what I eat in a week {july 31 - august 4}

You guys often ask me what I actually eat in a day or week. And, in truth, what I eat totally varies depending on my schedule + life + craziness. Sometimes I eat three square meals, and sometimes I have 6 mini meals. For myself, but also for you, I take random weeks to share what I eat when. This is one of those weeks! 

This post is updated daily. Let me know what you think below! 


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m o n d a y

8 a.m. | Okay, I am very hungover. I went to the Rammy's last night and I'm pretty sure I sampled every drink that they were offering. My head is  p o u n d i n g  and I need to get ready for work. I chug some coffee and get ready. By the time I'm in the office, I'm already googling hangover cures. 

10:10 a.m. | My 10 a.m. meeting is cut super short (thank goodness) and I drag myself into the office's kitchen where there are breakfast potatoes. Greasy, carb-y and — IMHO — the perfect hangover cure. I add a dollop of hot sauce + make myself a big cup of coffee (p.s. this is the creamer I use), then I slowly eat while working on some data entry. I'm hoping I start feeling better. 

1:30 p.m. | I've been totes slumped in my chair all day trying to be productive and useful. I walk over to the kitchen to grab my lunch out of the fridge. It's the leftovers of a sweetgreen salad (think: beets, shredded kale, rice, corn, spinach, sprouts) topped with beyond meat chicken strips. I add a big 'ol spoonful of Hope avocado hummus + hot sauce. I add hummus + hot sauce to literally everything I eat, so no surprise here. It's delicious and super curative considering I can still feel the alcohol from last night. 

3:30 p.m. | I'm feeling  a l i v e  again. I pull out a little bag of champagne gummy bears to enjoy. My snack drawer is majorly running low and I browse ThriveMarket + Amazon for some new items. My fave picks? This vegan jerky, skinny pop + chocolate espresso beans. I'm always looking for "low-mess" snacks that are easy to eat + have a low crunch factor. My team is always very quiet during the day. 

5 p.m. | I walk home and Maxi helps me collect a TON of packages from the front. As we get back into the apartment, we discuss what to do for dinner. We need to drop by my parents house ands say goodbye to my Lita and we want to get part of the way there before eating. We settle for True Food Kitchen (grandmother in Spanish is abuelita, but when I was a kid all I could say was "lita" and it stuck).

6:40 p.m. | We sit at the outdoor bar at True Food and talk with the bartenders + see my friend Amanda (hey girl). Maxi orders the "Hangover Rx" juice and I stick with water – still feeling rough. He orders the turkey burger with sweet potato hash (obvs I steal some) + kale caesar salad. I go with the seasonal salad (no cheese, add tofu) and we get a big cup of hot sauce on the side. It's exactly what I needed for a good dinner. 

7:15 p.m. | Before heading out to my parents, we drop by Mom's to pick up a new bottle of red wine, watermelon water, popcornsiete chips. I may have eaten one or two on the way to visit Lita. 

9:30 p.m. | We're back home and quickly change into jammies to watch the latest GoT episode. I have a little bit of popcorn + wine because duh. 

11 p.m. | I drink a glass of water before dead because I'm 100% dehydrated all the time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

t u e s d a y

5:43 a.m. | I wake up late and miss my spin class. I make a small cup of coffee (this creamer); we grind our beans fresh, but I don't want to wake up Maxim, so I use the small amount of grounds we already have, and head back to bed to get some work done. 

8:30 a.m. | I eat a few bites of baby potatoes that I'd seasoned + roasted last week. I need something in my stomach so I can take my vitamins + acne meds. I'm trying out this vitamin company that curates these daily vitamin packs just for you. Idk if it's doing anything, but I know I need more Omegas + B-12, so I'm super happy to try it out. I wash it down with leftover wine from last night (eh). 

9:55 a.m. | coffee with this creamer + a graze box. It's the "peachy orchard" one wih rhubarb + pear. It's apparently only 110 calories and has tons of fiber, but tbh it's not great and I throw out about half of it. 

1:16 p.m. | I have my Daily Harvest Restore soup — it comes frozen in a cup and you just add water and heat. It's super healthy + super easy. I added in chickpeas and fresh tomatoes and hot sauce. {code phoebe for 3 free soups/smoothies

4 p.m. | I eat some siete chips + a bit of treeline cheese with it. Idk what's wrong with my body, but I'm v hungry and I don't want my stomach to growl in my meeting. I opt to call in so no one hears my stomach growling (lol, but also mortifying). 

6-ish | I'm working and totally forget that I have spin class. I rush to get ready and make myself black coffee to take with me to give me some energy in class. I'm hoping that I make it to spin class on time (traffic sucks).

7:10 p.m. | Make it to spin + S W E A T  it out. ICYMI: I'm a die-hard fan of spin class. If you're a Washingtonian, I swear by Zengo (first class is FREE). 

8:20 p.m. | I walk to Mom's Market before driving home to grab sushi. I eat some a few pieces (veggie rolls with sweaweed, avocado, carrots, cucumber) on my drive home because I'm sooo hungry. 

9:30 p.m. | I'm showered and working with Last Week Tonight on in the background. I wasn't into the sushi so I munch on "Phoebe Trail Mix" (popcorn, mini chocolate chips, raisins, pretzels) + drink red wine — it's a really bad habit to eat late at night, but whatever. 

12:45 a.m. | I drink a glass of water because #hydration. 

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w e d n e s d a y

8 a.m. | Coffee mixed with La Colombe Draft Latte. ICYMI: They just came out with two vegan flavors and I'm straight-up hooked. 

11 a.m. | Big handful of almonds + vegan jerky + another big cup of coffee. I'm feeling super out of it today, so I'm trying to kick my brain into action. 

1:30 p.m. | sweetgreen salad (create your own) with a lot of the new season ingredients. I eat half and save the rest for lunch tomorrow. I fill up my water bottle and add a big scoop of Calm powder. 

6 p.m. | I munch on popcorn + drink wine while I finish my Padi certification. Getting my dive certification has been a big thing for me lately, since I'm doing an 80ft dive in November + I want to feel comfortable before then. 

8 p.m. | I'm not super hungry, but I eat a few pieces of sushi while working. 

t h u r s d a y

6:10 a.m. | I wake up late and miss my cycle class. I know, I know. The struggle is real, you guys. Don't judge. I head to my apartment's gym to do a quick circuit to get a little sweat going instead. 

7:15 a.m. | I make myself a big cup of coffee to drink while I'm in the shower. I promise you, it's normal. It's called multitasking. I wash my hair and let it air dry — is wet hair work approps? 

8:30 | I make a smoothie to take with me into the office. I'm currently obsessed with Daily Harvest — their smoothies come in these cups where you just add a liquid of your choice, blend + then pour back in. PLUS, their caps have a little straw hole. And honestly, though, they're LIFESAVERS (and Gwyneth approves). 

use code " phoebe " to get 3 free smoothies/soups/etc. 

11:10 a.m. | I grab a BIG handful of wasabi peas. I love easy, crunchy snacks but suddenly feel conflicted about the nutritional value of wasabi peas. I take to the internet + Twitter, concluding that they're healthy enough. They're better than potato chips or soda.

2:15 p.m. | I eat my salad — it's a big mix of shredded kale, beyond meat chicken strips, corn, carrots, cucumbers + wild rice. I add in extra hot sauce. I finish the entire thing in 5 minutes — I'm starving and feel full in a really good way. 

3 p.m. | I fill up my water bottle and remember I need to take my daily vitamins. Are you supposed to take them at the same time every day? 

4:30 p.m. | About to start another meeting and I make myself another big cup of coffee to get me through. 

8:15 p.m. | Finally done with all my work and I use leftover roasted potatoes to whip up a quick veggie-filled potato salad with carrots, local tomatoes, arugula + hot sauce. 

f r i d a y

5:10 a.m. | I'm up and groggy for 6 a.m. cycle. My biggest trick for getting myself up is sleeping my outfit so I can literally roll out of bed. I grab some socks and go downstairs to drive over. There's old coffee in the car that I sip (in my head it's giving me energy). 

7 a.m. | After class, I always feel so powerful + strong. On the drive home, I make sure to finish my bottle of water since it's likely I won't drink much more water for the rest of the day. Honestly, though, I suck at being hydrated. 

8:15 a.m. | I'm not hungry yet, but I know I will be soon. I grab a pack of dried edamame and a La Colombe Draft Latte and head to the office. I mix my latte with fresh, black coffee. 

11 a.m. | At work I'm prepping a group of interns to be on camera live for an hour and deff need an extra cup of coffee. But I opt for hot tea instead since I feel jittery from the early morning caffeine. 

2 p.m. | Maxim calls to tell me that, if I want it, he's picked up &pizza for us. I'm ecstatic and obviously say yes — who denies themselves pizza on a Friday? I nip home to eat a slice or two then come back to finish up the day. 

5:30 p.m. | I leave the office and head home — pizza still on my mind. We contemplate going out, but we need to be up uber early in the morning for our weekend road trip. Instead, we opt for leftover pizza, red wine + packing. 

 

r e c a p : the rammys 2017

ICYMI, Sunday was the annual Rammys gala – also known as DC Food Prom. It's basically a huge night for everyone in the DC food scene where all the girls are rocking Rent The Runway gowns and we all eat/drink the best of the best . During the RAMW award ceremony, chefs, teams + restaurants accept awards for best casual brunch, rising culinary star, etc. And then we all go party! 

I attended this year with my friend + incredible photographer, Fanette – check out her work here. BUT more importantly, we ate, drank and danced our way to Monday just to be able to bring you the news of where you need to be eating + drinking because this is where everyone is going. It's the best of the best. 

Scroll down for the winners (bolded) + nominees and then pick a few to try this weekend. Which of these restaurants have you been to? What's your favorite? 

Let me know in the comments below! 

xx phoebe // honestly, though 


a l l  o f  t h e  w i n n e r s + n o m i n e e s

aka go and check these places + people out ASAP. Click here to learn more about how noms were made. 

New Restaurant of the Year

  • All-Purpose Pizzeria
  • Hazel
  • Kōbō
  • Requin
  • Whaley’s

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

  • Fiola Mare
  • minibar by José Andrés
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Sushi Taro
  • Trummer's on Main

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year

  • Central Michel Richard
  • Indique
  • Iron Gate
  • Proof
  • Red Hen

Casual Restaurant of the Year

  • Compass Rose
  • Daikaya
  • The Daily Dish
  • Duke’s Grocery
  • Mandu

Chef of the Year

  • Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
  • Erik Bruner-Yang, Maketto, Paper Horse
  • Austin Fausett, Proof
  • Katsuya Fukushima, Bantam King, Daikaya, Haikan
  • Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Pastry Chef of the Year

  • Mollie Bird, Kyirisan
  • Jemil Gadea, Masseria
  • Tiffany MacIsaac, Buttercream Bakeshop
  • Brandon Malzahn, Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants
  • Erin Reed, Blue Duck Tavern

Rising Culinary Star of the Year

  • Sasha Felikson, Doi Moi
  • Ryan Ratino, Ripple
  • Miranda Rosenfelt, Sally's Middle Name
  • Rob Rubba, Hazel
  • Piter & Handry Tjan, Kōbō, Sushiko

Wine Program of the Year

  • Bourbon Steak
  • Charlie Palmer Steak
  • Doi Moi
  • Fiola
  • minibar by José Andrés

Cocktail Program of the Year

  • barmini by José Andrés
  • Kapnos
  • Indique
  • Iron Gate
  • The Royal

Beer Program of the Year

  • B Side
  • District Commons
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Republic
  • Roofers Union

Service Program of the Year

  • Bombay Club
  • minibar by José Andrés
  • Ripple
  • Ris
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Restaurateur of the Year

  • Katsuya Fukushima, Yama Jewayni and Daisuke Utagawa for The Daikaya Group (Daikaya, Haikan, Bantam King)
  • Ari Gejdenson, Mindful Restaurants Group
  • Ike Grigoropoulos, Dimitri Moshovitis, Ted Xenochristos, Brett Schulman, Cava Group, Inc.
  • Jason and Max Kuller, Fat Baby, Inc.
  • Jamie Leeds, JL Restaurant Group

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year

  • Atlas Brew Works
  • DC Brau Brewing Company
  • Logan Sausage
  • New Columbia Distillers
  • Right Proper Brewing Company

Manager of the Year

  • Julio Amador, Cork Wine Bar
  • Christine Gibson, Iron Gate
  • John Grace, The Hamilton
  • Matthew McQuilkin, Pizzeria Paradiso
  • Margaret Perry, Kyirisan

Employee of the Year

  • Noe Alfaro, Republic
  • Heather Berry, Bar Pilar
  • Joseph Cassis, PassionFish - Bethesda
  • David Perry, Ris
  • David Trezevant, Carmine's

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year

  • Acme Paper and Supply Co.
  • Coastal Sunbelt Produce
  • DC Brau Brewing Company
  • USI Insurance Services
  • Veritas Law

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year (Public Vote)

  • Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen
  • The Front Porch at Evening Star Café
  • Lauriol Plaza
  • Pearl Dive
  • Petworth Citizen and Reading Room

Upscale Brunch (Public Vote)

  • Convivial
  • Del Campo
  • Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
  • The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Casual Brunch (Public Vote)

  • Cava Mezze - Capitol Hill
  • DGS Delicatessen
  • Maketto
  • Republic
  • Sixth Engine

Favorite Fast Bites (Public Vote)

  • Beefsteak
  • Cava Grill
  • Chase the Submarine
  • G by Mike Isabella
  • Taco Bamba

what i eat in a week: april 2-8

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You guys often ask me what I actually eat in a day or week. And, in truth, what I eat totally varies depending on my schedule + life + craziness. Sometimes I eat three square meals and sometimes I have 6 mini meals. For myself, but also for you, I'm taking this week to share what I eat when. Let me know what you think below! 

sunday // 

6 a.m.: I always wake up early on the weekends and am usually the first to make a cup of coffee. I sit in bed + read with my coffee filling me up. 

7 a.m.: Obviously, I'm onto my second cup of coffee. I tend to do one cup black and one with this creamer

11:20 a.m.: Juice from Mom's for a photoshoot -- I choose the beets juice from Naked Lunch. 

12:30 p.m.: True Food Kitchen for lunch. I split the vegan burrito with Maxim to start + then move onto the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. It's not vegan, so I order it sans feta + add tofu (sometimes I opt for tempeh or portobello 'shrooms). It's amazing and balances out the burrito in the best way possible. I opt for water instead of a bloody mary. 

2:30 p.m.: I bop around Target to find a new pair of heels for work and pair it with a GIANT iced coffee to help me through that post-lunch daze. 

4:00 p.m.: Maxim and I head to Trader Joe's to stock up since our fridge has been  E M P T Y  after two busy weeks of being on-the-go. 

6:00 p.m.: I cook an easy, breezy pasta dish that'll fuel us for a 6 a.m. Zengo Cycle class. Obvi, there's a wine glass in my hand.   

9:00 p.m.: OOPS. I pour another glass of red wine. It's the Big Little Lies finale, and like, I HAVE to.  

12:00 p.m.: Right before bed, I drink a glass of water. I'm trying so hard to drink more water, so I make it a priority to have one whenever I think about it.

monday // 

5 a.m.: Maxim and I decided to start off the week in the best way we know how: 6 a.m. spin class with our FAVE instructor, Shaynna of Zengo Cycle. We're both groggy, and drink some warm lemon water to get our bodies moving. 

6: a.m.ZENGO! Lots of water, obvs. 

8 a.m.: On my way to the office, I nosh on a delish, packed yogurt bowl: KiteHill yogurt chilled overnight with chia seeds. On top, I added a ripe banana, a HEAPING scoop of coconut peanut butter + granola + blueberries. It's probably the best post-workout breakfast on the planet. 

10 a.m.: I grab another cup of coffee + a sparkling water. I add THIS powder to it,  and I swear to go it's a liquid Xanax. Whenever I know I'm going into a stressful day, I'll make sure to have a cup of this. 

1:30 p.m.: Lunch today is a {not-so-sad} desk lunch of leftover Sweetgreen mixed with some fresh spinach, cucumbers + hummus. 

7:30 p.m.: I'm in the office until 7 p.m. and am SO exhausted. I think about just ordering in or grabbing a side of guacamole and chips, but I opt to cook. I make an easy, breezy batch of veggies tacos. I served them in corn tortillas for Maxim + salad style for me. Personally, we skip the lettuce and add farmer's market spinach for a healthy dose of dark greens. 

9:00 p.m.: I fall asleep  E A R L Y  while answering emails. 

tuesday // 

4 a.m.: I'm up early answering emails and doing work (it's busy right now at the office). I pour my first cup of coffee and quickly make two or three more before the sun rises. 

7 a.m.: I get ready for the office while sipping on some lemon water to offset the ridiculous amount of caffeine in my body.

8 a.m.: At the office, I'm literally NOT hungry at all, so I make some of my happy tea (aka peppermint tea with THIS powder). But around 10 a.m., I start feeling hungry and nosh on my favorite yogurt concoction of KiteHill unsweetened yogurt with chia seeds, granola, coconut pb, bananas + blueberries. 

12 p.m.: I'm doing social media for a live event, watching via livestream, creating graphics, etc. I have a cup of coffee, but I can't leave my desk until it's okay — and I'm REALLY hungry. I pull out my FAVE "lifesaving" snack, Amazi plantain chips (go for the chili ones!). I nosh a handful and feel the hanger slipping away. 

1:30 p.m.: I brought lunch from home + eat at my desk (ugh). It's a simple salad of farmer's market tuscan kale, cucumbers, celery, goddess dressing, and chopped tofu. 

3:00 p.m.: I make myself a BIG cup of hot water and lemon. It would be cold water, but I'm freezing at the office...so yeah. The IT game also came to set up a standing desk for me and I'm irrationally excited to have an excuse to stand up all day. 

6:00 p.m.: It's free cone day and Maxim and I are DYING to get ourselves a little treat. So before he gets home, I go for a couple mile run since outside is crazy windy. I stretch and do some abs and call it a day. BUT THE LINE FOR BEN & JERRY'S IS SO LONG. Feeling determined, we walk to the food store instead and buy pints of ice cream. 

8:00 p.m.: I make taco bowls again with our leftovers from last night. I pile mine HIGH with mushrooms + hummus...and okay, it was more of a smorgasbowl, but I loved it. We share rose and, obviously, dig into some ice cream after. 

wednesday // 

8 a.m.: Maxim makes Swapples for both of us — and we top them with our favorite: hummus and cayenne pepper. Per usual, we both eat bites before heading out the door + finishing them on our way to work. 

9 a.m.: It's the first day of my happy time of the month, so I skip the coffee and instead opt for a Kevita + gallllllons of water. 

10:30 a.m.: Other half of the swapple

12 p.m.: Water + powder — I sip on it and then head to the gym for a quick lunchtime workout. 

2 p.m.: Brought-from-home salad: farmer's market spinach, avocado, leftover pasta, mushrooms, frozen peas, olive oil, cayenne pepper, 

3:30 p.m.: I keep a big jar of chocolate espresso beans on my jar and grab a big handful out. 

7:45 p.m.: I'm feeling a tiny bit dizzy post-Botox and I DEFINITELY don't feel like cooking. I grab leftovers out of the fridge. It's leftover homemade pasta sauce, veggie sausage, cayenne pepper + fresh veggies. 

9 p.m.: I have a meeting with a brand via FaceTime + I apologize that I just got Botox, but the camera is a little fuzzy, so they can't tell. Thank goodness. I sip on peppermint tea to help with digestion + wash my face before hitting the sack. 

thursday // 

8:20 a.m.: I live wicked close to my apartment, but I almost always find myself eating AT the office. I don't know why, but I think it's because I know I'm wayyyyy more productive in the morning, so I always just want to get INTO it before the afternoon hits...at which point my productivity falls OFF A CLIFF. Anyways, I eat an EXTRA ripe chopped banana with chia seeds + coconut pb + yogurt. 

1:30 p.m.: I order from Sweetgreen. I get the Spicy Sabzi bowl with extra cucumbers and no broccoli. I eat half and save the rest for tomorrow. 

3:30 p.m.: I leave the office to get down to D.C. for a fashion event, sipping water the whole way downtown. 

7 p.m.: After hair and makeup, my hairstylist gives me a HUGE shot of tequila to calm my nerves — it was probably a triple shot, but whatever. I downed that sucker like a champ. 

9 p.m.: It's post-show, I'm back in my normal clothes + S T A R V I N G , which meant there was only one solution: Vegan 'zah from &pizza. With extra vegan cheese, because duh. 

10:30 p.m.: We saved our pizza until we got home and DIG IN. We share leftover rosé and talk about the night — and I forget to take off my makeup. One day I'll get good at that, and I'll have flawless skin. 

friday // 

8:00 a.m.: I ate super late last night, so I forgo breakfast + indulge in an almond latte instead — I get mine with an extra shot to wake me up. 

11 a.m.: I grab a few of my chocolate espresso beans + nosh while finishing up reports on this lazy Friday. 

1 p.m.: My lunch is leftover Sweetgreen from yesterday with extra peas + black beans. 

2 p.m.: I make myself a BIG cup of water with the best chill powder on the planet. Seriously, you guys, this stuff is LIFE-CHANGING. 

7 p.m. I'm listening to S-Town for a SECOND TIME while sipping on red wine and cooking. I make a BIG batch of vegan fried rice with lots of cayenne pepper and lemon and spice. It's filled  with wayyyy more veggies than rice, just the way I like it. One the side, I make a panang curry-like sauce to drizzle on top. 

9 p.m. We cheers to the end of another week and being twentysomethings and being together. When I say I'm marrying my best friend, it's so true. We spend the rest of the night doing face masks, eating air-popped popcorn, drinking wine, concocting theories on S-Town and plotting our eventual move to L.A... 

 

An Honestly, Though Guide: How to staycation in Old Town Alexandria

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Staycation in Old Town Alexandria 

For Type-A Washingtonians living in the city, sometimes you need to get away without REALLY getting away. And for that, we call upon Old Town Alexandria — the historic town nestled right outside of the city. It’s a beautiful part of the greater Washington-area packed full of boutiques, cobbled-stone streets + insta-worthy alleyways. No matter what season you’re going in, it’s the perfect time to go. So whether or not you need a REAL staycation, book a river-view room at the Crowne Plaza Old Town. Then spend the next 48-hours doing our favorite things below. 

FRIDAY EVENING

After a crazy week, the first thing to do before checking into your hotel is to get a drink {duh}. 

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If it’s sunny out, I love happy hour at The Charthouse. Sit at the bar and let the sun come flowing in. If it’s warm, opt for sitting outside. Their shoestring fries + plantains + sweet potato chips are to die for. They come mixed together — trail mix-style — in a paper cone. Just order them. Trust me. Maxim's favorite is the prime rib french dip sliders (and stealing my fries!). On the side, grab one of the half-off, house beers or my personal favorite: A cosmopolitan with the house vodka. It’s a great way to let off steam and start indulging. 

Once you're settled up, check-in to your room and refesh a little bit. I usually change out of my work clothes into something a little bit more comfortable {read: I pull on my fave pair of Madewell jeans and throw on an off-the-shoulder top}. Since it's Friday night, opt for something casual and easy, but always pack a light jacket because it can be breezy by the water. 

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The best Friday night spot is Don Taco. The Mexican place is further into Alexandria on King Street — the main drag of Old Town— but it's totally worth the walk. Opt for the bar or second floor and be prepared for an amazing meal!

Tip: They have a late night happy hour from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. if you get those late-night munchies.

Drinks wise, order your margarita with jalapeño-infused tequila. It's amazing and, honestly, though, you're going to want refills. Off-the-bat, order the chips, salsa and guacamole. Veggie tacos, grab the sweet potato, fried avocado {ugh, drooooooling} + grilled portobello. Maxim loves the mahi-mahi and skirt steak.

If it's nice out, stroll slowly under the lights of Old Town as you walk back to your room. Make sure to soak up the gorgeous view and note the MGM + National Harbor across the river. 

 

SATURDAY MORNING

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It's a little vacay, so order coffee + breakfast to your room. If you’re staying in the Crowne Plaza Old Town and don’t want soy milk, bring your own creamer. I’m personally a psycho, so I bring my own no matter what. For breakfast, I'll usually order a side of rye toast, a side of avocado and a side of fruit. Maxim usually orders a croissant or oatmeal and an omelet. 

Pro tip: Bring this creamer or this one. You’ll thank me later. 

Enjoy breakfast in bed while soaking up that morning Vitamin D from your room. My favorite thing is sitting in bed, gazing out at the water and watching the early morning rowers or sailors. 

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Once you're up and at em, head out to the town square for the weekly farmer's market — it happens year round. Maxim and I like to pick up some fresh apples, hummus + Senzu, our favorite local juicery — ask for the activated lemon! There's always local artists displaying their work, too, if you're looking for a gift. 

Then head up and down King Street to enjoy the boutique shops. Definitely nip into The Lucky Knot (by the water) if you’re more of a preppy-type person. Further up King Street, check out popular consignment shop, Current Boutique. My "musts" for Old Town Alexandria are She's Unique (jewelry); The Christmas Shop; Spice & Tea Exchange; 116 King St. Pop-up. 

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON + EVENING

When you're ready for lunch, head over to The Fish Market. It's MAYBE 50 yards from the water. But honestly, though, as a vegan, it's not worth it if you’re not sitting on the balcony over looking everyone (hellllllo people watching). The inside is a bit loud and dark. Maxim and I love the fish bowl bloody mary or sangria. It's 32 oz and absolutely AMAZING. Literally, Maxim and I go here in the summer JUST for the opportunity to sip our fish bowl and people watch. My go-to order is the house salad with a side of grilled veggies {and fries to steal from Maxim}. If you’re into seafood in ANY CAPACITY, make sure Fish Market is a top priority. 

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So if it's super rainy or too cold for the balcony, opt for Chadwick's over-looking the water or Vola's Dockside Grill — Vola's isn't really vegan-friendly except for the cocktails. If you're vegan (like me), consider SweetGreen further up the street, or Ichiban Sushi House (grab their cucumber roll + seaweed salad). 

After eating, walk around the torpedo factory and get lost exploring all of the different artists’ workspaces. I personally love seeing the smorgasbord of people and art styles. Wander in and out and purchase a few pieces if you’re feeling inclined. Then wander out to the boardwalk. You can enjoy the fun sideshows and walk along the pier to watch the water traffic or yacht owners relaxing on their decks. 

If you're up for it, take the rest of the afternoon to explore the side streets of Old Town where little boutiques exist for you to discover. All it takes is a little diversion from King Street. See all of the boutiques here. 

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When you're ready, walk or uber back to the hotel to do a little freshening up. I personally love watching the boats go by from the hotel room and practicing stillness for a second. Okay, TRYING to practice it, because I'm antsy and struggle to sit still. It's the thought that counts, right? 

For dinner, hit up Mai Thai.

Maxim and I’s favorite place for dinner. Hands down. Full stop. Honestly, though. We’re huge on Thai food and their BayCity will knock you off your feet. Honestly, though, it's like 5 shots in one drink. My go-to order is the tofu pad thai (no eggs) and a side of steamed veggies. If Maxim and I are super hungry, we'll get veggie spring rolls to split. Ask for a table next to the windows over looking the water. It’s always busy, but never crowded. Expect your food to come out quickly and great service. 

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Other options for dinner? La Tasca, a popular tapas place in DC. It's on the pricier side considering the number of tapas you'll end up ordering, but it's a local, DC favorite. It's great for sharing plates with friends or starting the night with a pitcher of sangria. There’s live music on Saturday nights too. Personally, I prefer to drink there and get an app at the bar before moving on somewhere else. For a fancier dinner, try out The Wharf or Blackwall Hitch. 

Once you're filled and happy with food, wander down King Street to find yourself in Old Town's {not so} best kept secret: Speakeasy PX. It's marked with a blue light and takes reservations {or you probably won't get in}. It's upscale and oozes a Great Gatsby vibe, so look nice. But if you're looking for a more laid back feeling, look for the flag at Sugarshack. Welcome to Captain Gregory's. 

 

SUNDAY MORNING

In the morning, pack up and check out of your hotel. Plan on brunch at FireFlies in the more hipster part of Alexandria — Del Ray. This place is arguably one of the best places to really "destress" from the chaos of Washington. 

Their brunch scene is definitely much different from the typical Washington D.C. brunch, but that's kind of the point. First, they have a bluegrass band EVERY SUNDAY that plays while you eat. The music can be loud if you're seated RIGHT next to the band, but it's also a reminder to sit back and listen. 

The building itself is a cute mom and pop shop with a diner-esque feel. The tables are topped with condiments, and it's clear that families are coming in after church for a bite to eat. In the summer, they have an outdoor patio under cabanas that make the vibe much more hipster DC. 

Food-wise, I ordered the veggie burger with avocado + sweet potato fries. Hummus on the side. Maxim grabbed the eggs benedict (something he says, if done right, is the sign of a good chef. Spoiler: The chef is VERY good). I ordered a bloody mary and Maxim grabbed a pineapple juice. 

The service is great and, like a well-run Mom & Pop, the atmosphere in the restaurant is amazingly chill and incredibly welcoming. Everyone is friendly and happy to just take a minute to enjoy their Sunday. After brunch, walk up the street to Swings Coffee Roasters to grab a latte to keep you from that post-brunch coma while you travel back to the city. 

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I tried the new vegan Ben & Jerry's flavors and they're amazing

When I was a kid, Ben & Jerry’s was life. If you put a pint of Phish Phood in the freezer on a Friday, it’d be scrapped out to the very edges of the container come Monday morning. I loved the smell of cookie dough wrapped in frozen dairy that would waft from their store fronts on hot, summer days. 

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But then I went vegan. And I had to give up one of my most favorite things: GOOD ice cream. Yes, I’d tried the vegan versions — Tofutti, Almond Dream, So Bliss. But there was always something off. The ice cream would stay hard just a little bit too long. Or it would contain more ice crystals than frozen cream. I settled for what I thought would be my best options. 

So when Ben & Jerry’s came out to announce that they were taking the plunge into non-dairy ice cream, I jumped for joy. Finally my love for them could be re-kindled. It apparently took them 60 tries and years of R&D to find the perfect combo. In the end, the settled on almond milk for the base because it was "the most neutral" flavor. 

I spent a year courting Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy flavors. I watched from afar to see the reaction. It was positive and I wanted to be a part of it. I remember that it was a hot, hot day and I couldn’t resist the taste of a sweet treat. Maxim and I headed into a Ben & Jerry’s…and there it was…the NON-DAIRY SECTION. They were offering PB & Cookies. I got the kids size. 

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The rest is history. 

I fell in love again with Ben & Jerry’s and always tried to have some in the freezer (just in case). 

BUT it’s 2017, and Ben & Jerry’s stepped it up AGAIN. On Wednesday they debuted THREE NEW vegan flavors: Cherry Garcia, Coconut Seven Layer Bar and Caramel Almond Brittle. I tasted them and they're INCREDIBLE. 

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Cherry Garcia {for the nostalgic + fan favorites} 

This flavor is a classic and a staple in Ben & Jerry's shop. It was debuted in 1987 and has been a top seller ever since. Maxim couldn't believe that it was the vegan version! 

Coconut Seven Layer Bar {ugh yes} 

This might be my favorite of all the seven vegan flavors. It's filled with coconut and you'd swear it's made with coconut milk instead of almond milk. I love the taste of chocolate chunks and caramel mixed in. If you've ever had a multi-layer bar, you'll be in love. 

Caramel Almond Brittle {YAS} 

The best thing about this flavor is the combination of gooey caramel with crunchy, sweet almond brittle. It's also the new fan favorite among taste-testers of Ben & Jerry's. 

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And what better time to celebrate than this weekend? It’s going to be 60s in the DMV + NYC, which means ice cream is always a good idea. No one’s ever regretted a spoonful of the sweet stuff. 

Interested in trying it out? Look for it anywhere that ice cream is sold

breakfast on-the-go: 10-minute chia seed pudding

Mornings are crazy hectic. Like crazy, crazy hectic. 

I work a 9-5, and I carpool downtown with Maxim. We're out the door by 7-7:30, and always forgetting to eat something. Let's be real, we're young + more focused on coffee + finding a clean pair of pants than making sure that we've had breakfast.

PSA: Breakfast is crazy important! Please eat breakfast!

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By the time I'm at the office, I'm HANGRY...and we all know how well that goes over in the first meeting of the day. 

SO, I try to make easy (like so easy you can do it in your sleep) breakfasts to-go the night before so that I can just grab it on the way out the door. 

This, my chia seed pudding recipe, is my fave. And honestly, though, it doesn't even take 10-minutes. It takes maybe 5-minutes if you're a little bit slow pouring in the milk. BUT a little disclaimer first: I'm a s o u l  c o o k e r , which is why I oftentimes am more focused on reviewing other people's food or just posting photos. My measurements are not exact and I add stuff like I'm a witch concocting a potion. 

THAT BEING SAID, I googled ratios that I'll be including below, but PLEASE just experiment yourself. You never know what you'll discover! 


Not-even-10-minute chia seed pudding 

Ingredients: 

  • mason jar or other similar-ish container
  • handful of chia seeds (a 1/3 cup) 
  • healthy pour of non-dairy milk OR a couple tablespoons of non-dairy yogurt. 
    • (think 3:1 ratio of milk to chia) 
  • cinnamon 
  • mashed banana
  • coconut chips 
  • oats or hot cereal (my fave is from iheartkeenwah) 

Directions: 

  • Fill half a mason jar with milk/yogurt
  • Add chia seeds, some {healthy} shakes on cinnamon. Put top on jar and SHAKE. 
  • Open jar, add 2-3 tablespoons of hot cereal or oats. 
  • Add mashed banana, coconut chips. 
    • side note: my favorite thing about adding coconut chips is that they're soft(er)when you end up eating this and sweetens up the entire breakfast! 
  • Put top back on jar and SHAKE! 
  • Put in fridge overnight or for a few hours. 
  • ENJOY! 

Yes. It's literally that simple. You can experiment with different flavors, toppings, etc! 

My {other} fave chia pudding combinations: 

  • Vega protein powder + banana + oats 
  • Almond butter + cubed apple slices + cinnamon 
  • Frozen berries + shaved coconut {omg yas} 
  • Sliced pineapple + shaved cooconut + oats 
  • Frozen berries + cinnamon  

The possibilities are  E N D L E S S , you beautiful people! Give it a try and let me know below how it goes! 

dc food scene: choolaah indian

TL;DR: Indian food version of Cava Grill + ShopHouse + totally worth the trip to Northern Virginia. Don't be put off by the GIANT menu + stick to the BBQ bowls. Vegan options are color coded blue, GF is green. 


Choolaah is a fast-casual Indian place on the corner of Mosaic District. It's been open for less than a month, but already I'm hooked (and so is Maxim). He's a bigger fan than I am, but I still consider it to be a strong competitor within the DC fast-casual food scene. 

First, the menu is HUGE, and honestly, though, it's kind of overwhelming. You can create your own bbq bowl, choose something ready-made, choose just sides, etc etc.  B U T  everything is color-coded perfectly, and the cashier/server is awesome about helping out.

Even better, go HERE and click your dietary restrictions, to see allllll your options appear before your eyes. And yes, onion & garlic-free is an option because #badbreath is a real thing. Especially on first dates. Or the 315th first date. 

**UPDATE** It was brought to my attention that one of the reasons that onion/garlic free is usually an option at Indian restaurants is to reflect different strict vegetarian lifestyles. One of them, Jain Vegetarianism, is a strict form of vegetarianism where followers do not eat meat, fish, eggs, onions, garlic, and potatoes. 

side note: naan is not normally vegan, but their wheat naan is.

Anyways, I just stuck to what the hype has centered on: The BBQ bowls. And honestly, it's where it's at. Their bowls consist of a bed of white/brown rice topped with meat of choice (tofu + veggies for me!). Then masala on the side (my fave is the chickpea masala) + naan bread.

But I also always buy the veggie samosas. They're amazing. And I mean AMAZING. Each order comes with three mini samosas that I dip in the Choolaah Lava sauce. And hold on, because I'm drooling just typing this. 

The food is SO good. Maxim loves Indian food and made us go back for seconds the next day. If you're vegan, get chickpeas or double tofu for the protein. But other than that, have at it. I'm trying the Tandoori wrap the next time I go, so I'll keep you guys updated.

Honestly, though, I love that the fast casual food scene has brought out the best of masala and samosas. 

 ALLLLL the yummy sauces {that are also vegan} 

ALLLLL the yummy sauces {that are also vegan} 

Reasons besides the food to be obsessed

ANYWAYS, there are so many reasons I'm obsessed (besides their food tasting good?) with Choolaah. First, they have a HAND-WASHING station. It's literally a weird, majestic...thing...that you stick your hands into and it sprays all this sanitized water on your hands. With one-use towels next to it. It's called the handwash-o-matic and their justification is that "hand sanitizer is so 2015." Like honestly, though, these people are great. 

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There's something about a company/brand that successfully uses sass and fun in their brand without coming off cheesy. From a marketing + advertising perspective, they're killing the game. And from a blogger going to eat there perspective, I would go every single day if I lived in Mosaic District. 

Pricing-wise, it's about the same as any other fast-casual place in the DMV. $30 gets you two drinks, two mains + veggie samosas on the side. When the food comes (you pay before-hand), it arrives on these amazing themed trays. The decor is chill, a very open layout with cute little "booths" next to the windows + tons of space for kids to hang out. 

What I love, is that everyone eating there looked super happy + pleased with their meal. The people are more than happy to make sure that you're experiencing an incredible meal.