The Weekend Edition: Paul

Every Monday, you will get to read a post by a twenty-something answering some questions about their weekend, how they balance financial needs and brunch needs, their favorite spots around town and whether everyone really experiences FOMO. If you want to be featured, email

Name, Age, Hometown & Occupation:

I’m Paul and I am a 22 year old recent grad from Alexandria.

What were your original plans for the weekend as of Friday afternoon? Did any fall through?

I had planned to take an awesome friend to dinner to celebrate his birthday (about 2 weeks late haha) on Saturday and on Sunday, I made arrangements to have brunch with you [ 🙂 ] and see another friend in the afternoon…everything went as planned except I couldn’t meet my friend on Sunday.

How much money did you spend?

So I spent around $200, but this was a weekend I had arranged to splurge for.

Were you happy with how your weekend turned out? Was there anything you wished you did?

Yes! The birthday dinner was a great memory! I had originally planned to go to a French Mediterranean restaurant called Requin in the Mosaic District, but ended up at a solid go-to (in my book) in Vienna called Nostos. It was definitely worth it because I got to watch a cooked bronzino fish get deboned in front of me and the brunch with you was such a great catch-up! I wish seeing my other friend had worked out, but I’m sure we will get together in the near future.

Source: The Washington Post

Any fun plans for next weekend?

Yes, I’m meeting with some foreign language loving friends for a day in DC and we are checking out some art and going to a Spanish Basque tapas bar called Anxo.

Did you discover any new spots this weekend?

Nostos 100%. What a solid, memorable restaurant. The setting is beautiful (white walls, tons of light, black and white photos reminiscent of 1960s Greece) and the food is simple, yet very well-executed.

Source: ANXO

Anything you want to share with your readers?

I am putting together a cookbook of Syrian recipes, but what makes this project different is I am compiling anecdotes for each recipe from Syrians, people of Syrian origin, or people who have a strong connection to the people and place. If you have a favorite Syrian/Levantine dish and a memory associated with it, please send the recipe and anecdote my way! Email me here!

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