Haven’t made it to Union Market in the NoMa district yet? Here’s a little pictorial to whet your whistle. It was drizzly and chilly the day we went, but that never stopped Sunday Funday. Make plans. Spring is prime time for new pop-ups and general merrymaking. Tuesday night yoga sessions at Dock 5, indie films at Angelika, oysters at Rappahannock–Northeast D.C. has a little something going on here.

Everybody loves a recycled water bottle chandelier and free parking! 

Salt & Sundrytrès adorable home decor and lifestyle shop. Their “goods for good living” will make your pad Insta-ready.

Go old school with Bidwell’s infamous Patty Melt or try the Loxed and Loaded at Buffalo and Bergen (because don’t we all need a bagel with smear and lox sitting atop a bloody mary). Next, come the hard decisions. Buffalo and Bergen makes sixteen flavors of hand-crafted syrups including Pineapple Cardamom, Grapefruit Rosemary, and Blueberry Shrub. Bring home a bottle or two; they’re the perfect base for a boozy brunch.

Essentials: a hand-forged, Japanese cooking knife from DC Sharp; enough Craft Kombucha to last the week; and primo flavored salts and infused sugars to elevate your cooking game from Bazaar Spices.

O.K., so you don’t have to make everything from scatch. Trust No.1 Sons to provide the pickled components of your meal. They’ve got a mind-boggling array of kimchi and kraut for you to sample, and they’ve just come out with Dang kombucha. Get your probiotic on! “Fermentation is delicious.” We agree.

Red Apron Butcher is in the house. Porkstrami fans, rejoice. As Washington Post declared, this is “a candy store for meat lovers.” Double down on hand-crafted local charcuterie after you scarf down your meatball sub. Then head to The District Fishwife for some sustainably-sourced fresh fish. Marvel at specialties like sea urchins and octopus, too. Don’t forget to stop in Brainfood Homegrown for your seasonal fruits and veggies. Sign up for the CSA box now, and don’t miss a week of nature’s bounty.

Slurp some Olde Salts or Stingrays at acclaimed Rappahannock Oyster Bar. If bivalves aren’t your thing, the craft cocktails go down mighty easily.

Get your Benton Bacon and Egg and Cheddar Biscuits or their signature Fried Chicken Biscuit while they last at Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.

With over eighty small-batch varieties, Righteous Cheese is aptly named. Play cheese trivia for a Righteous temporary tattoo which will clearly display your fromage prowess. The cheesemongers can set you up with something new along with the perfectly matched wine or beer to complement it. Impress your friends with an expert pairing at your next soiree.

If it isn’t abundantly clear already, you should probably show up hungry. Watch Cucina Al Volo crank out fresh, authentic Italian pasta to order, or grab some Republic Kolache before they sell out for the day; we suggest the Half Smoke with jalapeno relish for sausage fans. Getting the jump on your fellow Washingtonians may be more challenging then it seems. Ditto for The BBQ Joint (who was already smack out of cornbread and collard greens when we arrived). However, we are proud to announce the pulled pork was epic and the spicy vinegar sauce, our personal fave.

Across from the fenced parking is LAB 1270, a rotating retail pop-up, you should definitely check out. They were gussying up for their spring open. We expect great things. Right next door is Dunn Lewis MC, “a creative place for riders to meet, connect and share their experience.” They carry all things moto-related including artwork, helmets, leather packs, cool tees and accessories plus a fully-stocked  DIY work station in back for tear downs, repairs or custom builds. 1270 5th St. NE

Dolcezza Gelato and Angelika Pop-up are at the top of the hill off Penn Street. While currently Dolcezza’s factory is closed for repairs, we hope you’ll soon be back to chillaxing there again with your favorite gelato and espresso. Meanwhile, go see an arthouse film at Angelika550 Penn St. NE

Be on the lookout for Cotton & Reed Rum distillery and tasting room, coming soon to the Union Market district. 1330 W. 5th St. NE

We’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg; there’s more homegrown goodness to explore. Hit up Union Market’s website to keep current on events and your favorite foodie pop-up. 1309 5th St. NE

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