5 Things : Washington, DC

I spent my Halloweekend in our nations capital, Washington, DC.  DC is one of my favorite weekend getaway trips, only 3 hours south of Philadelphia it is easy to hop in the car and drive on down.  Similar to NYC, no matter how many times I visit DC I am always finding new things to do and see.  While everyone was running wild around the city in their Halloween costumes, I was trying to dodge tourists with my camera so I could bring you my Top 5 Things : DC edition.

  1. A Baked Joint – the sister shop of DC staple Baked and Wired – A Baked Joint offers a wide variety of food/drinks that can best be described as “simple cooking done well.”  I got the Savory Oatmeal, which included  hot oats, a poached egg, ham and kale all mixed into a creamy bowl of goodness and a large coffee ( which includes FREE REFILLS! )  The menu also offers an expansive list of pastries and sweet treats, including their very own homemade ice cream sandwiches.
  2. The National Mall – after you grab breakfast at A Baked Joint, burn off some calories by taking a short walk down to The National Mall.  Lined with museums, monuments and street vendors – The Mall is a great way to spend a day.  I love visiting throughout the seasons, when its hot out you can pop into a Smithsonian to enjoy some free AC while checking out our Dinosaur ancestors or in the winter when its blistering cold, you can warm up a bit while checking out the Air and Space Museum.  Make sure to do a full loop so you can see the Capitol and the National Monument along the way.
  3. Georgetown – always my favorite place to visit while in The District.  Georgetown has it all – premium shopping, amazing restaurants, great bars, beautiful scenery…. I could go on forever.  I always try to have a plan of attack when I am in Georgetown, otherwise you can get lost just wandering around for hours.  This trip I grabbed a drink at Tony & Joes on the waterfront. You can sit outside all year round at Tony and Joes if you are lucky enough to snag one of the fireplace tables like we did.  Another Georgetown favorite is the eclectic restaurant/saloon Clydes.  With a large menu and a great drink list, Clyde’s is always a crowd pleaser – we settled on their classic cheese sampler paired with a glass of Clyde’s House Merlot.
  4. Cava Grill – clearly this trip revolved around eating for me, so if you are still hungry like I was – PLEASE make a stop at one of Cava Grill’s DC locations.  Cava is best described as the Mediterranean version of a Chipotle. With the same assembly line process, swap out your burrito bowl for a Super Green bowl.  Add toppings like crazy feta, tzatziki, lemon herb tahini, roasted red pepper hummus, lamb meatballs, lentils and an amazing cucumber tomato salad for a healthier “fast food” option.  Skip the water cup and splurge for one of Cava’s amazing freshly squeezed juices.  With flavors like Blackberry Sage and Cucumber Mint Lime – you can’t go wrong.
  5. CityCenterDC – I stumbled across CityCenterDC the last time I was in town and have been longing to go back every since.  A perfect mix of luxury, apartments, innovative public spaces, unique restaurants and high-end shopping – CityCenter is quickly becoming a premier destination in DC.  Just taking a walk down the main plaza makes you feel as if you are in Europe.  Grab a gelato at Dolcezza, window shop luxury stores like Louis Vuitton or Carolina Herrera. Grab a bite to eat and a drink at one of the several restaurants located throughout the plaza like Del Friscos or Fig and Olive.  To round out your night, you can now take home an infamous crack pie or cereal milk ice cream cone from the newly opened Milk Bar.  { be prepared to wait, the line is almost always around the corner but I promise you it is SO worth it } Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset5C8852F4-33A4-4625-B52C-25B2C39991B7Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c7 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

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