Thursday, July 14, 2011

Serendipity 3 in DC

(...and an introduction to my use of Instagram.)

While my friend Amber was in town for some business-stuff, we made it out to Georgetown to do something decidedly DC. Since Serendipity 3 opened up, I have been dying to try their delicious eats and treats.

Their menu was a lot to take in, but fanciful.

Serendipity 3 is known for their Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. Basically, it's like a sorbet-ish hot chocolate flavor iced yum with whipped cream and various toppings. Basically, it's frozen deliciousness.

This amazingness? Is the Peanut Butter Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.
We had already enjoyed an ABC Burger (that's avocado, Brie, and caramelized onions) and some sweet potatoes. We chose to share because we knew that a Frrrozen Hot Chocolate was in our future.

After a delicious, filling meal, we took a walk down to the Washington Harbor to see the sun. This? Was after this joint cooled down because the heat index was over 100 degrees. I love DC, but man, I could live without the humidity.

River walking at sunset

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Washington Nationals Games

Not only did I go to my first Nationals' game before July 4th, I went to the Cubbies game on July 5th. (I haven't been able to find my Cubbies shirt, but now that I am writing this post, I should find it.)

Michelle Obama was at the game for the first pitch so that made for some extra guests all around the stadium.

I spy with my little eye...

The bird's eye view from atop the Red Porch

There are some traditions at the games that are fun to watch. The Red Sox have Sweet Caroline & Dirty Water. The Rockies have that Ohhh Ahhh song. The Nationals? Have racing presidents. They will run from center field around the outside to the first base line. Abe, Tommy, George, and Teddy (Get it? Mount Rushmore in Bobblehead/Mascor form) try to best each other. The thing is that Teddy never wins. Ever. He actually had a chance as he locked the other presidents in the room and tried to bolt for the finish line, but tripped just as he was about to cross. That? was his 401st loss.

A view from right center.

Jason Werth...he needs to wear tighter pants.

Teddy has the lead!!!

He's still got it!!!

And then he fails.

But losing a little foot race doesn't keep this bobblehead down.

I will be a Rockies and Red Sox fan always, but I feel like getting a t-shirt with the racing presidents on it wouldn't necessarily be a betrayal, but more of a support for the racing presidents.

That, and the t-shirt is super cute. And that's not me, obvio, but the best pic of the shirt I could find.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Celebrating Independence in the Nation's Capital

Being a week overdue, I need to share with you how I celebrated the 4th of July in the District. (I also celebrated 'Merica's Birthday Week - as we all should celebrate birthdays - at my dad's in Michigan. Go over to Caffeine & Cocktails to read about that patriotic party. Or better yet, right click on the link, select open in new tab or window and read it when you're done with this post.)

To start off the weekend, I went to my first Nationals' game. Which happened to be a double-header. Which happened to have seats in the sun. I was so gross, no pictures of the day have survived.

Next up was a BBQ with some friends of friends where I celebrated 'Merica with fellow 'Mericans doing what 'Mericans do best: grilling and drinking. We're good at it. It's what we do. It's how we celebrate. Again, it was so hot and muggy, no pictures of the day survived.

For the big dance, we trekked down to the Mall to make a stake in the land to watch the fireworks. The Post suggested getting down there at 6pm (with the show starting at 9:10pm) so we headed out early. What we were not aware of was that the suggestion is more for people aiming to sit right under the display or to see the concert. We had plenty of space and could have walked up a little before 9pm and been fine.

I will say that the fireworks were amazing. We were over a mile away from where they were lighting them off, but they were thrilling to see as the height of the Washington Monument. If I had the patience of a saint, I might venture closer to the launch site just to see them up close and personal. And to be perpendicular to the wind because the smoke really took up a quarter of fireworks because it was so thick. Oh well. Live and learn.

And now for the video and visual portion of the post. Apologies for the iPhone pics and mix with the real camera, but you have to work with what you got.

First, a little video snippet of the 17 minute show.

The Capitol at dusk

Amassing people on the Mall