorgeous glam speaker option for $60, and this Switch column is something that’s been on my purchase list for ages. It even doubles as a speakerphone (perfect for freelance conference calls).

Ages ago, I got a free brick phone battery from an event for work — it changed my life, especially when I had long interview days in Manhattan, where finding an open outlet is a nightmare. Triple C has been making some gorgeous chargers — like the slate card charger above. That even fits in your wallet. I have this solar charger (energy nerds unite) and this walnut piece will charge two devices at once. Time is money, right?

The message-in-a-bottle USB drive. Because, while it’s not the most practical solution, it is, in fact, adorable.

The estylo bamboo, double-pointed stylus has been on my radar for about a year now… but I have yet to pull the trigger, because I haven’t picked up enough lettering work yet. But, it’s just so pretty.

I first checked out the Misfit Shine on my trip to Montana with CapHillStyle — and she was able to tell us how many calories we burned and how many steps we took on our hike… so I ended up getting one. And then we got one for Emily, for her birthday. The cool thing about the shine is that it runs on a watch battery, so there’s no recharging necessary (until you have to replace the battery). Is $100 a little much? No worries, they just came out with a $50 version.

Last but not least, if you’re like me and don’t have an iPhone 6 yet but want better quality photos, a superwide phone lens could help. Another fun smartphone accessory I’d like to try is this smartphone projector (because watching youtube videos on your phone could be so much better, for $28).

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