found: happiness on the hill

[View of the Capitol from Pennsylvania and 8th]

[Carolers at Eastern Market]

[Cookie cutters from Hill’s Kitchen]

I’m going to be honest with you, there are so many amazing places to eat and shop in Northwest that I am usually hard-pressed to go farther from home than Metro Center/Gallery Place. After the last 24 hours, I am rethinking my lazy ways.

Last night, I met some friends at the Chesapeake Room on 8th Street SE for dinner and drinks. My search for the perfect cider cocktail ends here. Nothing will compare to their ‘Tis the Season cocktail, made with apple cider, house-infused clove rum, canton and cinnamon.

One of my friends recommended a trip to Hill’s Kitchen on D Street SE, and I went back to Capitol Hill this morning to stop there and Eastern Market. I picked up adorable cookie cutters  in the shapes of dinosaurs (really, a must-have for every preschool teacher) and Massachusetts and D.C.