The Renwick, Cherry Blossom Kite Festival, etc.: On Saturday we took a quick trip to The Renwick Gallery by the White House. I enjoyed the June Schwartz exhibit they had. She did amazing work with copper and other unconventional materials. We also stopped by the Washington Monument to see the kite festival. Also included are some random shots from our travels over the weekend.
The night I arrived I met a friend at Matchbox and got some chicken pesto pizza. It was really good, and not horribly expensive ($14.) I saved half of it for lunch the next day since I was going to be working from my friend's apartment while he was at school and didn't want to venture out alone. So I got two meals in one! She had the apple and pear salad.
Friday night the friend I was visiting suggested heading to Busboys and Poets. I was boring and just got a plain burger but we also shared a sweet potato hash which was very tasty. After dinner I made us some chocohotopots. Later that evening we went to Barrel for some drinks and I tried the 'A Henway?' I'm not the biggest drinker but I enjoyed it. (Probably should've gotten something with bourbon since it was a bourbon bar, ha ha.)
Saturday we went to Reren in Chinatown for lunch. I had the Reren Signature Lamen and we shared the Shanghai Steamed Soup Bun appetizer. I could have eaten a whole meal of the buns, sooo good! Confession: I only had the noodles and kale (I think) in the ramen, I'm still getting used to eating weird things so some of that stuff was a bit much for me.
For dinner on Saturday my friend, his roommate and I went to Zaytinya. It's a tapas restaurant so we ordered a bunch and shared. I'm really picky but I made sure to try everything, I was rather proud of myself! We got the hommus, tabbouleh, falafel, cauliflower tiganites, crispy brussels afelia, sea scallops, keftedes kapama and shish taouk (see the menu here for details on the items).
My favorite was the falafel but the cauliflower was also really good. Our pita bread was replenished throughout the meal and I bet I had at least 5 pieces, oops! I took photos of everything but some were blurry, so these few will have to suffice! (clockwise: hommus, falafel, shish taouk, cauliflower; tabbouleh below)
After our stomachs settled, we walked to Dangerously Delicious Pies. I got a piece of chocolate chess and it was good but didn't really live up to the hype. Especially at $6.50 for a slice. No picture of this though, oops!
Sunday was the day I had been looking forward to for months. Brunch at Founding Farmers! One of my other best friends joined us from Virginia for the day. I went to Founding Farmers last year when I visited as well. Both times I got their Chicken and Waffles. SOOOO good. I also tried one of their scratch sodas this time, which was just okay. A friend told me to try the vanilla but I went with orange since I'm not a huge vanilla fan. Guess I should have listened to her!