July 16, 2009

Take Me There Thursday

Washington D.C. – Week 3

In the Take Me Thursday – Washington D.C. series this month my goal is to feature eateries near the main tourist attractions as well as a few upscale fine dining establishments. This is to give a range of ideas – Washington D.C. can be affordable, enjoyable, of course educational and even a little romantic. It all depends where you look! :)

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit our nation’s capital in high school – it was the Citizenship Washington D.C. Focus trip through 4-H. My parents (came as chaperones & have visited D.C. twice more since) and I had an amazing time and I would love to go back! I will be sure to include bits I remember from our trip 10 years ago.

Couple of fun facts….

1 - The White House was originally called the “President’s Palace” or the “President’s House.” A Baltimore reporter once called it the “white house” in a newspaper article and the name caught on. Theodore Roosevelt made this the official name in 1901. {Source}
2 - The red phone you see in the Oval Office in many movies isn’t actually in the Oval Office. It’s in the Pentagon.

Breakfast –

First – this restaurant looks wonderful for any meal of the day. A traditional Slavic and Scandinavian menu and they have a wonderful Green initiative : this place is amazing. Be sure to check out their full menus; but for today—here are a couple breakfast options:

Salmon Pyt i Panna - $8
Hash of potatoes, carrots, onions and flaked salmon topped with a poached egg, a drop of mustard mayonnaise, caviar and dill.

Nordic eggs benedict with Salmon - $9
2 poached eggs and gravlax on toasted sourdough rounds, topped with hollandaise. Served with side salad. I'm curious after my first positive experience with eggs benedict....

Plus don’t forget fresh Scones for $3, and Abelskiver – Danish pancake balls sprinkled with powder sugar(weekends only though) 5 for $6.75. Sounds wonderful!

Lunch - Cheesetique

This place fascinates me - I was incredibly excited to find it. I love cheese. I love wine. It's simply perfection. Cheesetique has much to offer: you can sit at the Cheese & Wine Bar for, of course, wine and cheese, plus salads, small plate items and light entrees. View the entire delightful menu here.

There is a Cheese Shop as well - browse and select from their extensive lines of cheese, pate's, cured meats, wines, utensils, antipasto ingredients and much, much more. I drool just thinking about it.

Another fabulous place that just makes me want to travel to D.C. immediately! Founding Farmers is a green restaurant that purchases locally -- completely-- here is a description from the website:

"At Founding Farmers you can trust that everything we serve is sourced from fine, high quality family farms, and will be prepared with the utmost care and attention by our talented chefs and kitchen staff.

The Founding Farmers name represents a combination of ideas: it is a celebration of the land, and the American family farmer; it is a nod to the founding fathers of our country, many of whom owned and farmed land that surrounds Washington, DC; and it is a place where true, sustainably farmed, grown and harvested American foods reminiscent of traditions from across the land are brought to our guests."

Sound fabulous? Well wait till you look at the menu!

The appetizer menu alone is fairly extensive with items such as "Popcorn of the Day," Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese (double yum!) and this looker here - Devil-ish Eggs: The Combo - A deviled egg platter with an assortment of fillings: Maine lobster, Gulf crab, salmon and classic. Wow-wow-wozer. You could also start your meal with flatbreads, soups, salads, or a cheese plate.

Entree's are divided into several categories: Fresh Catch, Signatures, From the Ranch, Entree Salads, Nice Little Salads, Sandwiches and Handmade Pasta. Whew. I can't decide if the Steak Portobello (Steak-cut grilled portobello mushroom with mushroom risotto and parmesan cheese) or the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese (Homemade macaroni and fresh lobster meat in a creamy Gouda-Gruyere cheese sauce) sounds better. Or even the Lemon Meunière Diver Scallops (Seared diver scallops with lemon brown butter sauce. Served with pumpkin risotto). Or the... you know what. Go with friends - order - share - it's the only way to do it. The menu is almost too overwhelming otherwise.

Just be sure to end your meal with something fun (and don't share this one)--- Campfire Smores Pudding (Chocolate pudding with graham cracker crumbs and toasted marshmallow topping) Yum!!

Hope you enjoyed another run of Washington D.C. restaurants. Be sure to join me next week!

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