5.11.19

Dinner Club: Maydan

A few weeks ago, my dinner club got together for our April meeting! We went to Maydan, and it was probably the best place we’ve been to yet on our food tour. It’s extremely hard to get a reservation at Maydan, but our fearless leader Julie was able to snag us one. Reservations go live on their Resy page four weeks in advance at midnight. We logged on right at midnight of our desired date, and the only reservation still available was 9:45pm—so you really have to act fast. But, y’all, it is SO WORTH IT.

Let me back it up quickly before I dive into why I absolutely loved Maydan. If you’ve been reading here for a while, you may remember in December of last year, my friends Julie, Taylor, and I founded a dinner club. We meet once a month on a Friday night to try a new restaurant in DC, and we take turn picking the restaurants. It’s been such a fun way to work through my DC food bucket list. This real life dinner club inspired the dinner club series here on the blog, where I share recaps of our actual dinner club meetings and other restaurants I think are worthy of a post. If you’re looking for a fun way to explore your own city, I can’t recommend a dinner club enough.

Since our reservation wasn’t until 9:45pm on this particular night, we started the night off with a few pre-dinner drinks at Bar Pilar and Provision 14, both a short walking distance from Maydan if you also have a later reservation. When it was close to our reservation time, we walked over. Maydan is down an alley—you would have no idea it’s there unless you were looking for it! But, it’s hard to miss it because of the big, beautiful door marking its entrance. Once you walk through that door, you’re transported to another world, one far away from DC.
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5.7.19 2

On Romanticizing the Past and the Best Warm-Weather LBD

What’s up, team?! Long time, no chat. I’ve had a busy week and a half—lots of fun social plans after work and then an amazing trip to Charlottesville to spend some quality time with my college best friends, Lauren and Molly. We met through our sorority, lived together third and fourth year, and have stayed close ever since. Lauren is engaged, and asked me and Molly to be Co-Maids of Honor in her wedding this weekend, so that was super exciting. I’m excited to be planning her bachelorette in Nashville for this summer and even more excited to stand up there with one of my best friends on her special day come November!

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Last week, I met my old roommate for dinner in our old Arlington neighborhood. I had the best time catching up with her, and whenever I walk the streets near our Courthouse apartments, I always look back so fondly at our time there. When we first moved in together, we were 24 and still had the majority of our college furniture (s/o to the octopus lamp), got by on small salaries, lived a fairly hangover free life (with the exception of my 25th birthday when I drank my weight in Clicquot), and were really just figuring things out in adulthood together. I know my life is still pretty unencumbered now, but things just seemed so much simpler back then and it seemed like I had so much more time. Time to make mistakes and figure things out before the weight of adulthood and the ~future really sank in.

When I started thinking about those years—2013 and the four years that followed—and realized I was describing them as a simpler time like I’m some 80-year-old, I came to the realization I’ve started to romanticize that time in my life. When I think back on my early 20s now, the details have started to fade, the rough edges have become smoother. I don’t remember the mundane, but the highlights stand out. I don’t remember all of the bad, stressful, anxious, or sad times, but the ones I do remember don’t have that much power over me anymore.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how grateful I am to have had such a vibrant, messy, fun, and memorable 20-something decade so far. And I’ve been thinking a lot about how I really liked who I was back in those Arlington days, but even more-so, really liked who I was becoming; who I am still working on becoming now. I’m sure in five years or so, I’ll look back on this time in my life, the fun, bachelorette life in Dupont Circle, in the same way—a romanticization that smooths out the rough edges, and a whole lot of gratitude for the memories and good times.

Maybe it’s because it’s graduation season, or maybe it’s because I’m a little nostalgic for those early years in a one bedroom/sunroom apartment that hadn’t been updated since the early 90s, but I can’t help but replaying Andy Bernard’s famous Office quote in my mind, “I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them.”

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5.3.19

Link Love #118

Happy, happy Friday!

I’m heading down to Charlottesville this weekend to visit my friend Molly with our friend Lauren. I haven’t been down to Cville since October, and am so excited to get back down there during my favorite month of the year. I’m also excited to go on a bookstore buyout to stock up on all the championship gear I can get my hands on!

I had a busy social week after work this week, so I’m looking forward to next week when I’ve pretty much cleared my calendar for working out and relaxing after work. On Monday of this week, I went out to dinner with my old roommate—we had the best time reminiscing about our early 20s and I’ve been thinking about nostalgia all week as a result. I’m definitely going to write a post about some of these thoughts, so stay tuned there. On Wednesday, I went back to The Capital Burger with my friend Kate to help the restaurant celebrate their first birthday! It’s one of my favorite places to grab a burger in the city, and I can’t wait to share a little bit more about what we ate. Last night, I went to the Maren Morris concert at The Anthem. It was my second time seeing her live, and I truly think she is one of the best performers out there. I thought she sounds better live than she does on her CD—which is a rare feat!

As shown in the picture above, last weekend, I went to Winery at Bull Run to celebrate my sister Jennifer’s birthday. It’s my favorite winery in the DC area and it was so nice to sit outside for a few hours and enjoy sangria. I wore these ankle jeans from Old Navy, this J Crew top (it’s on the shorter side, which usually isn’t my favorite, but for some reason, I’m into this one!), and these dupe Soludos slides from Target.

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