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DC highlights

I rode the Bolt Bus down to DC this weekend to visit N., one of my lovely roommates from college. Between all the catching-up we had to do—our Saturday started at 2:15pm because we were too busy talking—we snuck in some sights and properly fed ourselves good grub.

Peaches at Eastern Market

Ripe, juicy peaches at the farmers market at Eastern Market

N. said the city is home to the biggest Ethiopian population in the world outside Ethiopia, so that meant I had to have some authentic Ethiopian there at a place called Dukem on U Street. It was my first time, and certainly not the last.

Ethiopian platter

What a balanced meal

Crepe-y, sponge-y bread for scooping

Crepe-y, sponge-y bread for scooping the goods

DC, like many other cities, is also in the throes of cupcake mania. We passed a good number of them during our strolls, but we eventually stopped at lovecafe, owned by the folks who run Cakelove across the street. A little on the expensive side—the cake slices cost $5 apiece, crikey—but the buttercream on the strawberry sponge cake tasted spot-on, rich and sweet but not cloying. I was leaning toward the red velvet, but I was glad that I asked the counter person whether they use food dye or beet juice. No red # 40 for me, please.

Strawberry sponge cake

Strawberry sponge cake

Pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese icing

Pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese icing

I’m already making a mental checklist for the next time I visit: some half smokes at Ben’s Chili Bowl and mini donuts and fresh fruit sorbet from the market, stomach ulcer be damned.

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