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Healthy and Sane in Washington DC

August 3rd, 2011 · 40 Comments · Eating out, Vacations, Washington DC, 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



Capitol building



Smithsonian National Air and Space museum




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

Arlington National cemetery







Washington monument



Lincoln memorial



The White House




Michelle Obama’s garden Smile




We saw the cutest animals at the Smithsonian National Zoo



This little bird was so fuzzy and adorable!



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


They were gorgeous!


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


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




Hi birdie



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



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

This baby monkey made up for it a little.



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.


We rode the metro


[Union Station]


… to new neighborhoods…



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





We skipped the line at Georgetown Cupcakes


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)!


Lemon blueberry and red velvet cupcakes


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!!



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)


Goat cheese and mushroom stuffed organic chicken at Proof


Spicy bloody mary at Matchbox (awesome!!)


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


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!)



[Table-side guac]


[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!).


[Pickled veggies]


[Fried green tomatoes]


[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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40 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)

    Fact: Ethiopian is my favorite cuisine bar none! Even more than Indian!! I LOVE the injara! Mmmmm!

    It may have been hot but you looked cool!

    Last trip was, hmm, I think the UK. Yes, I remember eating a lot of good food- sausages come to mind. House made from the local butcher.

    • #2 - Elina

      I can’t believe I’ve never had Ethiopian. A crime really :)
      Freshly made sausage is the best!

  • #3 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Looks like so much fun! I also love Georgetown.

    We are going on vacation next week and I can’t wait for an excuse to go out to eat and relax:-)

  • #5 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    What a fantastic trip! The last place I traveled before our family vacation on the Cape was – coincidentally – also D.C. It was for John’s business conference, so we mostly ate food provided by his company (not great). It was oppressively hot when we went, but it really is a beautiful city. Glad you guys had fun!

  • #6 - Michelle

    D.C. is one of my favorite cities to visit and go at least once a year. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

  • #7 - Ranjani

    I’ve heard that Addis Red Sea in the South End is the place to go for Ethiopian food in Boston. I haven’t tried it personally though

    • #8 - Elina

      Just looked it up – the place has great reviews! You may be seeing it on the blog very soon :)

  • #9 - Kara

    It looks like you had a great time in D.C.! It has been miserably hot though.

    Those cupcakes you got look so good, I might need to get one soon!

    • #10 - Elina

      Yes, I honestly have never been anywhere this hot. It was burning hot!!
      Thanks for all your suggestions. As you can see, we enjoyed them all :)

      • #11 - Kara

        Now you know why all the D.C. area bloggers have been logging some SLOW miles lately! :)

        • #12 - Elina

          I can’t believe you guys run in this weather. I’d retire for the season 😉

  • #13 - Jen @

    Looks like you guys got to see a lot of stuff in DC! What a great trip. I was just in St Louis last weekend. I’ve never been there and it was a lot of fun.

  • #14 - MelissaNibbles

    I love your outfits!

    • #15 - Elina

      Thanks! It was a painful process packing stuff (with my lovely weight gain) but I felt good about it once it was all done. That belt is gold :)

  • #16 - inna

    i’ve never had Ethiopian either! i almost got to try it a few weeks ago, but the restaurant was closing. i was already inside and everything >:(

    love all the photos. the bear is my fave! (i like bears don’t judge)

  • #18 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Awesome pics Elina! I especially like the ones at the zoo. I haven’t been to DC in a while and your blog post is making me want to return soon!

  • #19 - Lee

    Ooh, you went to Oyamel. That’s one of the places that my mom raves about all the time.

    There’s a Jaleo in Bethesda, where I grew up. That sangria is tasty but it’s very sneaky!

    • #20 - Elina

      Hehe, totally sneaky. I was so ready for a nap when we were waiting for our plane (post sangrias) :)

  • #21 - Alaina

    This post is making me so excited for my upcoming trip to DC! And it’s for my 3rd wedding anniversary too! I’ll keep all your recommendations in mind. :-)

  • #22 - Meghan@travelwinedine

    Great recap! DC was my last trip too. We wanted to get to Founding Farmers but didn’t end up getting there. Loved the Blue Duck Tavern though, definitely a must-visit!

  • #23 - Kelly

    Love seeing the recap of your trip. It’s been too long since I’ve been to DC. I’m sad to hear though that your meal at founding farmers was just average. I went twice when I was in DC, but both for brunch. It was outstanding for that.

  • #24 - Elizabeth

    Gorgeous photos!! I love DC, my best friend lives there and I’m planning to go sometime in the next month or so. I did the exact same thing with cupcakes! Skipped Georgetown and did Baked and Wired instead. So glad I did, it was fabulous. Love Founding Farmers too.

  • #25 - Jumanah @ Healthy LIving in the Middle East

    Looks like a fabulous trip! Your pictures are so gorgeous- especially the food! Definately have my mouth watering!

  • #26 - Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Won’t deny that I’m a little jealous. =D

    By the way, the black dress in the first pic looks so cute on you! Very flattering!

  • #27 - Lele

    Yay you went to so many of my favorite places! Looooove Jaleo. Next time if you hit up B+W (which I really love), get the Unporked Elvis (banana cupcake with pb buttercream). Definitely not too sweet- just too perfect!
    And I also think the Museum of the American Indian place is overrated. And I’ve heard the same about Founding Farmers, though haven’t been myself (which sucks cause the idea’s so great).
    Next time you come for a visit do a meetup! I met you in Boston like four years ago (… you don’t have to remember) but it’d be great to do a DC meetup!

    • #28 - Elina

      You tell this to me now?! lol Hope to try it one day… banana + pb really is an awesome combo.
      I remember you! We should totally do that although I don’t think we’ll be going back any time soon. So many places, so little time… :)

  • #29 - shannon

    wow, you guys packed alot into that trip! and now you have me jonesing for a good meal :)

  • #30 - Lizzy

    I went to school in DC and you went to so many restaurants I’ve never even heard of. Looks like you had an absolute blast. I love DC but summertime is a hard time to go with the insane humidity. I give you credit for that : )

    • #31 - Elina

      Haha, we had no idea how hot it was going to be… rookie move but we still had fun 😉

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  • #33 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    I’ve never been to DC or anywhere in the East Coast but I told my hubs that sometime we need to do a tour of all major cities over there. I guess my mid westness is emphasis on the west because other than Florida I’ve only been to the West side!

  • #35 - Tiffany

    I loved so many things about this post, I actually made a list to make it easier to read:

    1. I’m so glad you guys had fun in DC. It’s one of my favorite cities, and Georgetown/Arlington are both beautiful and I could very happily live in either.
    2. Matchbox is amazing. I still drool remembering their pizzas.
    3. The adorable meerkat, emu, and owl pictures in this post had me oohing and ahhing.
    4. That printed dress is awesome of you.
    5. There’s an Ethiopian restaurant in Cambridge. Between Harvard and Porter Square, to be exact.

  • #37 - Holly

    I wish that I could try more restaurants like you! You’re so adventurous! Love it! HAPPY ANI!!!

  • #38 - Kerstin

    Glad you had such an amazing trip – you packed so much fun in :)

  • #39 - janetha @ meals & moves

    Those owls are DOPE! I am convinced I need to visit DC–stunning photographs!

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