E and I always say we’d go to Washington, DC for the National Cherry Blossom Festival every year, but we always miss it. I think we’ve only attended once or twice before. I was out of the country for the first week, so we decided to go during the last week before it ended.
We usually take the Metro to DC as parking and driving there can be a chore. The actual street festival that we were going to visit ended at 6p so we had some time to explore beforehand.
I decided to check out Lebanese Taverna in Pentagon Row since my dad raved about their food when he visited the one in Tysons Corner. They gave us bread with dipping oil for the table. We asked for a second bread basket and we ran out of dipping oil. Not sure if that was a testament to our hunger or how good the bread and dipping oil were
I ordered their chicken mashawi (chicken kabob), since I’m always looking for a good kabob replacement. It’s not the best I’ve ever had, but it was good. It was a lot more “gourmet” than I expected. It was also a lot more garlicky, which probably accounts for the mouth wash—that I gladly used!— in the restroom.
As we boarded the Metro to head back into downtown DC for the street festival, we noticed a lot of people on the train wearing anime costumes and carrying anime merchandise. That got us giddy and excited because we’re nerds
You could feel and smell the street festival as you get off the station. It’s hard to explain… There were plenty of Japanese (and other) food to be had and there were some colorful characters walking around, too!
We promptly lined up at the McDonald’s tent for a free bag and some cute little Sanrio things. E almost bought a hat, but they were expensive, so she ended up buying a hoodie from Modondi instead. One of the guys recognized us from Otakon (the second-largest anime convention in North America) because we usually buy something from him every year. Like I said: nerds My only purchase was the wallet below. In the nick of time, too, as this guy was going around telling all vendors to shut down because it was a few minutes past 6p—closing time.
We ended the day at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City with some frozen yogurt and people watching. This was a good end to a good day, since afterwards wasn’t so fun. It took about 2-3 hours to get home thanks to some Metro slow downs. LOL.