Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Part 2: Wedding Anniversary and a Road Trip

Do you know what's better than a spur of the moment road trip? Having Le Pain Quotidien located directly across the street from your hotel. I’m in love with this bakery and wish I had one across the street from my house. No actually, make that two blocks away; I have to at least squeeze in some kind of exercise after eating all that bread, tartines, tarts and pastry I would eat there regularly.

I am completely jealous if you happen to have one near you. By the way, still kicking myself for not trying their Pain aux Chocolat… Agh, totally craving one right now!

As I mentioned before, hubby and I have never visited DC. So, we were pretty excited to see our nation’s capital. We each had a list of places, museums and monuments we wanted to see before we left. We were armed and ready with camera, cellphone, and maps in hand.

Isn’t it silly being tourists? You’re always confused, lost or all of the above. I have to admit, even with map in hand and directional signs everywhere pointing you to the right direction; we got lost. LoL… I’ll blame it on dehydration. We were there during a heat wave, but we sucked it up. We braved the sun and sunburn later that evening. We’re troopers, at least in my mind. :) After all, we only had 24 hours and everything to see

Friday, July 22, 2011

Part 1: Wedding Anniversary and a Road Trip

Last weekend was my 7th wedding anniversary… time flies. It seemed like it was just yesterday that I was stressing out about putting a wedding “reception-ish” together in less than a month. My husband and I wanted to elope, but in the middle of making plans to Vegas to get married by Elvis (I know that sounds super corny, but I love Elvis!) word got out.

Needless-to-say, our family wasn’t really happy about that. So… they convinced us to get married at the courthouse and have an “intimate” family dinner. The dinner guest list started getting bigger and bigger… and bigger. I think you know how it goes; “Oh, you have to invite so and so, they will be really upset if you don’t.” The small intimate family dinner became more of a reception with about 85 guests. It was very stressful, but it was fun.

Since that day, we don’t really plan anything for our anniversary. We just go with the flow…

After our Saturday morning breakfast; hubby asked me if I wanted to have dinner at Chef Todd English’s newest restaurant, Crossbar at the Limelight. Of course my reply was, “heck yes!”

By the afternoon, I started craving Southern BBQ. I asked the hubby if he wanted to go on a road trip searching for some Southern BBQ. Without skipping a beat, he Googled BBQ pits around the area. As he searched, he found out that DC was having a Summer of Food Month and that weekend was Belgium Food Week.

We looked at each other… DC it is! As I packed a weekend bag, he booked the hotel. By early Saturday evening, we were in our car trucking from Jersey to DC. I love being care free! As sad as this sound, we have never been to Washington DC. So, we were super excited.
Our commute was perfect until we hit Baltimore, MD and bumper to bumper traffic. We were stuck in traffic for hours during a heat wave; oh, did I mention our air conditioning isn’t working. Yup! Gross…

We arrived at the hotel at 10:00PM exhausted, but excited to start our morning.

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