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.
Tracie Ching is known for creating alternative movie posters for studios, like the one she did for “Avengers: Endgame,” but last fall, a piece of the graphic designer’s work became a major part of a D.C. moment. Ching created a “KavaNope” poster commissioned by NARAL Pro-Choice America to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. As opposition grew with the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, the poster became a centerpiece of the protests. “We all expected it to be something that came and went, but it became this major visual key for this particular moment in time,” says Ching, who moved to the D.C. area a decade ago and now lives in Annandale, Va., with her husband and three toddlers. Ching, 32, describes her dream day as “calm” and “leisurely,” but admits that’s more of a fiction with three kids under 5.
A perfect day starts with sleeping in late. With three toddlers, a late start to any day is literally a dream day for my husband and me. And I absolutely love cooking, so I would whip up banana bread or homemade biscuits.
Then we would catch the water taxi from National Harbor to the Southwest Waterfront. It’s so beautiful now that it’s been totally redone. Everyone’s in tow, all five of us. We grab a few scoops at Ben & Jerry’s, because there’s no such thing as ice cream too early on a dream day.
Then we’d walk down Seventh Street SW to the National Mall. One of the best things about D.C. is its walkability. You can walk from one side to the other in less than a day. Then we’d head up and over Capitol Hill. We used to live there and I just adore walking down North Capitol Street.
It’s time to grab chicken and cheese pupusas and plantains for lunch from Tortilla Cafe. It’s accompanied by half-and-half sweet tea/lemonade from Fine Sweet Shoppe, a bakery inside of Eastern Market. I nicknamed it “sunshine in a cup,” because it looks like sunshine and it tastes like happiness. We’d listen to the live music around the market and peruse the vendors.
Inevitably, we’ll make our way to Peregrine Espresso, because my husband will want his after-lunch coffee, and they have oatmeal cookies for the kids. Peregrine is the best coffee in the city.
Then it’s down to the National Gallery of Art. I’d head straight to the Dutch masters wing. I have always been drawn to the beauty of still-life paintings. In my work, I like stillness, and I love objects, too. The unbelievably sumptuous paintings of objects are just so appealing.
I’m hungry again, so it’s over to Blue Duck Tavern for dinner. I would order anything and everything from their seasonal menu, because you cannot go wrong. This is a perfect day, so my toddlers are well-behaved.
After dinner, we’d walk to Georgetown, where we’d get dessert at Baked & Wired. They are the best cupcakes in existence in D.C. — don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The Pretty Bitchin’, which is a Dutch chocolate cupcake with peanut butter icing, is so good.
We’d take the cupcakes down to the Georgetown Waterfront. Even if it’s summer and there are some mosquitoes, it’s still great. Then we’d hop on back on the water taxi to head home.