I had the pleasure of eating at Eatonville in DC recently before a concert nearby at the 9:30 Club. I had heard good things about this new restaurant and was eager to try its Southern fare.
My first impression of Eatonville is the beautiful, quirky decor. The space itself is very large, but not overwhelming. Large, colorful murals decorate the walls and extravagant chandeliers hang from the ceilings.
Once seated you can't help but sit for a few minutes to take in the vibrant, unique atmosphere. Out waiter, Adam, arrived to take our drink orders and make several recommendations. My often indecisive boyfriend was unsure about which beer to order after his favorite was out of stock (bummer), so our waiter brought out two large tastings of beer. The chosen beer was a maple ale which tasted like, no joke, toasted marsh-mellows. It was heaven, and this is coming from a non-beer drinker. I ordered a Southern peach tea, which was heaven as well. The drink was perfectly mixed, with a tasty combination of peach whiskey, tea and lemonade.
For our meal I chose the crispy chicken, mashed potatoes and collard greens. My boyfriend, a tad reluctant once he found out it was a meatless dish, ordered the mushroom loaf, mashed potatoes and crispy brussel sprouts.
Our meal was very tasty. The crispy chicken was scrumptious, however both of our mashed potatoes were lackluster. His mushroom loaf (much like meatloaf) was delicious, with a spicy, tomato-based sauce on top. Overall, our meal was very good. My only complaint would be that the mashed potatoes were oddly plain, and the service was a bit on the slow side. Needless to say, we didn't seem to mind too much as our conversation, amazing drinks and the lively atmosphere were enough to keep us happy and entertained. I would highly recommend this U Street area restaurant for anybody with an affinity for Southern food and friendly service.
I am a huge fan of Michelle Obama. She is so classy, articulate and intelligent and such a positive role model for women. Her advice to young women is invaluable, particularly about matters of the heart.
"Cute’s good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it’s, Who are you as a person? That’s the advice I would give to women: Don’t look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul. Look at how the guy treats his mother and what he says about women. How he acts with children he doesn’t know. And, more important, how does he treat you? When you’re dating a man, you should always feel good. You should never feel less than. You should never doubt yourself. You shouldn’t be in a relationship with somebody who doesn’t make you completely happy and make you feel whole. And if you’re in that relationship and you’re dating, then my advice is, don’t get married.”
We all know that Lindsay Lohan is a hot mess. And just when you think it can't get any worse, promotional pictures from her leggings line (major ugh) surface.
Hold the phone. Where is Lindsay's publicist? Because he/she needs to be fired STAT. If La Lohan insists on terrorizing the public with her leggings line, she could at least package them in a more attractive way. If the promo pictures are any indication of the line, then shall I expect them to be cheap and whoreish looking? Although they may look cheap, they will actually retail for over $100. $100. For leggings.
If I need a pair of cheap-looking leggings, I'll be sure to pick them up at Forever21 for $6.99 like every other twenty-something girl. K, thanks.
Brigitte, one of Germany's most popular women's magazines will ban professional models, opting for 'real life' women, according to Guardian's website.
"From 2010 we will not work with professional models any more," said Andreas Lebert, editor-in-chief, adding that he was "fed up" with having to retouch pictures of underweight models who bore no resemblance to ordinary women. "For years we've had to use Photoshop to fatten the girls up," he said.
There has been so much chatter recently regarding models, including the "Ralph Lauren incident" where a horrendous picture of a model whose waist practically vanished was released to the public. Interestingly enough, that same model was apparently fired for being too fat. Bear in mind this 5'10 inch model weighed in at about 120 pounds. Oh, and she's gorgeous.
While it's certainly sad to hear about incidents like this, at least it is shining a light on the ridiculous standards that companies like Ralph Lauren are setting. It seems like Brigitte magazine's is one step in the right direction!