December in Review

photo by Kimberly Graydon

I think what makes the cold of December so bearable is all the fun holiday events of the season. Christmas in Washington, DC is a sparkly time of year and I love writing this post every year to share how I celebrated the season. I wanted to thank all readers for continuing to follow my blog. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! A few items below have become a popular tradition of mine over the last few years. But first let me start the month with a quick trip to NYC.

Favorite Cookbooks of 2018

I love to cook, and every Friday I search through my pinterest board of what recipes I will make next week so I can create my grocery list. I'll never order my groceries online for delivery because I really enjoy going to grocery store, usually 3 of them each week. lol


Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan
by Chloe Coscarelli

My favorite vegan chef is Chloe with her infection smile. Her previous cookbook I've written about here. She opened a new restaurant in Miami as she no longer has ownership of the restaurant in NYC that bares her name, due to a legal battle and drama last year. She bounced back and I loved this cookbook, there was so many delicious recipes in here! I'm mostly a fan of her Asian inspired dishes. Every recipe has a story to it which I enjoyed reading. She even makes goldfish crackers from scratch.







Giada's Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita
by Giada De Laurentiis

Giada, now divorced and a single mom, with a restaurant in Las Vegas, moved to Italy to shoot two seasons of her cooking show. I saw her in person at a traveling cooking show when she came to town a few years ago. This book was inspired by her time in Italy gives these Italian dishes a lighter and healthier touch. She was born in Italy but grew up in the US, and said that going back home helped her to reconnect with her Italian roots. I loved reading the intro to the book that explained her love of Italian foods. While most of this book is meat based, I found a handful of pasta dishes that I enjoyed making. She also uses exotic pasta shapes like Creste Di Gallo and long fusilli that I had to buy! She has one dish that cooks the pasta in an entire bottle of Chianti which I tried. She also includes recipes for an aperol spritz slushee and chianti gelato. Her signature recipe is Lemon Spaghetti. With all the rich dishes in her book I was curious how she stays in shape and read that she gets up at 5:30am, eats lots of small plates during the day of fresh, unprocessed food, does yoga and takes 20 different pills from her acupuncturist. She has 9 cookbooks and some children's books. Her daughter is named Jade, Giada is Italian for Jade. You can catch her on the Today show often.



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Most Popular Posts of 2018


This year I've been in a creative rut as I only posted 40 blog posts as opposed to over 100 in previous years. Sometimes writing comes really easily and other times it doesn't. This year I've focused more on Instagram, posting daily and increasing my photo quality. When I started this blog in 2013 I used it as a place to share things I loved and cool ideas, now it's become my online digital diary that I refer back to all the time to find recipes. This year my travel posts were the most popular and I always smile every time I get an email from pinterest saying someone has saved one of my posts. Here's a roundup of my top 10 posts this year by view count.  If you enjoy reading my blog make sure you follow me (and all your other favorite blogs) on bloglovin where you get a daily email in your inbox with a round up of new posts.

Best Black Friday Deals!


Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best shopping deals of the year and some stores even started their sales early this week. Also check out hotel websites, hotels offer deals for the whole year! I made the mistake of booking travel for Friday so I will be doing all my shopping on my phone. Here's some deals from my favorite stores.

Sephora 20% off starts today!


For VIB members, from Nov 9 through the 12th the whole store for 20% off, use code VIBBONUS.  You can go into Sephora and ask for a sample of anything to take home to try before you buy. Last month my sephora account was hacked, I happened to see an email just as it came in from Sephora telling me that my email on my account was changed. I immediately called them and found out someone placed an order with all my points! Thankfully I  caught that in time and they cancelled the order. Anyway I find I don't buy much makeup these days, I'm more of a skincare junkie and here are the items I have on my wish list. 

5 Fall Fashion Trends


Today I'm sharing 5 Fall Fashion trends you need to add to your wardrobe. All of these are in neutral colors so they can be mixed and matched. If you're trying to create a more fashionable look this fall, make sure you get everything on this list.

Celeb Halloween Costumes

This year I went to a three Day of the Dead celebrations with friends. It's been on my bucket list for awhile to travel to Mexico for this celebration. Every year I post fun celebrity Halloween costumes on my blog, and also here are some my previous costumes and also here.


Fall Palette



It's officially pumpkin patch season so I'm embracing my basic, fall obsessed vibes and checking off fall bucket list items. On Saturday I went to a pumpkin patch and had so much fun sippin' apple cider, exploring the pumpkin patch and eating apple cider donuts.  I found the cutest pumpkin in the patch that matched my sweater! Afterwards we went to a winery and did a wine tasting. I had the perfect fall day doing one of my favorite fall activities. When I got home I knew it was time to cook everything with pumpkin

No Bake Protein Energy Balls


I’ve been making a batch of these energy balls every week for months now. It’s a great healthy snack to keep on hand to tie you over between meals or after meals when you want something sweet. These balls are loaded with healthy fats from the walnuts and coconut and naturally sweet from the dates and honey.  I’m addicted to these delicious energy balls!

The Best Instagram Spots in Philly



There’s more to see in Philadelphia than the Liberty Bell and the Rocky Steps. This historic city has many other photographic sites to see that I want to share with you. I took Megabus to Philly up just for the day and used uber to get  around which proved a little tricky since PA doesn’t require cars to have front license plates.  I went to Philly once in elementary school on a school trip but don’t remember any of it so it felt like exploring an all new city. The City of Brotherly love has a pretty incredible art scene from street murals to museums.  My goal for this trip was to get off the beaten track a little bit and get those insta worth shots!

Fall Bucket List


Happy 1st Day of Fall! After a hot and humid summer, then  the non-stop hurricane rain in September, I'm so glad that's over and am ready for fall. Over the weekend I started switching my closet around pulling out a donate pile, and moving the summer clothes to the back of the closet.  I know a lot of you are waiting for your first Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks! Since I'm not a coffee drinker I will be joining the pumpkin party by making some  pumpkin flavored foods. Also looking forward to my fall line of shows: Manifest, FBI, Seal Team, Will & Grace, Modern Family and new Dateline episodes. 

Here's my fall bucketlist:

Pale Pink for Nails


I love pale pink nail polish in the summertime, it's my all time favorite as I think it looks so pretty with my tan skin. If I only had to wear one color for the rest of my life it would be pale pink. But it's so hard to find the right shade that is also opaque. I couple years ago I posted my favorite summer nail colors, but I'm over those colors and threw the bottles away as they were almost empty. So I tried out some new colors to see what could be my new holy grail pink.

Surprise Sephora Sale!


I thought I had to wait until November for their next sale but Sephora surprised us by having a sale now! I already had my wishlist ready and since the sale is upon us now I'm ecstatic to get everything so soon! Here are some new products I want to try and some classics.

Kombucha




Have you heard of Kombucha? It's fermented beverage made from black tea and sugar that becomes a probiotic. It’s been consumed in China for over 2000 years. It supports a healthy gut even if you don’t have stomach issues. It boosts your immune system with antioxidants and gives you energy.

It tastes fizzy, sour and sweet, it’s like a healthy soda. The beneficial bacteria help with nutrient absorption, digestion, and aids the detox process. Kombucha helps with energy production, cell regeneration, stabilizes blood sugar, and replenishes good bacteria in your stomach.

Camouflage Workout Clothes




I updated the look of my blog, let me know what you think!

Camo print is always on trend and I'm sharing clothes from four stores that have it. Seeing this darker color in stores also means that the fall line is out, so summer will be over soon. I think these olive green pants pair great with a pink tank!  I had my eye on the zumba leggings which are from their new collection but sold out so quick, so I linked to a similar pair. Thus, I ended up getting the Athleta leggings which I love! They're mid-rise and suck everything in for you! They're perfect for running.

6 Off the beaten path places to visit in Portugal


Portugal has some of the most beautiful towns as it has hundreds of years of history with influences from the Moors. Expect to see cobblestone streets in every town, tons of castles and forts across the country, colorful tiles on building facades and scenic coastlines and rock formations. The people are very friendly and many people speak English. The cuisine is seafood based, but I enjoyed the wonderful pastries and Portuguese wine. The wine there was very cheap, $2 for a bottle in a grocery store and $2 for a glass in restaurants. Portugal is famous for its Port wine but also has several other varieties such as Vinho Verde which you can find here in Trader Joe’s.

Why You Should Visit Coimbra, Portugal


The 6th largest city in Portugal, half way between Lisbon and Porto has one of the world’s oldest universities, a UNESCO World Heritage University, established in 1290. It’s a colorful, hilly, riverside city that was the first capital of Portugal.

The Renwick’s ‘Burning Man’ Exhibit




Since the Renwick Gallery reopened in 2015, it has made itself the museum to see for instagrammable pictures and by doing so with such amazing exhibits their visitor numbers have skyrocketed! Don’t expect any paintings on the wall, this place has very interesting art exhibits that attract people who otherwise aren’t interested in art. The museum is always crowded! I love visiting to see their impressive art exhibits.

Tropical Mango Smoothie


This refreshing tropical smoothie has been on frequent rotation for me this summer. It’s sweet, delicious and refreshing! This is the type of drink you’d have poolside as it's a perfect pick you up on a hot day. I make it in the morning and take with me to work to have later as a snack.  

Summer Skincare Routine



I wanted to share my current skincare routine with you since it’s been awhile since I’ve done so.  I’m outside a lot as I take a lunchtime walk every day in the heat and the humid weather has been wrecking havoc on my skin.  When the temperature rises, you should adjust your skin care routine a bit. I did a re-evaluation of everything I’m using to get the best results. I see skincare as a major investment, as your face is the first thing people see. But one of my goals has also been to try using more products that are less expensive so you'll see a mix of things here.

What I've Read Lately


I wanted to share some books that I've read lately that I think you might enjoy as well. The photo above is from the coolest bookstore in Lisbon - Ler Devagar. I'm an avid Dateline watcher and in the same token I also enjoy murder mystery books. 

The Benefits of Face Oils


There’s been a buzz around face oils for the past few years as the new secret weapon in skincare. It will not make your face break out, instead your skin will look better. Applying oil to oily or acne skin helps to break up the oil by reducing the skin’s own production of oil thus reducing blemishes. So the right oil can help balance out oily skin If your skin is oily because of overproduction of oil, then adding oil topically to your skin mimics natural occurring oil so your skin will stop producing as much.

36 Hours in New York City



I went to college in New York City so it’s my second home. I love doing weekend trips there once a year or so. Here’s how to get the most out of a quick trip to New York.

Porto City Guide



Porto is a beautiful city with old world charm. While Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, the second biggest city is Porto in the north located along the Douro River. For size comparison Portugal is about the same size as Pennsylvania. Porto is half the size in area and population as Lisbon. Both cities have their similarities as both have close access to beaches and both are very hilly cities like San Francisco.  I flew into Porto first and I’m glad I did as it made me appreciate Porto first, saving the biggest city for last. I didn’t feel Porto was overrun with tourists, while in Lisbon there were Americans everywhere due to the cruise ship port. Porto is a UNESCO world heritage city for its iconic azulejos (tiled) buildings, windy cobblestoned streets, historic churches, and terracotta rooftops. I visited at the very end of May and it was only 60 degrees and rainy so my pace was a bit slower than usual. But everywhere I looked people still hung their laundry outside their windows.

Top 10 Things to do in Lisbon


Lisbon is considered the San Francisco of Europe because it’s a city of seven hills, trolleys and its 25 de Abril Bridge which resembles the Golden Gate bridge. In Lisbon you’ll find gorgeous tiled buildings in colorful neighborhoods, delicious food, and some of the nicest people I’ve met on my travels. Did you know Madonna lives there now? Portugal is one of the more affordable countries in Europe, English is widely spoken, and  you can get free WiFi in restaurants. There’s a lot of things to love about this city, and many things I never got to, but I’ll show you some of my top picks for visiting Lisbon. This was my second time visiting Lisbon and I can’t wait to go back! The best time to visit is in June as they have so many festivals that month including St. Anthony on June 12-13th where everyone parties in the street until the sun comes up.

Pink Activewear


I've been obsessed with finding light pink workout clothes for years and only now are stores really starting to carry it so I couldn't be more excited! It's been especially it's been hard to find sneakers in light pink. Here's some pieces to deck you out from head to toe in pink.

Travel Accessories

I just got back from two weeks in Portugal and I wanted to share some of my must have travel accessories.


Packing Cubes  They help compress your clothing so you can fit more in your suitcase and keep you organized so you can find everything. It keeps your shoes separate so the dirty bottoms aren't touching everything else. The TSA can feel the outside that only soft clothing is inside so they may not pick everything apart. I really like these fabric grey ones because they look stylish.

Money belt The best way to keep your money and passport secure when you travel.

Jewelry organizer This 9x5 zipper pouch has various compartments for stud earring and a ring bar to keep your jewelry separate during travel.

Slim packing cube  This small cube is only 2.5 x 14 x 5 inches and is perfect to keep my undergarments separate and easy to find.

Travel scarf A great alternative to the money belt to keep your iphone on you when you fly so you don't have to keep a purse on your seat.

Portable iphone charger This charges my phone really fast and can charge it 2-3 times before you need to charge the charger. I had another one in the past but it wasn't as powerful as this one.

Cord organizer If you're like me you travel with multiple charging cords that are hard to keep track of.  This pouch has 5 inner compartments which make it easy to keep everything in one place.

Steamer This steamer is my holy grail and I am on my second one. I use it both at home to steam clothes and when I travel. It's so quick and easy to use! I can't remember the last time I ironed something.

Luggage tag On my last trip the luggage tag came off my bag in transit so I had to get a new and got this cute tag to match my pink suitcase.

What I want to buy next is an anti-theft purse but can't decide on a model. Everyone keeps recommending a Travelon bag which are made with all these security features to protect against pick pockets. I just can't decide on a model but obviously it will be purple. I'm leaning towards the small phone pouch one which is only  5 x 2 x 6.75, I just need to find out if it will fit my iphone 8 plus.






5 Activities to do in the Algarve


Scrolling through my feed on Instagram seems like Portugal is the place to go this year! The coastline of southern Portugal, known as the Algarve which means West in Arabic, has endless sandy beaches and is the perfect place to go for a sun-soaked holiday in Europe. There you’ll find breathtaking cliffs, castles, churches, palm trees, charming small towns and delicious cheap wine. I just got back from a 2- week trip to Portugal, my second time there. After seeing all the major cities, I took the train down to the Algarve to spend 3 days there, taking it slow to soak up all it had to offer. Here’s my list of top things to do in the Algarve.

Trader Joe's Beauty Products



I know everyone is shopping the Sephora sale this weekend and I got my order in too, but I'm starting to be over paying $90 for a 1 oz product. Trader Joe's has started selling some amazing affordable beauty products. Here's what you can find on their shelves lately.

Cruise Packing Tips


I just got back from my 9th cruise so I've compiled a helpful packing list.

5 TV Shows to Binge Watch




Orphan Black
I'm hooked on this series! There's 5 seasons that aired from 2013-2017. When Sarah witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her, she assumes the deceased's identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. Soon, she finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy. It's filmed in Toronto. Every season is a completely new story line and plot twist. 
Homeland  - Season 7 is airing right now on Sundays on Showtime, but I'm a season behind since I have to watch it on Netflix. It's a fantastic gripping drama, so much so that Claire Danes has won both Golden Globes and Emmys twice for her performance on the show which is highly deserved! Every episode is full of twists and surprises that it keeps me on the edge of my seat in suspense. I can't recommend it enough, you'll love it!

Here's the synopsis:
Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes) is a CIA operations officer on probation after carrying out an unauthorized operation in Iraq. As a result, she has been reassigned to the Counter terrorism center. While in Iraq, she was warned that an American prisoner had been turned by Al-Qaeda. When Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Sergeant, is rescued after being held hostage since 2003, she suspects that he is the turned American prisoner. Brody is received home as a war hero, so Carrie goes to any lengths possible, ignoring protocol, to catch him out. And that's just season 1, each season is in a new location with new cast members added and subtracted.


Big Little Lies
Based on a book set in Australia, the book follows the stories of 5 moms whose kids all attend kindergarten together. I read the book first and kept the characters apart by remembering who played them in the HBO miniseries: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz. The book begins by alluding to a murder that takes place at the end of the book, but you have to finish the book to find out who! The book has humor, mom rivalry, and vivid characters. The TV show takes place in tiny Monterey, CA and doesn't have as much detail as the book so I recommend reading the book first. Despite originally being billed as a miniseries, HBO renewed the series for a second season which will air next year. 



Will & Grace
Will & Grace has returned to the air after a 11 year hiatus! Best friends Will and Grace are roommates while both looking for Mr. Right. They have the most entertaining sidekicks - cocktail swirling Karen and her flamboyant boy toy Jack. This Emmy winning show is one of the funniest sitcoms on TV.  You can catch it Thursdays at 9pm on NBC or you can watch it for free online. It had eight seasons in the past, now on it's new run it's just been renewed for a third season! So you might want to catch up on all the old seasons for a good laugh.




Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy, aka SAMCRO, is a motorcycle club that operates both illegal and legal businesses in the small town of Charming, CA. They combine gun-running and a garage, plus involvement in porn films. Clay, the president, likes it old school and violent; while Jax, his stepson and the club's VP, has thoughts about changing the way things are, based on his dead father's journal. Their conflict has effects on both the club and their personal relationships. Starring Charlie Hunnam and Kathy Sagal, you have 7 seasons to watch! It's one of the best shows I've seen in a long time. 

What's New on Netflix 2018


After watching the Golden Globes and Oscars you probably have a long list of movies you need to see. Here's a round up of 28 new films that you can find on netflix now. Did you know netflix is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year?

The Library of Congress





The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world and the main research center for Congress. The U.S. Copyright Office is also located in the library.  Founded in 1800, the library has millions of books, maps, manuscripts, photographs, films, drawings and 800 miles of bookshelves. Half of the library’s book collections are in foreign languages. The books are shelved in three buildings. The manuscript division holds papers from 23 Presidents. They have the Gutenberg Bible, one of the rarest books in the world. The library also collects documentation on  American Indian music and spoken word. It’s free to visit and use and a great resource for scholars and researchers. Since it's a research library, the books are only allowed to be used on the premises. Anyone over the age of 16 may use the collections, you just have to get a free reader card with your photo on it. 

When I was a kid my mother used to always take me to the Library of Congress to study as we lived nearby and I haven't been back in many years. On my recent visit to the Thomas Jefferson Building, the highlight was the Great Hall which is 75 feet tall made of a marble floor and has a stained glass ceiling. It's a beautiful building with marble columns, staircases, mosaics and paintings. The building was full of tourists, many taking the free guided tours offered several times a day. 

Some of the most historic items in the Library's collection are on display in the halls of the Thomas Jefferson Building. You can see the "original rough draft" of the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln's First Inaugural Address,  handwritten speeches from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, oral accounts from 9/11 First Responders and an Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible which measures 2 x 3 feet when open with 160 illuminations. Alexander Hamilton's papers are available online. 

President Jefferson signed into law legislation to establish a permanent building for the Library of Congress and also a permanent Librarian of Congress was appointed to oversee the Library. Two years ago Carla Hayden, became both the first female and first black person to hold the position of Librarian of Congress.

The Jefferson Building has a coat check and lockers to keep your bags. They also have wifi. The Library buildings are fully accessible and wheelchairs are provided at the Jefferson Building ground floor information desk. 


Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20540
Monday - Saturday 
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Spring Cleaning Your Closet


Even though the weather is still really cold, spring is on the way as evident by the blooming magnolia and cherry blossom trees. Spring is the perfect time to really clean out your closet. This has been something I've been wanting to do for a long time but absolutely dreading it. But I have so many clothes I need to toss that I don't wear anymore. One of my new years resolutions was to have a tranquil home. My goal for my home is to be light and airy and not overflowing. I want to be able to find what I'm looking for and have my home always be company ready. I think this will help me live a calmer life. I'm relying on the lessons I learned in Marie Kondo's books on decluttering.

Rule #1 for Kondo is to not waste money on organizational solutions. The most important principle of the book is that you must purge before your organize. She frowns on the idea of buying organizing bins because that only encourages you to store more unnecessary things. So I pulled out the storage bags I had under my bed and emptied out the clothes that I have been storing but haven't worn in years and have no plans to wear again!

Then I attacked my bathroom cabinet and dumped out the storage bins that have a tons of makeup samples and half used products that I will never use again. I filled a whole grocery bag with that stuff! Next up I emptied the junk drawer in my kitchen, that was such an easy, doable task. And then I tackled my entryway with my collection of free tote bags. You know they all seem so useful, but I don't need 50, right? Then I cleared off the kitchen counters of paper clutter. With the easy stuff out of the way, I felt a bit accomplished and ready to do the hard work in the closet.

Reduce the Amount of Clothes You Own
Kondo says to not  keep something just because it might become useful and to be confident in your decision to throw things out. Kondo recommends you do a "joy check" on your clothes, put them on and ask yourself will you really wear them again. If no, thank the clothes for the wonderful memories they gave you. My next steps was to discard old coats, my high school prom dress, and college sorority gowns.  I got rid of all of my birthday dresses because those were one time occasion dresses no matter how sentimental.  I got rid of  most of my cheap necklaces. Then I took every shirt out, tried it on, and decided what to toss.

I've had some luck selling clothes on Tradesy but decided it was just easier to bag everything to donate. I requested a donation bag from Thredup which is an online consignment store. They send you a huge plastic bag that you can fill with clothes. It has a pre-paid printed FedEx label on it.
They will either sell it on their site, taking the photos for you or donate it to the charity of your choice. It's super easy and simple!

My activewear collection has gotten a little out of control and spilling out of my drawer. I seem to tire of things quickly and always buying more yet never getting rid of anything. That's one of the most popular things ThredUp sells so I threw a bunch in my donation bag.

Previously I tossed all my old electronics. What I haven't tossed yet: old purses, books, cds, free t-shirts, "painting clothes", and old costumes. I'll save that for my next clean out session. I found how easy  it can be to tackle one small task in the name of a better home. As everything I accomplished here I did on a Sunday afternoon. I've set up a system to help me not end up with an overflowing closet again. I've cut back on my clothes spending and set a policy of tossing one article of clothing for every new one I buy. I still use the stylebook app religiously to see what is in my closet. It tracks what dates I've worn what clothing so I know what hasn't been worn in awhile.

At the end of the day you have to realize that you don’t need all of this stuff. It won’t make you happier. And your home should not make you feel overwhelmed or stressed.

Visit to the Portrait Gallery


With all the rainy weekends we had last month I found a lot of indoor activities to keep me busy. You might have seen on the news that the Obama's official portraits were unveiled and now on display at the Portrait Gallery.  On the second floor of the museum is the "America's Presidents" exhibition which just reopened last fall with portrait paintings of all the Presidents. The line was so long to see Obama's portrait they had to move his portrait to the third floor. The line is to have your picture taken with his portrait, but if you don't want that, you can do a quick walk by picture like I did. The guards don't allow you to stop! lol There's a separate line for Michelle's portrait on the first level.



The Obamas' selected two African-American artists to paint their portrait. Michelle's portrait was painted by Amy Sherald who is a portrait artist who only paints African-Americans in paintings that address social justice. President Obama's painting is by Kehinde Wiley who has a similar background to Obama. Wiley was born to an American mother and Nigerian father and he did meet his father until he was an adult. He is a portrait painter who is known for his highly naturalistic paintings of African-Americans. The floral background is full of chrysanthe­mums the official flower of Chicago, jasmine from Hawaii, and the African blue lilies are for his late Kenyan father.




Also on exhibit through April 15, 2018, is the Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image. It's a photography exhibition celebrating the life and unconventional fashion of the German film icon.


My favorite long time exhibit is the Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, by Nam June Paik. It consists of  300 TV screens outlined by neon lights where the TVs in each state show clips from that state such as the Wizard of Oz and Martin Luther King. The pic below is from last year.


The museum has lots of interesting events. Last fall they had a Day of the Dead celebration with traditional Mexican dance and food. Last month they had events for the Chinese New Year celebration. Admission to the museum is free as are their events.


National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets NW (G street entrance has a handicap ramp, the other side of the building has a lot of steps)
Washington, DC 20001
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM daily
Closed December 25
There are free lockers to keep your coat. Backpacks are not allowed to be worn.