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Eat all the Foods

I had a crazy fun and exhausting weekend in DC with my love, Melissa. You may already know Melissa used to blog and that’s my chauffer. We were like strangers across a crowded interwebz that knew it was meant to be.

Before I tell you about the fun, I want to tell you about the food. Melissa asked me if I wanted to eat in (she cooks!) or go out to eat. In these economic times, I opted to save all my money for booze and dessert like the responsible adult I am and eat in.

Melissa likes to eat vegan as much as possible and I like to eat anything whatsoever, so it worked out perfectly. The first night, we had Vegan Thai Curry with chickpeas and rice.

I took five pictures of that until Melissa said, “no picture will every make that look good.” Noted. But it was delicious and I swear it took her 10 minutes to make. Girl knows what she’s doing in the kitchen.

On Saturday, we stopped for cupcakes at Baked and Wired in Georgetown.

These were some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had, though I still think Sweet! is the best. I’m willing to continue eating cupcakes from Baked and Wired if they want to try to change my mind. I will sacrifice myself for the greater cupcake good.

From the left, that’s lemon with raspberry filling, pumpkin, and coconut. The pumpkin was the best but the lemon came in at a close second. The coconut was good, but less sweet than the others, therefore it gets a sad, lonely, third place.

Saturday night, Melissa made vegan paninis.

So delicious. That panini has grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, spinach, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and vegan mayonnaise. It had some serious kick. My lips were saying “Hello!” by the time I was finished.

On Sunday, we went for our only meal out: brunch at Ulah (a last minute decision after our reservation at Founding Fathers was cancelled because of a power outtage). We may have had an extremely late night on Saturday, so we ordered an appetizer to get food to the table as fast as possible. We shared the smoked Gouda mac and cheese (and Melissa didn’t fight me when I wanted bacon on it. Best “vegan” ever, that girl.).

We’ll just call that appetizer the alcohol soaker-upper. I’m pretty sure I chewed it but I can’t be sure.

For brunch, I ordered my first ever eggs benedict – with smoked salmon instead of ham.

Since I don’t believe in eggs that are not scrambled or hard-boiled, this is a milestone for me. Runny eggs freak me out but I always think it looks so good when Melissa #2 gets it so I thought I’d try something new. I liked it! Cover food in enough hollandaise and I’ll eat it apparently.

I left for the airport about an hour after brunch and was still hungry somehow. (Damn you, alcohol!) So I picked up this tomato caprese panini at the airport.

It sucked, but I ate it all because some people in the world don’t get shitty paninis. I washed it down with a giant peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, which did not suck thankfully. Then I proceeded to sit on my ass the rest of the day. So it was the perfect day basically. Lots of food and lots of laziness, the way I like it.

That covers everything minus some froyo thrown in for good measure. Thanks to Melissa for being an amazing host and cooking for me all weekend. I feel all special when I get to eat food that’s not microwaved.

Love you, Melissa!

 

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The Rest of DC

So, back to the DC thing. I had a fabulous time. Not that I didn’t think I would, but there’s always that possibility when you visit someone you’ve met through blogging and have only seen in real life for a total of 24 hours. Melissa and I have been email buddies since Michelle, so I was pretty sure she wasn’t creepy. Or at least not too creepy to visit for the weekend.

Besides our 10 miler, there was lots of eating, frozen yogurt, shopping, and walking. I arrived on Friday where Melissa met me at the airport and we took the metro back to her place.

The metro in DC is like a cleaner version of the NYC subway, but it smells like pee. Horrible, horrible pee.

After I dropped off my bag at Melissa’s place, we had a celebratory drink and I met her Vizsla, Roo, who likes to sit like a human and took a rather big liking to me and my dirty undergarments.

After our drinks, we walked to dinner to a restaurant called The Heights that was really (and I mean, really) delicious.

We sat at the bar instead of waiting for a table and I ordered a lamb burger that refused to photograph.

But afterwards, I had some frozen yogurt that didn’t mind smiling for the camera.

We walked back home after the frozen yogurt and called it an early night since we knew we’d be running the next morning. That worked out well since Roo gave us a 7:00 am wake-up call.

After our run on Saturday, we walked Roo for about a mile, came back, showered, and then walked another 3 miles to Georgetown for some brunch and shopping. We ate brunch at a place called Scion.

If all the places in DC are as good as The Heights and Scion, then I need to get back there ASAP.

At Scion, I had my first Bellini.

And Melissa had a extremely spicy Bloody Mary. (Check out the awesomely moustached, double-fister behind her. I love him so.much.)

We both ordered the same thing, because I think we are slowly becoming the same person. (An egg white omelet with turkey sausage, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and a side of salsa. That included an all-you-can-eat fruit bar where I took up residence.)

Then we walked around for some shopping where I found this saucy little number that I think will really bring out my eyes.

After shopping, we took a cab home to relax for a bit because we knew we’d be walking to dinner and we’d been on our feet all day. What is up with DC having no yellow cabs? They are all gray and look like normal cars. I felt like a hitchhiker out there. The cab that stopped was a Prius. A Prius! DC is getting all sorts of fancy. Orlando only has 1982 Crowne Victorias as cabs. Lame.

Anyway, we rested for about an hour, freshened up (i.e. sprayed on a lot of perfume), and then walked another mile and a half to dinner at LevelOne.

I had the pear, dried cranberry, feta, and candied walnut salad. Then I had them add a grilled chicken breast on top because mama needed some protein.

Those are pears, not slugs. Also, the waiter (who reminded me of a younger Mario Lopez) asked if it was our first time there because we were taking so many pictures. #Busted

After dinner, Melissa thought it necessary for more frozen yogurt.

Mr. Yogato is basically awesome. There were so many things you could do to get discounts on your frozen yogurt, like ordering in a Donald Duck voice or doing the full Michael Jackson Thriller dance.

Seriously, what are some four letter words with three syllables? We could not think of one.

We guessed the word scramble for a 5% discount, but I was fully prepared to order like Donald Duck.

All the tables were kid’s tables with old school games to play. It was just a really fun place.

After yogurt, we hit the town.

We went to a couple different bars and I even met one of Melissa’s cutie-pie co-workers, who looks like a younger Jake Gyllenhaal. I wanted to pinch his cute little 24-year old cheeks. All four of them.

By 2:00am, we were ready to call it a night. We made the 2 mile walk home and along the way we found this gem.

With our 10 mile run that morning and the 8-10 miles we walked all day long, my legs were exhausted. We crashed hard and slept through our big plans to go to brunch the next morning before my flight back to Orlando.

So, that was the end of my awesome weekend and the beginning of my awesome new IRL friendship. Smile

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A Scenic 10-Miler

I’m back from my weekend in D.C. It went so fast! I had so much fun and I’m sad it’s over. But at least I get to write about it here and pretend like I’m still there. One of my favorite things happened Saturday morning. My homey, Melissa, and I went on a 10 mile run around D.C. It’s not every day you can run around D.C, right? Unless your Melissa. Then I guess it is everyday. Well, whatever. Not like it’s pretty there or anything.

The day was wet, gloomy, and humid, but the temperature was 70 degrees so it was actually pretty pleasant. We started by Melissa’s place and took in all the terrible, terrible scenery.

We ran to Dupont Circle and then through Georgetown, which is a super cute area with tons of (expensive) stores and restaurants.

We ran by the Potomac River and saw all the kayakers. I think if I lived in D.C., I’d want to take up rowing and be on a team. Looks like so much fun. And then I’d be able to invite everyone to my gun show.

A little less than halfway through the run, we reached the monuments. Most of them are in the same area, so we took a little break to walk around and take some pictures.

Everything is really beautiful and immense. The Lincoln Memorial is amazing and so much bigger than I expected.

There’s my favorite Vampire Hunter. I really, really wanted to sit on his lap.

Also, next time anyone takes a picture of me, please remind me to never do that pose again. I probably should have put more thought into my outfit too. Instead, I picked that timeless classic. I can’t wait to look back on that picture in 20 years and show my grandchildren my “Holla at my Peeps” tank top.

This is the World War II Memorial. You can see the flag in the distance at half mast for the Colorado movie theatre shooting.

Here is The Vietnam Memorial. So many names, it’s sobering. There was a class of students out there doing etchings of names and we felt like that was disrespectful somehow. But not as disrespectful as the guy with his arms up in the air smiling for a picture in front of it. /off soap box

Melissa said the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial just opened up a few months ago. I loved all his various quotes etched into the walls.

This is the Jefferson Memorial. We didn’t get close to it but you can see it across the lake from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

Our last scenic stop was at The White House. Allllll the way back there.

It seemed so small in comparison to the memorials and of course you can’t get anywhere close to it. To take a tour, you have to submit an application through a Member of Congress at least 21 days in advance.

On our way out of the memorial area, we saw a ton of ducks dunking their heads in the lake. I hearby declare it, the Duck Butt Memorial.

On the way back there were also a lot more people out and about so we had to dodge a lot of tourists and stop at a bunch of intersections. The stop and go was really killing my legs. The last 2 miles felt insanely slow but we ended with a 9:59 pace overall, so I’m pretty happy (and surprised) with that.

I’ll have more DC fun later, but today I’m back to real life so I better get to it.

 

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