dc guide: brunch in dupont

finally made it over to le diplomate for brunch on sunday, it was so amazing! i mentioned in my friday five post that i was excited to go and i have to say it far surpassed my expectations.

Le Diplomate

i have been driving past this place for months, and every time i remind myself that i’ve been wanting to try it so when i actually thought to make a reservation two weeks ago i was so proud of myself. and on sunday, i put on a sun dress and jumped in the car! after driving around for 20 minutes looking for a spot i finally parked a few blocks away and walked/skipped to the front door because i was so excited. when i walked in it was like stepping into my own slice of paris. but in washington d.c. the sounds, smells and atmosphere had hit it spot on. i was instantly transported to when i went to paris as an exchange student about 7 years ago, it felt exactly like this cafe that was around the corner from our hotel. i was over the moon excited. before making my way to our table (i was a tad late and the girls were already there) i was entranced by the bread table, it sits right in front of the gorgeous (and very well stocked, this is dc afterall) bar and faces the entrance. it’s impossible to miss, stacked high with different types of delicious looking bread, i was prepared to sit there and just order the bread basket and call it a day.

bread

Le Diplomate

we sat in the area shown above and it was perfect, it had an indoor-outdoor feel with the skylights above us and the patio right behind us, without the super hot, sticky weather. we ended up getting the pastry basket which was phenomenal, it had 2 different croissants, a blueberry muffin, a cinnamon sugar beignet, an austrian pastry that our waiter told us was brought into france by marie antoinette because she loved them so much and a few other little pastries. we also got a bread basket, i justified the outrageous amount of carbs in my head by constantly reminding myself that my dopey challenge training started this week so i needed to carb load. right? the rest of the menu is solid, they have a great selection of fruits de mer (raw bar and chilled seafood), and les oefs (eggs) as well as sandwiches and entrees. the girls each got eggs and i opted for the smoked salmon tartine. brunch

you can see our demolished pastry basket on the right! also how gorgeous are those marble tables?

everyone loved their meals, my tartine was delicious, served as an open faced sandwich on a baguette (i know what you’re thinking- more bread! remember i started training), the salmon and egg combination was perfect. i loved it.

we were so stuffed by the end that we couldn’t bring ourselves to try the desert but it looked amazing so i’ll definitely try it next time i’m there, which happens to be this coming weekend because it was just that good!

the food was great, the service was great and the atmosphere really made the whole thing perfect- definitely one of my new favorites, and since i’m just starting to explore the dupont area in the last few weeks it’s nice to have a go to spot for when i want to go over there! let me know if you’ve been or are going and what you had!

friday five: on my radar

thank goodness it’s friday. maybe it’s the heat, maybe i’m still tired from firefly, whatever it is this week has felt never ending and i am so happy it’s finally over (well after this last work day that is!) i am so excited to have a couple of days just to chill this weekend, what are you up to this weekend anything fun?

to wrap up this week here are a few things on my radar. enjoy!

1. #shinestrong: pantene has put out another awesome ad empowering women and it’s sparking some really interesting conversations. i definitely over-apologize, it’s become almost a verbal tic at this point! saying sorry and apologizing should only happen when you have something to be truly sorry about! check out the ad and post your comments, do you over apologize?

2.  le diplomate brunch. i have been wanting to try this place for months and i’m finally going on sunday. i cannot wait. i’ll be sure to let y’all know how it was next week!

Le Diplomate3. i really want a bike, i hate the metro and i can’t afford to keep parking at work every day! plus it’s great exercise to bike to work and other places in the city, i’ve been thinking about it for about a year now and i think with the move coming up i might just bite the bullet and get one. any recommendations? i love this one but it’s a tad over budget ha!

4. one of the things on my 101 in 1001 list is to take a photography class and actually learn how to use the new camera my parents gave me for graduation. i also really want to take an iphone photography class. i’ve been looking at capital photography center and they have some really awesome classes this summer, i think i’m going to try and take one or two. follow me on instagram and pinterest to see the results!

5. bethany kelm from b.krafty. bethany and i connected on facebook earlier this week and she is too sweet! i love her blog b.krafty and all of her amazing artwork. stay posted for an exciting giveaway we are putting together for y’all!

happy saturday (and some fun weekend finds)

i hope everyone is enjoying the start to their long weekends! unfortunately i have to work on monday but it’s okay because after the snow day and 2 hour delay i unexpectedly received on thursday and friday i don’t mind too much. somehow snow days as a grown up are actually more fun than they were when i was a kid or a student. sure its a different kind of fun, less snow ball fights and snow angels and more catching up on laundry and reading after sleeping in and not having to put on a dress, skirt or suit. theres a kind of peace and tranquility when its snowing. everything seems to move in slow motion and everything is quiet. there are few better things than being curled up in a blanket reading a book while watching the snow fall.

i forgot how much i missed the snow, growing up in new england snow was normal, and i mean lots and lots of snow. all. winter. long. so when i moved to dc for college i was shocked to see how poorly dc handled the snow, i mean 1″ and people were acting like the world was coming to an end. for me that was crazy, i’ve gotten used to the dc panic, poor forecasts and just general poor snow management (especially since we rarely get more than an inch or two). because of all that snow became a dreaded event for me, so this week when i heard the initial forecast (3″-20″…i mean come on what is that?) i immediately found myself annoyed. as it got closer and the prospects of real snow became more and more real i started to get excited though. once thursday rolled around and i found out i actually had a snow day i was completely elated. i had forgotten how much i loved to watch the snow, and i felt more relaxed than i had in a while. it grounded me in a way, reminded me that i needed to breathe, and take some time for me, spend less time on my computer and phone and more time with friends interacting face to face (i think something everyone today needs to work on) and i’ve been doing just that this weekend.

here are some fun finds that have been key to my weekend of relaxation 🙂

  1. who doesn’t love comfort food when its cold and snowy out? and what better comfort food than grilled cheese. i went on a hunt for some creative grilled cheese sandwich ideas and not surprisingly country living had this amazing list. that taleggio grilled cheese with bacon and honey crisp apples…. yummm
  2. i will admit, i may be obsessed with this mostly for the pictures, they are absolutely stunning after all, but even though it’s technically for a holiday party this post has some great tips on how to be the perfect hostess
  3. as i have admitted in an older post that i sometimes judge books by their covers, especially when it comes to coffee table books. since i’m moving i’ve been on the lookout for some fun books to have on my coffee table and in my bookcase and the other day i saw this book at barnes and noble and have since become mildly obsessed with it, there are some really fun stories, recipes and general tie-bits about being southern that  as a northerner have been fun to read!
  4. the bluejacket brewery is one my new favorite brunch spot in dc. we went a few weekends ago and it was so good, and in such a cool space! i think it’s part of the kickoff or a regeneration of the waterfront area in dc and i’m really excited to see what comes of it in the next few years. my menu picks: the fresh baked cinnamon rolls and the french toast. i went with a few friends and we tried a bunch of different beers and they were all honestly so good.

happy saturday everyone! hope you’re all enjoying your long weekend as much as i am