DC Vacation: Day 19 & 20, American Food

After three non-stop days, we adopted a lazier schedule for the day. First on the agenda was getting my MacBook repaired at the nearby Apple store. This also afforded us the opportunity to grab lunch at a neighborhood hamburger joint and shop for shoes at DSW. No naps that day, but good fun and lots of warm, sunny weather. As with my other days, I drank seemingly endless amounts of iced tea with lunch. For dinner, we watched ‘Castle’ with my parents over Thai take-away then drove down to stay with friends on Capitol Hill.
For our final full weekday in DC, we opted to split up to conquer our final wish list items. I wanted to see some colleagues and my husband wanted to see more museums. We started our day before eight o’clock in the hope of beating the crowds since beautiful weather was predicted.

U.S. Capitol Dome

Conor immediately walked to the Visitor Center for the Washington Monument and queued up for a free timed-entry ticket to go to the top. An excellent view on a clear day. Though he’d considered eating breakfast at the Rayburn Cafeteria, he knew that on such a nice day the Monument ticket queue would be long so an early start was best. He was right! With a ticket in his pocket, he caught a morning showing of the Hubble 3-D IMAX film at the National Air & Space Museum then went back for his view from the top followed by lunch at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. His afternoon was spent in the museums on the National Mall.

National Mall Museums and Hours

I went for a little road trip down to Manassas to see my colleagues for a business meeting. On the way, we stopped by Denny’s for breakfast and on the way back we dined at City Grille. To read more about my meal, read about it in my other blog Cooking Peas & Q’s. Though Manassas, Virginia is known for its historic battlefield, we spent our time there catching up with work and having the usual staff meeting.

Build-Your-Own Denny's Grand Slam Breakfast

Our day also included a trip to the local CostCo for important supplies like Jelly Belly and a SanDisk Ultra II 8 GB Flash memory card for my camera. After all, with a charismatic nephew like Quinn, I needed ample photo storage at the ready.
The icing on the cake was when we went to my parents’ house for dinner and met up with my extended family for good old fashioned American barbecue from Urban BBQ. We had beef brisket, pulled chicken, grilled corn on the cob, cornbread, mashed potatoes with gravy, French fries, apple crumble, and key lime pie. This time I found the cornbread a bit doughy in the center squares and the corn on the cob could have been sweeter, but the meats more than made up for it and the mashed potatoes had the potato peel smashed in there which is how I love them! Keeping in mind how food-obsessed my posts can be, let me take this moment to admit that the food I ate that day will be remembered for quite some time, but it was the company of my dear friends, colleagues, and family that made the day so wonderful.

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