DCA

3.21.2012

Remember class trips?

The serious ones.

I'm not referring to the Space Museum or the zoo.

I mean the out-of-state trips. The adolescent-defining kind. The kind where everyone chooses their seat on the bus or plane eight months in advance.

They caused me anxiety. Because they had the power to make or break an entire school year for a middle schooler.

When I was a sophomore in high school, we took a class trip to Chicago. 

I broke a hotel bed. I broke. A bed.

I thought it would be fun to jump from bed to bed like I had when I was five. Hundreds of pounds later in life, that scenario doesn't play out well.

My classmates thought there was a drug bust in our room when hotel management was called in to the scene. But no, it was me. Causing plywood bed frames to disintegrate from the force of my projectile body.

In middle school, my tiny eighth grade class went on a trip to our nation's capital.

What could be worse than acne-ridden faces with little pre-pubescent bodies traipsing around memorials? The answer is: making us wear giant teal baseball caps so our chaperones wouldn't lose us. I think it may have been another contributing factor to the years of singleness to follow. But, good news! I didn't get lost.

All of that to say - I was really excited to come back to D.C. on my own terms. In grown up clothes! Without a hat! With deep appreciation for the freedom of our beautiful country!

AND CHERRY BLOSSOMS, PEOPLE!


(Would you look at that slumber deliciousness?)

By the time I finally made my way out of the hotel, it seemed necessary to eat. The previous day was filled to the brim with delays. I had no real meal. (Unless you count peanuts and pretzels, in which case - we need to sit down and have a talk).

It was lunchtime near the Capitol. Thanks to the recommendation of my sweet friend Hannah, I had tunnel vision for Good Stuff Eatery

My fellow patrons made J.Crew look like Goodwill. Standing in line, I was overwhelmed by feeling so completely unimportant while simultaneously apart of a moment in which we all had something in common. That commonality was the love and anticipation in partaking in the consumption of grilled cow. 

And HOLY MOLY ME OH MY it was so worth the wait. The fries, guys. Rolled around in rosemary and seat salt.

The burger. So bad, and yet so, so good.

Any establishment in which the mayonnaise is masquerading as a culinary work of art is dangerous. Chipotle! Old Bay! Sriracha! Mango! (The mango was my favorite).




Let it be known that I could have skipped every meal for several more days if it meant having this Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake. I am not even much of a milkshake person. But it bewitched me, body and soul. It won't return my phone calls, and it might have issued a restraining order against me at this point.

Fun fact: If you have intentions of buying a wedding dress in the near future, eat as many cheeseburgers as you can. Not only will your clothes fit better than ever, but you'll feel full of energy and not sluggish at all.




This was around the time that I got lost (maybe I should have worn my teal baseball cap? And then it started to rain). I then made my way back to the hotel to take a nap. I am sure it had nothing to do with the cheeseburger.


There's something about being in D.C. that makes me outrageously patriotic. The shouting kind of patriotism. You know, standing in the street and shouting, "GOD BLESS AMERICA!" 


So, who lives near D.C.? Speak up and tell me your favorites!
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29 comments:

  1. meeee! why did your one layover her happen while I was away! so sad. so please come back and we can go eat greasy burgers together!!!

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    1. I am pretty sure I have another one in April! I will have to check the dates. Never fear my deaaarrr! I am so glad we got to have a spontaneous breakfast together, though. Such a blessing to my little heart. Lurve you.

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  2. Check out Ben's Chili Bowl in the U district! Also, the Holocaust museum is a must see if you have the time.

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    1. Oooh, I will put that on my list.

      And oh my gosh I forgot about the Holocaust Museum. We visited on the class trip - but I still remember wishing we could have spent more time there. It was so heartbreaking but fascinating.

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  3. Oh girl, my 8th grade class did the DC trip as well. And I was so anxiety-ridden over it that I said I had a dance recital that week, so I couldn't go. And I didn't even take dance then. Thankfully, my mom understood my nerves and played along. So I'm glad to say I did not live those horrors. However, there was the high school trip to Atlanta...

    Anyway, I *need* that entire meal. Pronto. I might make the 8 hour drive to DC just for that meal.

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    1. Hahaha I am so glad I am not the only one! Why did we do that to ourselves? Little tiny balls of stress and anxiety. I don't even think I remember half of those trips because I was so consumed with what was going on with classmates. The relationships and drama. NO THANK YOU.

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  4. All of this food just made me very hungry! I love looking at your DC pictures! It really makes me want to live there!

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    1. I was thinking that as I was writing...even looking at the pictures makes my clothes feel tighter. I can't wait to go back!

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  5. I agree with Suze -- come back!!!!! We shall eat our bridal selves under the table at Founding Farmer's, enjoy the best French pastries I've ever had at Patisserie Poupon, and then drool at the inauguration gowns at the American museum! Also, for the record: I have been eating looooottttttsssss of Good Stuff since getting engaged and when I went in to try on my wedding dress this past week, I am down one full dress size! Love is magic -- it turns grease into broccoli in your stomach!
    ~Hannah

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    1. I am pretty sure I am coming back in April! Whaaat!

      Someone else told me about Founding Farmer's - now we definitely have to go.

      And macarons? Please?

      I want to do everything you just mentioned.

      Though I am a little skeptical about the dress thing. I think you might have a more fortunate metabolism than mine own.

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  6. Oh, DC. We were so close to each other! And yet still so far.

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    1. Which airport are you closest to? It will go on my list of desired layovers.

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  7. I do! And as soon as I saw you had been to good stuff, I was going to ask if you got the toasted marshmallow shake - it would have been a TRAVESTY to miss!

    And Found Farmers was the next suggestion, but I was beat to it by other commenters. So definitely drinks on the rooftop of the W. Fo' sho'.

    Oh - and I'm in the process of wedding dress trying on, Hannah up there is one lucky lady. I think broccoli turns into grease in my belly!

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    1. Drinks on the rooftop at the W? Ah mah gaaahhssshh! That sounds phenom. Especially with this current weather. I am putting that on my list.

      And...wedding dresses...I...

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  8. OH MY WORD! I am not kidding when I tell you that when I read "it bewitched me, body and soul" I slammed my cup of water down (resulting in a very wet keyboard and desk) and laughed out loud! I cannot beleive you Mr. Darcy'd a milkshake!

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    1. Ahhahaha I can't believe you just turned Mr. Darcy into a verb. It's the best new verb I have ever heard. Sometimes if I need to revert to Jane Austen classics to adequately express my love for a dessert, then so be it.

      Also, I got your email about Cincinnati's restaurant week and we need to partake!

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    2. Glad to expand your grammar! HA!

      Oh, and a little birdie told me there might be a little stress involved with your wedding planning at present. Hi. Remember me? It's my job to keep brides from stressing. Help me, Help you. Really though, glad to consult anytime!

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    3. Be expecting an email from me, soon ;)

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  9. these pics look pixlr-ish did you get it to work or is it just instagram at it's finest!? what a lovely trip. i wish we could go on an adventure together - i'm pretty sure we would have afabulous time and not get into ANY trouble...that's what i'll tell the fellas!!!

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    1. I never figured out how to use it or save them on to my computer. I tried it on Safari, Firefox, and Chrome! No luck.

      I downloaded the app on my iPhone and then just transfer them to my computer that way. So, I kind of fixed it?

      I WOULD LOVE THAT. Where should we go?

      Also, whenever I see any maternity clothes on sale, I think - "Oh, I need to tell Jen."

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    2. um i would really go ANYWHERE...i'm pretty sure we could go to idaho and still have fun [that might be a little too 'the simple life' for us]. maybe somewhere relaxing, sunny and full of food. i can't walk SUPER far - like all day long, but i can get around. hahha. TAKE ME WITH YOU!!!

      also - this girl loves sales and my bump is exploding so...HOLLER!

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  10. I've been to D.C. twice, both times on school trips in 11th and 12th grade- and I love D.C.! I am dying to get back there, to at least visit but hopefully live. Oh, and I was there in January both times, so not only was it the worst weather but it makes my desire to see the cherry blossoms SOOO strong.
    Also- that milkshake just about brought me to tears. I'm a huge fan of milkshakes, and the U.K. just doesn't do them right, so I've resorted to making my own at home. I'm not sure how to blend a toasted marshmallow without sticky-jamming my spinner-blade thingy. The fries, too. Oh, the fries...

    I'm gonna go stand in my kitchen morosely and dream of American food that I don't have to make myself (i.e. tastes better).

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    1. Ahhhh! Are you sure that getting to live in Europe isn't worth missing some American food? Don't worry, it's just making us all chubbier ;)

      I fully support any decision to come back to the States for that milkshake, though. I can't lie.

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  11. UGHHHHHHHHHH!!

    MY HOME TURF! MY ROOTS! I AM SO UPSET YOU WERE THERE WITHOUT MEEEEEEE!!

    My Uncle works at FEMA beside the capitol. And you could always grab lunch with my Aunt Tori. She'd wine and dine you. Along with all my other fam.

    ONE DAY WE'LL GO THERE TOGETHER.

    I am trying not to be bitter about not frolicking in the Capitol Hills with you.

    xoxo.

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    1. I WANT TO DO ALL OF THOSE THINGS

      FREAKING GET OVER HERE

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  12. never been.

    WHAT is wrong with me?

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    1. I WILL GO BUY YOU ONE RIGHT NOW.

      Is that weird?

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  13. Ahh Good Stuff Eatery- AMAZING. I concur about Founding Farmers, which is delishhhh food! However, for more ambiance check out Sequoia on the Georgetown waterfront. The food is yummy, but the view! If you don't dine on the waterfront at least check it out! Also, do not be fooled by Georgetown Cupcake. Around the corner is a bakery called "Baked and Wired" where cupcakes come in the craziest flavors (pretty bitchin' is a fav). They also have cookies, muffins, and basically all the greatest tasting desserts for your butt. So worth it. Last and certainly not least- go to the W rooftop for cocktails, but not food. They have a mini bites bar menu which is pretty pricey and not filling for a meal. Anywho- the view is unbeatable. You are basically on top of the White House and can see all of DC. Go during sunset, and make a reservation if you know what time! It tends to crowd up pretty quickly :)

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    1. GIRL! I'm totally going to save all of this for my next layover there. Someone else told me about the view from the W rooftop.

      I totally agree with you - I'll never understand the cupcake craze...but I will love Baked and Wired if they have awesome cookies.

      I am so excited to go back now. Thank youuuu!!

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