My best friend lives in Washington DC, the city of smokers. Well, at least in my opinion DC is the city of smokers. Every where we went, there were people smoking outside! Anyways, it took 5 years, the Russian Embassy, and the Raw Spirit Fest for me to finally go visit her in DC.
We were excited and looking forward to the festival and visiting all the historical places in DC. We first went to the Russian Embassy, which was the main purpose of the trip, to run some errands there. After a few hours there, we went to the White House of course and took pictures like every other tourist there. I even got a picture of the organic garden! We then went to the Sewall-Belmont House and the Library of Congress. We had a lot of fun at both places. We stopped at Java Green for lunch and had some raw goodies! The raw shakes were unbelievably delicious!
The next day we headed to the Raw Spirit Fest for two days and started the morning with Kirtan by Kamaniya & Keshavacharya Das. We then saw many speakers including Dr. Brian Clement, Philip McCluskey, Viktoras Kulvinskas as well as many food demos including Lynda Carter, Rawdawg Rory, Raw Spirit Divas Christina and Kashi, and my favorite Khepra Anu of Senbeb CafÃ© in D.C. Music included Here II Here, Singing Bear, Raw Spirit RawK Stars, Brother Northstar and more.
We were glad this year they had green smoothies, salads, and less free chocolate. Last year in Sedona we overdose in all the free samples of chocolate! The vendors had great prices and a wide variety of products. As far as the food at the event, my favorite, and probably the best raw food Iâ€™ve had so far, was by Khepra Anu of Senbeb CafÃ©. For $12 we got a big plate of kale salad, a sandwich, and a seaweed side dish. Khepra made a spicy sauce for the sandwich that was to die for! I would move to DC just to eat at his cafÃ© everyday! The food was so good I didnâ€™t even take a picture because by the time I realized, we had inhaled every crumb in the plate! The next day after the festival we went to his cafÃ© to get some more food and this time we had his lasagna with two salad dishes and it was heaven!
The last day in DC we pretty much avoided the smokers in every building and headed to Capitol Hill for a tour of the Senate and House chambers. We also visited Union Station and did a little shopping there.
Overall we enjoyed DC, the Festival, and visiting my friend. It was a nice busy quick trip. We were able to exercise, learn history, and eat healthy food all in the city of smokers.