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Denny’s is America’s diner, for over 60 years! Denny’s is known for always being open, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert around the clock (except where required by law). Must haves: Steak Skewer & Eggs Skillet (basically “anything” with steak as my husband puts it), Pancakes, Hash Browns (yumm!), Appetizer Samplers wit Onion Rings, Jalapeno Poppers and Mozzarella Sticks, The Veggie Burger, Milkshakes and EVERYTHING on the dessert menu! ūüėČ #ruchyum #ruchyumrest #food #foodporn #foodstagram #foodgasm #foodie #dennys #restaurant #nycrestaurants #foodpics #foodlover #breakfast #brunch #foodgram #foodforfoodies #foodblogger #instagrammers #instafood

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Travelgram from The National Cherry Blossom Festival

The east coast looks magical and at its best during the spring time! Perhaps it is because after a harsh, bitter cold and gloomy winter, we all welcome the warmth and the sunny days spring brings. One of my favorite spring time blooms are the Cherry Blossoms. So to capture the cherry blossoms at their best, we headed to the The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC this year!

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The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a spring celebration in Washington, DC commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington, in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan.

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During the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the most popular place to visit the cherry blossom trees is at the Tidal Basin, which provides great photo ops near the Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

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The view around the Tidal Basin during the peak bloom period, which is 70% bloom,is spectacular, attracting a lot of photographers, tourists and bloom watchers, usually in millions.  This year the peak bloom period was the weekend of March 26-March 28.

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Traffic on Constitution, Independence and Ohio Drive was almost as heavy as the pedestrian traffic on the trail around the Tidal Basin. The city was bustling this past weekend and the blossom scenes were beautiful with both clouds and sun.

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Over 100 varieties of Tulips and annuals located just off the Tidal Basin, east of the Kutz Bridge and south of Independence Ave. before the turn to Maine Ave, adding some bright colors to the white and pinks of the Cherry blossoms. We caught sight of some beautiful yellow Forsythia bushes right across the Tidal Basin along with some full blooms of Magnolia trees!

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Overall it was a day well spent amongst the pinks and white clouds of magnificence!

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The Beginner’s Green Smoothie #recipe : A great starter smoothie to make you a green smoothie addict!
Ingredients: -2 cups Spinach, fresh (tightly packed)
-2 Bananas
-1 cup Almond Milk
-1 cup Greek Yogurt

Method:
Toss your leafy greens and yogurt in the blender and blend until all leafy chunks are gone. Next add in bananas and milk, and blend again till you get a smooth consistency.

TIPS: – Refrigerate this for 10 mins before you drink it!
– For an extra dose of health booster, add superfoods such as flax seeds meal or chia seeds! #ruchyum #ruchyumrecipes #workoutsmoothie #breakfastsmoothie #breakfastlover #breakfastporn #breakfast #food #foodie #foodgasm #foodgram #green #greekyogurt #greengoodness #greensmoothie #smoothie #foodporn #instagrammers #instasmoothie #quickrecipe #instarecipe #foodpics #foodphotography #foodstagram

Travelgram from Luray Caverns

A US Natural Landmark noted for the abundant variety of formation and unsurpassed natural color, Luray Caverns has been on my places to visit list for quite a few years now. So finally on our way back from the Cherry Blossom Festival, we stopped by to admire this beauty! We took a one hour guided tour, to learn about the caverns. Though each and every nook of this place is quaint, I have listed below some of the most captivating areas of the caverns.

Saracen's Tent

Draperies, areas where deposits grade into thin sheets, can be seen in profuse throughout, but the best example is Saracen’s Tent – wherein lambrequin of translucent calcite, falling in graceful folds, with thousands of patterns and thin enough to reveal the structures within if a candle is held behind them, is¬†one of the most beautiful part of the cave.

The Translucent Calcites

The cavern is yellow, brown or red because of water, chemicals and minerals.¬†The new stalactites growing from the old, and made of hard carbonates that had already once been used, are usually white as snow though often pink or amber-colored.¬†Giant’s Hall, enormous chambers are filled with towering stone columns, shimmering draperies and crystal-clear pools. It’s the deepest part of the caverns.

Titania's Veil

Titania’s Veil¬†is a pristine example of a calcite formation in its finest purity, since the calcite in its purest form is white.

Dream Lake

There is a spring of water called Dream Lake that has an almost mirror-like appearance. Stalactites are reflected in the water making them appear to be stalagmites, making it impossible to see the real bottom.

Wishing Well

The Wishing Well is a green pond with coins three feet deep at the bottom. Do remember to put a few coins when you visit, since the coins from the well are collected and given to various charities!

The Great Stalacpipe Organ

The Great Stalacpipe Organ is an electrically actuated lithophone, located in the caverns. It literally makes stalactites sing by gently tapping them throughout three acres of the caverns. It is one of the largest organs in the world, which uses stalactites that are distributed through approximately 3.5 acres (14,000 m2) of the caverns but can be heard anywhere within its 64-acre (260,000 m2) confines. The guide informed us that, so far there have been 500+ weddings at the caverns, with guests dancing to its music. Ah, magical!

The Fallen Stalactite

We came upon a fallen stalactite, which, based on how long it takes to grow to fuse to surrounding formations (120 years to grow an inch), is estimated to have been lying here for approximately 8000 years.

Egg or Oyster?

There is a piece of an stalagmite that was accidentally cut, revealing the inner details which resembles an oyster, may be?

This pretty much summarizes our tour around the caverns.The well-lighted, paved walkways, cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high, the towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools, have definitely left a enduring impact on our minds!

P.S: Follow the Luray Caverns account on Vimeo, to see some beautiful videos of these formations!

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The¬†escalator¬†to street level at the Rosslyn Metro station is the fifth longest continuous span escalator in the D.C. metro system. An escalator ride between the street and mezzanine levels takes about 2 minutes 50 seconds – quite an intimidating obstacle for weary travelers ūüėČ For the trivia-minded, the escalators travel at 90 feet per minute and transport you at a 30-degree angle! #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #travel #travelphoto #travelstoke #traveldeeper #travelingram #wanderlust #passionpassport #goopgo #natgeotravel #wtffunfacts #virginia #metrostation #dcmetro #dcmetro #dcmetrolife #archilovers #architecture #architectureporn #architecturelovers #travelporn #dcarchitecture #rosslyn #escalator

Chocolate Chip Muffins

¬†The perfect recipe for¬†crispy muffin top, soft and buttery on the inside and full of chocolate chips muffins‚Äď a perfect way to start your morning!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Servings: 12 pieces
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Ingredients

  • 2 & ¬Ĺ cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • ¬Ĺ teaspoon Salt
  • ¬Ĺ cup unsalted Butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup granulated Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk (whole milk is preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 & ¬Ĺ cups Chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 425¬įF and spray a 12 cup muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla. Slowly add to the dry ingredients. Gently fold together until JUST combined.
  4. Divide the batter into the 12 muffin cups and bake at 425¬įF for 5 minutes, then turn the oven heat down to 375¬įF and bake for another 13-15 minutes. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes and enjoy warm.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Air Force Memorial, Virginia: Located on a promontory in Arlington, Virginia, overlooking the Pentagon and adjacent to Arlington Cemetery, the Air Force Memorial is easily seen on the skyline of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia in Arlington county. The spires symbolize many things. The number three is significant to the Air Force because it represents its three core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The three spires also stand for three of four planes performing a Missing Man formation. The visit to the memorial is absolutely free! (src: the official memorial site) #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #travelphoto #travelstoke #traveldeeper #travelingram #travelingram #travelblogger #wanderlust #travel #watchthisinstagood #washingtondc #washington_ig #instagrammers #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #airforcememorial #virginia #roadtrip #weekendtravels #beautifuldestinations #beautifulvacations #natgeotravel #mykindadestination #real_simple #instatravel