My sister is visiting DC! Wahoo! The only thing better than sitting on the couch all weekend eating Milkbar cookies is sitting on the couch all weekend eating Milkbar cookies with friends and family.
Just kidding. We’re not going to sit inside eating cookies all weekend. We planned our itinerary two weeks ago! What follows is a suggested itinerary for Someone Who Has Visited DC More Than Once But Still Wants to See A Few Things DC Has to Offer.
This guide is mostly food related (as the best ones are) with a few sights thrown in. I’m no D.C. Tour Guide so take all of these recommendations with a grain of salt. And a cookie.
Places to eat and drink
- Ghibellina – This Italian restaurant’s walls hold much sister gossip I’m sure. I’ve never not seen Ghibellina packed to the gills, but thanks to the loud music, tasty pizzas and open kitchen, you are likely the last thing your neighbors are paying attention to.
- Le Diplomate – If you’re in the mood for a fancy brunch, this Parisian bistro on 14th St. is the spot. It’s like walking straight into Amelie!
- DC Noodles – Get a double order of the pork belly buns. They taste like a delightfully soft cloud filled with sweet bbq pork.
- The Pretzel Bakery – I have yet to visit, but this is the kind of place that makes people’s eyes roll into the back of their head when they talk about it. What’s not to love about a bakery full of pretzels!?
- Toki Underground – This no reservations ramen bar is well worth the wait! The communal seating and big-head action figures around the room are the perfect atmosphere for a small group.
- Baked and Wired – Don’t listen to TLC, this is the best cupcake in the city. I recommend the Uniporns and Rainhoes (Sorry, Dad.).
- My house! Hit me up if you’re ever in the city. I’d love to bake with you.
Things to See and Do
- Atlantic Plumbing Cinema – The stuff (contemporary, cocktail-loving, armchair enthusiast) movie lover’s dreams are made of!
- Salt and Sundry – How I ever manage to leave Salt and Sundry empty-handed I’ll never know. The paper goods! The cake stands! The candles! My sister better leave room in her suitcase is all I’m sayin.
- The Botanical Gardens – These gardens have something for everyone – even a tropical rainforest! Guaranteed plans no matter the weather.
- The Renwick Gallery – Any description I provide won’t do the Renwick justice. Check out the hashtag on Instagram. And tell me these cookie stacks don’t at least remind you a little of the paper stacks?
The cookies pictured here are the Confetti cookies from the Milkbar cookbook. They have a similar recipe for the birthday cake truffles on their site as well which have almost the exact same components. Don’t let the directions intimidate you! It requires multiple recipes but the best part is, the ingredients all store very well. And let me just add that you won’t be the first one to use store-bought vanilla extract instead of the clear vanilla extract it calls for 😉
If you really have your heart set on these cookies but don’t want to buy the book, I recommend adding the birthday sand (pictured on the paddle in the third photo) to a standard sugar cookie recipe and throwing in some extra sprinkles for good measure.
And if all else fails, you can’t go wrong with the mix.
Safe travels, sis! I hope you’re hungry.
DC friends, anything you’d add to the list for someone who’s visited before? I’m sure there are tons of places I’ve left out. I’d love to hear what your staples are!