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It’s 2013! I hope your New Year is off to an amazing start! What are your resolutions for this year? Mine include:
1) Adoration once a week
2) Hire a financial planner (if left to my own designs I would stuff money in my mattress)
3) Take a trip outside the country
4) Start an Etsy Shop (ohh, yes, there is a pile of vintage bags hanging out under my bed waiting for this one)
5) Hike a tiny potion of the Appalachian Trail
6) See historical landmarks including: the Capitol, Monticello, Williamsburg and Gettysburg (it’s about time, don’t you think?)
7) Take more risks (I am not sure what this involves exactly, but as an overly cautious person it sounds like something I should do)
8) Find an armoire for my room
9) Have breakfast in a café once a week
10) Try a new restaurant once a month
I did a pretty good job keeping last year’s resolutions . . .
I think I am going to start keeping a list of all the fancy, shmancy restaurants I want to visit someday. Right now the list includes:
3) Resturant Eve I almost went to Restaurant Eve a year or two ago. A friend and I decided we were going to commemorate our birthday’s (which had occurred three months previous, I might add, but it seemed like a good excuse to us) so we called and asked if we needed reservations for that evening. When we were told no, we didn’t need reservations, we dressed up and headed over. When we walked in the somewhat snooty maitre’d told us that we did need reservations, and “did we want to have dinner in the bistro instead?” I think the only seating they had left was at the bar. Um, no. So we went right next door to the Grape and Bean for an amazing cheese platter and a few glasses of wine. But someday, snooty maitre’d, I am going to eat at Restaurant Eve!
4) Noma (The world’s best, and in Denmark, so cool!)
But, if you are looking for something in the price range of your average, middle class individual living in the DC area, might I suggest. . .
1) Brabo Tasting Room Get their famous mussels in white wine and butter sauce with a glass of dry white wine, they are amazing. Be sure to order extra bread for sopping up the sauce.
2) Bamian Afghan Cuisine Yummy, yummy, oh-so-yummy middle eastern food.
3) Four Sisters Amazing Vietnamese food, and they always have beautiful flower arrangements – a feast for eyes as well. Go with a few friends and get the set menu, it’s a bargain.
4) MoMo Sushi! My roommate and I just discovered this place last week. We were pleased with the cosy atmosphere, the service, and the food!
5) 2Amys The best Italian food I have had outside of Italy. The restaurant even feels like Italy!
A dear friend of mine brought this adorable espresso cup back for me from Rome. Its from the Sant’Eustachio! A cafe I would have frequented multiple times during the day if I had lived close enough and had enough spending money while I was living in Rome. They make the worlds best cappuccini, EVER.
Without further delay. . . cuteness.
Look! It has finger dents, so that you don’t have to worry about losing one precious drop because the cup slipped out of your fingers!
It was wrapped in their napkins! I think I always had two or three of these floating in my purse while I was living in Rome.
The bag it came in! I am not going to spare you any details. Plus it has all their contact information on it! If you want to learn more about the actual Church that is next door and the saint, click here and here. Also, yes, the deer’s head with the cross is also on Jagermeister bottles. The deer’s head with the cross harkens back to the ledgend of St. Eustace (Sant’Eustachio).
Buzz, I just went to this cute bakery at their Ballston location, so I thought I would give it a review!
It’s a great little coffee shop/bakery that also serves wine and drinks. I had the Strawberry Shortcake cupcake and it was amazing. They also made one of the best iced lattes I’ve had in a long time.
The atmosphere was cheerful and bright, but maybe a little cold. I loved the huge light fixtures that looked like dandelion puffs. The staff was very helpful with chosing something to eat out of a wide variety of sweets.
How many stars? I think a 3 1/2. Why not four? I would have been more impressed if they served the tables. I am not a fan of balancing a cup cake, a latte, and a purse, while trying to remember napkins and forks.