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Discover Baltimore’s Best Restaurants With Carpe DC’s Scott Gilbert

(As of July 1 , 2020, Carpe DC Food Tours has rebranded as Blue Fern Travel!) Carpe DC Food Tours kicks off March with our new Baltimore Fells Point Food Tour, giving you an inside look at the fascinating history and food culture of one of America’s most exciting food destinations. We sat down with…

Wait… who’s leading this tour? Introducing the 2019 New Guide lineup!

I can’t believe we’re already here! Five days left of the summer of ’19! It has flown by with a lot of great milestones and new developments. One thing we’ve been keeping busy with here at Carpe is adding some new members to our team.  So be on the lookout for some new faces walking…

New Year New U Street!

So can I just say how excited we are about entering YEAR FIVE!  I mean seriously, where has the time gone… Seems like just yesterday, my partner/hubby Stefan and I were leading all the tours ourselves and enjoying a half smoke or two along the way! But fast forward five years later, we have hosted…

Live like you’re traveling 365 days a year

I still remember my first solo trip abroad so vividly that it feels like I am still there. I was lucky enough to travel to Melbourne, Australia for a semester, in Spring 2006.  I can clearly remember how scared I was at first, and how it was a huge culture shock- even going from the…

No Tree Skirts Allowed

Happy December! It’s here, we’re smack in the middle of it- Holiday Season! (insert appropriate song here) Now for some of you- you thought jingle bells, some of you are hearing angels sing, and the rest of us are hearing the theme from Jaws. So, I wanted to do a quick lil holiday check in….

The Art of Tradition

Whether it’s the holidays, my adorable 2-and-a-half-year-old or just my general desire to always understand culture and society on a deeper level (raise your hand Anthropologists!), lately, I find myself thinking a lot about traditions. As a parent, I am now in the role of tradition-maker/creator, which any parent knows, is a big responsibility. Last…

That time I quit my day job

I’m bustin out! (cue Diana Ross ‘I’m coming out’ song!) It’s true! In case you haven’t been following my every post on social….I QUIT MY DAY JOB! And now am working on full time on Carpe! (insert quit scene from Jerry Maguire  here) Now, my first thought was to wax poetic about how travel has changed…

Why You Should Start an Urban Garden

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_gallery _builder_version=”3.0.67″ posts_number=”1″ show_title_and_caption=”off” show_pagination=”on” gallery_ids=”2471,2475,2473,2472″ fullwidth=”on” orientation=”landscape” zoom_icon_color=”#666666″ hover_overlay_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0.9)” background_layout=”dark” border_style=”solid” auto=”off” /][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.67″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” border_style=”solid”] The weather’s warming up. There are pansies everywhere and perennials are starting to show their colors. All this has you thinking that you should start a garden, but what would you plant and where would you put it? These are the questions my friends and customers ask, and as an urban farmer, I can tell you that even in small spaces or rowhouse yards, there are infinite possibilities for growing. Sharing a meal with friends and family with food you’ve grown, seeing people taste a homegrown tomato or unwrap ground cherries from their husks like kids with candy wrappers–are some of the most rewarding moments. Now is the time to start planting your summer crops. Many gardeners use Mother’s Day…

Five Principles of Fantastic Food Tours

As we kick off our 2018 season, proudly entering our fourth year in business there is a lot of fondly looking back, hand horizontally perched on the eyebrow ridge, thinking about how far we have come. I’d like to think I knew what we were doing in year one, and I’m sure I believed me….

Adventures in Indian Cooking

I have an insatiable curiosity to try as many different cuisines and variety of dishes during my lifetime as possible. Apart from simply how food tastes, I’m fascinated by the social, geographical and historical factors that influence the evolution of culinary traditions. Food can bridge understanding between people and I love anything that can do…

Game of Thrones Pop-up Bar

After waiting all summer, I finally got to go to the Game of Thrones Pop-up Bar (GOT PUB). The GOT PUB is located inside of Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, and Eat the Rich (1839-1843 7th Street NW). The GOT PUB was created by the Drink Company who has cornered the market on DC pop up…

Cocktails and Politics – A perfectly DC Combination

The woman sitting next to me at the bar looked up quizzically as I ordered my first drink. Was I cursing at the Turkish President? Not technically, but such confusion is understandable when you order one of the creatively named drinks at The Green Zone. The Green Zone is a two-year-old Middle Eastern cocktail pop-up…

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