Staycation – day one

Ever since we’ve moved to the DC area, it feels like we could go on a new adventure every weekend. I love that! While we’ve tried A LOT of new things, and ventured to new places, we definitely have a few favorites that we can’t seem to stay away from. But there were so many neighborhoods and things that we haven’t seen in the city yet, so we took off last Thursday to see some more of our own backyard. Olive went to play at her friend’s house for the night, so Nick and I were free to roam about, and stay out as long as we liked!

After dropping Olive off, we took off for the city, and naturally, got caught in traffic. (there is ALWAYS traffic) Our first top was the metro station so that we could jump on the Silver Line. We got off near the the Eastern Market and walked for a bit before heading to lunch.

Lunch was nothing short of EPIC. We walked to Sticky Rice on H Street. I had found this place online a few weeks ago, and knew it was a place we needed to go. And we’re both SO happy that we did! It was amazing. Naturally, we started with a bucket of tots, and vegan special sauce.
TOTS

I mean, don’t YOU think of tots at a sushi place?! Ha! THEY. WERE. AWESOME. Perfectly fried and crisp, and not too greasy. I don’t know what the vegan special sauce is, but it’s nothing short of magical. Mmmmm. So good. I’ve been dreaming of them ever since.

But we knew that man can not live on tots alone, so we ordered three sushi rolls as well. We chose The Hot Hippy (spicy marinated tofu with scallions, peanuts, cucumbers, and carrots), the Santa Fe (tempura fried sweet potato with agave jalapeño and sesame seeds), and the Avocado Tempura with the vegan option (vegan tofutti, cucumbers, avocado, vegan spicy sauce, drizzled with ponzu and scallions).
Sushi Rice
(all three, the Avocado Tempura, The Hot Hippy, and the Santa Fe going clockwise)

Wow. These rolls were so darn tasty, too! I think my favorite was the Avocado Tempura, but I’m a sucker for anything with avocado. It was creamy and crunchy all at the same time. The Santa Fe also had a great crunch from the tempura sweet potato, but it was balanced well with the spice of the agave jalapeño. The Hot Hippy was Nick’s favorite, and it was more a traditional vegetable roll, but the spicy tofu made it a little something different. They were all delicious and we devoured them in no time.

And yes. We ate the entire bucket of tots with NO REGRETS.

After exploring the Adams Morgan neighborhood a bit, we ventured off towards Georgetown. We’ve been to Georgetown a few times now, but we were headed to Baked & Wired for a cupcake. We snagged the “Hell Yeah” which was a vegan & gluten free chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream. While we didn’t snag a picture, and we didn’t eat it until after dinner, I’ll promise you that it was awesome! Nick said he would have never been able to tell you that it was gluten free. That’s always the true test! It was SUPER chocolate-y and not dry and crumbly at all. It was a perfect treat.

And let’s be serious. It’s hard to go to Georgetown and NOT get a cupcake from Sprinkles. I mean, it can, and has been done, but Sprinkles is always worth a trip.
I love Sprinkles!

The vegan red velvet is out of this world and we devoured it right outside the door. It has the perfect texture and just the right amount coconut flavor. And the buttercream?! Heavenly. Silky, smooth, and just the right amount of sweet. Worth every single calorie, for sure.
SPRINKLES!

After a bit more of wandering around Georgetown, we headed back towards home because Nick didn’t want to leave his softball team hanging. They were right on the edge of having enough guys, and he wanted to give them a fair shot! After all of that, we got there and only 5 guys showed up. BUMMER. So after the time was over, and they had to forfeit for real, we took off and tried to decide what to do for dinner. We ended up at Whole Foods (we had a few things to get anyway) and ordered the Mighty Vegan Pizza. They didn’t have any vegan cheese ready, so we opted to skip the cheese and add marinated mushrooms instead. We brought it home, grabbed a drink (I chose the caffeine free Zevia Cola – yum!) and ate while watching a movie. It was kind of weird to be home without Olive around, but it was nice to sit on the couch, watch “Homeland”, and eat without having to say, “Olive, sit! This is not your pizza!”
A lovely Whole Foods Pizza all for us

This pizza was YUMMY! Big, chewy slices with loads of veggies and flavorful sauce. It definitely hit the spot.

What a great day! While it had ended up being way more humid than expected, we had such a great day together. I can’t wait to share the rest of our staycation with you tomorrow!

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