Tuesday: DC Shenanigans with my partner in crime, Sung Shin
I was really excited to meet up with Sung because he and I were both out of town for the last month. We kept in touch via FB messenger, but we still had a lot of catching up to do! We met up early in the morning to talk a bit before carpooling to Union Market. I had a meeting with a travel sponsor at 11 so he kindly waited for me to finish. I had two food gigs scheduled for us so we hit up Takorean first since it was right there.
Afterwards, we drove to Prescription Chicken for photoshoot number 2. I’ve heard great things about their soup in the past so I was really excited. I walked in with high expectations, and they managed to blow me away. They deliver all throughout DC and Baltimore so make sure you guys hit them up for your next soup fix.
I’m writing a detailed feature on them for Nomtastic Foods so I don’t want to give too much away, but their Hangover Soup, Bi Partisan Soup, and Thai Coconut Dumpling Soup are must-tries. I highly recommend ordering several and freezing them so you have them on hand.
Wednesday: Shooting Outfits with Eva Liz and Jan Galvan
I woke up early to get ready for shoot number 1 with the beautiful Eva Liz. Things have been insanely busy for more reasons than one so I’ve only been getting 3-4 hours of sleep per night. It’s definitely not ideal, but hey, you do what you gotta do. We met up at Peabody and then shot 4 outfits around the area. We tried to take some pics at the Walters, but they kicked us out because Eva’s camera looked “too professional.” Kind of bummed that I didn’t get to shoot there, but there were plenty of other cute backdrops in Mount Vernon.
Afterwards, we grabbed a quick bite at Mount Vernon Marketplace. I’m low key obsessed with food halls so I come here often! I guess I just really like having choices, haha. In all seriousness though, Brown Rice is one of my absolute favorites because it’s healthy, yummy and quick. I always get the chicken be bowl with brown rice, pickled veggies, mushrooms, kale, gochujang, and radish kimchi. So freaking good.
I was running late for my next shoot, so I inhaled my bowl with Eva and drove to Cylburn Arboretum to meet up with Jan Galvan. We’ve been planning this shoot forever so I’m really happy we finally got to meet and collaborate. We were planning to shoot two looks together, but it started raining towards the end [insert sad face here] Instead of calling it quits though, we decided to do an impromptu umbrella shoot since he had a cute one in his car. Yep, a little rain – or a lot in this case, ha – won’t stop us!
Thursday: Meetings + GDL Italian by Giada
I spent the entire morning in Georgetown meeting with potential sponsors! I can’t get into deets just yet, but I’ll make sure to share them with you guys once everything is set in stone. I can tell you now though, there’s a lot of exciting stuff coming up for both Sensible Stylista and Nomtastic Foods so make sure you stay tuned, friends. I was in DC from 10-2 and then drove to GDL Italian for another shoot.
I went a while back with Like the Tea Eats, but I wasn’t happy with my photos so I decided to go back. I don’t have a problem using a light, but I’d prefer not to because natural light trumps all. I went at around 4 to avoid the crowd and get ample lighting, and my shots came out so much better. I would’ve loved to work on the patio, but it was like 90+ degrees outside soooo that was a no go. As much as I love warm weather, 90 is too hot for me.
Their Bianca Pizza was definitely my favorite dish of the night. The crust was perfection!
Friday: City Perch, Honeygrow, and furniture hunting.
I started my day off at City Perch with my mom. We were going furniture hunting in Rockville so it made sense to stop by! I always try to schedule more than one thing wherever I am for max efficiency. They just started serving lunch so we got a bunch of different dishes to sample. Here’s what we got:
- Arugula + Endive Salad ($14): red + gold beets, hazelnut crusted goat cheese, Valencia orange segments, maple-balsamic vinaigrette
- The Boss ($18): double patties, jerk thousand island, pickles, american cheese, LTO
- New England Style Lobster ($19): pink chili aioli and old bay potato chips
- Hoisin Duck Sliders ($15): spicy braised duck, picked cucumbers, daikon cress, chinese butter buns
- Crispy Green Beans ($8) served with sukie hoisin sauce and szechuan salt
- Fish & Chips ($16)
All in all, it was a pretty solid meal – I’d give them an 7 out of 10. The food was pretty good for the most part, but there were some definite misses. The sliders needed more flavor, and the lobster roll was just ok. I did, however, enjoy their burger, crispy green beans and salad. Since it was Friday, their special-of-the-day was Fish & Chips. I’m dying to go back and try their Proper Fried Chicken (Wednesday) and Seriously Stuffed Grilled Cheese (Thursday).
Afterwards, we hit up Bassett, Ethan Allen, Value City Furniture, and SO much more to get our shop on. I ended up purchasing a bunch of stuff from Bassett because their designs were on point, and they were having a huge sale. I still need a TV stand, pendant lights and bar stools though.
We walked around for hours so we were hangry by 4:30. Luckily, I had another food gig lined up so all was good in the world. We drove over to Honeygrow to try three new items from their seasonal menu + one additional entree of my choice. So, here’s everything we ordered:
- Chesapeake Crab: freshly made egg white noodles, blue crab, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, red onions, scallions, parsley, and Old Bay tomato broth.
- Highland Summer: organic baby spinach, organic spring mix, grape tomatoes, roasted corn, watermelon, red onion, sweet n’ spicy cashews with ginger balsamic dressing.
- Summer Berry Honeybar: blueberries, strawberries, local plain yogurt, honey peaches with mint, lemon whipped cream, amaretti cookie crumbles with local blueberry honey.
- Sweet Soy Five Spice: brown rice, beef, green beans, red onions, and sesame seeds.
I don’t know if you guys remember, but I’ve talked about their Sweet Soy Five Spice bowl on here before. It’s definitely one of my absolute favorites – drizzle on some sriracha, and you got some serious deliciousness in a bowl. The first three dishes are part of their seasonal menu. They were fine, but I don’t think I’d get them again…with the exception of the Summer Berry Honeybar. Holy moly, that was nomtastic – I’d be down to eat that every day.
The blueberry honey was incredible. They also added nutella honey recently so I need to go back and try that as well. I love, love, LOVE Honeygrow so I highly recommend going if you have one near you. Their food is healthy, wholesale and yummy so you really can’t go wrong with anything you get there.
Saturday: Summer piano lessons, fashion photoshoots and delish Italian food.
The summer session at the Peabody Prep started on Saturday, and I’m beyond thrilled to work with my students again. I thought my schedule would be a little easier, but I got a handful of new kids so I’m still teaching 6+ hours. I can’t wait to see how they progress over the next 2 months though.
After work, I drove straight to Sung’s house to shoot a few looks. I don’t want to spoil the surprise just yet, but expect something a bit more risqué soon. We finished at around 4, and I was super hangry because I didn’t have time to eat. No food all day = grumpy Kim.
We met up with my mom at Vivo Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar and grabbed an early dinner. To my surprise, the place was totally packed, but then again, they have really good food so I guess I’m not really that surprised. Sung got their Chicken Parm, and my mom and I got the Chicken Marsala and Lasagna to share. Everything was delicious as usual! If you want to go, I highly recommend their Mafaldine Bolognese, their Bucatini Lobster & Shrimp, their Pizza Margherita, and their Chicken Marsala. I know Hanover isn’t exactly the hub of culinary greatness, but Vivo’s a diamond in the rough.
Alright guys, that’s it for today! I wanted to write more, but I’m absolutely exhausted so this will have to do for now. I’m doing another weekly recap soon though so make sure you keep an eye out. To read more about my DMV adventures, click here. Until next time – sending you all lots and lots of love.