Abe Lincoln and Gingerbread

Abe Lincoln and Gingerbread

IMG_2019After spending the weekend in DC and cheesin’ it up with good ol’ honest Abe, I thought I’d do a Google search for “Abe Lincoln food” because I am a curious person who loves food and wonders about weird things like what AL snacked on in the 1800s.

Turns out he told a story during one of his debates that went like this:

The gingerbread story, retold by Carl Sandburg:
“‘When we lived in Indiana,’ he said, ‘once in a while my mother used to get some sorghum [flour] and ginger and make some gingerbread. It wasn’t often, and it was our biggest treat. One day I smelled the gingerbread and came into the house to get my share while it was still hot. My mother had baked me three gingerbread men. I took them out under a hickory tree to eat them. There was a family near us poorer than we were, and their boy came along as I sat down. ‘Abe,’ he said, ‘gimme a man?’ I gave him one. He crammed it into his mouth in two bites and looked at me while I was biting the legs off my first one. ‘Abe,’ he said, ‘timme the onter’n.’ I said to him, ‘You seem to like gingerbread.’ ‘Abe,’ he sais, ‘I don’t s’pose anybody on earth likes gingerbread better’n I do–and gets less’n I do.'”

In short, Abe was the best. And now I want some Gingerbread. 106 days till Christmas! WOOT WOOT.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

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

Ted’s Bulletin

Ted’s Bulletin

With menu items like The Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito and the Cinnamon Roll As Big As Ya Head, Ted’s Bulletin is a foodie’s ultimate find in D.C. Try an adult milkshake while you’re at it — I had the Bananas Foster…so so so gooood.

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Zagat describes Ted’s as a “retro throwback chainlet with twists on its mid-priced American favorites, authentic art deco details and classic B&W movies screened on the wall.”

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Definitely check out Ted’s, located in a hip section of the Capitol Hill area in D.C. Plus, it’s super easy to get to via the Metro!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie