This trip has been more than I ever could have imagined! I fell in love with DC and couldn’t possibly recount all the amazing things I was able to do in my short 4 weeks, but here is a smattering of them to let you in on just how great of a place our capital city is.
1. Event: DC Beer Week
The stars aligned and I happened to find myself in DC during my favorite time of year- beer week. I knew I wasn’t going to have time to scurry around the city to all the different breweries and bars offering special events, so I settled on the opening night event. Seven different breweries brought along two of their favorite brews to be paired with an appetizer each from seven restaurants around DC. With live bluegrass setting the atmosphere in the spacious and luxurious Old Ebbit Grill Atrium, it was obvious this was going to be a fun night. Although starting the night by myself, the free flowing brew made it a welcoming atmosphere and I quickly found some like minded beer snobs and foodies who decided to go all Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi at the event and judge every food pairing. Consensus: DC Brau’s Belgian Space Reaper Double IPA 2.0 paired with Old Ebbit Grill’s cornmeal crusted oyster with smoked tomato vinaigrette and basil aioli was hands down the best. So, to whoever came up with that concoction… please pack your knives and go… straight to my kitchen, thank you.
2. Museum: Holocaust Smithsonian
While there are many incredible museums in DC, my time at the Holocaust museum was educational, emotional, and reflective. The museum takes you through a chronological timeline of events that led up to the rise of Hitler and eventually the Holocaust. It is hard to believe that anything so horrific transpired in our history but as you walk through the museum, you realize that some of the events and circumstances that took place feel eerily familiar. It challenges you to look at what is going on in the world and ask yourself if you would take action if something of this nature was happening in the world. The hard reality is that this has not been a one time occurrence in history and the tragic stories of Cambodia in the 1970s and today’s crisis in Syria force us to reflect on our role as global citizens and ask if we are letting history repeat itself.
3. Restaurant: Busboys and Poets
Busboys and Poets is hard to describe. On its surface, it is a restaurant/bar/coffee shop/book store/ event space all rolled in to one comfortable, convenient, and welcoming location, but once inside you realize it is so much more. I don’t know too many restaurants that have mission statements but theirs sums up what makes this place so special: “Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted…a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul…a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide…we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.” Not to mention it had the best gazpacho and mint infused gin drink I have ever had! I enjoyed this place so much I went twice!
4. Entertainment: A Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Kennedy Center
In order not to ruin anything for future play goers, I will just say this play made me laugh, cry, and squeal. If it ever comes your way- go!
5. Bar: POV at the W
Swanky is probably the best word to describe this bar. Located on the 11th floor of The W hotel, with views of the Washington Monument and White House, I can’t think of a better way to say farewell to DC. With two of my best friends in town we headed here for a sunset drink while we caught up on life. If you can brave the crowds, the views and of course the company, was well worth it!