Once I discovered the beauty that is Casa Oaxaca on the border of Adams Morgan, I instantly became obsessed. They have great happy hour deals, delicious food that you can count on every visit, and I’ve had some great times there. LivingSocial had a deal there and Shelby and I decided we had to have it to enjoy Oaxaca one last time before the big move.
One of the reasons why I love this restaurant – it’s gluten free friendly! There isn’t a separate GF menu but instead they label some items on the menu and all of the staff are extremely familiar with the ingredients of all their dishes and are more than happy to guide you through the menu, noting safe choices.
On this trip I kicked things off with the passion fruit margarita which didn’t disappoint. It had a great flavor and wasn’t too sweet.
For our appetizer Shelby and I shared the kekas which we are still talking about 2 weeks later. Each keka was stuffed with different items – one with cheese and asparagus, one with cheese and an onion and bell pepper mixture, and one stuffed with huitlacoche which was a corn / black bean mixture which was divine. It had a smokey, complex flavor that made it the best thing we ate all night.
For my entree I got the vegetable tacos which were served with refried black beans and rice. The beans and tacos were outstanding, as was the rice which I only had a bite or 2 of before I got full.
Shelby got the enmoladas as her entree (not gluten free) which are tortillas folded and soaked in black mole garnished w/ Oaxacan cheese. If you love mole this is perfect for you! Shelby did report it was a lot of mole for one person but absolutely delicious nonetheless.
I’m glad that I was able to enjoy Casa Oaxaca one last time and I already know I’ll be back when I come to visit DC!
Time as a DC resident – 1477 days (4 years 17 days)
Apartments Rented -2
Roommates – 1
SmarTrip cards purchased – 1
Jobs held – 3 (2 full-time plus part-time teaching)
Times laid off – 1
Quadrants visited – 4
Treks to Virginia – multiple, especially in the summer for pool access O:-)
Miles walked – Probably 6000+ (averaging 5 miles a day)
Bones broken – 1
Gym memberships – 2
ZipCars rented – 5
Parking tickets – 1
Winter coats purchased – 3
Inauguration Festivities Attended – 2
Blizzards I survived – 2
Times it snowed and I still had to go to work – a lot more than will ever happen in Texas
Adventures in the DC area – too many to count
New friends made – lots
Memories – immeasurable
Cabs taken – not as many as you’d think (see miles walked)
Trips taken outside of DC – 20ish
Trips to visit Texas – at least 22
Hours spent with friends – not enough
Living in DC for my first 4 years as a young adult – priceless
I’m off soaking up my last full days in DC and making memories with those who have been my DC family over the past 4 years. Enjoy some of my favorite photos of this incredible city and I’ll be back with updates soon!
Gah, I can’t believe that my last week in DC has arrived. It feels surreal and if it wasn’t for the empty apartment, furniture selling, and goodbye plans I wouldn’t believe it for myself.
In fact, check out my new “desk” for the week since I sold my table and chairs this evening.
Tonight I had plans to tackle a big item on my bucket list – sunset from the back of the Lincoln Memorial. I met my friend Shelby in Dupont and we walked down to the monument for sunset and stories from our weekend. With views like these, I’m extremely lucky that I’ve gotten to spend 4 amazing years living in this city.
Our night ended with a touch of fro yo since we weren’t ready to go our separate ways just yet. This wasn’t our final goodbye but was probably our final walking adventure which makes me sad.
I’m excited that I get to have fun this week since I did a majority of my packing last week but I don’t think the reality of leaving has fully settled in just yet…