morning afternoon*, I put on my road trip glasses, prepared my ‘Sarah face,’ and hit the road.
*Sue me. I needed to cut up a watermelon, OK?
With listening material ready…
…and an important road trip co-pilotin hand..
…I made it to D.C. without any traffic trauma or tears. Hunger, however, DID find me. Luckily, Calee had left me conference swag, and a note proving she knows me well.
My more-than-blend (and Nutty Butter designer) Calee was in D.C. for a conference involving agricultural college recruiting. I didn’t really care why she was there, I was just excited to take the opportunity to drive up from Charlottesville to
mooch off of her hotel room see her.
And be there when she first tasted Trader Joe’s crunchy Cookie Butter.
I also knew that Calee’s visit had finally–four years (or more?) after I lived in D.C.—given me a reason to eat at Founding Farmers, a well-known restaurant in D.C. focused on “true food and drink.” After drooling over chocolate cake and laughing at book titles at Kramer’s, we met up with Ashley for what would become one of my favorite meals of recent memory.
And not just because of the food.
I loved Founding Farmers–the ambiance, the architectural and design details, the creativity-sparking menu full of tempting dishes….even the mind-blowing cocktail combinationsthat I would have had an incredibly hard time NOT ordering if I were more of a drinking woman.
But I also loved spending time with both Calee—who already is a true friend, confidant, and willing recipient of the random texts I tend to send people close to me— and Ashley—who I’d never met, but was so easy to talk to: down-to-earth, open, and insightful.
[As the above photo was taken, I continued to keep up the “Miss Smart attends an agricultural conference” ruse by saying, “Fast friends formed over agriculture!” True story.]