Evan: I came to DC many years ago as the trailblazing, first Jewish student from my high school to go to a Jesuit university. I then left DC and joined the Peace Corps, landing in the Dominican Republic. I’ve been back in DC now for two years for my job, and I am also attempting to moonlight as a travel writer after publishing a guidebook based on my Peace Corps experience called Other Places Dominican Republic.
Evan: Obviously the major reason was that I got to live with Eryn, this week’s Girl of the Week, and three other fabulous roommates in a gorgeous four-story, exposed-brick, slanty-staircased townhouse in LeDroit Park. There are two decks and an accessible roof, French doors, and absolutely no insulation. I’m on my third place of employment in the city – now as an Editor at LivingSocial – and I love DC for its convenience, atmosphere, and young, spirited population. Of course, the pull of the Motherland (New York) is strong, but I’ll be here for a little while.
Evan: Much like our ancestors in the shtetl, our house has a 4×8 foot plot of land at the local community garden (okay, not much like them at all). We grow items from a monster mint plant to adorable yellow pear-shaped tomatoes to three types of basil. We always have extra, just ask. Goes great on everything.
Evan: The best of Fridays, I come home after a day of editing deals for the Midwest to a house filled with alluring aromas of roasting veggies, just-baked challah, and EVOO heating on the stovetop – all from the hands and heart of Eryn. I’ll help make salad, set the table, open some Kosher wine (preferably Argentine, thank you), and wait an hour for late guests to show up. We’ll enjoy hearty vegetarian fare, thoughtful conversation, meeting new people, and opening additional bottles of wine (this time, American is OK). I’ll then pack up and head to Nellie’s.