This past week was my last full week of maternity leave, so we decided to make the most of it! Part of that plan involved taking a road trip down to the Washington, DC area to visit with family and friends.
It’s an easy 6-hour drive from Cleveland to the DC area and with the little guy in tow, it only took an extra hour and a half. He slept for most of the drive!
We stayed with my dear friend Jen, who was so great to allow our whole menagerie to invade her house for a few days. Our first night in town, we just relaxed with Jen, her boyfriend Jared, her dog Skylos, and some takeout sushi.
The next day, we met up for lunch with Matthew’s Aunt Sharon. We ate at Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge. Matthew had the crab cake sandwich, I had the corn and crab bisque and warm goat cheese salad, and we all shared an order of deviled eggs with spiced pecans and candied bacon.
The name doesn’t lie: the food was mighty fine! It was also great to get to catch up with Aunt Sharon and introduce her to Jeffrey. She is the first member of Matthew’s family that I met when we started dating and she’s always held a special place in my heart!
That evening, it was time to catch up with my relatives, Uncle Lou and Auntie Betts. We met them at Hops Grill & Brewery. Hops has a great selection of hearty pub fare. I had meatloaf marsala and Matthew had fettuccine alfredo with shrimp and broccoli. I also enjoyed Hops’ own Hang Ten Honey Wheat beer.
Again, it was so great to have a chance to introduce the newest member of the family. Uncle Lou and Auntie Betts were my closest-in-distance family when I lived in DC and I grew especially close to them.
The next day, Matthew, Jeffrey and I headed into DC to see the sights. We took the new Metro Silver Line, which goes from Northern Virginia all the way into DC.
We lunched at one of my favorite classic DC restaurants: Old Ebbitt Grill. Situated right near the White House, Old Ebbitt is a DC establishment and a mix of power lunchers and tourists both. I had the calf’s liver with bacon mushroom stuffing and Matthew had the swordfish.
Both meals were delicious, but the real treat was the dessert. I had the bourbon walnut chocolate pie and Matthew chose the peach cobbler. While he enjoyed it, Jeffrey’s reaction to the sight of the dessert was even better!
That night, Jen hosted a gathering of friends I met through the Kappa Delta alumnae group in DC. It was a wonderful evening sharing laughter, stories, and sangria!
The next morning before we hit the road toward home, we met up with graduate school friends for brunch at Mosaic Cuisine & Cafe. Mosaic is known for their waffles and the entire table each ordered the eggs benedict served on waffles.
The waffles were the lightest I’ve ever eaten! What a tasty breakfast! Plus, it was great to see and catch up with these ladies!
Overall, it was a perfect trip! While I was nervous about traveling with Jeffrey, he was absolutely great both on the drive and with all the activity and new people. The amount was had to pack (stroller, pack-n-play, etc.) was a bit intimidating, but we made it work and I’m so glad we did. It was so wonderful to introduce our little man to our family and friends in what will always feel like my second hometown!