Last Friday my mother and two sisters converged on Washington to celebrate my mothers 75th birthday with me and Liz Mc. I had gotten us all tickets for the Birchmere and we ate in Del Ray beforehand, a trick we learned from Marty L. We had great tacos (the duck, pork and pineapple, and fish were all hits) at Poblano Taqueria and then walked a few feet over to Del Ray Dreamery for dessert. I had asked the owner if she would be willing to feature a chocolate custard as the daily flavor because my mother is a chocolate lover and how often does a person turn 75 anyway? She granted my wish and the flavor of the day was Chocolate Frango Mint. It was creamy and chocolaty with only a hint of mint.
On Saturday, we saw the Calder/Miro show at the Phillips then had lunch at Teaism in Dupont. Everybody loved the smoked salmon, chicken sausage, cilantro eggs, naan and raita. The place was crowded and, as sometimes happens, a group of patrons just couldnt resist trying to save a big table while waiting for their food. This is a well advertised no-no because it leaves people standing with full trays while the empty-handed scofflaws hog the tables. I told the manager what was going on and he was all set to evict the bad guys, but another big table opened up in the nick of time.
That evening we had dinner at the Little Fountain Café. The fried calamari was delicate, hot and not chewy. The salads were a stand-out, particularly the one with figs and gorgonzola. The roast chicken, filet mignon, seafood stew and halibut special were also very good. Then, for dessert, the pastry chef, Lauren, had made our family favorite, chocolate cake with lemon icing. I had e-mailed her the recipe and it turned out exactly right. She also decorated it with curls of lemon and lime and little mint sprigs. It was beautiful. The meal, including a bottle and two glasses of pinot noir and the birthday cake, came to $54 per person. Not bad at all.