There were big changes in my life in 2009 including moving from my beloved west coast to experience the fervor of the east coast. I am still sugar-free and will be posting a re-cap soon, on helpful hints for making sugar-free a reality.
Here are a few pictures taken in 2009 since my move to the D.C. area:
I love that there are farmer's markets everywhere, but I have rarely found the produce to be organic....
I spend a lot of time at the zoo here. It's free and amazing. There are beautiful jellyfish at the DC zoo, but the one above lives at the Baltimore Aquarium.
My first loaf of perfect, yeasty artisan bread!
Delicious dark chocolate, moist raspberry cupcakes. You can't eat just one.
I tried to give up coffee a few times throughout the year but always go back to it. It is really my only vice. I found a locally roasted coffee in Old Town called Misha's. I can't live without it.
At a thrift store in Old Town I found an old cane sugar brochure. I love the first line: "The food value of sugar is surprisingly high." And the last lines: "The high dietary value of sugar is universally recognized by scientists and physicians. It is vitally necessary for you to have a goodly amount of sugar in your diet--and important medical authorities tell us that for health and enjoyment there is no substitute for sugar." 50 years from now I wonder what we will think of some of the foods we are eating now.
I spied this great little piece of art as part of an art collage in the tunnel connecting the Library of Congress to the Capitol.
One of my favorite outings here is the Eastern Market. You never know what artsy item you will find or interesting vendor you will meet.
I discovered a scary supermarket that dedicates five aisles to sodas and other sugary drinks, not including juices.
At a health food store I discovered bathroom tissue made from sugar cane fiber. I tried it and would not recommend it to my worst enemy, if you know what I mean.
My brother invited us on a trip to Charlottesville for a show, but we end up spending just as much time in a toy store, beforehand.
Once a year the Kennedy Center has an open house arts festival. Street performers from all over the world come to put on shows. I was quite taken by this guy.