A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Hotel Rouge: A Short Memoir of My Trip to DC!!

White HouseWell, it sure did rain off and on, a lot, while I was visiting my son in Washington DC, last week!  Mostly, it was hot and humid, and every day was a bad hair day.  Couldn’t get my bangs to behave even once, so California might be the best place for me in that regard.  But, wow, being right there in the Capital is such an amazing experience!  This is my second time going as an adult.  Last time, I accompanied my younger son (the one that’s currently in India..), his friends and an entourage of proud active moms on a one day trip; we were staying in the University of Maryland for the Odyssey of Mind World Finals Competition, so we took the Metro into DC on a free day.  That was such a blast seeing the Spy Museum and Women’s Art Exhibit, featuring the work of Frida Kahlo and others.  We walked the length of the National Mall starting at the White House and, eventually, resting at the Lincoln Memorial, and I had a precious opportunity to really get to know some of moms over hot chocolate and snacks at Starbucks..and later, through hot humid bland cafeteria dining, not fine dining, at the University of Maryland.

Washington Monument

Jefferson Memorial

This time, I went mainly to see and spend time with my older son, who is doing a legal internship for the Administrative Conference of the United States in DC this summer.  And, yes, I’m very proud of him!  All in all, I stayed in four different hotels to try to beat the prices over there on certain days and get as close as possible to the Foggy Bottom Campus, home of George Washington University (summer housing for my son..).  Through my involvement as a member of the LinkedIn group DC Foodies, I got wind of all the best eats near or in the Foggy Bottom campus, so it was part of my mission to take my son to as many of those as possible.  He’s kind of a foodie, too.  Prior to my travels, I had a minor setback feeling chest pains and other early signs of a heart attack, so I tripped over to the ER Saturday morning with my friend driving me there; I checked out negative on the ER, x-rays, blood work and what not.  Most likely, the symptoms were a result of an allergic reaction to a new medication for tummy problems I had been having earlier that week.  Anyway, I immediately stopped the new medication per the ER doctor’s orders and carried a prescription of Z-pak with me to DC; lesson one is don’t start a new medication right before leaving on a trip, especially if you have had life threatening allergic reactions to new meds in the past.  Well, all systems go!  Another friend drove me to the airport, and I caught my scheduled red eye flight from Oakland to DC that Saturday night and arrived Sunday morning.  By the way, thank you so much friends for helping me!!  Later that morning, my son joined me at the Capitol Skyline Hotel near the Washington Nationals’ new ballpark, and we spent a whole day together sightseeing.

Capitol

National Arboretum

National Arboretum

National Gallery of Art (West)

National Gallery of Art (West)

National Gallery of Art (West)

National Gallery of Art (West)

National Gallery of Art (West)

We actually walked to and across a good length of the National Mall visiting the National Arboretum, the Capitol, the National Gallery of Art (West), and the National Air and Space Museum; I was so exhausted and happy, of course, that I fell asleep for a short time, while we watched an IMAX movie about Space.  I woke up just as it ended, and we exited the cool  theater of the Albert Einstein Planetarium.  I never thought I would get to still go to museums with my son as an adult and that he would actually enjoy it, but he did.  I could tell.;)  Anyway, we were getting hungry, so we took the Metro to somewhere not too far from Foggy Bottom to have our first dinner at Founding Farmers.  Apparently, this restaurant was featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and it’s well-known for the Burger and Yankee Pot Roast.  The wait there was almost two hours, but we managed to find two seats at the bar.  My son ordered the Skirt Steak with Enchilada, a most excellent choice!!  I ordered the Chicken Bolognese with Bucatini (their own handcrafted pasta noodle akin to a very thick spaghetti), also a great choice, but I couldn’t finish it all.  My son got the doggy bag.  I think I caught a taxi back to my hotel from there, and my son walked back to his dorm.  On weekdays, we met daily for dinner.  I shimmied over to the Best Western Georgetown Suites and Inn for nights three and four; I could walk everywhere from there and took a Circulator Bus around Georgetown.  I, also, managed to meet up with a classmate from high school for a mini-30th year reunion and lunch at the FireFly Restaurant!  For my fifth and sixth night in DC, I spent it at Hotel Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel.  That was a unique experience in and of itself.

Hotel Rouge

Hotel Rouge

Hotel Rouge

Hotel Rouge

Hotel Rouge

With online reservations made earlier through Open Table, I set out walking to Tosca for lunch (I plan to write a full review on Tosca, later..) in the hot sun.  In short, Tosca was a fantasmic culinary experience.  I walked out and found myself near the National Mall, somehow, so I took in the National Portrait Gallery for a few hours.  I glanced out the second story window to see and hear the pouring rain, and my iPhone gave me a severe thunderstorm warning alert.  Rained stopped at 5:10pm, and I rushed to the Metro station landing in Foggy Bottom to meet my son at his favorite dive, Sweet Greens.  He arrived in the rain and ordered the Earth Bowl, a salad of quinoa, earth grains, chicken and an herb vinaigrette; I watched him eat as we shared our days events.  So anyway, after meeting my son that night, it was pouring rain out again, and I took the Metro back to the Farragut West Station and walked in the rain back to Hotel Rouge.  I thought it would be fun to take a video in the rain with my iPhone, since I was using it, anyway, for Google maps to help steer me to my destination.  And, here is a little trailer of what happened on the way to Hotel Rouge – I took a detour!

 

Happy Fourth of July, Everyone!!!  Be Safe.

2 Comments

  • Selvi says:

    Wow, Agent 003. What next? Glad you enjoyed some good eats and family time in D.C. Simple 4th celebration up in our neck of the woods. Dinner out with my father-in-law who is leaving next week and then some fireworks in the street for the kids that we bought at a stand. Everyone is tucked in bed now. Love you!

  • Vasantha Bala says:

    Missed your video earlier.It is funny and thrilling.Still cannot figure out what funny thing happened.Is it to do with the guy wearing blue shirt with strips as he is seen few times.
    Love your motion picture taking style.keep it up

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