U street movie series

Tonight, the U Street movie series will continue with Night at the Museum and the Poodle Trainer, a short at Harrison Field at 14th and V. As usual, the doors open at 7 pm and admission is free. This is the series family night, so there will be a moon bounce on the field prior to the film – at 6:30. In honor of the short, the Poodle Trainer, sponsor Planet Pet will be distributing free dog/cat food and treats to pet owners. Unfortunately, your pets are not allowed to come to the screening. As for dinner, local food trucks are expected to be parked nearby.

The movies will start at sundown. See you there!

DCist is reporting there might have been another stabbing in/right outside of Malcolm X park. Police have apparently cordoned off part of 15th street because of blood on the sidewalk, apparently from a stabbing victim. Dear readers, I would go out and investigate but have you been outside? I nearly melted when I went out late this morning. More info as it comes out on the Internets.

UPDATE: A commenter to the DCist post has claimed to be a friend of the “late victim,” obviously intimating the supposed stabbing victim has died. This is from a commenter on DCist, not exactly the most trusted source of information, so take it with a grain of salt.

Yeah, this is totally amazing

Yeah, this is totally amazing

Tomato peach gazpacho? Do I sound a little crazy? Maybe, but MAN this is a killer combination and a perfect cool down meal on a hot summer day. Plus, tomatoes and peaches are in high season at your farmers market, which makes this all the better. And, bonus: it’s so easy to make.

Make this for company as an appetizer or part of a meal, and trust me, you’ll have an impressed group of people. This tastes like something you’d get at a nice restaurant, because of the unusual flavor combinations that just work. Last time I served it I had a friend literally licking the bowl.

Budget: $10, serves 4, $2.50 a serving.

Recipe details after the jump.

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Fireflies, courtesy of L-ines (Flickr)

Fireflies, courtesy of L-ines (Flickr)

The reason there are so many fireflies in DC this summer? Too much rain, says WaPo: “This is firefly season in Washington, the best and brightest in several years. Scientists say a wet spring has made a lightning-bug-friendly region even more so, and hordes of the insects are now spending the last days of their lives floating over lawns and blinking in treetops.” Ah, mystery solved. Glad that wet weather led to something pleasant.

Outdoor seating at Ulah

Outdoor seating at Ulah

I’ve seen the chairs and tables tied up for a while now outside Ulah, but for the first time when I’ve walked by there I actually saw them in use. Glad they’re able to expand their space, to me dinner is always better outside.

Fireflies, jamelah e. (Flickr)

Fireflies, jamelah e. (Flickr)

Has anyone else been noticing a large amount of fireflies in DC this summer? I’ve been seeing them outside my apartment patio, on my way home at night, and it’s kind of weird. I think the last time I saw fireflies was at summer camp when I was 8 in Masssachusetts. They always seemed to me to be a mainstay of rural summers, not urban ones. I tried to take a picture of the buggers but failed profoundly, so this one is from Flickr.

Anyone else seeing them? And anyone have any idea why they’re in DC?

Waterfalls at the park

Waterfalls at the park

Looking nice. Maybe Memorial Day is when you know it’s summer, but when the water is finally flowing at Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park, that’s when I know.