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Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: Asian Fusion Pulled Pork Tacos, My Trip to Washington DC, & More!

Georgetown Cupcake // The Spicy RD

My Miss SiSi loves watching the show DC Cupcakes, so Mr. Spicy and I visited the original Georgetown Cupcake location on our trip to Washington DC  and surprised her with a 6 pack of cupcakes {to share with Big Tex of course!} 

Hello, hello!

I just got back from a fun trip to Washington DC with Mr. Spicy, so I’m posting my weekly meal plan a little late, but I still have lots of yummy dinner inspiration lined up for you {and me!} this week, plus I’m sharing some of my happy things, a la Washington DC!

Weekly Meal Plan: Week of September 30, 2013



  • Veggie Quiche {subbing in broccoli for asparagus}
  • Spinach, Apple, & Gruyere Salad
  • Fresh apple slices


  • Singapore Noodles {subbing in tofu for prawns and chicken} from Dietitian UK
  • Fresh fruit in season



For more meal plan inspiration, be sure and check out my Weekly Meal Plans on Pinterest!

And, here are my latest happy things, this time coming to you from Washington DC!

My Happy Things {links at the end of this post.}

HAPPY THING IN DC#1 ~ Pretty Gin and Tonic from Jaleo 

Gin & Tonic Jaelo, Washington DC // The Spicy RD

When Mr. Spicy, {the kids} and I lived near DC 8 years ago, one of our favorite restaurants was Jaelo, a Spanish tapas bar, so we had fun going back there this trip and noshing on some yummy tapas.  Of course we had to have drinks, and I discovered that Jaleo makes the prettiest gin and tonics I have ever seen.  This one, the “Herbal” was made with lemon, lime, and coriander blossom-so pretty!  And, Mr. Spicy tried the “London Dry”, made with grapefruit, mint, lemon, and white pepper-super yum!

HAPPY THING IN DC #2 ~ A Trip to The International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum, Washington DC // The Spicy RD

While Mr. Spicy worked, I got to play!  On Thursday I walked around The National Mall~one of my favorite things to do whenever I’m in DC~and visited a couple of the Smithsonian Museums~The National Museum of Natural History and The Freer Gallery of Art~then on Friday, I slept in {yay for black out curtains!}, then headed over to the International Spy Museum which was great fun, and gave me the opportunity to release my inner James Bond!

HAPPY THING IN DC #3 ~ Georgetown and this little doggie!

Dog wearing shoes DC // The Spicy RD

We spent Saturday morning walking around Georgetown, and lo and behold, we spotted this little doggie dressed in shoes, sunglasses and a hat.  I’m not sure what to say about this, other than, poor little doggie!!

HAPPY THING IN DC #4 ~ Enjoying a Martini at Old Ebbitt Grill

Martini's at Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington DC // The Spicy RD

Another favorite spot from when we used to live here~Old Ebbitt Grill is a fun place for a Grey Goose martini, extra olives, straight up!

HAPPY THING IN DC #5 ~ Visiting Friends, Old & New, in Baltimore

Texas Snowglobe // The Spicy RD

Lest you think all I did was eat, drink, and play on my trip, one of THE best parts of the trip was taking the train up to Baltimore to visit our friends Mindy and Tom, where we stayed the night in their gorgeous house, had the most delicious home cooked meals {Mindy made this Pan-Roasted Swordfish with Mixed-Peppercorn Butter,  and this Melon Gazpacho with Frizzled Prosciutto-both super yum!}, and met their ADORABLY CHARMING son, “Mr. R”, for the first time.  Since SiSi and Big Tex are 10 and 12 now, I had forgotten what it like to hang with an “almost 4 year old”…non-stop action!! In this photo Mr, R is waking me up Sunday morning so he can show me his Texas snow globe.  He also took me to his neighbor’s house to crash their dog’s first birthday party complete with a princess bouncy house and doggie/people cake-a first for me!

Washington DC Travel Links…


  • Hotel Madera~stay {cute Kimpton hotel where we stayed near Dupont Circle}
  • Firefly ~eat {restaurant next door to the Hotel Madera with the most delicious bacon wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese !}

Have you been to Washington DC? What are your favorite things to do there? Gin & Tonic, Martini, neither, or both???

6 thoughts on “Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things: Asian Fusion Pulled Pork Tacos, My Trip to Washington DC, & More!”

  1. Well, it looks like you’ve got stuff for any of us to do even if we visit during a shutdown! We could just have pretty G&Ts and forget the cultural stuff 😀 When my husband and I were in London in July it was so hot – and nothing is air-conditioned – that we swam in the Serpentine lake, sun-bathed, ate and didn’t set foot in a museum or gallery. For shame! But we only live Scotland (hour away on a plane) so not a complete travesty. PS LOVE Singapore noodles

    1. Ahh…yes, the shutdown! I left before it went in to effect, but Mr. Spicy was still there visiting with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, so lots of meetings had to be re-arranged 🙂 Those Singapore noodles are really calling out my name!!!

  2. So fun to read about your trip – DC is 3 hrs by train for me but I don’t get there as often as I’d like but it’s a great town to visit for sure. The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian is great and their cafeteria is AMAZING. Visiting the Holocaust Memorial Museum is what I want to do on next visit.

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