Foodie Friday: The Nation's Capital

Ian and I outside the White House.
It's like crack...seriously.
I am travelling this week, in Fort Belvoir, VA, outside of DC, for a friends wedding.  We arrived Wednesday morning via the red-eye and I immediately went to the closest Dunkin' Donuts.  I am ob-sess-ed, not with the donuts, but the coffee.  There's something about it, like a coffee cult.  They intentionally make it beyond hot, most people can't drink it for a good 10-15 minutes, luckily I have a genetically gifted tongue that doesn't feel pain so I just went for it.  I have made a point to drive out of my way the last two days to get my fix, I opted for iced today, it makes me so happy!
We spent most of the day Wednesday seeing the sites around town.  Lincoln memorial, World War II memorial, the reflecting pools, then we walked to the White House.  It looks so much smaller in person than on TV or in the movies.  I look happier in this picture than I actually was, I walked around in flip-flops and jeans, bad choice.  My mom would have yelled at me for not wearing sensible footwear.

I've had some great food so far, we went to a BBQ joint for lunch the other day, I ordered a salad with brisket, pulled pork and pulled chicken.  I try not to be too picky when eating out, I doubt this was grass-fed beef or free-range chicken, but it was smoked really well, tender and very satisfying on a hot day.

Recently I have become infatuated with mussels.  So when I get back to SD I will be trying some new mussel recipes, I've got a few tricks up my sleeve.  I'm back on the wagon after a brief blog hiatus, there will be a new recipe posted tomorrow so stay tuned...