Duke Ellington plays Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
For me, this song encapsulates the summer: Warm, exciting, and smooth. It’s like watching a beautiful woman stretch as she’s sunning herself.
It reminds me of green and gold, heat with a hint of a breeze, the smell of food on the grill, and the excitement of the wide-open expanse of the possibilities of the summer.
The extra bonus to this particular version is that it’s played by DC’s native son, Duke Ellington.
Enjoy the summer, friends. Enjoy the weekend, enjoy July. Stretch. Smile.
Any suggestions/recommendations of "don't miss" Mt. Pleasant locales? I'm ready to embrace my new neighborhood!
Mt. Pleasant is one of my favorite DC neighborhoods because it feels SO distinctively like a neighborhood while simultaneously being a part of this great city. I just moved into the neighborhood earlier this year but so far I can recommend:
Hellers Bakery. This place has been around since the 30s. They make their breads in-house and their croissants are particularly delicious. It’s a great place to read the paper and people watch. Also, if you’re ever particularly hungover, their sausage, egg, and cheese on a bagel is a lifesaver.
Dos Gringos. Four words: All-Natural Orange Juice. No preservatives, no extra sugar, no watered-down stuff. I come by for that alone. Their pastries are fun, and there’s a good amount of focus for vegetarian and vegan options. The outdoor seating is fantastic, and the place in general is open and kind. They’re kindof hippy-ish but in a fun way. However, don’t try to bring laptops to this cafe. No outlets and they frown on people using electronics (cell phones & laptops) indoors.
Saturday Mornings should be spent at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market. Limited — though delicious — selection of veggies, meats, breads, and sweets.
Tonic is a great place for drinks. It’s truly a neighborhood bar, though watch out for the fabulous Patrice because she doesn’t let you leave and it’s impossible to go just for one drink.
Radius has $5 for pint of beer & slice of pizza nights from 5-7 every weeknight. It’s tough to get a better deal and the pizza is superb. They also deliver which is awesome when hungover.
Last, but not least: Adams Express. It’s this hole-in-the-wall and innocuous-looking place on Mt Pleasant between Park and Lamont, but it’s some of the best Korean food I’ve had in a long time. On top of good and cheap food, it’s also run by the most adorable couple ever.
Welcome to the neighborhood and let me know what cool places you find!