Birthday Weekend!! Nectar, D.C.! I am one luckly chick!

Last Thursday was my birthday!! I’m 35. I love my birthday. This year when my aunt sent me a happy birthday text, I got so excited that, instead of saying thanks like a normal person, I wrote “Happy Birthday!!!” back to her …. what a goofball!!! I am like a child, it’s embarrassing …. Anyway, it was a great day. At work, my office made me feel special ….
office
I am one lucky chick!! After work, John Paul, my family and I went to Nectar. Delicious. I love that the website is tastenectar.com … I don’t know why? Maybe because it reminds me of skittles … “taste the rainbow.” Nectar has a shockingly low yelp score that I completely disagree with. It’s not really that low … a 3.5, but I would give 5 stars all around …the ambiance, food and service were fantastic. I would have sat there and tried everything on the menu if that was feasible. Since a tasting of the full menu was not provided as an option, I started with the Grilled Calamari Salad: Chorizo Sausage, Parmesan, Frisée, Arugula tossed in a Lemon Vinaigrette. I need to work on my picture taking .. I think it’s my camera. This is what I have for now:
Calamari Salad
And, honestly, that was plenty for me. The dish was very decieving. It looked small, but was very filling. However, I did not stop there. I continued with the Spider Roll Tempura Soft Shelled Crab, Cucumber, Flying Fish Roe. Soft shell crab is one of my favorites. I try and get it whenever possible. My picture did not turn out that well, which means I’ll have to go back for another picture for the accuracy and thoroughness of my blog!!

To finish I had the Chocolate Peanut Butter Martini:
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That plate behind my martini is the Café Mocha Bento: Tiramisu, Chocolate Caramel Truffle, Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie, Praline Ice Cream … I had a few bites of that as well. It is meant to be shared.

The following morning, I forced myself out of bed super early for a three mile run and one of my mom’s green smoothies (spinach, whey protein, lemon, unsweetened almond milk and blueberries … I’m feeling very happy because I thought almond milk was making my stomach bloated. However, after consuming this smoothie, I learned I was wrong. I am fine. Upon reflection, it’s probably always beer.) before heading down to Washington DC with my family. Actually, it was Tysons corner. My brother was in town from California on a work trip. I took the day off for a quick visit before he headed back to the other side of the country.

I always think I’m in really good good shape until I talk to my brother. During our visit, he told me he runs 40 miles a week. Hahahaha, I’m not even close. Last week, I ran 4 times … one 5 miles and the rest 3 … that’s 14 miles, plus one core power yoga class for strength training. Moreover, I learned, he runs 8 miles am hour. That’s fast. I have decided to resort to a yoga like mentality and keep my eyes on my own mat. In this case, my own shoes.

I love going to DC because I always have ridiculously delicious food. Upon arrival, we grabbed a lite lunch in the Marriott hotel. Couscous, chickpeas and salmon tossed in a lite vinaigrette … scrumptious and light. Note to self: figure out how to make this for my work lunches. Later, we headed to Founding Farmers, a beautiful family owned restaurant … the website has a video explaining the history and purpose of the restuarant… it’s nice. On the way there, we happened by a court yard with games such as corn-hole and over-sized jenga. We stopped to play jenga. It did not last long!

Founding Farmers is known for their breads and dips, as a family, we shared the CLASSIC: pimento cheese, green goddess, romesco and churned butter served with a variety of breads including biscuits. I have noticed biscuits are everywhere in D.C …. I love biscuits. I never find them in Philly? For my meal, I had the BLUE CHEESE STEAK SALAD: bacon, egg, balsamic onion, crispy shallots … fantastic choice. However, again, as I looked around, everything looked delicious. I wanted to try everything I saw. As our succesfull food adventure came to an end, the manager came to our table with Caramel Popcorn and Turtles. Apparently my brother goes there a lot when he was working and we were reaping the benefits … It was an excellent end to an excellent trip!

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