A First Look at the Shop Made in DC

I’ve been writing a lot about running lately, so I thought it was time for a non-jogging related post. Meet the Shop Made in D.C., a newly opened shop-café combo at 1333 19th street NW. As you may have guessed by the name, the 2,500-square-foot space only stocks products that are made in the District, from the coffee (which comes from Small Plane, Ryan Jensen’s new roasting company) to a rotating selection of goods by local small business owners. All of them belong to the Department of Small and Local Business Development’s Made in D.C. program, which provided $100,000 in funding for the project, through a grant to the Golden Triangle BID. Other financial backers include Boston Properties, People Make Place and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Two things caught my eyes right away when I came in last Saturday. First, big black letters at the back of the store with the words EAT and DRINK. I guess I was hungry 😉

It was a little too early for tacos (from Tortilladora) or momos (from Dorjee momo), so I just grabbed an everything bagel from Bullfrog Bagels and a coffee. The shop carries oat-milk which is my new favourite so I was excited about that!

I’ll have to come back to try more of the food offerings, including the beers which Greg Engert, director of the beverage program, selected from 6 local breweries. 

Next, I couldn’t help but be drawn to a long brick wall on the side of the store, with bold and  bright posters from 18 of DC’s landmark neighbourhoods, created by Anthony Dihle of Victory Dance Creative.

Alongside all the products featured in the shop, you can find little cards detailing the name of the artisan that made it (24 currently), alongside their makerhood, how many years they have been a maker, how many years they have been in DC and of course, their social media handles so you can look them up.

 

Food products and prints are most prominent in the shop, but you can also find beautiful leather goods from Stitch and Rivet , shirts by District of Clothing or pottery from Hollow Work Ceramics. For now, all of the local entrepreneurs featured have to be DC based businesses registered with the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development though that might change soon since that partnership is only slated to last 6 months as it stands right now.

I foresee the Shop Made in DC being a great event space too, and they are already organizing a Meet the Makers evenings as well as participating in Dupont’s First Friday art walks. I’m sure there’ll be a lot more different events planned soon, especially with the holidays coming up, and I can’t wait! 

Shop Made in DC. 1330 19th Street, Northwest. Open Monday though Friday, 7 AM to 8 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM. 

Les 5 Produits Français que j’Achète à World Market

Vous connaissez World Market? J’adore!! C’est une chaine de magasins ici où l’on trouve un peu de tout que ce soit pour le décor, les meubles, mais aussi des bijoux et de la nourritures venus ou inspirés des quatres coins du monde. Le mien est un peu plus petit, on n’y trouve pas de produits alcoolisés (certains ont un super choix de vins et de bière) ni de meubles, vaisselles etc. En fait, c’est juste un petit rayon dans mon Bed Bath & Beyond local près du Verizon Center. Mais c’est le rayon le plus important! Celui de l’alimentation 😉 Voici quelques uns de mes produits français préférés que j’achète à World Market

LE SEL DE GUERANDE

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Le sel de Guérande est un sel de mer naturel et artisanal récolté à la main par les paludiers dans les marais salants de la Loire Atlantique. Je le trouve version fleur de sel ($6.99) et gros sel aussi ($4.99) à mon World Market

LE SUCRE DE CANE LA PERRUCHE

Sucre de canne la perruche

Je ne trouve pas encore de cassonade à mon World Market, hélas, mais bon, le sucre roux, ambré en cube comme ca c’est un bon début et à $5.99 c’est pas encore trop cher et ça fait bien plaisir dans mon nespresso du matin! 

LA MOUTARDE MAILLE

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Il n’y a que Maille qui m’aille et si mon supermarché local a fait de bon progrès (j’y trouve maintenant de la moutarde Maille a l’ancienne) elle coute toujours un peu chère.  Alors en attendant que Maille ouvre sa boutique sur Washington (c’est dans les projets de la marque apparement) je rempli mon cadis à World Market!  

LES CORNICHONS

Cornichons

C’est pas facile de trouver des bons cornichons français, pas les gros pickles comme ils font aux Etats Unis (et que je trouve très bons aussi, mais c’est pas la même chose). J’adore particulièrement les extra fins Domaine des Vignes ($3.99) que je trouve à World Market

LES PETITES DOUCEURS

Quelques petits produits que j’adore: les mini-pots de confitures Bonne Maman (toujours pratique quand on a des invité pour le brunch), le Nutella version sample que j’ai quasiment toujours dans mon sac à main (je l’appelle mon Nutella d’urgence, on ne sait jamais quand on en aura besoin!) et les Kinder. Oui, je sais, ni le Nutella ni les Kinders ne sont français, mais on en consomme tellement chez nous que c’est un peu comme… Dommage par contre, on trouve toujours pas d’oeufs Kinder Surprise ici 😦

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Mini-confiture bonne maman

BONUS: QUELQUES PRODUITS D’AFRIQUE DU NORD

Du côté de chez ma grand-mère maternelle on est du Maroc (de Casablanca) et le couscous est mon plat français préféré (et je suis pas seule d’après ce sondage.) Alors quand je trouve de l’harissa, du ras el hanout et de la semoule, je saute dessus!  

Harissa from World Market

Semoule pour le couscous

Ras el Hanout spices from world market

 

Vous avez trouvé d’autres bons produits français à World Market ou ailleurs? Je sais qu’on trouve de tout si on bien y mettre le prix (par example à Dean et Delucca, nous on en a un a Georgetown) mais l’avantage de World Market c’est que c’est très abordable! Quels sont le produits qui vous manquent le plus? N’hésitez pas a partager vos tuyaux alimentaires dans les commentaires! 

 

Paris vs New York: The Striped T-Shirt Edition

Paris mon Amour or New York my Love? That’s the question that JCrew’s little sister Madewell is asking in its second collaboration with the French label Sézane®. After a successful first capsule collection last year, Madewell x Sézane is back with flared jeans, a very Parisian-chic little black dress, Ulysse lace-up sandals, accessories like a flirty printed scarf to wrap effortlessly around your neck, a “Féminin et Masculin” gray sweatshirt that’s guaranteed to sell out as fast as the “Superbe” one did in 2014, and, my personal favourite, this set of two striped tees:

Paris Mon Amour New York My Love

Paris mon Amour New York my Love t-shirt image by Madewell

J’adore New York, but Paris will always be my home so I just ordered the red-striped shirt. I can’t wait to show it off around town here in Washington, D.C. The collection is only available online (check it all out right here) and will sell out so I wouldn’t wait too long if I were you. As a matter of fact, the madewell x sézane® striped knit dress is already gone. Le sigh. I really liked that one too 😦 

 

 

Five (French) Reasons to Visit City Center DC

I’ve lived in downtown-DC long enough to have seen multiple incarnations of the area now known as City Center DC. First, it was the former convention center, which I saw being demolished back in 2004. Then it was a municipal parking lot, where Megabuses and Bolt Buses would load and unload passengers. It was the site of Cirque du Soleil, Kastles tennis matches and a Trapeze school. And then it was a construction site for a while… 

Today, it’s a luxurious mixed use space, with more than 185,000 square feet of retail space situated on the ground floor of six buildings that include both rental apartment units and condominiums, as well as office space. Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, who previously worked on the atrium at the National Portrait Gallery, designed the outdoor spaces, with contemporary fountains and marble benches. Every Tuesday in the summer there’s a Freshfarms farmers’ market.  And of course, there’s the super-cool kinetic installation conceived by New York media designer David Niles that screens various videos throughout the day and night on the three sides of a 25-foot-high archway between DBGB and Mango Tree. Eventually, a Conrad Hotel will be built on some of the remaining space… but let’s get back to the retailers and restaurants that filled that ground floor. A slate of high-end retailers have signed leases and opened already, with more on the way, turning City Center DC into a downtown shopping destination that hopes to rival Chevy Chase and Georgetown. And of course, a handful of those retailers are French…

LONGCHAMP

IMG_7339_2I own a ridiculous number of pliage bags, in various sizes and colours so obviously I was very excited when Longchamp announced it would open its first standalone store in the region at City Center. In addition to the famous pliage bags, which line a colourful wall at the back of the store,  the petite boutique also sells shoes, luggage, and other leather leather goods for men and women. 

DBGB KITCHEN + BAR

IMG_6386Chef Daniel Boulud returned to Washington, D.C. last year by opening DBGB, a casual French-American restaurant that serves a Lyonnais-inspired menu including coq-au-vin, seven varieties of home-made sausages (try the boudin blanc or the tunisienne!) and a baked Alaska for two flambéed with chartreuse right at your table. The bar is also very inviting.

ZADIG & VOLTAIRE

IMG_7333_2I’m pretty much not cool enough to shop at Zadig & Voltaire, a French-based fashion label known for its use of cashmere in its chic, and edgy clothing & accessories for men & women. This is the first boutique in the Washington metropolitan area for the clothing retailer, which is expending its US presence and also opened new shops in Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles around the same time. 

HERMES

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If I’m not trendy enough to shop at Zadig & Voltaire, I’m not rich enough to shop at Hermes 😉 Known today for its iconic colorful carrés and Kelly handbag, Hermès initially focused on leather goods like saddles, which it still sells. The City Center location just opened and sells a little bit of everything from dinnerware (head in to check out the exquisite table setting!) to tie, scarves and baby accessories. 

CAUDALIE

I’ve beenIMG_5562 using Caudalie’s Vinotherapie skincare line of products for years, so I was stoked to hear that the Thomas-es were opening a boutique and spa at City Center. I’ve already sipped wine from the founders’ vineyard (Caudalie’s first Vinothérapie spa is on the grounds of Château Smith Haut Lafitte near Bordeaux) at their opening event and dropped in for a facial, so yeah, I’m a fan! 

Bonus: these five Frenchies at City Center will soon be joined by Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, upping the ante on the already luxurious shopping district . Oh la la! 

Retail’s Night Out @ City Center DC

The National Retail Federation knows a thing or two about shopping, and in an effort to highlight retail’s entrepreneurial spirit, the trade association is hosting Retail’s Night Out at City Center DC on May 6, 2015. The one night only event featuring pop-up shops from local merchants and national brands is part of Small Business Week (May 4-8, 2015) and will also feature live music, local food trucks and a red carpet.

 

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Participating retailers include: ALEX AND ANI, ArtJamz, Bull and Moose, JRINK Juicery, Salt & Sundry, stubble & ‘stache, Hugh & Crye, Potomac River Running Store, proper topper, Milk Cult, Ah Love Oil and Vinegar, LiLi The First, UrbanStems and more. Food will be available for purchase from Pepe Food Truck, Ball or Nothing and CapMac. Music will be provided by Levi Stephens.This event is free and open to the public.

Learn more here and here.  Need another reason to head to City Center DC? I’ve got you covered with this list of five (French) reasons you should go

Bread Furst Loaves Now Available at Whole Food P Street

Occasionally, I’lI venture out to Van Ness for great bread at Mark Furstenberg’ Bread Furst… but if I can get his loaves closer to home… well, that’s definitely something I’m excited about! And, as of last Friday, four of his loaves are now available at Whole Foods on P Street: corn rye, whole wheat, multigrain, and teff rye. Hurray!

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Too bad they’re not selling his croissants too 😦

Fashion TakeOver Lunch break at Ann Taylor

I don’t always get to take my lunch break but I’m glad I took the time to drop by Ann Taylor on Connecticut Avenue today. Not because I was in dire need of some retail therapy but because the store played host to Tom Broecker and Jenny Gering, costume designers for DC-based dramas House of Cards (Tom) and The Americans (Jenny.) Both designers will headline “Dressing DC for the Small Screen,” a fashion conversation at the Smithsonian tonight but I’m glad I got a preview of their talk at Ann Taylor.

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Moderated by Mikki Halpin, Editorial Director at Refinery29, the lunchtime chat centered around the show’s female leads, Claire Underwood and Elizabeth Jennings, though there was a quick question towards the end about Zoe’s style (or lack thereof) and the evolution of D.C. fashion. Things have changed since Rep. Charlotte T. Reid became the first woman to wear pants in congress back in 1969. The Americans takes place in Ronald Reagan’s Washington and ’80s suburban wardrobe is vastly different from the style that Tom Broecker seeks to achieve for the Claire Underwood, who runs her own non-profit in Washington, D.C.  In addition to talking about their style inspiration for their characters, both designers emphasized how important it is for women to dress in clothes that makes them feel confident and that are appropriate for the situation or stage in their life that they are in. Both mentioned that, with an increasing number of women in high-power position in Washington, D.C., professional women have a more options and no longer have to try and dress like men. Men, on the other, have a uniform, especially in DC. And I must agree, I’d much rather hear from the stylish for Claire Underwood than Frank Underwood.

Do you like Claire Underwood’s fashion style?

Paul Bakery and Pâtisserie Opens Its Sixth DC-Area Location at Metro Center

I’m always excited when a new Paul bakery opens in the District but I’m particularly excited about this one since it’s very close to my husband’s office. I’m expecting fresh baguettes (Paul’s breads are made daily from organic, locally sourced flour milled exclusively for Paul, without additives or preservatives) every other day from now on 😉

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Photo Credit: Jason Colston for PAUL USA

The new location at Metro Center (555 13th Street NW) is similar in design to the other 5 Paul locations around town, with bistro tables for 20 people outside (while the weather allows), and plush armchairs and tables for 30 inside. I’m sure it will quickly become a popular destination for office workers in the area!

Photo Credit: Jason Colston for PAUL USA

Photo Credit: Jason Colston for PAUL USA

The menu is also similar to that of all of the other Paul and I can’t wait for Paul to roll out its fall menu (I’m a big fan of the tarte citrouille and tarte pecan and cranberry!)

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Assortiment of mini-tarts and macarons (flavours: fig, strawberry chocolate, gianduja, lime, orange-speculoos, and creme brûlée)

In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying the seasonal macarons favours (of course) especially crème brûlée and fig. Do you ever eat at Paul Bakery? What’s your favourite item on their menu?

 

Foodie Keepsake: USPS’ Celebrity Chefs Stamps

Just when I had almost given up on sending actual snail mail, the United State Postal Service announced the release of a pane of celebrity chefs forever stamps. The chefs honored are James Beard, Julia Child, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi.

 

Pictured below is the Beard stamp, which was the first design to be released. The Postal Service will reveal the other stamp designs through its social media outlets (follow USPS on twitter, facebook and pinterest) leading up to the first-day ceremony in Chicago, Illinois on September 26. The selvage area will have a photograph of a large plate set on a white linen tablecloth.

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I can’t wait to be stamping those on my lovely Paper Source macarons stationery 😉 Do you still send snail mail often these days? Or only for special occasions like celebrations or the holidays?

 

Longchamp Store Coming to CityCenterDC

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Chef Daniel Boulud is planning to open a DBGB restaurant at CityCenterDC comes another great (French) news for downtown D.C.: Longchamp is also planning to set up shop at CityCenterDC. Awesome news… well, perhaps not for my wallet. Which, actually, happens to be a Longchamp wallet.

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What I love about Longchamp is that it is still owned and managed by the Cassegrain family who founded it in Paris back in 1948. Oh, and I love their signature Pliage bags of course… but did you know Longchamp initially started as a leather goods’ company, selling leather-covered items for smokers then leather wallets and pouches? Now you do 😉 And I love that they are choosing to open in downtown D.C. as opposed to Georgetown or Chevy Chase where I would expect a retailer like Longchamp to open. It’s about time we become a shopping destination too!

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What you (and I) still don’t know though is when Longchamp will open its first Washington shop. Hopefully on time for fall… I could use a dark purple Pliage bag…