Last Saturday, BJ and I celebrated our birthday by spending the whole day together being DC tourists. Yes, we have the same birthday.
The first stop was Art and Soul for lunch, which is owned by the fabulous Art Smith. We are big fans of Art, especially after watching him on Top Chef Masters. Art tweeted that he was going to be in town that day, so we quickly made a reservation. We arrived at noon, hungry for chicken and waffles! As it turned out,
Art wasn't there yet, so I didn't get to be a fangirl, but we know he
was there in spirit. We shared the pimento cheese and crackers to start, which was a little spicy and a lot delicious.
We also shared the homemade biscuits and seasonal preserves, which tasted to be blackberry and lemon. Very flavorful, though I would have appreciated some butter on the side as well. Each table was also given cinnamon raisin biscuits with icing and they were excellent. Not too sweet and the right balance of icing and raisins. I ordered the chicken and waffles and it came dressed with a chicken maple gravy and a lot of roasted peppers of all colors. The waffle was just a vehicle for the amazing chicken. I have never tasted breading that good or that crispy. It was perfect and just what I wanted. I'm not necessarily a sauce girl, so I would have preferred the gravy on the side, but it had nice flavor and was a good compliment. BJ had shrimp and grits, which he ate so fast I didn't have a chance to even see what it looked like. I guess it was good!
Our next stop was the E Street Cinema to see The Master. I hadn't been to E Street in a long long time and forgot how great it was. They show indie/artsy films and sell alcohol! That's a good evening right there. The movie was good, but definitely something you'd study in film class. Joaquin Phoenix needs to win some kind of award for his performance.
We moved on to Taste of DC, which I am sad to admit I don't have much to say about. It was super crowded and the lines were incredibly long, even at 4:30 pm. I suppose if I was inclined to stay all day and walk around with a beer, it would have been more fun, but I wasn't and it wasn't.
Since we didn't get much to eat there, we decided to hit up 2 Amy's for dinner. I LOVE this place. They have the best margarita pizza ever and the atmosphere is always fun. Even though we didn't not have our little one with us, I am happy to say they are extremely kid friendly. Our pizzas and suppli telefono were perfect as always.
Last stop was Washington DC Ghost Tours. We are big fans of these kinds of things, having been on similar tours in Ireland and Scotland (and BJ claims he saw a ghost, but I'm still skeptical). We ended up joining our tour at the last minute, which was very easy, and off we went. I was so disappointed. The tour guide makes or breaks the experience and our guide was pitiful. Pitiful! Every other word out of her mouth was "ummm" and she just did a poor job of actually telling each study. We overheard another tour going on at the same time and seriously considered joining up with them, as they guy seemed to be an excellent storyteller. Alas, we stayed with our guide and ended up leaving about 30 minutes early because we just could not take it anymore. We still had fun though!
Despite the hiccup there at the end, we had a really great day and were reminded of all the awesome things we have to do in our own backyard!