Flow Down

I stopped making New Years’ resolutions several years ago. I find that, as a recovering perfectionist (who relapses like a mofo often enough that I sometimes wonder if…

THE DIFFERENCE | #METOO #TIMESUP | @TakeOnElizabeth

The Difference

I am far from what you’d call a “perfect” feminist. I rely on a combination of Joe and the cats to catch the spiders and other creepy-crawlies that…

Howard County Restaurant Weeks: Jan 22 – Feb 5, 2018

Twice a year, magic happens in Howard County. Howard County Restaurant Weeks come around, and area restaurants put together fun and interesting menus at pocketbook-friendly prices to showcase…

Food Plenty in Clarksville Commons | @TakeOnElizabeth

Food Plenty: Plenty Good

I remember when they first started construction on what is now Clarksville Commons; it looked as if they were building a gigantic warehouse. I was instantly turned off…

Fit Foodie 5k | @takeonelizabeth

The Fit Foodie 5k

It’s funny how one month and a “bomb cyclone” can put things into perspective. A month ago, I was in Clearwater, Florida, for the Fit Foodie 5k. The…

Hi, Dave

In the first week of October, my husband’s uncle and godfather, Dave, died. It was sudden. Dave was here on Wednesday and gone on Friday. He closed his…

Ananda Restaurant in Maple Lawn / @takeonelizabeth / #hocofood

Ananda Restaurant in Maple Lawn

“I think this is it.” “Really? But there’s no sign.” “Yeah, I know, but look at the map.” I show him my phone. We have apparently arrived at…

Squash and Leek Gratin with Fig Goat Cheese | @TakeOnElizabeth

Squash and Leek Gratin with Fig Goat Cheese (Recipe)

If life has taught me anything, it’s that things don’t typically work out the way you’d planned. Life throws you curve balls, lemons, wrenches, and sometimes — plain…

Fat Canary, Williamsburg, Virginia, AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant

Fat Canary in Williamsburg, Virginia

It’s a typical work day: I’m standing in front of my computer, typing, reading, editing, and listening to Friends on Netflix — my background noise. Then, the phone…

Hurricane Cake | @takeonelizabeth

Hurricane Cake (Recipe)

Here’s the thing. Up until a few weeks ago, I thought I could control the weather. Not in a Storm-from-X-Men kind of way, but in a hippie-dippie, if-I-wish-it-enough-it-will-happen…

Food in the Garden: Science and Sustenance at the Smithsonian

How often do you get to walk around a world-renowned museum after hours, sipping on a gin cocktail, rubbing elbows with plant geeks, academics, and foodies alike? Well,…

Creepers, Trolls, and Body-Love Warriors: Here’s What Happened When Ashley Graham Featured My Photo on Instagram

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently spent a week at the beach, and wore a different Swimsuits for All suit each day —…

Something to Chew on…

We do not demand good food in public, and when we eat upon an object that moves, such as a train or a boat, we expect, and generally…

Something to Chew on…

The formal Washington dinner party has all the spontaneity of a Japanese imperial funeral. — Simon Hoggart {image source}

Something to Chew on…

So we grew together, Like to a double cherry, seeming parted, But yet an union in partition; Two lovely berries molded on one stem. — William Shakespeare {image…