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.
Rose Lavelle was 8 years old the last time the U.S. women’s national team embarked on a World Cup title defense. When the Americans’ run at that 2003 tournament ended with a semifinal exit, Lavelle slumped off to her bedroom and crawled under the covers of her top bunk. “I was just like, ‘I want to be left alone,’ ” Lavelle says. “And I cried the rest of the night.” This summer in France, the U.S. team is again aiming for a second straight Women’s World Cup title. But Lavelle, now a 24-year-old midfielder and rising U.S. star, doesn’t want to coast on the coattails of the 2015 champions. “We’re looking at it as if we’re going to get the title,” says Lavelle, one of 11 new players on the 23-woman squad. “We don’t feel like we’re defending anything.” When she’s not sporting the Stars and Stripes, Lavelle plays for the NWSL’s Washington Spirit. Considering the mileage she logs roaming the field, the Rockville resident is happy to take it easy on her perfect day in the D.C. area.
On my actual ideal day, if I am truly being honest, I’d go to Coffee Republic [in Rockville] and get an iced vanilla latte. Then I’d sit in my apartment for the remainder of the day and watch “Law & Order: SVU” or read a book — just lounge and do absolutely nothing.
But if I want to be a little more adventurous, for breakfast I really like Ted’s Bulletin. I’d get the breakfast burrito, and if I want to splurge, I’ll get a pop-tart — I always get the s’mores one.
Maybe I’d get my nails done at Amber Door Day Spa — it’s, like, all-natural and they have these cool designs. And it’s right by the Rockville Memorial Library. I have my library card, and I like nonfiction, mysteries, thrillers, self-help stuff — I really switch it up.
I’m really big on Chipotle. I’d get a burrito bowl for lunch, with brown rice, black beans, chicken, mild salsa, corn, lettuce, guac and chips on the side.
I love shopping, so obviously I love Georgetown. I think it’s so fun. They just got a Reformation, and it’s so cute. They didn’t have that the last time I went, so I’d have to go back and see it. That will be my go-to.
For dinner, I’d go to Flavio in Georgetown. I always end up leaving feeling sick because I’ve eaten so much. I’ve gotten the gnocchi — that’s really good. I’ve also gotten the steak. They have pizza there, and I love pizza. Honestly, I feel like all Italian food is pretty good — you can’t go wrong with anything.
I went to one of the Washington Capitals’ playoff games last year, which was really, really cool. I had never been to an NHL game before, and I’ve never experienced a professional game like it. We got there a little late and I thought it would take us a while to get to our seats because of the crowd. But we got there and the concourse was completely empty. I’ve never seen that before — normally you see people dillydallying, talking, getting beers and stuff. But everyone was in their seats and the atmosphere was wild. So I would definitely do that again.
I’d get dessert at this good place [in North Bethesda, Md.] called The Baked Bear. You make your own cookie ice cream sandwich, and you can get it pressed so the cookies are heated. I’d have a chocolate chip cookie at the top, then maybe a sugar cookie at the bottom.