Jon arrives for Thanksgiving in...
It's no secret that the ideal way to discover a city is through food. (I mean, right? That can't just be me.) Jon arrives in DC on Sunday and we'll be here until Saturday morning, when we'll drive up to Manhattan with my grandparents, and then he flies out of JFK on Monday night. Our weekend in New York - which includes a fabulous party in Connecticut - is packed already, but I'm still fleshing out Jon's holiday in Washington.
This trip feels different from his others. He's visited DC half a dozen times over the past five years, but this is the first time he'll be experiencing it as his future home. When he came for Thanksgiving last year, we knew that he'd be moving over in early 2014, but I was still living at home with my parents so the experience was pretty similar to the other trips we made when I was based in London with him. Now I'm in the apartment that will be ours and I've carved out a life with comfortable routines and favorite spots that I'm excited to share with him. I really want Jon to feel like he can belong here and, of course, the best way to introduce Jon to his new neighborhood is by visiting as many local culinary destinations as possible.
I've made a list of everywhere I want to take him that's within a 20 minute walk or 15 minute bus ride of our apartment. We don't have tons of time, especially since there's that little thing called Thanksgiving that will take up about two days with my family, but I'm nothing if not ambitious!
Jon lands at 4:30 in the afternoon and our lawyers have warned us that he might be delayed at immigration because he's in the midst of the visa process. I have no idea what time we'll get home, but if he's still awake and wants to grab a drink and a bite we'll stop by The Getaway in Columbia Heights or Desperados on U St for their Sunday night happy hour specials.
We'll start the day with a long walk down 14th St to get Charlie's morning crazies out, and we'll pick up coffee and and a pastry somewhere by Logan Circle like Ted's Bulletin, Bakehouse, or Point Chaud if we're in the mood for crèpes. Assuming the weather cooperates, we'll then spend a few hours at the zoo; afterwards, we'll warm up with noodles at Taan or Pho14, both on Columbia Rd - Jon loves that sort of thing, so I want him to know it's available right nearby! If the day is miserable, we'll probably head to 2 Amys up by the cathedral to split a Neapolitan pizza for lunch. We're having people over on Monday evening, so we do have to save ourselves for that! (As usual, I plan on going completely overboard with the cooking.)
I have to pick up my family's race packets for the SOME Thanksgiving Turkey Trot at the Pacers on P St, which is the perfect excuse to hit up Stoney's for lunch - they have the best grilled cheese in town. And then Tuesday night is date night! I've made us a reservation at Zentan (thanks to a gift certificate I won back in the spring) and we'll probably start off the evening a few floors up at the rooftop bar at Donovan House. I've never been but I hear the cocktails and the view are fantastic.
Honestly, I think we're going to be fooded out by Wednesday, so it's the perfect opportunity to introduce Jon to Sweetgreen or Chop't, both of which have locations in Dupont Circle. Those sorts of salad places are such an American concept - they don't have anything like it in London! We'll need a light(er) lunch on Wednesday anyway because we're going to my parents' house for dinner that evening. My grandparents and sister arrive in DC that afternoon and it's the first night of Hanukkah, so we're having latkes! It's just the thing to prepare us for the next day's 5k...
Thanksgiving - enough said, right?
This plan is in pencil at the moment, so let me know if you have any other gastronomic suggestions in these areas! Now that Chioptle, Five Guys, and Shake Shack have hopped over to London, we don't have to go to them here, and I really do want to hit up new (to him, certainly, but also possibly to me) places. What am I missing, dear readers?