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since most protein besides chicken makes me gag these days (thanks, baby), we decided to try out nando’s peri peri in chinatown last night because they are all about the chicken. we split a half chicken and it was awesome. so was the garlic bread. and the bottomless drink refills (i love any place that doesn’t charge you $3+ for a lemonade refill, and let me tell you, as a girl who is always searching, those places can be hard to find.)
other exciting events that took place last night: i fell in the middle of the street. thanks to josh for catching me and letting me rip off one of this coat buttons in the process. but my right leg is all bruised this morning because of it. and my center of gravity is officially off. also, i rode the crowded metro last night by myself to dinner and learned that chivalry on the d.c. metro is definitely dead. but thank you to the three elderly women who offered me their seats while a number of men sitting beside them continued to sit and pretend nothing was going on… even if i prefer standing, that made me really sad.
  1. Carly

    Every once and a while I'll see a guy offer his seat to his girl on the bus. It makes me smile and gives me hope!

  2. Katie

    That's how it is in NYC too… I always see ladies give up their seats for pregnant ladies (or ladies holding babies) and I rarely see men do it. I wonder if they just aren't as aware (not an excuse, of course)? Maybe a woman's mommy radar is turned on so they instantly recognize when someone else might need a seat… Just a thought.

  3. Tara

    How rude of people not to stand up! :( I hope your leg gets better soon, too! Also, that chicken looks kind of amazing…

  4. MMmm.. I love chicken (and free refills too!). I'll have to check this place out when I go to D.C.

    You're blog is awesome. And you're dog… quite the little rockstar!

    Xo,
    http://www.krisandkel.com

  5. we love nando's!!! i go there for the chicken (don't tell anyone i'm such a bad vegetarian).
    hope your leg heals quickly, dear!

  6. Oh boy! It seems that the trend to be rude is everywhere! The worst part is when people just pretend that they don't notice that someone might need their seat.

  7. mina

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  8. Wow so sad, here in Montevideo, Uruguay people is losing their kindness too, but pregnant women always get a seat, always. We have no metro, only buses, so the driver will say "pleaaaase a seat for the mom-to-be!!" What makes me really really sad is that if a mum holding baby gets on the bus, she'll probably get a seat, but if it is a dad holding baby… Good luck standing up, you are a man! And that's not any safe!!

    I hope we can change the worl somehow!

    bringin awesome people to the world (aka babies) might be a fresh start ;)

    like an uruguayan sing-songwriter says: "se precisan niños para amanecer" (we need children for sunrising)

    renata

  9. Pia

    Dear Naomi,

    you probably hear this all the time, but you and your blog make me incredibly happy.
    It seems like I lost all words right now, but what I'm trying to tell you is that I wish I'd know you in real life.
    You are such an inspiring person, thank you for that!

    I'm looking forward to reading more about you and husband!

    PS: So sorry to hear that you fell! Thank Goodness Josh was there to catch you!

  10. Wow so sad, here in Montevideo, Uruguay people is losing their kindness too, but pregnant women always get a seat, always. We have no metro, only buses, so the driver will say "pleaaaase a seat for the mom-to-be!!" What makes me really really sad is that if a mum holding baby gets on the bus, she'll probably get a seat, but if it is a dad holding baby… Good luck standing up, you are a man! And that's not any safe!!

    I hope we can change the worl somehow!

    bringin awesome people to the world (aka babies) might be a fresh start ;)

    like an uruguayan sing-songwriter says: "se precisan niños para amanecer" (we need children for sunrising)

    renata

  11. Oh dear I hope your okay & your leg gets better. Chivalry is dead in some places. Thankfully you had the elderly angels to help you out! I LOVE places that don't charge for refills. That meal looks so good! I hope your feeling better!! =)

  12. holtkamp

    oh that is awful about the metro! i love following along with your adventures. hope your pregnancy is going well! :) -jen

  13. Boo D.C. Metro riders. Hope this doesn't happen to you again.

  14. amber

    i love date nights, and free refills!! and boo for the non-gentlemen on the metro!!

  15. Shorty

    Down here in the southern states, drink refills are always free pretty much everywhere. By the way, you two make dinner time look so lovely. As for chivalry, yeah, it's dead… sadly.

  16. oh that's so sad.. I'm not sure about London.. but when I was there I was always the one that got up..

    ps I love your film by the way.. so so beautiful..

  17. Whitney

    Now, now, chivalry in AL isn't dead. Maybe it's not in full swing like it used to be but it's definitely not dead (that's been my experience). Those men are just crazy rude and should've given you a seat! Props to the women who did the men's job!
    Sorry about the fall, that just can't be fun.
    The garlic bread looks so yummy!

  18. Breezy

    That is so sad. Even living in Oklahoma I find gentlemen hard to find. Thankful that little old ladies are standing up and standing in! Congrats on your baby! =)

  19. Linka

    I feel you on the un-gentlemen behavior! It's like, I know your mama raised you better!

  20. ew that make me so sad and disgraced by the majority of the male race. didn't their mother's teach them any manners? I mean commonnnn…if you have a boy, I am confident that you guys will raise him to give up his seat for any women, even if she's not pregnant or elderly.

  21. Wow, how sad that they did'nt give up their seat! Chivalry is indead dead. But your chicken meal looked AMAZING! I'm hungry looking at that picture!

    http://www.cuppycakeme.blogspot.com

  22. well the food looks delicious! that would have definitely made me sad about the metro as well…but when you think about it, just a little bit, doesn't it make you happy that you've snagged one of the great men who would in fact give up their seat on the train? at least there's that :)

  23. Danielle

    I think age has something to do with it as well. Rarely do I see a younger (teen-20's) person give up there seat.

    Glad you are ok, though!

  24. Brittany

    this just made my morning fantastic. i spent this summer in london, and nando's was our favorite little place. the peri peri chicken pitas and corn on the cob hit the spot every time, and it was only a 7 minute walk from our flat. we'd always talk about how we'd miss it and how much we wanted it to come to america.

    wish granted. so exciting!

  25. Helen

    I am obsessed with Nando's! There's one about 3 doors down from my office and I have lunch there so often. It's a British staple these days!

  26. LOVE that picture of Josh. It looks like a still from a movie.

  27. I can't stand that! A pregnant woman and no guy offers his seat? Ridiculous. Makes me sad too. Glad you found free, yummy lemonade!

  28. That food looks delicious!! I have a friend who's uncle always asked a waitress, "do you have free refills here?" and if the waitress says, "yes" he says, "Great. I'll have one of those!" — I think its really funny. Not sure if the waitress likes it too much though.

    Sorry to hear about your leg, and rude men on the metro. Hopefully both get better..and FAST. : )

  29. Oh no! Good thing you are okay for the most part and Josh was there to catch you. :) So literal to the saying right? Sucks about the chivalry but luckily your dinner made up for it a little.

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com
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  30. Ashley

    I agree with Tara. How rude (I feel like Stephanie from Full House). lol. But that was nice of the elderly women. How sweet.

    <3 Ash

  31. Swiss men often hold doors for me and once I even had an offer to help me with my heavy grocery bags! (and it was totally NON creepy). However, since I've never been pregnant I can't really comment on that aspect. All I can say is, if I have sons and I find out they do anything like what you described, they will be in HUGE TROUBLE!!
    p.s. I hope your leg feels better!!

  32. I think during my entire pregnancy I was offered a seat on the metro only 4 or 5 times. And I was riding until the end…when I was a week past my due date!

    Also, if you need some delicious protein/chicken. Head to Arlington and visit El Pollo Rico. Best Peruvian chicken in the States…promise.

  33. maybe i live in some sort of magical land, but i'm much farther south of the mason-dixon line and i had no trouble with chivalry while i was pregnant. in fact, i still have no trouble with chivalry, sometimes even if i don't have my baby with me. people let me in front of them in line, they hold doors for me, pick things up when i drop them – and i had really taken it for granted until you mentioned your metro ride.
    i hope you get to experience some of the chivalry i know this world has to offer, and soon!

  34. I love Nando's. It's actually a South African chain. The first time I went to Nando's was in Botswana! So excited when I saw it in D.C. a couple years ago.

  35. Yes, I've heard over and over that women are more likely to offer to give up their seat. What's up with that? Love your blog, your photography is beautiful!

  36. Becki

    We lived in DC for 4 years (and loved it!). My husband, who is very chivalrous, was always surprised and annoyed by selfish and rude people on the metro and metrobus. Pentagon City Costco was also a place where people showed no kindness. We often found ourselves driving 30 minutes south to the Newington Costco, where everyone is polite, southern, and country.

  37. your meal looks delish! it always baffles me when men are completely inconsiderate of pregnant women…it's such a shame. and i can't believe you fell! hope you're feeling okay…take care of yourself!

  38. becky

    I love Nando's! I am really saddened to hear that no man gave you their seat up on the bus. I still believe men should give up their seats to ANY woman (which never, ever happens which just goes to prove how Victorian I am in my views) but my real priorities are for the elderly and pregnant ladies. It always makes me smile when men actually do and grimace when they simply don't. I never mind or begrudge standing for the elderly or children or almost-Mum's but men should be doing it today. Perhaps that's just a little bit too sexist for today's world. I am also so sad to hear that you fell but very, very happy to hear that your gentleman was there to catch you :)

  39. That is so sad that men won't offer up their seats. But I'm glad that women stick together and make up for a lack of chivalry.

  40. Lindsey

    That makes me sad too. I swear, I think just plain courtesy in general is dead. At least you got to enjoy a wonderful dinner that night.

  41. Logan

    I dream (DREAAAAM!) of having your hair. And I've been reading this blog for SOME time now, so don't be modest and say it's the pregnancy! LOVE.

  42. i think chivalry has been dead for a while, very very sad indeed. i hope you are okay! it's scarry seeing pregnant women lose their balance. one time at the movie theater my sister fell [she was also pregnant] and then her water broke and people thought she was peeing. she was so embarrassed, but everything worked out just great :)

  43. When I was 8 months pregnant I tripped and fell on my face…right in front of everyone. hehe
    Chivalry is definitely dead however…my husband is a true knight in Shining Armor and I know your's is too!! Aren't we blessed?!?

  44. I went to Nando's website…what a beautiful atmosphere! I love all the natural wood. Hope that appetite for other proteins comes back once the baby arrives, so you can continue for your hunt for the burger! ;)

  45. misie

    we recently got a nandos in Annapolis, MD – it's delightful. Once your bambino is born i would suggest the sangria – it's delicious. the garlic bread on your plate looked like heaven – putting it on the "to taste" list for sure.
    as for the DC metro – some things will never change. i rode in and out of town for 2 years and rarely was chilvalry shown – major sad face.

  46. PJ

    What kind of camera do you use? I love your photos.

  47. So sorry you fell! I LOVE Nandos. I've only been to them in London – I need to find one in Ca.

  48. michelle

    had the same lack of manners riding public transit in SF. Elderly men and women and ladies my age would always offer me their seat. Very rarely a man in his 20s-50s would. Sometimes I'd "accidentally" stick my belly in his face to hit his newspaper or book and smile at him. It still wouldn't work.

    On the rare occasion a gentleman did offer me his seat, I always took it. Even if I felt like standing. I wanted him to know I appreciated the offer and to hopefully set an example for other men to do the same.

    ps: love your hair and lipstick. Always have. How do you eat without getting your lipstick smearing everywhere?!

  49. that makes me sad, too. :( and who would have thought your baby would be a pseudo-vegetarian?!

  50. aaah nandos.. love of my life :)

  51. Johanna

    What!? Are people unkind or just too absorbed in their own bubble to consider others? Hmmph. Makes me sad too.

  52. I am so sorry you fell. I hope your bebe is okay!
    I've had the exact same experience with men never offering a seat to me, even when I have the most obvious pregnant belly. I've thought a bit about it and I think there are just less kids in cities so people aren't experiencing the process and don't really know what to do. They don't realize that it could be hard to balance yourself on a moving train when you have 20 pounds of baby on your stomach because they haven't watched it first hand while in the city. But maybe if they had stayed home and watched their sister be pregnant or had a wife or friend or something then they would know. Or maybe chivalry really is dead. I think it died when the feminist movement was born.

  53. Ashley

    My hubs and I went to Disney World when I was 5 months pregnant and no men would give up their seats for me either! I met a woman waiting for a bus 7 months pregnant with twins and when we got on the over crowded bus her husband shouted, "Will no one get up for these pregnant women?!" And THEN some guys got up. I'm definitely raising my son to have manners!

  54. Nando Peri-Peri is my absolute favorite!!! And if you like their free refills on drinks, just try their free refills on FROZEN YOGURT!

  55. not a single guy offered you his seat? not cool, fellas, not cool.

    that looks like the best comfort food ever.

  56. no way, mate! that's awful. dudes need to de-throne when there's is a woman with child standing RIGHT in front of them. c'mon dudes.

    the chicken looks like it made up for it, in some small way. looks SO good.
    xo.

  57. Kelsi

    restaurants actually make you pay for drink refills?! holy cow. (that definitely shows that i don't get around to many restaurants other than mcdonald's and taco bell)

    glad you didn't get hurt worse in your little middle-of-the-street fall!

  58. Wow, were I to be in a similar chivalry-less metro situation, I'd most definitely have said to the old ladies offering me a seat, and I'd say this very loudly: "No thanks, I'm sure one of these gentlemen sitting down right in front of me will offer me a seat." And what guy won't be shamed into behaving properly once he hears that?

  59. Karen

    I LOVE Nandos! yum yum :)

  60. Bre

    That chicken dinner looks fantastic. I'm so sorry you fell and you encountered rudeness on the metro. I'm hoping for more chivalry from the men next time!

  61. Colleen

    That's awful! In NYC I gave my seat to a pregnant woman and when I got up another person stole it and sat in it immediately. I had to ask her to stand because I was giving my seat to the pregnant woman, lol! What a world sometimes….

  62. J+K

    Ouch! I hope you feel better! It always makes Me sad when people do stuff like that!

  63. Chelsea

    you two are so sweet!

  64. kylie

    i love nando's! when i was in london, we ate there ALL the time. i didn't know it existed in the u.s. i guess i'll have to make a trip to dc to check it out! :)

  65. that makes me sad too.

    your dinner looks yum though!

  66. andria t

    you and your husband are the cutest couple. this might sound corny but your blog gives me hope that marriages can stay alive :). ps i love your dog he is the cutest!

    andria

  67. Clare

    I just wanted to let you know that I adore your photos. And when I'm pregnant, I want to look just as cute & stylish as you do!

  68. Kelsey

    boo to those men. not ok. yaaaa to those nice women! perhaps empathetic :)

  69. Emma

    Is Nando's a big chain there? It is here in the UK and unfortunately it's really gone down in quality. A shame, because I couldn't agree with you more about the awesomeness of bottomless drinks!

  70. jb

    Naomi I love your blog so I left you a little love on my blog. Stop in to collect it when you can.

    huggs
    jb

  71. I will be talking to my son about this tonight. He will not be one of those men!

    My poor boy, every time men in the world do things wrong he has to get a lecture on how not to be like that. :)

  72. CBJ

    awwww, that is very sad. i love gentleman, but they are hard to come by these days!
    luckily, i have my very own gentleman :) we got married about two weeks ago!

  73. Sarah

    I agree with the idea that some guys these days are lacking the chivalry gene. Maybe their mothers didn't teach them? I guess we'll never know…

    Keep up the blogging! Your life is so cute! I can't wait to keep reading :)

    Your new reader,
    Sarah xoxo

  74. It makes me so sad that so many men don't know how to be gentlemen anymore. It makes me very thankful for my Gentleman of a husband and the example he is setting for my 3 year old son. Our son opens doors for me and helps me out of the car not because he is told to but because his Daddy does it. If you have a little boy he will be a gentleman because his daddy is.

  75. It makes me so sad that so many men don't know how to be gentlemen anymore. It makes me very thankful for my Gentleman of a husband and the example he is setting for my 3 year old son. Our son opens doors for me and helps me out of the car not because he is told to but because his Daddy does it. If you have a little boy he will be a gentleman because his daddy is.

  76. Oh if I had a dollar every time I fell while pregnant – during the last trimester it became at least a weekly annoyance. And to think, I used to be a ballerina! I feel your pain cyber friend.

  77. abby

    not one seat offered to you other than by cute little old ladies?! i bet they were horrified . . . i, myself, am always shocked when guys so much as offer to hold a door for me. ah, the northeast . . .

  78. Nando's is the best! :D People that don't offer their seats on buses annoy me so much!

  79. Wow! I didn't know Nando's was in the US. It kinda looks better… Bit upset about that!

    x

  80. beth

    nando's peri peri is the best! absolutley love it.

  81. Mmm. Nando's. I told my husband the only way I'm moving to New Zealand is if they have Nando's. Apparently they do :) All problems solved with Nando's. It's like duct tape for the soul and the belly.

  82. we're roughly the same age, but every day i look at your blog, it gives me hope of things to come… marriage, babies, and… maybe if i'm really lucky, amazing bangs. thank you, for so candidly allowing us to be a part of your life : )

  83. Annie

    awww thank you for reminding me that I keep meaning to go back to nando's – yum!!! I really don't like to hear that part about the metro.. it's just so sad and stories like that seem way too common. The other day my husband was helping a blind woman on and none of the men offered to move for her. unbelievable. but back to the happier note of nando's – I'm going to make sure we go there really soon :) Hope your leg is feeling better..