1) They have epic monuments, everywhere. They do history BIG in D.C. From glorious churches grounding you in grandeur
|The National Cathedral|
|"Oh, you meant, THAT big white house," Marie.|
2. They take brunch way seriously, which is a major win in my book.
|Top right: Beignets with Raspberry Coulis, Semi-Sweet Chocolate and Caramel Sauces|
Bottom right: Pastrami Hash Shredded Leek Hash Browns, Poached Eggs, Beef Pastrami, Creole Mustard Hollandaise
Bottom left: Eggs Benedict Arnold with Sausage and Black Pepper Cream Gravy
|Smokin good brunch, inlaid matchboxes into your table for your entertainment, |
along with a side of matches to take home
|Oh, and she loves to dance too, double cool baby points|
|Stella and Auntie Marie dancing up a storm|
|This little lady has more fashion sense than I do:|
oversized floppy hat, one strap bathing suit, and a side flower for good measure
5. They have a lot of irony in their name choices of restaurants and cuisine in D.C. which made me laugh. Witty people.
|Toki Underground: totally not underground--actually on the second floor of a building, but has no signage|
Also channeling Jonathan Sawyer's Noodlecat vibe
|Sticky Rice: Ok they serve Sticky Balls (yes we immaturely laughed when our server told us they were the best thing on the menu, and they were)|
And a bucket of tater tots--at an Asian restaurant...ironic, but surprisingly delicious.
Other things I learned in D.C. but don't have cool pictures to show you:
6. It is the cleanest big city I have ever visited.
7. Next time you complain about traffic in CLE--experience D.C. traffic...Admittedly, Cleveland drivers do go slow--but D.C. drivers are absolute maniacs!!
8. It is a jogger friendly city. EVERYONE JOGS. Even when it is 101 degrees with 90% humidity. Hats off to your dedication because I know I sure couldn't handle that!
9. "It's a Lost Puppy City" one young Indian man told us during a night out. He said it's a very diverse city, you can order 10 different ethnic foods from your little neighborhood, and really, no one living in D.C. is actually from D.C. They are all just lost puppies trying to find a place called home.
10. D.C. actually has a lot more "homey" neighborhoods than I had envisioned. Ridiculous cute row houses and quiet streets with young families all in D.C. proper.
Cheers to a great weekend in D.C. Thank you to my wonderful hostess, Marie and her family! D.C. is definitely an awesome city to visit, and I certainly will visit again (But CLE is always #1 in my heart!)