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New Year New U Street!

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So can I just say how excited we are about entering YEAR FIVE!  I mean seriously, where has the time gone… Seems like just yesterday, my partner/hubby Stefan and I were leading all the tours ourselves and enjoying a half smoke or two along the way! But fast forward five years later, we have hosted…

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Live like you’re traveling 365 days a year

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I still remember my first solo trip abroad so vividly that it feels like I am still there. I was lucky enough to travel to Melbourne, Australia for a semester, in Spring 2006.  I can clearly remember how scared I was at first, and how it was a huge culture shock- even going from the…

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No Tree Skirts Allowed

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Happy December! It’s here, we’re smack in the middle of it- Holiday Season! (insert appropriate song here) Now for some of you- you thought jingle bells, some of you are hearing angels sing, and the rest of us are hearing the theme from Jaws. So, I wanted to do a quick lil holiday check in….

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The Art of Tradition

Whether it’s the holidays, my adorable 2-and-a-half-year-old or just my general desire to always understand culture and society on a deeper level (raise your hand Anthropologists!), lately, I find myself thinking a lot about traditions. As a parent, I am now in the role of tradition-maker/creator, which any parent knows, is a big responsibility. Last…

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That time I quit my day job

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I’m bustin out! (cue Diana Ross ‘I’m coming out’ song!) It’s true! In case you haven’t been following my every post on social….I QUIT MY DAY JOB! And now am working on full time on Carpe! (insert quit scene from Jerry Maguire  here) Now, my first thought was to wax poetic about how travel has changed…

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Five Principles of Fantastic Food Tours

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As we kick off our 2018 season, proudly entering our fourth year in business there is a lot of fondly looking back, hand horizontally perched on the eyebrow ridge, thinking about how far we have come. I’d like to think I knew what we were doing in year one, and I’m sure I believed me….

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Adventures in Indian Cooking

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I have an insatiable curiosity to try as many different cuisines and variety of dishes during my lifetime as possible. Apart from simply how food tastes, I’m fascinated by the social, geographical and historical factors that influence the evolution of culinary traditions. Food can bridge understanding between people and I love anything that can do…

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Game of Thrones Pop-up Bar

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After waiting all summer, I finally got to go to the Game of Thrones Pop-up Bar (GOT PUB). The GOT PUB is located inside of Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, and Eat the Rich (1839-1843 7th Street NW). The GOT PUB was created by the Drink Company who has cornered the market on DC pop up…

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Cocktails and Politics – A perfectly DC Combination

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The woman sitting next to me at the bar looked up quizzically as I ordered my first drink. Was I cursing at the Turkish President? Not technically, but such confusion is understandable when you order one of the creatively named drinks at The Green Zone. The Green Zone is a two-year-old Middle Eastern cocktail pop-up…

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Best of DC

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Every year, the Washington City Paper asks DC residents to vote for their favorites in just about every category imaginable from favorite Bloody Mary to favorite doctor (One Medical Group, oh yeah!) to favorite strip club. Yep, no service goes unnoticed. And they also throw a fun party to showcase the winners. This year it…

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Adventures with Mom

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It’s rare that my mom and I get to spend time together in DC by ourselves, so when she decided to come down from Pennsylvania for a mother daughter visit, I knew I had to cram in as much of the fun stuff we both like to do as possible. We love history and visiting…

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Cherry Blossom Pub

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If there is one thing to know about DC in the spring, it’s that cherry blossoms rule all. Droves of tourists from all over the world come to the city to see the famous Japanese blossoms that line the tidal basin and the reflecting pool of the Washington Monument. However, this year has turned out…

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