Last night was definitely what I needed.


I headed up to National Harbor with my friend Rachel to see Cirque du Soleil’s Totem show. And it. Was. Awesome. As all Cirque shows are.


Before we made it to the actual show, however, we indulged in seriously one of the best meals I have had in a long time. We stopped in at Bond 45, an insanely delicious (and insanely expensive) Italian-style steakhouse. Now you, like me, may have wondered what “Italian steakhouse” is supposed to mean.


Well, basically it meant that not only did we get to have amazing steak, but also fresh mozzarella and the best prosciutto of my life. And bellinis.


Seriously. Mindblowing. Filet.

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It’s a traditional steakhouse in that you order the steak and side dishes separately, so in addition to the mozzarella/prosciutto platter we got, and our filets, we also got a side of potatoes to share. Which actually went almost entirely uneaten. Not because they weren’t good (they were! Spicy!), but because there was so much other deliciousness to fill up on. Bond 45 also served us the most gigantic popovers I have ever seen (I couldn’t finish!) so we didn’t even end up needing the side at all. Ah well — leftovers!


The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so the two of us strolled around National Harbor for a bit to help ourselves digest before heading over to the Cirque du Soleil site. We got tickets to this show on LivingSocial, and I was so excited! The last Cirque show I went to was in Ottawa several years ago (I’ve been to three total).

The Grand Chapiteau!


Once we went inside the tent, we played around for a little while, checking out the merch and browsing through the programs and whatnot.

I was seriously tempted to buy this $19 mini hat headband thing.

Then it was time for the show!


Totem definitely did NOT disappoint. I felt like I spent the entire 2 hours with my mouth simply agape. It is amazing what the human body is capable of. And having done CrossFit and whatnot a few times now, I feel like I have an extra appreciation for how FREAKING HARD it is to do some of that stuff. During the performance of the people doing crazy-ass stuff on the rings, all I could think was how I couldn’t even hold myself up for ONE ring dip. Kudos, Cirque performers. Kudos.

If you’re in the area, I would heartily recommend going to see this show. It’s a lot of fun, not nearly as “weird” as some of the other Cirque shows are (Mystere was particularly trippy — in a good way, of course!), and, of course, UBER impressive.

Just what I needed to get my mind off of things, as I said!

Huzzah for the “circus”! 🙂


  1. What a great way to relax and unwind. Food and a show 🙂 sounds like the perfect night!

    The food looks simply mouth-watering!

    I love Cirque shows! I’ve seen 4 and they were all amazing. This reminds me that I should look into going to one when I go to Vegas in October 😀

    • Ugh, jealous! You definitely have your pick of shows in Vegas. I really want to see O… and Zumanity… and the Beatles one… and the Michael Jackson one… grah!

  2. I saw Totem in Montreal 2 years ago! It was so awesome. I think my favourite was the Darwin juggling lit balls in the cone. That was so cool.

    …and the frogs. I really liked the frogs for some reason.

    • That part was AWESOME. I think my favorite was the flirting couple on the trapeze, but I loved the lit balls with the musical accompaniment of the various beakers and stuff. SO neat!

  3. Oh! What cool advertising for the Totem show! When the hubs and I were on our mini-moon in Vegas, we went and saw Zumanity, which was the “sexual side” of Cirque. It was Seriously SO GOOD! I’ve been dying to go back and see another show since.

    Perhaps Totem will be the next one on my list! 😀

    So glad you had a great day! The food looks phenomenal!

  4. Dan and I saw Totem in Baltimore last year and it was awesome! My favourite part was when they were “swimming” – it looked so real!

  5. Love, love, love Cirque shows! We have one here in Orlando which was my first one, but since then we saw a few in Vegas (Love was AMAZING!) and also one in LA, Iris, which was probably my favorite. Oh and Zarkana in June when we went to NYC – but apparently Zarkana is going to be housed in Vegas now, would TOTALLY recommend it!

    And with that, I just realized we’ve spent way too much money on Cirque tickets haha

  6. Love the Cirque shows. Went to one about 5 years ago and have to agree with total awesomeness.

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