There are dozens of restaurants within easy walking distance of our place. One of my favorite things to do is try new restaurants (as you all know), and I thought I’d start documenting my favorite spots in our new ‘hood!
First up, a new favorite lunch spot that is just a block away. Beef ‘N Bread is a tiny little shop that we pass by on our way to the metro stop. There are only a few stools to sit at if you opt to dine in. Most people seem to grab their food to go on a busy lunch rush. Matt and I wanted to get out of the apartment after a busy work morning so we decided to cozy up to a couple stools after placing our order. Matt loves corned beef so he went with the Penn Quarter sandwich: corned beef topped with slaw, Muenster cheese and their special Wise Sauce. I’d heard their roast beef was life changing so I ordered the Kansas City: roast beef topped with onion rings, BBQ sauce and Wise Sauce. I was looking forward to a side of mac ‘n cheese but they were out! Next time, Beef ‘N Bread. Next time.
I was busy taking pictures while Matt took his first bite, and before he’d even finished chewing he said, “Oh. My. Gosh. This is incredible.” After my first bite, I had to agree! Everything from the bread to the meat to the sauces, the sandwiches at Beef ‘N Bread are more than worth the hype.
It’d be easy to pass by this little shop in the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, but if you’re in the area, it’s a must!
If you’ve ever met me in real life, you know I’m an extrovert. That’s not to say I don’t love time by myself too, but I definitely feel most energized when I’m out and about interacting with people. Since moving to DC, working exclusively from home has made finding opportunities to get out and meet people tricky.
So, in an effort to meet new people, learn something new and make a little extra money, I applied for and got a second job at one of our favorite coffee shops, Dolcezza! It’s an awesome little shop that serves amazing espresso and incredible gelato. I’ve never worked in a setting like this, but the owners and manager of the shop are so nice and welcoming. Dolcezza serves Stumptown coffee, and before I can even pull a shot of espresso I have to take several hours of training and classes at their factory location. They really care about their product and customers, and I’m excited to learn a new skill and interact with people in one of my favorite places — my local coffee shop!
Here’s to getting out there and trying new things!
I know what you’re thinking: “Bridget, another sweet potato recipe!” It’s what we eat all the time, though! As long as Matt is doing this paleo diet, it will continue to be a staple item here. I do hope you like these recipes. I love trying new recipes, photographing them, and sharing them with you!
This sweet potato recipe is perfect for a fall Sunday brunch. Like most of my recipes, it takes just a few ingredients and not long at all to whip up.
You will need:
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 green pepper, diced
½ yellow onion, diced
5 slices fully cooked bacon, chopped
½ teaspoon ginger paste (or you could use fresh ginger)
a sprinkle of cinnamon
2 knobs of butter
salt/ pepper to taste
Once all of the vegetables are diced, toss the sweet potato, onion and pepper into a large, hot skillet. Stir occasionally so that the vegetables cook evenly. Once the vegetables have a little color, add one knob of butter, the ginger paste and cooked bacon. Cover and cook on medium heat until the potatoes are soft. Add the second knob of butter and cinnamon and cook uncovered for another 2 minutes or so while you fry the eggs in a separate pan.
Split the hash between 2 plates and top each with a fried egg and a dash of salt and pepper. Enjoy!
*Also, funny story. I was so excited to take photos of this dish that I forgot to toss in the bacon. It’s the best part! This cold is doing a number on my brain, I think!
This past weekend was filled with work, good food, and a little play! I was also sore most of the weekend because on Friday night I tried Soul Cycle for the first time. Wow, guys! It was intense. It’s sort of like a spin class meets zumba. There was lots of great music, a fun instructor, and pain… lots of pain. I don’t think I’ve sweat that much since I was a competitive gymnast! It’s on the pricey side so I think I’ll probably just stick to once a month classes. But if you haven’t tried it, your first ride is $20 — would be a ton of fun to do with a girlfriend or two.
Most of Saturday was spent doing client work. I have a big meeting in New York this week to present a plan to one of the clients I manage. It’s been a lot of work but I’m excited… and a little nervous for the meeting to go well! I’ll keep you posted.
To take a break and get out of the house, Matt and I wandered down to city center and finally tried Centrolina! I mentioned this restaurant a few months back when I listed out the places in DC I was excited to try. It was delicious! We started the meal with two tasty cocktails and a warm and cold burrata dish with sweet potato and the most delicious grilled onions I’ve ever had. For the main course I had gnocchi, which were more like little pillows of baked cheese — yum! Matt had a spicy pasta dish with sausage and calamari. Part of the restaurant is sectioned as a little market where you can buy various pastas, cheeses, vegetables, and sauces that are used in the restaurant. We grabbed a bag of dog treats for Bart and some little chocolates. If you come to DC, I highly recommend this place!
On our way back home we found a boutique called The Great Republic. This place was very cool. They offer a variety of antique, one-of-a-kind, and made in America goods including books, leather goods, and perfumes. They had a framed American flag from 1845 that was incredible. I spent a little time in the perfume section and discovered a fragrance called Speakeasy. Wow! It’s my new favorite. And because I have an incredible husband who wanted to give me a little something before I head to NYC, he went back into the store and got it for me. I love that guy.
On Sunday, our boss Joe came into town for a couple meetings. We went to mass at St. Patrick’s in the city and then made our way to the Newseum. This isn’t one of the free museums in DC but man is it worth the ticket price! From a Berlin Wall gallery to a 9/11 gallery to the journalist memorial, you could spend days in the place and not see everything. The sections that were particularly moving to me were the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit and the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. Many of the images took my breath away. Incredibly moving. If you can make it to this museum, you won’t be disappointed.