D.C. Favorites

Fall is here. Red and golden brown leaves everywhere. Nice, cool, breeze on a daily basis. The emergence of coats, scarves, and caps each way you look. It is a beautiful season. I was lamenting to D how Fall in Southern California isn’t as prominent as I’d like, and that I’d miss the changing seasons if and when we leave D.C.

This had me thinking of all my favorite things. From the places that D and I enjoy visiting to the things we like to do in the DC metropolitan area. Over the years, we’ve collected a good list of places and things. (Crazy to believe we’re coming up on our 5th D.C.-anniversary!) Some are even our favorite date-night go-tos. Even though our hearts are 100% California all-the-time, anytime, we’re still fond of our adopted city. Here is a partial list of our D.C. favorites:

  • Port City Brewery in Alexandria, VA – Definitely a favorite of D. This brewery, unlike others, is close by and open every day of the week.
  • Paradiso Pizzeria in Dupont Circle – I used to work at a pizza shop after college. This led to my affinity for pizza and pizza making. Paradiso’s pizzas are extremely good, and i love the oven!
  • National Zoo in Woodley Park – It’s free and fun.
  • Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center – As a child, I fell in love with Star Trek. The idea of space travel has always intrigued me. Which is why this center is one of my favs. Space, it’s the last frontier.
  • Annapolis – Only a quick drive away, Annapolis gives us a nice break from the city.
  • Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA – Lovely winery with lots of picnic areas on the property. Another wonderful date venue.
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Mt. Vernon, VA – We love it so much we keep getting annual passes.
  • Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA – If you love living museums, take a trip to Williamsburg. It’s beautiful and lots of fun for kids young and old.
  • Korean BBQ in Annandale, VA – We have a few spots we like to go to – Honey Pig, Il Mee, and Oegadgib. Usually we decide on how hungry we are, what we want eat, and what time it is, since some of the restaurants are open later than others.
  • Toro Toro at McPherson Square – Get the LA BOMBA for dessert. It’s AMAZING!
  • El Centro in Georgetown – One of our favorite brunch spots, this place is also great for a weekend meal. Order a Fresca drink. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Open City in Woodley Park – Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this place is comforting and great.
  • Las Canteras in Adams Morgan – Wonderful Peruvian food. Happy Hour too!
  • Old Town Alexandria – Perfect for a date night any time of the year.
  • Cactus Cantina in Cleveland Park – There are only a few items we like to order on the menu, but for a burrito or enchilada craving, hit this place up. They also carry my beloved Pacifico beer.
  • Korean Cart on 15th and K St. – It’s a little cart located between 14th and 15th St. owned by a husband and wife. Best lunch you can buy for $5-7.
  • District Taco in Downtown D.C. – Great tacos for a wonderful price. 3 tacos for $7!
  • Maine Avenue Fish Market – Two words, BLUE CRABS. Nom nom nom.

With that, tell me what are your favorite things to see/do in D.C. Maybe D and I can add them to our own list.

‘Til the next time.
– E

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