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Zaytinya Restaurant

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Small Plates Are Big On Flavor In This DC Restaurant

Who says good things don’t come in small packages? At Zaytinya Restaurant in downtown DC, all of the food comes in small portions that are perfect for sharing. Instead of getting a lot of one item, you get the chance to order a variety of innovative and delicious “mezze” (small plates, not unlike Spanish tapas).… Continue Reading →

Matchbox Restaurant

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Gourmet Pizza in DC’s Chinatown

Matchbox in Washington, DC’s Chinatown is the place to go for a hot, wood-fired pizza and a cold beer. We had heard that this was a good place for pizza, so we decided to check it out for ourselves. As we were walking towards the restaurant, Kindra said, “Ooh, I hope we are eating there!” and pointed to the flames. … Continue Reading →

National Museum of Natural History

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See the Hope Diamond and a Tyrannosaurus Rex and so Much More!

The Smithsonian Institution was founded in honor of a man who never came to America or lived to see it built. In fact, it is because of his death, and the subsequent death of  his nephew, that the museum was funded in the first place.… Continue Reading →

Lincoln Memorial

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“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”

When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the public immediately called for a memorial to honor the man that preserved the Union. First, there was a statue put up in 1868 in front of city hall, but that was just not enough.… Continue Reading →

ChuchKey Bar

Big Beer Selection in Washington, DC

The ChurchKey Bar in Washington, DC is the place to go if you want a relaxing atmosphere and beer list as thick as the Patriot Act. (Rumor has it that the only person to have read both in their entirety is former senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold; he liked the beer list much better.) Located upstairs from the Birch & Barley restaurant on 14th St near Logan Circle, the ChurchKey is spacious with tables, barstools and room to stand.… Continue Reading →

The Hotel Monaco, Portland

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This downtown boutique hotel is your home away from home

That is, if your home happens to be supremely comfortable and extremely stylish. Also, if your home is located in the middle of everything fun to do in your city, and comes equipped with Frette linens and delicious snacks, and magically cleans itself every day.… Continue Reading →

We, The Pizza

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Delicious Pizza in DC

After walking the entire length of the National Mall, from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the US Capitol, you are probably hungry. In order to prevent a perilous crash in blood sugar (which could cause you to argue with your travel companion like Congress debating just how much in taxes people who make 10 to 100 times as much as you do ought to pay), you should probably grab a bite to eat.… Continue Reading →

The Astoria Column

Fly a balsa wood plane from the top of The Column

Thrilling Views Await


When we visited the Goonies House (post coming soon) we stopped and chatted with the neighbor girl selling hot chocolate to tourists. We asked her what else we should visit, and her number one pick was the Astoria Column. On a whim, and since we had a car for the day, we decided to follow her advice.… Continue Reading →

Riffle NW

Breezy Restaurant in Downtown Portland

Riffle NW serves up some delicious seafood in Portland’s Pearl. Located in the former industrial part of town, the interior of the restaurant evokes warehouses of old. The windows open fully to let warm, late summer breeze fill the restaurant, while Edison bulbs bathe the wooden tables and bar with a yellow glow.… Continue Reading →

Crema Cafe

Salmon Scramble at Crema

Fresh Ingredients + Alterra Coffee = A Standout Brunch


As noted previously on this blog, Kindra is a real coffee fiend, and one of her favorite local roasters is Alterra. Quite a few places in Madison serve coffee made with Alterra beans, but one of our favorites is Crema, located on the edge of Lake Monona in Madison.… Continue Reading →