So – our trip to DC. We took the train down on a Friday morning and got to our hotel by the early afternoon. We ditched our bags and headed out to be tourists. First, though, we required sustenance. We ate at DGS Delicatessen, where we split latkes, cabbage rolls with orzo, and a big pastrami sandwich with sauerkraut. It really hit the spot. Full, we began our tour. We saw the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the World War ll Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. We took a break in between to sit in the shade by the reflecting pool. It was a super hot and humid day, but it was a nice walk. We were a bit tired from waking up early, though, so we headed back to our hotel for some pool time. We both fell asleep on our pool chairs, ha. We had a glass of wine, did some reading, then headed out to start the evening. We had dinner and drinks at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, which was excellent. We ordered crab and shrimp ceviche, wood grilled oysters with chile oil, mussels in a buttery broth, and rock fish with mushrooms. We were completely stuffed, and walked it off a bit before stopping into 2 Birds 1 Stone for a couple of cocktails. I loved this little bar, especially because of its clean, all white decor and the fact that you had to enter through a somewhat hidden underground entrance. We were back at the hotel by 11 or so, where we immediately fell asleep. We needed our beauty rest for day two!
As previously discussed, I’m working with the Cherry Marketing Institute to bring you four delicious tart cherry recipes for the summer. I started with breakfast, sharing my recipe for a Green Chocolate Cherry Smoothie, so let’s continue with that trend. If you’re not the kind of person who can handle a big helping of kale right when you wake up, then get in line for these Cherry Overnight Oats. I’m sure you’ve heard of overnight oats before, but if you haven’t, listen up. The process is amazing and it’s a welcome change from your usual bowl of oatmeal. The ratio will remain the same for any combination you try: 1 cup of oats to 1 cup of liquid. Easy, right? Not that mixing together a packet of oatmeal in the morning is tough, but this way, you can control exactly what you put into your food and into your body, as well as avoid fake sugars and weird chemicals that you usually find in packaged oatmeal.
I drink almond milk every morning, so I used almond milk and tart cherry juice in my oats – the juice added a nice sweetness to the oats, while the almond milk provided enough liquid for the oats to soak up. I also included chia seeds, for extra fiber, and slivered almonds, for texture. I had to throw in some dried tart cherries, of course. After you’ve mixed everything up, just place your oats in the fridge and get ready to enjoy them the next morning. The cherries soaked up some of the tart cherry juice and almond milk, too, which was a nice surprise and made them plump and juicy. I added some extra slivered almonds and a drizzle of honey to the top of my oats because I’m starving in the mornings and I reach for anything that’s close to me. This is the kind of thing that will definitely fill you up and get you through to lunch, which is generally the biggest problem I have when I’m at work – it’s hard not to snack around 11! But this is the kind of thing that will keep you going until 12. I loved that this wasn’t your average sweetened oatmeal, like maple brown sugar or whatever your go-to is. Instead, the tart cherries gave the oatmeal a more complex flavor and woke up my taste buds, which in turn, helped wake me up and get moving!