The Dining Traveler : First Food Adventures, Now Travel Tips

The Dining Traveler is a wonderful blog that will whisk you away to a foreign land where you can experience the world through the eyes of its Founder and Blogger Jessica Van Dop de Jesus.

To help us get one step closer to her experiences Jessica has created the #DCTravelBlogger Meetup which is a series of events for travel bloggers (and those who love them) come together over food and drinks.  Which we did, first at Rural Society DC and it was a great time!!

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For the second gathering we assembled at Jaleo Crystal City who prepared a virtual trip to Spain with their Spanish themed brunch for the group. There was be a Sangria making demonstration, a chef demonstration of paella and the famous Fernan Adria liquid olives. The brunch was in partnership with Stay Arlington and included fun giveaways during the brunch.    That gather was made up for about twenty Washington, DC based travel and food bloggers.

Photo by Domestiphobia

Photo by Domestiphobia

Photo by Domestiphobia

Photo by Domestiphobia

Photo by Evan

Photo by Evan

Photo by Evan

Photo by Evan

Photo by Domestiphobia

Photo by Domestiphobia

Photo by Domestiphobia

Photo by Domestiphobia

Tonight she will be doing it again at Bin1301 with a focus more on prep for travel but there will definitely still be food!!  Travel blogger and writer Jessica van Dop DeJesus will be partnering up with consumer travel expert Charles McCool and lead fashion bloggers, Lacey Faeh and Carlis Sanchez to conduct a packing workshop with a focus on weekend travel. The event will be held on Monday, May 18th at Bin 1301 Wine Bar starting at 6:30pm.

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The Ballet: The Washington Ballet Presents Swan Lake feat Brooklyn Mack & Misty Copeland

First let’s talk Swan Lake and then I’ll gush about ballet as a whole!!

The Washington Ballet Swan Lake Misty Copeland & Brooklyn Mack photo by media4artists l Theo Kossenas

The Washington Ballet Swan Lake Misty Copeland & Brooklyn Mack photo by media4artists l Theo Kossenas

For my birthday, my mother got us tickets to The Washington Ballet’s performance of Swan Lake to see Misty Copeland.  I think she is so incredible and I love ballet (more on that later) so this was the perfect gift for me!!  The Kennedy Center is a place with many fond memories from growing up in DC.  It was a place we frequented regular for ballets, plays, performances, rehearsals and more.  I have not been in a while prior to this visit so I was excited.  When the music started playing and the curtain opened exposing the beautiful set, I was transported to a far away kingdom.

The Washington Ballet Swan Lake Misty Copeland & Brooklyn Mack photo by media4artists l Theo Kossenas

The Washington Ballet Swan Lake Misty Copeland & Brooklyn Mack photo by media4artists l Theo Kossenas

Swan Lake is a classic, and favorite of many, myself included.  It was the perfect show for me to return to see at the Kennedy Center.

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Rent The Runway: My Secret Weapon for WHCD Weekend (& Beyond)

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Rent the Runway has a store in Georgetown and I love it (more specifics on RTR at the end).  For White House Correspondence Dinner Weekend I worked with Britney, who was awesome and Damian, who really knows how to dress a woman!!! Between the two of them, I left with three outfits that I not only felt great in but also were both me and different. What I mean is, they succeeded in finding me outfits that challenge me and pushed my style but didn’t make me feel like I was wearing someone else’s clothes. I am someone who know’s my style and can usually look at a rack and know what will fit me and what will look good. That said, I would still recommend working with a stylist! They can style you for one event or for multiple events and it is worth it. It is $25 for a 45-minute session for one event for $40 for a 90-minute session for multiple events (& 15% off when you rent for 2+ events). Totally worth because not only are they fashionable but they are well versed in what is available in the store. So here’s what we picked out!!

The first night was the Rock the Vote WHCD Pre-Party with Twitter and Fusion at Blind Whino. I knew it was going to be a fun young professional crowd and that I could have a bit more fun with my outfit (Plus Morgan Evans of Guest of a Guest and I compared notes when we met in the dressing room in store). So the first looks is credited to Damian who picked out this amazing jumpsuit for me from Cushnie et Ochs called the Liza Jumpsuit.

Morgan and I both rocked black jumpsuits from RTR for the night and it was definitely a hit! I also rediscovered my love of fashion tape which should get an award for best supporting role this weekend.

I went with an edgy kohl liner and simple gloss. The new color Doug (my amazing hairdresser) gave me worked well with a more rocker updo and of course some flash tattoos (which you can get at She’s Unique in Old Town #Obsessed)!!

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Event Recap: Creative Coalition Annual Benefit Dinner at STK

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During Nerd Prom, aka White House Correspondence Weekend, I had the pleasure of attending The Creative Coalition’s Annual Benefit Dinner at Supper Suite by STK.  STK was taken over for the night and it dressed up just right for the occasion! It was hosted Tim Daly, Haley Joel Osment, Rob Thomas, Gabourey Sidibe, Jennifer Coolidge, Andrew Dost, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Naya Rivera, Bailee Madison, Alanna Masterson, Connie Nielsen, Emily Osment, Michelle Trachtenberg, Constance Zimmer, Troian Bellisario, Darby Stanchfield, Jason Isaacs.  So it was definitely a star studded night.  Here were some of my favorites!!

I love how pretty and timeless Jennifer Coolidge is!

I love how pretty and timeless Jennifer Coolidge is!

The Creative Coalition (TCC) is a nonprofit public charity organized by the creative community to learn about pressing issues so they can better inform the public and nation.  It is so great to see these stars making sure that art stays in schools and that kids have the opportunity to explore their passions.

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Event Recap: STK Celebrates One Year with a night of 1920s Speakeasy

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STK recently celebrated its one year anniversary with a roaring, 1920s-themed celebration at the DC location in Dupont.  We were transported back to the Prohibition era as soon as we stepped into our Speakeasy for the night.   When we arrived we were greeted by a woman in a champagne skirt handing out glasses.  They were not breaking character!!

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Music was a mix of tunes from New York elite-DJ, DJ Martial and some serenading on the saxophone from saxophonist Kareem Wilkes.

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If you weren’t sure how to get the perfect 1920s look, PURE, AVEDA Salon and Spa was on hand to give guest complimentary 1920s styling and makeup touch-ups.

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Once you were ready you could strike a pose for your “mugshot” in the Onomonomedia GIF booth where you get both a print and your pictures on display throughout the night.  Or you could strike a pose when you arrived in front of the step and repeat! Loving Naseya Minor (The Seventh District)’s jumpsuit which was just right for the occasion.   Also Neil Grace and Jessica Hoy are giving me 1920s made modern and I love it!!

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The night had three delicious featured cocktails.  The Cucumber Stiletto which was made with Ketel one Citroen, St. Germain, muddled cucumber, & mint.  The Hasta Manana made with Delon tequila, Pernod, pineapple syrup, fresh lime & cilantro.  Last but not least was Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan made with Bulleit bourbon, Fernet Branca, & Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth.  You could also get fun STK tattoos and Katya of She’s Unique is showing off both so well!!

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Event Recap: City Paper’s Best of DC Event 2015

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This year was Washington City Paper’s 3rd Annual Best of D.C. Celebration.  City Paper readers choose their favorite people, places, and services in over 300 categories each year and this event celebrates those winners.  It was my pleasure to join over 50 top restaurants, local breweries, distilleries and musicians for the season’s best event!  A list of the participating food providers for the night included 1905, &pizza, Acre 121, Art & Soul, Bar Pilar, Bier Baron, Blue 44, Boqueria, Boss Shepherd’s, Brabo, Cashion’s Eat Place, Daikaya, Del Campo, Del Frisco’s Grille, Dirty South Deli, El Camino, El Centro DF, Fainting Goat, Firefly, Founding Farmers, GBD, Gibson, Graffiato, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Masa 14, Jack Rose, Lebanese Taverna, Meridian Pint, Ocopa, P.J. Clarke’s, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Pinea, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Policy, Pop’s Sea Bar, Poste, Rare Sweets, Right Proper Brewing Company, Room 11, Taylor Gourmet, Ted’s Bulletin, Tico, Vinoteca, Zengo as well as local breweries: Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, DC Brau, Port City Brewing, Right Proper Brewing Company, Three Stars Brewing.

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This year was a little different from last year because the party had been extended outside to welcome all the various brews.  Upon arrival this year everyone was greeted with cars and beers in tent on the front steps of the Carnegie Library.  I love the versatility and size of the Carnegie Library but this year it was clear that Best of DC may have outgrown it.  The problem with throwing a great party is that word gets out!  This year there was barely room to move once the doors were open!! Keep in mind that there are three floors and various side rooms but every one was filled with people eating and drinking and laughing.  The thing that gets me excited to go every year is that every where you turn, there is something delicious to eat:

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Upcoming (Repeat) Event: One of my favorite signs of spring… Truckeroo!!!

Truckeroo is a monthly festival held April thru October at the corner of Half St. and M St., SE showcasing food trucks from the Washington, D.C. area. It is one of my favorite ways to spend a Friday once the city gets warm.  If you can make it out to one, it is definitely worth the trip.  If you love all things food trucks, or you’ve always wanted to explore the DC Food Truck scene.  Truckeroo is your chance to see some of the best all in one spot. Each Truckeroo is made complete with outdoor seating, live music, cold drinks and corn hole!! What more could you want?!?

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Here are all the dates for this season of Truckeroo.  Go to them all, or go to a few, but definitely go because it’s a great way to spend the afternoon.  Here are some of the trucks that came out last year:

BONMi: Banh Mi Sandwiches & Vietnamese Dishes – http://eatbonmi.com
Holy Crepes: crepes and paninis – https://twitter.com/HolyCrepesTruck
DC Slices: pizza – http://dcslices.com
Feelin’ Crabby: crab sandwiches and salads – http://www.feelincrabby.com
Red Hook Lobster Pound: Lobster & shrimp rolls: http://www.redhooklobsterdc.com
Surfside: tacos & quesadillas – http://www.surfsidetruckdc.com/
Tapas: Spanish small plates – http://www.tapastruckdc.com
Big Cheese: Cowgirl Creamery cheeses – http://www.bigcheesetruck.com
BBQ Bus: Great BBQ & Comfort Food – http://bbqbusdc.com
TaKorean: Korean BBQ with tacos – http://takorean.com
Kafta Mania : classic Lebanese sandwiches and sides – http://www.kaftamania.com
Bada Bing : Spiedies and Cheesesteaks – http://www.badabingdc.com
Woodshed: BBQ
Captain Cookie and the Milk Man: cookies, local milk & ice cream sandwiches – http://www.captaincookiedc.com
Swizzler: gourmet hot dogs – https://www.facebook.com/swizzlerfoods

I’ve highlighted some of my personal favorites!  Hope to see you there!

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Event Recap: WALE!!!! & The Concert About Nothing (That was really EVERYTHING)

If you were around H street last weekend you got a pop up surprise!! Our DC Native Wale gave our city The Concert About Nothing—a pop up free concert he threw on Saturday afternoon in the AutoZone parking lot on H Street NE.  Wale told us that he’s “dreamed (his) whole life about doing some shit like this here.”  This “shit” was a homecoming performance that was a mixture of classic Wale and new songs from his recently released, The Album About Nothing.  Washingtonians big and small came out to see the show and Wale shut it down!! Like the whole street, it was packed, it was crazy but it was DC.   A sea of people as far as you could see but it with a casual relaxed vibe that you could only get on H street DC. (Shout out to Events DC and Rock The Vote for making this happen!!!) Here is what you missed, in pictures and videos from the pit!

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These boys caught my eye because there was something so awesome about these young men watching Wale and his crew coming home.  They will always remember this show and seeing the success of someone that looks like them and comes from where they live!

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Native Washingtonians love us some local success, Wale will always be a child of this city.  DC is a big city with a small town heart! It’s much smaller than people think here.

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Wale just being Wale and we loved every minute of it…

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My favorite little man sneaking in again

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My favorite pic is the one catching a rare Wale smile…

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Upcoming Event: Best of DC 2015

best of flyerWho’s ready for the Best of DC Events?!?! If you haven’t gotten your tickets you better hurry!!! It’s on Thursday and you don’t want to miss it!!

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Event Recap: Urban Chic VIP Spring Fete

Urban Chic helped us jump into Spring with a VIP Spring Fashion Fete at their store in Georgetown. We were greeted by a Spring ready table display by Socially Unacceptable and they did a great job! Looked good enough to eat or wear!

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Everything was bright and festive, making hard to pick just one new piece!! Not only did we all get to browse great fashions, I also had the pleasure of meeting the woman who designed my top!! Silvia Huezo of Red Hue Boutique was my fashion inspiration/twin for the night in the blue and white version of my top (well really her top!). I love it both ways!

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It was a great night with bites from Pie Sisters DC and Patisserie Poupon that were hard to resist!

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It’s always great to run into fellow bloggers like Alicia Tenise of her self named site and of E of District of Chic who always looks fashionable!

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And Caroline who was the big winner for the night and went home with her new Rebecca Minkoff she won in the raffle!! Congrats!!

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It wouldn’t be an event without some live tweeting!!

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Had a great time talking with new and old friends, Baille Gelwich, Heather Menis, Paul Ashe, and Sophie Blake!
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It was a great night of mixing, mingling and shopping. Thanks so much to Urban Chic’s owner Lindsay for inviting us all out!! Make sure you go visit Urban Chic and pick up something for yourself for spring!!

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For more pictures from the event visit our Facebook page!!

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