As many of my friends and family know, Alexandria is my happy place. I warn friends who have never been there with me that I’ll probably be smiling ridiculously the entire time I’m there because I love it so much. Because I grew up going there, it’s sort of a home away from home. I see someone I know half the time I’m walking down the street. But it’s also a great place to explore – I love going down new streets and finding new shops and eateries.
Speaking of eateries, I’m thrilled to death that Firehook has (not one, but two) locations in Alexandria. I love them for a number of reasons, but mostly because they make vanilla chai lattes like I had in Oxford. It’s so hard to find a decent one over here, and Firehook definitely has it down. However, I’ve also never been disappointed in their baked goods. The location on S. Union street has really friendly staff too, so basically, it’s the perfect neighborhood coffee shop. As per usual, I like to stop in for a warm cup of chai before I make my rounds at the farmer’s market (2 or 3 blocks up the street).
Next time you’re in the area, check them out! There are a numb of locations in the DC metro area, as well as in NoVa. You can also find them online here.
p.s. by way of a disclaimer, they have no idea that I wrote this. I just like to write about things that I like, because I know you guys might like them too. Did I use enough likes in that sentence? Okay, good.
p.s.s. I’m trying to write more about the DC area, partially because I love it and partially because it keeps me from being homesick for Europe. You should let me know in the comments if you have coffee shop suggestions or want me to cover a new place – exploring is the best!