Day 3 – Last few hours in D.C.

There were two more spots on our list before we started driving back to NYC. After checking out, we drove to Union Market, which was too far for us last time in D.C since we didn’t have a car.

Union Market was a food hall that reminded me a bit of Chelsea Market in NY but with outdoor seating, ping pong and a beer garden.

Outdoor seating Beer garden area

It was the perfect weather for a drink, unfortunately I had to drive, so we browsed the market. There were so many options and a variety of shops that sold more than just food. It would’ve been amazing to try everything in the market, but we had dimsum reservations!

I heard about Maketto and their unique take on dim sum so I had to make a reservation since we were in town. Maketto isn’t you typical restaurant, it was also a cafe and a streetwear fashion store. There were tables where you sat down to eat, a bar, a cafe upstairs and in the middle was apparel on display. Definitely appealing to the hypebeast lifestyle.

We ordered 4 dishes to share and it was definitely more visually appealing than traditional dimsum. It doesn’t taste like your typical dimsum, (I personally prefer this more) but it is light – leaving you a bit hungry after you’re done. The turnip cake stir fry was my favorite. I love turnip cake, but this was the BEST turnip cake I ever had.

Chinese dough sticks with soy milkShanghai potsticker bunsTaiwanese Oyster Omelette Turnip cake stir fry – MY FAVORITE!

Just thinking about the turnip cakes and looking at a picture of it makes me drool.

Maketto was our last stop and meal in D.C, it was time to drive back and it was a long one. It was a wonderful short getaway for Memorial Day Weekend!

Day 2 – Museums & Seafood in D.C.

We started our day with breakfast at a cafe nearby, Emissary before lyfting to National Gallery of Art.

I got the smashed avocado toast with a fried egg. Mint mojito coffee not pictured.

The last time we were in D.C. we didn’t get the chance to go to the East building of the National Gallery of Art so that was the first first stop. I absolutely LOVE the lobby of the building.

I probably spent more time taking pictures of the lobby than looking at art in the gallery. Here’s the rest of pictures I took before we walked over to United States Botanic Garden.

Jacqueline looking at two Georgia O’Keefe paintings.

Art on the roof

The tunnel that connects the east and west wing.

It was around 1ish when we got to the Botanic Garden and boy was it hot. The walk took around 10 minutes but the sun was scorching hot. We didn’t stop sweating when we got there – it was a greenhouse so it felt extra humid! The flowers and plants were worth sweating for though!

Love the hidden dinosaurs in the primal plant section!

A room full of art in the Botanic Garden!

We wanted to visit the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, but the long was too long. We didn’t want to spend time waiting in the scorching heat, especially since it’s our only full day in D.C. and there’s still so much for us to see! We ended up stopping by the Hirshhorn Museum cause we saw a Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkin right outside of it.

Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkin

I’m glad I got to see it since we didn’t get the chance in Tokyo and I missed the exhibit when it was in New York. The Hirishhorn Museum was relatively small so we breezed through it pretty quick.

The original plan was visiting the ARTECHOUSE, but we kept getting sidetracked. We passed by the Smithsonian Institution and I had to stop to get a picture of the garden. It was just too photogenic to pass on.

Smithsonian Institution and the Enid A. Haupt Garden

We stopped by one of the galleries (Arthur M. Sackler Gallery) nearby to escape from humidity and we got lucky with this work of art.

Terminal by Subodh Gupta

Right after we left this gallery, we heard roaring thunder and saw dark clouds coming our way so we decided to go somewhere closer instead – the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

We ran into these two cuties before we got to the museum!

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History was massive. We only went to a couple of exhibits and decided to get late lunch/early dinner since we haven’t eaten since breakfast. It’s been 6 hours!

We took a Lyft to Navy Yards to grab dinner at Whaley’s and wow. Navy Yards reminds me of a mix Seaport and Dumbo In New York. I could see myself living in Navy Yards if I had to move to D.C.

Whaley’s when you walk in!

We started with raw oysters and drinks and finished off with a light entree.

We wanted to explore more of Navy Yard before heading back but unfortunately, it started pouring. We took cover at a Philz Coffee, got mint mojitos and spent a hour relaxing after being on our feet for most of the day.

The last time I got this was in San Francisco!

After feeling well rested, we took a Lyft back to the hotel. Once we got in the car, the storm caught up and it was raining hard. Not only did we get lucky escaping the heavy rain, our Lyft driver was great and since it was a Lyft line we got to “tour” around Georgetown before getting off.

I’m glad we got to do almost everything we wanted to do before it started raining. Overall a successful short trip and we still have two stops before the drive back to NYC tomorrow!

Day 1 – Memorial Day Weekend in D.C.

It’s been awhile since I got out of the city for the weekend, so I decided on DC for the long weekend.

One grande iced coffee, an espresso shot and 5 hours later, we made it to Washington, DC. Unfortunately, the drive from New York didn’t go as smoothly as we wanted. We were stuck in traffic a couple of times which extended our drive by a hour. By the time we got into DC and checked in to our hotel, it was 6pm-ish.

To stretch our legs from the long drive, we walked around Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and Cardozo. A lot of familiar scenery since we were in DC last September.

We decided to get Ethiopian food at Chercher Restaurant for our first meal in DC. It was the perfect choice since we always wanted to try Ethiopian food and there were tons of raving reviews for Chercher.

We ordered the Veggie Deluxe Platter with Chercher Tibs (beef) and two bottles of Ethiopian beer, Babesha. I still remember the amazing aroma when the waitress brought the plate out and the amazing colors of the platter.

Veggie Deluxe Platter and Chercher Tibs

Babesha beer

I loved it – the spices and flavors were amazing and complex in a good way. It was really light so we were surprised at how full we were since we couldn’t finish half of the platter. It had to be because of the injera (Ethiopian flatbread) – which kinda of reminds me of Naan because of how we kind of use it was an edible utensil to pick up the meat/veggies. Defeated from not being able to finish the platter, we took the rest to go.

We decided to end our day early and start our day early since our day would be action packed! Tune in for more tomorrow night!

Goodbye 2017

I feel like I should do a quick recap of all my trips this year since I started this blog so late.

Started 2017 by snowboarding in Vermont right after January 1st.

Snowboarding in Vermont at Mount Snow

Back to back snowboarding trips – a weekend in Poconos.

Deer right outside our house.

Spent President’s Day weekend in Boston.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Knocked off a couple of National Parks off my bucket list on a trip to Arizona & Utah.

First stop was the Grand Canyon.

These curves were amazing – Antelope Canyon.

Horseshoe Bend – pictures can’t do it justice.

The Amphitheater at Bryce Canyon.

Kayaking between canyons at Lake Powell. We even cliff jumped!

Zion National Park is definitely one of my favorite parks.

Angel’s Landing, my favorite hike in Zion.

Breathtaking views at Monument Valley.

Literally a week after this trip, I was back on a plane to Iceland! Iceland has been on my bucket list since senior year of high school. Fun fact: we drove around Iceland in 5 days. It was a crazy but beautiful road trip.

One of my favorite pictures – Viti Crater

Svartifoss. I love waterfalls and Iceland is full of them.

I love just stopping the car in the middle of the road to take in our surroundings.

Whale watching in Husavik.

One of the most dangerous beaches in the world – Black sand beach.

Fjadrárgljúfur – one of the most beautiful spots I ever seen.

Skógafoss. Last picture on my phone from Iceland before the heavy rain destroyed my phone.

Since I had two big trips in May, the rest of my trips during the rest of the year were small getaways. (Besides Japan, of course).

Sipping on my gin and tonic in Atlantic City.

A day hike at Mohonk Labyrinth And Lemon Squeeze. One of my favorite hikes but a hefty entrance fee..

Stonecrop Gardens. Had to visit a couple of gardens this summer .

Camping at Bear Spring Mountain.

Spent Labor Day in D.C.

Exploring another garden – Old Westbury Gardens.

Hiking Mount Beacon. My new favorite day hiking spot.

And my last trip of 2017 – Japan! How this whole blogging thing started. Don’t want to share all the pictures I have since it’s all over my other posts!

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Japan was a great trip to end 2017. I’m excited for 2018 and all the adventures to come (and to share here).

Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!