Grilled Cheese Bars + other DC happenings

Today my roommate and I headed into the city to spend our day off galavanting like metropolitan folk. We'd made plans to visit Grilled Cheese DC, a grilled cheese bar that opened up earlier this year. We'd heard tons of rave reviews and couldn't wait to check it out.

Sabrina got the "Kim-Cheese-Steak," a cheese steak with a Korean twist, including kimchi and bulgolgi beef. She said she was really impressed. That was no surprise. If there's one thing we love, it's Korean food.

I got the "Buffalo Blue" a classic grilled cheese with spicy chicken and a bit of blue cheese thrown in. It definitely had a kick, living up to both the buffalo and bleu cheese flavors. I wasn't exactly blown away, but I would probably go back to try the other things on the menu. 

A close up of my Buffalo Blue. Definitely some cheesy action going on there.

After lunch, we hopped on the metro and headed to the National Zoo. Sabrina had never been, and since she moves back to Germany in a few months (crying emoji), we knew we had to get there ASAP!

Even though there was a slight chill in the air, most of the animals were still out to play. There was tons to see (other than me totally slipping and busting my knee open, ouch!) I'm not usually one for Zoos, but talking to some of the zoo keepers there, you can see how much they love the animals and how much of their time and energy they invest in keeping the animals happy and healthy.

One of our favorite animals was Maharani, an Asian elephant who seemed so playful and excited for attention. She played with some of the toys available and scooped hay out of the bucket outside the fence for a snack.

We also spent some time with Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and Bao Bao, the giant pandas. It was dinner time for them, and they were steadily munching on a ton of bamboo, while baby Bao Bao was curled up and sleeping in the corner.

After we got back home, we stopped by Merrifield Garden Center to check out their Christmas decor and stumbled into their "Ladies Night." Basically, tons of women grabbing up xmas stuff like it was going out of style. It was actually pretty hilarious.

If you're in the DC Metro area this holiday season, you might be interested in some of the stuff going on around town:

Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe - on-stage adaptation of Poe's life and stories. Showing through Dec. 7th. I'll be going to this and I'm super excited!
ICE! at National Harbor - a wonderland of ice scupltures and holiday lights.
National Christmas Tree and Pageant for Peace - at the white house, until December is over.
ZooLights at the National Zoo - light up with your favorite animal friends.
Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights - a walk in the park, surrounded by holiday lights.

Have you ever had "gourmet" grilled cheese?
What are your holiday plans?


  1. Grilled. Cheese. Bar. That sounds amazing and is a genius idea. Aww look at the panda and elephant, so cute!

  2. OMG they did not have a grilled cheese bar when I lived in DC. Gonna hit that us next time we're in town!


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