Gramma is in town! Grammy T took care of our little Ladybug while Drew and I stole away for a low-key Sunday afternoon in Georgetown, DC. I hadn’t been to Georgetown in a long time. I was craving a more urban feel to counterbalance my continuous days of suburbia. Georgetown was a mix of smartly dressed middle-aged people, trendy college students with mobile phones, and tourists.
We wandered down M Street and immediately noticed the cupcake craze that has swept this neighborhood. One cupcake shop, Sprinkles, was apparently having a soft opening and giving away free goods. About 30 people lined up for a taste. Then we stopped by Georgetown Cupcake to visit our neighbor who works there. The line outside? About 50+. I suppose having a reality TV show really does help a business.
Drew and I stopped into Old Stone House, an unassuming building commemorating the daily lives of ordinary people in the 18th century American capital. It was built in 1765, and you can view the house’s different rooms on three stories. Drew had fun playing with a colonial era toy before realizing he’d be too tall to be comfortable in a house like that today. Old Stone House has free admission and an eclectic gift shop (a book of presidential cookie recipes!).
We stopped and sat outside at Dean & Deluca before going in to browse the (outrageously) priced goods. The cereal I buy at Whole Foods was over twice the price here! But their cakes looked delicious and it was fun to look.
We ate dinner at a Spanish tapas restaurant, Bodega, where the decor was cozy and the food quite tasty – the seafood soup with saffron was wonderful. There was a food special at the bar, but unless you really liked fried food and anchovies, it wasn’t much of a deal. We later walked by a place called Tackle Box that reminded me of a nice dive-of-a-seafood shack you’d find at the beach: indoor picnic tables and baskets of seafood. It seems new, and I’d like to go back and try it sometime.