A long while back, I created a tab called DMV adventures because I wanted to highlight fun things to do in the DC/MD/VA area. Welp, thanks to quarantine, I haven’t updated that section at all because like most, life has been fairly uneventful on a personal level.
I’m determined to change that though! So, I hope you’re excited for my new series, quarantine adventures. I’ll be sharing highlights/thoughts/whatever from socially distanced activities and the like so here goes!
Hitting a Million Followers on Facebook
This isn’t an activity or anything, but I was excited about this milestone so I’m sharing with you guys. I don’t know why I’m exploding on facebook, but I’m definitely not mad about it. I’ve been growing like crazy over the past month, and I’ve officially hit 1,000,000+. If you don’t follow me on there yet, come say hi and “like” my page. I share pics, funny memes, and more so I promise it’ll be a good time.
St. Anselm’s Biscuit Baking Kit
Holy crap, I can’t even begin to tell you guys HOW HARD THIS WAS. I have the utmost respect for F&B industry workers, but this just made me appreciate them even more. St. Anselm generously gifted me a biscuit baking kit, and I was super excited about it… until I realized how much work it was.
I legit spent an hour just grating frozen butter, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a minute. I don’t care how sad that sounds, I’m not kidding when I say it’s hard AF. Now, would I recommend it? Yes, it was really difficult, but I actually had a lot of fun doing it, and it was memorable AND delicious.
Priced at $18, you can purchase this kit online. It includes all the ingredients for a dozen of their famous buttermilk biscuits and comes with an instructional recipe card that’s easy to follow. Let me know if you have questions…and I hope I didn’t scare you off, bahaha.
Exploring Artechouse’s New Exhibit: Beyond the Blooms
I’m not sure if you caught my recap – click here for the full post – but I recently visited Artechouse with my manfriend. If you love cherry blossoms as much as I do, you definitely gotta go because the installations will straight up take your breath away.
There are four different rooms on site, and they did a brilliant job bringing Yuko Shimizu’s illustrations to life. They’re also being great about safety and cleanliness so you can feel good about visiting.
Shooting for Nomtastic Foods
I rarely go out, but when I do, it’s usually to shoot content for Nomtastic Foods. I actually work as a social media manager for various DC restaurants, but as you know, I freelance as a food photographer and also work with sponsors for my secondary blog as well.
First up: Cosi. I recently hit up their location in Rosslyn to shoot some content, and I was pleasantly surprised. I read their yelp reviews beforehand, and they were…not so great. Their food was actually pretty good though. If you’re looking to grab a quick bite on the go, they’re like a much better Panera.
They’re “famous” for their flatbreads so definitely either get a sandwich or a pizza. Their BBQ chicken pizza’s actually pretty tasty, and their TBM (tomato, basil, and mozz) sandwich is a great option for lunch. I also liked their tomato soup – just make sure you get a side of their multigrain flatbread for dipping purposes.
Nomtastic Foods x bartaco
On a different day, I hit up the Mosaic District with my manfriend to shoot bartaco’s new lobster kit. They gave me $75 of credit to work with so we got to sample and photograph a slew of noms for lunch. There was a large outdoor dining area across the street from the restaurant so we set up there.
I’ll be sharing a detailed review on Nomtastic Foods soon so I won’t give too much away, but favorites included their chicken empanadas, their spiced chicken verde taco, their mojo pork carnitas taco, and all 3 of their delish hot sauces.
As their social media manager, I go in once every couple of weeks to get content, and I wanted to update you guys because I got to try a bunch of new things this time around – if you missed my first blog feature on them, click here to see.
Located in Barracks Row, they’re known for their beautiful chirashi sets and delish specialty rolls, but they have some really solid appetizers as well. I recommend kicking your meal off with an order of their potato croquette ($5), their shrimp tempura ($7), and/or their prime beef “ishiyaki” grilling hot stone ($13, and only if dining in).
If you love raw fish, their chirashi sets are a must for your entree, otherwise get an order of their hachi and alaska specialty rolls for your main. The former’s made with tuna, crab mix, cucumber, avo, crunch and eel sauce, and the latter’s made with salmon, shrimp tempura, avocado, eel sauce and onion sauce. Their veggie rolls are actually really tasty as well!
This was my first time sampling their desserts, and I really enjoyed their creme brûlée and matcha ice cream (both $6) so I highly recommend saving room for dessert. Although they’re open for dine-in, they’re currently offering 20% off with code “hachi20” at checkout for pickup and delivery orders placed via chownow from July 27th to August 6th so definitely make sure to take advantage.
My Obsession with Overwatch
Sooooo if you follow me on stories, you know that I’ve been high key obsessed with Overwatch. My manfriend is a big gamer (at least for the time being) so he’s gotten me back into video games. I’ve always been a big fan of them, but I refrained from purchasing consoles in the past because I knew they’d ruin my productivity. Welp, it’s quarantine, and I have access to a PC so why not, right?
I’m super proud of myself because I’ve been playing AI medium level (lol), but it’s SO tough, and death match is especially difficult. It took a lot of getting used to because it was so quick paced, but I’m starting to very slowly get the hang of it. My favorite characters are D. va and Symmetra so I’ve been practicing with them, but we’ll see how I feel in a few weeks.
Alright guys, that’s a wrap for today. I hope you enjoyed reading about my latest adventures! Let me know how you’re entertaining yourselves during quarantine by leaving a comment below, and make sure you check back soon for more content. Stay safe, loves.