Pardoned a Turkey

This year for Thanksgiving, rather than making the pilgrimage up to Massachusetts to celebrate with the family, I stayed in DC and Nance and Len came to visit!

The holiday is so different when you’re not cooped up cooking a turkey! We started the day with a brisk health walk in Foggy Bottom to pick up apple cider doughnuts (they’re in-season), and continued down Pennsylvania for a tour of the Mall before landing at the National Gallery of Art, and more specifically, the newly opened East Wing.

We ogled at the art on our own, then joined an enlightening docent-led tour. Afterwords we enjoyed lunch out at the renovated lower-level café. On the menu was a delicious Waldorf salad consisting of greens, roasted chicken, croutons, grapes, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette. So simple and delicious that I took a mental note to pick up some grapes to throw in to future dishes.

Continuing on our museum tour, we were also able to check out the holiday display at the Botanic Garden. The Season’s Greetings exhibit opened on Thanksgiving and features model trains intertwined within one of the conservatory’s gardens. The trains pass a collection of US landmarks, like the Grand Canyon, Gateway Arch, Mt. Vernon, etc.  It’s quite intricate!

Reservations were on deck for dinner, and The Hamilton did not disappoint with an assortment of traditional Thanksgiving options and the less common vegan roasted cauliflower. And on Friday we tacked holiday shopping and additional health walks before ringing in the season at the Kennedy Center to see the Nutcracker. I think ballets will always make me want to break out the dancing shoes and twirl.


Such a fun Thanksgiving weekend in the city! And now looking forward to Christmas with the entire family even more. And an at-home Thanksgiving dinner for Christmas equally as much, ft. stuffing.


– EmPan

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