Tourist For A Day

4 04 2011

What a weekend! I hope you all had a great one! My weekend was loaded with fun stuff! I was a tourist in my own town, and it was fantastic!

On Saturday, I went to the Newseum, which is a museum I’ve been wanting to go to since I moved to DC. The museum is filled to the gills with information (enough so that the admission allows you a visit on two consecutive days), but so incredibly fascinating.

A  few of the highlights from the museum included the gallery of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs; I was too busy reading to snap lots of photos, but these pictures were snippets of history frozen in time. Some were shocking; some were cheerful; all made me stop and say, “Wow.”

The other deeply moving exhibit was the 9/11 exhibit. Upon seeing the wall of headlines from around the world from September 12, 2001, I was immediately taken back to the moment I heard what had happened in New York that day. Words can’t begin to describe the stream of emotions that run through your body when surrounded by the pictures, words and news reports from that day.

On a more cheerful note, one of the best views of the Capitol is from the Newseum:

The rain had just ended, but my camera was acting a little funny, so pardon the blur by the edge of the photo!

Don’t want to be a downer on your Monday, so I’m going to move on to the other fun things I did this weekend! I went to the Natural History Museum, Good Stuff Eatery, 2 Amys, and of course, the Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom, so I took some fun shots of them:

Gosh, I love where I live!

Finally, I ended my weekend with a relaxing dinner with some friends:) I spotted this recipe a few months ago on Iowa Girl Eats and have made it several times since then. It has quickly become one of my go-to meals.

Introducing: Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas:

My slow cooker is easily one of my favorite kitchen accessories. It’s super convenient; just throw all the ingredients in there in the morning, go off and enjoy your day, and return to a yummy-smelling house and dinner is ready!

The flavor of the pork is awesome, and its got a hit of spice to it. Cover a pork butt with some with cumin, oregano, garlic, cayenne, cinnamon, chipotle peppers, salt and pepper. Pop it in the crock pot with some OJ and tomato juice.

Let it cook for 8 hours on low, and then voila!

The pork practically shreds itself! SO Delicious!

It’s topped with the Neely’s Zesty Slaw and, like Chloe suggests, some plain Greek Yogurt in place of sour cream. The yogurt is the perfect addition to cool your mouth from the heat of the chipotle peppers and cayenne.

The best part of the meal was dessert, made by my lovely friend Ann.

Gooey butter cake bars!! Isn’t that the best name for a dessert? And these were oooey gooey deliciousness!

Stay tuned, recipe to come!

Have a great day friends!

Question of the day: Are you ever a tourist in your own town? What are the fun touristy things to do where you live?