Oh break, how I love thee.
After a grueling few weeks following Spring Break, this was a vacation much needed.
Destination: Washington D.C.
Wait, I live in Washington D.C.?
Well poop, who says that means it can’t be a vacation? I love what this city has to offer—everything from gourmet eateries to delicious hole-in-the-walls, yoga to hiking in greenbelts, doing nothing to doing everything.
It’s perfect for me. I could’ve happily spent this vacation on my own, but I was in for a treat instead…
Ma mere! (My mother )
That’s right, mother dearest flew out to join me for a few days soaking in the cherry blossoms of our capitol!
I’ve had plenty of real work/homework to do, but we’ve managed to squeeze in plenty of fun as well.
I’m a little bit behind on posts (and homework), so for now we can just peak at the first day or so of staycation paradise.
Started with me going to French. Afterwards, I attended to a few meetings before hanging around the campus coffee shop. A little while later, I was greeted by the wonderfully familiar face of Mom!
After meeting a few friends (S, P, and others), we promptly headed off to lunch at Paul, a french bakery/café in Georgetown. I ordered a smoked salmon tartine, while Mom opted for a goat cheese-kalamata olive tartine.
Both were good but not so spectacular that I’m dying to go back. The restaurant decorations, however, were AWESOME. Future house inspiration?
Of course, we were so close to a particularly fantastic cupcake shop that we just HAD to stop.
Enter Baked & Wired, my favorite cupcake/tea & coffee shop on the planet.
I bumped into a friend who works there, so he helped us pick out the two perfect cupcakes that would suit us best. The selectees?
1) Classic Strawberry: Vanilla cake with strawberry chunks and strawberry frosting
2) Vegan “Depression Era: Dense, chocolate cake with peanut butter-chocolate frosting
Both were great! Mum preferred the former, and I liked the latter best.
I headed to my accounting class after lunch, while Mum killed time shopping on M St.
H&M addict? I’m not pointing any fingers. /points finger at Mom.
We then headed to our humble abode for the next few days and planned out dinner.
Naturally, we were both craving Ethiopian.
Is that natural? Oh you betcha.
Perrier (to continue the French theme)
Vegetarian Combo Platter for 2
Forgive me for not remembering all the names exactly, but it was something like this:
- Gomen (stewed collard greens)
- Tomato Salate
- Atkilt Wot (cabbage, potatoes, carrots)
- Misir Wot (red lentil + berbere sauce)
- Misir Alitcha (Yellow split pea stew)
- Shiro wot (Ground, dried chickpea stew)
- heaps and heaps of awesome injera
All gone! (Okay, admittedly there were leftovers, but I was FULL after this massive platter.)
Zenebech Injera near Howard University.
Definitely an authentic place. How did I know?
Duke Ellington made an appearance too!
Before catching the metro back, we walked around the Howard area for a bit.
I enjoyed the positivity of this sign
And then, it was time for bed!
I was pooped with a capital P and proceeded to sleep 12 hours.
Who. am. I.
Off to do work!