Dave and I are doing a fairly good job at exploring our new "hood" and by new hood, I mean Rosslyn/Courthouse/Clarendon which is a part of the Rosslyn Ballston Corrider (the series of neighborhoods/metro stops in Arlington between Ballston and Rosslyn)
We love our little area of town (Courthouse) and from Courthouse, I can walk less than half a mile to Rosslyn and less than a mile to Clarendon. Since it all runs along two main streets (one way streets running parallel to eachother), you easily walk between neighborhoods and can't tell.
Courthouse has restaurants and bars and Clarendon has even more so I think we will be exploring for awhile!!!
While Marley and Bech were in town, we went out to eat in Clarendon at one of my family's DC favs, LA TASCA. Technically, La Tasca is a chain restaurant in the metro area, but it's not a national restaurant so I see it as a DC original :) Their specialty is spanish tapas and sangria!! I have eaten at their Chinatown location, but never at the location near our apartment. Marley loves La Tasca because we ate there over two years ago....BUT she was very pregnant at the time so she didn't get to enjoy the sangria and has been dying to go back. Marley is a researcher like me and found out that La Tasca has a happy hour until 7:30 on weeknights so we decided to go early for the deals and introduce Bech, Dave and Bech's parents to this Braden Family Fav!!
We took advantage of the weather and walked to dinner where we enjoyed discounted pitchers of sangria (we had one made with sparkling wine!!) and 4 dollar tapas! Their happy hour includes 4 dollar beers, 18 dollar pitchers of sangria, and a list of about 12 tapas that are marked at 4 dollars!! We tried several and even picky Dave found some tapas that he liked :)
The only problem with going for happy hour was that we weren't there when the flamenco dancers were performing. They usually perform on weekend nights but not til later.
I hadn't been to La Tasca since we moved here and I am glad to have revisited this fabulous restaurant! I think the 4 dollar tapas, cheap sangria and ability to walk to dinner will make this a place we visited often, especially when we have visitors (hint hint: let me lure y'all to visit us in DC with tapas!)