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Sunny Summer Sunday

June 13, 2011

Yesterday was a good day, the first ‘real’ weekend day I’ve had in my new apartment. No unpacking, no running errands, no driving. There’s still a lot of organization and decoration left but I was happy to leave that aside for a day and just enjoy a typical Sunday.

Wake up. Drink coffee. Make eggs. Walk to church.

All decked out for Capital Pride. To celebrate Pride and Pentecost, the typical service was replaced by Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass — what an energetic, uplifting way to start the day!

After dropping off some CSA goodies at home, I journeyed downtown to the National Gallery of Art to see the Capitoline Venus for the first time since she came to Washington.

Fun fact about this statue: It has only left Rome on one other occasion—when Napoleon seized it in 1797 (it was returned in 1816). The intricacy in the carving, the amazing detail, the awe-inspiring craftsmanship of this 2000-year-old statue stopped me in my tracks.

Go see it.

The National Gallery was surprisingly uncrowded for a weekend, which is the best way to see museum.

If I walk into a museum and see a crowd, I immediately turn around and walk out the door. This low-key atmosphere was much more my speed.

Soon enough, it was time for lunch. There aren’t many options downtown but I remembered eating a delicious meal at the National Museum of the American Indian a few years ago, so we walked across the Mall to the cafeteria there. Each station represents a different region of American Indian.

As soon as I saw the featured entree from Mesoamerica, I knew what to order: pumpkin seed tamal, orange, pumpkin seed salsa.

Looks? Gorgeous. Smell? Sensational. Flavor? Um, what flavor?!

I love tamales, black beans, salsa — you name a Mesoamerican food, I love it — but this meal had no taste. The tamale tasted like unseasoned corn meal, the black beans tasted right out of the can, the salsa was simply canned mandarin oranges. Having remembered an amazing meal before — cedar-planked salmon with berry compote — I was incredibly disappointed to have a completely bland, tasteless meal.

(In the spirit of true comparison, my mom ordered the salmon yesterday and it was dry and equally as bad.)

Before yesterday, I would have recommended the National Museum of the American Indian as the best place to eat on the National Mall. Now? I’d tell you to walk back up to Gallery Place.

After walking all around the Mall, spending some time at the Pride festival near the Capitol, then walking from Capitol Hill back to my house, I was exhausted and ready for my third favorite Sunday activity (after brunching and museuming): as thunder rumbled, I was perfectly happy to spend some quality time with my couch and a good book.

That was my lovely summer Sunday — how did you spend your weekend?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2011 7:56 am

    Bummer about the tasteless food! I hate it when I order something at a restaurant and it’s not good.

  2. June 13, 2011 10:47 am

    It’s a shame the food was so bland, because the colors look fantastic! Weekend was spent getting burnt/tan at the beach, and eating lots of bad-for-you food. Nice that we both had relaxing weekends!

  3. simonelk permalink
    June 13, 2011 11:22 am

    with you! 🙂

  4. June 13, 2011 4:33 pm

    The Pride Festival is always super fun! I worked, painted and probably purchased too much at Barnes and Noble. 🙂

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