Next Phase Group Ex

Next Phase
For the longest time, the space above Chipotle in Bethesda sat empty.  Not really sure what use to be there, but it was recently converted to a group exercise studio called Next Phase Group Ex.  Since it’s literally at the bottom of my apartment building, I really had no excuse to try this place out.  Next Group aim to provide effective group classes without the restraints of a membership.  They offer a variety of group classes from Yoga, Barre Benefits, Body Defined and Circuit Training.  But what really separated this place from other exercise studios was their TRX classes.  I first tried TRX at a Sports and Health and loved how the use of your body weight as resistance.  

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DC Eats: Kapnos

Kapnos DC

Kapnos
2201 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009 

I’m so excited to watch the  Top Chef tonight!  I’m so excited to see TWO women make into it the finales. I’m even more excited to see a DC area chef…hopefully, hopefully claw his way back from Last Chance Kitchen.  I’m talking about  the Chef de Cuisine Chef George Pagonis of Kapnos.  I finally got to go try the restaurant this week and what great timing!  I have to say..I had high expectations for this place given my friends’ rave reviews. Verdict?  They were definitely met and dare I say exceeded.  Even better than the food?  My view!  Got to sit front and center on Counter in front of the kitchen.  Yup, this was my view… Continue reading

Dinner for Two: Kielbasa Hash

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Night Three: Kielbasa Hash

Remember last night, when you made that delicious Kielbasa Lentil Soup? When you pre-chopped up all your ingredients for tonight’s meal?  Aren’t you glad you did that?  Now all you have to do is cook up your delicious meal!  To recap, here is a picture of the kielbasa sausage (cut in 1/4 inch slices) that we’re going to use for the hash.  If you haven’t done so already – dice up your onions & potatoes and, mince your garlic clove.

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Dinner for Two

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Cooking for two is often a challenge for me.  The general default is to cook an entire recipe and then eat the dish night after night until it’s all gone.  But, after the fourth night I often get bored of the dish.  As a result, I will always try to scale down the serving sizes of recipes for just two.  Although, the end product is yummy, I’m always left with random raw leftovers…half an onion here, 1/4 can of tomatoes here, and then the ingredients end up going bad.  So when I come out with a couple meals in a row that share the same ingredients, but are different in their own right.  I get pretty excited!  I want to share what I have planned for this weeks’ Dinner for Two meals.

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