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LocalLove : Pleasant Pops

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Guys…OMG you guys… I found a really cool place. DC has it’s very own restaurant devoted to…wait for it…. POPSICLES.  Ten year old me is freaking out. I mean seriously.

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Pleasant Pops is located off of Florida & 18th NW and has the yummiest ice pops.  According to their site…

“Pleasant Pops was born in 2009, because we really liked traditional Mexican ice pops called paletas and couldn’t find any in Washington, D.C. When we created Pleasant Pops we wanted to combine the Mexican tradition of fresh fruit ice pops with local and sustainable agriculture from the greater D.C. area.” 

The experience does not disappoint.  With over 100 flavors and super fresh ingredients their ice pops are the perfect cure for even DC’s most humid days.  My beautiful friend, Caroline, of a Different Story, and I checked it out a few weeks ago and it was the perfect setting for our catch up sesh.

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Isn’t she just adorbs? I mean, really!

On top of great popsicles, Pleasant Pops also has a number of other fresh, locally-sourced food options.  Their sandwiches were also great.

If trecking it to Florida Ave is just too much for you, you can also find them at a number of the local farmer’s markets and around town in their food truck “Big Poppa”.  Check them out on twitter for location and other fun updates @pleasantpops .

IMG_2171 I highly recommend you plan a visit before the Summer is over!

Enjoy!

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This weekend was absolutely lovely.  My plans were all canceled last-minute and I found myself with the gift of time and spontaneity.  Neither of which are easy to come by in DC.

I spent quite a bit of quality time at one of my favorite DC spots, Union Market.  They have great wi-fi which is wonderful for getting work done and a million and one fun options for distraction when you need a break.  One of my favorite things to do is get an empanada from DC Empanadas and peruse the beautifully curated items in Salt & Sundry.  Truly wonderful.

On top of that, a few of my wonderful friends decided to join me that evening for a delicious dinner at Bidwell (try the Lobster Taco)and a drive-in movie on the side of the market. Seriously the perfect Summer evening.

I rounded out my weekend of wi-fi hunting with an afternoon at Buzz.  Buzz is a wonderful bakery; chock-full of quirky goodness and delicious baked goods.  They have created a space that is welcoming to the young family and the laptop toting introvert (like me!) alike.  It provided the perfect backdrop to my brainstorming and organizing.  There’s lots of fun things on the horizon but it takes making time.  Grateful for a weekend where time was on my side.

Hope your weekend was just as restful!
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LocalLove: Seven Oaks Lavender Farm

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I have to admit that one of my favorite ways to explore new parts of my city (and the great uncharted region beyond the Potomac) is to find good Living Social or Groupon deals. I am most definitely my Grandmother’s girl.  She never met a deal she didn’t like (or that she couldn’t improve upon).  On my most recent perusal through their sites I came across something I couldn’t pass up.

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Doesn’t that just sound dreamy?  I’m not going to lie, after reading about the farm I spent more than a few minutes day dreaming about wandering a midst the fragrant blooms and relaxing under the shade of a giant oak tree. It was all very Anne of Green Gables-esque.

You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

With very little effort, I convinced Ashlynn and Nicole to hop in the car with me and we were off for a day long adventure in the country.

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I must say that it didn’t disappoint.  A little over an hour outside the city, the farm was truly beautiful.  We were greeted by a teenage boy wearing a “Lavender Lad” T-shirt and directed to the field.  Despite wearing what I’m guessing was not his favorite item of clothing, he was friendly and welcoming much like everyone we came in contact with.

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The warm greeting was quickly followed by the sweet and soothing scent of lavender wafting on the breeze. I mean… really?!?! The breezes in DC smell like a lot of things… lavender is not one of them.  That alone made the trip worthwhile.

It was evident that we were not the only ones who had found this little gem on the interwebs.  There were families with little children, dutiful husbands trailing after their wives and groups of girlfriends a plenty.  We grabbed our baskets and scissors and set about the business of picking flowers (clearly very serious business).  It didn’t take long for us to get sidetracked by the giant hay bales in the surrounding fields.

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Once we picked our favorites, we settled back on the front porch of the sprawling country house and watched the clouds float by.  There really is something incredibly soothing about just sitting back without the buzz of a phone, the rush of traffic or any other distraction and just watching the world go by.  It’s healing to the soul.

On our way out, we stopped by the bunny pen and I fell in love no fewer than 10 times.  I didn’t really get any good pictures at that point because I was most likely beside myself clapping my hands and oohing and ahhing over their cuteness.  Let’s just say I like bunnies and my most mature side does not come out when I’m in their presence.

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Moving on.

While lavender season appears to have drawn to a close (I think, but I’m clearly no expert), I would highly recommend you plan an adventure to the country sometime soon.


Go sit on a porch.  Sip lemonade. Snuggle a bunny.  Whatever it takes to slow down just a bit this summer and enjoy the moment!

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H St. Festival

H St.The H St. corridor in DC is one of my favorite places.  Maybe I’m a bit biased, but it’s just cool.  A little bit gritty, a lot bit rock n’ roll and filled to the bring with interesting things and people to see.

Today is the day that H St. NE shows off!

It’s the annual H St. Festival.  Click here for details.  There’s going to be tons of people, food trucks, music, and other crazy things to see and do.  I’m particularly excited because the CapCityBand is playing on the main stage (1:45pm) and the gospel stage (4pm) today! Come on out and cheer us on.

All right I have to go practice for the five millionth time now.

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LocalLove : Red Rocks

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H St. NE is home to a great new pizza place.  Defining Red Rocks as a pizza place though doesn’t seem to really do it justice.  The new location is amazing!  With tall ceilings, exposed brick, loads of space (at least for DC standards) and a open air roof, its pizza is really only part of its charm.  While Red Rocks has been a DC staple for awhile now, it’s H St. location just opened a few weeks ago and all signs are pointing to a huge success.  I had the opportunity to check it out last week and enjoyed every minute of it.  Their “Hangover” pizza is especially good, even without the aforementioned hangover.  They also have a huge back room that I think would make a great party space.  Can’t wait to plan something fun there! I’d highly recommend  you grab one (or a bunch) of your favorite peeps and check them out!

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