Mimosas & Mad Libs

Hi everyone!

It’s a beautiful Friday morning out there.  Enjoy it.

I’ve been getting some requests for a more detailed post on the food I ate / the bars and restaurants I went to while in DC last weekend.

You asked, so here you go!

First, a big thank you to Meghan for providing such a delicious breakfast spread for Friday and Saturday brunch!

Aren’t her placemats and flowers pretty?  Now onto the restaurants.

DC Chophouse & Brewery (Friday Lunch)

I ordered my first fall beer of the season (the seasonal brew was Oktoberfest), had some amazing cornbread, and enjoyed a Chophouse Chicken Salad.  Grilled chicken, avocado, bleu cheese, fire roasted corn and tomatoes tossed with mixed greens and citrus vinaigrette.  I left off the bacon.

Martin’s Tavern (Friday Dinner)

This is a great place to grab food in Georgetown.  Martin’s Tavern boasts:

“In this unique atmosphere, patrons naturally engage with each other in the spirit of the city; familiar neighborhood faces mix with the most powerful names in Washington and popular culture ensuring a genuine dialogue and friendship amongst all.  It is this classic characteristic of Martin’s Tavern’s staff and patrons that brought monumental figures such as Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and even Richard Nixon to hold court in Martin’s booths. Our tradition of hospitality to has brought every sitting president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush to the tables of our tavern.”

Another fun fact:  JFK proposed to Jackie here!  In booth #3, dubbed “The Proposal Booth.”  Unfortunately we didn’t get to sit there, but we saw it.  I refrained from taking a picture of the random strangers that were lucky enough to get that table.  That probably would have been weird.

I went with filet kabobs for dinner – skewered teriyaki-marinated tenderloin tips, yellow squash, zucchini, onions, peppers, mushrooms & tomatoes served over rice.  It was a HUGE portion!

Old Glory BBQ (Saturday Lunch)

This place was really cool!  Definitely a fun venue for grabbing drinks and just hanging out.  We got to sit on their outdoor patio, which was nice since the weather was warm.  I ordered my second Oktoberfest of the weekend and then turned my usual salad ordering into a BBQ feast.  Check out this “Smokeshack Salad” – smoked pork, chicken & brisket, mixed greens, cucumbers, tomato, onions, cheddar cheese, corn chow chow & BBQ vinaigrette.  How fantastic does this look?

Cheryl’s Cookies (Weekend Treat)

Meg’s mom sent her an assortment of Cheryl’s cookies recently, and well, Erin and I just happened to be there to reap the benefits.  I’m telling you, these may look pretty ordinary but this Buttercream Frosted Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookie was to die for.  I had one on Thursday night when we got there, and another one on Friday.  So good.

PS7’s (Saturday Night Drinks)

Very cool lounge for cocktails!  Meg, Erin, and I sat on these little couch like seats and enjoyed some very different drinks.  Their lounge menu was so cool – everything at first looked so weird, almost like the ingredients in each beverage didn’t go together – but the drinks were good!  I got two Gnome’s Waters:  Hendrick‟s Gin + cucumber water + lemon lavender syrup = surprisingly cool and refreshing.

Ming’s Restaurant (Saturday Night Drinks / Late Dinner)

I can’t find a website for this place!  Sorry, no hyperlink.  After PS7’s, we wandered over to Chinatown for late night Chinese.  I can’t even remember the last time I ordered Chinese food!  We got teriyaki chicken sticks, chicken lo mein, and sesame beef to share.  And fortune cookies.  Also, a flaming volcano!  You can’t even see the fire in this picture:

Busboys & Poets (Sunday Brunch)

Hence this post title, Sunday’s brunch was filled with:

Mimosas

Mad Libs

And yummy food, of course!

I got the egg wrap, which included tortilla wrapped scrambled eggs, peppers, onions and cheese with home fries or grits.  Instead of the home fries or grits, I substituted a side fruit salad.

The overall vibe of this place was neat, kind of earthy crunchy.  It had a cute little gift shop attached, prides itself on its natural options (think buckwheat pancakes instead of your typical buttermilk), and hosts several events every week that are free to the public – book signings, open mic nights, and more.  Busboys & Poets’ mission statement:  “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.”  Pretty neat if you ask me.

And of course:

Georgetown Cupake

But you guys already read all about those.  🙂

I added all these to my Bars & Restaurants page, which you all should check out if you haven’t already!

Question(s) of the Day:  Have any of you also been to any of these places?  If not, if you could try just one (cupcakes aside), which would it be?!

What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?

Hi everyone,

I don’t usually like to use Fitness & Feta as a forum to complain, but today I am using my lunch break to vent about my crappy night/morning.  I’m entitled to do that every once in a while, right?!

Last night I couldn’t fall asleep.  I don’t know why, but I was tossing and turning until about two in the morning.  What the heck?  I ended up taking one of the muscle relaxers I was prescribed for my shoulder strain.  That knocked me out, but sure as hell didn’t help me wake up easily this morning.  I had to drag myself out of bed and was so groggy the entire commute to work.  Which, by the way, was not very peachy.  The highway was completely backed up, and my normally half hour commute was over an hour long.  I was so annoyed that I was already running late and thought, what would an extra ten minutes be?  I tried to stop at Dunks to get a coffee to get me through the morning, and you know what?  Dunks was closed because of the town’s water ban.  I never stop for coffee in the morning.  Ever.  Grrrr.  Now I’m chugging boring company coffee and feeling annoyed at every single person that walks by my desk with a Dunks cup in tow.

Sleep deprivation, misuse of prescription drugs, caffeine.

Pinnacle of health, that I am.

Anyways!

I’d like to share some of the pictures I took this weekend in Washington DC, specifically ones from the exhibit Erin and I went to at the National Archives.

 

The exhibit was called “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?  The Government’s Effect on the American Diet.”

“Food. We love it, fear it, and obsess about it.

We demand that our Government ensure that it is safe, cheap, and abundant. In response, Government has been a factor in the production, regulation, research, innovation, and economics of our food supply. It has also attempted, with varying success, to change the eating habits of Americans.

From the farm to the dinner table, explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government’s effect on what Americans eat.”

I love this description of the exhibit.  First of all, the love, fear, and obsess quote is so true.  Americans are obsessed with food.  It’s the focus of nearly all social events.  There’s food television.  The Biggest Loser.  Food magazines.  Going out to eat.  And people just love to talk about diets!  Start listening to the conversations that take place around you and I guarantee you will notice people frequently discussing what they ate for dinner last night and how much weight they need to lose.  And don’t forget about all those gosh darn food blogs out there!

The fear part is interesting too.  Seems to me that in recent years society has a peaked overall interest in eating organic, no?  Is our food clean?  Will it cause sickness?  Are food prices getting too high?  And so on.

The exhibit was broken down into four main areas, I pasted the descriptions from the website below:

  1. FARM:  Discover the many ways that Government has affected farming from the days of horse and plow to the combine harvester.
  2. FACTORY:  Explore how Government regulation of food processing and labeling evolved after the industrial revolution.
  3. KITCHEN:  Find out why the Government wanted us to “eat the carp,” “share the meat,” and “know our onions.”
  4. TABLE:  Learn about how the Government has affected our eating habits and its unintentional effects on the American appetite.

Here were some of the highlights, in my opinion.

JFK’s Fish Chowder Recipe from 1961:

Food Administration Poster from 1916:

I loved this, probably because I love cottage cheese, and I don’t think many people do.  This poster was from the Food Administration under Herbert Hoover during World War I.  They used to promote “Wheatless Wednesdays” and “Meatless Mondays,” and this poster encourages eating cottage cheese for protein intake instead!

I think this next one is the Pure Food and Drug Act.  There were lots of pictures up about the horrifying factory conditions, contaminated food, and all the efforts made to ensure Americans were eating cleanly.  I thought the actual size original document was so cool.

Every Child Needs a Good School Lunch.  This poster was one of the promotional materials when the government was trying to expand the school lunch program.

The old food “pyramid.”  I think this was my favorite.  Butter has its own food group!?!  And notice at the bottom, “In addition to the basic 7, eat any other foods you want!”   Cracked me up!

Question(s) of the Day:  Do you think Americans are too obsessed with food and dieting?  Do you think that you personally are obsessed with any one aspect of them?

Hope your Wednesdays are going better than mine!