Kitchen Road Trip: Washington, D.C.

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Traveling has always inspired me. As a kid, I was very fortunate that my parents could afford to take my siblings and me on vacations from time to time. Some were by plane and some were by train, but my favorites were the road trips. There’s nothing quite like arguing with your brother and sister in the back of the family minivan about which “The Lion King” song to play next, am I right? (The answer is “Hakuna Matata,” every time. And on cassette tape, no less!)

To me, the kitchen is the best place to bring back those kinds of memories, and to create new ones too. A little comfort food can go a long way if you’re feeling nostalgic for someplace special or craving an expedition to somewhere new. Until you can travel again, I also recommend surrounding yourself with things that remind you of that time or place. So, each Monday, I’m going to pick a state and list a handful of food- and kitchen-related items that are from or reminiscent of that state. As often as I can, I will highlight local products and designers. One state a week for the rest of the year should take us right up to 2015. Starting next week, I’m going to tackle the states alphabetically, as that allows for a bit more diversity than going by history or regions. Feel free to send me any recommendations for design or food-related products from any state in the Union! 

First up is Washington, D.C., for two reasons. One, that’s where I am right now! Two, it seemed like a good place to begin this series, what with it being the nation’s capital and all. Whether you’re suffering from D.C. wanderlust, homesickness or political worry, these goods should tide you over until at least the next election. Many thanks to my friends Mollie and Greg for their recommendations! // susannah 

See the list after the jump…

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1. President John F. Kennedy Salad Plate ($65) // 2. White House Honey Ale Homebrew Beer Kit ($41.95) // 3. Hot Chili Spears from Gordy’s Pickle Jar* ($10) // 4. Blue Polka Dot Paper Straws ($3.25 for 25) // 5. Elephant Print Tea Towel* ($14) // 6. Ben’s Chili Bowl Illustration ($24) // 7. Vintage Souvenir Pennant ($9.95) // 8. The Founding Farmers Cookbook ($40) // 9. The Old Try “District” Print ($42) // 10. Ceramic Star Mug* ($24)

*Washington, D.C. product

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