Review: Grand Trunk South Asian Restaurant

In the heart of Washington, DC's Penn Quarter neighborhood, a cultural experience unlike any other sits tucked away in the oldest standing commercial building in the city at 641 Indiana Avenue NW. The oldest original building in Pierre Lenfant's layout for the nation's capitol, and later on known as the old manufacturing plant for Siemens - Lungren in the late 1800's, the location is now home to D.C.'s hippest new South Asian eatery, Grand Trunk. The very definition of Indian-American

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Review: Policy Restaurant and Lounge

Featuring some of the most fun and innovative dishes and cocktails that can be found throughout the nation's capitol, the hip and urban eatery dubbed Policy Restaurant and Lounge, is quickly establishing itself as a staple on DC's up-and-coming U Street corridor. In a city filled with politicos and election prose, its name alone shouldn't be misleading - visiting patrons certainly won't have to worry about encountering boring talks of lame duck sessions and filibusters in this dining

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Hotel Felix – Chicago

When traveling to destinations far from home, it's always a pleasant surprise anytime we get the opportunity to lay our heads down in a place that feels welcoming and familiar. During our recent trip to Chicago, Illinois this summer, we discovered such a place located in the heart of the Windy City: the Hotel Felix. A charming oasis tucked away amid the bustling sidewalks of downtown River North neighborhood, Hotel Felix is a hidden gem of sorts, but one that is certainly not to be

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A Trip to the Windy City: Chicago, Illinois

This summer, we were lucky enough to visit gorgeous Chicago, Illinois to experience all of the best bites, sights, and sips that the Windy City had to offer. Let us tell you - we were absolutely blown away (pun intended). From the beautiful shorefront of Lake Michigan to the innovative sushi art we consumed, we can confirm that Chicago is a dream world for both foodies and travel aficionados alike. We searched high - 103 stories up, in fact - and low for the best views, cocktails, and grub,

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Fyve Restaurant Lounge- Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City

Conveniently located a stone's throw away from one of the world's most powerful government agencies sits a powerhouse of a different kind - a culinary experience unlike any other. Fyve Restaurant Lounge, situated in the Ritz Carlton Hotel near The Pentagon in Arlington, Va., (many of the restaurants menu items are named after Pentagon officials or history) offers up modern American cuisine with a serious flare. Served in an elegant and contemporary atmosphere, patrons can enjoy any of

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Copperwood Tavern, Shirlington

It's no secret that Washington, D.C. was recently coined the "Restaurant City of the Year," by Bon Appetite magazine. But with the endless amount of dining options that are available inside the city limits, both DC-natives and visitors alike often forget that a world exists outside of the perimeters of the nation's capitol - and a quite impressive one at that. We were lucky enough to sneak away from the hustle and bustle of a busy work week to experience the Village at Shirlington - a quaint

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Library Hotel – A NYC Staycation

When it comes to planning a trip to the Big Apple, it can be a daunting task trying to decide when, where, and how to book a hotel. With so many options to choose from, selecting a hotel with a convenient location that also offers all of the essential home-away-from-home amenities can sometimes seem near impossible. For those of our readers who prefer to swap out the option of a national hotel chain for a more personalized experience, we would like to introduce one of East Coast Contessas

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We've experienced the cultures of many different cities throughout our time as travel bloggers, but there's one city in particular that officially stole our hearts - and for good reason. Philadelphia, with its seemingly scruffy and rugged exterior is, at it's core, an extremely eccentric and charming city (and in our humble opinion, one of the most underrated in America). Not only is Philly a city rich in American traditions, it is also affordable to visit and easy to access. In fact, we

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Barefoot Refresh Spritzers

As the last days of summer quickly come to a close, we would love to take the time to introduce you to our new favorite summertime beverage - Barefoot Refresh Spritzers! This new product created by our friends over at Barefoot Wine is all you need for an end of summer picnic or relaxing day at the pool. These brilliantly and beautifully canned spritzers come in two refreshing flavors called "Summer Red" and "Crisp White." Let us warn you before we continue, though: once you try Barefoot

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Recipe: “Citrus Sparkler” Cocktail

The dog days of summer are officially upon us, which means high temps, rooftop pools, and tall glasses of just what the doctor ordered: cocktails! And what better way to spruce these cocktails up than by throwing in a refreshing splash of Non-GMO Project verified, zero calorie, naturally sweetened soda paired with juicy, fresh fruit? We can't think of a better way either. We will discuss the delicious details of the cocktail you see below later on, but for now, we would like to introduce you

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