This was a fun, relaxed week. On Wednesday night, I went with Casey and Krysta to Rasika, my absolute favorite restaurant in D.C.! Rasika is an Indian restaurant, and serves up the best chicken tikka masala I’ve ever had.
This restaurant stays booked up weeks in advance, but we were lucky to score a spot at the chef’s table, which is first come first served. We also tried their most popular appetizer, palak chaat, and it was incredible. Crispy spinach, tamarind/date chutney, and yogurt sauce makes an excellent combination!
Caroline had her birthday earlier this semester, and Krysta and I brought her cupcakes. Caroline decided we would celebrate Krysta and I’s “unbirthdays” since our actual birthdays are later this year. Mine was Friday of this week, and they brought me cookies in tons of different flavors. So sweet!
On Friday night, I had a sleepover with Krysta. We watched movies, painted our nails, and then got up in the morning to hang out in Alexandria. Krysta promised me the best pancakes in the world from the restaurant Chadwick’s down by the water on King Street, and they didn’t disappoint!
After breakfast, we wandered down King Street and did some shopping. Krysta needed a dress for her law school graduation, and we found her one! Krysta lived in Alexandria last summer, so she knows all the best places to go, including her favorite cupcakery, Lavender Moon.
Saturday afternoon, I headed back to D.C. to meet my dad, who surprised me when he called and said he was coming to see me! Dad has a job in Virginia, so he drove up to spend the rest of the weekend with me. He got in around six and was exhausted from fighting through the traffic, so we decided to go to Whole Foods for dinner (it’s only a five minute walk from my apartment).
While we were at Whole Foods, my dad decided he wanted to make an apple pie in my apartment (which I was obviously not opposed to). We spent the rest of the evening baking and reading our books while waiting for our pie to finish. And oh my goodness, it was incredible straight out of the oven!
I really wanted to go to Monticello this semester, and having my dad in town with a rental car was the perfect opportunity! We picked Erica up Sunday morning, and embarked on our journey to Jefferson’s estate, which is just a little over two hours from D.C.
Our drive was so pretty. At one point, we were on a winding highway with farm after farm, and I loved seeing the Virginia countryside. Monticello (“little mount”) is aptly named, as it is built on the summit of a peak in the Southwest Mountain range just outside of Charlottesville. Almost immediately I knew I was going to like TJ’s estate better than Washington’s.
First of all, the house is so much bigger, and has an open-concept with tall ceilings and lots and lots of windows to utilize the natural light (we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside). I loved Jefferson’s study, which had thousands of books and all of these quirky inventions.
After spending several hours wandering around Monticello, we started on our roundabout way back to D.C. Erica and I had both never been to West Virginia, so Dad decided we would jaunt over on our way back. We took the Wolf Gap trail through the George Washington National Forest, and the drive was beautiful.
It was interesting because the state line between Virginia and West Virginia is basically the imaginary line that divides the Blue Ridge Mountains, or at least the peak we were on. After making our way back to Virginia, we stopped at Cracker Barrel for dinner.
Cracker Barrel is one of my dad’s favorite restaurants, and it is rare that we go on a trip together without stopping at one. I actually somewhat miss eating at chain restaurants (it’s nice to go somewhere and know exactly what you want and that it’s going to be good), and Cracker Barrel hit the spot. I drank so much sweet tea!
I am so happy my dad came to see me, and that we got to spend quality time together. Monticello was even prettier than I expected it to be, and it was also fun to see more of the surrounding countryside!