Yippee, another Californian. I am also new to DC and wondered how many of us there would be. Where in CA are you located? I am in the south, South Orange County near Irvine, to be exact, in a smallish (but sadly growing) town called Lake Forest. Needless to say, I love to cook and bake, but my other interests include my grandkids, bead weaving and glass fusing.