Cleveland Park may not be Dupont or Logan Circle (though I hear it’s the next Eckington), but I absolutely love living up here. The trees, the Giant up the block and the easy street parking are all great. And, though you may not think of us a center of cultural activity–the Cleveland Park and Woodley areas actually have a great restaurant scene.
It may be surprising to those of you who stay further south on the red line, but we have a number of great brunch spots–including Dino, Medium Rare, Steak & Eggs, Open City and my recent favorite Ardeo/Bardeo.
Ardeo/Bardeo’s brunch not only has delicious food, but it also comes at a fabulous price. For $25, you get two courses plus unlimited mimosas. And let me say that the service is excellent – you will never have an empty champagne flute.
Some of the foods I’ve sampled and would recommend for your first course:
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts, pistachios, apricots, lemon yogurt
- Granola and greek yogurt, fresh apples and pears
- Salmon rillettes with everything bagel
- Butternut squash soup, licorice marshmallow
And for your second course:
- Bacon and egg risotto with house bacon, parmesan cheese
- Steak and eggs –barrel cut ribeye and roasted potatoes
- Shrimp and grits with lobster emulsion, arugula
- House Benedict–English muffin, Canadian bacon, hollandaise
Next time you’re looking for a weekend brunch and having a hard time making a reservation at some of the 14th Street hot-spots, move your search northwest and take a trip to the lovely Cleveland Park neighborhood. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.
Despite the 18 degree weather we had to suffer through earlier this week, I am still confident in my estimation that 2012 is going to be a great year. I’m in a relationship with a man I love, I live in a wonderful city filled with amazing and passionate friends, I have the love and support of my family back in California, and am in a great job where I get to work alongside smart and engaging people. That’s not to say that things are always a piece of cake, but I’m a glass half full kind of girl. And 2012 is going to be a good year.
So when I talk about resolutions, they aren’t necessarily things just for 2012–but for life. If we’re not constantly growing, learning, and improving, we are missing out on so many new opportunities.
If for no other reason than to document these for myself and to look back on years from now, here are a few of my New Year/life resolutions:
- Be a “yes” woman. We’ve all seen the movie, and I don’t want to be as crazy as Jim Carrey’s character, but I’m in my mid-20s and have every reason now to jump at new opportunities and be spontaneous. I want to jump into life every chance I get.
- Self-teach and learn from others. These past few years, I’ve learned a ton from my job and my friends/family, but not necessarily in a proactive way. I loved school because there was always something new to try and learn, and I want to make sure that I maintain that mindset moving forward. There are so many places online and in the city where you can find new sources for information–and I want to seek those places out. A friend tweeted this link yesterday of 12 dozen places to educate yourself online for free, and I’d love to take advantage of some of those.
- Be good to myself and others. I’ve done a pretty good job recently of taking care of myself by eating well, drinking lots of water, working out, sleeping plenty of hours and allowing myself to take it easy when my body needs it. These are huge steps, because like many of you, I’ve had a history of putting others ahead of myself. But moving forward, I want to focus on finding a healthy balance that allows me to be the best possible friend/girlfriend/sister/daughter, while also being aware of myself and my needs.
There are so many other things I’d like to accomplish this year and changes I’d like to make to my life, but I think most of them fit into these three resolutions.