But we are so much more.
Yes, we have the Washington Monument, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Zoo, but we also have volleyball on the Tidal Basin, drag queen races in Dupont, the stairs from the Exorcist movie in Georgetown, burlesque shows at Red Palace, and the big green chair at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Yes, the President of the United States and his family live (and eat and shop) here, but so does that dancing guy in Chinatown.
It’s easy to forget or miss the places and people that make us who we are. So I am making it my mission as the Washington, DC community manager here at Google to highlight the local places, the neighborhood haunts, the foodie havens, the dive bars, and the spots that make our city great to live, work and thrive in. (And not just the touristy spots, like TLC’s “DC Cupcakes” star Georgetown Cupcake – though their Girl Scout inspired Thin Mint cupcake will have you in a sash and earning merit badges!)
I want to know your plans, where you like to go and what you want to do. Are you like me and love to stroll through Founders Park on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront with your dogs, stopping in The Torpedo Factory for an art fix? Or maybe interested in playing a game of kickball while you watch the planes land at Gravelly Point?
When my ears need a little lovin’ I like to catch a show at the Rock N Roll Hotel or the Black Cat (RIP Kansas House). While record stores seem to be closing faster than metro doors, you can still browse for vinyl at Som, Smash, Red Onion, and CD Cellar (and grab a sandwich at Earl’s while you’re there).
Cheering on our major league baseball team, the Washington Nationals, has also become a new passion of mine, but the ballpark’s food is worth the trip on its own. No game is complete without an Elote from El Verano Tacqueria, or maybe parmesan crusted fries from Box Frites, or even the classic chili cheese fries from DC’s own Ben’s Chili Bowl (also an Obama haunt).
When I’m in the mood to re-visit Thailand on the cheap, I grab some street food style cuisine from Thai Curry in Arlington – the most authentic I’ve had outside of Thailand. If you’re feeling stressed, stop by the Thai Institute of Healing Arts for a discounted Thai Massage from a student – it’s where I got certified! Of course you could always go the traditional de-stressing route with a glass of wine from Screwtop (try the wasabi cheese) or a beer from indie haunt Galaxy Hut (tater tots for all).
In Dupont I love ducking down an alley to snag a Well Dressed Burrito. If you can find it, you’ll get a magnificent burrito the size of your head. On the rare occasions I have cash, I like to hit up Julia’s Empanadas and wash them down with cheap happy hour booze at Lucky Bar next door. For special occasions, always recommend Cleveland Park gem Palena – their Chef’s tasting menu is a tongue-tickling culinary adventure!
But as you know, DC is more than just great places to eat, shop, rock out, and work, so I do other things as well. I love to watch movies, travel, and hang out with my two rescue dogs, Benny and Joon. A social media fiend, you can always find me tweeting at @corrietweets and @corriedavidson, or posting fun stuff on Pinterest.
I’ve lived and worked in DC, VA, and MD my entire life, but I still haven’t been to half of the places out there just waiting to be discovered. I hope you join me as I explore and showcase all the unique parts of our city. Attend activities, write reviews, and let me know places I should go! And I promise to do the same. Follow me at @GoogleDC, connect with me on Google+, and share your discoveries and reviews!