My BFF, Michelle, came to DC for a few days in July of 2014 with our friend, Robbie, who was in town for work. Tommy and I met up with them for dinner and took them to one of our favorite DC restaurants – Co. Co. Sala. Almost everything on the menu has a little bit of chocolate in it somewhere! Think macaroni and cheese with a piece of dark chocolate covered bacon on top. Our favorite drink is the “Fetish” which comes garnished with a chocolate covered strawberry. The chocolate mojito, or “Cocojito” isn’t too bad, either! And of course, dessert there is AMAZING.
We followed dinner with drinks on the patio at Poste. Tommy brought me there when I arrived in DC in 2012. He arranged this big happy hour so that I could meet a bunch of his friends and coworkers all at once. The place had amazing cocktails and truffle frites. We spent many afternoons and evenings there, even hanging out there with friends one 4th of July after fireworks on the Mall.
During the two days that Robbie was at his conferences, I got some good girl time with Michelle! We kicked off her super-fast tour of DC with a stop for cupcakes at Red Velvet Cupcakery. We then went to the National Archives where Michelle got to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. We logged some miles walking through the Sculpture Garden, around the monuments on the National Mall, and through the National Museum of Natural History. It’s so much fun playing tour guide/tourist when friends come to town!
Next, we hopped on the Metro to Farragut Square to grab a food truck lunch! We checked out each truck parked on the square before making our decisions. We sat in the grass and ate, reminiscing about the days we used to hunt for taco trucks after a morning of shopping together when I lived in Florida.
After lunch, we went off to Georgetown so Michelle could sample some of Georgetown Cupcakes. Michelle has a thing for cupcakes and they’re kind of a big deal in DC. People debate who has the best: Red Velvet, Georgetown, Baked & Wired, Sprinkles… But cupcakes weren’t enough, so we also stopped in Paul and got some pastries and macarons. We popped into some stores on M street and then made our way to the waterfront to Nick’s Riverside Grill. Some may prefer Sequoia or Tony & Joe’s, but Tommy and I have grown to love the people watching on the patio… and their John Daly’s.
The next day, Tommy and I picked Michelle up and headed out to Northern Virginia wine country. We bounced around to a couple wineries, doing tastings at each. We stopped at Hunter’s Run Wine Barn, 8 Chains, and Hillsboro. We attempted to go to Bloomery Sweetshine Distillery, but they were closed! Bummer because it’s such a great place – you can taste a wide variety of sweetshine/flavored moonshines, cocktails, and slushies!