Republic Cantina has ended its preview phase and is all glownup, as previews go it was long, at seven or so weeks it almost lasted as long as summer. No matter, because it felt very much like a restaurant from day one, on the occasions I visited not once did I get the sense that they were new to the game. The service was always good, the food excellent, the space charming and fresh. Situated in a new upscale condo building on a small block just off New York Ave in Truxton Circle, RC has definitely taken the neighborhood, if not city, by storm, landing on plenty of summer best of lists already. And rightly so.Read More
Over 4,500 miles and 17 states later we traveled a third of the country, from DC to New England to the Gulf and over to the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona. Crossing the country by car was a lot of fun, sure there’s a lot of empty space but there’s also something to be said about small town America and meeting people outside of your everyday life. A few thoughts from the trip below, and links to all the places we visited.
With all the miles traveled I still don’t know what weigh stations are, not that they’re ever open. If you drive yourself to Baton Rouge you’ll find gas at $2.05 a gallon, but you’ll hear a lot of Jonas Brothers for your troubles, Sucker was the most overplayed song on the radio, followed by our girl Taylor Swift. To absolutely no one’s surprise the worst traffic we encountered was driving in and out of DC, and through Manhattan. I-95 is the worst. Carry cash for the toll booths as not all take credit card, we learned that the hard way and are $135 poorer for it. Touring the north was definitely more relaxing than the south, don’t @ me, it’s just how it was. Google and Yelp are not always your friend, don’t rely on either of them for business hours - the smaller the town gets the less likely they’ll be open as advertised, pick up the phone and call, you’ll meet someone new - everyone is so proud and enthusiastic about where they’re from, you’ll end up talking for hours.
Click on the images below for a recap of the places visited.
Friday - Day Eleven
The road trip had to come to and end, and it ended in Phoenix, arriving just before sunset. It was a brief stay for me, just a few hours before I jumped on a plane back to DC. I did return a few weeks later for the long July 4th weekend, so this is a mix of that visit too.
Almost without fail whenever you tell someone you’re going to Phoenix, especially in the summer you’re met with a look of surprise, and always why? Yes, the temperatures peaked at a balmy 108 degrees while I was there, but compared to DC’s high temps and humidity it wasn’t terrible, when you are outside it’s typically with a cold beer in hand under fans blowing mists of water. There are worse ways to spend it.Read More
Thursday - Day Ten
For our New Mexico stop we initially thought it would be El Paso or perhaps Albuquerque, depending on how north we’d be, a quick drive through to get us into Arizona. Not once did I imagine we’d end up in Roswell, but there we were with our tin hats. I was a big fan of The X-Files growing up, I think there’s still a box of VHS cassettes collecting dust in my parents attic, which I should probably eBay. We didn’t quite know what to expect, at the very least we could say we’d been, not quite a bucket list destination but not far off.Read More