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The TBR List: D.C. To-Do

The TBR List: D.C. To-Do

We talk a lot about traveling abroad because we crave change, new experiences, unique foods and a break from it all. What we don't appreciate enough is the diversity and beauty our own country offers. (Plus, travel within the States is so much more affordable.)

In that spirit, we headed to Washington D.C. last weekend to spend three days off exploring the nation's capital, visiting friends and, yes, eating great food. I'd been to the city before, but only briefly. This time we covered D.C. by foot and by train, which is wonderful in a place where the buildings are famously shorter than the Capitol's dome. Of course, when it's over 90º with what feels like 150% humidity, trekking around gets tough. But at least it provides plenty of opportunities to stop for iced tea and gelato.

Above, you'll see some of my favorite spots from the weekend. I was thrilled to find D.C. has such a rich dining culture, and particularly enjoyed the small plates trend that seems to be sweeping the city. When you don't have much time, you definitely want to be able to taste as many dishes as possible.

If you're headed to D.C., I recommend eating brunch at Le Diplomate, hitting up Good Stuff Eatery for lunch (excellent veggie burger!) and reserving a table at Casa Luca for a romantic dinner. Some honorable mentions that I didn't manage to picture: Zaytinya, a Mediterranean small plates joint that's great for dinner with friends, and Pitango Gelato, which is a heavenly oasis on a hot day.

For non-food fun, don't miss the Newseum (I promise you'll enjoy it even if you're not a journalist like me) and the Tidal Basin, where you can glimpse the lovely Thomas Jefferson Memorial and stroll along the water. If you're in the mood to re-live childhood field trips, don't miss the Smithsonian museums.

(Thanks to my friend Sabrina for providing most slash all of these recommendations!)

And now, as we lament the shortness of this coming weekend, some links to get us through.

- Book art that doesn't make me hate the artist.

- Why don't these kitchen tools exist?

- Better question: Why don't I own a reading cabin?

- Water bottles shaped like paper.

- 46 books you can read in a day.

- I approve of the casting choices for the upcoming Me Before You movie.

- A Donna Tartt-inspired clothing line.

- Chicago Public Schools can't afford librarians. WTF.

- I want a minimalist kitchen.

- Book jacket design can be powerful.

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