Sunday, September 27, 2009

Urban Hiking in DC

As much as I'm eager to move away from DC, you have to appreciate a city where you can walk out your back door, hike for hours and stop for lunch along the way. We left the apartment thinking we would go for a short walk. Venturing down into Rock Creek Park, we split off from the bike path and onto one of the hiking trails that parallels the creek. Then we took a right at a fork in the path and suddenly found ourselves at Dumbarton Oaks Park. We wandered down the wooded, overgrown trails, a wilderness in the middle of the city, and emerged on a side street by the Danish Ambassador's Residence and an unusually large private home—even for DC—with a Bentley parked out front, the kind of car with curtains in the back seat. We walked toward Mass Avenue and passed the Center for Hellenic Studies, the Brazilian Embassy, and one of my favorite buildings—the stunning Italian Embassy.

Rather than walk on busy Mass Ave, we were able to immediately hop back onto one of the trails lacing the city and walk back down into the park. This time emerging by the Dumbarton Oaks Estate. From there it was an easy walk to Glover Park where we swung through the Georgetown Flea Market and admired a stunning mid-century modern couch, retro fruit crate labels, and antique postcards from around the country. Then, growing parched we walked up the hill to the Surfside, a taco restaurant I've been dying to try. My friend described it "DCs interpretation of a California taco stand." Read: Nicer and more expensive than anything on the beach in So Cal. I ordered the Maui (fish tacos with corn salsa) and B ordered the Cabo San Lucas (steak tacos). Plus two margaritas on the rocks with salt. Bonus? Even though it started to rain, the full belly and refreshing drink made the hike back home enjoyable.

All in all, quite the adventure walk for what was meant to be short stroll. I guess DCs not all that bad.
(Map courtesy of

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Impulse Buy: Daikon

What do I do with it??

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wishing I was back on vacay in Nicaragua

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Goodbye Unproductive Garden of 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

2 Figs in a Jar

Hiking the Billy Goat

People Watching in Dupont Circle

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Best Seat in the House

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sunday Brunch and Adams Morgan Day

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Labor Day 2009

Sat by the pool for the first and last time this summer, devoured a cinnamon raisin bagel whilst being devoured by mosquitoes, and, looking down into Rock Creek Park from the Duke Ellington Bridge, saw two of the biggest deer I've ever seen (a three point and a four point!).

Sunday, September 6, 2009

William Eggleston: Photographic Inspiration at the Corcoran

"The elevation of mundane scenes and banal objects as fine art."
"The everyday—hiding in plain sight—becomes extraordinary."

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Vacation Part 3: "The Deadliest Catch" Takes on a Whole New Meaning

After Cannon Beach it was up to Olympia and out on the boat for two nights with my parents where we tried our hand at catching our dinner from the sea.

Vacation Part 2: Beachcombing, Bonfires, Bakery

After a yummy breakfast with friends at the legendary Pig 'N Pancake in Astoria, we drove to Cannon Beach to celebrate our 1-year wedding anniversary. Two nights of rest and relaxation at the beach.

Ahh...Vacation Part 1: Donuts, Pregnant Pal, Wedding

The blog has been silent lately because of a lovely summer vacation that took us back to Washington and Oregon. The vacation started in Portland with a visit to my lovely and pregnant best friend, where she and her husband introduced us to Voodoo Donuts, a 24 donut-dive. The next day we took in the Portland Public Market before heading to Astoria for a wedding.