DC Lovin!

By Parita Feb 21, 2011

So, I recognize that I am a day behind on my posts. ūüôĀ¬† This one was supposed to go up last night, but because of slow internet and a tired me, it didn’t…my apologies!¬† But, boy do I have a fun day to tell you about!¬† Let me start from the beginning though.¬†

I got in around 4 PM on Saturday.  I was so excited because my flight from Atlanta to DC was so empty that everyone got their own row.  When was the last time you saw that happen?!

My friend Jiggy (isn’t that a cool nickname?!)¬†picked me up, and we headed¬†back to her place.¬† We relaxed for a bit while deciding where to go for dinner.¬† She told me about how she is making better food and exercise choices, and she showed me her latest purchase from Trader Joe’s.

Dark chocolate covered edamame…these little suckers are really good!¬† If you haven’t tried them yet and are a fan of dark chocolate, try them out (and let me know what you think)!

We headed out to Cafe Asia for dinner because I was craving sushi.¬† I really liked the ambiance of the restaurant.¬† It was really modern and fun.¬† We started with two appetizers – edamame (can’t get enough!) and steamed tofu in¬†a sweet soy sauce.

For my main meal of the night, I ordered a vegetarian roll with asparagus, avocado, tofu, and other Asian veggies and an avocado roll with cream cheese.¬† Both rolls satisfied my sushi craving. ūüôā¬† Jiggy ordered the drunken noodles, which she loved as well.

We started off Sunday morning with a quick 30 minute workout.¬† Then we headed out to a crepe place near Jiggy’s apartment called La Creperie.¬† This was my first time eating at a completely French restaurant.¬† The menu was full of fun sandwiches, soups, and of course, crepes.¬† Jiggy and I shared the ratatouille¬†crepe with fresh veggies and a creamy tomato sauce and the nutella crepe with bananas and almonds.¬† This weekend was full of good eats!

Next, we took the train to the Eastern Market stop and walked to the Sunday “flea market.”¬† It’s not so much a flea market as it is a venue for local vendors to showcase and sell their goods.¬† There were all kinds of booths – handbags, jewelry, paintings, furniture, food, etc.¬† I bought a beautiful necklace and a fun ring.¬† ūüôā

Beautiful collection of rings!

Our walking tour of the city took us past the Library of Congress, the Capitol Building, the National Archives, and a few other fun places.  We had no time to dillydally though because our next stop was Georgetown Cupcakes.  If you ever have the opportunity and time to visit this bakery, please do so!  BEST.CUPCAKES.EVER.

Sad faces because we were stading in a LONG line...

…in fact, it was an 1.5 hour wait before we got our cupcakes.¬† Call us crazy if you will, but it was TOTALLY worth it!¬†¬† And now, you’re about to see why…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge on the left and Red Velvet on the right...they tasted as good as they look!
Up close and personal!

The cupcakes were SO moist and soft¬†and not¬†crumbly at all.¬† The frosting was to die for!¬† It was smooth, fluffy, rich, and SO flavorful!¬† The sweetness wasn’t overpowering at all, and I could actually taste the cream cheese and peanut butter.¬† You MUST visit this place next time you are in DC!

After devouring the cupcakes and going into¬†sugar comas, we headed back to Dupont Circle to walk around for a bit.¬† Jiggy found a 100% organic and vegan restaurant in Dupont that we both wanted to try called Cafe Green, so we headed there once we started getting hungry again.¬† This restaurant had a great menu and everything looked delicious.¬† I wasn’t too hungry so I went with the Mandu¬†soup, which consisted of a clear broth, carrots, scallions, seaweed, rice cakes, and dumplings.¬† It was super yummy and surprisingly filling!¬† Jiggy opted for the club sandwich, which reminded me Lovin Spoonfuls, but this one had cheese and avacado…great additions!

So, that was pretty much my Saturday and Sunday in DC!  I had so much fun hanging out with Jiggy and exploring new parts of DC that I had never seen before. 

I just finished my first day¬†of training, and we are about to head to the Old Ebbitt Grill for dinner.¬†ūüôā¬† I’ve heard good things, so I am excited!

By Parita

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