Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers

Hey, y’all! I spent this past long weekend venturing around the nation’s capital with my friend Kelsey and it was SO much fun!!…despite the sweltering heat. 

 

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While I’ve been to DC before, it’s been a number of years and I had always gone with family or with a school group — so it was nice to just galavant around town without any real itinerary.

Kelsey and I played the part of typical tourists quite well, but ended up brunching at a spot that’s a gem to locals — Founding Farmers — which happens to be just a hop, skip and a jump from the White House (which seems a lot smaller in person).

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If you end up in DC and find yourself at Founding Farmers (which I highly recommend because DC is a wonderfully pretty and clean city), you NEED to get the beignets. For $8 you get six of the lightest, airiest (is that a word?), most delicious squares of fried dough. You also get three dips for your dough (pun totally intended): raspberry, chocolate and caramel. I very much enjoyed mixing the chocolate and raspberry together. YUM. TAKE ME BACK.

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We met up with a friend of Kelsey’s from college who took us to the POV Roof Terrace & Lounge (a bar at the top of the W hotel) where we had great views of the Washington Monument and the White House. Drinks were pricey…but you’re paying for the chance to see Obama waving from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, right? Totally.

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Kels and I clearly don’t know how to close our mouths when taking selfies.

Kelsey and I met at ABC News over a year ago so it was only appropriate that we ended up at the Newseum. (I got in for free with my Bank of America credit card — first weekend of every month, the card gives you free entry into 150+ museums nationwide! yay free stuff!) Typical news junkies. Just because I no longer work in news, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the industry and the important role journalists play in our society. Fourth estate, yo!

Thanks for a wonderful weekend, DC!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Green Eggs & Ham

Green Eggs & Ham

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I DO! I LIKE THEM, SAM-I-AM!
AND I WOULD EAT THEM IN A BOAT!
AND I WOULD EAT THEM WITH A GOAT…  
AND I WILL EAT THEM IN THE RAIN.
AND IN THE DARK. AND ON A TRAIN.
AND IN A CAR. AND IN A TREE.

Dr. Seuss


Do you ever wake up in the morning craving green eggs and ham? Me neither… But when I saw this breakfast option on the menu at Countryside Kitchen in Mahopac, NY I knew I NEEDED to order it for two reasons:

  1. Where else do they actually have GREEN EGGS AND HAM on a menu?
  2. I’m [twenty] three years old.
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Radioactive Green Eggs, Y’all.

So fantastically green were those eggs. I love it. And turns out our waiter, Dan, was born on the same day as Dr. Seuss! I love a good coincidence. My friend Sara got two eggs, sunny-side up with jalapeño corn beef hash. After tasting the hash, I asked Sara what exactly was in it. (Mind you, neither of us caught the corn beef part.)

Sara: I think it’s just like potatoes and jalapeños.

Me: But it tastes like there’s meat in it or something.

Sara: Oh. Is there? Wait, maybe there is. It is dark like there could be meat in it…

So naturally we asked Dan AFTER the meal and he surely thought we were geniuses after informing us that YES, it’s PRIMARILY meat. HAHA. Absurd. Good thing we’re not vegetarians. Oh, it was good too! I should probably note that.

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Deep fried French toast sprinkled with Powdered Sugar & Raspberry Syrup.

Before our main dishes, Sara and I split the French Toast Bites because breakfast is not breakfast without toast of the French variety. I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth so this dish did not disappoint. So so so so good. Crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside. If you don’t order these, I’m sad for you.

Countryside Kitchen opened in 2008 and has gained quite the following. Just look at their customer review page. The spot is actually famous for their “Holy Cannoli Pancake” which seemed too excessive on this morning, but I will need to try it at some point. 

This is like my favorite breakfast spot in the WORLD. – Sara

If that’s not reason enough to try it, then go home. You’re drunk.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie