L in DC: Weekend Recap!

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The gorgeousness of DC. I love that you can see the Washington Monument from pretty much everywhere (ok, I mean – at least where I was).

Guys! I think I need the delinquent blogger award, because I didn’t even take any pictures while I was down in DC this past weekend. I was having so much fun I forgot I was supposed to be capturing it! Whoops! PS: I’ve also limited my “Vegan for Lent” situation to while I’m in Boston Metro (oopsie – but dude, it was tricky/I have no regrets). Here are some of the highlights:

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Does anyone want to grab a drink? πŸ˜‰

Mission Dupont – Dupont Circle

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Exterior of Mission – it looks way cooler lit up at night!

I met up with friends for drinks after eating some incredibly amazing Ethiopian food on U Street (that was probably not vegan, but definitely vegetarian and DELICIOUS). The first stop was Mission Dupont, a restaurant/bar in Dupont Circle that serves house-made cocktail creations with fresh squeezed juices – YUM! Everyone’s favorite drink of the night was their pineapple jalapeno margarita (I am not friends with tequila, so that one was not my favorite but I’m working through it) that was served with a hunk of fresh pineapple and muddled jalapenos at the bottom of the glass. I had an amazing gin cocktail with fresh-squeezed lime juice, soda water and …something else that I forgot (I was having a good time, what can I say?). YUM! All in all, pretty good atmosphere and fun vibes.

Firefly – Dupont Circle (kinda?)

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Inside of Firefly – there was a giant tree!

We eventually migrated down New Hampshire Street to Firefly, for more of a bar/lounge-y vibe just in time for last call (it’s also attached to a hotel, so there’s that). I ordered a Sub Rosa, a cocktail made with Absolute Citron Vodka, St. Germain, Averna Amaro, hibiscus syrup, rose water, Peychaud’s Bitters – which frankly tasted a like cough syrup-y (sad face – it sounded so good when I ordered it!). My friend, however, ordered a Late Harvest cocktail, made with Brokers gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon, red grapes. First of all – it was PHENOMENAL. Also, it’s made with muddled grapes – I’ve never thought of using fresh grapes in a drink before, but I am ALL over it! It tasted fresh, light and absolutely divine. If you guys go there – get that. Seriously worth a trip. Our bartender Chris was super fun and sassy and we had a great time chatting with him as well – good times all around. πŸ™‚

Brunch

Brunch is the best meal ever, isn’t it? DC definitely did not disappoint.

La Diplomate – Logan Circle

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Le Diplomate

I loved this spot! As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with an upscale French cafe vibe, with thoughtfully chic architecture and decor (I immediately regretted that I was wearing head to toe Lulu and not real clothes). If it wasn’t only 30ish degrees out, I would have happily spent the afternoon dining “en plain air” in the seasonally outdoor cafe. The food and service were equally impressive, and seemed to warrant the restaurant’s popularity. My Saturday morning brunch was very un-vegan: I ordered an Egg White Omelet with Ratatouille. The Ratatouille was seriously delicious (YUM) but the most outstanding part of brunch was the basket of fresh, crusty bread made in-house that they brought to your table (Dude, who doesn’t love fresh bread? I would have happily gone for seconds). My friend ordered the Spinach Omelet with goat cheese that was pretty bomb, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re hitting this spot for brunch (especially since it tasted better than mine)! Sadly, I skipped the mimosas because I probably still had some alcohol in my blood from the night before – but the cocktail menu looked extensive and exciting. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

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The bread at Le Diplomate – noms!

Tryst – Adams Morgan

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This is the place to plop down on a couch with your laptop and spend the day sipping their amazing lattes and people watching. Tryst has a chill atmosphere and laid-back vibe – as in they provide animal crackers on the saucer with their Direct-Trade coffee drinks, mismatched silverware and a surprisingly extensive menu. Even though it was packed on Sunday morning, the huge windows and high ceilings still gave a feeling of openness, and the foiled ceiling and vintage-y couches made me feel like I was in a prime hipster hot spot (I was). I ordered a soy Chaipuccino (a Chai with a shot of espresso in it) to start, which alone is worth coming back for. Their brunch menu was HUGE and had just about anything you could want – I chose a Spinach Frittata, made with sauteed spinach, shallots, Gruyere and eggs, and served warm with a side of fresh fruit. It was fantastic and the perfect sized pre-flight meal. YUM! My friend ordered the Lemon Poppy Seed waffle, which was perfectly light, fluffy and lemon-y and served with a homemade blueberry sauce that was out of this world. Between the two, I satisfied my savory/sweet tastes that I always crave at brunch, making me feel perfectly content before heading home to Boston. Also, it’s worth noting that they had plenty of vegan options that I ignored, since I already had plenty of eggs, butter and cheese during the weekend – what’s one more meal? πŸ˜‰ Tryst was definitely also a winner. πŸ™‚

All in all, I had a fantastic time and felt like I got a great introduction to the DC nightlife and great brunch spots (I’m hooked!). Also, you guys in DC have like ZERO snow compared to us in Boston, so it was glorifying to walk around with no gloves, or hat, and I could see the sidewalk (and the opposite side of the street, with the absence of the gigantic snow mounds). Such a fun city! Refreshing, and exciting – and I can’t wait to come back!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

What did you guys do this weekend?? Tell me all about it in the comments.

With warmth,

L

PS: I’m just going to leave this here for you because it’s Monday (just in case):

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33 thoughts on “L in DC: Weekend Recap!

  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun in DC without dealing with the snow burden. Did you see the guy in Boston selling snow and shipping it out? He’s just putting it in water bottles and styrofoam boxes, so I say you should get on that and make a couple extra bucks.

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    • I’m def gonna get on that, C! I did see that and was cracking up. Smart man. It was so refreshing to not immediately walk into a 5 foot mound of snow when you walk outside – it’s starting to feel like springgggggg!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks! I truly had a wonderful time. I’m glad I hit some clutch spots – I felt like my tour guide did a great job with the culinary tour. And yes – that bread – YUM!!! We have a lot of good bakeries in Boston, but seriously – yummmmm. Amaze. πŸ™‚

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  2. You hit up some awesome places! I used to live in DC (in the U street area actually) so reading this made me feel like I was back in my old home πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to Le Diplomate yet, but it’s definitely up there on my list for next time. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Sweeet! I’m so glad you liked it!! It’s always fun to get a visitor’s perspective on somewhere you lived and are familiar with, and see what they liked (at least, I always get excited to see what others like!), isn’t it? I would definitely check out Le Diplomate – it was bomb! And ask for extra bread, it’s totally worth it.

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  3. Le Diplomate serves HANDS DOWN the best bread that’s ever been made outside of Paris. I am willing to battle to the death on this one!

    Sounds like you hit some of great spots here…and it sounds like I have to try Mission; I haven’t yet!

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    • I’m not going to lie – I was eagerly waiting for your comment on this post once I found out I was visiting your current home!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’m so glad I hit the good spots – I had so much fun, and the food/scene was fantastic. I can’t wait to visit again. Mission is definitely fun, I think it would be better during Happy Hour (we got there a little late and the vibe was shifting from after work drinks to one that was kicked up a notch to a little more of a partyyyy). Fun times all around.

      And let me just say – that bread was AMAZINGGGGGGGGGG. I’ll fight to the death on your team, because YUM!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Sweet! My sister lived there for a bit, and I loved visiting her! So fun. πŸ˜€ It’s nice to go back as an adult and get a more in-depth experience (aka when I’m not a college student). Good stuff. πŸ™‚

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