Recent Eats: Around the District

It has been such a whirlwind of a week in my neck of the woods. Last week, my family came down for a little getaway. It’s always exciting when my entire family comes down, we are all very close and I definitely don’t get to see them enough!

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I also love when they come to town because I have the opportunity to visit some of our local favorites.

First stop, Matchbox!

I took my family to Matchbox last time they came to visit  and they haven’t stopped talking about it since. I thought I’d mix it up this time by taking them to the 14th Street location, which turned out to be a phenomenal decision.

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While similar to its outposts in Chinatown and Eastern Market, the 14th Street Matchbox is much more open and airy than its counterparts. The architecture of the place is particularly striking, we were sat in one of the private booths that ‘floated’ above the restaurant.

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As always, the food was amazing, perfect wood-fired pizzas, and the ever-popular mini-burgers.

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The next morning my sister Lindsay and I woke up SUPER early to get tickets for a tour at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, so I decided to treat her to brunch at Founding Farmers.

Lindsay has had dinner here before, but I took her here for brunch for one explicit purpose.

Red. Velvet. Pancakes.

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Pancakes descending from the heavens

As if the photo doesn’t make it clear enough, these pancakes are HEAVENLY. Lindsay is obsessed with any and all things red velvet, so I knew this brunch would be hit.

After a full day of trekking around the city (during the middle of a heat wave no less!) all of us were ready to kick back and relax. This led us straight to the reigning family favorite: Lauriol Plaza.

Lauriol Plaza is everything you want out of a restaurant: great food, great atmosphere, and amazing drinks! (Their strawberry & lime swirl margaritas are off the charts!) Every time my family visits we come here without fail.

This time around I ordered the Reynosa Grande: One chicken tamale, one chicken enchilada, and one chicken taco. It was a TON of food, but absolutely delicious!

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While I’m always sad to see my family go, at least I’ll be dreaming about these meals for a long time.

With a full heart (and stomach),

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Out to Brunch Review: Estadio

I don’t need an excuse to try out a new-to-me brunch venue, but a gathering of close friends over a holiday weekend might be one of the best excuses out there.

I am big fan of the 14th street restaurant scene near the Logan Circle/ U Street neighborhoods in DC. With new venues popping up here what seems like weekly, its hard to keep up with my ever-growing list of places to brunch.

Thankfully Estadio did not disappoint.

Atmosphere

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Estadio draws you in upon first glance. Located on the corner of Church and 14th Streets, its cozy location makes you feel like you’ve stumbled upon some place familiar. Upon entering, I was immediately drawn in my the warm Spanish tiles, the wrought ironwork hanging on the walls, and the solid wood tables that give it the atmosphere of sitting down to a family dinner.

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Drinks

The drink menu at Estadio is quite substantial but I came with only one drink on my mind, the Slushito.

One of Estadio’s specialties, the Slushito is exactly what it sounds like, a mini slushy, but with a kick!

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I chose the Blueberry Slushito which included Cava and flavors of mint. It was absolutely phenomenal, not too sweet and a perfect way to cool down on a hot morning.

Food

Estadio’s menu seeks to impress with simple, fresh plates made from scratch. You may be able to skip the bread basket at some restaurants, but don’t do it here! Their bread is baked in house and the fresh and crunchy house bread with honey butter and sea salt was beyond amazing. I would probably go back there just to have this bread. It’s that good.

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While my friends dug into Estadio’s homemade pistachio granola, I chose the Soft Scrambled Eggs with Goat’s Cheese, Mushrooms and Scallions. Never did I think a meal this simple could taste so great.

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Review

Estadio was absolutely perfect in every way. Everything about the experience felt comfortable and unpretentious, exactly how a great brunch should. Only tiny complaint was our service was a little slow, but really not bad at all for a busy Saturday. Estadio is definitely going on my must-brunch list!

Atmosphere: 9/10

Drinks: 10/10

Food: 10/10

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

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Sweet Beginnings

A brunch is always the perfect beginning.

The past month has been a whirlwind of moving into a new apartment, settling into a full-time job, and trying to navigate ‘real life.’

With all the hustle, it’s been nice to have time to simply unwind with friends and enjoy a nice meal.

Sunday marked the first meeting of the Over Mimosas Book Club at my (and my roommate Kelsey’s) apartment, fondly known as “The Homestead.”

Here’s a sampling of some photos from day (from left to right clockwise):

A table scape….

Ham and Cheese Quinoa Cups, Recipe Courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats….

My first self-designed recipe, Nutella and Strawberry French Toast Bake! (And I’m proud to say it was simply delicioso)

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Our first club meeting was smashing success! I’m already mentally planning what recipes I want to try for next month.

I can’t wait to share more of my weekly bites, thoughts, and inspiration with you and excited for all the wonderful experiences this blog will bring.

Cheers to a new beginning!

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