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Yoga at Tranquil Space & Dinner at Cafe Green

Last night, I went to my very first D.C. yoga studio! I had plans to meet the lovely Gena for dinner at 7 — she came on gchat around 4:30 and asked if we could meet a little earlier since she wanted to go to a yoga class right nearby that let out at 6:30. Even better — I’ll just join you for the yoga class, too! 30 minutes later I was downtown. Spontaneity is the spice of life :)

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When I lived here, I used to take yoga classes at my Gold’s Gym — they were included for free in the membership and I really liked the instructors, so I never ended up exploring any of the many D.C. yoga studios! I was excited to try one last night :) We went to Tranquil Space in Dupont Circle area (17th & R) for their 5:30 “On the Go” one hour yoga flow class.

I liked the environment in the studio — when you walk in, there’s a nice area with a little yoga clothing/accessory shop, tea and cookies, and they have 3 different studios — crazy! The one we were in was on the smaller side, but it had a nice skylight, and this text on the wall:

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It was a good class — nice flow and worked up a decent sweat, too. I didn’t love the instructor as much as the ones at my studio in Chapel Hill, but I still enjoyed it, and I liked that she came around to gently help us move deeper into the poses.

The only thing that was super lame about the studio? There’s no “first class free” type offer for people that want to try the studio for the first time. Drop in classes are $14 (yikes), or $11 for students/”starving artists.” It drives me crazy how expensive yoga studios are!

After yoga, Gena and I were starving and quickly changed and hightailed it over to Cafe Green, right down the street, for dinner!

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I love how the building is actually green — beautiful ivy, too! Cafe Green is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant; I’ve only been here once before with my friend Ashley and was excited to try it again.

I started with a glass of the “Live Green Organic Live Juice” — apparently they really wanted to drive the point across that it’s live, lol.

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It included kale, spinach, apple, banana, and lemon juice. Yum! Very refreshing after a sweaty yoga class. My favorite juices always include beets and ginger, though ;)

Next up — Gena and I shared a raw pizza appetizer!

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I love ordering things at restaurants that I’m too intimidated to make at home — and this was definitely in that category! The crust was made from sunflower, flax, and quinoa, topped with cashew cheese, roma tomato spread, fresh guacamole, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and basil! This was really delicious — I loved the healthy, hearty crust and the flavors went really well together, too. Who knew you could make raw pizza?! Maybe someday I’ll try to recreate this at home. :)

Gena approved, too!

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For my entree, I ordered the “Yellow Curry Road to Bali” — aka yellow daal, potato, bell peppers, green beans, carrots, and basil sautéed in a yellow coconut curry sauce over brown rice. I also added some tempeh, because I heart it.

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This was good but not amazing — Thai places do curry better, let’s be honest ;) It was very satisfying, though, and I left with half as leftovers.

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Miss Gena had the massaged Mango Kale salad:

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Don’t worry, I tried some and it was delicious. Mango + kale = yum.

And for her main dish, the Raw Spaghetti Marinara!

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Doesn’t it look like normal spaghetti?! It was actually raw zucchini in the shape of noodles. Very sneaky. I also had a bite of this and liked it — though I like anything smothered in tomato sauce :)

Such a fun night. Not only was the food good, but I had wonderful company, too. I <3 Gena and it was great to catch up! We basically talked nonstop for 2 hours — one of those dinners where the waitress comes over to take your check and you realize you didn’t even pick it up yet, hehe.

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Gena wants to introduce me to another one of her favorite D.C. yoga studios next week — I’m excited! I’ll share a full report, of course :)

I’m heading back into downtown D.C. this morning for a fun photo adventure with Matt! He bought a Groupon for us awhile ago for a walking photography class “safari” — it should be really fun :) Here’s hoping the rain holds off!

Have a good one, friends!

Comments

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    What a coincidence – I went on an exploratory run around my neighborhood and ran right past Cafe Green. I even thought, “Hey, I should check that out sometime soon!” Glad to hear the rave review.

    I love this review of a local DC yoga studio and I’m excited to read what you think about the one you try next week. I’m in the process of trying out a couple different studios to see which one will become “home.” There are a couple I really like, but the expensive pricing is such a deterrent from signing up for a full plan. I find it sad given what the practice of yoga is all about…

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    What a great sounding night out! And I’m with you on yoga studios. Why are they so dang expensive?!

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    Anne — that sounds like the perfect evening!! I pay $14 a class at my ‘home studio’, which is expensive. But, I like to think of it as an investment in my health and that helps me justify the cost :) On a random note: all lululemon stores offer a free class each week, so if anyone lives near one, they should give it a try. More info here: http://www.lululemon.com/giftofyoga

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    Cool menu! Kudos to eating healthy :-)

    Looks like a fun night…
    I HEART fun!!!

    And totally agree “Sponateity is the spice of Life!” ;-)

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    I loooove Cafe Green! I live around the corner and it has become my go-to restaurant.

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    I’ve been dying to go to Cafe Green! Thanks for your review! I went to their sister restaurant, Java Green, last week and it was pretty good, but it looks like the cafe has much better options. Also if you’re looking for a good yoga studio to try in DC you HAVE to go to Stroga – http://www.stroga.com. The ballroom that the classes are in is GORGEOUS and such a wonderful, peaceful place.

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    Looks like a great meal :)

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    Down Dog Georgetown is my all-time favorite studio- my fave in DC, yes, but also my favorite studio I’ve been to. I think it is because I credit it for making me love yoga while I was a student at Georgetown, and also because the teachers are great. Monday and Wed 6pm are the best classes– Patti, the owner, teaches these and kicks your booty each and every time. The only downside is that classes fill up fast so you have to get there early!

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    AWww, how fun! Gena seems like a doll. Glad you had a chance to meet up.

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    Looks like a fun night! I actually go to Gold’s Gym out in southern CA and am working on getting my behind to a yoga class/week. Hopefully the instructors out here are as good as the ones you had in DC!

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    So much fun, an evening yoga class before dinner. I love it when they put inspirational quotes on the wall. It allows me to check in when I’m struggling either physically or emotionally.

    I can’t believe they didn’t give you discounted/free class for your first visit. I really like that courtesy class. Our classes are expensive too, $18/class is the standard price!

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    I just found out that the World Gym in my area give seniors a terrific discount. The only thing is, I don’t want to exercise around a bunch of sweaty stinky men. Haha
    I sure do wish we had healthy restaurants in our area, but they don’t. Someone would really do well in that business here. Have a great time on your vacation.

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    Missing everything about Dupont right now!! I love this little date-night of yours, and am making a mental note to check out this Tranquil Space next time I’m in DC :)

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    I love the sound of that pizza! how cool :) my sister always raving about raw food, I really want to try more recipes with it!

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    Hey Anne,

    I just had my first experiment in raw food and I made zucchini pasta with yellow pepper marinara. I don’t have a spiraler, so it didn’t look as much like pasta. We julienned it instead. It turned out really well. I was surprised at how much I liked it and how well the flavors mixed together without being heated.

    Sorry for the self-plug but if you want the recipe I used: http://katietriestocook.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/an-experiment-in-raw-food/
    Let me know if you end up trying it.

    I love the idea of raw pizza too.

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    What a fun day!

    And I agree, that ordering unique foods at restaurant that don’t often get made at home is the way to go. Your meal looks fabulous! :D

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    My sister went to Tranquil Space when she lived in DC! I’ve taken a class at the one in Bethesda and I really liked it :)

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    Hi Anne! You were in my neighborhood last night! I live less than a block from Cafe Green, and love stopping by for their delicious salads. (You’re right–the massaged kale is SO good!) :) How much longer will you be in DC?

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    Jen Robinson says:

    I SO want to try making zucchini noodles- I don’t have the fancy gadget that spins them out but I did buy a julienne peeler that I think will suffice. Wish me luck :)

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    Sounds like a wonderful evening for two outstanding people. I have a spiralizer and the photos of Gena’s “spaghetti” have inspired me to finally try it out. All that fresh garden zucchini – gotta find something to do with it.

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    I really wish I could be quiet enough for yogs. I am just sooooo hmmmm expressive? chatty? ADHD? But I lovvvve to stretch. I wish there was a yoga class for people who can’t shut up.

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    Loved our meal so much! And love that our conversation always takes on an easy, endless rhythm of its own. Cannot wait to bring you to DDY!

    xoxo

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