Holiday Lunch in the City

This time every year, my husband and I always make a special date to meet for lunch in DC.

Due to work schedules, it’s usually impossible to meet up on an average work day. So, this lunch feels super indulgent and special.

One of our all time favorite places to eat at in DC is Central Michel Richard.

The food is so delicious. Anyway, you’ll see…

The Food

Central Michel Richard serves French-inspired food, but the restaurant does have wonderful American traditional items too like fried chicken and mashed potatoes and really good burgers. There is a great 3 course lunch which includes a steaming bowl of french onion soup, a main dish, and a lovely little dessert.

On this day, one of us got the fried chicken (because, how can you not?) while the other got hanger steak with fries. Both of these dishes are perfection and we just split them down the middle in order to share.


Since one of us got the 3 course meal, we received this tasty chocolate lava cake with ice cream. This photo makes it look normal size, but let me assure you, it was tiny like one of those mini muffins.

For that reason, we had to get the Napoleon-  which happened to be MASSIVE.

We ordered this the last time we were here and I don’t recall it being so monstrous. I suspect some newbie in the kitchen might have made a mistake when they cut this dessert so big, but then they just decided to serve it to us anyway.

Not that I’m complaining…

Have you ever had a Napoleon?

It’s so fluffy and light tasting. Actually, it’s perfect for people who don’t like overly sweet desserts and don’t want to end the meal completely overloaded. 

In my experience in DC, so many restaurants we go to once and love are often not as good the second or third time.

But Central Michel Richard is consistently good year after year.

So, holiday lunch 2017 was a success! Until next year…

Do you have any holiday lunch workweek traditions?

First Holiday Outfit of the Season

 

I know, I know. Bright yellow lace is not what you’d typically consider holiday party attire.

But I REALLY wanted to wear this dress ONE MORE TIME before the weather officially changed to winter.

Last weekend, the Torpedo Arts Factory in Alexandria, Virginia hosted their annual holiday arts party.

This former ammunitions warehouse (yes, it was used to build torpedoes during World War II) is now a giant arts center, where painters, sculptors, and craftsmen display their creations.

And this party seemed like the perfect place to wear this unusual color rather than more traditional red or green.

I figured that a black leather jacket and black suede boots would help transition the dress to something less spring garden party and more festive and winter appropriate. I actually like the way the whole look came out.

Now, I can officially retire this dress until Spring!

 

Are you a traditionalist when it comes to Holiday party wear? Or like me, do you try to get as much wear as you can out of a spring or summer favorite?

 

Black and White Holiday Outfit

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Merry Christmas everyone! By the time you’re all reading this, another Christmas day has come and gone.

I hope you all spent a peaceful and relaxing holiday 2016!

This year, I challenged myself NOT to buy any new holiday outfit. Instead, I resolved to come up with a festive look from clothing I already own. Personally, I love seeing other bloggers who wear the same pieces in versatile ways!

The result?

Borrowing from the layered dress-over-turtleneck trend this season, I wore this crepe slip dress (I’ve had for years!) over my favorite Ann Taylor tie neck blouse.

I was pleased with the outfit and happy to wear my favorite pieces in new ways. Best of all, no money was spent at all.

The funny thing is that I have so many favorites that just hang in my closet, never being worn. And all it takes is a little imagination, a little trial and error, and there you go, A NEW OUTFIT!

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I’m sure you have some great items in your closet that you can combine in new ways. I would love to hear your fashion inspiration!