Frequently Asked Questions
What are your favorite products for running/fitness and cooking/kitchens?
- I have a special page dedicated to that! Check it out: favorite products page.
I want to become a Registered Dietitian, but I have an unrelated bachelors degree like you and will need to start from scratch. Help! Where do I start?
- Check out my page all about How to Become a Registered Dietitian. It explains the process, step-by-step, and is especially helpful if you’re applying coming from an unrelated field.
What kind of camera and lenses do you have?
- I have a DSLR — the Canon Rebel T3i. I have the standard lens that came with the camera, which is great for travel and everyday pictures, and I also have a macro lens — the 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. It’s amazing for super close up food photography, and is what I usually use anytime I post a recipe or a meal we made at home.
- I also have a point-and-shoot camera that I bring with me on runs, bike rides, etc., and sometimes when I travel, too. It’s awesome, very durable, and takes great photos, even in low lighting: Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera.
- Finally, I also have a waterproof camera: the Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera! It’s great for mud runs and anything active involving water, like kayaking!
Speaking of cameras — do you have any tips for taking better pictures?
Ask and you shall receive! Back in 2010, I wrote a post about how to take better photos using a point and shoot. For more help (including details for cell phone cameras, point and shoots, and DSLRs), check out the series of guest posts below!
What are your favorite restaurants in the Washington D.C. area?
- In D.C.:
- Restaurant Nora (Dupont – upscale American / organic, local)
- Lincoln DC (Logan Circle – trendy/fun seasonal small plates, great cocktails)
- Farmers Fishers Bakers (Georgetown – epic brunch)
- Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (Dupont — American food & a hipster bar/bookstore)
- Birch & Barley (14th Street – upscale American & great beer/bar)
- 2 Amy’s (Cleveland Park – pizza)
- Pizzeria Paradiso (Multiple locations – pizza)
- Zaytinya (Metro Center – upscale Mediterranean)
- Rasika (Multiple locations – trendy Indian)
- DC Coast (Midtown – upscale seafood)
- Sea Catch (Georgetown – upscale seafood)
- Sweetgreen (Multiple locations – casual lunch spot, salads, best frozen yogurt ever, vegan/veg friendly)
- Teaism (Multiple locations – casual tea shop & cafe, vegan/veg friendly)
- Protein Bar (Multiple locations – casual healthy lunch spot, vegan/veg friendly)
- In VA:
- Aladdin’s Eatery (Shirlington, casual Lebanese)
- Sawatdee (Courthouse, Thai food — the summer rolls are the BEST)
- Faccia Luna (Clarendon, pizza/Italian)
- Cava Mezze (Clarendon, upscale Greek tapas)
- Koi Koi (Falls Church, sushi)
- Boulevard Woodgrill (Clarendon, American food)
- Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant (Falls Church, vegetarian/vegan)
- Northside Social (Clarendon, wine bar & cafe)
- Liberty Tavern (Clarendon, bar/restaurant, American food)
- Lyon Hall (Clarendon, bar/restaurant, American food)
What are your favorite running/biking/hiking trails in the Washington D.C. area?
- My favorites for running and biking are the C&O Canal (stretches from Georgetown up to MD — check out my “Ode to the C&O Canal” post here) and the Mt. Vernon Trail (along the Potomac River on the VA side from Mt. Vernon up to Roosevelt Island).
- For hiking near DC, I love the Billy Goat Trail (the MD side of Great Falls Park — we hiked it for Matt’s birthday one year).
- If you’re willing to go a bit farther for hiking, Shenandoah National Park is my absolute favorite and only a couple hours drive from DC. Favorite trails to hike in Shenandoah are Old Rag Mountain (very strenuous 5 to 6 hour hike with lots of rock scrambling but super fun and gorgeous views – and we got engaged there!) and White Oak Canyon Trail (about 4 hours hiking — lots of fun waterfalls — check out this post for more).
- Another great hike about 2 hours from D.C. in Luray, VA is a loop that includes Duncan Knob and Strickler Knob (strenuous and about 10 miles/7 hours — see my post about it here!)
What’s your favorite yoga studio in the D.C. area?
- In D.C., I love Epic Yoga and Studio DC in Dupont Circle – both have a good mix of hot and non-heated classes for all levels of fitness. In Adams Morgan, Stroga is a great studio with a gorgeous space (the yoga room is literally a ballroom) – it’s not heated and the classes also vary in difficulty.
- In Arlington, I love Edge Yoga – try Mark’s classes for really hard yoga that’s great for athletes.
Any recommendations for what to do while visiting DC?
My recommendation would be to walk around the whole city and sightsee! DC is very walkable. Here are some of my favorite DC-related sightseeing/photography posts to give you some ideas:
- Washington Photo Safari
- Photo Journey of a Beautiful Weekend in D.C.
- D.C. Victory Lap
- I = Best D.C. Tour Guide Ever
- A Beautiful Weekend to be in D.C.
- Biking the Potomac
- A Beautiful Day to be Free
What are your favorite restaurants in the Chapel Hill, NC area?
- Weaver Street Market (Carrboro co-op grocery store with a salad bar/hot bar — like Whole Foods — great for lunch or a quick healthy dinner)
- Sandwhich (Chapel Hill, best sandwich place ever & wine/beer — review post here, and here)
- Elaine’s on Franklin (Chapel Hill, upscale/trendy American — this place is a bit pricey, but insanely delicious. Highly recommended!)
- Mt Fuji (Durham, Asian/sushi)
- Maple View Farm (Hillsborough — the best ice cream on earth. Go to their country store and sit in the rocking chairs!)
- Guglhupf Bakery (Durham, bakery & cafe — great brunch as well as dinner — review post here, and here)
- Butternut Squash (Chapel Hill, vegetarian/vegan — review post here)
- Foster’s Market (Chapel Hill & Durham, coffee shop & cafe — awesome biscuits — review post here)
- Jessee’s Coffee & Bar (Chapel Hill, coffee shop & cafe — great brunch — review post here)
- Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe (Chapel Hill, Indian, local/organic/vegetarian friendly — review post here)
- The Spotted Dog (Carrboro, American, vegetarian/vegan friendly — review post here)
- Il Palio (Chapel Hill, in the Siena Hotel, upscale Italian. Matt and I went here for Valentine’s Day!)
- Mellow Mushroom (Durham, sandwiches/pizza)
What are your favorite running/biking/hiking trails in the Chapel Hill area?
- For running, I love the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, and the Carolina North Forest (also great for mountain biking).
- For biking, I love parking at Maple View Farm (hello, after bike ride ice cream treat!) and taking bike rides from there on the roads around farm country. If biking on roads isn’t your thing, I wouldn’t bike here, but traffic is generally very light and cars are pretty aware of bikers since it’s a popular area to bike.
- For hiking, I love Eno River State Park (posts about it here and here) and the New Hope Trail (post about it here).
What’s your favorite yoga studio in Chapel Hill?
- Franklin Street Yoga – I miss it so much! Lori, the owner, leads awesome and hard classes, but they have classes for all levels and you really can’t go wrong.
Why are you so awesome?
- Juuuuuust kidding.