Amelia’s First Birthday

It looks like Amelia will be in finance or engineering! The Chinese tradition of zhuazhou typically provides a variety of items for a 1 year old to select which then gives insight into their future career. We wanted to limit Amelia’s choices (read: didn’t have all the items) so my mom held out a calligraphy brush (let’s call that the liberal arts path) and an abacus (let’s call that the engineering/finance path). After a moment’s hesitation Amelia ended up choosing the abacus, thereby sealing her fate behind a desk for the rest of her adult life. Given that a 1 year old birthday party is really for the parents and their friends, Korean tacos,  pineapple fried rice, corn and black bean salsa and homemade gourmet cupcakes (thanks John Welsh!) were served. Entertainment for the adults was provided by Amelia’s crazy facial expressions upon her first taste of cupcakes and little boy William who started photobombing group photos. Thank you so much to the friends and family who came out to make Amelia’s birthday a special one. A special thanks to Tim and Mike who struggled mightily but finally triumphed in putting together one of Amelia’s presents.

A stuffed creature I purchased from Angela Lee of Handmade Creatures. She was wonderful to work with and the creature fits Amelia to a T, from the headband to the shoes and the sweet potato (Amelia’s favorite food is sweet potatoes), everything was spot on. I highly recommend checking Angela’s website,, if you’re ever looking for a truly unique gift. Angela never makes the same creature twice so they really are one of a kind.

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Maryland Weddings: Marie and Stelios

Congratulations Marie and Stelios!

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Virginia Weddings: Anna and Phil

Congrats Anna and Phil!

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Sushi Taro Omakase!

Linda surprised me for my birthday and our anniversary (I wonder if I would’ve gotten two surprises if our anniversary wasn’t 8 days after my birthday…) by taking me to Sushi Taro for the omakase where you sit in front of chef Nobu Yamazaki for 3 hours and he serves you his best stuff. 30 courses later I’m counting down the days when I can go back for more. It was one of my favorite meals in DC and the interaction with the chef was really fun. Each item was prepared in front of us prior to serving and we even got to choose our sashimi and sushi from their large selection of fish but I usually just let the chef serve what he felt was the best.

One of the courses chef Yamazaki stuffed A5 wagyu with uni, rolled it up and cooked it with a blowtorch before shaving black truffle over the top. Talk about decadent! For most meals that’d be the grand finale but at Sushi Taro, the rest of the meal was just as great. At one point we were a little jealous of the group next to us because it seemed like they were getting special service and I thought to myself, man, it must be nice to be a VIP! Well it turns out that was a VIP group because the girl next to Linda had just gotten engaged to the other sushi chef! I guess I can understand why they got some special courses now…

It’s been over a year since I had great sushi while in Tokyo but now that I’ve tried Sushi Taro, I don’t think I’ll be experiencing as much withdrawal. It was a truly memorable meal and chef Yamazaki was a wonderful chef and host. I can’t wait to go back.


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