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PICKLING BEETS AND GARDEN VEGETABLES

As promised on the previous Jet Fuel Post – the Beet pickling recipe,

I am huge fan of pickling and health benefits of fermentation.  Several books and places for information HERE ,HERE and HERE.  We grew beets this year in our garden among a few other little beauties and besides roasting them I wanted to pickle them.  We harvested (LOL) our beautiful beets, cleaned and washed them, removing the stems and peeling.  There is such a satifaction of planting seeds – watching them grow tending and than eating what you made!  Crazy – I then pulled out my mandolin aka Mr. Danger please be careful when using this kitcehn tool  I sliced them very thin as to absorb the pickling liquid even better.  Plus they look so darn pretty that way.  Any slicing method you choose will do, maybe even thin matchstick slices that would be a good crunch.  For the pickling liquid use the recipe below.  I prefer a more vinegar, low salt version but try it out and make it you own.

***Side note:  I will even drink this after it sits for a while it becomes a “gut shot” I buy the Farmhouse:  Beet Ginger Gut Shot so this will be my DIY version.

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Generic Pickling Liquid

This is a low salt, low sugar version so the health benefits shine through.  Not your typical dill pickle method.  

Course Snack
Author Lori & Mike Tauraso

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Apple Cider vinegar or White vinegar
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic - smashed and peeled
  • 1-2 Fresh Thyme sprigs

Instructions

  1. Bring all your ingrediants to a boil - except the Garlic & Thyme....

    Let cool for 15 min pour over jarred vegetables adding the fresh Thyme before pouring 

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Proof of a hard days work!  I close the lids tightly and refriderate since we didnt “can’ them and steilize the whole thing but this will last indefinetely – I hope your like this – share with me what you do with all your garden bounty!  This pickling liquid can be a base for what ever veggie you want to add, carrots, ginger you name it.

Of to the races all – it’s a busy Monday around here for me.  Restaurant stuff, new uniforms, light fixture, paint touch up, make sure to have a proper workout, prepare for small dinner party tomorrow night – I am going Mediterranean in my theme.  Plus will be posting on my skincare products and everyday makeup.  Working on some videos as well.   I am taking an online class for photos and videos!  Yeah!

FOUR SEASONS SPA MENU CIRCA 1985 “JET FUEL” SALAD DRESSING

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I wanted to share this little gem with you – especially during the end of summer when veggies are everywhere!  Some of you may know that my husband is a classically trained Chef/Restauranteur.  We own a few restaurnts in the suburbs of Maryland outside of DC.  Mike graduated in 1984  from the well renowned Johnson & Wales Culinary College.  One of his early jobs out of culinary school was at the prestigious Four Season Hotel in Georgetown, DC!  “Auxchamps ” Kitchen.  Where he worked under Chef Douglas McNeill so Mike is full of recipes that I pull out from him now and again.  As we move forward on our healthy food journey I am loving the grain bowls.  He actually added one to our fine dining restaurant lunch menu at  The Tasting Room.  We try and eat veggie heavy meals when we can and this is so great to do in the summer.  I was bored with my salad dressings.  During a recent talk in the kitchen I was whining that I’m bored of my salads . He was like “Hey babe – I’ll make you “JET FUEL”  “What is JET FUEL”?  He explained that in the late 80’s the Four Seasons Hotel started a spa menu for their elite guests.  The dressing used in the kitchen was called Jet Fuel.  Um yes dont hold out on me babe.spa, diet, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, four seasons, spa menu, foodie, jet fuel, recipe, dinner, diet, anti aging, cooking, weight loss, instagram, chef, mason jar, meal prep, He made some up and I was in love!  I keep a jar of it handy.  It lasts for a week or more covered in the fridge.  You can tweak it a bit here and there but the premise is that you want it to be very fresh, flavorful, very little oil, and no salt.  It highlights fresh veggies and garden lettuces without overpowering them.  It is low in fat, delicious and simply good for you!

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Jet Fuel

Spa Menu salad dressing circa 1985 from the famous Four Seasons Hotel 

Author Mike Tauraso - Exec Chef / Restauranteur

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Shallot minced
  • 1/4 cup White wine vinegar champagne can be substituted
  • 1 tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Grape seed Oil (any light non flavored oil) plus 1 tbsp if needed
  • 1 tsp Apricot preserves substitute 1/2 tsp honey
  • 20 grinds Black pepper
  • pinch Kosher salt
  • 2 springs Thyme - fresh

Instructions

  1. Wish toghether in mixing bowl adding fresh thyme or any fresh herbs on hand.

  2. Tranfer to mason jar - shake - label and enjoy

  3. Keep refridgerated for a week or so - shaking each time before use

      

Below is my homemade version of a grain bowl with cooked Quinoa, (almost always on hand) summer corn, chickpeas, cucumbers (from Andrea’s – Mike sisiter garden), our heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, sauteed squash, romaine and red onion.  The piece to resistance is our fresh garden pickled beets.  I add them at the end sometime with the pickling juice (recipe tomorrow). !

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With Mike’s help mine looks like this!  Yeah!  So pretty right?  Dont you feel healthier just looking at this?  Top with Jet Fuel, some the beets and enjoy.  grain bowl, summer, salad, grain bowl, just fuel dressing, four seasons hotel, spa menu, diet, loriannmd, blanks late, urablankslate, frederick, dinner, lunch, tasting room, lori tauraso, mike tauraso, dmv, blogger, chef, Washington dc, garden, anti aging, heal thing eatingTry out the Jet Fuel and let me know your thoughts.  Like I said use what you have around or that is readily available.  Try it and use as a dressing or even a veggie dip.  Would be cute to pack for lunch or serve at a girlfriends spa night!

Now onto the weekend and an anti health day for us – a trip to Peking Gormet Inn – I may not post about it officially and just enjoy this bit of heaven on earth.  We will see how hungry I am and if I can hold off and snap a pic or two – maybe on instagram/instastories so check in.

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DATE NIGHT – WASHINGTON DC “SHAW DISTRICT” RESTAURANT REVIEW – NOT WHAT WE THOUGHT

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Mike and I had another date night in DC the other day.  I have  been holding him to the mothly date night ventures to DC or Baltimore – we started this last year and was epic fail – meaning that after big promises of “date nights” by the husband we only we went two times in six motnhs!  So after a bit of “explaining the importance to me” we are back on course.  Anywho, where’d we go?  After reading one of my issues of Washingtonian Magazine we decided on the Shaw District.

Alittle info on Shaw District – DC – Shaw technically includes the sub-neighborhoods of Logan Circle, Truxton Circle, and the U Street Corridor. It is bounded by 15th St NW, Florida Ave (formerly Boundary St), North Capitol St, and M St NW.

Although it has a diverse population, Shaw is distinctive from the adjacent areas due to its African-American heritage. It is popular due to its jazz clubs, bars, high-end bars and lounges, and for the marvelous food, including Little Ethiopia.

The neighborhood, named after Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, was first developed starting in 1865 when the end of the Civil War led to a huge increase in demand for new housing in Washington, D.C. The extension of streetcar lines in the early 1900’s up 7th St and 14th St also spurred additional development.

Because Shaw was not affected by covenants that prohibited property sales to African Americans, Shaw became the center of African-American culture in Washington and was home to many black-owned businesses, entertainment venues, and other institutions. It was the birthplace of jazz great Duke Ellington, who lived on the 1200 block of T St. It was the center of Washington’s music scene and includes the historic Howard Theater (opened in 1910), Lincoln Theatre (opened in 1921), and Bohemian Caverns jazz club (opened in 1926).

Following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968, riots broke out at the intersection of 14th St & U St. The riots resulted in significant damage to 1,200 buildings and resulted in thousands of permanent job losses. With the introduction of crack cocaine in the 1970s and 1980s and the subsequent flight of residents and businesses from the area, Shaw succumbed to urban blight. The entire neighborhood was considered to be unsafe due to rampant prostitution and drug use.

However, beginning in the early 1990s, a wave of gentrification restored the area. In 1986, the Reeves Center, a 500,000 square foot municipal office building, opened at the intersection of 14th St and U St, bringing thousands of jobs to the area. The Shaw-Howard University Metro Station opened in 1991. In 2000, a Whole Foods supermarket opened at the intersection of 14th & P Street and quickly became one of the retailer’s highest grossing stores. Between 2000 and 2002, Harrison Square, the first large scale residential development in the area in a long time, was constructed. Since then, dozens of upscale businesses have opened and thousands of apartments have been constructed. Houses at Harrison Square, which originally cost $200,000 in 2000-2002, are now selling for $900,000.

It took us about an hour to get into town – we had the first reservations at HAZEL 5:30 (yes the early bird).  Before dinner we walked around and I fell in love with Glen’s Garden Market a upscale corner market with the best staff and almost anything you could want for dinner, lunch or snacks.  Glens Garden Market DC, dmv, dinner, shaw district, blogger, travel, review, local shop, dinner,

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Than we came across READ WALL – AMERICAN MENS TAILORING custom mens suits, shirts and shoes all AMERICAN MADE! Now that I can get into.  Thank you Conor Siegel for the great welcome, explainations and information on this lovely bespoke mens store!  We will be back!  “Chirstmas is coming” SHAW district, blank slate, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, read wall, tailor, mens shop, dmv,

 

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We also found this shop  CHERRY BLOSSOM – It must have been only 300 sq ft but I could have stayed in there for an hour or more!

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This post is hard to write because I was really looking forward to the meal.  It started out…… just ok the hostess couldnt really be bothered and literelly just tossed the drink / app menu on the table since we couldnt be sat until exactly 5:30 she said.  OK – the cocktail waitress was lovely however – very upbeat – quick and thanked us for coming in.  Got Mike a lovely Rose and myself a custom “mocktail” ginger and lemon strong – my favorite and served in a champange flute.  I love any of my drinks in a “fancy” glass.  Mike “yeah my baby loves her stemware”!  Truewords! Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review,Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen,You could see the kitchen from the patio – very cool and they had a the best instagramable wall in the back with patio string lights and fire pits – must be great for HH and weekend dinner, brunch.  Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen,The bar inside was nice – loved the flooring throughout.  The dining decor  and large art on back wall – didnt do it for me- to each his own I guess.  The staff is dressed in urban chic – a favorite of mine – so its a hip and fun atmosphere.Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor

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Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor, cheers, cocktails, mock tail, loveNow onto the meal – our server navigated the menu and sugggested we pick 3 items each to share and they will course them out according to flavors – Ok on board – started out ok with the Kanpachi Crudo.  This plate was very good.  The flavors all worked and the Kanpachi was really well seasoned.  The jalapeno added a bit of kick and the crunchy veggies worked in this dish.  Bravo Hazel!Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decorHowever went down hill after that – very sad to say.  I dont like to blast people and places but this was so surprising.  The steak tartare had so much going on I could not eat more than two bites – salty – way to much sauce and I’m glad we didnt take the advice to mash all togther and eat – we used the tater tots as a crustini of sorts. Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor, serrano, tater tots, tartare, You simply couldnt taste the tartare.  Next was the star of the show “Grandma Hazel’s zucchini bread” The bread was fantatic (this item is also on the dessert menu folks) but the foie gras really lacked flavor and did not really go with this fantastic bread…… I would however buy a loaf of the bread in a heartbeat.Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor, zucchini bread, foie gras mousse, Next came the grilled fairy tale eggplant – was bitter and the presentation was very “dark” not what you want to eat in summer espically Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decorThan the stragest thing I tasted on the menu was the BBQ carrots – the flavors were such a mash up – the flavoring was a reminder of bbq chips and so much sauce, salt and I just didnt get it.  Would not order that again.Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor

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The BBQ wagyu shrot ribs were like candy and the “Gnocchi Bokki” just was odd – kimchi pork ragu with italian flavors mixed in?  I don’t know people but I think grandma Hazel was drinking in the kitchen that night.  Teasing……..I have heard bruch is good but with all the choices we have in DC I dont think we will be back anytime soon.  I will say that I was very surprised by the server as the plates were cleared you could see we didnt finish much never they never asked if it was all going ok?  Maybe just a off night for the Hazel kitchen, you decide.

The company however was lovely, date night ended great we held hands, kissed, laughed and just enjoyed each others company.  That’s all I wanted.  kissing, date night, marriage, love, dc, dmv, blogger, urablankslate, blank slate, loriannmd, Hazel restaurant, dc, dmv, dining, date night, loriannmd, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, dating, dinner, shaw district, road trip , zagat, foodie, review, patio, instagram, open kitchen, bar, tile floor, concrete floor tile, decor, cheers, cocktails, mock tail, love

Gotta run busy week here and I am already behind.  Check back for update on http://www.FrederickDermatology.com and my fist Cool sculpting experience. Restaurants on the list soon are:  Peking Gormet Inn,VA and Mirabelle DC! 

Sauteed Scallops Perfect Summer Dinner

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As promised after a few requests on my Instagram etc here as promised is my sauteed scallops recipe.  It’s a perfect summer dinner in my opinion not complicated and just look at these babies,….. perfection.  I am lucky enough to shop the restaurant walkin but when going to the market I look for dry packed sea scallops.  I do 4 per person and thats more than enough for me.  Honestly I eat 3 and give Mike the extra so its a win win in our house.lori tauraso, cooking, scallops, healthy eating, dinner, summer, shopping, fish, blank slate, urablankslate, loriannmd, dmv, blogger, cheers, the tasting room, frederick md, maryland, home cooking washington dc, home, recipe,

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Sauteed Sea Scallops

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Lori Tauraso - Urablankslate

Ingredients

  • 8 large Dry Packed Sea Scallops
  • Flour enough for dusting
  • 1 tsp pepper add to flour
  • 1/2 tsp paprika add to flour
  • 1/2 cup olive oil - eye this more or less depending on your pan size
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine you know the rule what ever you would drink or serve

Instructions

  1. Put flour in a shallow bowl add pepper and paprika and dust both sides. I omit salt because the scallops have their own so that is to your taste.  Get your pan / oil / butter hot and sear scallops maybe in two batches.  Again depending on your pan.  You dont want to over crowd them.  Brown on both sides and baste see photo this is a key step people often skip but so worth it for even cooking and browning.  Plus cherish that melted butter.  At the late 1 minute add your white wine to the pan and deglaze it - you can even remove your scallops if your worried they will over cook than add the wine and pour the jus over the scallops for resting phase and when plating

    When they are done cooking place on a plate to rest for 2 - 3 minutes so juices cool a bit and remain in the scallop.

  2. I like to serve them on a bed of something, mashed potatoes as I did here or brown rice or even a quinoa and than have crunchy salad or slaw.  Voila dinner is served and if your feeling fancy take time with plating and garnish with lemon wedge, parsley etc 

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Have a great week!

RICHMOND IN 2 DAYS @ THE SWANKY QUIRK HOTEL & YSL EXHIBIT

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Back from quick trip to Richmond, VA to visit my oldest son JOJO.  Even though I was only gone 2 1/2 days it took a lot out of me.  We did tons of walking, eating, sightseeing and timed it perfect to even visit the YSL exhibit at the VMFA.   Also staying at the swankiest place in town THE QUIRK HOTEL I had been watching the Quirk Hotel for 3 years proior to opening and fianlly had the chance to stay there.  The first of many visit to come I am sure.  Let me start by saying Quirk Hotel Richmond, VA is designed in my favorite colors White, Pink & Black.   Mixing modern with vintage, slick and shiny with rustic wood.   Epitome of Ying and Yang.  Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure,

Below is the hotel restaurant MAPLE & PINE – glass sheleves seperate the lobby reception desk area.  You can really apprecaite the architecture of the former department store.  The celiengs are almost church like with coves and coloms, the iron staircase is origianl to the building.  Again the raspberry pink (my favorite shade) is dabbled about.  Off the lobby is a PINK COUCH!  I need that in my life NOW! 

This is a photo of the department store – you see the curved celing and the wrought iron stairs off to the left – still used today!

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This courtyard is just off the lobby and the Quirk Gallery great spot for tea, coffee and amazing Happy Hour Party or events for sure!  The all white back ground makes for a BLANK SLATE! 

Little details abound everywhere – I adore the postcards, clip boards and pen.  

In the stunning lobby doesnt this space just beg for a photo shoot and tons instagram worthy snapshots!  P.S. Did I mention I need this couch so crushing on this lobby – shoot the whole hotel.See you soon JOJO, Quirk & Richomond!

See you soon JOJO, Quirk & Richomond!

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Next door to the hotel was Graffiato Italian restaurant – see link Graffiato VA  and since I have not been to the much smaller orignainl in DC had to give this a try.  The place is huge – dark, metal , industrail ready for the larger crowds to come.  lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine,

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The restaurnt itself was – a bit dirty – the front entrance had cobb webs galore and the staris and basement where the restrooms were – kindda scary.   Not what I’d expect from this chain…………..lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike IsabellaHowever the reputation and the desire I had for pizza persuaded me and I’m glad we went.   The service, apps and drinks DLISH, the Charred Octopus was done wonderfully – one word “YUM”! lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella,Look at my pizza really really good.  I adore a simple “Pizza Margherita”lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va,The YSL Exhibit was so wonderful and thirlled Mike agreed to go with me – museums are not his thing to say the least – below me trying my best model pose.the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts is one of the nicest museums I have had the chance to visit.  I make it a point to go each time I am in town,  The ground are just insane and they have some of the best unique current exhibits around.  https://vmfa.museum  please check it out.lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, rooftop bar , quirk gallery, vmfa, ysl

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On the ground of the VMFA a cool 3D large scale art for that changed as you walked around it – so cool!lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, ysl, VMFA, lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine

Here you see Quirk’s Rooftop Bar in the distance  – make sure to put it on your list – great atmosphere and views of the city plus the breeze up there fantastic during this summer heat!  lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, rooftop bar , quirk gallery, vmfa, ysl,

It is always too short of a trip visiting you JoJo but I’ll be back again soon to do a full story on Quirk, the histoy, the concept and the furture for this brand!  Also to take Joe to LEDBURY – Bespoke Mens Clothes  and get him a custom dress shirt , new sport jacket and maybe a few other things a young professional may need.  (that’s what mom’s do right – that and cook and orgnaize his apt. ) lori tauraso, loriannmd, urablankslate, blank slate, dmv, frederick, writer, photos, blogger, instagramer, pink , quirk hotel, lobby, travel , review, road trip , shopping, nyc, richmond va, Graffiato, Mike Isabella, lori tauraso, travel critic, washingtonian magazine, frederick magazine, rooftop bar , quirk gallery, vmfa, ysl, Ledbury, mens clothes,

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See you soon JOJO, Quirk & Richomond!

IKEA PAX CLOSET COMING TOGETHER & GETTING AN ORGANIZED HOME

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My upstairs guest room / slash overflow “closet” is really coming together.  I spent this Saturday building my IKEA Pax closet system & getting an organized home seems like a reality not a dream.  I have a clear organizational plan.  I’ve been purging some things as well.  Selling, donating and throwing things that  either dont fit, dont like anymore and dont bring me joy.  This includes papers, clothes, shoes, skincare and makeup products in a word the CLUTTER it feels so flippin great.  If you’ve ever put IKEA stuff together than you know you have to be in the zone and ready.  Half harted or rushing to do it does not cut the mustard.  I was fortuate enought to have JoJo put the base frames and did the heavy lifting work for me on Mothers Day but I didnt end up finishing until now.  This space needs to function as a guest room, off season closet, product storage for review and tech/camera equipment also a studio of sorts.  Here are pics I used for inspiration.  The first one below is a dream but I like to shoot for the starts!  “White is my favorite color”!

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Below is IKEA showroom and I’m loving the idea of back to back dressers in the middle creating that island look and than ottomon or find a chair to make a seating area / bench.

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Now this is the current situation:  I am so happy it is really coming along. I still need to bolt them together and anchor to the wall when I’m done but really liking it!  I have to go get a few more shelves and take back wrong Komplent ones – somehow got the wrong size.  Usually I am so very careful to check and re check what I get but will work out for me since I want to get a few drawers like you see above with the glass front and a pull out tray for sunglasses and necklaces etc.  Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, to do list,ikea, pax closet, organize, shopping, nyc, dc, dmv, frederick, maryland, baltimore, journaling , plan for the day,

One of the funniest things that is happening is that I”m so getting into the organization of things – getting a plan – streamlining my home.  Getting every little space clean and simplified.  Also making the mundane pretty.  Why not make everything you do special – use that fine china, glassware, linens today on yourself!  We arent promised tomorrow.  I believe a clean organized home = a clean organized life (mostly).   Organization has not always come easy to me dealing ADD and Dyslexia my whole life so this is a Big Big Coup!

I am learning somethings from a youtube channel I discoverd called LAClosetDesign“Million Dollar Closets”  it says to set up your space like a store – so you “shop your closet” I can get on boarad with that idea.  During this time I have gotten that Spring Cleaning Bug and have been making some new “chemical free” cleaning products along the way using very basic items and essential oils I love it!

I’m off to IKEA tomorrow & coming with me is another helpful pic and my newest list – I may hit the lighting section too but I have a plan!IKEA, Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, to do list,ikea, pax closet, organize, shopping, nyc, dc, dmv, frederick, maryland, baltimore, journaling , plan for the day,You cant go into IKEA with no plan and aimlessly wonder around – you’d be Cra Cra baby!  Let me know how you organize your closet, home and office any advice is really appreciated!  I hope for final look by the weeks end – I’ll update my insta and the page than!

I hope you leave your comments and just remember we only have this one life – be good to yourself and kind to each other!

TO DO LISTS…… DO YOU MAKE THEM

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TGIF Everyone,

I like to make lists – dont you?  Big or small, notebooks, post-it’s, mini journals, on my phone note app, whatever you choose to write on.  It makes me feel efficient.  I start out the day so optimistic.  Today my list took up two pages.  Hmmmm that could be an issue.  This photo above was shot at 6:30 am.  It’s now 2:40 as I begin to write and only half of the list is done.  I’m getting tired, its Friday and ugggggg they are calling for rain so that means no car wash (whew) Besides I could really use a nap.  Naps are just the best!

So I’m rethinking my moring list practice and figure I will to go back to my old ways of making my lists.  I need to start by writing a weekly if not a monthly list than a realistic daily list.  I like to win big or small things and each little check mark is its own little victory.  Is that weird of me?

As I said I got more than 1/2 done.  So not to bad and as usual the important one checked off first.  I met Amanda and ordered new uniform samples for TR  http://www.trrestaurant.com and decided on a light fixture film to address the horrible LED light situaition over the bar.  (Thanks Amanda for holding them up for me to get a better view).Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, todo list, journaling , plan for the day,We got our new patio table put together, (when I say we I mean I supervised as Mike did it) I did some photo editing, (so need new external hard drive now Best Buy on list for tomorrow) kitchen cabinets are clean etc….  but now I need to quiet my mind.  Some days start out great and then a certain something just swoops in and suddenly your whole mood and day are on a different path.  The wind knocked outta your sails.  Today thats jsut what happened to me.  None of it in my control but affected me greatly just the same.  So my list while not complete will have to carry over till Monday.  I will get the bike ride in however that’s my “zone out” space.Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, todo list, journaling , plan for the day,I try not to beat myself up too much – I have done that a lot in the past.  Like I felt the need to look just so, act just right, house clean at a moment’s notice, relationships all working good or I get in my head – like I failed or what’s wrong with me or what did I do wrong.  Thank goodness that negative mind chatter has become less and less so to I am deciding while writing this post that today is done – work wise and a nap is fully approved!  You should take one too!Lori Tauraso, loriannmd, lori tauraso, blank slate, blank slate, urablankslate, dmv, frederick, blogger, writer, photography, makeup artist, pink, modern, white, historic landmark, Richmond, VA, RVA, DMV, instagram, instatravel, netaporter, luxury destination hotel, travel and leasiure, tgif, friday, todo list, journaling , plan for the day,

Enjoy your weekend everyone – make your lists but remember first and foremost on the very top it should read “self-love and acceptance”  Look for my next post review on the Quirk Hotel Richmond, VA

Mike reminds me to “give myself a break” most days – life is good!  I’m reminding you all to do the same.  Feel free to comment I’d love to hear how you stay organized and motovated in your life and how you handle not being quite on your game all the time.

NON DAIRY SNACK FOR BREAKFAST OR DESSERT CHIA PUDDING

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CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING

A healthy non-dairy pudding that's great for breakfast or dessert!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Lori Tauraso - URABLANKSLATE

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Unsweetend Plain Almond Milk I prefer Almond Breeze Brand
  • 3/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 scoop Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder I love the VEGA Vegan brand

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to blender or vita mix and start on low - so things mix well easily so all the seeds dont fly to the top and sides.  Than increase to high for 40 - 60 seconds it will thicken up.  This is where you can eye things - want it pourable but not drinkable.  More like a gravy 

  2. I like to portion into small mason jars 1/2 way full cover and chill covered for 1 hr - or overnight.  

  3. Before serving or while chilling I add sliced banana's, blueberries or any berry, smashed almonds, and than I top w/toasted coconut.  

  4. Enjoy - if you want to "fancy it up"  before serving place on tray with small teaspoons,cute cocktail napkin and close your eyes you can almost believe this is a healthy banana split

Play with the recipe if you dont like chocolate ( your crazy ) add another protein and if dairy isnt an issue – top with a bit of whip cream and do your happy dance!  This little baby is helping me to creep Mike away from Haagen-Dazs ice cream sometimes.  

I’d love to hear from you and see what you come up with – share your Chia pudding and post your comments below!  Remeber I love to do giveaways and share new products / things I come across so check back.

My Outfit Dupe Must Or Lust Classic Everyday Chic Look For A Stylish Closet

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I found this on My Theresa.com and fell in love as seen above and also my #girlcrush Olivia Palermo below and had to add it to my closet with this clean classic everyday chic look but without the price!  loriannmd, Blank Slate, urablankslate, frederick, md, dmv, baltimore, blogger, style, classic wardrobe, closet, dupe, nyc, shopping, lori tauraso, loriannmd, ootd, Olivia Palermo, style, dupe, must have look, So as I’ve been consolidating my wardrobe and types of items in it I am leaning much more towards classic pieces this lead me to recreate this look for MUCH LESS.

The white asymmetrical top from My Theresa was $1190 alone – jeans by 3XI are $298 and the hot pink mule shoes are a cool $550 = OUCH! That is $2100 and change.  Ok so lets see what I can do……

Here Is The Breakdown

Need: White Top, Red/Hot Pink Shoes, Frayed Jeans, Minimal Accessories…….

The Classic White Top  OK now this one is pretty simple I have a few in my closet I really like that were under $30 great “goto” places are  ZARA, 
FOREVER 21, and some from CMEO and Nordstrom $75 range.  This great dupe is from POSHMARK only $60.00 pretty close to the origianl one right?

 

Now for the Jeans – google search lead me right to Bloomingdale.COM and they have some great one’s about $100 – $150loriannmd, Blank Slate, urablankslate, frederick, md, dmv, baltimore, blogger, style, classic wardrobe, closet, dupe, nyc, shopping, lori tauraso, loriannmd, ootd, bloomingdales, nordstrom,

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DIY to try – I have taken some jeans from AE and ZARA and used my MARTHA STEWART FREY SCISSORS or even better the  WALMART SHREDDER SCISSORS only $9.95 and make my own!  It takes some practice and patience but works great – maybe even use an old pair or get cheap ones at ROSS first to try it out!  (Try on Scrap piece of denim first) .walmart, diy, loriannmd, blogger, style, dupe, classic closet, dmv, frederick, blankslate, urablankslate, Blank Slate, photograph , shopping, dc city center, tysons corner, my theresa.com,

Now for the shoes.…… I am happy and so grateful that I have a adorable pair of GUCCI MULES – that I got after a 30day detox / cleanse I did and it was my prize for completion so lucky me!  These are a definate sprulge but “I love great shoes and handbags – the rest is smoke and mirrors”! You can treat yourself too and get the same pair at

 GUCCI – HERE

However, normaly I shop more wallet friendly versions and these are great looking choices  STEVE MADDEN @NORDSTROMS $62.99!

Or these beauties which come in black and red from TARGET  at a cool $34.99

I have my handbags all set so my outfit will look like this but you can buy the look for $200! WHAT A SCORE!  Shoot I could even look for a white purse too – I dont have one of those.!  Below are my choices and what I’m wearing to Bethesda, MD tomorrow for some meetings and alittle window shopping.   I will top it off with big black shades, a red lip and ooodles style – LOL.  #EUROCHIC “Like look at me I dont even have to try” say it out loud in Italian accent.  LOL

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This look is going to Europe with me for sure in September – I hope you like it and this post share your thoughts below – The outfit goes live this week so check my instagram feed!  BTW – hitting Bloomingdales tomorrow to grab those jeans baby!

CIAO BELLAS,

Lori

HMART FREDERICK MARYLAND LUNCH SHOPPING HEALTHY EATING

We fianlly went to check out the recently opened H MART FREDERICK here near me to do a litte shopping and maybe some healthy eating as well.  We ended up going Sunday and Monday!  The food court looked fantastic – the produce is abundant and fresh.  I am used to HMART in VA near my dearly loved SPA WORLD the authentic Korean Bath House where I escape to cleanse, detox, and reboot myself.  So I am familar and was really excited since the Gmart was such a bad flop.  Not as big as it’s VA chains but it is busy with cross section of ethntensities which is now making our Frederick, MD a great melting pot!  The food court was clean but confusiong, many stalls to choose from – Ramen House, Koren (my fav) with Bibimbap veggie is the way I go but you can choose chicken, pork beef .  Definition: Bibimbap .  You can choose fried chicken, sushi, bakery items, even some Koren cosmetics – leaves a little to be desired if your already familar to them – + side note  they did have snail serum and that stuff rocks!   Check out this book – The Little Book of Skin Care Korean Beauty I was already acustomed to the benefits from the ladies at SPA WORLD but his book is a great read and perfect for the novie Asain Beauty Culture guru.  loriannmd, Charlotte Cho, korean beauty, books, health, dmv, frederick md,washington dc, va, spa world, blankslate, blank slate, urablankslate, Day one food great – is was bustling and we decided on Ramen and Bibimbap was delish – day two we got sushi salmon, tuna and tempura roll.  The roll was good and fresh I couldnt eat the tuna (maguro) I dont even try and swallow funky sushi – Right?  So this left me a bit hungry going towards the door so we grabbed fresh produce, cabbage, fruit – see those cheeries and Chinese vinegar to take home and add to my slaw.  We will be back but not as often as I had though.  I am picky about where I may eat I think I’ll sitck to Korean stall and need to head to SPA WORLD/VA soon!  HMART is trying and has a nice selection and good prices but I wont forget my 7th St. Asain Market for the best teas, frozen veggie dumplings, scallions, tofu and perfect nappa cabbage!

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Make sure to try it out nice to see our area widing its horizons.  I think the more the merrier!  Below is a cross section of pictures I took of the large market.

SEAFOOD DEPT. IS CLEAN AND HAS THE FRESHEST FISH I’VE SEEN IN AGES – LOOK A THE COLOR OF THAT MACKERAL!  OCEAN BLUE!

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It went on for miles and miles.

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Some cute Chinese soda – the one above is fun you push in lid to make bubbles and there is a glass marble in the top – its like drinking from a baby bottle

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This is the biggest Jack Fruit we have ever seen – what in the world do you use it for the Chef asks???????

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My goto Veggie Bibimbap – sides of kimchi and miso soup – now thats healthy in a bowl right.

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I hope you give it a whril and let me know your thoguhts what you eat, get and make with all the new exotic goodies.

Lori XOXO

MY THOUGHTS ON THE RITZ CARLTON – NAPLES, FLORIDA 1 DAY OF R&R

If your gonna do a 6 day Road Trip – stopping off for night the at a Ritz Carlton  in Naples Florida is a treat for a minimum of of 1 day of R&R.  Although I wanted more and hope to be back by this summers end.

After going through Tampa, Fla – not my favorite spot on the trip – nothing really to showase – we did stay at the waterfront Marriott, nice enough huge lobby but convention hotel all the way.  I think 3 large conventions were going on that day alone.  The waterfront area and frankly the whole city is undergoing tons of contruction –  we shouldve kept going one night wasted.  Then we poppped into Sarasota Beach, Florida early the next morning and I’d defientely want to go back and stay there.  They have a huge long clean beach , lovely main street boutiques and main stream players, and we had the best breakfast at a pastry shop at a French restaurant that has been there for over 20 years!  Fully equiped with snobby waiter too – LOL.  Th owner more than made up for it – and was friendly and happy to chat about the area and upcoming restuarnt week.  Here was my iphone 7 picture and tweet or the gorgeous gulf beach.We were on a mission now however so off to Naples.loriannmd, lori tauraso, mike tauraso, michael tauraso, frederick md, dmv, travel, love ritz carlton, spa, road trip, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, photos, review, travel review, marriott , marriott rewards, american express travel, Twitter, sarasota beach,

The huge restort of Ritz Carlton Naples, Florida.  Really deceiving on the drive up to get the full grandeur of the property.  road trip, ritz carlton, naples, florida, spa, loriannmd, lori tauraso, urablankslate, blankslate, blank slate, travel , road trip, relax, travel review, dmv, blogger, wordpress, nyc, shopping, nails, cocktail ring, service.

We pulled up to the RITZ CARLTON!  Que the angels singing…….. NOW I’M A HAPPY HAPPY GIRL!  I was exhausted and getting weappy by this point.  Not kidding – when I break I break hard.

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When we arrived – we were greated by graciaous bellman and usherd to the reception desk where cookies and H2o were waiting.  I tried to do a quick video of the lobby but was stopped and startled by a security women who sidled up on me.  I was not putting peoples faces on my video just decor etc…. I know what happens in hotels needs to be handled discreetly.  Anyway, she shut it down so off to the room.  The decor was soft blues, pale lilacs and seafoam green – the lobby was old school grand yet I think could be updated.  They have a dinner service in the lobby in the eveing however I’m looking forward to the steak house I heard about online inside – the fine dining restaurant called The Grill.  Also, heard that a sushi restaurnt is here but only open for dinner – boooooooo!

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Mike and I after spa, steam, massage, dinner at THE GRILL (located inside the Ritz) and room service for dessesrt………. I was just plain delirious at this point.  Put a fork in me I am DONE!  Our room was comfy and looked out over the gulf – not too shabby – I’ll take it!

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We used our points both Amex and Marriott Rewards – highly suggest grouping as much as possible.  So that meant disocunt on Spa $100 credit each, Upgrade to Ocean Front Room etc.  I am a huge fan of the Marriott Group Across the world and came to find out they have accquired many properties in the past few years  and have smaller boutique styles in their line up as well.  You can see the Dwell Hotel in my side bar is part of Marriott too!  So when booking if possible I always stay with them.  Mike has made it my job to be the “travel manager”.loriannmd, lori tauraso, mike tauraso, michael tauraso, frederick md, dmv, travel, love ritz carlton, spa, road trip, blank slate, urablankslate, blogger, photos, review, travel review, marriott , marriott rewards, american express travel,

The pool area was nice – I wondered if and when the Ritz is going to update the Ritz Blue????? The picture doesnt show it but getting a little dated (looking pretty late 90’s…. just saying Ritz, I love you but????)  We did go to Gumbo Limbo on the beach and NOT GOOD.  Service was pretty bad very touchy feely where Mike even called it out and noticed.  He hardly ever notices things like that.  The food was just ok our shrimp a bit under cooked just kindda strange deal.  I will say another great thing about the Ritz Carlton, they take customer service very seriously and they had a review for us to fill out and after they saw our expereince – a call was made to get more details and rectify immediately – NICE!

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The Ritz bathrooms dont dissapoint – usually they have white marble all over, nice lighting, pleanty of fluffy towels, bathrobes, slippers and adore the shower heads – I need one like this or better yet the one in the spas ASAP.  Mike commented on those as well – noted and on the list.  Below, you see I did a quick “insta post” with some new mascaras – I love doing my makeup in the Ritz bathrooms – feel fantastic DAAAAAHHHLING.  The robes alone are just yummy.loriannmd, naples florida, ritz carlton, spa, marble, boreal mascara, instagram, blogger, travel blogger, review, spa, travel, road trip, relax, anti aging, nyc, shoppingI brought some nail polish and did a quick touch up and Mike surprised me with this semi precious stone cocktail ring!  I adore it – the price was great 10% off as Ritz/Marriott reward memeber and just perfect – I never thought I’d want a cocktail ring too big for my tiny hands but BAM – here she is.  It is made by La Costa designer Soraya Thornton and she blends natural rustic element with a bit of glamour – I got the rustic white quartz crystal I’m gonna look on line I need the matching earrings too.  I didnt want to get greedy with Mike but ya know I’d love the set!  LA Costa Jewelry
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We only stayed one night – not enough time so I will be back for sure and left next morning but stopped in the upscale WATERSIDE SHOPS – NAPLES shopping center this was on my list of sightseeing and we did some major window shopping.  I will tell you this…….. The high end stores there HAVE THE ITEMS THERE IN THE STORE TO BUY NOW….. unlike here in the DC area so many boutiques dont carry any current items.  I did some great dreaming wishlist making in Gucci, Ferragamo and finally Louis Vuitton – Whaaaaaat.  I wanted a new bag and tried a few on and really fell for a certain one – had it in stock and I was like great I’ll take the info and keep it in mind…… Than Mike said my favorite words “you really like it?  wrap it up its yours”  WHOA HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY  – so unexpected and thrilled they have some of the best quality and craftmanship bags around.  This baby will be my second LV!  I hope my next will be purchased in Paris!  Louis Vuitton, waterside shops, shopping , naples florida, pallas ming full noms, hand bag, luxury, lori tauraso, dmv, frederick, blogger, travel blogger, shopping spree, husband , surprise, happy girl, loriannmd, instagram, instaluxuray, louis vuitton

Well now trying to come off cloud nine we head to Delray Beach to spend the day with my stepson Luke, drop off the car then I am home early the next day and he and MIke are fishing one day in Key Largo – best fishing I’ve been too.  Yes, I fish too – love it actually but I’ll go next time and now i’m scurrying with JetBlue reservation to buy a seat for my new baby!  Lol  (ok maybe just upgrade to extra leg room)

**UPDATE – Still working of the upstairs office / guest room / photo studio so stay tuned I put a deadline on myself.  July 15th!  I work much better that way and FYI I’m on day 2 of not having candy dessets etc., than gear up for another “clean program”.  Check back and let me know of a great hotel I should visit this summer, Miami is on my list the SLS Brickell a preferrd hotel number one but send me Spa  ideas too.  Ck my insta feed for the stunning bathrooms and rooms, pink black white and tons of mirrors gonna do a full review.

Ciao for now – off to get 4 miles of my biking in for the day on the new TREK bikes we got – they are cream puffs!

Lori

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