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Eating my way through D.C.

Ever want to just get up and go somewhere you’ve never been? Or maybe it’s a place you’ve already gone to but wanted to revisit? Instead of course, you do the more practical thing and brush that day dream under the rug because, well—life. For once I did that—I needed a break. Mostly, I needed a season change–Florida heat can make anyone go a little crazy. So I asked Boss Lady for two weeks off, which she gladly gave me  because she’s an angel, called up my friend in Washington, DC, cousin in New York, and college roommate/bestie who had just moved to Brooklyn and told them I was coming up. My mission: to go anywhere and everywhere there was food.

Founding Farmer’s “Quality and natural ingredients”

Tip:

Make reservations the day before

Why I Love It

Their ingredients come from sustainable American family farms, and taste incredibly fresh. It’s clear Founding Farmer’s takes their holistic approach very seriously. Plus the founder has an obvious sense of humor for puns; being in the capitol city, it only made sense to fashion the name of this establishment after  the nation’s Founding Father’s.

Something you might not know

As we sat down to eat our waiter told us the one time they had a tomato shortage in their kitchen, all they had to do was call up the local farmer who distributed them their tomatoes and have him bring in a new supply that day!

They have an open floor layout downstairs as well as a quieter intimate level upstairsquieter intimate level upstairs
Catch up on your farming and food know-how in the reading section while you wait reading section

Catch up on your farming

True food true drink

To accommodate for my wheat allergy, the server substituted the biscuits that came with the platter for fruits

platter for fruits

Pitango Gelato

Their specialty

Gelato, sorbets, and coffee-espressos. They use organic grass-fed milk, cream, and free-range eggs. For you vegans or lactose-intolerants, their sorbets are dairy free.

Pitango gelato

Why I love it

Pitango’s gelato and sorbets are free of artificial ingredients, colorings, flavorings and chemicals, and low on fat and sugar content.

There’s always something new to try

Aside from the classics, they have exotic flavors like mojito, rhubarb, and passion fruit.

nocciola

I tried the NEW flavor CAFFE ESPRESSO

NEW flavor CAFFE ESPRESSO Oyamel Concina Mexicana

Oyamel Concina Mexicana

Vibe: Vibrant, ambient, modern, artsy

Vibrant, ambient, modern, artsy

Specialty

They’re a tapas style restaurant. Everything comes out in small plates and is meant to be shared. It becomes a little pricey as you add on more platters. Don’t expect to leave on a full stomach from their portions.

Why I like them

They have a diverse allergy-friendly menu that not too many restaurants have and it is color coded at the top. Gluten, vegetarian, vegan, shellfish, nuts, & dairy. Plus their GUACAMOLE IS BOMB.

Why I like them

Why I won’t be going back

They still made their ingredients with Soy. Having a soy allergy is probably the number one reason it’s difficult for me to eat out at restaurants, but I just ended up being creative and picked the one item on the menu which was soy-free and added some salsa and guacamole on top. Did I mention how good their guacamole was?!

Mexican Food

Protein Bar

Vibe: Modern

Protein Bar

Why I LOVE them

Aside from the fresh, great taste, Protein Bar is considered a Fast Food restaurant AND healthy — huhwut?! You can go in and place your order at the counter just like any usual fast food restaurant and have a smoothie, green juice, salad, wrap, quinoa bowl, or chili ready for you in less than 5 minutes.

Why I think there should be more

Protein Bar is an expanding franchise but it is still very very new–you can count the number of stores they have on two hands. I’m pretty sure if there were more franchises like this available in every local community, it would be less tempting to eat poorly when looking for a quick bite to eat. If Chipotle could do it, I think Protein Bar can do it too.

Protein Bar : expanding franchise

Protein Bar

food adventures

 So that was my food adventures around D.C. in a nutshell, give or take a few that weren’t worth mentioning. 

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8 Comments

  1. Avatar for annie
    annie November 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

    shouldn’t have seen that guacamole at this hour… actually everything looks really yum!

  2. Avatar for Rach @ This Italian Family
    Rach @ This Italian Family October 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Oh my goodness, everything looks SO delicious! This post is making me hungry, haha!

  3. Avatar for crendina
    crendina October 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    love your photos, your point of view… great food!Cris

  4. Avatar for Brittany
    Brittany October 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    OH MY! So much amazing looking food. I think exploring areas by their food is one of the best ways to explore! I’ve only been to DC once, but I did have a nice meal at a place that served fantastic vegan food!

  5. Avatar for Courtney Brown
    Courtney Brown October 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    AWESOME pictures & holy YUM-ness!

  6. Avatar for Feline Creatures
    Feline Creatures October 17, 2014 at 10:16 am

    What a fun outing! I’ve never been to DC but would love to check the places out when I’m there. Great share! xo~ Lena
    http://www.felinecreatures.com

  7. Avatar for prettyloved
    prettyloved October 15, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Yum everything looks incredible! I love DC! Such a fun place to visit. So much to do and see

  8. Avatar for The Fashion Huntress
    The Fashion Huntress October 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Great photos! I love DC :)

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