Dawn DeVries Sokol


So many things to report...

Literally. Recovering from a trip last weekend to DC. It was amazing. We got a VIP tour of the West Wing, something we've done before, but this time with the head of the White House Mess Hall giving us the tour. Security's really tight now, so we didn't get to see the Oval Office this time, but saw some other stuff we hadn't seen before and heard some great stories.Here we are in the Indian Treaty Room in the Old Executive Office Building next door to the White House. Our tour guide, Glen, was great at pointing out architectural details of the room...I love this room.


The other room I love, even though it's kinda shabby:

The Press Room. I'm sitting in Helen Thomas' chair. She's awesome, basically keeping UPI alive. But I digress. Geez, our friend, Donna, looks bored! :)


"Yes, David (Gregory of NBC)? I'll take your question, then we need to wrap up."

The next day, we headed over to the National Gallery of Art and the Postal Museum. I love the Gallery of Art's Museum Shop. They've condensed it since we've last been there, though, to my utter dismay. But I did find this little gem:


Yes, that's a book I designed in the Museum's Gift Shop! Not one of my favorites, but one of mine nonetheless...

I was pretty happy, to say the least. I think the shock started wearing off by the end of the day...Now I can say my work is in the Smithsonian...OK, a gift shop at the Smithsonian....

A great time was had by both of us. My feet are STILL sore! My muscles still ache...(Yes, I'm a slug, what can I say?)

Here are some recommendations for the next time you visit our nation's capital:

Cafe Asia, near the Farragut West Metro stop. Yummy! I loved the Panang Curry. The service was really crappy, but the food and interior was cool. And the Mango Sticky Rice...Oooo!

Cake Love, on U Street and 15th. YUM! This guy makes the most awesome cupcakes. A must stop! I had a chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting...

Old Ebbitt Grill, a few steps away from the White House. It's where the White House staffers nosh. The French Toast was to die for! (I cleaned my plate, and it was A LOT! Well, you have to eat majorly with all that walking!)

Levante's, on 19th St. near Dupont Circle. Eastern Mediterranean food...I was in heaven!

And, drumroll...my most FAVORITE eats in DC: Pizzeria Paradiso on P St. just west of Dupont Circle...The crust is airy and light and I just can't say enough about this place. My fave pizza of all time...

On a more somber note, please say a prayer for my mum-in-law today. She's having heart problems and was hospitalized Thurs. night. She's going to have to have a stent, but may even need bypass surgery. I REALLY hope the stent is all she'll need. She's been through so much in her life. As my mom said, she's really lucky to have had a warning. Someone above was looking out for her. My father had no warning. He passed away four and a half years ago of a heart attack in his sleep. He was 59. Heart disease is a real problem in this country...Make sure you take care of your heart!

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