DC Life | Where I Go for Lunch

in , , by FroBunni, Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Most days I bring my lunch to work, but once a week, I let myself splurge and enjoy the many delicious eats that D.C. has to offer. A creature of habit, I often find myself going to the same places, but thankfully, the food is so good, I have no reason to go anywhere else. Here are my five favorite places to do lunch in the District.

Chopt Salad: If given the choice, I could probably live off of Caesar salads. They're my favorite, and even better when I can add shrimp, eggs, or chicken. That's where Chopt comes in. They offer huge bowls of salad with a variety of options, from classics like Caesar and Cobb salad, to seasonal specials like the summer picnic salad.

Protein Bar: Not sure how to win me over? Just ask the Protein Bar. After a not so delicious grain bowl, their response to my twitter complaint was swift and also humorous. I gave them another chance, and I found my smoothie king. Their protein smoothies not only make for a quick and easy lunch, but they're also really good. They have tons of smoothies, but if you need a recommendation, you can't go wrong with the Federal A'Peel.

Brown Bag: I don't get sandwiches often, but when I do, I head to Brown Bag because they do sandwiches best. They offer so many different kinds of creative sandwiches from the Coltrane Chicken to the N.Y. Reuben. And for the times when I don't feel like eating meat, the Parisian and Roma are perfect.

Vapiano: What happens when I'm at work, it's lunch time, and I wish for nothing more than comforting, warm pasta? I go to Vapiano! Vapiano is a delightful experience. You can watch the chefs make your food, then sit down at a rustic table, and pick fresh herbs to add to your pasta. While it's great for lunch, it also makes for a nice place to meet up with friends or a date.

Abunai Poké: If you're just hearing about poké for the first time, you're definitely missing out. Poké, a dish from Hawaii with cubed raw tuna or salmon marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil, is not only delicious, but really healthy. Rice, seaweed, and sauce are added to make for a comforting, but surprisingly, light meal. I always recommend the garlic ahi, and you have to try the Hawaiian coffee.

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Where do I Get Vegetarian Recipe Inspiration?

in , by FroBunni, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When I first thought about becoming (mostly) vegetarian, I was a little unsure of what I would eat. I'm a creature of habit, and I knew eating some fruit, eggs, oatmeal, and yogurt wouldn't provide me with enough nutrients to be healthy. And salads can be fun for only so long. So what did I do? I went to Google of course! And found...well, not much. There's not a lot of vegetarian blogs that I liked. When it comes to food, even though I have my favorites, there's still a lot I don't eat, like avocados, quinoa, chia seed pudding (chia seeds in my smoothies are okay), and various other fruits, vegetables, and grains.

I thought I would eventually go back to eating meat with no variety in my diet, until one day I found myself watching hair videos, specifically The Chic Natural. While I was watching one of her hair videos, I noticed she had videos on vegan recipes. Intrigued, I decided to check them out. While watching the video, I realized her vegan recipes could be adapted for my vegetarian lifestyle. After watching three more of her videos, I realized that I didn't need to find people who were making vegetarian meals, I already follow them. I just needed to adapt their food to fit my preferences.

Along with Pinterest (because you can never get enough ideas from Pinterest) here are some of my favorite people and sites I go to for vegetarian meal inspiration.

The Chic Natural: Even though the chic natural is vegan, it's easy to adapt her recipes to fit mine. In fact, it's pretty seemingly. Where she uses almond milk, I use regular milk. When she uses nutritional yeast, I use cheese. Her recipes are very accessible, aren't complex, and only require, at most, 30 minutes in the kitchen. It's a win-win.

Fit Men Cook: Kevin of Fit Men Cook makes mostly keto based recipes, but what's great about his recipes is, even without the meat, they're still chocked full of protein. His salads are very creative, and even better, inexpensive and easy to make.

Natural Vegan Mama: Natural Vegan Mama reached out to me after I made a Facebook post featuring women with long, natural hair. I checked out her YouTube page, and she makes vegan looks so easy and effortless. From reviews on vegan cheesecake, recipes, and grocery hauls, her channel shows you the day to day life of a vegan. And her cauliflower fried rice is amazing! I made some last week and it definitely tasted like I picked up some Chinese take out.

Simple Green Smoothies: I can thank my love of green smoothies to Simple Green Smoothies. And while their 30-day green smoothie challenge is a thing of the past, they have super delicious recipes on their Instagram page. When it comes to a quick breakfast, snack, or even light dinner, I rely on them to provide me with a healthy, quick, and easy meal.

Who do you follow for food inspiration?

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The Summer Wardrobe: When It's Hot Outside and Cold Inside

in , by FroBunni, Thursday, July 20, 2017
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I have a love-hate relationship with summer. Summer means my birthday, warm nights at beer gardens, yoga at the Georgetown Waterfront, and most importantly ice cream! But for all the good that summer brings me, the heat and humidity can be unbearable...and the AC, while often just what I need after an early morning run, can get really cold in the office. This makes choosing outfits kind of hard. They have to be cool enough to get me to and from work, but also warm enough to keep me cool at work. Luckily, I have some tips that can help for both women and men.

For Women:

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Ditch the Cardigan: Unless it gets pretty cool, I leave my sweaters alone in the summer. Instead, I use one of my many lightweight button downs. I'll wear a cotton tank top on my commute to work, but if it gets too cold in the office, I'll throw on a button down shirt.

Skip the Sneakers: I walk a lot in DC, so I always keep a pair of sneakers with me. But in the summer, sneakers can get a little bit too warm. Instead, I opt for a cotton oxford shoe or a supportive sandal. They'll keep me cool, and I can wear them at the office and still look professional.

Scarves aren't Just for Winter: When you think of scarves, you think of heavyweight wool for those blustery, winter nights. But there are scarves that I wear in warmer weather. Loose and light, these scarves can be paired with many different outfits and come in a variety of styles.

For Men:

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Chinos are Your Friends: Chinos are lightweight and perfect for when you can't compromise on the length of your pants. Just make sure you choose lighter colors that will reflect sunlight keeping you much cooler than black or navy blue.

Bring Back the Polo: Polos were really popular when I was growing up, but I haven't seen them as much lately. But they're great for hot summer days and cold offices. Short sleeves, but professional, they can be paired with virtually any color pant.

Stay Fashionable with Embroidered Button Downs: Button down shirts can get pretty boring for men, but embroidery can add a unique and unexpected touch of style. Keep the shirts light weight, to keep you cool outside, and warm inside.

Some More Tips:

  • Read the Employee Handbook: My job is pretty casual, so while these tips may work for me, they may not work for you. Just read the Employee handbook or talk to HR to make sure your summer attire is up to code.
  • Keep a Sweater or Even a Blanket at Work: If your office is really cold, you may need to keep a sweater, or even a blanket, at work. I actually keep a snuggy at my desk because the temperature has actually dropped below 70 degrees.
  • Buy Some Fashionable Bobby Pins: I always keep my hair up in the summer, but I still like my hair to look good. Fashionable bobby pins keep the humidity from destroying my hairstyle, but also give my hair a little touch of bling.
  • Bring a Water Bottle with You Everywhere: Whether you're outside or inside, make sure you're drinking lots of water to keep you hydrated and prevent heat exhaustion. 

While summer can get pretty confusing when it comes to your wardrobe choices, there are ways to make it easier. Hopefully, these tips can help you stay cool, but also warm during the summer.

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