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{photo diary} Cherry Blossoms and Exploring DC

  Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30 AM   |    Post a Comment     Tagged:,,, 
As I posted last week, I was in DC this past weekend to see the Cherry Blossoms! I got SUPER lucky and there were still plenty in bloom even though they had reached peak bloom (70% of trees in full bloom) the weekend before. Many of the trees had lost most of their flowers but we managed to find some that were still hanging on, even though they had turned white.  I took far too many photos but I've narrowed them down for this post. I also had some pretty tasty food on the trip as well! I'll share what I ate at the bottom of the post.

The Blossoms:
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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.
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The Food:

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.)

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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!

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*Download an agenda of my day of sightseeing in Washington DC

About Closet Fashionista

Loves to get bargains on clothes and is obsessed with Harry Potter and Disney. By day she is a freelance graphic and web designer. She also has a slight obsession with movies.

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  1. Awesome post, thanks for sharing! Love how it covered things to do and things to eat! It is my goal in life to see cherry blossoms!

    The Hidden Thimble

  2. This make me really miss DC - it looks like you had a wonderful time!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  3. Oh wow... such a great set of pictures, the cherry blossom ones are my faves ::)

  4. Ohh I went to matchbox last time I was in DC - they did have some tasty pizza. Glad to hear you are being a little more adventurous with your food choices. Soup dumplings are so good!

  5. oh I love cherry blossoms! I'm so excited as I might have a chance to enjoy them this year without much allergy (the treatment I went through looks like working yay!)

    Inside and Outside Blog

  6. Oh yum! While the blossoms are so pretty and you got some great pics there and at the gallery, I'm drooling all over the food pics. Time for me to grab a snack I think, haha!

    Hope you are having a really good week.

    Away From The Blue Blog


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