Hot Spots to Cool Off: Captain Cookie and the Milkman

What better way to deal with the 95-degree heat today than to head down to the food trucks and grab some local ice cream and fresh cookies?

Captain Cookie and the Milkman is one of the best food trucks these bloggers have ever come in contact with. On any given day, you can walk up, have your choice of six or seven different ice cream flavors or six or seven different kinds of cookies. The flavors rotate on a daily basis, but no matter what day it is, you’re bound to find a flavor you love.

And here’s the best thing about Captain Cookie: Not only is the ice cream local, creamy, cold and AMAZING; its also cheap. A bowl of ice cream is only $1.50, a far cry from the prices at fro-yo and ice cream shops around the city.

The cookies (freshly baked each day) are only $1.25 each; and though a hot, gooey cookie may not be what the body calls for on a steamy D.C. lunch-hour, ice cream sandwiched by those scrumptious delectables is exactly what you need. Have your choice of any flavor of ice cream with any cookie (we sampled peanut butter cookies with chocolate ice cream) and enjoy it quickly before it melts! You’ll want every last drop of melted ice cream and every last crumb of your cookie.

To find out where Captain Cookie is every day, be sure to follow their Twitter handle, @captaincookiedc. If you’re not near Captain Cookie today, be sure to check out our other Hot Spots.

Hot Spots to Cool Off: Fountains

On a day like today, where the thermometer will top out at 101 degrees, one starts to understand why D.C. has so many interactive fountains.

Rather than trek up to Volta Pool, why not take a short dip in one of D.C.’s many interactive fountains to cool off today? The best part of these fountains is that you can splash around in them for a couple of minutes without taking off your clothes, then put your shoes back on and return to your day.

Spray fountains have the added bonus of having constantly moving water, so the water isn’t stagnant and never gets uncomfortably soupy on hot days like today. Our friends over at DCist have compiled a list of the best splash fountains in the District, so whether you’re stuck in Georgetown or wandering up to Columbia Heights, you have the opportunity to quickly cool off.

Beware though: not all fountains are for fun. Most fountains in D.C. (including the one in Dupont Circle) aren’t for swimming, so don’t go splashing around in them.

If you’re not near one of the splash fountains (Georgetown, Columbia Heights or Navy Yard), be sure to check out our other Hot Spots today.

Hot Spots to Cool Off: Down Dog Yoga

It’s 104 degrees outside. Sweat starts to drip down your forehead like 2 seconds after you walk outside. And so, D.C. (and indeed the entire mid-Atlantic) are looking for some relief from the heat. And so all of the usual hot spots to cool off (your fro-yo shops and fancy milkshake restaurants) are probably all going to be packed. So why not cool off with some hot yoga?

Yeah, I know, it may seem counterintuitive to go to hot yoga on a day when you could do hot yoga outside (and you’d probably sweat more there). It’s not. Hot yoga is a great way to cool off on a hot day like today. Why?? Sweat. Sure, it might be unbearable to walk from the heat into… well, more heat. At first. But then, you change your perspective (as only yoga makes you do). Trust us, the best way to cool off on this hottest of summer days is to sweat it all out, get some energy flowing and do some ujjayi breathing.

Down Dog Yoga is the Georgetown yoga hotspot. It’s typical Georgetown, also. Hot girls in yoga pants with iPhones and bros looking to workout their core (along with some way-to-healthy D.C. businesspeople) converge on the small studio at Potomac and the Canal to practice yoga and sweat.

If you’ve never done yoga before, today’s your day. Every Friday, the Georgetown yoga studio has a free community class at 4 p.m. If not, classes are $12 for a drop-in (or you can start your free week of yoga for unlimited yoga for the next week). After your class, run over to the plethora of fro-yo shops or run down to the waterfront to douse yourself in that fountain. Note: Stay hydrated. You lose a lot of water in the heat and humidity. And even more in yoga.

And stay tuned for more hot spots this weekend: There is supposed to be record breaking heat until at least Sunday.

Down Dog Yoga
1046 Potomac St. NW
Washington, DC
10 minute walk from campus

Hot Spots to Cool Off: Ted’s Bulletin

We’re on the back half of the first true heat wave of the summer. But today, with a forecast high of 100, we’re still forced to find some AC to avoid melting in the scorching heat outside. As with every day over 95, we here at 4E want to show you one awesome D.C. spot to escape the heat so you don’t have to turn into a useless, AC-dependent lump.

Today’s spot — Ted’s Bulletin. This is the spot for all you Capitol Hill folks who can brave a sweaty walk from Capitol Hill down to Eastern Market (or a quick Metro ride from Capitol South). But the walk is well worth it for this restaurant, notorious for all-day breakfasts, giant cheeseburgers and — the reason it’s our second Hot Spot to Cool Off — milkshakes. Both with or without alcohol.

Whether you’re looking for a full meal or for a quick (albeit fancy and pricey) milkshake, this is the perfect spot to cool off if you’re near the Hill today. And though we here at 4E appreciate a good “Walk of Shame Breakfast Burrito” (a real menu item — try it, it’s aweosme) at any time of the day (you can order that for dinner), the best reason to visit Ted’s on a day like today is a nice milkshake.

The milkshakes are awesome. (They should be — it’s $6.49 for a normal one and $8.99 for an alcoholic one.) But if any milkshake is worth such prices, this one would be it. Ted’s has 16 flavors of normal milkshakes — from chocolate and vanilla to apple pie and PB&J — so those of us under 21 have plenty to love. But for those lucky enough to be able to order an adult milkshake, this should be your drink of choice on this hot and humid Thursday.

The adult milkshakes are inventive (and, according to some over-21’s near us) were amazing. From the sounds of the menu, our favorite dairy drink concoctions include the Twisted Coconut (rum with flavors of coconut and either Key Lime Pie or Bananas Foster), the Nutty Professor (a peanut butter milkshake with hazelnut liqueur) and the Dirty Girl Scout (like a Thin Mint with peppermint schnapps). Just don’t get too carried away on the alcohol, especially on such a sticky day.

So, instead of heading straight home to the Hilltop after a long day at the Hill, stroll on down to Ted’s and get your Thirsty Thursday started off right — with some breakfast and a great milkshake.

Ted’s Bulletin
505 8th St. SE
Washington, DC
Accessible via Metro Orange/Blue lines or Metrobus 32/36 lines

If the trek over to Eastern Market is too far for you, you can always check out 4E’s other Hot Spots to cool off, like Mr. Yogato in Dupont Circle.

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Hot Spots to Cool Off: Mr. Yogato

If you can’t already tell by this steamy morning, it’s going to be HOT today. (The Weather Channel is predicting 98.) So, today 4E is inaugurating a new series for the summer: everyday forecast to be 95 and above and we show you a great spot to cool off.

This is going to be the first day over 95 of the summer, so we figured we’d showcase our favorite fro-yo place outside of Georgetown (and it even rivals our local establishments.) And with what we though would be the best place to cool off on this steamiest of Washington days.

Mr. Yogato isn’t so much a fro-yo shop as it is an entertainment experience. You walk in, look at the giant white board on the wall, try your hand at the trivia of the day, the challenge of the day and the voice of the day to see if you can get any discounts. When 4E checked it out, you could order like Butters from South Park, answer a wordplay trivia question or pick 6 countries with a “P” in them what didn’t start with “P” — and for some reason neither Cape Verde nor Sao Tome and Principe counted.

Even though their criteria for what is and isn’t a country needs to be revised significantly, after your trivia or funny voice, you get your hand at four different flavors available each day (though they’ve concocted 25, including pink guava and pear cinnamon) served with your choice of 40 toppings. Regardless of the infinite choices available to you, the fro-yo is excellent — the perfect mixture of tangy, sweet and creamy. After the lengthy ordering process, hang around and play Tetris while watching other customers undergo the torturous process of thinking of 6 countries with a “P” in them that aren’t Sao Tome and Principe or Cape Verde.

Despite the fact that 4E was jipped out of a 5 percent discount, this is the ideal place to avoid the sweat and cool off. Yogato is cool (fro-yo), out of the sun (it’s below street level), fun (we could have ordered our fro-yo like Butters from South Park) and has a hip clientele (it’s on 17th Street!)

Mr. Yogato
1515 17th St. NW
Washington, DC
Accessible via GUTS, Metrobus G2 (the closest bus stop to Yogato from Georgetown), Metro Red Line or Capital Bikeshare (our favorite)

Photo credit: Michelle Cassidy/The Hoya