junejuly 2019


I think we all know how much I love food. One of the biggest parts of travel is trying the food in new destinations. Every city has something to offer, even the most discerning palate.

I live in the Washington, D.C. area but I never spend time in the city. This weekend I discovered three new restaurants that I think are just divine and I want to share them with you!


I am a big fan and supporter of the Ritz Carlton properties – I always know that I am getting quality service and that I am going to have a fantastic time. In Washington, D.C. we have a location that has a restaurant inside called Westend Bistro. The Chef, Alvin Dela Cruz likes to use local ingredients from farmers markets and it truly shines in his dishes. While I did sample several dishes, every dish that came out was just as good as the last one, if not better! And just when I thought it was going to end .. dessert came.

Biscuits and maple butter
Cornbread Madeleine s & Blueberry-Tarragon Jam
Greek yogurt bowl
Zucchini and aioli


Avocado toast
Crispy Chicken and sausage gravy benedict
Apples and ice cream waffle
Nutella french toast and mint ice cream
  • Address: 1190 22nd Street NW Washington, DC 20037
  • Menu:–> here



I know everyone has a favorite BBQ place they rave about and usually that style of food is synonymous with Texas – but I found a place hiding in D.C. just a couple blocks up from the National Mall that deserves all the recognition for their take on BBQ. Hill Country BBQ is some of the best BBQ I have ever had! What I loved was that you walk through the market and pick your meats and sides. With a multitude of options and each item equally delicious, you can’t go wrong. This is the absolutely a great place to grab lunch while you are out touring the city.  Don’t forget to grab a sweet tea!

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Hill Country BBQ
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Hill Country BBQ
  • Address: 410 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
  • Menu: –> here


Also located right off the mall, your new favorite Italian restaurant .. Carmine’s. Not only is the food delicious but I love that the restaurant is designed to hold big and small parties. Fun Fact: the restaurant can hold over 600 people and the service is still top notch! The food when it comes out is designed to be shared – it will come out on big plates/bowls so bring your friends or family or plan to take home scrumptious leftovers!

My favorite dish was definitely the chicken marsala! I remember telling a friend at the table that I do not like chicken marsala but that I would try it anyway. I have tried this dish maybe 5 times in my life and did not like it – but my mind has been changed!

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All the bread
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Penna alla vodka
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Eggplant Parmigiana
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Chicken Marsala
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The Titanic
  • Address: 425 7th Street NW Washington DC 2004
  • Menu –> here  

Ice Cream Party-1


Disclaimer: I was hosted by Ritz Carlton, Carmines and Visit Washington D.C. but as always opinions are my own.



13 thoughts

  1. I love your photos 🙂 Washington is such a wonderful city and has some pretty incredible food. I would love to taste the Avocado toast and of course the delicious “The Titanic” as dessert ! … Now I get my mouth watering 🙂


  2. The food presented in your pictures looks so appealing and delicious. I will certainly keep these in mind when visiting the DC area. My niece will be traveling to visit a couple of colleges in the area soon. I will share this information with her parents.


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