Mama-E brings the Derecho to town

MamaE came into town for the Derecho on June 29th.

We began the weekend on a sweltering Friday evening, where all great DC outings begin – Barack Obama’s house. No seriously, we met outside the White House. Not only were we not invited in for some lemonade, we were made to grapple outside among the sweaty masses. MamaE hopped on my bike for a quick toodle around, and my hand bore witness with snark.

MamaE on the wheels, my lovely Electra Amsterdam.

On Saturday we rode Capital Bikeshare bikes around the National Mall, hit up the National Gallery, and had some very fancy ice cream straight from a truck parked on the mall. The National Gallery has a great exhibit up called ‘Elegance and Refinement; The Still-Life Paintings of Willem Van Aelst.’ Up through October 14th, 2012.

Doin the Shuffle in front of the National Gallery.

Mmmm…strawberry shortcake ice cream. That electric pink color gives your taste buds fair warning for the awesomeness ahead.

20th Annual DC BBQ Battle

This past weekend Z, PapaE, an unnamed fellow foodie friend, and I hit up the ’20th Annual Safeway Barbeque Battle.’ There was a lot of free swag – coffee samples, water bottles, tote bags, egad! But the best part was all of the fantastic barbeque. I had possibly the best brisket sandwich ever from ‘The Tender Rib,’ it had been smoked, sliced, and left to marinate in some sort of heavenly juice. I was hypnotized watching the competitive teams slinging huge slabs of ribs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a super cool all-girl steel drum band called ‘East of the River.’

BUT I can finally check this item off my bucket list (cancel the trip, I’ve seen it all now):

I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner
That is what I truly wish to be
cause if i were a Oscar Mayer Weiner
everyone would be in love
oh everyone would be in love
everyone would be in love with me