Wednesday, May 2, 2012

adventures in the dmv

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weekend getaways- aren't they great?
a weekend trip with your cousin to the DMV to visit the greatest person ever; that person, the greatest one ever? that would be my little sister, made this trip even better than great - it was the greatest. our trip was full of amazing food, beautiful hikes, museums and monuments.
this was Sam's  first trip to DC - one weekend trip to the dmv certainly doesn't give one enough time to fully discover all the amazing things the dmv has to offer - my 7th trip down and i still haven't done everything there is to do!

here is a little glimpse at our weekend trip


Saturday we started our day at the Baltimore veg fest - this was so much fun, i could have spent all day here. there were so many vendors sharing knowledge of a vegan lifestyle, factory farming, vegan dog food and treats plus an array of food vendors selling amazing vegan food. while there i had an amazing beet, carrot, apple & lemon juice, purchased raw vegan chocolate macaroons, vegan coffee cake & palmier es. PETA had t- shirts for sale and i could not resist buying the "I am not a Nugget" shirt, along with human grade vegan doggie treats for my pup Anna. I certainly couldn't leave without buying a batch of "nacho cheeze" vegan raw kale chips plus 3 jars of PB & co peanut butter. before leaving i also had to grab a slice of vegan pizza for a buck.

in the afternoon we took a trip over to great falls national park - one word. amazing. the Potomac divides the park into two sections - the Virginia side and the Maryland side, we explored the Virginia side. at the start of our walk there were a few kayaks & knee boarders challenging the rapids, a little further down we ran into a few rock climbers. around dusk, about halfway through our hike, 4 curious White tailed deer were alongside the trail - absolutely beautiful.




the weather on Sunday was absolutely gorgeous. on Sam's must do list was to visit the DC Zoo. we spent half the day exploring.

while there i wasn't sure how i felt about the zoo, i know where i stand on circuses and the welfare and exploitation of animals - but i was conflicted about the zoo. this trip has prompted me to do a bit more research, i am curious to read others views who share a similar lifestyle as i do.

the animals were pretty active towards late afternoon/early evening - i am assuming it was around feeding time.



in the birdhouse the peacock was certainly putting on a show


after visiting Arlington cemetery and before visiting the zoo we stopped over at sticky fingers. one of my favorite things to do in dc is to EAT! there are so many amazing vegan restaurants in dc, sticky fingers was on my must do list for this visit. we made it just in time for brunch - i get a bit overwhelmed at all vegan restaurants, there are so many choices.


i finally settled on a "not your mothers tuna melt" with tomato and quinoa salad. the tuna melt was made with chickpeas, an array of spices with daiya and tomato served on grilled mulit grain bread - it was amazing. on the side i enjoyed a bit of quinoa salad full of veggies.

my sister ordered the french toast platter with tofu scramble and grits - i have never had grits before, after one bite if hers i am officially hooked - so good! her french toast and tofu scramble were also excellent. know if we could convince sticky fingers to open up here in NH.
cupcakes were a must  - the owner of sticky fingers has won the food networks cupcake wars twice - YAY for vegan cupcakes.
i left with a double coconut cupcake encased in toasted coconut and a red velvet. my sister selected  the margarita cupcake and the strawberry lemonade. the verdict; the coconut was my favorite with the margarita coming in at a close second. the red velvet was okay.
Sarah and i discovered sunflower on my last trip - everything on the menu is vegan or can be made vegan. the food is fantastic and the service super fast.


we started with coconut "shrimp" and salt n' pepper chik'n
both were amazing - this day was definitely a cheat day...meaning all the foods i am not suppose to eat - fried, spicy and faux meat , these types of foods make my tummy very angry, so this was more like a farewell meal for me, a lesson learned to continue to only  eat the foods that make me feel 100%
Sarah and i split the sunflower platter- wheat meat, oyster mushrooms, greens & celery sauteed in a spicy brown sauce along with an order of pineapple rice - pineapple, faux ham, zucchini & rice tossed in a tomato based sauce.


on Friday night after a fantastic dinner of yellow gazpacho, coconut fried tofu bites with a plum sauce and vegan lemon lime cheesecake we headed over to fairouz a hookah bar. were we smoked hookah (mango) and relaxed for a bit. this is also where i had the worst / strongest drink ever - vodka that literally tasted like rubbing alcohol - after 3 sips i was all set. hookah good, drink awful.
another amazing trip to the dmv made even better with the company of my cousin and sister.
Yum

25 comments:

  1. How fun! I go to DC once a year for work (it used to be a lot more),and I spend the rest of the year looking forward to all the vegan food options :)

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    1. I always joke that I would simply live in DC on the weekends for the food alone...tickets are cheap from NH to DC :)

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  2. wow! what an incredible trip you had! why didn't you stop in philly to pick me up?! the baltimore veg fest sounds AMAZING! and all of the food you enjoyed sounds awesome. vegan food extravaganza weekend! it's always cool to try new and different ways of prepared vegan food.

    what exactly does "dmv" stand for? dc, maryland, and virginia?

    i was a tiny bit surprised to see the zoo pictures when i was just scrolling though, before reading the text. for a while i was on the fence about them(as you expressed), but after doing a lot of reading on them, i don't agree or support them. i feel really bad for the animals, being stuck in enclosures out of their natural habitat, unable to live their life out as nature intended.

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    1. I should have totally picked you up - the Vegfest was amazing!

      Truthfully I felt pretty guilty walking around the zoo - what really broke my heart was the Ape House - they all looked so sad - My Sister and I never visited the Zoo growing up, both times we went to the DC Zoo was by the request of somone else

      It has been helpful to see everyones individual takes on Zoo's - I feel that I am really lacking knowledge about Zoos and what they are about

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  3. What a fun way to spend the weekend! I keep hearing so many amazing things about DC (and the restaurants there) but I've never been. That will definitely have to be remedied one of these days!

    I don't know a whole lot about the nature of zoos and whether or not they are humane to the animals, but I would suspect it varies quite a bit from zoo to zoo. I know some of them act more like nature conservancies, and do a good job of protecting wildlife, but others I'm not so sure... :/

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    1. You have to go Willow you would have such a great time!

      This is exactly what I am struggling with, there must be a huge difference between sanctuaries/conservancies and your "traditional" zoo

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  4. Oh yum! I am the same way in vegan restaurants - almost paralyzed with choices. I think I've gotten so used to a limited selection or creating my own meal, I don't know what to do when I have a huge menu of options. :)

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    1. Oh my gosh I am ALWAYS so overwhelmed when faced with an ENTIRE menu of vegan foods- my Sister and I were just having this conversation, she actually e-mails her vegan Friend Jess (from Maine) the Menus ahead of time so she can research her meals for the weekend :)

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  5. Oh wow! I tabled at Baltimore VegFest this weekend. It was pretty terrific.

    I love living in DC. We definitely have lots of grea food.
    I haven't ever gone to the DC zoo, because it makes me really, really uncomfortable. I'm glad that you had a nice trip!

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    1. Shannon that is just craziness! What table were you representing, I probably walked right by you a few dozen times!

      The DMV has so many amazing Vegan & Vegan Friendly Restaurants it is always so hard to choose :)

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  6. This looks like such a lovely trip! I am so jealous of all these amazing vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants you went to! That's is, I clearly need to visit DC.

    Glad you and your sister had fun! Great photos too :)

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    1. You absolutely have to go to DC at one point in your life - make it a foodie weekend :)

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  7. Looks like a fun trip! I tried to go the Seattle Vegfest.. there was a mad rush that day:) So we had to skip it. Love the instagram'd pics and the foooood!

    I have the same thoughts as Caitlin. I am just not comfortable with Zoos.

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    1. I am so addicted to Instagram - so much fun!

      Throughout my time at the Zoo there were definitely some uncomfrotable moments - specifically in the Ape House and the Mammal House.

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  8. I loved reading about your weekend trip and seeing all the places you went to and food you ate! I think I would feel the same way as Heather at those restaurants - too many options to choose from and not enough time to try them all! The VegFest sounds pretty cool too. Glad you had such a nice time with your family :)

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    1. On sunday night I thought of you! Sunflower Restaurant had the Daikon Radish Cakes on their menu :)

      VegFest was amazing - I could have spent all day there

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    2. Oh that would have been awesome - I would have loved to try a restaurant version! Thanks for thinking of me :)

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  9. DC sounds like an amazing place to visit - definitely on everyone's list to travel to :D
    Thanks for sharing your experiences this weekend my friend - they sound like a blast! And the food... I think my grumbling stomach speaks for itself ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. I agree, DC definitely needs to be on everyones life list, if not for the monuments and museums then for the vegan food!

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  10. The DMV (you're right Caitlin, DC MD and VA) is an amazing area for vegan/ vegetarian options! You just have to do a little searching to find them.

    Thanks again Heath, for coming down and spending the weekend indulging in good eats with me :)

    <3

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    1. It was amazing Sa- I am going to miss my twice a year Vegan Fest in DC!

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  11. So amazing!!!!
    I also have this very awesome favourite person in my life - and that would be my baby sister! ;D
    So good we have them right? ;)
    xoxo

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    1. Little Sisters are the Best - i totally agree :)I don't know what I would do without mine, I am so incredibly lucky and it sounds as it your are too! xoxo

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  12. Awe, sounds like you had a terrific weekend away. I'm glad! :) The VegFest sounds fantastic. I guarantee I would have spent like a whole pay cheque there! How were the vegan raw macaroons? Sounds yummy!

    I am very torn about zoos as well. I am fully for educational facilities and rehabilitation centres for animals. People should know about animals and feel more connected to them. But, can that be done through a zoo? Our zoo here in Winnipeg is being changed from a zoo to a polar bear research and rehabilitation centre right now. It makes so much more sense to me! It will teach people about the polar bears, their habitat, and rehabilitate those that are injured or who lose their mothers.

    All of the food sounds amazing!!!!! WOW! :) SO many vegetarian & vegan options.

    And your sister sounds like a sweetie! I'm helping throw a wedding shower for my little sister tomorrow. We are pretty lucky to have little sisters! :)

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    1. It was amazing Court! The Vegan Raw Macaroons were incredible, it had such a pronounced rich chocolate flavor - too good for words :)

      See this is where I am torn - how do you discern from an education rehabilitation "zoo" center and those that are not....Justin and I have opted out of our nephews birthday this year as they are hosting it at a Zoo 2 hours away - we will be sending our love and birthday wishes in another way, we just aren't comfortable with supporting them (zoos).

      Too many vegan and vegetarian choices - overwhelming at times!

      We are totally lucky- congrats to your little sis :)

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