20th Annual DC BBQ Battle

This past weekend Z, PapaE, an unnamed fellow foodie friend, and I hit up the ’20th Annual Safeway Barbeque Battle.’ There was a lot of free swag – coffee samples, water bottles, tote bags, egad! But the best part was all of the fantastic barbeque. I had possibly the best brisket sandwich ever from ‘The Tender Rib,’ it had been smoked, sliced, and left to marinate in some sort of heavenly juice. I was hypnotized watching the competitive teams slinging huge slabs of ribs.











There was also a super cool all-girl steel drum band called ‘East of the River.’

BUT I can finally check this item off my bucket list (cancel the trip, I’ve seen it all now):

I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner
That is what I truly wish to be
cause if i were a Oscar Mayer Weiner
everyone would be in love
oh everyone would be in love
everyone would be in love with me


“Z” and I (“E”) decided to travel the world (for about 12 months) starting this fall! We’ll be putting everything in storage and heading out in search of adventure.

Le sister and I as wee munchkins

I haven’t been this excited in a long long time!

Over breakfast one Sunday a few weeks back, Z and I took a vote by secret ballot (ok, it wasn’t so secret considering there were only 2 votes). Z’s response to my insistence on secret ballots was ‘she’ll be able to recognize my handwriting.’ Fortunately the vote was unanimous and yielded some pretty adorably decorated ballots (mamaE is in charge of the safekeeping of these mementos).

So, with the big decision made, we tacked up a map and began examining it. And that is about as far as we’ve come since then. We’ll be taking suggestions and recommendations for things to do, places to go, people to see.

The only thing for sure is that the next year will involve donning a backpack, traipsing across multiple continents, and undertaking some great volunteer projects along the way. We will also take lots of cooking classes and share the results here. Everything else is a big fat ‘TBD.’

Hopefully this blog will be a place for family & friends to keep in touch and stay informed as our adventures unfold. The world awaits!