Lifestyle · Travel Diaries

Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

Each year as spring arrives, there is hype about the cherry blossoms bloom. I finally got the chance to visit D.C during cherry blossom season this year and it did not disappoint!

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Processed with VSCO with e3 presetThe blossoms really give the city a different vibe, with various cherry blossom themes throughout the city (District Donuts’s Cherry Blossom Donut 🌸👌), making it a great time to visit and enjoy everything else the city has to offer.

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PHILZ MINT MOJITO

We started off with brunch at The Smith. I ordered their waffle, but their Sicilian omelet is very good if you prefer a savory breakfast.  This place was packed! Definitely recommend reserving in advance.

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THE SMITH

After brunch we headed towards National Mall. Parking can be a little tricky, but we found some good spots by the Holiday Inn next the Museum of Air and Space. The museum had some really interesting spacecrafts, satellites and a really cool planetarium. There is a ticket for it, but it’s definitely worth the experience watching the 25 minutes ‘Journey to the Stars’ film on a 70-foot dome. The Smithsonian Museums are free otherwise and you don’t have to pay to go to any museum. Since each museum takes about 2 hours, it’s a good plan for another day.

Processed with VSCO with e3 presetAfter the museum, we headed towards the Washington Monument for some cherry blossom goodness. The trees are scattered all around west Potomac park, where most of the blossoms are located. Thomas Jefferson Memorial, hands down was the best spot to view the cherry blossoms as they circle the river with the Washing Monument in the distance. It was so lovely walking around this pathway. They also have paddle-boats for rental.

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Processed with VSCO with e3 presetOn our way back, we decided to stop by at Agora for lunch. We had Labneh, Shishito Peppers, falafel, Shish Tavuk, lamb ribs and Adana. And honestly, everything was delish! Also, do get the dessert, you cannot go wrong at this place!

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Processed with VSCO with e3 presetOther food places I would like to mention are Fig and Olive and Punjab Grill, which are a modern take on Italian and Pakistani cuisine. For sightseeing I recommend checking out United States Botanic Garden, Navy Yards, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Georgetown and National Harbor . They have a very cute cupcake place which is worth checking out! And the pictures come out awesome too!

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NATIONAL HARBOR
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NATIONAL HARBOR

If you are visiting Washington D.C, or if are planning to go next year, I hope you enjoy your trip! 🙂

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Food and Recipes · Lifestyle

My Favorite Breakfast Recipes

Anyone who knows me knows that the first thing I need in the morning is coffee! With that being said, to start my day, I make my own breakfast, and in the meanwhile, also, set the tone for the day by making a general list of stuff that I was to get done that day. Breakfast, is definitely the most important meal of the day for me 🙂 It also helps to have a different options for breakfast so you don’t get bored.

With a fast paced life, sometimes it’s not always convenient to make breakfast.  However, there are some breakfast options that I will be sharing today, that you can prepare a night before and take with you to work.

1.Steel cut Oats with brown sugar, cinnamon and apples: This breakfast bowl requires preparation a day (or two) ahead of when you plan to consume it. You can make a small pot and eat it for the next 1-2 days or make it fresh every night. It really depends.  I usually use the organic steel cut oats and cook about half a cup with 2% milk and a bit of brown sugar. Once it’s cooked, I pop it in the fridge. In the morning, I add it to a bowl of apples and top it off with some cinnamon. It’s healthy and very filling!

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2. Chia Seed Pudding with berries and jam: This is a simple breakfast yet very easy to make. I simply mix 1/4 cup of chia seeds with almond milk in a mason jar, and make sure I stir it for about two minutes until I see the chia seeds floating throughout the liquid and not just sinking to the bottom. Then I add a bit of raspberry jam and some blackberries and blueberries. Place it in the refrigerator, so it cools and thicken, stir and enjoy! ( If you have to run out the door you can simply grab the jar and head out).

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3. scrambled eggs with mushroom, bell peppers, sour cream and avocado: This is my go-to on weekends! simply sautée the mushroom and peppers in a bit of olive oil and add the egg mixture( Beat two eggs with a tiny bit of milk, salt and pepper). Add a bit of sour cream and avocado. Savor!

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4. Everything bagel with cream cheese and avocado: The most filling breakfast for when you have a long day ahead of you! I simply get everything bagels, toast them and add cream cheese, half an avocado and sprinkle it with salt and pepper! Voila!

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I hope you try these and enjoy them as much as I do!