Outfit details: vintage cropped trousers (similar and similar), J.Crew tissue turtleneck, Céline Tilda sunglasses, Forever 21 hat, Vans Sk8-Hi sneakers, Everlane bag, Asos leather jacket (also like this one from Mango and this one from Asos)
Hi from D.C.! We made the trip up here to spend Halloween with my bestie Chris. It's my (and Chris') favorite holiday, so why not spend it getting into trouble in a new city? The weather was also divine, so I was able to break out my trusty leather jacket and (gasp!) layers!
It's shitty and pretty lonely living away from one of my best friends, but being besties means you always pick right back up where you left off.
Here's the breakdown of what we did while in D.C.:
Oyamel: Small plates Mexican food, plus an impressive collection of tequilas and mezcals. The staff went above and beyond to take amazing care of us. Must try: house margarita topped with sea salt foam, all the crudos, and chapulines tacos if you're brave.
Doi Moi: A cool, industrial-modern interior serving Southeast Asian small plates (small plates/family style are an on-going theme here haha. But how else are you supposed to try everything??). We ate here on Halloween before going out, and our server was dressed up as an Angler fish. Kindred souls, I'm telling you. Must try: their Brussels sprouts are like tiny cabbages from heaven.
A Baked Joint: I love this coffee place. If I lived in D.C., this is where you would find me camped out on a normal day. I've become quite the coffee lover over the past few years, and when I see bags of artisan coffee beans and a chemex, I feel right at home. This place bakes their own bread in house, makes excellent tea and coffee, and their food menu is the perfect thing to gloss over a Calvados-induced hangover.
Union Market: A chic food hall with over 40 vendors; think street food like dosas, empanadas, and crepes, plus cheeses, fresh bread, seafood, coffee, kombucha, etc. I grabbed lunch from NYC-inspired Buffalo Bergen, which included a bomb ass knish, matzo ball soup, and a breakfast sammie on an everything bagel.
Left Door: Cozy cocktail bar-meets speakeasy with amazing drinks and my favorite bartender in D.C. The interior has a rococo-parlor feel, and the small space feels intimate rather than cramped. Inventive cocktails served in antique glassware (am I the only one who judges a bar by their glassware?) and a never-ending supply of Calvados shots.
Chicken + Whiskey: Looks like a pretty standard fast food place, but behind an ordinary cooler door they're housing a rad whiskey bar. Great vibe and friendly bartenders were the cherry on top of my Aperol spritz.
Service Bar: This is "the" bar for those in the know, aka service industry. If you've never worked in said industry, trust and believe that they get down way better than the rest of the population working 9-5. Not only was this place packed with all the D.C. babes and cool kids, their cocktail menu is above and beyond. You might expect this to be a shot-and-beer bar, but they dole out complex tiki cocktails in sculptured mugs just as easily as Miller High Life.
Wunder Garten: Pop-up beer garden with corn hole, life-sized chess, and craft beers, all surrounded by twinkling lights and climbing vines and flowers.
Pub Dread: Three of the best bars on the D.C. scene combined forces to create this rotating pop-up bar concept. Previously they had a Game of Thrones pop-up, complete with a wall of faces, iron throne, and themed cocktails. Their Halloween concept did not disappoint; four rooms included a creepy forest, haunted room full of dolls, and a disco David Bowie room. Also, one of our bartenders was dressed as the Nightman from It's Always Sunny, and they had a drink on the menu called David S. Pumpkins. Any questions?
We also spent a day in Baltimore catching up with one of my husband's best friends. I had no idea Baltimore was such a rad city. It's growing and booming in a way similar to Tampa, actually. The seafood there was probably the highlight, along with drinking Natty Bo and having a bar singalong to Marcy Playground's Sex and Candy. I highly recommend Mama's On The Half Shell for dinner, Rye for craft cocktails and The Horse you Came In On Saloon (the place Edgar Allen Poe had his last drink).