In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District. See previous dream days from Mayor Muriel Bowser, BYT’s Svetlana Legetic, D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum and more.
Gregg Rozeboom lives a life at sea. The 40-year-old founder of plant-based restaurant chain Fruitive resides on a 38-foot Silverton yacht named Faithful that’s docked at The Wharf. He’ll sometimes sail Faithful — which has two bedrooms, two full baths and a full kitchen — all the way to Virginia Beach, where he opened the first Fruitive location in 2012. The fast-casual spot has since expanded to the District and Norfolk, Va., and is still growing. After having opened the first D.C. location at City Center in 2015, Rozeboom plans to open a second location in Dupont Circle this winter. “D.C. has become a lot more accommodating” of plant-based eating, Rozeboom says. “More people are aware that it is not just good for the body, it’s good for the environment.” His vision of a perfect D.C. day — full of plants to eat and nature to explore — reflects that ethos.
The first thing I would do is wake up on the boat on The Wharf. It’s usually rocking, and I love to look out the window and see the birds flying overhead, the ducks and the rippling of the water. I’d probably read a little and have some fruit for breakfast. One of the books I am reading right now is “Blue Mind” by Wallace J. Nichols, and that’s all about the science behind being near water and how it can make us happier and healthier.
I love to run. My favorite spot to run in D.C. is around the National Mall. I’d probably listen to an audiobook while running. I recently downloaded Nadia Murad’s book “The Last Girl” after she won the Nobel Peace Prize.
I’d probably head up to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, which is currently closed for renovations. I love all the windows that look right out into the center of the city. I’d look for books to add to my reading list and hopefully encourage my 13-year-old daughter to read. I would love it if she joined me.
From there, I’d head over to CityCenterDC. The highlight of my day would be lunchtime at Fruitive. We have so many regulars and I love talking and connecting with them, as well as tourists who are stopping by. One of the best things about our location is that every season they change up the decorations overhead. They just changed it to the fall theme, which is umbrellas. You can sit in the window and watch people all day snapping photos and doing poses and it really is entertaining. I also like Shouk, another plant-based restaurant in the area.
I’d then go to the FreshFarm Dupont Circle Farmers Market to buy organic produce and interact with the farms we buy from. It is a really fun environment. While I am in Dupont, I’d head over to Restaurant Nora, which I can’t in real life because it closed down, but it was the first certified organic restaurant in the U.S.
I’d head up to Friendship Heights and visit my friends at Barnard Medical Center. They do classes and nutritional events in the evening, so I’d do one of those. Sometimes they have movies. One I cannot wait for is James Cameron’s “The Game Changers.” I’d want to watch that with them.
I’d probably head back to the boat, and if it was the perfect day, I’d start up the boat and end the day sailing on the water.