Eleventh floor provisions is a food blog based in Arlington, VA and Washington D.C. I write about what I’m cooking (mostly clean, real food), where I’m dining out in the local area, and my travel adventures. I am a non-serious foodie and while I am concerned with some food and wine particulars, I care most of all about the people-gathering aspect of meals.
Who are you?
I am a twenty-something married to my best friend Chris. I went to Virginia Tech and he went to UVA –rivals! I love food, wine, God, writing, chatting, traveling, and running (most of the time). Outside of blogging and my current day job, I am working on getting a graduate degree in Counseling & Development so that I can eventually be a Licensed Professional Counselor.
If you want some more specifics… I am a proud wine club member at Screwtop Wine Bar and a big fan of Trader Joe’s. Chris is trying to visit every major league baseball stadium and I’ve been happily joining in for the end of his journey! We are slowly making it through Washingtonian’s Top 100 Restaurants list. One of my favorite activities is the monthly “wine night” we’ve been doing with some friends for the past couple of years. Finally, I am a proud Greek-American and had the chance to visit Greece for the first time in 2014! (Read about our time in Athens, Crete, and Santorini.)
Where did “eleventh floor provisions” come from?
Our first two years of marriage were spent in a small unit on the 11th floor of an Arlington high rise. While we now live in a little condo on a different numerical floor, I have kept the name for sentimental value… and to continue to capture the high rise nature of Arlington.
I love that the word “provisions” carries with it a sense of simplicity. While I think it’s fun to try complicated dishes sometimes, I also believe in the basics when it comes to food. Quality, real ingredients with high nutritional value. Fresh vegetables. Generous olive oil and spices.
I also love the word “provisions,” because it has to do with the supplying of something–especially food!–and the means for meeting a need. When I think of providing food for those I love, I think about the privilege of creating a venue for sharing life together. Yes, cooking a meal helps to supply food to meet everyone’s physical needs, but eating with others is also a true glimpse of heaven. We are transported away from everyday weights and distractions, just focused together in conversation and in community.
What kind of camera do you use?
Most of the earlier photos were taken on a Canon Powershot G10 and an iPhone 4GS. I now use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and often my iPhone 5S as well.
How can I get in touch with you?
I can be reached at jacqueline[at]eleventhfloorprovisions[dot]com.