I visited a friend in Virginia in early January and took a tiny bit of time during my trip to check out some monuments in D.C. It was a BRISK day but having the chance to visit a few of these landmarks was really special (and totally worth the chill).
First, we visited the United States Botanical Garden. I have such a big lady crush on plants. I can’t grow them for shit so maybe that impacts my opinion of those who can. A lot of the gardens were closed (presumably because of the cold) but it was lovely nonetheless.
After the gardens, we took an official tour of the Capitol building. It was fascinating and I just about died over all the incredible light fixtures throughout the space. I totally have a thing for architecture so it was really interesting learning about the building and all the history that was made within its walls.
Our last two stops of the day were quick but gorgeous. We made the obligatory stop at the White House. Due to an increase in the amount of morons in this fair country, you can’t get even remotely close to the White House for fear of a security breach. It’s been almost 15 years since my last visit to D.C. and it was pretty exciting to see the White House again. Even if it was from reeeeaaaalllllllyyyy far away.
Our final stop was the Lincoln Memorial. That shit is awe-inspiring. I remember thinking it was HUGE when I was little and was pleasantly surprised to find that it seemed just as big this time around. The sun was setting over the Washington Memorial which made for some stunning photo-ops. The sky gave us a delightful end to an educational day.
After my brief trip, I feel like I need to get back to D.C. to really explore the city. I’m itching to try the cool restaurants, see the rest of the sights, and soak in a new city. Washington DC. I liked you.
How hot is that coat? #sexy #ootd #ontrend
When I vacation, my main goal is to try as many amazing restaurants as possible. Last week I posted about the food I had while in Tacoma and today we’re talking about Seattle. This is good stuff, ya’ll! (If you missed my Tacoma post, you can check it out right here, and you can read about Portland tomorrow)
What I ate on my PNW vacation… (Part 2; Seattle)
Delicious, delicious, delicious. I have never had a piroskhi so I’m going to assume you haven’t either. It’s a sweet or savory hand pie made with the most insanely flaky crust and a variety of fillings. I tried the beef and cheese (good) and the mushroom, chicken, and rice (mind-blowing). Eat it on a curb while people watching at the Pike Place Fish Market.
This is the best meal I’ve eaten in my entire life. I didn’t even know food could taste this good. Every day the menu changes and features 3-4 scratch made pastas with the most incredibly well-executed sauces. We ordered two of the three choices on the menu for the day and it was so good that even when I got hungry I didn’t want to eat again because I knew that no food would be as good as these dishes. For only $9 a bowl I feel like I practically stole this meal and I cannot believe how upset I am that this place exists so far away from my home. Go there immediately.
Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Not really a full restaurant but that’s okay. The team at RGB create an array of seasonal, fresh brewed ginger beers that are unlike any soda I’ve ever had. They aren’t too sweet and feature flavors such as white peach and hibiscus. It was an excellent refresher for a hot afternoon and I can’t even imagine how delicious it would be with some booze in it (Gin…I’m lookin’ at you!)
You aren’t tired of hearing about my PNW vacation yet, right? Awesome. Here are my favorite snaps from my days in Seattle. I got to spend time with my sweet friend from college and her baby girl, eat a piroshki, blow through the fish market, visit the gum wall, eat some incredible pasta, and look out on the gorgeous water views. I’ll have a Seattle food post up later this week but for now, a few photos from my visit!