I've had the travel bug for a while now so I was especially looking forward to my long-awaited trip to Washington DC and Baltimore last weekend. It was wonderful to see some of my good friends from college (except for J who I've known since 5th grade!). Many laughs were had and many foods were eaten. I spent an entire Friday with fellow foodie and phenomenal chef HLi, and we wandered the national monuments and had two lunches... while ducking into four bakeries (!). We even did a blind taste test on me with red velvet cake, along with a taste test on my homemade macarons and some store-bought ones. Mine won but I think the tester may have been slightly biased...
Here's a food diary of some of my favorites eats in DC and Baltimore... You can see my reviews on the food I had, here!
Since it was two of my friends' birthdays and I had promised another friend I would bring macarons, I made a giant hat box-full of assorted ones. My flavors included passion fruit, coconut, green tea, hazelnut mocha, chocolate sea salt, pumpkin spice, chai, and pink grapefruit with pink peppercorn! I forgot to take a photo until the box was half gone, but others will tell you, the box was so full the lid barely closed when I brought it.
|A Top Chef winner place! 4 kinds of mayo! Burger with a fried egg!|
|Patisserie Poupon in Baltimore, delicious macs and Euro pastries|
|Paper Moon Diner in Baltimore - Grilled cheese sandwich with smoked salmon|
|The famous one|
|Shake Shack.... haven't been able to stop thinking about this burger...|
|Passion fruit and mojito gelato... the best @Fell's Point, Baltimore|
|My friend's tomato plant!|
|The Sweet Lobby in DC - cupcakes and macarons|
|The best food model/blind taste tester|
|Oysters and crab cakes at Faidley's in Lexington Market|
|The best gelato at Dolcezza in adorable Bethesda|
|Woodberry Kitchen for brunch... every single dish was perfect|
|Homemade italian sausage pasta bake|
|Steamed fresh crabs!|
|Chez HLi made us breakfast one morning like a top chef|
|Famous Berger cookies.... sweet, dense, and delicious.|
We were all so blissfully gluttonous; I'm still reeling from all the delectable foods we tasted. It also made me long to live on the east coast again, just for the proximity of so many major cities.
|Dean & Deluca!|
When I got back I had one day of rest and then my friend Zebo came to see me for the rest of the week. Her visit reminded me why I love St. Louis so much. We frequented all the best farmer's markets, had delicious food and made the most of city museum (it's the coolest place EVER). I skinned my knee pretty badly running on the giant hamster wheel with 5 of my friends (yes, that is what I said) but it was totally worth it.
And now I must spend the rest of the week catching up on recipes, baking, and working off my little food belly.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
I will leave you with one of my favorite photos from this trip: