Bethesda Row

When we visited DC we stayed in Bethesda, a northeast suburb. Our hotel was within walking distance to Bethesda Row, a popular place to eat and shop. What is more, it was within walking distance to DC Cupcakes! I went two times: the first time for us, the second time to bring lots of cup cakes home for the kiddos and our friends.

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Here are some pictures of other places on Bethesda Row, quite the place to see and be seen. Going there on a Friday night, I felt completely underdressed. I forgot that East Cost people dress better.

The Paper Source. I went there to see if I could find a card for my friend’s wedding, but decided I liked the one I designed better. Still, this was my first visit to the Paper Source, and I could have spend hours here.

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Where you get yummy Gelato.IMG_0805 IMG_0799Where I went to my first Drybar. A drybar does only shampoos and blowouts, no cuts or dying. The hair style lasted me for two days. And even now I feel like my hair styles better. Even though I didn’t quiet fit in with the clientele, I had a great time, as my stylist was the manager, and she was pretty fun and easy to talk to.



Where we went for coffee every morning: Quatermaine Coffee. The service wasn’t all that exceptional, but the coffee was good. Seriously, I loved staying so close and being able to walk to get my coffee…

IMG_0982 IMG_0983The last one was a fun surprise. It was on Sunday night, the husband was watching the US soccer game at a pub, and me and the girls were getting hungry. I remembered seeing a Tapas restaurant close to the hotel. I have been wanting to try one ever since I saw a Ricks Steve’s episode of Barcelona or Madrid I can’t remember. Anyway, it’s a thing you do in Spain, eat your way through Tapas bars…Little did I know that this one was started by chef José Andrés, in fact this one is the very first Tapas bar opened in the US!


My daughter’s friend got some chicken fritters (croquetas de pollos) served in a glass shoe. This was probably the most kid friendly dish.


My daughter tried this salad (pictured below). Looks better than it tasted. She was a trooper and ate it all. I got one of Jose’s creations and it was pretty good. Huevo frito con caviar. A fried organic egg topped with white sturgeon caviar. I highly recommend it. Sorry, I don’t have a picture to show.


All tapas plates are small in size. The idea is that you try a variety of dishes. However with our plates ranging from $8-16 we called it good and shared one dessert. It tasted as good as it looks.

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Have you been to a Tapas restaurant? Or tried DC cupcakes? Are food places on your must see list when you visit a new city? I have a list of places to try next time I go to California…

Have a great day,





Bethesda Row

Washington DC

My next few posts will be all about DC and the surrounding area. You are either going to love it or get really tired of it.

This post is for all you history buffs. Lets see if you recognize all of these buildings without looking at the bottom. I had to ask the name of the first building myself.


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And the last one is pretty self evident, number 4. However, do you know which is the front and which is the back?

IMG_9194 IMG_9331Seeing the pictures together it is probably more obvious. But when we came to the White House on Sunday, we came to the back and wondered why we couldn’t get closer. The next day our GPS directed us to the front, where the gate is much closer. Here are some pictures of Pennsylvania avenue and nearby.

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We did this tour the lazy way. David drove the car from building to building and circled around until I was done taking pictures.

Lets see if you guessed right:

1. Library of Congress

2. U.S. Capitol

3. Supreme Court

4. White House





Washington DC