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Down Dog Yoga & Dinner at Great Sage

Good morning! It’s a beautiful one here in D.C. — cooler and breezy, with lots of sunshine. My favorite :)

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I started my morning bright and early with an hour long hot vinyasa flow yoga class at Down Dog Yoga in Georgetown with Gena! Remember when we went to Tranquil Space in Dupont last week? This is her other favorite yoga studio in the area, so I just had to try it, too :)

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It was cool being in Georgetown so early in the morning. There was basically no traffic (Georgetown is usually a nightmare to drive in) and the only people outside were runners! Weird/awesome!

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I really liked the class. The only hot yoga I’ve done before is bikram, and I definitely preferred vinyasa flow instead — more engaging and nice that it was an hour vs. 1.5 hours, too. That said, I still prefer regular vinyasa yoga over hot vinyasa yoga. I was so sweaty it looked like I had just jumped into a pool, ha. And it was really slippery trying to do some of the poses!

After yoga, Gena rushed off to class, and I decided to savor the fact that I’m still on vacation and (for once) didn’t have anywhere to rush off to. Since it was so gorgeous out, I bought an iced tea and strolled through Georgetown over the Key Bridge.

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Good morning, Washington!

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Hello, pretty Georgetown University!

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What a lovely way to start the day :)

Last night, I had another nice treat — dinner with my high school BFF Jenny at Great Sage in Columbia, MD!

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Great Sage is an entirely vegan restaurant; Jenny is vegetarian and lives in Columbia so it was perfect! Here’s my beautiful date:

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I started with the “super green live juice” — mmm. So obsessed with green juice! It included greens, apple, carrot, and ginger. The ginger added a nice slightly spicy kick — love it!

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We also ordered the Mediterranean hummus plate to share. It was delicious but enormous :) 

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For my entree, I decided to go for the raw tacos! You guys know I love ordering stuff at restaurants that I don’t usually make at home, and this fit the bill. I was so curious to see how they would do raw tacos! 

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The dish was crisp corn and flax seed taco shells filled with seasoned jalapeno-pecan ‘meat’ served with cashew sour ‘cream’, chipotle salsa, guacamole and raw parsnip ‘rice’. SO creative, right?! It was good, too!

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Dear dim lighting: Please stop making my photos not awesome.

I only made it through one of the tacos since they’re so filling (lots of nuts!), but they were really good. I was impressed. The only thing I would have liked better was a normal crunchy taco shell, though ;) The shells were more chewy/pliable vs. crispy.

Jenny ordered the “adult” mac and cheese, which was a baked casserole with rigatoni, sun-dried tomato, pepperoncini, cannellini beans, cauliflower, spinach, basil and white truffle in a creamy vegan sauce. I tried a few bites — SO good. The truffle totally made this dish!

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We were too stuffed for dessert. I guess that’s a good excuse to go back! :)

Thanks for a fun night, Jenny! I <3 you.

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Have a wonderful day, friends!

Do you prefer hot yoga or regular (unheated) yoga?

p.s. If you find yourself on your computer at noon EST today, please join us for our monthly healthy living Attune Foods #Attune chat on Twitter! I’ll be chatting — hope to “see” you there :)

Comments

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    Glad you and my sister had such a great time! I REALLY want to try Great Sage — totally jealous that you got to go! Jenny, next time you’re taking me!

    Can’t wait to see you at HLS next weekend AnnieBananie! You can never escape us Powells. :D

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    carrot sticks, beets, and flavored hummus. My 3 year old would have made himself your best bud.

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    I love that photo of the street, it looks so peaceful and just plain cute :)

    I like hot yoga over regular yoga for sure. But need to commit more time to attending yoga classes in general!

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    Jen Robinson says:

    Thank you SO much for coming up- I had a blast! I

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    georgetown is one of my favorite places to go on vacation, and yoga would totally take it to the next level! I’ll have to try that place next time I go. I agree about hot vinyasa being better than bikram. I hardly even consider bikram yoga. I have had slippery issues too, but when I bring a towel (or two!) to lay over the mat, it helps a whole lot!

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    Anne is tan!

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    i think i prefer regular yoga, but hot every now and then is nice!! love the sound of that green juice – yum!!

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    I prefer unheated yoga. I’ve actually never even attempted to do a hot yoga class but used to have an unheated class in the same room following a hot class and just walking in after the class was over was like a sauna (which usually causes me to pass out, heh)! I figured for my safety and others it was best to avoid… I hope all the hot yoga lovers enjoy but it’s not for me :)

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    Anything with hummus is seriously amazing. Gorgeous pictures too!

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    Ginger makes everything better and I think for veg juices I have had (http://www.liquiteria.com/Pressed_Juices.html) and I am thinking I might try it in a green monster tonight/tomorrow. Spinach ginger, lemon yogurt and raspberry? :)

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    damn girl you are getting tanned!

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    Oh, Anne, that sunrise is spectacular. It is almost a religious experience. Beautiful.
    I wish we had healthy restaurants in our area. I mean, I would be willing to drive 10, 15, 20 miles. Oh well, I will just have to enjoy your experience and pretend I’m there enjoying the same wonderful food. I make myself healthy foods, but my husband told me in no uncertain terms, not to feed him grass. Boo

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    Love the pics of DC! I actually grew up in Ellicott City and have never been to Great Sage but I have heard of it. I’ll have to check it out!

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    Looks like a beautiful morning!

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    That mac and cheese looks amazing.

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    Looks like a great time! cute dress too btw :)

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    Your food looked so yummy! I also like to try out new dishes at restaurants, mainly to see if I can re-create them at home.

    I just tried hot yoga for the first time this week and loved it. It was super sweaty but it was invigorating too. I think I have not liked regular yoga lately because I only take it at the gym and their classes are way to basic/beginner. I will have to try out some new studios and compare now.

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    Wow that food looks amazing!
    That hummus platter! ah! :)

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    Today was a beautiful day in DC!! It made me very happy!

    I love hot yoga. It really helps me focus.

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    Oh my, dinner looks delicious!! Yoga, amazing dinner, and meeting a good friend…sounds like a perfect day.

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    Karin Carmack says:

    I prefer regular yoga. In fact I just ordered two different yoga dvd’s to do at home. They supposedly have 20 min yoga segments. Going to do first thing in the am before the rest of the family wakes up. With limited time I still feel like I need to get a heavier workout in. But my flexibility needs work and I am sore pretty frequently. Need to work on that :-)

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    I too prefer regular yoga.

    Hot yoga can be nice when in the winter, when it’s freezing outside.

    But as a regular practice, it’s not advisable for most people to do hot yoga. From a TCM (Trad. Chinese Med) perspective all the excessive sweating from hot yoga is believed to injure your yin (or body’s fluids), which can begin to create an overall imbalance. This can manifest in many different ways such as night sweating, irritability, insomnia, etc.

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    Down Dog Yoga in Georgetown is FABULOUS! I have missed it so much since I moved back to Massachusetts. If anyone knows a great hot yoga studio in Boston, PLEASE let me know!

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    So great to meet you that beautiful morning in Georgetown! Glad you enjoyed class. Down Dog and Great Sage are two of my favorite things about living here. :)

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