Drumroll please…

Drumroll please…

We finally made it to Spring! Although the word feels a bit overdramatic given it was one of the warmest winters on record, and that mushy white slush last week was the only venture into a white winter we had all season.
Never the less, the warm weather is upon us and that means the time to explore the city has begun again!

As we kickoff this soon-to- be-killer tour season, I need to make some intros and tell you what to be on the lookout for this year!

We have some totally rocking new guides AND they have uniforms! (I picture that being said in Oprah’s annunciated sing-songy proclamation type voice, un-ni-fooormmms!)

Well, not really. Each guide is now going to rock some of their favorite local clothes and accessories from right here in the District! Is there any better way to expand our support for the community than to feature things they make right here? I don’t think so. Just stay tuned for future posts and we’ll start letting you in on those special Made in DC items!

And Now . . . without further adieu, here is our fabulous 2017 lineup

 

Meet Amanda, our veteran guide. She started last spring and is back for round 2.  She’s a NOVA native that’s been sneaking into the district since High School. Last year she also graduated from the culinary program at The Arts Institute here in DC. Now, she’s a baker setting down roots in the District.

 

Brittany joined our team late last year, bringing her funky style, passion for food and excitement all the way from Canada. As a recent transplant, she dove into DCs culture and food
scene with fresh taste buds. Now, She’s ready to share all she’s experienced with visitors and locals alike.

 

Laura is a super new and super awesome guide that has been living in DC for almost 20 years. She has made exploring DC’s history and culture part of her life’s work, literally.  She is a real estate agent who is passionate about learning DC neighborhoods, things to do, architecture and of course, delicious local food.

 

Last, but not least, Marisa, our newest guide. She is a DC native who has a passion for expanding food access, culinary education, and urban agriculture.  She started scouting out DC’s
local food scene as a young girl, and hasn’t stopped since. Now, she’s ready to share that knowledge, and show you what makes the district’s gastro-culture so special.

 

We’re super excited for our newest team members! Here’s to a great 2017 season!

 

First we crawl, then we walk, then we march!

First we crawl, then we walk, then we march!

One of the cool things about this march was it represented a lot of different points of view and covered a lot of issues. I thought I was going with my family to take a stand for women’s rights, which was true, but experiencing this march with my 8 month old made me realize that it represented so much more.

There was a profound sense of community there that day. Not a single violent incident reported, despite so many perspectives coming together, and

so many voices being heard.

This sense of community, of standing up for what we believe in, and pushing back against what we don’t is what makes us Americans.

I could feel it starting the day before, when I hosted a tour of awesome women from across the country who had come to march, and I have felt it for days after.

And it was a privilege to show my little girl that. (Whether she remembers or not, we can show her she was there)

This march also represented a kind of country and world I want to live in, one where differences are celebrated, rights are respected, community is encouraged and bridges are built.
 

I have had the privilege of travelling to many countries, and consequently through those experiences, my sense of global community has expanded.  As someone so inspired by those experiences, I created a tour business, it is vital we don’t close down ways for people to move freely across the world.

 
It is vital we work together, not shut people out, and create a greater sense of community for our children rather than a greater sense of isolation.

 
Teaching BooBoo to throw one arm up in protest is a moment I’ll always cherish-
and she makes it hard to forget since she now does it while eating, although I believe that’s in celebration, as the true foodie that she is.

 

But we must not forget, especially in times like these- not only is the whole world watching, so are our children.

 

Fresh Flowers and even fresher tour updates

Fresh Flowers and even fresher tour updates

Sitting outside on this gorgeous early spring day- basking in the evening sun staying out an hour longer, and relishing the fact that it’s too early for mosquitos- I gotta say I’m pretty jazzed.

 

This is that perfect time of year when everything is new.  Grass is coming up, buds are popping out, even the legendary Cherry Blossoms have started to make their appearance.

And this year’s newness has a fresh significance for me- since it’s the start of a NEW. TOUR. SEASON!

You know what that implies, right?? That there is now, officially an old tour season, and even if it’s only 1 season, we have now marched ourselves into (drumroll please…)

YEAR TWO!

While I can easily say that on all accounts our first year was a success, I’m excited about all the changes, updates and growth I see coming this cycle.

That brings me to another reason this time of year is special- you guessed it… (or maybe you didn’t..) Women’s History Month.  Now, as a Women’s Studies Minor, I must say I love when the ladies step into the limelight and we commemorate all the amazing accomplishments women have made throughout history.

And in the spirit of honoring fabulous females of past and present, we have made a change to our tour and added a new stop– highlighting some amazing ladies of the local food industry as well as the one and only Mother Earth.

We are super excited to announce that the newest addition to the Carpe DC Road Map is Glen’s Garden Market!

This is a woman owned grocery store dedicated to local, sustainable food and the preservation of our Mother Earth by way of the Chesapeake Bay.   Glen’s is owned by Danielle Vogel, who set out to address Climate Change ‘one bite at a time,’ after years of working on the Hill and seeing little climate progress.

We’ve actually been big fans for a while, and blogged about Glen’s last year.

But not only are we stopping at this planet-saving,  woman-owned grocery store, we’re also supporting some local women owned food businesses featured at Glen’s as our tastings, including  Charmed Bar, FruitCycle, MisFit Juicery and Julie’s Datery.  So needless to say, we’re stoked about featuring all this feminine fortitude as a stop on our tour.

A few other new things going on- we have hired and trained our new guide, Amanda! So keep a look out for another friendly face fearlessly leading guests through the U Street Corridor.  And FYI, we’re still on the hunt for another one or two guides, so if you know anyone- send them to our way.

Lastly, we have a new campaign designed to raise awareness and fundage for our favorite local charity, Bread for the City! We call it….

FeedBack to Feed More

Its simple. If we reach our goal of 500 Trip Advisor Reviews for this year, we’ll donate an extra $2000 to Bread for the City, to feed more locals in need.  So if you want to participate, your part is easy, just head over to TripAdvisor and let us know how we did!

Cheers to a new season, and a great new year!

Get your Hibernate on with this cozy cocktail

Get your Hibernate on with this cozy cocktail

Diversity.  That’s one of the things that we love the most about our DC Food Tours.

Each stop has their own unique story, and we love taking the deep dive to find out what makes them each so special!

This is why this year we decided to pull back the curtain and share with you more behind the scenes stories about the places we choose to feature on our tour.  This month, we head to Sotto DC, a cozy and intimate bar tucked below the madness of 14th Street NW.

With its luscious dark wood furniture, smelling of rich mahogany (see what I did there), hidden dining rooms, and cozy compartments,

Sotto DC is the perfect place for a date or a candid catch up session with friends over a cocktail.

Although the scene is luxurious, the staff is approachable and take pride in what they serve.  We sat down with Sotto DC’s bartender Jason Rogers to get the scoop on one of his favorite original cocktail creations, Embargo:

Embargo

2oz dark rum of your choice (Jason uses Zacapa at Sotto DC)

.5oz Velvet Falernum (Caribbean citrusy cane sugar liquor)

.5oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth

1 dash Angostura bitters

2 dashes orange bitters

Combine first 3 ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.

Stir until well chilled.

Strain into a chilled coupe.

Add bitters.

peel a large swath of orange and squeeze over glass to spray the oils over the drink. Then for some extra class- Rub orange peel around the rim of the glass & drop it in.  Voila!

The Embargo is a dark, strong, fragrant drink that pairs perfectly with its dimly lit surroundings.

Come for drink… stay for food.  Jason’s tip: “try our sandwiches when you come for happy hour, the merguez is my favorite”.

It’s not hard to see why we’re so proud to feature Sotto DC on our DC happy hour tour. So get in and check them out next time you’re looking to warm up on 14th St!

We know what we’re thankful for!

We know what we’re thankful for!

It’s Bread, but this ain’t no wonder bread we’re talking about!

Carpe DC Food Tours is Thankful for Bread for the City

For the past year, our food tours has been taking locals and tourists alike on culinary and historic adventures through the U Street & Shaw neighborhoods and the 14thStreet dining scene.

However, aside from the joy of showing everyone this beautiful, and delicious city- there’s something else that makes this Carpe journey so near and dear for us. You’ve probably heard us say it before- but this time of year they deserves a lil shout out!

We are stoked to be DC’s only One-for-One food tour! which means every tour purchased helps to feed the District’s residents in need for a day via our partnership with the one and only, the amazing

Bread for the City

So far, we have helped feed over 400 DC residents and counting!

And if you’re wondering why we decided to get into the one-for-one business, basically its because throughout our travels we found it hard to give back to the communities we were visiting in a meaningful way. So we wanted to make our travel experience have a way to contribute that’s easy yet very powerful!

Travelers and locals are able to contribute to a this awesome local charity just by being part of our tour.

Our main focus is to support local businesses and the community as a whole and this is a small token of that effort.

We chose Bread for the City because of their stellar reputation.  For almost 40 years, Bread for the City mission has been to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Plus it doesn’t hurt that their main facility is located in the Shaw neighborhood, steps away from all of the businesses we feature on our food tour.

So we hope this lil blog post helped you feel the DC love as you prepare to see your families for this gratitude (and turkey) filled holiday!!

Happy Thanksgiving!! Enjoy that Turkey!