Clearwater, Florida

Hey y'all! I'm going to rewind a little bit to Thanksgiving Break 2015 when my family and I traveled to Clearwater, Florida! I've been thinking a lot recently about places I could picture myself living and working after graduation (kind of scary to think about, right?). One of the those places has been Florida! Seven days in Florida and I was in love. Delicious food, beautiful beaches, and sweet iced tea, it was a dream! 

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For the holiday we flew to Florida to visit our cousins and celebrate Thanksgiving. The night before our (10:00 AM) flight from Los Angeles to Miami was my sorority's formal. I was exhausted and instantly fell asleep on the plane. We had a few delays and not much time to explore Miami that Saturday. The next morning we were up early and headed to South Beach in Miami for an oceanside Brunch. White walls, marble tables, and green palm leaves surrounding the patio made for a perfect Sunday Brunch! I don't know if I was more excited for the endless shrimp or the endless mimosas...

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After brunch, we explored the city before heading in the car and driving to Fort Meyers. The Pepperdine men's basketball team was playing in a tournament, so we stopped by for a few nights and watched! 

Our cousins were visiting Sanibel and Captiva Islands right near Fort Meyers for a few days, so we headed over to the cutest southern vacation spot I've ever seen! Y'ALL THIS PLACE IS ADORABLE. There is this little restaurant called The Bubble Room at the end of Captiva Island that is bright, colorful, and decorated like Christmas all year long! Also a slice of cake was the size of my face, so naturally I had to eat it all!

After Captiva and Fort Meyers, we drove to Clearwater, Florida. I LOVED all of the beautiful palm trees, the sunshine, the white beaches, and the sweet southern hospitality. Bike rides along the beach and sipping out of Vineyard Vines bottles was so much fun! 

I absolutely adore Florida and I can not wait to go back! 

Best Places to Eat, Washington D.C.

This past weekend, my parents came to visit (yay!). One of my favorite things about Washington D.C. is the FOOD. I LOVE delicious, healthy (and not so healthy) foods that are priced well and super yummy! I took my parents to my favorite places to eat in Washington D.C. and they LOVED it all. 

BRUNCH

Founding Farmer's: Everyone LOVES Founding Farmer's. It is nestled right in the middle of Foggy Bottom and just three blocks away from the White House. It is famous for it's fresh and delicious brunches! Make sure to book a reservation at least four days before hand if you have more than two people. There is always a line outside because it is simply amazing! 

My Favorite Dish: the Founding Farmer's Breakfast with Chicken Apple Sausage, Ciabatta Bread, Grits, & a side of Black Pepper Maple Bacon! YUM. 

District Commons: $16 Bottomless Mimosas!! Located in Foggy Bottom near GW and less than a mile from Georgetown, District Commons has delicious breakfast and $16 Bottomless Mimosas. 

My Favorite Dish: “Cast Iron Skillet” Huevos Rancheros   

Beuchert's Saloon: $16 Bottomless Mimosas!! This cute and intimate Saloon is in Eastern Market, just blocks away from the Capital building. After Brunch, check out the Eastern Market with artisan gifts and delicious fruits. 

My Favorite Dish: Beurchert's Breakfast

LUNCH

SweetGreen: Design-your-own salad or choose from their super healthy designed salad, this quick and easy lunch is super healthy and always has a long line! They are located all over the city. 

My Favorite Dish: Mexican Corn Elote Bowl

Le Bon Cafe: A cute little French styled cafe perfect to stop by after a tour of the Capitol.

My Favorite Dish: Southwest Chicken Wrap

District Taco: With three locations through out the District you can't miss District Taco, especially on #TacoTuesday!

My Favorite Dish: Steak Tacos

DINNER

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Old Ebbitt Grill: Right across from the White House, this delicious grill always has had a waiting line since the 1850s because it's just that good! 

My Favorite Dish: 5oz Filet Mignon (it's only $20). 

Ben's Chili Bowl: This classic restaurant is on U Street and has been dined at by some of the greats! President Obama has dined here too!

My Favorite Dish: Ben's Classic Chili Dog

DESSERT

Baked & Wired: Thanks to TLC everyone knows of Georgetown Cupcakes, but personally I LOVE Baked & Wire even more! The cupcakes are fresh, delicious, and huge!! 

My Favorite Cupcake: Carrot Cake

Momofuku Milk Bar: For a tasting treat on a hot summer day, I LOVE the milk bar! Being lactose intolerant limits how often I can have icecream, but thankfully this delicious milk bar uses Cereal Milk instead! It's delicious, healthy, & YUMMY. 

My Favorite Dish: Chocolate Malt Cake Shake

I LOVE food so if have any incredible food recommendations in DC, I would be more than happy to check them out!!

Renwick Gallery

Art is one of my favorite forms of expression.

This past Saturday I went to Renwick Gallery. It is a contemporary art museum that is apart of the Smithsonian Museum, located across from the Eisenhower Executive Building near the White House! One thing of my favorite things about the museum is that it was interactive, encouraging, and emphasized expressing oneself through a multitude of mediums. There was an exhibit made of sticks to another made of sculptures to one with mesh and colors all while encouraging photography and interpretation.

The exhibit was bright, creative, and colorful! It was about thinking and expanding yours thoughts on what you see and why. Some were easier to interpret and others were mesmerizing.

Currently one of the exhibits is closed, so I look forward to going back when it opens on July 1! 

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The last room we went into was an open space where you can lie down on the ground and look up at the ceiling with changing lights and colors. Personally, I thought it looked like a jelly fish moving in the ocean, changing and adapting to the world around it.

However, that's one of the beauties of art and why I love it so much. Art has the ability to transform meaning amongst people from different cultures, languages, and places while impacting them in a multitude of ways! 

Renwick Gallery:

Location: 1661 Pennsylavania Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20006. Also, the enterance is free!