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The best italian meal & clubbing

Friday night was a real BLAST! It was the last day of some interns, to say a proper goodbye 30 of us went for dinner and 20 went clubbing…sooo much fun!!! :lol:

We dined at Cafe Milano. The best italian restaurant I’ve ever been since I came to US (+ 4 years)

We start with some coctails. I had italiano :)


the bread was incredible! I even asked the waiter what was it so I can make it later… he said “Italian Bread”. Ha… thank you very much for the info :(


Bread with good olive oil is the WAY to go ;)


The menu was extensive and I took 10 min to decide but I made a right choice. Linguini Moschino


Imported linguini with maine lobster in a spicy tomato sauce


it was AMAZING!!! Seriously… the sauce was soooo good, perfect sour sweet taste with a touch of chili. The lobster was fresh, tender and the linguini al dente. PERFECTION!

Our table with my best friends in the intern program

At that point… with great food, great wine and great talk with great friends. I would call it an amazing night! I was enjoying every single minute of it. But the highlight of the night came later. I was full with that plate of pasta but someone said “No dessert dinner it’s not a dinner” RIGHT!!! I agree ;) So without thinking too much, I opted for tiramisu. This is what I always order when I go to an italian restaurant. It says a lot about the restaurant in my opinion ;)

So, let me present the BEST TIRAMISU I’ve EVER had!!!! :lol:


I don’t know how to describe how incredible is this. Last week’s tiramisu was very good but this way belongs to another level. Definitely they used a high quality mascarpone, because the texture is sooo rich and smooth. Before I could take of a picture of its layers, I already finish the WHOLE thing!!! This is really unusual for me. I usually would just “taste” the dinner…. 3-4 bites are enough to satisfy my sweet craving. And if it’s good, I might have 1/2 portion. But this time, even I was full, my mind couldn’t think before my mouth demanded the whole thing! Maybe I was in sweet comma afterwards but I was in HEAVEN!!! :lol: I’ll definitely go back to Cafe Milano, for more food and tiramisu!!! If I can give this place a rating. I’ll give 11/10!!!

someone spot me ;)

After dinner we went to Lima Lounge, one of the fanciest club in DC.

Since we were 20 of us, we got a table in the VIP room. The place looks very nice


more alcohol ….


gorgeous girls! ;)


Drinking, dancing! Life is good!!! :D I got home at 3.30 AM :shock: I feel I’m so not me lately: drinking alcohol, eating the whole dessert, clubbing, going home after mid-night. but you know what? I’m having fun! :lol: Sometime we need to unplug this way too and it’s okay!!!

Q: Which dessert do you always order in restaurants?


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A “tragedy” & more beautiful food!

I have to run 12.3 miles without music!!!

this is the Parks Half Marathon rule

This is a tragedy!!! Seriously, I’ve never run without music. :shock: I was in panic when I read this.  But I told myself: You’d better start getting used to it from now on! So I run this morning only with the ipod (to track distance and speed), no headphones. To my surprise, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Obviously it wasn’t easy either. Maybe it was because my muscles are still stiff from the 10 miles, or because without music I could feel more my body. Overall, it was a relieve to know 3 weeks in advance and start training without music than realizing it at the race day.

Tips to run without music

  • Focus on your sense. Try people watching or smelling the roses or listening to the chatter of the city.
  • Concentrate on your breathing and rhythm.
  • Feel your body reaction to the movements. Pay attention to your form.
  • Allow your head to clear. Let your mind empty.
  • Run with a friend. Even if you don’t talk, the companion helps on long runs.

Q: Do you run with or without music?


Pre-fuel meal for the 10 miles was delicious, and the post run food was amazing too.

Breakfast: 2 Chinese “pizza” or 葱油饼


served with homemade soy bean and black bean milk


I went to Georgetown with a friend for lunch and movie (Salt). Look the line we found


guess was it for? Georgetown Cupcake!!!


isn’t it crazy? How good should be the cupcake for people to spend at 30-40 min to get it? I wonder…. :shock:

We went to Hook


I like the placemat


and its open kitchen


For appetizer we order Tacklebox: 3 oysters, 3 clams, 6 mussels, 1 prawn, 1 jonah crab claw



it was just okay. For entree, both of us ordered grilled rockfish


it was very good. The fish was tender, the sauce slightly sweet and grilled fresh corns and green beans fresh~


The dessert menu was extensive and all sound very tempting. We couldn’t just pick one, so we chose two to share.

Creme Brulee tart with ice cream and chocolate & peanut bar



the contrast of warm tart and cold ice cream is so unique! :D


Deep blue: Tea cake, blueberries sorbet and blueberries compote



Both desserts were pretty and scrumptious, satisfying my belly, my palate and my eyes! :lol:

Oh… I miss the experience of eating out. It’s not just the food, but also the opportunity to try new food combination, the service, the relaxing environment and the visual pleasure that makes the whole experience so enjoyable~~~ :D I definitely should do it more often!

Q: What do you enjoy the most eating out?


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You know you’re becoming a runner when …

You subscribe to runner’s magazine


you found the reason why you run


I’ve been running and enjoying every time I do it. I had an idea why I like it so much, but haven’t found a perfect description to define it. This quotes put all together! Now if someone asks me why do you like running? I have the answer: Because I love delayed gratification, I value hard-earned success! :D This applies to my career as well.

You start shopping for running clothes

You buy food for fuel during your long run


After seeing Julie using these fruit straps to fuel long runs, I had to give it a try.

You need an alarm clock to wake up

I haven’t used alarms to wake up for years. I had a lot of problem sleeping well. But since I started running, sleep became my friend and I enjoy it soooo much, many days I had to wake up with an alarm. :)

You eat pasta the night before the long run


I got a Groupon for this italian restaurant La Tomate a while ago and convinced my friends to go there with me so I can eat a good pasta preparing for Sunday’s long run.

They have an extensive menu, all sound very appetizing


The bread was just okay… I can do better ;)


We shared a Insalata Estive: radicchio, baby spinach, fennel & orange with extra virgin olive oil & lemon juice dressing


and Speck dell’Alto Adige: smoked prosciutto of Alto Adige served with cornichons & toasted pumpernickel


I think I’m becoming a Prociutto’s fan ;)

and my fuel for running: Gnocchi with tomato and basil sauce with parmesan cheese


I finished the whole plate and wanting for more. It was delicious!!!! I think I’ll have gnocchi every saturday! :lol:

Tiramisu is a must in any good italian restaurant!


It tells everything about the quality of the restaurant. For me an italian restaurant with a mediocre tiramisu is a bad italian restaurant. But they had it right ;) I could taste they used a high quality mascarpone and just enough amount of coffee and licor for the cake…. perfection! :D

I enjoyed so much this meal and it worked perfectly to fuel this Sunday’s long run: 10 miles!!! :D

and even better! I didn’t burn out… I could actually run 1 o 2 miles more! What’s the key? Start slow and keep at an easy pace most of the time! My original plan was to do 9 miles, but at half way point, 4.5 miles, I felt I just warmed up, so I can do 0.5 mile more, that’s 2 miles up since my latest long run (with a 10k race in between). I am aware that not every run would be easy and enjoyable, sometimes we need the “torture” to improve, but yesterday’s wasn’t the case, I enjoyed the whole run and didn’t feel exhaustion at all. Maybe was the pasta? Maybe was the tiramisu? Maybe was the attitude of not pushing too much (I always tell myself before the long run that I don’t have to finish it if I don’t feel like)? Whatever is, it’s working :D

Post-fuel was another great meal. More about that later! ;)

Q: What’s your favorite pasta? Mine is definitely gnocchi.


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