Exploring DC: Nat’s Stadium

Immediately after I picked up Daniel’s brother from the airport, we made our way over to Nat’s stadium to watch the Washington National’s play along with a few of my friends from work. This was my first National’s baseball game. The weather was a bit chilly (especially up in our nosebleed section), but we had such a great time! It was definitely a fun DC experience.

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A Photo Shoot in the District

Our wedding photographer Lynn Michelle messaged us a couple of months ago to let us know she was coming to DC and wanted to see if we would be interested in doing a photo shoot. We didn’t really have any particular reason to do a shoot, but we had already decided we wanted some nice photos of us in DC this year to capture our time living here, so we said yes! Lynn did such a great job, and we had so much fun running all over the city with her and her friend Kim. Here are a few of our favorites from that day.

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Exploring DC: The Hamilton Live

Last Friday, Daniel and I met up in DC right after work and walked to the Hamilton together.  The Hamilton DC is a nice restaurant with a fancy dining area on the first floor. But once you walk past the dining area, you reach a staircase and go downstairs to enter the Hamilton Live, where we spent the rest of our evening. The Hamilton Live is a concert venue and another dining area, but it is very different from the restaurant upstairs. The atmosphere is much more casual, but it keeps the classy feel with its black table-cloths and dimly lit lights. The menu selection is smaller than the actual restaurant upstairs, but it still has a wide variety of appealing options that you would not normally see at a concert venue. We ordered pretzel sticks to start, two sushi rolls as our main course, and cheesecake and coffee for dessert. We had arrived early to grab seats with a good view of the stage, so we ate our dinner before the concert even started.

Dave Barnes played that night, and Andy Davis opened for him. We really enjoyed the concert. I’ve been a Dave Barnes fan for a while. If you have never heard of him, start with this song. It’s really good. :) You should also check out this song – it’s one of his newer ones, and it really reminds you to appreciate the good things in life.

{Excuse the dark, fuzzy iPhone pictures}

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I would highly recommend checking out the concert schedule and visiting this venue. If you are in the mood to dance and go crazy to the music, this would not be the right venue, but if you are looking for a relaxing place for dinner and entertainment after a long week, this is the place!

Exploring DC: Union Market

Last Saturday, Spring was in the air in DC. It was a beautiful 65 degrees, and we decided it would be a shame to stay indoors working all day. So we made plans to meet good friends at Union Market in DC for a long lunch. We were especially eager to get out because Snowstorm Wiley was on his way to meet us the following Monday morning.

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We didn’t actually realize that the market was indoors, but it was still a great way to enjoy the weather because they opened up all the entryways to let the fresh air in. The market is made up of a variety of food stands, a few cute shops, and one sit-down restaurant, all in a big warehouse-type building.

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The flower stand had some really pretty options that made me even more excited for Spring!

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One of the shops inside the market, Salt and Sundry, sold all types of homegood items along with stationery, craft items, and a fabulous candle selection. It reminded me a lot of Anthropologie without the clothes (unfortunately, it was priced the same as well).

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We enjoy brunch at Bidwell Restaurant. It was a long wait but that is expected for brunch on a Saturday.

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I ordered a spinach, goat cheese, and mushroom omelette with sides of potato hash and salad. Yum!

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What trip to a market is complete without some ice cream in the sun?

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Or some empanadas to take home and eat for dinner later?

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Before we left, we stopped at the No. 1 Son’s  pickle stand to get some District Dills and Teaism to get a new tea to try. It was a great day, and we look forward to going back to try out some of the other tasty food stands!