Watching President Barack Obama simply walk out onto the Capitol brought me to tears it was so moving. I didn’t make it to the first inauguration and I promised myself that if he was re-elected I would make it. I made it my business to actively support him through volunteering, organizing, fundraising and just generally supporting the fact that he is the best man for the job and being a cheerleader whenever I got the chance. I’m glad I did pitch in because when election night came, I felt victorious too! I was literally dusting the dirt off of my shoulders and crying tears of joy. It was all too surreal. Being there for the ceremony was like wedding day. I was telling one of my friends that the only thing I could compare the pride and joy I felt when he walked out to was the feeling that you’re supposed to get when you see your groom at the altar for the first time. I had been ‘there’ with and for that person, and he was there for me as an American and I know that he will do his best to not disappoint me and I genuinely love and respect my President as a man, as a father, as a husband and as a leader
What’s Cooking?The Great restaurants and Eateries I patronized during my vacation and what I ordered. I loved these restaurants principally because I am a foodie and I like to be treated as such! I travel far distances and spend good money to feed my fascination with delicious food and culinary mastery and I like for that to be honored.
1. BUSBOYS AND POETS – K street location and U Street Location
When I walked in I told my cousin, who was so wonderfully hospitable to me, “Its like my heart” lol! I love the atmosphere the music, the paintings and murals on the walls and the menu made it hard to choose, everything sounds delicious and they vegan and vegetarian menu’s are just as tempting as the options with meat and fish. I heard great reviews before I arrived and I knew this was a stop I had to make. I highly recommend it and will definitely be returning.
Pictures above: Gnocchi and Sausage, Mimosas,. Fried tomatoes, popcorn, Mai Tai, Pot roast etc.
AH what I would not do for another plate of this authentic Italian goodness. I stumbled upon this family owned Italian restaurant after refusing to wait in a ridiculous line (and pay a cover) for some day party that was going on. Thank God for good sense because I fell right in front of some of the best calamari I have ever had, EVER. I’m no expert food columnist but I know I have gotten myself into something serious when the waitress brings you oil and vinegar with your bread and not cold packets of land’o lakes butter, better yet when your red wine is served at the proper temperature and not ice cold. The calamari? I was pleased to find that I was not dealing with some industrial sized gummy piece of fried food that is lukewarm and has obviously been frozen, it was hearty, hot, breaded and lightly fried to perfection and I really wish I had a plate of them right now.
(I think I spent about $40 bucks in this place for wine plus my half of the appetizer my entree and a tip, I had enough left to take home but I was runnig around so I left it behind but I got my moneys worth, not very crowded at all and the service was great, the waitress even charged my dying phone, a gypsy like myself always carries a spare charger lol)
4. Eastern Market –
After a very very exiting and interesting night out in D.C. with my friends I managed to sober up and get my family out to eastern market for some Sunday morning Glory and Good eats. It was great to find a place to buy fresh fruits and veggies and flowers etc. and it was absolutely gorgeous outside. I , of course didn’t need a ton of anything that they were selling seeing that I was leaving fairly soon but it is always nice to get out and take a walk. I found my way to some delicious breakfast while I was there. My family had fueled up on some awful free hotel breakfast that I absolutely couldn’t bare more that two bites of so I was dining solo, until they wanted a taste of my delicious crab-cake Benedict breakfast with chili grits.
(Not pricey at all, The service was great but the line was long due to extremely high attendance but it was well worth the wait, the portion size was enough too share for me but could be a perfect size for those that like a very hearty breakfast)
5. Acadiana –
The dipping concoction for the rolls in this place are to die for! They served my red wine cold but hey, you cant win them all. I stopped in after my volunteer shift on Monday evening knowing that it would be my last chance to find some good eats before I headed back to my hotel in Baltimore and back to Florida the next morning. The place was packed with guests from the inaugural ball and my friend and were probably the warmest patrons in the place having come from a volunteer shift that lasted a few hours out in the cold which was bittersweet and left us peeling off one layer after the other before dining. We even made friendly banter with a woman that was lucky enough to snag two tickets to the ball for herself and her husband just before we devoured some of their delicious catfish (pictured above).
(Portion size was more than enough considering how many of those delicious rolls you will be tempted to eat, A little pricey but well worth it, service was delightful and the traffic was low due to traffic in the area being shutdown for the Inaugural ball less than a block away)
What I wore
I had a ton to do and plenty of places to go so I had to dress for long days with cold weather lots of mileage and several events.
More photos for you enjoyment!