After living in Washington, DC for 2 1/2 years (and interning there for several summers) returning for the weekend was quite the treat. I felt like I had never left! It was packed with seeing old friends, but I didn’t feel like I overbooked myself, which I often do when I’m trying to see a lot of people. There was great eating and GREAT catching up conversations and lots of trying not to freeze my a** off (unsuccessfully). Also, I apologize for the poor quality of my photos. My nice camera was actually stolen before I left for China, and my new replacement is in the mail.
On Thursday, my colleague and I zipped from Harrisburg to DC on a scenic snowy drive. In the evening after grabbing a quick dinner, I fell asleep on my little from my sorority, Alice, (who we all just call Little Alice). Up at 5am the next day (womp womp) I took advantage of Alice’s amazing apartment gym and the Le Pain Quotidien across the street for an awesome goat cheese and wild mushroom omelet. I love that they put a little salad with their eggs instead of breakfast potatoes! Friday I spent most of the day in the office and caught up with many of my DC colleagues.
In the evening, I headed to a girls dinner at Hank’s Oyster Bar, which was actually our Plan B but I love this place! I enjoyed the clam chowder (unpictured) and these candy-like brussels sprouts. Afterwards, Paige, Elise and I shivered our way back to Paige’s for wine and impromptu FaceTime sessions.
Saturday morning I was cooked this deliciously perfect breakfast by Paige, and then we went to a wonderful yoga class at the Studio DC. The class was PACKED because everyone wanted to get some hot yoga in and escape the freeeezing weather outside!
I then took myself to get a hair cut and ate Sweetgreen (yesss!!!) in the salon chair. I tried a new salad of theirs I hadn’t seen before called the “Rad Thai” which I highly recommend. Arugula, mixed greens, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, shrimp, spicy sunflower seeds and a cashew dressing.
After that, Little Alice and I went to see the Theory of Everything and I sipped on an almond milk latte to stay warm. Loved Eddie Redmayne’s performance! We then got dolled up and went out on a date to Bar Charley. We split something called the “winter vegetable tartare” which was a bunch of lightly cooked wintry vegetables and lots of parmesan. We also had (two) glasses of the most delicious mulled wine each! For my entree, I had the flounder, which came with a brown butter sauce and some broccolini. Sorry for the gross-looking picture – very low lighting! This is totally a “Someone Needs to Tell Martha Stewart Her Food Tweets are Disgusting” situation.
After dinner, we celebrated some fellow sorority sisters’ birthdays at Local 16 and I got to catch up with so many people. The birthday party couldn’t have come at a better weekend in that regard!
Sunday morning I took advantage of Little Alice’s gym again before heading out to brunch with these lovely ladies. I know that it looks like we are eating in a train car, but I highly recommend Sixth Engine. Fun ambiance! We all had omelettes and unlimited coffee.
The socializing continued, and Little Alice and I met up with Marisa (in from Boston) and Leslie (in from Hagerstown, MD) in Dupont Circle. It was quite the DC Phi Mu (my sorority) reunion!
Picked up a kale salad from Chop’t, and now I’m thoroughly enjoying my upgrade on this 6-hour flight on my way back to the other Washington – Washington State – for work. Looking forward to sipping some red wine while catching up on blogging. What a wonderful weekend, and so enjoyed recapping that all for you!