Author Archives: Meg Biallas

About Meg Biallas

Thoughts From A DC Intern Turned DCist. A twenty-something goes beyond traditional tourism to achieve Washingtonian authenticity.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

DC is a small city when you think about it. Just 68.3 square miles. It’s lovely diamond shape is easy to navigate. There are four separate quadrants with numbered and lettered streets (and state streets that cross diagonally). Thanks to … Continue reading

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Five Days On Food Stamps

*Editor’s Note: To read about my food stamp challenge, including my daily meal journal and ways you can get involved in the fight to end hunger, click here. “If you had a limited amount of money, you’re going to spend … Continue reading

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Christmas Traditions & New Kitchen Classics

Last month I think I spent more time in the kitchen than I did out of it. The Christmas season is filled with parties, potlucks and reunions with family and old friends.  I had a great time celebrating, and learned … Continue reading

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Field Notes On Transitioning

The cold has only just now arrived in Washington, D.C. Unlike my native Chicago, Washington, D.C. tends to be milder. So mild, in fact, that when a bit of white fluffy stuff lands in the nation’s capital, everyone panics.  Just … Continue reading

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DC’s Very Own Gatsby Party

If the Smithsonian was attempting to reach a coveted demographic, indeed it did. Friday night was #Smithsonianat8, billed as the “Smithsonian’s premier 21+ after-hours event featuring a unique mix of culture, art, history and science.” This event, the Night Garden … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway: Faith Powered Profession

In my three short years in DC (they have FLOWN by), I’ve been blessed to connect with women who have mentored me in so many ways, whether professionally, spiritually — or in Elizabeth’s case, BOTH. Elizabeth Knox and I were … Continue reading

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Blue Skies and Smelly Fish in Southwest DC

Last weekend, I spent a lovely Saturday morning with a friend who recently moved to the Southwest Waterfront. Our adventure involved visiting the Maine Avenue Fish Market (known as “the Wharf” to locals). The Wharf is the oldest continuously operating … Continue reading

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Summer 2013, A Season of Change

This summer is one of new experiences; a season of change. I kicked off June with my first mission trip learning about human trafficking. In July, I began the housing search and landed in an accessible, vibrant neighborhood, close to … Continue reading

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[Cross-Post] Embracing a New Identity

[Editor’s note: This post was originally written for the aoneeight mission blog for National Community Church in Washington, D.C. You can read my pre-trip blog posts here and here] “Why are you guys here again?” “We are here because we … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Short-Term Missions Skeptic

A Mission is a Movement from National Community Church on Vimeo. I confess I had no intention of going on a mission trip this year. In fact, I was pretty determined to avoid the whole thing. Last year I read “When … Continue reading

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