My Week in DC

The last week I have been in DC visiting an old campaign friend, Sana. 

 
I flew out of Orlando into Regan. There are two airports for DC, Regan is the most direct. The metro ones straight into the airport which makes it really easy to get to your hotel or wherever you are staying. Sana lives near DuPont, which is on the red. I just had to change metro lines once at metro center. The metro system in DC is very easy to use. If you are ever having a problem on how to found your way around DC download the official metro app or use google maps and pick the public transit option. 

My flight arrived around 8am. It only took 30 minutes to get to DuPont from Regan. I broke one of my number rules of travel Don’t over sleep! I had been up since 12pm the day before due to working night shift and having errands. I told myself I would just sleep a few hours… Which turned into 6 hours! While I was discounted in myself, it made me rested for my night out on DuPont.  One tip I like to give to my follow travels is to dive deep into the city. If getting coffee, don’t go to Starbucks. Don’t go to places that you can go to in your hometown. 

Nightlife in DC

I experienced two different bar scences:

DuPont and U street 

U street reminds me of the college bars back home. Where it’s all frat boys and you can’t move in the bar. I don’t know about you, but I like being able to breathe. We went to Brixton on U Street.


 There was a 30 minute wait to get inside. My friend sweared that this was a great place. I forgot that she loves college bars. The bar had three levels, 1-bar 2-dance floor 3- roof top bar. All were too crowded. We tried to dance, but after the 5th frat boy bumped into me I was over it. 

[Sana and I at Madhatter]

DuPont was more my style. It was young business professionals. My favorite bar of the night was Madhatter. 

 I liked the theme, the drinks were good, and it was not super packed.

Winner: DuPont. You can find U street at home


National Mall-

  
This is an all day event, but don’t skip it. Seeing all these monuments is moving and gives you a feeling of patriotism.  I worked the whole thing and it took around 4 1/2 hours.  Make sure you walk on both sides of the reflection pond. I missed one of them to the left side of the Lincoln monument. Also remember that the new MLK Jr monuments and others are across the street (riverside) from the Lincoln monument. My favorite monument is on this side. 

FDR!


FDR is my favorite president. As you walk those and read all of his quotes they still are true today. I recommend that you read through the all the monument to get a real sense of each person.

National Zoo


I spent the whole afternoon here. If you have been to a big zoo before I would skip this zoo. Actually I lied, walk in, go straight to the baby panda, then leave. 


The baby panda makes it worth it. I think I probably stood there for 15 minutes watching the mother and baby play together. The zoo is a mile walk from the Woodley metro. When you exit the metro take a left and after a mile it will be on your right.

Be Basic and Do Brunch

Brunch is a way of life in DC and I LOVE IT. Brunch is my favorite meal. Most places only do brunch on the weekend. You will need a reservation if don’t want to wait 2 hours for a table. Sunday we did brunch at 

Founding Farmers


I had been to this place for dinner before years ago, but never brunch. I had the crab benedict with cheese grits (what southern girl doesn’t add cheese?!?). 


It was amazing. The egg was the perfect amount of runny and I actually enjoyed the grits. As a southern girl, I judge breakfast places by their grits. I feel if you can not make grits right, then you can’t make anything right.

Le Pain Quotidien


I loved this place so much that I ate here Monday and Tuesday morning. My waiter,  Keyed, was the nicest man. We bonded over the love of hot sauce. Which their hot sauce is on fire, use sparingly. Monday I got the goat cheese and much room omelet with a iced mocha.

This was amazing. The goat cheese and muchrooms went some well together. I could have done without the bread.

Tuesday I had

The salmon and chive omelet. This was also delicious. I do not understand why this place is only a 3 star on Yelp. I thought the service and food made this worth a stop. Between these 2 meals, I would get the goat cheese again.