This past week, Michael Pollan, professor, food journalist and New York Times best-selling author, was in the District talking about his new book – How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. I walked away from Pollan’s discussion at Politics & Prose with more than just a book; but also a new, curious perspective on the latest science of psychedelics and what that actually means for people with difficult-to-treat conditions. Ready to dive in!
I had a great opportunity to spend some time with Jamie Mertz, the founder of The Red Bandana Bakery. She was such a pleasure to chat with and her baked goods were something to rave about. Find out more about my experience in Bethesda.
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of going to The Protein Bar in Farragut Square to participate in a tasting of their new breakfast menu. Generally, I'm a simple breakfast person. I like fruit, some form of protein (almond butter or eggs) and incorporating greens if I can (smoothie or side salad). I was excited to try The Protein Bar as I've heard many great things about their menu and that I'd like the experience.
Once I moved to DC, I knew I had to start all over again and learn the restaurants and foodie scene. Luckily, I found @DCGlutenfree on instagram. I really enjoyed learning the different gluten free finds around the district. After following the account for some time, I realized that it wasn't just finds in DC, but also in NYC and even Maine. I wanted to learn more about the person behind the account, and reached out. I was pleasantly surprised by how helpful and nice she was! Stephanie is the woman behind the account, trying new foods across the district and documenting her finds. I asked her more about her gluten free journey and how she ended up being a strong influencer in the area.