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Spring 2014


Meet Charlie Koiner— Urban Farming Pioneer Revive Your Space With Fresh Throw Pillows Make a Feast for Mom on Mother’s Day Find Brotherly Love in Philly

Walk Through the Past and Present of

Columbia Heights domicilemag.com

29 24 Days Til Christmas



30 24 Days Til Christmas




Antique Bottle Show in Baltimore

Mardi Gras Parade in Clarendon, VA










24 Days Til Christmas

D.C. Big Flea



Barrel Tasting at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA

16 Check Out a Local Farmers Market See Page 21


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Pies See Page 22


National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C.



First Day of Spring!

Environmental Film Festival Begins in D.C.


7 Maryland Home & Garden Show in Timonium, MD

D.C. United Home Opener vs. Columbus Crew





Patuxent Research Refuse Birthday Bash in Laurel, MD

Home & Garden Show in Fredericksburg, VA


Jewish Film Festival in Baltimore

29 1 26Jewelry & 27 28 Holi D.C. Film Festival in Spring Classic Accessories Art & Craft Annapolis, MD Show in Festival in Fredericksburg, Chantilly, VA VA

31 Orioles Home Opener vs. Boston Red Sox


5 Nationals Potomac River Home Opener Watershed vs. Cleanup in Atlanta Braves Accokeek, MD



7 6 Spring Arts & Crafts Faire in Fredericksburg, VA


9 10 Enjoy Some Mid-Week Comfort Food See Page 32


12 An Evening with Branford Marsalis in Fairfax

13 D.C. Design House Opening





19 Spring in the Dogwoods at the National Arboretum

22 20 21 Prepare an White House Earth Day Easter Brunch Easter Egg Roll See Page 36




26 EmporiYUM in Fells Point, Baltimore

27 28 D.C. Yoga Week Begins



3 24 Days Til Christmas






Filmfest in D.C.

24 Days Til Christmas

April 3




The Capital Wheel Opens This Month at National Harbor

5 4 Flower Mart at Enjoy Cinco de Washington Mayo with National Chaia Cathedral See Page 62 11







15 Black Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico in Baltimore





Preakness Day at Pimlico in Baltimore

25 U.S. Marine Band Summer Blast Off! at Wolf Trap


10 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Prepare A Celebratory Dinner for Mom See Page 71


Embassy Tours in D.C.

16 Bike To Work Day

23 Head to Philly for the Weekend See Page 53



28 1 24 Days Til Christmas

2 29 24 Days Til Christmas

National Asian Heritage Festival in D.C.

24 Men’s NCAA LAX Final Four in Baltimore

4 3 30 31 Maryland Craft Green Festival Beer Festival in D.C. in Frederick, MD

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Director’s Letter Sitting down to look at the final edits for spring, I can’t help but think of how proud I am of this second issue. The few ladies behind DomiCile and the many neighbors whose hard work went into creating this issue are just another credit to our great region. Spring is the time for renewal, getting back outside, meeting new people, and shedding those hats and gloves we’ve been toting around all winter. My favorite part is starting seeds. I love the excitement of watching them first pop through the soil and grow into amazing beautiful plants. As a vegetable gardener with a May birthday, spring is definitely my favorite season! Everything is coming alive and feels fresh, new, and full of possibilities. This spring we will spend some time outdoors and get to know our neighbors a little better. We’ll find out about their ideas (p. 26), enjoy some comfort food from their homelands (p. 32), and meet a pillar of our urban farming community (p. 66). Plus, we’ll be spending some time with our moms (p. 68). As DomiCile develops, we’ll be trying new things, like adding more web content and looking for neighbors with great businesses to partner with. Most importantly, we’ll be looking for editors for our fashion and gardening sections—those as passionate as we are about what’s happening in the local scene. We’ll be exploring, planting, checking out events, and rooting for our favorite teams this spring. And of course, We’ll be enjoying the weather, happy that winter is finally behind us. Dare I say we’re already looking forward to summer? Here’s to a wonderful spring! Your Neighbor, Tiffanni Reidy, Founder and Creative Director

My Favorite DomiCile Instagram Images From Winter




Tiffanni Reidy, Creative Director

Meghann Bowman, Editorial Director

Aaron Wiseman, Contributor

Tinsley & Jason Stricker, Contributors

Emily Hilliard, Contributor

Vaishali Honawar, Contributor

David Bowman, Contributor

Karon Phillips, Contributor

Michelle Martinez, Contributor

Nichole Williamson, Contributor


Maya Brown, Managing Director

Heather Soskin, Photographer

Akinyi Ragwar, Contributor

Kathy Jentz, Contributor

Kelly Alfaro, Photographer

Hoda Hammad, Photographer

Sharon Burton, Contributor

Kavita Gadani, Design Intern

Jeff Talbot, Photographer

Hannah Methvin, Photographer



DomiCile—Spring 2014

This Spring we.... 10 Explore Tea Shops and Products Get to Know Our Community 45 Meet Artists Kathryn McDonnell & Jeremy Flick 57 Check Out Adah Rose Gallery 26 Follow Florist Bethany Karn Enjoy The Holidays 22 St. Patrick’s Day Pies 40 Easter Brunch 60 Cinco de Mayo Tacos From Chaia 68 Mother’s Day Gifts and Menu



DomiCile Magazine We Are Local

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On The Cover 14 Walk Through the Past and Present of Columbia Heights 66 Meet Charlie Koiner—Urban Farming Pioneer 38 Revive Your Space With Fresh Throw Pillows 69 Make a Feast for Mom on Mother’s Day 51 Find Brotherly Love in Philly Cover image photographed by Hoda Hammad Back Cover image photographed by Tiffanni Reidy


38 In Every Issue 20 What’s In Season 21 Open Markets 14 The Backyard: Columbia Heights 32 Comfort Cooking 50 Consignment Threads 51 Beyond The Fence: Philadelphia 78 Retail Therapy 82 #DMEats 85 Non-Human Neighbors 86 The Boy/Girl Next Door 9



Credit: Zensations by Jen Hampden 3408 Chestnut Avenue Baltimore, MD 21211 Zensations by Jen on Facebook

Georgetown 1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington D.C. 20007 chingchingcha.com




Union Market 1309 5th St. NE Washington D.C. 20002 10


Old Town 682 N St. Asaph St. Alexandria, VA 22314

Lafayette Park 800 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington D.C. 20006

Dupont Circle 2009 R St. NW Washington D.C. 20009

Penn Quarter 400 8th St. NW Washington D.C. 20004



Credit: SiTea Takoma Park 6902 4th St. NW Washington D.C. 20012 siteaspice.com


Annapolis 6 Cornhill St. Annapolis, MD 21401

Historic Ellicott City 8381 Merryman St. Ellicott City, MD 21043 MatchaTimeCafe on Facebook capitalteas.com

Local Tea Lover’s Companion

Bethesda Row 4806 Bethesda Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814

Dupont Circle 1627 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington D.C. 20009 Bethesda Wildwood Shopping Center 10231 Old Georgetown Rd. Bethesda, MD 20814

National Harbor 145 Waterfront Street Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Mosaic District 2910 District Avenue, Suite 168 Fairfax, VA 22031

Photographed by Tiffanni Reidy / Stock Photography Courtesy of Respective Vendors


The Time for Tea is Now


ZEN TARA TEA Bethesda, MD zentaratea.com

Cheverly, MD damnfinetea.com

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An interview with Paul Rosen, Founder of Paromi Tea, established 2006, Bethesda, MD. paromi.com Was there a reason you decided to launch from the DC region? I launched in Bethesda for several reasons—first, I have family who are native Washingtonians, so I was familiar and comfortable here. I also thought it would be a great, if not challenging, testing ground for Paromi Tea. It’s an affluent area filled with very smart, savvy people who won’t hesitate to share their compliments or complaints. My second choice for starting a business was the U.S. Virgin Islands, where I grew up and enjoyed drinking the local “bush tea.” This location was very appealing, but the small population and demographics didn’t lend itself to launching new 12

products. And who could compete with the island favorite, Cruzan rum and coke? Where are the leaves for Paromi grown? The leaves are grown in all the large tea growing regions of the world—India (black tea and oolong), Sri Lanka (black tea), China (green and white tea), South America (yerba mate), and South Africa (rooibos and honey bush). Are you ever inspired for new flavors for Paromi by the local atmosphere? I’ve always been in awe of the enormity, complexity, and variety of teas that exist. I continue to sample and explore new varieties and am intrigued by their nuances. This is my daily inspiration; however, I am also inspired by happy consumers. It’s always great to hear their enthusiastic

compliments and suggestions for new creations. “You should do a tea that has ‘xyz’ in it.” And I listen. Our customers make Paromi Tea who we are today. They’re amazing. When they’re happy, I’m happy. How do you feel Paromi differs from the local selections of tea? We hang our hat on being the best “bartenders” in the tea business. All natural, organic and fair-trade ingredients are used in our handcrafted custom blends. We never use artificial or natureidentical flavoring. The glass packaging speaks for itself. And finally, the proof is definitely in the tasting. Do you find that there are any local trends when it comes to tea selection or sales? I don’t know if I would isolate this to a local trend, but there

TEA CAFES & EATERIES House of Steep – Foot Sanctuary & Tea House 3800 Lee Hwy., Suite D Arlington, VA 22207 houseofsteep.com Aylesbury Tea Room 212 Loudoun St. SE Leesburg, VA aylesburytearoom.com Sweet Simplici-tea 7540 Main St. Sykesville, MD 21784 sweetsimplicitea.com

Tea on the Tiber 8081 Main St. Ellicott City, MD 21043 teaonthetiber.com Teavolve 1401 Aliceanna St. Baltimore, MD 21231 teavolve.com

TEA-RELATED VENTURES The Tea and Jazz House Organic and Kosher Loose Leaf Teas This Baltimore-based online tea retailer sells teas with jazz in mind. Names like Krall, Armstrong, Gillespie, and Horne instantly lend these teas to be enjoyed with their jazz namesakes. Put on some jazz and go to theteaandjazzhouse.com and order some tea.

LOCALLY SOURCED TEAWARE Sold at Teasim, Hinckley Pottery creates gorgeous teaware for home use. Hinckley Pottery is a local pottery studio and gallery in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. In addition to selling their pottery, Hinckley offers classes and a work-study program for those interested in teaching at Hinckley while they learn. Hinckley Pottery is open all year, aside from holidays. Visit them on the web at hinckleypottery.com

is definitely a huge growing migration towards premium quality full-leaf teas—it’s all the rage and it’s here to stay. In the future do you see Paromi opening a storefront or tea house in the area? Who told you? Who leaked that information? I want them brought to me immediately. No immediate plans, but who knows? We get many requests for a storefront. We should do a poll. What would you say is Paromi’s most popular flavor? They’re all amazing and there’s a cup for everyone. I can say that recently we were backordered on our cinnamon chai (due to a sourcing issue with one ingredient), leaving the shelves empty for a couple of weeks. Our phones were ringing off the hook. So let’s go with cinnamon chai.

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Columbia Heights Walking Through the Past and Present

Written by Aaron Robbins Wiseman / Photographed by Hoda Hammad When you tell someone that you were born and raised in D.C., here’s what usually goes down: First, the person will stare at you as if you’re a mythical creature— like a unicorn or El Chupacabra. Then, they will inquire as to where you’re really from, as if your previous statement couldn’t possibly have been true. Finally, once they come to terms with this astonishing reality, they will ask you to act as both local historian and tour guide for the D.C. area. Since I love my city— and my neighborhood, Columbia Heights—I’m more than happy to oblige. I grew up in the Logan Circle area of D.C., just south of Columbia Heights. I can vividly recall driving through Columbia Heights during 14

the Eighties and Nineties. Staring out the passenger-side window of my mother’s 1981 BMW 320i, I marveled at the desolate landscape. It was like something out of movie, only live and in living color. Starkly contrasting the stately manors of Chevy Chase and the majestic brownstones of Georgetown, the houses in Columbia Heights were unkempt and uncared for—if even occupied at all.

it was merely a place one passed through on the way to fairer destinations. I couldn’t understand why someone would want to live there.

The few stores that existed were of the corner and liquor variety— the kind of places where bars covered exterior windows and all transactions were conducted through a solid inch and a half of bulletproof Plexiglas. The Columbia Heights of my childhood was never an endpoint;

To fully appreciate Columbia Heights as it stands today, you have to understand its past. Situated in the northwest quadrant of D.C., north of Florida Ave. and south of Spring Rd., between 16th St. and Georgia Ave., Columbia Heights (like many parts of D.C.) was basically just grass and

Now, Columbia Heights is one of the most sought after areas in D.C. Not only is it in demand, but it is one of the most culturally and economically diverse neighborhoods the city has to offer.

cows until the late 1800s. I mean that literally—at one point it was known as Cowtown, which is easily one of the worst names ever. In 1881, as the District began to expand, Senator John Sherman purchased the land and developed it into a subdivision of the city. He named the area Columbia Heights after Columbian University, located at the center of the burgeoning neighborhood. (Columbian subsequently changed its name to The George Washington University and booked it over to Foggy Bottom, where it’s still located today.) In the early 1900s, steady development—including the creation of two D.C. landmarks, Meridian Hill Park and the Tivoli Theater—made Columbia Heights one of the premier neighborhoods for affluent Washingtonians. From the Thirties through Fifties, the neighborhood housed a growing portion of the city’s middle class African-American community. Notable figures including Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, and my great uncle, Dr.

Charles R. Drew, called Columbia Heights home. Sadly, the neighborhood’s run of prosperity ended in the Sixties. In 1968, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., riots consumed the neighborhood. Burnt and battered, Columbia Heights remained a shell of its former self for decades. Luckily, despite being a place one merely passed through for decades, people saw potential in Columbia Heights. In 1999, a revitalization project to restore the once-prominent neighborhood began with the opening of the Columbia Heights Metro Station. Taking advantage of the low property values, developers poured millions of dollars into mixed-use developments, and the run-down buildings slowly transformed into stores, bars, restaurants, and high-end condos. In most urban areas, gentrification is a nasty word spoken in hushed tones—a process that spells the end to all socio-economic diversity. Not so for Columbia Heights. One of D.C.’s most

diverse communities, Columbia Heights is the ideal blend of new residents and longtime residents who weathered the storm of the previous decades. Its central location and public transportation options like the Metro and multiple bus lines makes Columbia Heights an ideal location for those looking for an easy commute to work in D.C. or surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Shortly after my lovely wife, Stefanie, and I married in the fall of 2012, we began seriously searching for a house in D.C. We had a few must-haves in a neighborhood: close to public transportation, both an urban and residential feel, and most importantly, safe. Columbia Heights met everything on our checklist.


But, we didn’t know if this was in our budget. A house we’d had our eye on for months—but were convince we’d lost—was suddenly back on the market. We put in an offer, and to our amazement, it was accepted. We were the new owners of a 101-year-old row house in Columbia Heights.

pug, had a different plan. The yard quickly became his domain. When asked for comment, Toby snorted, sneezed on my face and ran back outside to play. Because he’s a dog. And dogs don’t talk.

Just steps outside of our house (and yard), Columbia Heights offers multiple dog parks and playgrounds for Toby and lots of During the recent revitalization, options for human recreation. investors gutted and heavily Walk to the southernmost point of remodeled many of the houses in the neighborhood—on the 1400 Columbia Heights. Surprisingly, block of Florida Ave.—and you’ll our home, updated to include find one of my beloved eateries, all the modern amenities, still Pica Taco. A tiny blink-and-you’llmaintains much of its old-school miss it taqueria, from the outside charm. Stephanie and I fell in Pica Taco may look like just love with the exposed brick and another tiny fast-food joint, but large fireplace from the original inside they serve some of the best structure, but were able to replace authentic Mexican cuisine you’ll the dingy carpet with eco-friendly find outside of the Southwest. If bamboo hardwood floors. One of you’re in the mood to test your the biggest jewels our house offers mettle, Pica Taco is also home is a large backyard—a bonus for to the famed “El Toro Burrito city living. Originally, we pictured Challenge,” where contestants are entertaining guests in our spacious given 45 minutes to consume a yard, but Toby, our three-year-old four-pound burrito. Win, like I did, 16

and you’ll earn an El Toro t-shirt, a gift certificate, and a picture of yourself on the Wall of Champions. Lose and you’ll destine yourself to a life of shame. Walk north from Pica Taco on 14th St. and you’ll find yourself in the hub of Columbia Heights, centered around DC USA. First opened in 2008, the DC USA shopping center was a cornerstone in the revitalization efforts and is home to D.C.’s one and only Target. While the big box stores don’t exactly scream unique, the shopping center caters to the area’s diverse clientele and signifies strong economic stability to other retailers looking for future business locations. Columbia Heights is currently short on alternative or locally owned retail options, but a five-minute walk or bus ride west will take you to Mt. Pleasant or Adams Morgan, which both offer a plethora of shopping options.

The 14th St. strip is home to multiple grocery stores interspersed between a variety of multi-ethnics coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. You’ll find everything from traditional Vietnamese at Pho 14 to low country BBQ and live music at Acre 121. Tynan Coffee & Tea, owned by two local brothers, offers a laid-back spot to read or work while enjoying a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage. During warmer months (which in D.C. are like 10 out of 12) you’ll find kids and adults alike dancing through the shoots of water coming from the ground at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza fountain. On Saturdays, when the fountain isn’t in use, the plaza houses the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace—a combination fine arts and farmers market featuring local, sustainable goods.

(which despite its name has nothing to do with adult libations). A multi-purpose community space, BloomBars includes an art gallery, theater, dance studio, screening room, youth academy, and a center for health, wellness, and community engagement. Walk a few blocks south on 11th St. to Kenyon St. and you’ll hit Harriet Tubman Elementary School which is . . . a school! (Bet you didn’t see that coming!) Why should you be excited about a school? Because when not shaping the hearts and minds of the area youths, Tubman is the site of the D.C. Bocce Ball League and the annual Columbia Heights Day Festival.

Held once a year in early fall, the Columbia Heights Day Festival is a flurry of delicious food from local food trucks and an assortment of activities, like a petting zoo for kids and bocce for adults, all soundtracked by live local music. The festival is where the neighborhood really comes together and shines. Young and old, new residents and those who’ve been there for decades come together and celebrate a neighborhood that once stood on death’s door but came roaring back. If I could bring my younger self through time, this is where I’d bring him so that I could tell him, “This. All this here is why people stayed here. Because they knew what the neighborhood had been and what it could be again. And this is why we live here now.”

Directly across from the plaza sits the old Tivoli Theater, which now houses The GALA Hispanic Theater, a National Center for Latino performing arts. GALA stages traditional and original Spanish-language productions and offers educational outreach programs to local children. A classically trained actress, Stefanie is an active player in the D.C. theater scene and a huge supporter of local arts. The theater speaks to Stefanie as both an actress and as a MexicanAmerican. A few blocks east, off the main drag on 11th St., you’ll find some more places to feed your face, like Meridian Pint, Kangaroo Boxing Club, El Chucho, and the Coupe. If you are looking for a place to feed your mind and soul, head a couple of blocks south to BloomBars

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Columbia Heights Eats Meridian Pint 3400 11th St. NW meridianpint.com

El Chucho 3313 11th St. NW El Chucho Cocina Superior on Facebook

Meridian Pint is home to one the best rotating draft beer selections in the city. With a variety of American craft beers on almost 30 taps, you are sure to find a brew you’ll enjoy.

El Chucho is a Mexican bar and grill serving up beast-sized sandwiches called tortas with margaritas on tap, and a tequila selection that looks like something out of a Robert Rodriguez movie.

Kangaroo Boxing Club 3410 11th St. NW kangarooboxingclub.com

The Coupe 3415 11th St. NW thecoupedc.com

Kangaroo Boxing Club is a tiny joint that manages to offer some of the most heart-stoppingly delicious BBQ meat selections known to man while still providing plenty of options for the vegan-inclined. Get the Four Horseman of the Aporcalypse—you might owe your arteries an apology, but your taste buds will thank you.

Happen to be craving a Chaipuccino (a chai latte with a shot of espresso) or chicken and waffles at 3 a.m.? The Coupe is your place. Open 24/7, this coffeehouse/bar/café offers breakfast classics to burgers, and pre-made, bottled cocktails.

Written by Aaron Robbins Wiseman


Columbia Heights Plays North Columbia Heights Green 11th St. NW, between Park Rd. and Lamont St. (behind Red Rocks Pizza) A community initiative project, North Columbia Heights Green is home of the Columbia Heights urban gardening program, which serves the community by providing growing space to neighborhood residents, as well as providing a resource for area children to learn about gardening and community outreach. Children help grow vegetables in the garden and then sell them at the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace. Proceeds go to the charity of their choice.

Columbia Heights Community Marketplace Columbia Heights Civic Plaza 14th St. and Park Rd. NW chmarketplace.org Columbia Heights is not only blessed with a farmers and artisan market, but the community has gone a step further, offering deeper discounts for those utilizing financial support programs, so those less fortunate can enjoy the freshest food around. Additionally, leftover market food is donated to Miriam’s Kitchen and Thrive D.C. Health screenings are also routinely given free of charge at the market, which strives to nourish the full body of the community.

The Dunes 1402 Meridian Pl NW, thedunesdc.com

Meridian Hill Park Snowball Fights (Malcolm X Park) 2400 15th St. NW

The Dunes is a chameleon within a sea of structured community spaces. Serving as an art gallery, concert venue, retail pop-up, private event space and cocktail lounge it is rented by groups and individuals as a gathering space for various events in the area.

When a big snowstorm rolls into the District, as it does every few years, Columbia Heights has the second-best place in the city for good, old-fashioned snowball fight (The Mall comes in at the top of our list). Meridian Hill Park snowball fights are semischeduled events brought together by area bloggers and neighbors who are still kids at heart.

Written by Tiffanni Reidy


What’s In Season?

Photographed by Maya Brown

The ground is thawing, and warm temperatures are on their way! You can start looking for these local offerings at farmers markets this season: Garlic scapes, green onions, mint, parsley, thyme, arugula, chard, spinach, brussel sprouts, carrots, onions, lettuce, parsnips, pea greens, radishes, rhubarb, morels, and other mushrooms.


Open Markets Credit: FRESHFARM Markets

D.C. Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market 20th St. NW, between Massachusetts Ave. and Connecticut Ave. Washington D.C. 20036 March: Sundays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. April–December: Sundays, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Penn Quarter Farmers Market 8th St. NW, between D and E St. NW Washington D.C. 20004 Starting March 20: Thursdays, 3 p.m.–7 p.m.

Downtown Silver Spring Freshfarm Market Ellsworth Dr., between Fenton St. and Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910 March: Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. April–December: Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Annapolis Freshfarm Market Donner Parking Lot on Compromise St. Annapolis, MD 21401 May–November: Sundays, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Riverdale Park Farmers Market Riverdale MARC Station Parking Rhode Island Ave. and Queensbury Rd. Riverdale Park, MD 20737 April–November: Thursdays, 3 p.m.–7 p.m. Carroll County Farmers Market Carroll County Agriculture Center 706 Agricultural Center Dr. Westminster, MD 21157 Starting March 22: Saturdays, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Credit: Alice Settle-Raskin

Maryland Pike Central Farm Market 11806 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852 Starting April 26: Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Downtown College Park Farmers Market 4500 Knox Rd. College Park, MD 20740 Starting April 13: Sundays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Howard County Farmers Market Howard County General Hospital 5755 Cedar Lane Columbia, MD 21044 Starting May 9: Fridays, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Credit: Anne Higgins

Virginia Westover Farmers Market 1644 N. McKinley Rd. Arlington, VA 22205 April: Sundays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. May–November: Sundays, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Del Ray Farmers Market 203 East Oxford Ave. Alexandria, VA 22301 Year-round: Saturdays, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Cooperative - Leesburg Virginia Village Shopping Center on Catoctin Circle SE Leesburg, VA 20175 March–April: Saturdays, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. May–November: Saturdays, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. 21

St. Patrick’s Day Pies from Emily Hilliard of Nothing in the House

Photographed by Kelly Alfaro

Nothing in the House Pie Crust

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (or 1 cup all-purpose + 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour) 1/2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 1 1/2 sticks COLD unsalted butter (12 tbsp), cut into slices 1/2 beaten large egg, cold (save other half to brush on top of the crust) 1/4 cup ice-cold water 1/2 tbsp cold apple cider vinegar (I keep mine in the fridge)

Ingredients 2 heads roasted garlic Approximately 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 1/2 inch cubes Kosher salt 1 cup sour cream 1 stick unsalted butter 1/4 cup whole milk

Directions In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or fork and knife, cut in the butter. You want to make sure butter chunks remain, as that’s what makes the crust flaky. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the cold liquid ingredients. Pour the liquid mixture into the flourbutter mixture and combine using a wooden spoon. Mix until dough comes together, but is not overly mixed. Form into a ball; wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and let chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before rolling out. Makes 1 double-crust pie.


Directions Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water by 2 inches. Add a few pinches of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce the heat. Continue to boil the potatoes at medium-high heat until they are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a colander and set aside until the water is drained. Add the sour cream and butter to the still warm pot and warm over medium heat until the butter is melted. Mash the potatoes (I used a standing mixer) and stir them together with cream mixture. Squeeze the roasted garlic from the heads. Add the whole milk and fold in the roasted garlic. Season to taste with salt. Makes 4 cups.

*Locally Sourced Ingredient*

Gordy’s Pickles are made right here in the region. Pick some up at your local market or at gordyspicklejar.com

Colcannon Pie Ingredients Nothing in the House pie crust 1/4 head green cabbage, shredded 2 tbsp olive oil Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and finely chopped 1/4 cup hard cider 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp maple syrup 2 tbsp water 1/2 cup sour cream 3 tbsp buttermilk 4 cups roasted garlic mashed potatoes (recipe below) 1/4 cup Gordy’s Pickle Jar hot chili spears, diced (or your favorite pickle variety) 1 large egg, beaten

C o l c a n n o n Pi e

Adapted from the Hoosier Mama Book of Pie

Directions Prepare the Nothing in the House pie crust. After chilling the dough for at least 1 hour, roll and fit half the crust into a greased and floured pie pan. Return pan and top crust (rolled or unrolled) to the refrigerator while you prepare the filling. Preheat oven to 350F. Toss the cabbage with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast the cabbage for 25-30 minutes, turning the pan halfway through, until leaves are soft and starting to brown. Meanwhile, toss the chopped kale with hard cider, vinegar, maple syrup and water in an ovenproof

baking dish. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil and braise in the oven for 25-30 minutes (it can go in while the cabbage is still roasting). Halfway through, stir and add a bit more water and hard cider if the bottom of the baking dish is dry. In a large bowl, stir the sour cream and buttermilk into the mashed potatoes. Set aside. Once the cabbage and kale are cooled, combine them, discarding any remaining liquid. Fold the diced pickles and greens into the mashed potatoes. Taste and adjust salt and pepper, if needed. Pour the filling into the pie shell, spreading evenly with a spatula.

Remove crust from refrigerator. Position the top crust over filling and flute and seal the edges. Be sure to add vents so the steam can escape. Freeze the pie at least 1 hour before baking. Preheat oven to 400F. Place the frozen pie on a baking sheet and brush the beaten egg over the pie crust and sprinkle with salt, if desired. Bake from frozen for 50-60 minutes, rotating 180 degrees halfway through, until the crust is golden brown and filling is heated through and bubbling out of the vents slightly. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Serve warm.


Grasshopper Pie Crust Ingredients 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut 1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about 25 cookies) 1/4 cup sugar 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted Filling Ingredients 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1 cup loosely packed fresh spearmint leaves 1 cup heavy cream, cold 3 tbsp green crème de menthe 2 1/4 tsp (1 envelope) unflavored powdered gelatin 5 large egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar Garnish Ingredients (optional) Whipped cream 3 chocolate sandwich cookies Chocolate shavings Shredded coconut

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om Martha Stewarts New Pies & Tarts

Directions Preheat oven to 350F. To prepare crust, lightly grease and flour a 9-inch pie plate. In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut, cookie crumbs, and sugar. Add melted butter and stir until well combined. Press crumb mixture into the pie plate, forming a crust. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until firm. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. In a medium size bowl, prepare an ice water bath and set aside. (You’ll need it in a later step). To prepare the pie filling, bring milk and mint just to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and cover. Let steep 15 minutes, then pour mixture through a fine sieve into a glass measuring cup or bowl. Discard the mint leaves and set aside milk. Beat cream in a chilled medium-sized mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Cover the bowl and refrigerate while you prepare the rest of the filling. Pour the crème de menthe into a medium heatproof bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let stand 5 minutes to soften. In another medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Add the steeped milk to the softened gelatin, whisking until wellmixed. Set the bowl with the milk mixture over (not in) a pan of simmering water. A double boiler works well for this if you have one. Whisk continuously until the gelatin is dissolved (about 1 minute). While whisking, pour the hot milk mixture in a slow, steady stream into the yolk mixture. Return the combined mixture to the heatproof bowl and set over the simmering water. Cook, whisking continuously, until the mixture is slightly thickened and reaches 150 F on a candy thermometer (about 8-10 minutes). Transfer the bowl to the ice water bath, whisking until the mixture thickens to the consistency of mousse or pudding (about 2-5 minutes). Remove the bowl from the bath and whisk in 1/3 of the reserved whipped cream until combined. Gently fold in the rest of the whipped cream using a rubber spatula. Spoon the mixture into the piecrust, then refrigerate until set for 6 hours or up to 1 day. To top the pie, scoop whipped cream onto the center of the pie and sprinkle with chocolate shavings and shredded coconut. Top with sandwich cookies, if desired. Serve chilled. Love Emily’s pics on Instagram @thehousepie and visit her on the Web at nothinginthehouse.com


April Showers Br i n g M a y Flowers and so will Be t h a n y K a r n

Written by Tiffanni Reidy / Photographed by Heather Soskin


Bethany Karn is truly an artist at heart. A florist who runs her own business, ButterKup Flowers, Bethany uses locally grown, seasonal flowers to create imaginative floral arrangements and topiaries, as well as holiday wreaths during winter. We caught up with Bethany to discuss her exciting new business venture: a mobile flower truck. DomiCile: This is a very exciting new chapter for you! What was your inspiration for the mobile flower truck? Bethany: My husband shared an article about mobile retail with me and I was amazed by all the creative ways people were outfitting trucks, school buses, Airstream trailers—you name it—to sell just about anything. Being a sucker for anything with a nomadic, Gypsy vibe, I fell for the concept, where vendors take their business to the people, instead of being tied to a brick-and-mortar store. For someone like me, who dreamed of owning a store but could never imagine having enough capital for the rent, mobile retail seemed perfect—you have no rent, and if the business fails, you still have the truck, which you can sell. For months I tried to figure out what to sell: Vintage clothes? Cookies? How about an Airstream trailer with herbal remedies and teas and an in-house masseuse? I can park downtown and weary office workers can come there to feel better on their lunch hour, and I can call it the “ApotheCarriage!” In retrospect, it was silly to spend that much time thinking of ideas, considering I was working as a florist at the time. I am not a florist by training, but six years ago I fell into a part-time job at my local shop, Park Florist, by accident. After several months of flailing about and making a complete mess of arrangements, I finally got the hang of it. Pretty soon, I was doing everything from wedding work to big lobby installations to event flowers. 27

Eventually, I became the shop’s wedding coordinator. When talking with brides, a lot of girls asked for organic or seasonal flowers—and, most importantly, local flowers. Sadly, there wasn’t a lot I could offer them, which frustrated me as well. As an avid organic gardener, I know how important local flowers with a small carbon footprint are to the greater ecosystem. I did some research and found that they are out there! Specifically, in Brookeville, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore, and just an hour away in Virginia. After months of racking, it finally hit me: one truck plus local flowers equals a damn good idea. DomiCile: Ideally, where and when will we be able to find you and your mobile flowers around D.C.? Bethany: I will start off at the Old City Farm and Guild, an urban garden center in Shaw. And possibly the District Flea, with a projected launch date of April 28. After I go through the maze of D.C. regulations—I’ll try to pop up around the city with other lunchtime trucks. Another ideal spot would be outside the courthouse, to be there for people getting married with hand-tied bunches and matching boutonnières.


DomiCile: What makes the idea for a mobile flower truck so unique? Is it like a mobile florist, or can we expect some other interesting elements involved with your ability to be mobile? Bethany: It may be better to compare it to a farmers market stand, where people can pick up individual stems and hand-tied bunches on their way home. But with my expertise, it will also be


more like a traditional florist. I can take special orders for centerpieces and parties and then deliver them. I can also come to the D.I.Y. bride and help her set up or hold classes on how to make boutonnières. I can be where the customer needs me.

ready for sale on Wednesday. Locally grown flowers are fresh, instead of covered in pesticide and retardant and then boxed up and flown in from all over the world. The flowers you buy at the florist or grocery store today may already be three weeks old.

DomiCile: So, the part of the truck we’re most excited about is that all of the flowers on the truck will be locally grown. Can you tell us a bit about the process of getting local flowers to sell? Bethany: Gladly! The process itself is so simple it is almost not worth mentioning. I drive to the farms and pick them up—the farms cut the flowers on Tuesday; I will pick them up and have them

Locally grown flowers have never seen the inside of a box. The farmers at places like Farmhouse Flowers and Plants and Suttler Post Farms grow the most spectacular flowers that need to be shared with a wider audience. DomiCile: What part of the new business process are you most excited about? Bethany: I don’t know if excited

is the right word. I have never opened a business, so I am pretty overwhelmed at the moment. I like the hands-on aspect and the general can-do spirit of it all— because I know I can do. But I realize that I need to keep things in perspective and not expect that I “can do” it all. I need to figure out where to delegate and where to find people to help me clear the regulatory roadblocks that are out there. But I’m not quite there yet. For the moment, I am enjoying meeting and talking to other food truck vendors, local farmers, and urban gardeners. It is very heartwarming to find such an extensive like-minded community. Also, I love the hunt for the perfect vehicle. My pipe dream du jour is a 1964 Volkswagen Camper Van with matching awning. DomiCile: As someone starting a new business dealing with local plants, can we assume you have a garden at home? Bethany: Yes! At home, I have my own shady, organic garden under Takoma Park’s towering oak trees. I also maintain a plot at a Community Garden in Silver Spring for my vegetables and Dahlias. Hopefully this spring, I will start my hyper-local, urbanguerilla flower farm in a strawbale garden on the concrete of the defunct Shaw Middle School, the headquarters of the Old City Farm and Guild.


DomiCile: What are some of your favorite things to grow, and what are you planning to plant this spring? Bethany: That is hard to answer because when a new season comes around, I always have a new favorite. In the dead of winter, I look forward to hellebores. In the spring, there are cherry blossoms

and tulips. Then peony and queen of the garden take over in May, followed by tiger lilies and echinacea in July. Then sunflowers and then dahlias make us all forget we ever loved peony and then—you catch my drift. I have some unusual specimens on my garden wish list, such as lady slipper orchids, pineapple lily, tillandsia, pitcher plants, and cobra lilies. They would compliment the woodland botanical aesthetic that is popping up these days in weddings and home décor—a look I currently cannot get enough of. I love plants with a freakish beauty that look like props in a lowbudget sci-fi movie. DomiCile: When you aren’t working on opening your new business or working in your garden, what might we find you doing this Spring? Bethany: Well, I have a high school senior who is in the middle of sending out college applications, so that will take up most of my time until early spring. Then I will be able to devote any free time to my other favorite activities: treasure hunting. You can find me in flea markets and Community Forklift on the look out for unusual containers and home goods and any other raw material that might come in handy. If I’m not out hunting for something new, I’m usually in the kitchen. After a day of fussing over, arranging, and growing plants, I wash my hands and eat the fruits of my labor. To follow the progress of Bethany’s new business venture, check out her updates on domicilemag. com. You can also view more of her floral work on her blog at roadsidia.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @butterKupflower and Instagram @bethany925.


The Comforts of Home:

India Edition W r i t t e n b y Va i s h a l i H o n a w a r Photographed by Heather Soskin



People often think of Indian food as complicated and spicy, but that isn’t always the case. I want to share with you a recipe for varan, a simple dal from Maharashtra, a vividly beautiful state in western India. My mom, a Maharashtrian, would make this dal when she was too busy or tired to cook, but wanted to make sure my brother and I ate a meal that was nutritious and tasty. To me, this dal is the ultimate comfort food—a dish that reminds me that the simplest things in life are often the most precious. Especially when they have the power to transport you back home (for at least a few minutes). Varan is best served on a bed of boiled white rice with the potato subzi, a simple side dish, and spicy Indian pickles, which you can find at any Indian grocery store.


Ingredients 1 cup tuvar dal (split pigeon peas) 1/2 tsp turmeric 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp cumin seeds A generous pinch of asafetida Salt, to taste 34

Directions Mix the lentils and turmeric in a large pot, cover with at least two inches of water, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid, and let the lentils cook for 45–60 minutes, until they are really soft and can easily be mashed with the back of a ladle. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the cumin seeds and when they sputter, add the asafetida and the cooked lentils. If the mixture is too dry, add water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and let the dal cook for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste. Serve hot.

Potato Subzi

Ingredients 6 yellow or red potatoes 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp mustard seeds A generous pinch of asafetida 1 tsp grated ginger 2 green chillies like jalapeno, minced (If you don’t want the subzi to be spicy, remove the white seeds first) 1 sprig of curry leaves 1/4 tsp turmeric 1 tbsp lemon juice Salt, to taste 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves Directions Place the potatoes in a large pot with enough water to cover and bring them to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover the pot, and let them cook for 15 minutes, until they are tender when pierced with a fork. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them into 1/2-inch cubes. You can peel the potatoes first if you like, but I like to leave the jackets on. Heat the oil and add the mustard seeds and asafetida. When the mustard sputters, add the ginger, chillies, and curry leaves. Stir well for a minute, then add the turmeric and potatoes. Stir everything well to mix, mashing the potatoes slightly with the back of the ladle. When the potatoes start to get a slight crust on them, add the lemon juice and salt to taste. Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and serve hot. 35

There is something utterly comforting about creamy chickpeas in a spicy sauce. Different versions of chana masala are cooked across India, but the most classic one is fiery red with tomatoes and sparkles with the complex notes of various spices. You can use garam masala, found in the spice aisle of any supermarket, for this recipe, but if you want to get more authentic, you could use a chana masala spice mix from an Indian grocery store. The chana masala mix contains mango and pomegranate powders, which add a special flavor all their own. Ingredients 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large red onion, finely diced 1 tbsp grated ginger 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 tsp turmeric 1 tsp cayenne pepper (add less for less heat) 1 tbsp garam masala or chana masala spice blend 1 15-oz can of diced tomatoes or three medium tomatoes, finely diced 3 cups canned chickpeas or garbanzo beans 2 tbsp lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves Salt, to taste

Chana Masala

Directions Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onions and cook, stirring regularly until browned. Add the ginger and garlic and sautĂŠ for 1 minute. Add the turmeric, cayenne, and garam masala powders and stir for until the spices are well coated with the oil. Add the tomatoes and cook until they break down and express the oil. Add the chickpeas and enough water to make a thick gravy and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Mix in the lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot.


Gajar Halwa

Ingredients 1 pound carrots, finely grated 8 cardamom pods (make sure you use green cardamom pods, not white or brown ones) 3 cups almond milk 3–5 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp vegetable oil A handful of cashews and raisins Directions Put the carrots, cardamom pods, and almond milk into a heavybottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 40–45 minutes, until all the liquid has evaporated. In another saucepan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the carrots and fry, stirring, for 15–20 minutes, until the carrots turn a rich red. Add the sugar and stir until it’s well mixed. Add the cashews and raisins and cook, stirring, for 2–3 minutes. Remove from heat. The halwa can be eaten warm or at room temperature or even cold.

Few desserts are as simple, delicious, and comforting as gajar ka halwa, or carrot halwa. I often tell people that there is nothing like Indian cuisine because cuisine in India differs vastly from region to region. Carrot halwa is one of the exceptions—this dish is said to have originated in north India, but it is enjoyed in homes all over the country. Perhaps the fact that it is utterly delicious and even healthy has something to do with it. The carrots naturally sweeten this recipe and the cardamom gives it that extra oomph. Follow Vaishali on Twitter and Facebook @holycowvegan, love her pins on pinterest @vaishy and visit her on the Web at holycowvegan.net


Fresh Local Design

Spring is all about renewal, rejuvenation, and the tradition of spring cleaning is one that embodies these very ideas. But once things are tidy and the fresh spring air is wafting through the windows, you might feel like your home decor needs some invigoration as well. One of the quickest (and least expensive) ways to freshen up your home decor—throw pillows. This s p r i n g we found some great local vendors stocked with colorful pillows that are sure to bring in some local springtime cheer. Ahh, now doesn’t that feel better?

First Row: Chrysanthemum Throw Pillow Cover, Weekly Treasure Hunt Yellow Leaf Pillow Cover, Cotton Revival Multi Geo, The Tailored Nest

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Second Row: African Wax Print Pillow Cover (Jamia Natural), Amani at Home Auburn Design Studio Teal Throw Pillow with Velvet Floral Design, Made in Howland

First Row: Tropicalia! Citrus Inspired Illustration Throw Pillow Case, LG Moloney New Leaf Works Yellow Chevron Pillow, Reed Feather Straw Second Row: Tropical Patch Flower Design Pillow, Pillowscape Designs Multi-colored, Huli Decor Bohemian Antique Pillow, Jaipur Handloom Third Row: Malachite pillow cover, Impossibly Chic DC Humanity Freedom, Blissliving Home 39

E a s t e r Br u n c h Written by: Karon L. Phillips / Photographed by Kelly Alfaro

Excited to start planning your Easter brunch menu, you start flipping through magazines and cookbooks, searching for inspiration. As you look at some of the recipes, you remember that one of your guests has a gluten allergy. And that another friend doesn’t eat pork. Then, you begin to rethink your menu approach. Do you make specific items to accommodate their needs? What about your other guests? The solution: focus on fresh ingredients. This menu is inspired by my desire to make healthy dishes that have a soulful flare. Growing up in the South, eating flavorful and delicious food is a family tradition—but while delicious, it’s not always healthy. As an adult, I take the dishes I love and make them heart-healthy, while living on a budget in grad school. This Easter brunch menu is both healthy and filling and easy and affordable. You’ll be able to show off your cooking skills without slaving over the stove all day.


Mini Vegetable Frittatas These little treats are true crowd pleasers. You can change some of the vegetables to add your own flavor or to accommodate your guests’ preferences. Ingredients 12 eggs 1 cup milk (can substitute with non-dairy milk) 1 tsp salt Black pepper, to taste 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 cup diced shallots or onions

1 1/2–2 red bell peppers, diced 2 cups fresh broccoli, chopped 2 cups white button or baby bella mushrooms, sliced 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese (optional) Cooking spray

Directions Preheat the oven to 350F. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the salt and pepper. Add the milk and continue mixing. If you choose to add cheese, add it next and continue mixing. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the shallots or onions, broccoli, and red bell peppers to the heated skillet. Cook the vegetables for 6–7 minutes, until they are tender. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and fill each cup up halfway with the vegetable mixture. Pour in the beaten egg, filling each cup to the top. Bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes, until they are set in the center. Serve immediately. Makes 12 frittatas (6 servings).


Sweet Potato Hash This is a nice and healthier twist on the traditional hash recipe. Enjoy the the sweetness of the potatoes mixed with crunch of the bacon. Ingredients 3–4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided 1 tsp Kosher salt 1 1/2 tbsp dried thyme 4–6 slices bacon, diced (can be pork or turkey bacon) 1/2 large onion, diced Directions Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle 2 tbsp of olive oil on the potatoes and sprinkle with thyme and salt, to taste. Mix the potatoes with the oil and seasoning, then arrange them on a baking sheet. Roast the sweet potatoes for 10–15 minutes, until they are tender. Remove from the oven. Heat remaining olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat until crisp and brown. Then add the onions and sauté until the onions are translucent. Add the roasted sweet potatoes to the pan and sauté for about 7–8 minutes, until the sweet potatoes start to become crispy. Serve immediately. Makes 6–8 servings


Fried Apples These skillet-cooked apples are the perfect complement to any brunch menu. Easy to make, these delightful treats are sweet and tender, making it easy to find things to pair with this delight. They are also wonderful mixed in with oatmeal. Ingredients 8 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 1/4 cup butter (can substitute with a butter alternative) 1/2 cup brown sugar (can substitute with agave nectar or coconut palm sugar) 4 tbsp cinnamon 1 tbsp nutmeg 1 tbsp ground cloves 1 tbsp allspice Directions Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Cut apples length-wise and place in a bowl. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice and toss the apples, making sure they are coated with the sugar and spice mix. Place the coated apples in the skillet and sautÊ 15–20 minutes or until apples are tender. Makes 6–8 servings Follow Karon on Twitter and Facebook @SingleSistaDish and visit her on the web at singlesistasdish.blogspot.com


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Artist Spotlight: Kathryn McDonnell

Written By Sharon J. Burton / Photography provided and copyrighted by the artists. In December 2013, I had the opportunity to visit Catalyst Projects, a local gallery based in Washington D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood. I was enchanted by a number of artworks by Kathryn McDonnell in a group exhibition. With a balance of color, design, and texture, her abstract work entranced me. Her dreamy, multilayered paintings are predominately oil on linen. Kathryn is equally as impressive as her art. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Kathryn started her art career in Nashville after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a double major in art history and Russian. She earned a MFA in painting from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Kathryn has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally in venues such as District of Columbia Arts Center, Maryland Art Place, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Tsinghua University’s Academy of Arts and Design, and Capital Normal University. She is a recipient of the Vanderbilt’s Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, awarded to a senior for merit in the 45

studio arts. Kathryn was also a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2000 and 1996. I was happy that Kathryn sat down with DomiCile to share more about her work. DomiCile: How long have you lived in the area? Kathryn: I have lived in D.C. for 21 years. I moved here with my husband from San Francisco when my husband joined the Foreign Service. We did several tours abroad, and then my husband worked a temporary assignment in the Balkan Peninsula while I remained in D.C. Eventually, he resigned from the Foreign Service and started a non-profit organization that supports human rights. We call the Palisades neighborhood our home. DomiCile: When was the moment that you knew inside that you were an artist? Kathryn: I was creative as a child, and my parents encouraged me. I started to think of myself as an artist when I was in college. Marilyn Murphy, one of my instructors at Vanderbilt, was a great role model and encouraged me. She said, ‘I know you will make it because you think like an artist and are willing to work hard.’ She put into words something I felt deep in my heart. At the time of my graduation, I was granted a fellowship for merit in studio art, which pushed me to act on my dream and becoming an artist. DomiCile: What inspires you to create? How does that inspiration show up in your work? Kathryn: This is hard to answer. There is no single thing that inspires me. The whole world is 46

alive with inspiration—it’s just a matter of tapping into something very deep from my heart at the moment. Generally, I try to stay close to my own internal nature and how that intersects with the external influences in my life at the moment. Earlier in life, I was inspired by current events and made political statements in my work. Now, I tap into a deeper current because I realized that politics and most human activities are in continual repetition. A few years ago, I woke up and thought, “Why add more suffering?” My interest in meditation was growing—I was more consistent and meditating for longer sessions. This process led me to think about the interconnectedness of life and human activity—I wanted to show

how this is the primary creative source in my work through the gesture and motion of paint. When I paint, I try to connect to the stillness and peace I experience while meditating—and that I now experience while painting. Cultivating awareness is my primary goal. DomiCile: What is the best thing about being an artist in this area? Kathryn: The best thing about being an artist in D.C. is the community of artists that live and work in our city. I am a member of several organizations, such as the District of Columbia Arts Center and the Washington Project for the Arts. Also, we are fortunate to have so many great museums and venues to see world-class art. The academic community, including the Corcoran, is also a

great benefit. A number of citysupported arts initiatives, such as the new Monroe Market and the Catalyst Art Projects, encourage community engagement with the arts. DomiCile: What kind of art do you collect? Kathryn: My husband and I are always on the look for contemporary art on the local scene. We collect local art we find in galleries or through personal connections. When traveling, we collect art by local artists from where we visit. We have simple plan—follow your heart and your

eye. A work of art has to touch me before I consider it for our collection.

Images: Rain, acrylic on linen, 11 x 14, 2013

DomiCile: How can people find out more about your work? Kathryn: You can find me through my website, kathrynmcdonnell. com, Catalyst Art Projects, or Washington Project for the Arts (Kathryn McDonnell WPA artist file). I am also on Flickr (Kathryn McDonnell: Flickr “Sublime”). Or email at kms@kathrynmcdonnell.com.

Circle Drip Study, sumi ink on paper, 8 x 8, 2012 Untitled (Landscape), acrylic on mylar, 11 x 14, 2013


Artist Spotlight: Jeremy Flick

As a collector, artist, and art advisor, I am attracted to unique art and have an interest in how digital computerized images can be used to create original works of art. This interest led me to Capitol Hill’s Tabula Rasa for an exhibition featuring the vibrant works of local artist, Jeremy Flick. Jeremy is known for his complex and intriguing works of digital computerized pixels, creating abstract geometrical designs in his paintings, drawings, and installations.

Jeremy’s work has been exhibited 48

in solo and group shows locally and nationally including the Arlington Arts Center, Conner Contemporary (Washington D.C.), Fort Worth Community Arts Center (Texas), and the Kathryn E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. His work can be found in a number of notable collections such as Purdue University’s Print Collection and Rønnebæksholm Arts and Culture Centre, Næstved, Denmark. In addition to being a talented artist, this D.C. transplant is an adjunct professor in the Visual

Arts Program in the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, Maryland. He also serves as the Director of Connersmith Gallery and Fair Coordinator for (e)merge Art Fair, D.C.’s newest fine art fair held annually in October. I was excited that Jeremy agreed to talk with DomiCile about his art endeavors.

DomiCile: How long have you lived in the area? Jeremy: I have been in the D.C. metro area for about 8 years.

memory, sensations, which have nothing to do directly with painting itself. They can come from anything and anywhere.”

In addition to Jeremy’s website, you can see more of his artwork on his Tumblr page at artistrunspace.tumblr.com

DomiCile: When was the moment that you knew inside that you were an artist? Jeremy: I don’t think there was any one moment. It’s always been more of an understand necessity. I am reminded of a quote from the book “My Name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok: “I can’t help it, Papa,” I said. “A man has a will,” my father said. “Do you understand me, Asher? ... Every man is responsible for what he does, because he has a will and by that will he directs his life. There is no such thing as a man who can’t help it. Only a sick man can’t help it.” “I have a will, Papa. It makes me want to draw.” The construction of my life has always been built around being an artist—never any alternative—no exit stately, no safety net, no plan B. Here, I think of the Josef Albers quote: “A painter paints because he has no time not to paint.”

DomiCile: If you collect any art, what kind of art do you collect? Jeremy: Most of the work that I collect is very different than the work that I make myself, much of it is figurative photographic. I am drawn to works that express a beautiful or poetic idea in a very simple and direct way. What I like most is collecting work from friends or artists with whom I have a personal connection.

Images: Title: 575015755 2013 Acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 inches

DomiCile: How can people find out more about your work? Jeremy: They can visit my website, jeremyflick.com.

Title: 177060227 2013 Acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 inches Title: 634972032 2013 Acrylic on panel 12 x 12 inches Title: 75542542 2013 Acrylic on canvas 12 x 12 inches

DomiCile: What inspires you to create? How does that inspiration show up in your work? Jeremy: I don’t think of myself as an artist who works from inspiration. Instead, my work is constructed out of a personal, pseudo-logical, absurdly obsessive tendency towards the research, collection, and manipulation of objects, images, patterns, colors, textures, ideas, sounds, concepts, and words that have somehow found their way into my thoughts. I am continually reminded of the Guston quote: “I don’t know what a painting is; who knows what sets off even the desire to paint? It might be things, thoughts, a


Consignment Threads

Written by Nichole Williamson of Nikki Uncuffed / Photographed by Tiffanni Reidy

Secondi 1702 Connecticut Ave., Second Floor Washington D.C. 20009 secondi.com Some might be hesitant when it comes to buying second-hand, but Secondi will convert the most skeptical shopper. Situated on the second floor, there are numerous swoon-worthy items to behold and enough room to browse the racks with a few of your closest gal pals. The clever layout makes shopping easy—denim, sweaters, tops, jackets, coats, and dresses are separated by size. Lavish jewelry and handbags are displayed in glass cases and shelves. Covetable pieces with labels like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tiffany & Co., Kate Spade, and Tory Burch are spread throughout the store, making it virtually impossible not to find an item you’ll love. Vintage Michael Kors? No problem. Searching for a limited edition Louis Vuitton handbag? Check out Secondi. Buying your near-new, uber-luxe items is Secondi’s specialty. Focusing on women’s apparel only, Secondi is like a closet any woman would envy. If you’re looking for a pop of color for your 9-to-5, a classic trend in a bold color, or a reasonable option for an after-hour affair, Secondi can outfit you in designer duds that won’t break your budget, but will prompt your girls to ask, “Where did you get that?” 50

Reddz Trading 7801 Woodmont Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814 reddztrading.com Reddz Trading is a treasure trove of chic and trendy designer goods. When you walk in, an open floor plan with comfy couches, glass cases, and ceiling-high shelves holding loads of foot candy greets you. The well-executed layout is organized into clearly defined sections—shoes, accessories, coats, shirts, sweaters, denim, and trousers. Be prepared to fall in love with super-chic items from Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, and Saint Laurent, while finding great deals on more contemporary brands such as Coach, Bebe, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor. Have a special man in your life? No problem— Reddz Trading offers men’s apparel as well. If designer labels are collecting cobwebs in your closet, Reddz Trading will gladly buy them, as long as they are in near-pristine condition and less than two years old. The Reddz team prides themselves on being selective and avoids overstocking similar items, so you feel extra special when you run into that designer find. And who doesn’t love feeling exclusive? Follow Nichole on Twitter & Instagram @NikkiUncuffed & visit her on the web at NikkiUncuffed.com

Beyond The Fence

W r i t t e n b y D a v i d W. B o w m a n / P h o t o g r a p h e d b y H a n n a h M e t h v i n


I can’t remember the first time I went to Philadelphia, but I know I’ve been making the trip regularly for over a decade. Still, I’ve only ever visited the city for specific reasons—like concerts or cheesesteaks or to see the Liberty Bell—so my knowledge about Philly is limited. I could tell you about a few good concert venues and where to grab pizza on South St., which is pretty pathetic for a city I frequent—and needs to change. Though the City of Brotherly Love isn’t always known for its hospitality, and its proximity to the DMV creates a natural rivalry, it does make for a perfect day trip or weekend getaway. My girlfriend, Hannah, and I head up I-95 one rainy weekend to explore Philly. The thing that amazes me about the city is that as you move from neighborhood to neighborhood, the city completely reinvents itself. We pass through Center City, avoiding most of the city’s taller buildings along with Independence Hall. We skip the string of funky bars and restaurants and quirky stores on South St. We head north on Ben Franklin Pkwy., past Logan Circle’s fountain, to the Fairmount neighborhood. The Philadelphia Museum of Art situates itself in Fairmount Park, east of the Schuylkill River. Like most D.C. locals, I’m hesitant to actually pay for a museum—but trust me, the $20 admission is worth it. Plus, you can reenact Rocky and run up the museum steps shadowboxing. Once you catch your breath (and finish jumping around celebrating), grab a picture with the bronze statue of Stallone at the base of the steps in front of the east entrance before heading inside. The east entrance leads to the massive lobby of Philly’s Parthenon, where Alexander Calder’s 52

Ghost, a mobile of rounded white triangles, hangs from the ceiling. After paying for admission, Hannah and I make our way to the American art galleries. As we meander through the American art, I notice there isn’t as much ‘art’ in the traditional sense as expected. The exhibit mixes old furniture and dishes with the paintings. Rooms staged as if they were in a real house—with mirrors and paintings hanging on the wall over dressers and armoires (I’m not sure exactly how to differentiate between the two)—are staggered with traditional galleries that feature paintings by artists like George Inness and Winslow Homer. From the American art collection, Hannah and I climb a staircase to the second floor and find ourselves in the Asian art collection. We start a loop, passing through collections of Indian and Chinese art, until we reach a large room with a skylight and two small, but full-size, Japanese teahouses. Ceremonial Teahouse: Sunkaraku (Evanescent Joys) was constructed in 1917 on Ogi Rodo’s property. He sold it to the museum in the late Twenties (meaning no one has to feel guilty

about cultural imperialism). The tiny structure, guarded by a bamboo fence, sits with open doors that give a glimpse inside. Built in an “artless” style, the building’s doors and ceiling are rough and show signs of a human hand, reminding us that our creations are no less natural than a plant growing awkwardly to the side. Because Hannah and I both took a class involving early Renaissance art, we feel obligated to look at the European art from 1100 to 1500 and go from a peaceful Japanese teahouse to old, dark paintings of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus. The rest of the second floor features an armor gallery and European art from 1500 to 1850. Before leaving, we head back down to the first floor to visit the modern and contemporary art and late-nineteenth century European art, including one of Monet’s Water Lilies. I am most excited to see Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, a modern piece that is literally a toilet with a name scribbled on the side. While it may not sound spectacular, just remember it’s a toilet displayed in a room across

from Manets, Monets, and Cezannes. After visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main building, Hannah and I go to the Rodin Museum, dedicated to the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The cost of admission gets you into Rodin Museum and Perelman Building (and a free shuttle ride to and from). A few blocks east of the main building, the Rodin Museum is a small, symmetrical building surrounded by Rodin sculptures. A copy of The Thinker sits outside the stone archway leading to the Rodin Museum. Inside, each room holds a small portion of Rodin’s lifework. We decide to skip the Perelman Building—it is pouring and my umbrella broke, so Hannah and I huddle under her compact owl umbrella. Plus, I am excited to tour Eastern State Penitentiary. A few blocks north of the Rodin Museum on Fairmount Ave. sits Eastern State Penitentiary, opened in 1829, it revolutionized the prison system. This historic penitentiary, built with wings of cells extending from a central hub like spokes on a bicycle wheel, was the first to implement solitary 53

confinement. It is said to be haunted (it has been featured on every ghost-hunting show) and even briefly housed Al Capone. Eastern State Penitentiary, a massive stone structure, a fortress in the middle of the city, sits among streets of row homes and restaurants. They offer hour-long guided tours or self-guided audio tours of the prison. After just missing a guided tour group, Hannah and I opt for the audio tour, which I love—partially because Steve Buscemi narrates it, and I find that having the guidance counselor from Nickelodeon’s Pete and Pete directing you through a creepy prison really lightens the mood. We make our way through the first cellblock and past the guided tour (point for the audio tour) while Steve tells us about the solitary confinement of the prisoners—even their exercise yards were separated from the rest of the prison. This whole prison was a misguided attempt to force the lifestyle of monks onto convicts. A brilliant idea—people with criminal tendencies will suddenly regain their sanity when cut off from a society they already resent. When 54

we get to the center of the “wheel,” Steve tells us it is named “Center”—creative, right? The skylight in “Center” is supposed to represent the eye of God, which makes me wonder why the room wasn’t named “The Eye of God.” Looking down the spokes of cells, you can see streams of light breaking through. This light makes me wonder if this place made a difference while it was in use, but somehow I doubt the prisoners would have felt that way. It’s funny how such a horrible history can be so picturesque. Hannah and I explore each spoke of the prison and then head back out to the rain, eager to find something to eat. Fairmount and the adjacent Spring Garden neighborhood offer a ton of options for eating. Fare, just across from the Eastern State Penitentiary, specializes in healthy, organic food made with local products. An incredible vertical garden (including a plant in the shape of an eagle swooping down on its prey) runs up the outer wall, and the interior is, paradoxically, both modern and rustic. I have apple ricotta pancakes that blow my

mind—sweet enough to feel like dessert without making me hate myself. We closed one evening with dinner at Rembrandt’s. With decor pulled from the early twentieth century and low lights dyeing the interior amber, Rembrandt’s feels like an old bar from another world. The backs of the chairs at the bars swirl out like seashells, and the wood floors shine just slightly in the dim light. They offer a wide selection of American fare, with a steak to satisfy the purists. Hannah raved for twenty minutes about the wholesome simplicity of her ribeye. After experiencing Fairmount’s attractions and great dining, we head east on Spring Garden St. for about a mile to wander Northern Liberties, a manufacturing district turned culture hub just north of Old City. Walking city streets is really how you get to know a place, and Northern Liberties is perfect for that. Liberties Walk and the Piazza at Schmidt’s, mixed-use spaces with independent stores and restaurants, offer plenty of shopping options. If you feel more adventurous, the stretch of shops down

2nd St. is more than enough for a day of exploring. We make our way over to the Piazza at Schmidt’s after a full day in Fairmount. Just across from the free parking on Germantown Ave., my traveling companion (because that makes me feel like I’m Kerouac-ing this city) and I find the Darling Diner—a classic diner with all the staples. Should you find yourself hungry in Philadelphia at four in the morning, this place is open twenty-four hours (and I assume they don’t ask questions). The Piazza is an open-air plaza surrounded by artists’ studios and boutiques like Jinxed, a thrift store with an assortment of vintage goods, and Sole Control, a boutique specializing in rare footwear. After some research, I am determined to visit Creep Records. Tucked away in one of the alcoves of the Piazza, this shop is a must-see for any record collector. They stock mostly punk and hip-hop vinyl, with a small selection of classics on their back wall. I almost buy a rare copy of Jawbreaker’s Dear You, but I come to my senses and stick to my budget. 55

The 2nd St. stretch gives you a sense of the neighborhood—rows of low, brick buildings full of bars and boutiques. Hannah and I stroll the street, first stopping in Swag Boutique, a shop that reminds me of Spencer’s Gifts with loads more class. It’s the kind of place you can buy a thumb war mug or a wooden necktie. Down a little further, we find the Arcadia Boutique, a clothing store stocking eco-friendly brands, in addition to local brands like Toggery, 611, and National Picnic. There’s a gallery wall showing off work from local artists and I’m ninety percent sure I spotted a pastel painting done on the cover of a Kenny Loggins’s greatest hits album—which means someone’s in the danger zone. If you cross 2nd St. and backtrack, you can head to Liberties Walk. For coffee and tea you can stop by 1 Shot. If you are there in the evening, hit up Deuce or Bar Ferdinand for drinks. Art Star is filled with local art and locally crafted goods. Our final stop in Northern Liberties is on the edge of the neighborhood—Random Tea Room. A few blocks down from the Piazza, on 4th St., this cozy, 56

quiet shop brews a house chai that is unbelievable. Employee and local musician Birdie Busch is kind enough to tell Hannah and I a little more about the area and recommended a pizza place—Pizza Brain on Frankford Ave. As it turns out, her sister started the clothing company National Picnic (a New Jersey brand that can be found at the Arcadia Boutique). She is connected to this city in a way I never thought possible—and more than willing to talk about it with me. They mention brotherly love a lot when they talk about Philly—I experienced it in a little tea room in Northern Liberties. Follow David Bowman on Twitter @DavidWBowman.

Gallery Spotlight: Adah Rose Gallery Written by Sharon J. Burton / Photographed by Kelly Alfaro As an art collector, I have been drawn to the Adah Rose Gallery for quite some time by both the quality of artists that are exhibited and its location. It’s not located in D.C. or Baltimore, but in the charming community of suburban Kensington, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Adah Rose Bitterbaum, a lifelong lover of visual art, founded the gallery in 2011 after a stint with the Studio Gallery in Washington D.C. The Adah Rose Gallery showcases local artists and introduces emerging and midcareer artists based in New York, California, and other parts of the country. Adah also has an affinity for recent MFA graduates in the D.C. metropolitan area and helps launch their careers by showcasing their work in a few exhibitions each year. The gallery recently stepped into the national art fair circuit, exposing their artists to national and international collectors by

participating in PULSE Miami in December 2012 and 2013, the Dallas Art Fair in April 2013, and PULSE New York in May 2013. DomiCile recently met with Adah to learn more about the gallery and the artists showcased there. DomiCile: How long have you lived in the area? Adah: I have lived in the Washington D.C. area for 24 years. I moved here because my husband, who I met in Boston, was from here. DomiCile: What made you decide to open an art gallery? Why Kensington? Adah: I have always loved art and followed the art market since I was in college. I grew up in Europe and my parents took us to museums all the time. I was a history major in college, but studied a great deal of art history as well.

During my freshman year, a professor told me about an artist named Richard Diebenkorn. I saw a lot of his work in Los Angeles and was hooked on contemporary art ever since. I have had many careers: lawyer, public health attorney, college counselor, and teacher. As my kids grew up, I wanted to go back to work fulltime and saw an ad on Craigslist for a gallery director. It was pure serendipity—I applied and became the director of Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle for almost four years. I had no intention of opening my own gallery, but I experienced galleries closing in Dupont Circle and thought, “we need more galleries.” DomiCile: Why Kensington? Adah: For eight years, I have volunteered at a little shop in Kensington called the Prevention of Blindness shop, where I met an artist, Kaltoum Maroufi, who has been a great supporter and champion of the gallery. She was giving up her space in Kensington and moving to a larger 57

Adah: I truly believe in galleries. I think artists need to have shows, and magical things happen when work is in the gallery setting. This is true for solo, duo, and group shows. I will have thought about a show for several months, and then all of a sudden a new dynamic that I never intended or thought would happen is created. The gallery also shows work people may not always have a chance to see.

studio. It was so affordable, and the landlady is so lovely, so I thought, “I need to do this. I will give it three years and see what happens.” DomiCile: How would you describe the artists you represent in the gallery? Adah: All the artists I represent are contemporary artists. I have always loved text-based work, so a number of the artists use text, books, and language, or reference literature in their work. Sometimes it is quite obvious, other times less so, but for me, the love of language and literature is often there. I also love work that uses some form of a grid or geometry and that is often present in the work. I am also very loyal to quite a few artists from my days at Studio Gallery, so I may show a couple of their pieces in the gallery. It may not be cutting edge 58

contemporary, but it is fine work and I am delighted to show it. DomiCile: With so many other ways for people to buy art these days, how important are galleries today as part of the art market?

Most importantly, I want to make art important and accessible. Many people who visit the gallery are hesitant to enter; they feel as if they do not understand contemporary art. My goal is always to create a dialogue, to get their ideas, and to tell them a little bit about the artists or my own art. There are some works of art— especially that of Jessica Drenk and John James Anderson—that get people initially talking or thinking about art and that makes me so happy. From their work, I am able to introduce visitors to the work of other artists and help them to think about contemporary art.

DomiCile: What is the best thing about owning a gallery in this area? Adah: There are so many wonderful artists working in the area and there are art events all the time. I feel I have learned so much from gallerists, artists, curators, universities, and the museum community. Washington D.C. is also full of intelligent and curious people who always give me a new perspective and language for looking at art. My little community in Kensington is so generous—a restaurant with great walls lets me hang art, the Kensington Bookstore promotes my events, and the Prevention of Blindness store is generous with supplies. My upstairs neighbor, Ferdynand, who trained as an artist in Poland, helps me to curate and hang shows and we are always talking about twentieth-century art. He has a great eye and great aesthetic. My neighbor and friend Kaltoum, who I mentioned before, is a great teacher of art and a great source of knowledge about art history. She is one of the most enthusiastic supporters of artists and she brought me my first major collector in the gallery. I am truly lucky to be here. DomiCile: What is your advice for people who are interested in collecting art but don’t know where to start? Adah: If you are interested in collecting art and do not know where to begin, I would visit museums and public art spaces. Glenstone in Potomac, Maryland, is one of the finest private collections of contemporary art and it is free. The National Gallery, Hirshhorn, and Corcoran

all have amazing collections. I love the public art spaces and have found the Arlington Arts Center and Hillyer Art Space to be two wonderful places to see both local and national artists. I also love the Katzen Arts Center at American University—they are doing a fantastic job showing contemporary art. Then, I would begin to see gallery shows. Visit the galleries and places where art is sold—if you see something you like, call the gallery or artist. If you fall in love with a piece of art and can afford it—buy it! It is exciting and you will be so proud. Art is not expensive or does not have to be. I have art in the gallery from $35 to $15,000, but most of it is quite affordable. Many collectors like to concentrate in a certain area, but many are eclectic and buy what they love. In the end, your own taste should dictate what you buy. I know my own tastes have grown and changed so much in the last 10 years. It is exciting to think that art and artists have multiplied in recent years and creativity is so alive and well.

any inquiries we get. I want people to feel like they are in a bookstore when they are in my gallery— browsing is always encouraged. Stay as long as you like! I want people to feel comfortable and a part of a community at Adah Rose Gallery. Learn more about Adah Rose Gallery by visiting the website at adahrosegallery.com and the Tumblr site at adahrosegallery. tumblr.com Follow Sharon on Twitter, Instagram and Google+ @theartinista, on Facebook at ArtinistaArtAdvisory, and visit her on the Web at theartinista.com

DomiCile: How can people find out more about your gallery? Adah: I always welcome visitors to the gallery and love showing art! A willingness to look is so exciting to me. I do not expect most visitors to purchase art (of course it is always nice when they do). I want people to look and tell me what they think and like. I want them to return and tell me what they have seen outside my gallery and liked (or not liked). People can, of course, visit the website or view some of the artists’ work online. I love a phone call about work and respond to


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Chaia Photographed by Heather Soskin


Planning a Cinco de Mayo fiesta? Consider a guilt-free option this May 5th. Chaia in D.C. offers handmade corn tortillas filled with locally-sourced, in-season ingredients topped with their special chipotle yogurt sauce. Think microgreens, asparagus, and fresh habanero sauce. Chaia’s vegetarian food is healthy, fresh, and affordable. This is not your papi’s Cinco de Mayo spread—it’s better in every way. You can find Chaia tacos at H Street, Dupont Circle, and Penn Quarter farmers markets this spring.


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L to R: Market Mushrooms, Feta and Carrot Habanero Sauce Garlicky Greens, Goat Cheese and Pickled Red Onion Potato and Spring Asparagus with a Creamy Poblano Sauce 65

Meet a Local Farmer

Charlie Koiner Written & Photographed by Kathy Jentz

Charlie Koiner’s compact farm grows in the shadows of high-rise apartment buildings, corporate offices, and the urban creep of infill houses—and only steps from the downtown Silver Spring Freshfarm Market. Every Saturday morning, Charlie sells his produce at the market, but few of his customers know just how very local his produce is. Charlie has been a farmer for most of his life, and at 93 years old, he has no intention of slowing. From 1944 to 1979, Charlie worked on the farm at Timberlawn Estate (which is now long gone) and owned a farm as well until 1959. Both properties were on Rockville Pike and are virtually unrecognizable today. In 1979, Charlie bought his property in downtown Silver Spring and started gardening there. He expanded into a full-fledged urban farm in the early Eighties when he purchased the adjoining property. On just one acre of land (four adjoining house lots), he grows a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Every year, Charlie starts hundreds of pepper and tomato plants from seed. He grows a succession of greens—from collards to lettuce to mache. He says the spring onions and radishes are some of the easiest crops to grow, and he quickly sells out of all he can cultivate. 66

Charlie also has permanent beds of gooseberries, currants, figs, and assorted herbs. Behind the house, a relatively new small grove of pear trees grows, though none of the pears may ever make it to market, between ravenous squirrels and neighbors who drop by to buy the fruit straight from the farm.

Like many gardeners, Charlie spends the winter months perusing seed catalogs and planning his next growing season. He sources most of his seeds locally from Meyer Seed Company in Baltimore. He and Lynn make an annual trip up there to pick up their order. They also order new varieties each year from a variety of other seed companies for trial His daughter, Lynn, helps Charlie and experiment. run the farm. She spreads the The pressure on the Koiners to sell word on what he has in-season their one-acre lot for development via email blast for those who want has been intense over the last 20 to buy during the week. She also years, but Charlie has no intention loves to grow herbs to sell at the of selling. He enjoys his life and market with Charlie. She sells talking to regular visitors, including generous bundles of culinary herbs field-trip groups who visit him to from her perennial beds, which she learn about local growing. tends to year-round. Charlie has two other helpers as well—one Charlie and his urban farm have neighbor comes by twice a week gotten a lot of press lately. He was in late summer to pick the fruits profiled in a short documentary, from the 200 tomato plants and “Corner Plot,� that explores the another helps load the harvest on issues facing an urban farm. Friday and get it to market. The documentary was shown during the 2010 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival, and

the directors, Andre Dahlman and Ian Cook, have set up a website for the documentary at cornerplotmovie.com Mostly, they focus on his age or the urban farm setting, but when you visit Charlie at the market or his urban farm, he loves to talk about is what is growing well right now in his garden. His figs, blackberries, sweet peppers, and tomatoes all did wonderfully in 2013. Looking ahead to the 2014 growing season, it may be a wet or dry year. It may be a cold spring or an overly hot summer. Some crops will always do better than others. Each year is different and that is what keeps Charlie gardening. Follow Kathy on Twitter and Instagram @WDCGardener and on Facebook at WashingtonGardenerMagazine and find her on the Web at WashingtonGardener.com 67

A Local Celebration of Mom

Here at DomiCile, it’s important to us to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift for our moms, the women who bandaged our skinned knees, loved us through our teen years, and still support us unconditionally as adults. When it comes to buying a gift for Mom on Mother’s Day, a generic bouquet of flowers or jewelry is nice. But we know that moms aren’t generic, so why not honor them with unique (and local) gifts that they’re sure to love? Of course we went to the experts to help make our Mother’s Day gift guide—our moms.

Felted Soap from Old Colony Co. Soapery & Mercantile in Frederick, MD

Live Show: Maysa at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA Gift card to Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington D.C.


Brunch at Sunny Day Cafe in Bel Air, MD

Gifts from Richardson Farms in White Marsh, MD

Schooner Woodwind Sunset Cruise in Annapolis, MD

Massage from Talented Touch in Washington D.C. Custom pet portrait from Fuzzy Mug

Mother’s Day Menu

Written & Phographed by Tinsley & Jason Sticker of Cooking Shorts

Celebrate Mom by creating a meal she’ll remember with recipes that the whole family can help make. Your special lady deserves a special dinner and she’ll love these easy and elegant dishes.


Sweet and Salty Shrimp Sweep mom off her feet with these sweet and salty cuties. Each heavenly bite is complemented by the sweet shrimp, tangy pineapple, and salty bacon. Have the kiddos dress up as waiters and serve Mom this appetizer as if she was at a black tie event. Ingredients 12 jumbo shrimp fresh pineapple rings, cut into 12 wedges 6 slices of bacon, cut in half

Directions Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place baking rack in pan. Set aside. Wrap shrimp and pineapple together with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Add shrimp to baking sheet. Cook the wraps for 10 minutes until bacon is crisp, and shrimp are opaque and firm.


Cherry and Corn Farmhouse Salad Mom will fall head over heels for this light and delicious salad—it’s sure to become one of her favorite go-to salads. Let your teens put this one together and serve it table side, finishing with the dressing on top. Ingredients 2 cups of mixed greens 5–6 black cherries, pitted and halved 3 radishes, sliced 1 ear of corn, steamed and kernels removed 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp lemon juice salt and pepper, just a pinch

Directions Add greens to a serving bowl and arrange veggies, fruit, and cheese on top. Whisk together the olive oil with the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle over the salad.


Skillet Steaks with a Blackberry Herb Sauce


No need for reservations at an expensive steakhouse— impress Mom by bringing the steakhouse home with these simple steps. She’ll be blown away by your presentation of the steak with an elegant berry sauce. Don’t forget to serve Mom a glass of red wine! Ingredients 2 high-quality choice or prime strip steaks (4–6 ounces each) Steak salt, a generous pinch 2–3 tbsp butter 2–3 tbsp olive oil 1 cup fresh blackberries-halved (leave a couple whole for garnish) 2–3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, stripped from stems and chopped 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp honey Salt, just a pinch Directions Remove steaks from the fridge about 20 minutes before you are ready to cook. Liberally season both sides with steak salt. Press the seasoning into the steak, creating a crust. Over medium high heat, place a couple of tablespoons of butter and olive oil into a skillet. Make sure to add enough to have a good 1/4-inch coating. Once the butter melts, add steaks to the pan and allow to cook for about 4 minutes. Tilt the pan to the butter to gather. Use a spoon to collect the butter and pour over top the steaks—this method is called basting and will help keep steaks moist and tender. Do this about 10 times. Once the total cooking time reaches 6 minutes, flip the steaks. Cook for 1–2 minutes and repeat the basting method until the steaks reach desired doneness. Remove from heat and allow the steaks to rest. In a small pot over medium heat, add blackberries with 1 tbsp of butter and a pinch of salt. Once the fruit starts to give off a little liquid, add in honey and vinegar. Cook for about 10–15 minutes, stirring every 3–4 minutes. Add fresh rosemary halfway through the cooking process. Remove from heat and mash blackberries down with a potato masher or fork. Using cheesecloth or fine strainer, strain blackberry sauce, using a spoon to press out all of the liquid if needed. To plate, simply spread the blackberry sauce down on the plate and place the steak on top. Garnish with rosemary and a couple of whole blackberries. 73

Dutch Oven Mediterranean Chicken If Mom is not a steak and potato kind of gal, then check out this gorgeous dish. This recipe will take her taste buds on a Mediterranean vacation. It’s herby and salty, plus the lemon adds the perfect tang to make this dish pop. Ingredients 6–8 chicken drumsticks Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, a generous pinch 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter 1 onion, chopped 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 lemon, sliced (with peel on) 1/4 cup briny olives (we used Kalamata) 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions Pat the chicken dry and season well with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to a Dutch oven, heat over medium heat. Melt butter into the oil and add chicken. Brown the drumsticks on all sides. Remove chicken from the pot and set aside. Add the onion, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon to the remaining oil and cook until onion is translucent, about 3–5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the garlic, and stir to combine. Deglaze the pan with chicken broth, making sure to scrape all the bits off the bottom on the pot with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and add chicken back to the pot. Add in lemon slices to the pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 45 minutes. With 5 minutes of cooking time left, add in olives and parsley.


Starfruit Rice Salad This beautiful dish is all about presentation. The sweet, slightly tangy flavor of a starfruit paired with earthy walnuts makes for an exotic dish that Mom will love. She’ll be amazed at the extra effort your family took to turn a regular starch into a sophisticated side, packed full of flavor. Ingredients 1/2 cup walnuts 2 cups cooked jasmine rice Olive oil, a drizzle Salt and pepper, just a pinch 1 cup dried cherries 1 starfruit, sliced (reserve a few for garnish) 2 tbsp scallions, sliced

Directions Place walnuts in a dry skillet and toast over low heat— this should only take a few minutes (your nose will know when they are ready). Add rice to a large prep bowl and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Then add cherries, walnuts, and starfruit. Toss to combine and garnish with starfruit and scallions.


Garlic Lovers’ Roasted Broccolini Make sure Mom eats her greens with this vitamin-packed side that is as vibrant as it is delicious. Roasting these stalks with a little olive oil and garlic caramelizes the edges, creating a sweet, nutty flavor that mom will love—and the aroma will make her mouth water. Ingredients 1 bunch broccolini 2 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper, a generous pinch

Directions Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with foil. In a small bowl, mix olive oil together with a hefty pinch of salt and pepper. Add garlic to the mixture. Clean your broccolini by trimming about 1 inch off of the bottom. Spread the broccolini evenly on the baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, apply the olive oil mixture evenly to each head and stalk. Finish with an additional pinch of salt. Roast in the oven for about 12 minutes.


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DIY “Hostess”-Style Cupcakes These throwback “Hostess”-style cupcakes are sure to feed Mom’s chocolate craving. Filled with a fluffy marshmallow cream and generously topped with a decadent chocolate ganache, these moist, luscious cupcakes are an upgrade from the lunchbox treats. The kids will have a blast decorating each cupcake with curly-cues or polka-dots. Cupcake Ingredients 1 box of Chocolate cake mix (choose your favorite) Filling Ingredients

Directions Prepare cake mix and bake according to the directions on the box. Fill cupcake liners slightly higher than normal. Allow cupcakes to cool before handling.

4 tbsp butter, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 2 tsp vanilla 1 cup marshmallow fluff

In a medium bowl, beat all filling ingredients together. Fill a large piping bag with the filling. Reserve and refrigerate the rest in a bowl to use later for garnish. When cupcakes are cool, press tip into the center and squeeze the cream filling into each cupcake, until they slightly bulge.

Ganache Ingredients 1/4 cup milk 1 cup milk-chocolate chips

To make the ganache, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until hot. Immediately pour the milk over the chocolate and set aside for 2–3 minutes. Whisk until smooth and velvety. Spread slightly cooled ganache over the tops of the filled cupcakes. Transfer to fridge to set for one hour. Once the ganache is set, fill a piping bag with leftover filling. Pipe curls or polka dots onto the cupcakes. 77

Retail Therapy Written by Akinyi Ragwar Photographed by Jeff Talbot & Tiffanni Reidy


Via Gypset

2311 Calvert Street Washington D.C. 20008 viagypset.com

$200. While shopping, you’ll find clothes, shoes, accessories, and pieces for the home from the Sixties to present. Via Gypset accepts consignment pieces from around the world and your own closet.

What Draws You In

What Keeps You There

With white walls and hardwood floors, Via Gypset’s minimalist decor makes their eclectic collection of vintage clothes pop. Since 2012, owner Isabella Polles’ passion for using clothes as a means for expression drives her to find vintage, timeless, and cosmopolitan pieces for her consignment boutique in Adams Morgan.

Via Gypset’s collection of funky, one-of-a-kind pieces makes this store stand out—it is all about finding certain pieces that work with your aesthetic and fit your style. Isabella is always looking for consignment pieces and new local designers in the metropolitan area. Lastly, Isabella Polles continues to expand her brand by allowing women and men to shop Via Gypset online.

What You Will Find Via Gypset has something for everyone—from classic pieces, conservative looks, high-end designer pieces, ritzy styles, and fun vintage pieces for men, women, and children, priced from $20– 79

Carnelian Boutique Online Boutique carnelianboutique.com What You Will Find Carnelian Boutique, an online shopping boutique, is stocked with trendy threads—dresses, tops, sweaters, and accessories—with a low price tag. Owner Corrine Marr launched the boutique in 2012 at a pop-up party at Tabula Rasa in Capitol Hill. Carnelian then grew through word of mouth and social media. What Draws You In Carnelian Boutique, named after Corrine’s birthstone, represents positive energy, work-life balance, and harmony, and her store reflects this. The online boutique offers fun, flirty dresses, but also has a serious side, offering button-up tops 80

and sweaters. With working relationships with 15 to 20 Los Angeles-based fashion designers, Carnelian’s apparel has a definite LA appeal, but it translates to the East Coast. What Keeps You There Corrine is always finding new ways to make Carnelian more accessible to customers—she hosts pop-up shop parties monthly in Capitol Hill and is looking for a location to open a brick-andmortar shop. Corrine is also looking to expand by offering jewelry and shoes to give Carnelian customers a complete look.

Charm City Noir

1618 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD 21231 squareup.com/market/b-a-baltimore-boutique What Draws You In Walking into Charm City Noir, you immediately feel welcome—like you are entering your own personal closet. The small, cozy store with red accents is stuffed with accessories. Owner Inte’a DeShields took her mother’s business,Tees, Ties, and Bows, to the next level, offering a unique blend of men’s and women’s accessories in her Fells Point rowhome. What You Will Find Charm City Noir is stocked with trendy styles that customers can easily incorporate into their wardrobe. Men will find a large collection of

accessories ranging from $15–$25, which include vintage ties, bow ties, and pocket squares. On the flip side, women will find trendy bracelets, necklaces, earrings, bags, and scarves priced from $8–$45. What Keeps You There From high-end to edgy, Inte’a is dedicated to finding accessories that are different. When you buy something from Charm City Noir, you know you won’t see it everywhere. With racks and tables covered with accessories, browsing feels like a treasure hunt–you never know what you will find.

Follow Akinyi on Twitter @fitsonmee, love her pics on Instagram @fitsonme, and visit her on the Web at fitsonme.blogspot.com 81


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We love Instagram, and if there’s anything we’ve noticed, it’s all of the beautiful local food photos that sell us on where to eat next. This Spring we’re sharing with you the photos of one of our favorite local bloggers and photographers, Rosa of Rosa Loves DC. Find her on Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest at RosaLovesDC and on the Web at RosaLovesDC.tumblr.com


House Benedict Ardeo + Bardeo Washington, D.C.

Roasted Squash Soup Range Washington, D.C.

Watermelon Salad Redwood Bethesda, MD

Potato Cakes Ping Pong Dim Sum Washington, D.C.

Lemon & Roasted Coconut, Chocolate & Crunchy Peanut Butter, and Fruity Pebbles Lemonmade Macarons Washington, D.C.

Co Cojito Coco Sala Washington, D.C.


? Your Meal Your Local Hidden Gem Your Neighborhood

Do you know of a hidden gem or have a favorite meal that you’d love to flaunt? Send photos of your local, independent restaurant experiences to submissions@domicilemag.com 83

OMG I’m so excited about the first issue of Domicile Magazine

I think I peed the rug.

Meet Bit! We asked DomiCile readers in our Winter issue what they thought Bit was saying with his peculiar expression. @songsinthkeyofj wrote in on Twitter with this winning quote. Congratulaions Jessica!


Toby lives with Aaron and Stefanie in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

e idt and Ezekiel liv m ch rs te w Pe l, Marshal erly omas in the Wav Th d an tin ris K with Baltimore neighborhood of

Yogi lives with Justin & Christina in Rockville, MD

Say Hello to . . . our Non Human Neighbors

We at DomiCile love getting to know our neighbors—great and small. Izzie lives with Amy and Ron in the Quince Orchard neighborhood of Gaithersburg, MD

Want to see your furry (or scaly or feathered) neighbors featured here? Send your pictures to submissions@domicilemag.com

Jordan lives with Leigh in Loudoun County, VA

Bowzer lives with Hilary in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore, MD 85

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Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Written by Michelle Lynn Martinez / Photographed by Jeff Talbot Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) lostdogrescue.org is just one of many animal rescue groups in Northern Virginia that work hard each week to find homes for dogs and cats. It is ran by volunteers who have huge hearts and a passion for the animals. I have been volunteering with this organization since 2010 and am continually amazed at the level of dedication, professionalism, and passion this group brings to what they do each year. DomiCile recently sat down with one of LDCRF’s dedicated volunteers, Colleen Learch, board member and outreach and communications coordinator, to find out more about this special group. DomiCile: How did LDCRF begin? How did you get involved with this organization? What’s your role? Colleen: Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation was founded in 2001 by Pam McAlwee and Ross Underwood, restaurant owners who had a love for animals. At first, it was a few lost dogs needing a place to stay until they could find new homes. Soon, it grew into taking in dogs who were about to be euthanized in shelters and finding adoptive families for them. Finally, the efforts of Pamela and Ross coalesced into the establishment of the LDCRF in 2001 and the opening of the Lost Dog Ranch in Sumerduck, Virginia. I started volunteering in 2007, when my husband and I fostered two young puppies. 86

DomiCile: Why is LDCRF an essential organization for our region? What makes it unique? Colleen: LDCRF is essential for our area for a number of reasons: First and foremost, the organization provides an opportunity for people to bring a dog or cat into their home through rescue and adoption, giving a previously abandoned animal a second chance at a great life. Adoption is an alternative to puppy mills that often keep these wonderful pets in less-than-ideal or even cruel conditions. It also is an alternative to purchasing a dog or cat from a breeder. Our organization also provides education and awareness about animal rescue and caring for animals by working together with partners in the community and through our adopter education at our adoption events. We are a unique organization in that we pride ourselves in being people friendly and having adoption policies that help dogs and cats get adopted without the hassle. We offer same-day adoptions so that people can bring home their pet the day they fall in love and have a two-week return policy in case things don’t work out in the home. We also will take back the dog or cat at any point in the their life if a person’s circumstances change and they can no longer keep their furry friend. All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered prior to adoption and up to date on all of their vaccinations. Another aspect that makes us unique is that we work with an incredible veterinary team at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates, who administer top-notch care to our dogs and cats. Their skills and commitment to our organization, coupled with contributions from supporters, help us take on the hardest cases in rescue. We can say “yes” to dogs and cats that are sick, injured, or need excessive care instead of turning them away. We never want to turn them away. DomiCile: What are some pros and cons of serving in the D.C metro area? How can volunteers get involved? Colleen: The best thing about operating in this area is that there is a high demand for pets in general, especially rescue dogs and cats. While there’s always education to be done, we meet so many great people who understand what makes rescue special and important and why people should rescue. Another great thing about this area is that there are many dog-friendly businesses, and we love to partner with them! I’m not sure there are any tremendous downsides to our area, but like all organizations, we always want to get the word out about our great animals up for adoption more. We always want more volunteers and more adoptions—and we always want to do more to help the animals. We live our mission every day. Since we depend on contributions from our supporters, we always need to raise more funds.


As a strictly volunteer organization, volunteers staff our adoption events, interview potential adopters, foster the animals, take them to the vet, etc. To find out more about volunteering and to sign up, go to http:// lostdogrescue.org/participate/volunteer. DomiCile: Can you share a couple of rescue success stories? Colleen: We’ve got 3,000! Perhaps our biggest rescue success story is that we reached 3,000 on December 31, 2013. A little cat named Ella helped us hit that big number. We feature recently adopted animals in one of our videos, viewable at www.youtube.com/lostdogrescue. There is also a success story in progress right now—named Lily. See her story here: http://lostdogrescue. org/ldcrf-news/86355/the-rescue-and-rehabilitation-of-lily. DomiCile: Anything else you’d like our readers to know about you or LDCRF? Colleen: We work our mission every day, every weekend, with every rescue and every adoption because we believe that dogs and cats have value, and their lives warrant saving. Simply put, they deserve a spot on a comfy couch cushion and someone scratching their ears. In addition, they wind up bringing so much joy, happiness, love, and companionship to humans. A relationship with a pet is often unparalleled by other humans. Of course I am biased, but there’s an even stronger bond when it’s a rescued pet.


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DomiCile Spring 2014  

The Spring 2014 issue highlights the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and shows off the perfect way to enjoy the season wit...

DomiCile Spring 2014  

The Spring 2014 issue highlights the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and shows off the perfect way to enjoy the season wit...