Anyways, while the change in our celebrated coin is alarming, one thing that will never change is the pleasure of a lazy day, soaking in the sun and enjoying the company of wonderful people. Over the last weekend (yeah I know....I've had better segues...) I spent many hours on rooftops and patios, eating grilled foods, and drinking not grilled wines and summery beers, laughing the day and night away with wonderful people. Some were spent with new friends here in DC. Some with apparent Nazi sympathizers. You just never can tell who you'll be spending your summers with! When in doubt, follow the smell of corn!
And of course, what's a summer weekend in DC without a good dumpling party in Virginia? On Sunday afternoon, after already having eaten a wonderful lunch that looked exactly like this:
We then went over to my friend's mom's house and made what can only be described as a "plethora" of chinese dumplings. The 4 kinds of dumplings, which our host had already made the filling for the day before, were pork and shrimp, pork, shrimp and some vegetable I forgot...plus we kept calling that one "grandma's dumpling", pork, shitake, and bamboo, and pork, shrimp and chinese chive...which btw is not even a real chive. No one knows what this mysterious herb really is. Here are some photos from the event. For our part, we were in charge of dumpling wrapping. Also dumpling eating.
|Our host demonstrating proper dumpling wrapping technique|
|I made the ones that are the humongous. Because I'm an AMERICAN|
|Our host probably saying, "Like this fool!"|
|Instagram worthy shot.|
|The finished product. These were inhaled 3 seconds after this photo was taken. There were no survivors.|
You might find that alarming...but I question how I only spend $164 on alcohol in other months. When I saw that number, I thought the month of May was a