Healthy and Sane in Washington DC

I’m back from DC!! It was the fastest and hottest (nearly 100*!!) 4 days of my life. We saw things. We sweat. We ate. We drank. It was awesome. DC was good to us for sure!

We did a lot of sight seeing

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Capitol building

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Smithsonian National Air and Space museum

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I have no pictures from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History but it was incredibly impressive!!

Arlington National cemetery

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Washington monument

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Lincoln memorial

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The White House

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Michelle Obama’s garden Smile

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We saw the cutest animals at the Smithsonian National Zoo

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This little bird was so fuzzy and adorable!

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Janetha, I thought of you every time I saw an owl Smile

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They were gorgeous!

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I can’t believe this color exists in real life. Incredible!!

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This elephant was walking around it’s exercise track. I want an exercise track Smile

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Hi birdie

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I’m pretty sure this monkey was eating soap. Oops.

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The lion cubs were actually pretty grown already. I was sort of disappointed.

This baby monkey made up for it a little.

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All the animals seemed so comfortable and happy. I was really impressed with their facilities. Some of them weren’t seen because it was so hot they were in the shade or indoors. I actually liked that they weren’t made to stew in the sun for our viewing pleasure although I would have loved to see the cheetahs and pandas.

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We rode the metro

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[Union Station]

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… to new neighborhoods…

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Georgetown was seriously the most picturesque area I’ve seen in this country. I was almost ready to move there Winking smile

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We skipped the line at Georgetown Cupcakes

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and instead tried a few from Baked & Wired (thanks Kara for this suggestion!)

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It hurt to choose just 2 (actually I was going to get just 1, but yeah… 2 were ordered to share)!

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Lemon blueberry and red velvet cupcakes

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Honestly, too sweet for my tasting. I had the red velvet cupcake from the Red Velvet Cupcakery and it was just right. Smooth and soft cream cheese, moist cake. Perfection!

And well, this just brings me to food. We ate like kings (and queens?) during this vacation. It was our third wedding anniversary trip and we lived it up for sure. I didn’t take pictures of everything, like the vegetarian platter at Etete (<—my very first Ethiopian meal out and definitely one of the best meals this trip! Must find a place in Boston asap!!)

The other culinary highlight was Jaleo. Incredible tapas. Fantastic sangria. I will be recreating this meal at home!!

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These were just 2 dishes from Jaleo… we also tried pan de recapte con anchoa (twice! best bites of the trip!!), gambas al ajillo, and rossejat. Basically Jose Andres is genius.

Despite great reviews on Yelp, the food at the National Museum of the American Indian was unique but overall overpriced (my sweet potato burrito was quite good but the wild rice salad and pickled veggies were thrown away)

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Goat cheese and mushroom stuffed organic chicken at Proof

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Spicy bloody mary at Matchbox (awesome!!)

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Banana bread fresh toast (genius!!!) at Matchbox [the creole fritatta special was even better!]

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This is what salt foam looks like. Tastes like salty… um, foam ;) [It's messy. Go for the classic margarita at Oyamel instead... better yet, go to Jaleo for sangrias!)

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[Table-side guac]

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[Goat cheese-stuffed zucchini blossoms]

Founding Farmers got me excited with their concept of sustainable produce, humanely raised meats and creative menu items… but the taste was just average (and they were out of half the things I ordered!).

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[Pickled veggies]

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[Fried green tomatoes]

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[Cheeseburger sliders]

We left last night with very happy bellies (and a buzz…from several rounds of sangria at Jaleo). The flight to DC is just a little over an hour from Boston. It’s a shame we waited this long to go!

Where did you travel last? Do you remember your favorite bite?

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