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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hot Pot

Last week was a total whirlwind. James and I drove from Central Michigan to the Hudson River Valley in New York last Tuesday. I stayed with him for a couple days before returning to school in Massachusetts, unpacking, repacking, and flying into Reagan the next day!

I spent last weekend at a conference in D.C. This isn't something I do on a regular basis. I'm actually not a huge fan of the capital. On some level, it's the perfect place for someone like me to live and work -- I love the food, the nightlife, the fast pace, the opportunities -- but there's just something about it that doesn't feel right.

I can't deny a weekend there is really nice, though. Partially for the people and discussions, but also for the food. Have you ever been to a hotpot restaurant? I hadn't. It's really cool. Choose a protein, a set of vegetables, and a kind of broth. In my case, the meat was sirloin, the vegetables broccoli, potatoes, and napa cabbage, and the broth spicy. All the ingredients are brought to your table raw, and you add them to the boiling broth until they cook through. Then dip them in a sauce of your own design, and enjoy! It's the perfect night out -- it's something the average person can't do at home (all those individual boiling soups? Too much hardware!), it tastes delicious, and the novelty aspect makes it far more fun than dinner at a more typical restaurant. I took these photos at Mala Tang restaurant in Arlington. Check it out if you're in the neighborhood.

I headed back to Massachusetts on Sunday evening. I could hardly form complete sentences when I spoke to James that night. It's good to be settled back in, though, and even better to have avoided early classes this semester. After weekends like that, I need the extra sleep!

*All photos taken with iPhone.

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