DC Eats!

During my mini trip home, I went into the city (Quick lesson – When someone says DC they mean the actual city OR the DC Metro area which includes Northern Virginia and some of Maryland.  I stay in Northern Virginia) during St. Patrick’s day.  Worst day to come into the city too.  Traffic was awful because of the parade and marathon.  Poor planning on my part.  Anyhow, I went into DC to have an acupuncture session done with my in-law’s doctor.  More about that experience during a future post.  After my acupuncture session, I hopped on the metro and to meet my mom and sister and start our fun weekend adventure.

We went to South Capitol Hill/Eastern Market and had lunch at Spike Mendelsohn’s  Good Stuff Eatery, where you can order the Obama burger, which my sister and mom had.  (My sister and I chuckled over this because my mom is such a Republican.  My mom was not amused, but continued to eat the burger we bought her)  I tried the Blazin’ Barn burger (pictured below), which is a take on a Banh Mi, the Village Fries, and Toasted Marshmallow milkshake.

The burger was good, but I wished it was on better bread.  The bread got a bit soggy.  Perhaps it was because they were so busy that Saturday that the quality suffered.  The fries were tasty, but alas there were soggy also.  😦  But the toasted marshmallow milkshake was DEELISH!

After lunch, we walked to Eastern Market and browsed around.  I lived in DC for almost 4 years and never went to Eastern Market within those 4 years.  Can you believe that?!?  Yes, I was one of those people who didn’t take advantage of the city that I lived in/around.  Yes, I’m that person that complains about tourists (even when I go to SF and I don’t live in the city!).  Plus parking is just a pain!  Anyhow, we strolled around and took a look at the food, jewelry, and antique vendors.  .

I did see a couple of statement necklaces that I was really interested in,  but I wasn’t feeling the prices.  Shopping is so not my thing anymore.

The Capitol.

On our way to the metro to go back to my sister’s apartment, we decided to stop by Starbucks and saw a Food Network sign across the street.  Of course I had to walk up to the window and see what the deal was.  The pastry shop was on Cupcake Wars and had recently won.  I walked into the tiny shop (how fitting with their name “Sweet Lobby“), which was packed.  I figured they won Cupcake Wars and it was packed, then I definitely had to try their desserts.  Of course I got both cupcakes and macarons.  This pregnancy has me constantly craving sweets, but along with that I do crave lots of fruits and vegetables.  🙂  It balances out plus all things in moderation right?

Yummy cupcake display.

LIGHT and AIRY MACARONS L-R:  Vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, caramel, earl gray, and violet vanilla.

CUPCAKES!  Top L-R:  Green velvet, Strawberry champagne, Banana Fosters; Bottom L-R:  Green Tea, Chocolate Hazelnut, and Sticky Toffee.  All so yummy.

Since it was a beautiful day, we sat outside while my sister enjoyed her iced coffee and my mom and I enjoyed our sweet treats.  Starting with the green tea cupcake!  SO GOOD!  My mom really liked it too (she’s hard to please when it comes to sweets)!  Had enough green tea flavor that didn’t over power plus the cake nor the icing were too sweet.  But then again I love most green tea flavored sweets.  Green tea ice cream, green tea sweet bread, green tea lattes, and green tea frappaccinos.  Yes, I have indulged in all of those during this pregnancy.  Again, in moderation and I try to walk as much as I can.

On Sunday, we had lunch with my best friend.  Afterwards, we went to a coffeehouse called Northside Social in Arlington.  My mother in law has raved about Cortado since she went to Spain two years ago (the hubs and I missed out on it while we were there last summer), but they had it at the coffeehouse, so I had to try it.  Before you say me I shouldn’t have caffeine, I ordered a half calf.  I’m allowed to have a little bit of caffeine even if I am pregnant.  AND I don’t have caffeinated drinks that often.  That’s my rational.  I have an excuse for everything right now when it comes to food.  I probably utter the words “But/because I’m pregnant” to my husband 2-3 times a day.  To which he says I’ve used that excuse too many times already that it no longer applies.  Yeah right…

Look at the adorable heart design.  My sister got a cappuccino and had a leaf design in hers.  Too cute!

If I had time, I would’ve tried to have dinner at Jaleo (Jose Andres) or Graffiato (Mike Isabella) or even eaten at a crab shack, like Captain Pell’s, for some blue crabs (even if they aren’t in season).

Do you live in the DC area or have you recently visited DC?  What are your favorite food spots?  Please share!  I’m always trying to find new places to go to.

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