Brunchin’ in Noma DC

Brunchin’ in Noma DC

Imagine this: It’s Saturday. You just wrapped up a productive week at work and it’s finally time to unwind and enjoy the long-awaited weekend. What is the perfect way to kick-off your weekly two-day vacation? Well brunch of course! As you may already know, brunch in DC is much more than a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch; it’s an experience, it’s a vibe, it’s a lifestyle. When you eat brunch in DC, you want to eat great food, but more importantly, you want to be around great energy that not only makes your weekend feel like a prize, but also makes your life feel like a gift. This might include: A nice location, friends, music and a bottomless mimosa or two.

Here are a few great options in the Noma DC area that will allow you to do brunch the right way!

 

Red Rocks on H Street offers a nice, bright, spacious two-level venue that is perfect for a group setting. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary,  or just enjoying a regular Saturday, Red Rocks is the place for you!

There’s no better setting than the historic Busboys & Poets for a nice selection of brunch menus items combined with an intellectual and cultural escape. Bus Boy and Poets is a great location to eat, relax, and read a nice book from their wide bookstore variety. 

You will experience the breathtaking beauty of DC when you brunch at Ben’s Upstairs! Their enclosed rooftop makes eating here fun and exciting.

3 Easy Spring-Cleaning Tips for your Apartment

January and February are a thing of the past, and March is officially on the calendar! Along with warmer weather and cherry blossom season, the time to begin your spring cleaning is here. For renters’ this is an exciting opportunity to get a fresh jump on sprucing up your apartment in the front end of the new year!

We know that cleaning and organizing your apartment sounds fantastic, but we also understand that it requires time and energy that a lot you reading this might not have an overabundance of in your everyday lives.

For this reason, we’ve decided to overview three time efficient cleaning tips to make getting your apartment clean super easy just in time for the spring season! 

Tip #1: BREAK-DOWN “THE BIG 3” CLEANING TASKS 

 Cleaning your apartment can be broken down into what we call, “The Big 3” – The kitchen, the bathroom, and the bedroom. These are generally the areas of the apartment that are used the most and are going to take the longest to clean; this makes it super important that these areas are addressed first. Studies show that cleaning at least 1 of these three areas make the most visual difference in the cleanliness of your apartment.

Cleaning is already exhausting enough as it is, don’t make it any harder by tasking yourself with cleaning every closet, nook, and cranny inside of your apartment in a single day. If you’re short on time, break down the significant 3 areas of your apartment as you see fit, and tidy up accordingly.

Tip #2: CLEAR THE CLUTTER

 A big factor in organizing your apartment home is knowing when to part ways with additional materials that create clutter; this means trashing the mountain of junk mail, old receipts, and even older grocery lists laying on all of your counter surfaces.

Doing this is a fast and effective way of cleaning your apartment when you’re in a time crunch. You will quickly find that having less clutter makes your apartment home feel more open and most importantly cleaner.

So, say goodbye to clutter, and hello to spring clean!

Tip #3: SMELLS GOOD, LOOKS GOOD.

 The smell of your apartment home matters when it comes time to freshen up. We all know that it’s unsettling when your apartment is a disaster area, but it’s even worse when the smell of your apartment matches the look.

Instead of adding insult to injury, try adding in a scent like a candle, a scented plug-in, or an essential oil diffuser to your cleaning process when you’re short on time. In no way are we saying a clean smell makes up for a messy apartment, but the aroma of your place goes a long way when you don’t have hours to deep clean your apartment.

Cleaning will always be a process, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a difficult process.

Welcome to March, and happy spring cleaning! 

Après Ski Party | Wunder Garten

Wunder Garten’s highly anticipated Après Ski Party is just around the corner! Here’s a list of activities you can look forward to from a Noma’s biggest winter party weekend.

Festive Ski Outfits

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Cozy Fire Pits

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Snow Ball Toss Competition

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Mouthwatering Smore’s 

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DJ Dance Party 

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RSVP For Après Ski Event

Join Wunder Garten over two weekends (Feb 7-10 and Feb 14-17) for the annual Apres Ski festivities. Come dressed in your comfiest ski gear and join us for a great line up of apres ski-themed sweets-making activities, a ski-themed snow globe, fire pits, s’ mores, costume competitions, snowball toss competition, DJ dance parties on Saturday and more!

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What 2M Means 2Me: Sommer’s Story

Earlier this year, we asked you, our residents, what does living at 2M mean to you? Is is the luxurious amenity spaces throughout the building, or your eco-friendly apartment? Our weekly fitness classes, or monthly resident events? While a beautiful apartment and glamorous amenities are nice to have, a strong sense of community is what truly makes a place feel like home. Your stories tell us that 2M is more than just a place to rest your head, and they deserve to be told.

Here, one of our contest winners and residents, Sommer, shares her story: 

“Permanent has always been a something I’ve associated with the idea of home.  My parents still live in the house they bought when they were married twenty-five years ago; my mom has only ever lived in two different houses in her entire life.  These days, permanence and home seem almost contradictory.  Most people move a handful of times in their childhood, then move away for college, the spend a summer interning in an entirely new city before graduating and moving all over again.  But now that the ephemerality of my college years is over, my base instinct is to resort back to the symbiotic ideas of permanence and home on which I was raised.

When it was time to search for my first apartment out of college, I wanted a place that I could call home for more reasons than it just being the place where I slept.  I wanted the amenities, the style of a modern building, and breathtaking city views, but underneath that vanity what I wanted most was a community to call home.  2M blew me away because it offered both.  My roommate and I toured the building for the first time with our eyes wide and jaws dropped, marveling at the stunning glass and marble entrance, apartment units with monumental views, and of course the cerulean rooftop pool that would later be the focal point of most of my summer Snapchats.

And while the amenities themselves were more than enough to entice me, it was our leasing consultant, Sarah, who really sealed the deal for my roommate and me.  Sarah was energetic, genuine, and kind from the moment we walked into her office and seeing 2M through her eyes made us realize the quality and depth of the building’s community.  From morning yoga classes to make-your-own waffle bars to board game nights, Sarah explained that it wasn’t just the glamorous amenities that made the building so attractive, but the community of people that would stretch and eat and laugh with you along the way.  And for me, that’s what gave 2M the potential to be both permanent and a home.

After living at 2M for almost a year, I can proudly say that I’ve taken full advantage of the waffle bars and yoga classes, and that the pool and rooftop views here are luxuries I won’t be ready to give up anytime soon.  But more importantly, I’ve come to value the friendships I’ve made and the kindness of the 2M staff – and as a young woman in a brand new city, I can tell you that there’s nothing more comforting than the desk attendant welcoming you back at three a.m. with a smile because they’re happy you got home safe and sound.  2M has welcomed me to DC with open arms in the underappreciated forms of morning coffee and door holding when your hands are full.  I’m so proud to call this building my home, and I’m looking forward to all the memories I’m bound to make in a place as special as this.”

What 2M Means 2Me: Resident Stories Contest Winners

Earlier this year, we asked you, our residents, what does living at 2M mean to you? Is is the luxurious amenity spaces throughout the building, or your eco-friendly apartment? Our weekly fitness classes, or monthly resident events? Stories poured in about what makes 2M home to our residents, and there was a common denominator to each and every story: 2M is a close-knit and welcoming community. 

While a beautiful apartment and glamorous amenities are nice to have, a strong sense of community is what truly makes a place feel like home. Your stories tell us that 2M is more than just a place to rest your head, and they deserve to be told.  Here, we present a roundup of the contest winners. Keep an eye out for full posts of each of the winners’ stories to come over the next few months. Thanks again to everyone who shared their experiences with us!

Lisa N.

Shauna T., Craig H., and Scott G.

Catalina G.

Sommer F.

Courtney N.

Olé, Olé, It’s National Tequila Day!

How to Make the Perfect Margarita

It’s National Margarita Day, and you know what that means! It’s time to celebrate with the perfect margarita. Ditch the crowded restaurants and make your own with these simple recipes. Follow these steps to make our favorite champagne margarita:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice 
  3. Add 2 oz. of white tequila
  4. Add 2 oz. of Triple Sec
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
  6. Add 6 oz. of brut champagne or sparkling wine
  7. Shake and strain into glasses

Who doesn’t love a good excuse to enjoy a margarita? We know we do, and National Margarita Day is the perfect one.  You can take the celebrations out on the town with one of these awesome DC margarita spots.  Not feeling up for a night on the town? Pick up a few ingredients and mix up one of these awesome cocktails at home.

Tequila Mojito

National Tequila Day | Tequila Mojito Recipe

Recipe

Muddled mint leaves, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice marry the flavors of a margarita and mojito together in one glorious glass.

 

Champagne Margarita

National Tequila Day | Champagne Margarita
via: the kitchen is my playground

Recipe

Make it a true celebration by adding a little bubbly to your standard marg ingredients, served in a flute, of course!

Honey Paloma

National Tequila Day | Honey Paloma Cocktail
via: the little epicurean

Recipe

Adding in fresh grapefruit juice and honey turns a typical margarita into a paloma, and we’re pretty happy about that.

Rosemary Refresher

National Tequila Day | Rosemary Refresher
via: table matters

Recipe

We absolutely love the addition of fresh herbs to almost any cocktail.  Mix these up in a big batch and sit back and enjoy with friends.

Cucumber Lime Margaritas

National Tequila Day | Cucumber Lime Margarita
via: tastes lovely

Recipe

We can think of few things more refreshing than cucumber and lime to help cut the heat on a July day.  Keep a few cucumber slices for garnish if you’re fancy.

 

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