Capital Food

I’m interning in the Capital this summer (good ole swamp-land), so I thought I’d share some of my favorite places to go out for food/drink in the city!

I live up near Howard University (Shaw metro, for those of you in-the-know), and have found some lovely eateries there.

Zenebech Injera

I hadn’t ever had Ethiopian fare until I came to DC, and I must say that I love it.  Now that I’m going Paleo, it’s a bit rough to eat here, since they don’t give you utensils and you eat your main dish by use of a spongy-bread called Injera!  Which, might I add, smells like sourdough, looks like spongy pita, and is totally delicious.  It expands in your stomach, though, so watch out!  This place is located right by the Shaw metro station (7th and T street), is very reasonable (entrees $8-12, beers $2, wine around $3.50), and gives you lots of food to take home for the next day!  They’re also a bakery for Ethiopian bread.

This places, though it’s certainly not an upperclass establishment and looks a bit shady, is heralded as one of the best in DC.  No joke.

Baked and Wired

Best cupcake place in DC. Don’t listen to those people telling you to go to Georgetown Cupcake, or Sprinkles, or wherever. Seriously – don’t.

Baked and Wired is like a gourmet-foodie’s dream. You walk in, and the cupcakes are covered in glass vases. On display. Drool.

Like the others, it’s located in Georgetown (something like between 36th and 37th), and it’s near the waterfront. I recommend grabbing a cupcake and walking down with your friends to the waterfront to watch some good ole rowing. We love rowing!


A fun little restaurant just off of George Washington’s campus, it’s best known for its gourmet mac n cheese and tater tots. I love their fish tacos, and pretty much all of their burgers. PS, their burgers are the size of your head. Please take a friend.

It’s in an old Pharmacy, and the decoration is adorable. I’ve heard it’s a popular date-place for GW students.


Every Friday, most food trucks gather in Farragut Square for an insane food-fest. There are some seriously awesome trucks out there. My coworkers favorites include Basil & Thyme (gourmet Italian), Curbside Cupcakes and TaKorean (korean tacos!)

The food trucks also move around the city during the week, so you can always track them, on places like: Bad news for us foodies.


Meetings and Meals

Hellooooooooooo all!

I was at work today for an all-day departmental meeting, but we got every meal out of the ordeal, so it wasn’t bad!  For a poor student like me, that means getting to take home left-overs for meals later in the week!  The best.

I started off the day with a mini wheat bagel, greek yogurt with honey and an abundance of fruits.  I snacked on 1/2 of a medium muffin halfway through the morning and more fruit throughout.

Every Wednesday, my colleague and I do a special presentation to some high schoolers visiting DC on a leadership retreat, so I did get a break from the all-day meeting craziness.

For lunch, I had a delicious smoked salmon salad with olives, but got a bit overindulgent with the brownies.  All 2.5 of them. Oops.

We went to Bertucci’s for dinner (for those of you who don’t have one, I liken it to an Olive Garden-esque place) and concocted a plan to eat all of the appetizers and bread rolls in order to save the majority of my entree to take home and eat later in the week!

I started with a delicious red-wine Sangria (my favorite!)

Then, I snacked on the appetizers that we ordered (delicious chicken wings, roasted asparagus, olives, eggplant, etc) and wayyyyyyyyyyy too many rolls.

I ordered the spring risotto as my entree, but without parmesan since I’m mostly lactose intolerant.  Divine.  Saved this entire portion to take home!!

zucchini, corn.. delicious.

Overall, bonded with good friends and colleagues, and ate way too much.

ignore the fact that I look less than cute…

Best news of the day: MY UNDERGRADUATE THESIS WAS CHOSEN TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE YALE REVIEW OF UNDERGRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY.  This is my first publication EVER, so I’m sooooooooooooooo excited.  As someone who’s continuing in academia for the first of her life, this is a massive milestone!