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Update on my trip to DC from LA (very long)


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Update on my trip to DC from LA (very long)

BombayUpWithaTwist | Mar 18, 2005 08:39 PM

We had a wonderful trip to the DC area and wanted to let you know where we ended up for our meals.

Our first night we went to Gerard’s Place and had a very pleasant meal. It had a nice romantic atmosphere, full bar, (full bar is a good thing…can’t you tell by my name;o) nice wine list and menu. We started out with sautéed Foie Gras and Sweetbreads which were both fantastic. I had the rabbit which I enjoyed very much, but my husband’s scallops were too salty. They said they may have double salted them. The cheese plate was pretty mediocre ( I told the waiter that the goat cheese was like cotton candy fluff with barely a taste of the chevre) I did enjoy their passion fruit “soufflé” It was dense, but light at the same time…a little hard to describe…you just have to try it. I was impressed that the tea that they served was Mariage Freres…it was a tea bag, but still… One negative about the night was my line of sight was on a woman's foot who had taken off her shoe and tucked her leg underneath her wasn't too appetizing seeing a stockinged heel and toes...

Lunch the next day was at Old Ebbitt’s Grill. It was the day of the St. Patrick’s Day parade and we didn’t have a reservation, but the wait was only about 30 mins. Had Bloody Mary’s at the front bar while we waited to be seated. Loved the atmosphere, food was ok as posters had warned.

When we were walking around Georgetown found a lovely Chinese tea place called Ching Ching Cha. The décor is very serene and beautiful. They have many teas to choose from and depending on the type of tea you choose the tea pot and the way it’s served is different. I had a White Ooloong Tea which I didn’t even know existed, it was served very formally with a tiny teapot over a ceramic peforated dish for discarding water, a cup for fragrance and another cup to drink from. I loved the flavor and the set-up. My husband had some type of medicinal tea which he hoped would get rid of the extra cholestrol from the foie gras from the night before. His setup came with everything mine had except for the fragrance cup. They also have a big pot of water on each table so you can keep re-filling your cup or teapot. They served all kinds of appetizers and a few sweets and even had a bento box lunch. We just had the tea.

Dinner in the evening was at Bistro Bis. Loved the décor, but the service was atrocious…Waiter didn’t come for drink order for 15 mins, it took the cocktails another 15 mins after he took our order, sparkling water was not cold, main courses WERE cold, brought wrong glass of wine with entrée, forgot our side dish, had to ask for bread, etc. I started out with a delicious asparagus salad with a poached egg and greens, my husband had the frisee salad which was good. He had the duck confit for his main course which probably would have been great if it were not cold. I had the Rockfish fisherman’s stew…again, would have been better if it were not cold. The cheese cart looked great, but by that time we were too fed up. We did complain to the manager and he was very gracious and took off 50% of our check…that made the evening much better!! The problem was that there were 3 big parties (6-10 people at each) with only two waiters in our section and they said that they had a lot of unexpected walk-ins. It was a Sun night and we thought it would be a slow night, but no…. We would go back because the manager was so understanding and I would like to try the food again.

Next day I had Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel. They were doing renovation to the place, but it wasn’t too inconvenient. The service was good, but the whole tea experience was just ok. They did give me a newspaper to read since I was by myself which was thoughtful. I was a little disappointed that the teapots were just regular hotel style ones, but they did give you an extra one filled with plain hot water for refills. The scones and other pastries were good, but the sandwiches were obviously pre-made too far in advance. I went when they first started serving and some of the bread was already stale.

Dinner that evening was steaks at Charlie Palmer’s. I love having a good steak and a cold martini!! Again, we liked the modern décor and the service was great. Loved my spinach salad with the 3 mins egg on the side. I had the rib-eye which was good, husband had the hangar steak which was different than most since they cut it up for you and it came with 3 oysters wrapped in a puff pastry like shell. We thought that we had to try at least one steak place while we were in DC and that was the only place we could get reservations. Loved the people watching too.

For lunch the next day we went to CF Folks for Tex-Mex specials. We loved the place! The proprietor was very friendly and you can’t beat his personality. We ate at the counter and had tortilla soup which was perfect for the cold brisk day and the chicken enchiladas while we listened to Opera from his satellite radio. What a combo!

As we were sightseeing we found another tea place called Teaism. I guess by now, you can tell that I am a tea drinker;o) I liked how they had so many nice selections. We both ended up with the Ceylon tea. It seems like a great place to have a bite to eat too. They have a surprisingly extensive menu for such a small place. Again, some bento boxes and I was surprised to see Ochazuke on the menu too (rice with green tea and some kind of condiment on top). We only had the tea.

Our last dinner we wanted something more casual and the concierge recommended Filomena’s in Georgetown. What a great sight to see the Pasta Mamas as soon as you walk in the door! I started with the Bresaola with artichokes and greens which was delicious. Hubby had Caesar Salad which was pretty tasteless. I had the homemade gnocchi with Bolognese sauce made with Beef, Veal and Pork which was very tasty. Hubby had a veal which was just ok.

Our final meal was at Obrycki’s in Baltimore since we were flying out of BWI. They had just opened the previous day. The creamy crab soup, was good, but a little too rich. The savory crab soup didn’t have much crab flavor. I had the steamed crabs, I liked the spices on it, but sorry…I think I like Dungeness and Rock Crab better. Maybe because they are bigger and a little easier to eat. Hubby had the Crab Imperial ( I think that was what it was called) it was in a white sauce with Sherry…again a little too rich. It was great having crabs in Maryland in the middle of March!

Overall, we enjoyed our meals and again thanks for all the input!

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