Universal Truths About Life

I really needed to read this today:

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

― Marilyn Monroe

Foodie Adventures

**This is a hypothetical film treatment I produced for my Digital Storytelling and Strategic Communication class. This production is not affiliated  with Taste of D.C. in any way.

With a documentary and video journal “vlog” style, Foodie Adventures is part of a digital campaign that intimately showcases D.C. residents and food enthusiasts’ explorations of Taste of D.C., a two-day culinary event that provides access to more than 70 of the District’s very best and up-and-coming restaurants, breweries, and live entertainment.

At the heart of Foodie Adventures’ first installment is Los Angeles, Calif. native—Cathryn P., a self-described foodie experiencing Taste of D.C. for the first time. In the midst of the lively festival, we follow her as she samples an assortment of food offerings ranging from a chili dog from Ben’s Chili Bowl to a Chipotle grilled cheese sandwich from The Big Cheese to snickerdoodle cookies from Captain Cookie & the Milkman. In between shots of Cathryn devouring and commenting on the food, we also hear some of her “foodie” confessions, see her peruse a brand-new white Fiat, and receive directions from a fellow festival-goer. Along the way, Cathryn observes and films an impromptu dance party, prompted by high spirits and flowing libations, taking place in front of Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant. Through her eyes and indelible charm, viewers receive a “birds-eye-view” of the enjoyment in store at the Taste of D.C. festival.

**This is my second serious video effort.

District Residents Take a Bite out of Taste of D.C.


**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

The Taste of D.C., the largest Mid-Atlantic culinary festival, came back for another taste this year on Oct. 12 and 13.

In its third year, the two-day culinary event delighted foodies with access to more than 70 of the District’s very best and up-and-coming restaurants and breweries, along with live music.

There were also eating contests, including Ben’s Chili Bowl World Chili Eating Championship and BGR The Burger Joint’s first Burger Eating Competition as well as live food demonstrations.

The festival took over five blocks along Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets and drew a crowd of 50,000 people, despite the gray backdrop and occasional sputtering of rain drops.

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

The festival drew many first-timers, including Satya Malladi, a 4-year D.C. resident.

“I’m here to taste all different beers that D.C. has to offer and try different foods.  This is my first Taste of D.C. event, so I’m all excited about it,” he said sipping on a dark German beer purchased from the festival’s beer garden.

Although the food offerings such as half-sized chili dogs from Ben’s Chili Bowl, chipotle cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches from Big Cheese and pumpkin ice cream sandwiches made fresh at Captain Cookie & the Milkman were mostly under $10, some festival-goers eyes and stomachs were bigger than their wallets.

“The food is good, but I thought there would be more free taste tests. I didn’t know everything was going to be paid, but they’re featuring a lot of good restaurants,” said Niki McElroy of Laurel MD.

However, Molly Guntli of Bethesda, Md. and her friends got quite a bargain with a Living Social deal; a $30 ticket included $25 in drinks and admission. General admission tickets were regularly $10. Taste also catered to those affected by the government shutdown with a furlough special, buy one get one free tickets with valid government I.D.

The Taste of D.C. organizers covered their bases, so that food could be enjoyed by all.

“They’re excited that there’s vegetarian food here other than typical vegetarian (options),” said Suzanne Simon, co-founder/owner of Chaya, a pop-up restaurant that sources local and sells travel-inspired vegetarian tacos with rustic Mexican undertones.

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

Daiya, an alternative cheese company, appealed to festival-goers with lactose and soy intolerance and fans of free things by passing out samples of their newest offerings, including three flavors of their specially formulated cheeses and cream cheeses.

“We always like to introduce our product to someone new. It’s great for anyone who has allergies or is looking for a healthier option,” said Jocelyn Chan, a Daiya representative.

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

At the festival, there was also a corporate presence with kiosks featuring Fiat, Car 2 Go, and Power Home & Modeling Group, among others. But they had their work cut out for them attempting to distract foodies from their lust.

“People obviously are not coming here just to talk about windows, siding, and roofing. They’re coming here to taste the food and drink wine and so we have to grab their attention,” said Davvid Saidman representing vendor, Power Home & Modeling Group.

Prompted by flowing libations and mega-hits like, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and “Ignition Remix” by R. Kelly played by a cover band, spirited festival-goers danced carefree in front of the 11th Street music stage.

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

**Photo Credit Erin Robertson

“We want this to be the event that people circle on their calendars because there’s nothing like bringing people together with food, music, and libations and really just having a wonderful time on one of the most beautiful streets in America,” said Matt DiVincenzo, Taste of D.C. organizer and senior at American University’s Kogod School of Business.


Eyebrowsey Naomi

Meet Naomi from Maryland. She first started shaping her eyebrows about 10 years ago.

She shapes them using an electric razor like this Philips HP6390 Precision Perfect Trimmer.

Philips electric razor

**Photo Credit: http://www.ebay.co.uk

Naomi says she uses her best judgment when shaping her brows.

“I just use my finger and make sure I don’t take off the top of my eyebrow and that’s it.”

Sometimes she fills in her brows with an eyebrow pencil purchased from her local CVS such as this Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in dark brown.

“I don’t like bushy eyebrows, so I go for the Angelina Jolie look,” Naomi says.

Long-term relationships are…

“Long-term relationships are absolutely about security and convenience and reassurance and companionate support that will endure because you make it. But they can also be about the sheer relief of finding someone you truly desire and respect at the same time.”

–Kate Fridkis, excerpted from “Don’t Marry Him” via Thought Catalog

Life is short…

“Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is NOW.”

Winston Churchill

As a twenty-something trying to discern who I am, figure out my true passions and devote time to them as well as pilot my journey to accomplish my ambitions and find true happiness, this quote really sings to me.

You’ll Be Okay…

“You’re not going to die. Here’s the white-hot truth: if you go bankrupt, you’ll still be okay. If you lose the gig, the lover, the house, you’ll still be okay. If you sing off-key, get beat by the competition, have your heart shattered, get fired…it’s not going to kill you. Ask anyone who’s been through it.”

–Daneille LaPorte