my favorite d.c. spots

my favorite d.c. spots

Every time I come home back from school, I realize how lucky I am to live so close to D.C. While I technically don’t live “in” D.C., I live on the most northern tip of Virginia (a literal 10 minute drive away from D.C.) that I consider it close enough.

Anywho, one of the great parts about D.C. is the food! There is such a wide range of options and I’m continually exploring of new places to eat. In fact, Serena is coming to visit D.C. next weekend (super excited!!) and we’re still unsure of where to eat because there’s just so many places to eat.

But here are a few around the DC area (some may have location in Northern Virginia):


Founding Farmers // 

1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

1800 Tysons Blvd, Tysons, VA 22102

Just an all-around great American restaurant. Many of my friends think it’s one of my “super-healthy, all-vegan blah blah” restaurants from the name “farmers,” but I promise you it’s not! There’s something for everyone and it’s always a success! Serena can attest to this since our family ate with hers when they visited DC last summer (hopefully this annual DC trip can be a thing, Serena? 😉 )


Sushi Taro//

1503 17th St NW Washington, DC 20036

If you know me, you know I am obsessed with sushi! My trip to Japan last year was literal heaven hehe and I always love it when I find Japanese restaurants that serve fresh sashimi. Sushi Taro is hands-down my favorite sushi place. I brought my exchange student from Japan here and she commented that the food they serve at Sushi Taro is authentic Japanese food which goes to show how great the place is at preserving the cuisine. If you are a Japanese food lover, you need to check out Sushi Taro!


Peking Gourmet Inn//

6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

Now this technically isn’t in DC, but it’s close and super famous among DC locals that I thought I would include it! Peking Gourmet Inn specializes in Peking Duck and Sichuan Beef. It’s your typical crowded Chinese restaurant BUT the walls are covered with famous people visiting the restaurant. I mean rumor says that President George Bush came to Peking Gourmet Inn so often, the restaurant decided to install bullet proof walls. Highly highly recommend this place for anyone who wants to try Peking Duck!


Graffiato //

2001 INTERNATIONAL DR, McLean, VA 22102

Now this one is a bit high on the price scale, but so very worth it. Rumor right now is circulating that Graffiato has permanently closed (I think it’s only the DC location, the VA location still seems to be open) but I hope that’s not the case. Graffiato is Chef Michael Isabella’s first restaurant and serves amazing Italian food. One thing you have to get there is their brussel sprouts – even my friends who hate vegetables love them! Please promise me 🙂

el tio

El Tio Grill//

3345 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010

1433 Center Street, McLean, VA 22101

Last but not least, El Tio! This is our family’s go-to spot for Mexican food. If you love Chipotle, you got to check out this place — it’s even better! 😉 I really can’t what my favorite is because they are all good. One caution though, the portions are huge so order mindfully!

So there you have it! Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of the amazing restaurants in DC. I still have yet to explore!

Do you have a favorite restaurant in DC?



Benefits of Korean Ginseng

Benefits of Korean Ginseng

A few days ago I talked about ginseng as part of the daily supplements I take.

After reading the comments as well as thinking over that post a bit, I obliged to write a blog post about the benefits of ginseng.

When we talk about ginseng, we are talking about specifically the ginseng root. There are two different types – the American ginseng and the Asian (also called Korean) ginseng (I take the Korean ginseng). Unlike other supplements, ginseng cannot be found naturally in foods. Thus, ginseng has to be taken in the form of tea, energy drinks and food.


I’m going to talk about Korean ginseng here as this is the type that I take. Korean ginseng is grown 100% organically, takes 6 years to mature in soil, and requires a 10 year resting period between the planting season.

While they are sold at a high price, ginseng has a high amount of active, grown without the use of pesticides, and contains three amount of ginsenosides.

Ginsenosides are valued to be able to boost mental efficiency and relieve mental fatigue. They work as natural adaptogens in the body which means they allow your body to adpat to stress in a natural manner.

Korean ginseng is also said to work on the nervous system as a natural tranquilizer and to boost metabolism function.

In terms of nutrients, Asian ginseng contains vitamins, amino acids, essential oils, and natural enyzmes. It contains 42 natural minerals, to be exact. Like whoa … has unparalleled nutritional content.

It is also great for a natural detoxifier, reduces cortisol levels, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Obviously, ginseng has a lot of benefits which is one of the reasons a lot of Korean people take it. I really encourage those to try it – although the bitter taste may deter some – the nutritional benefits are worth it!


Have you tried ginseng before?