It’s been on my DC bucket list for a while to go to the Kennedy Center. I see the beautiful white building from afar all the time, when I’m walking on the waterfront or in a cab on the way to the Verizon Center or Union Station. On Sunday night I finally went and I must say it’s pretty great up close too! The inside has two really long halls with tall ceilings and rows of flags, and everything is lined in red carpet. There were no shows going on at the time so we had the whole place to ourselves.I think it’s funny how all the famous presidents have their own building or park in DC… there’s the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Roosevelt Island, and the Kennedy Center (I think I’m definitely missing a couple too).
After taking the elevator up to the terrace floor we went outside to the rooftop, which has great 360 views of DC and the surrounding area. I definitely want to come back up here on a spring day for lunch, or on a summer night when it’s not so windy! Also, I want to come back and actually watch a show here, like the ballet.
Or so it seems from the amazing warm weather this weekend. I took full advantage and made it outside both days. Saturday I took a walk to Roosevelt Island, where we did the 1.8 mile loop around the whole outer trail, getting just a little muddy on the way. The last time I came here there was almost no one else in sight, but this time, I guess because of the rare sunny day, everyone was walking, many of them with their dogs.
February 14 is not just special because it’s Valentine’s Day, it’s also L’s birthday! My roommate and I have been roommates ever since we were paired through an online dating-like system the summer before our freshmen year and every year it’s so fun to celebrate. This time we all went out to Farmers Fishers Bakers, a restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront. It took us forever to get there because it was just after the snowstorm hit, and we walked at a snail’s pace to avoid slipping. Once inside, we warmed up with some “scorpion” drinks that came in a huge bowl and skeleton.The food was good too - I had the Farmer’s Daughter sandwich, which had avocado, brie, spinach, sprouts, and roasted red peppers on apple walnut raisin bread.
Sisters Thai is a restaurant that feels a bit like Anthropologie… the walls are lined with books and random knick-knaks, there are comfy blue chairs and pots of flowers on each table. They also happen to have really good Thai food:
Phuket Island - exotic Thai spices with seafood and coconut milk. I’ve been having major seafood cravings lately so this was perfect;Pad see ew noodles with chicken;Spicy eggplant and chicken with basil in black bean sauce.
You all already know how obsessed I am with holidays, so when it came time for Valentine’s Day I finally got around to making some homemade cards which I’ve been wanting to do for a while (I used to all the time as a little kid, and I still have boxes and boxes of stickers, stamps, and crafting things in my house). Paper Source on M Street in Georgetown was the perfect spot to pick up some plain cards and pink decorative papers… I spent so long in the store just wandering around and wanting to buy everything! I got the idea for the design from a link on Pinterest and made about 15, wrote a cheesy poem inside, and sent to friends and family, some of whom I don’t get to see very often since they’re all over from California to Chicago. They were also perfectly paired with the pink macarons from Paul Bakery that I gave someone as a gift!
There’s nothing like a good long catch up lunch with an old friend, at Kafe Leopold’s, one of the cutest spots in Cady’s Alley hidden on a corner street of Georgetown… L introduced me to the tea sandwich trio’s at Leopold’s - we both got the egg salad, smoked salmon, and cheese sandwiches, along with fresh squeezed lemonade. The trio of sandwiches was perfect for those like me who tend to be indecisive when there’s a menu full of yummy choices. For dessert, we shared the almond cake which was delicious - really rich and flavorful.