Category Archives: Maryland

Tofu House

Ivan and I woke up on October 17, 2012 and had a good night’s sleep for once.  We had breakfast at the Airbnb house and then left.

We used the free wi-fi at McDonald’s.

Our next stop was the Visionary Arts Museum. 


It was a small museum with art, some were good while others were ok. 

We had lunch at Mr. Rain’s Fun House.  Ivan and I each got the set menu.  We had potato and leek soup and an apple and walnut salad for a starter.  A veggie sandwich was our main course.  We got the desserts to go.

At 2:25 pm, we started driving towards Pennsylvania.  We passed through Delaware and arrived in Philadelphia at 4 pm.

We were staying with a place that we booked through Airbnb.  We met Gavin and his girlfriend Amanda.  Gavin created the house.  Our room was up uneven steep stairs.

Gavin recommended a restaurant nearby.  We had dinner at Honey’s Sit n Eat.  Ivan and I started off with vegetable latkes and a vegetable soup.  The latkes were good.  We each got a tofu noodle Asian salad which was huge. 


Lil Dave went with the banana latkes and a chicken and banana wrap.


Segway Bistro

On October 16, 2012 I woke up and Ivan didn’t sleep much again because of his asthma.  We’re convinced it’s something in the house.

We drove to CVS and parked the car there.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I took the Metro to the Center. 

We went on a Segway tour in Washington, D.C. 


The tour went to many places along the National Mall like the FBI building, Capitol Building, The White House and the Lincoln Memorial.


We got the car back in Takoma Park. 

I drove us to Baltimore which is only a short drive away.  I wanted to visit since this is where I was born.

Ivan was hungry and got a veggie delight sandwich.

We checked in at the Airbnb place with a lady named Deb.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t any wi-fi.

We went into the city where nothing was really happening.  We got a house salad at Chiapparelli’s which Deb recommended.

We walked around Pier V and ate the tasty house salad.

Later, we went to dinner at Corner Bistro.  Lil Dave had banana fries and a chicken and banana burger.  Ivan and I shared a corn chowder with lump crab added.  We also got a main course of crab cakes with sweet potato fries and green beans.  It was a lovely meal.

We drove back and watched Parks and Recreation before heading to bed.


Mark’s Museum

I woke up on October 15, 2012 and Ivan didn’t sleep much the night before.  His asthma was really bothering him. 

We headed to the Prince Georges mall where I bought a jumper (jacket) at Ross.  I thought it would be wise to get a thicker jacket since it’s been getting cold and will probably be colder as we head up towards New York.

Ivan and I got food at Subway.

We dropped off the car at the house since the guy at the house said there’s no parking around the station.

Ivan noticed parking at CVS right near the station that we could have used. 

Took the Metro to Metro Center.  We walked along the National Mall where we saw the National Monument.

Next, we checked out the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. 


We checked out a few different areas of the museum like fossils, mammals and dinosaurs. 


Ivan and I each got a nice grilled eggplant sandwich with cheese and sundried tomatoes.  Lil Dave got a banana soup. 


It’s a really big museum and we didn’t end up seeing everything. 

Ivan wanted to do a free walking tour in an hour and a half.  The clouds looked gloomy and dark, so it looked like rain.  We decided to head back and do a Segway tour tomorrow instead.

Later, we went to dinner at Mark’s Café.  Ivan had a vegetarian chili.  Lil Dave had a banana noodle dish.  Ivan and I each had a great bibimbap with brown rice.


Vegan Pitch

Ivan and I had breakfast with David and Ruth on October 14, 2012.  We talked about traveling and Chapel Hill.

We left at 11:30 am headed to Maryland.  We stopped at a fish restaurant for lunch.

It was a long drive and we arrived in Takoma Park in Maryland.  We booked a stay at a community house. 

Ryan showed us around.  He looks like the hippie teacher in the tv show Beavis & Butthead. 

It was time for dinner which was vegetarian and vegan.  The food wasn’t too exciting since it didn’t have much flavor from the lack of spices.

Later that night, Ivan and I drove to the theatre nearby.  We grabbed some frozen yogurt and fruit and watched the entertaining movie Pitch Perfect.  It’s about competing college a cappella groups.


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