I would not be a “DC Blogger” without having any mention of the Cherry Blossoms this time of the year! Cherry Blossoms take over the city late March to early April. There’s bars that join forces to turn into the magical Cherry Blossom bar, donuts are adorned with the pretty pink flowers, and there’s even a Cherry Blossom ice-cream flavor! D.C. loves the Cherry Blossoms and despite the freezing weather recently, they were still just as beautiful as in years past!
J and I spent our Saturday morning strolling through and around the Tidal Basin and National Mall. The weather was wonderful and it made me so happy that all the tourists and DC residents still came out to view the Capital’s treasure. Last year we did not make it down to the Cherry Blossoms and I was super sad about it so this year I was determined to go! Plus J has actually never been to them despite living in the city for years now so it was also fun to check this off his “DC Bucket List.”
P.S. It’s always funny as a blogger trying to spot the other bloggers during these prime moments… I’m definitely going to search on Bloglovin a little later to see if I can find some of their blog posts from this past weekend as well!
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C’s Tip: After visiting the Tidal Basin and admiring the beautiful Cherry Blossoms, walk up the mall and past the Capitol building to Hank’s Oyster Bar – Capitol Hill for brunch. Start off with some oysters & cocktails and I highly recommend the Croque Madame on Dark Rye w/ Dill Havarti, Apple, Bacon, Honey Mustard, Sunny Egg & Hollandaise!
A few summers ago J and I went on our own little BBQ tour in search of the best BBQ. This was definitely a challenge since J grew up in Alabama and swore that no place compared to what he grew up with. We tried different BBQ places where ever we traveled to… Virginia, Maryland, Deleware, Alabama, Georgia, and the list goes on. Low and behold our favorite ended up being in our backyard… D.C.
I had heard about DCity Smokehouse on some food review – I think it might have been The Washingtonian’s Best Places to Eat – and when we showed up it was exactly what we had been looking for. The “restaurant” was slightly larger than our galley kitchen, a couple of bar stools and rolls of paper towels. The smell though. Oh. My. Goodness did it smell good. We ran our eyes over the menu and ordered. On our first visit we had plans of taking our food back home but the smell was too good that we decided to wait for those bar stools to be vacant to eat there. (Every other time we did the same- unless Auburn was playing in which case we took it back home.)
Everytime we went to DCity it was packed and understandably so. Finally the BBQ team there decided to move down the road a little to a larger location. After months of waiting for the new DCity Smokehouse to open, we went for lunch & was not disappointed. No longer is it a hole in the wall type place but a really cool build. A mix of industrial and country decor, a good selection of beers on tap, and even some cocktails on the menu- but the smell is still mouth watering and the BBQ has remained no fuss, finger licking good. And in case you don’t want to lick your fingers, they still have the rolls of paper towels for you to use. Exactly what we wanted & hoped the reopen to be.
C’s Tip: Get the crispy brussel sprouts. I know, I know… you don’t go to BBQ places to get vegetables but believe me. They’re SO good! And get there early if you want a seat. Although they now have tables and a bar full of stools, it’s still a popular choice!
I am having a major love affair with high waisted denim right now. Major!
I have ordered quite a few to try, and J laughed at me every time I asked “what about these?” Jeans are one of those things that are SO hit or miss and can be such a huge heartbreak. I actually avoided denim shopping for months and months but then I found these jeans from Old Navy and loved the high waisted style so much that I was on a hunt for more. The jeans I’m wearing are J.Crew which scared me since I don’t always like their denim. I originally saw on another blogger and loved how they looked. I read some reviews, listened and ordered a size down, and although the fit is different looking on me than the blogger I found them off of, I was in the market for a more boyfriend, relaxed fit and I couldn’t pass up the button fly detail. I’ve worn them dressed up and super casual and I love the way both looks worked so easily yet taken a little further because of the style. The material is super soft so if you are looking for a structured jean these aren’t for you, but if you want a comfy jeans snatch them up! And, they come in white, so I’m debating those for a spring jean purchase but for now, happy Friday! Can’t wait to go home and be a blue jean baby this weekend in these.
C’s Note: After snapping these pictures we went to Espita Mezcaleria. They’re known for their Mezcal cocktails & I totally recommend going if you haven’t! The Chicilo Mole was incredible! Beef Short Rib, served over a mole of Avocado Leaf, Tomatillo, Guajillo, Beef Stock with Heirloom Corn Tortillas… hello! And if you go before 7pm they have great happy hour specials including half price their weekly featured Mezcal!
Today I turn 28. Whoa, that sounds pretty darn old. But I think about the last 27 years of my life and no wonder it seems that way- I’ve done a lot of stuff in 27 years!
I’ve never been one to make (or stick with) new years resolutions but I have always used my birthday as a time to think about what I want to do differently, accomplish, change, etc. for the next year. Last year was definitely a crazy one with our engagement parties, showers, wedding, and honeymoon so this year I’m looking forward to a little slower pace of life and making sure I am appreciating the things I do.
We already have a few trips planned for my 28th year including London this Spring (share any tips + favorites you have please!) and then a cruise this summer with stops to Belize and Honduras (again, share any tips + favorites!). I am looking forward to spending time with my husband, family, friends & become an Aunt! We are so excited about welcoming a new little member to the family this summer! We’ve started the search to buy our first home, and I’m sure it’ll be a long search around this area, but a fun one. We have friends’ weddings to attend & I love love so I’m excited to celebrate them. 27 was a great year, but every year just keeps getting better so cheers, 28! I’m excited for what it has in store starting with a delicious dinner tonight at Espita Mezcaleria & a fun little at-home brunch with some friends! Bring on the cocktails!
Directly across from our place is the most adorable little corner coffee shop, Mia’s. After a couple of mornings passing by we couldn’t help but stop in. The menu at first glance is your typical coffee shop fare – lattes and pastries – but then you look twice and see a coffee shop menu with a Latin flare. If you ask their baristas, they’ll recommend the signature drink, the Horchata latte- a milky cinnamon deliciously warm (or cold) drink! I’m a huge fan of their cappuccino- not too frothy & always with a little design! The breakfast and lunch menu consists of different carnitas, black bean, and barbacoa sandwiches and bowls. The barbacoa breakfast bowl is hands down my favorite. So filling and definitely crave worthy. Especially on those weekend mornings when you might have had just one too many drinks the night before!