Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Commonwealth: A Guided Tour


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I have a confession to make. I pride myself on having a sense of adventure, especially when it comes to food. But, there are times I don't want to make the trip to find new places. Sometimes it's because the neighborhood might be sketchy, and sometimes it's because I don't know exactly how far something might be, or what the parking situation may be when I get there. Whatever the excuse, I probably have not earned my "Have empty belly...will travel" tee.

I am embarrassed to admit that I finally stumbled upon Barracks Row only a couple of weeks ago (a post on Ted's Bulletin and The Chesapeake Room will follow shortly). I had heard of the neighborhood, obviously, and walked pretty much every block in the surrounding area, but just never took the initiative to look up directions. I thought it was quite a bit further north, so when we finally headed over and found just how easy it is to get there, I decided I needed to get over myself.

This got me to thinking, perhaps there are some District-dwellers who don't make it to the Commonwealth for the very same reasons. So, for their reference, and if I'm being honest, for my own, I've created a Northern Virginia culinary directory of sorts. Done on the Google Maps program, this directory includes directions, travel times, and culinary options for many areas in the Commonwealth. It's quite Arlington-centric because, well, I'm Arlington-centric. I hope you will find it useful. I also hope that if you have potentially helpful content, that you will collaborate. Please follow this link.

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