Last weekend my sister Kate came to visit!
I’m such a lucky girl to have all these visitors.
Kate got there pretty early on Friday so we got ready and headed out to Chinatown. We ended up eating at Matchbox, a trendy pizza place with a couple locations around DC. I’d been a couple time before but since my sister loves pizza I knew it was be a good place to take her.
We started off with 2 martinis, a pear martini for me and a pomogranate martini for Kate. They were delicious. I think pear martini’s are my new thing.
We also ordered a salad to split, with dried cherries, parmesan cheese, tomatoes and mixed greens.
And a pizza with portabello mushrooms, roasted red peppers and chicken.
The service was good, the food was good and we had a great time. After dinner we headed out to a couple bars in Chinatown where a certain Irish gentlemen then stalked us until we had to make a well planned escape and make our way to another bar.
The next morning we woke up to a cold and rainy morning and what is the best rain activity around? Shopping! So we grabbed a quick breakfast of pumpkin bagels and cream cheese from Einstein’s and set off for the giant shopping extravaganza that is Tyson’s Corner Mall.
We shopped until we could no longer shop and we both got some clothes and jewelry! And after all that shopping we worked up an appetite for something a little sweet. So we headed back to the best cupcake place in DC. Baked and Wired! I know a lot of people love Georgetown cupcake, and I agree they taste good but if you are looking for the best cupcake place I recommend Baked and Wired, they have bigger cupcakes and a shorter line.
Kate got a lemon cupcake with strawberry buttercream and I got a vanilla cupcake filled with dulce de leche and topped with chocolate icing. Could we seriously have ordered any more different flavors? Just goes to show you sister’s can be very different.
I then proceeded to get very lost on the drive back up to my apartment. No matter how much I drive in this city I seem to get lost. I recognize most of it but somehow always get turned around. Then again I get lost in my home town sometimes so this shouldn’t really be a surprise.
We were so tired by the time we got home that we decided to take it easy that night. We watched episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Up all night while making pumpkin bread. I think I may have pumpkined Kate out with bagels, pumpkin spice lattes, and pumpkin bread. More on the pumpkin bread story later. But needless to say it was a humorous baking experience. I leave you this this piece of pumpkin bread….
The next morning we got up bright and early to go to brunch and Eastern Market. We ended up getting brunch at the Chesapeake Room on Capitol Hill.
What would brunch be without mimosas? I really do love me some champagne in the morning.
Kate ordered the scrambled eggs, with bacon, fruit and home fries and I ordered the seafood omelet with home fries and fruit.
We both agreed the food was very good and the wait staff was very friendly. I would have liked to see more food on the menu, it seemed like all they had was eggs or grits for brunch rather than a pancake or waffle or even sandwich options. But I would definitely go here again for a protein packed brunch.
Then we headed off to Eastern market, a large indoor/outdoor farmers and flea market in DC. I love looking at all the produce and seasonal foods and art but since it started to get chillier we were on a mission to find some jewelry.
Eastern market has tons of jewelry stands with reasonably priced earrings and necklaces etc. No, this is not Tiffany’s type jewelry but it has lots of fun funky earring and necklaces for all different occasions. I ended up getting two necklaces that will be good for work and going out! And Kate got a pair of earrings and 2 necklaces. I’d say we were pretty successful!
It was definitely a fun weekend of shopping, eating and sister bonding. Even though I’ve been in DC for quite awhile now it still feels great to have friends and family visit, its like having a piece of home here with me.