Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Emily in the City

I love having visitors. Not only because you get to spend a concentrated amount of time with someone you love, but also because it forces you to get out and be a tourist. It really is a win-win. Win.

This weekend, Alex and I had our first visitor in our new DC apartment, Emily from A Cambridge Story! It was our best weekend yet in DC. So much fun! 

We kicked it off with a little girls night in with Emily's college friend, and my new friend, Casey on Friday night. We spent Saturday meeting Casey's new niece, Claire, and chowing down on fried starches and beers at ChurchKey. Then Sunday, took a run to the White House, grabbed strawberry cupcakes at CakeLove, and spent the rest of the day checking out Eastern Market!

Eastern Market is Washington DC's oldest continually operated fresh food public market. It is located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The market boasts a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.

It also has an abundant supply of local and imported meats and cheeses. You can get practically anything you want from 10 year old New York Cheddar to cured pig ears to live Maryland blue crabs.

There are also prepared foods like sandwiches, potato salads, and meatballs available behind huge deli counters lined with hungry customers.

You can also get fresh flowers by the bunch or the bouquet. 

Since all the sights and smells were making us starving. Alex, Emily, and I decided to take a break and get some lunch. We started off our meal with some yummy fried green tomatoes topped with fry sauce and Old Bay.

We then moved on to double cheeseburgers, crab cake sandwiches, and hand cut French fries.

In addition to being a great place to by farm fresh foods, there is also a fun little cultural aspect to Eastern Market. There was a jazz band and impromptu professional dancing.

We continued our tour of the Eastern Market area by heading over to Eighth Street to grab dessert at Ted's Bulletin. Though Ted's Bulletin is a full service diner-like restaurant, we only stopped in for a treat. 

Though we were stuffed from lunch, it was hard to pass up their delicious looking cocktails and their even more delicious looking milkshakes.

But there were no seats at the bar so we ordered a two cherry Pop-Tarts and an Oatmeal Cream Pie to go.

We decided to start off with the cherry Pop-Tarts and save the Oatmeal Cream Pie for later because we were just so curious. What would a homemade Pop-Tart taste like? Let me tell you. These were fabulous.

The filling was tart and fresh.

The pastry crust was flaky and buttery and iced with the perfect amount of sweetness, as well as red and pink sprinkles.

Afterward, we popped over to the Afterwords Cafe at Kramer Books in Dupont Circle for a coffee and a couple of drinks.

Although we didn't re-live Emily's first experience at Kramer Books, it was fun to grab a couple of last drinks and talk about plans for the next weekend we will all be together in Boston. Then we had to bring Emily to her hotel and say goodbyes.

When Alex and I got home we shared our oatmeal cream pie from Ted's Bulletin. It was completely out of this world and a nice way to end a weekend of eating and drinking our way across DC. Yum!


  1. Yay! Great weekend and awesome photos. Mine are kind of crappy. Can't wait til Sat when you are back HERE!

  2. Looks like so much fun! Maybe if you come up to Boston to see Emily at some point, we can plan a blogger meet-up!

  3. Megan, that would be super fun. I would love to do a blogger meet up. Maybe in April or May? I usually try to come home once a month. Hope wedding planning is going well!