i know you are probably tired of my bombarding you with DC posts, but you’re just gonna have to put up with it, okay!?
we actually didn’t go out to eat that much while we were in DC. the place we stayed had a kitchen, so we cooked our breakfasts and dinners there to keep costs down.
but lunch was a different story.
our first lunch in the district was spent at a restaurant called jaleo. it is a tapas restaurant (meaning small plates) with spanish-influenced food. when eating at a tapas restaurant, since the plates are very small, you order 2 or 3 plates per person, and enjoy them family style. i love this. this is the reason that tapas restaurants are my fave! you get to try so many things rather than just having a huge portion of one boring entree.
but the thing i loved the most was the sliced apple and fennel salad with manchego cheese, walnuts, and sherry dressing. i loved this so much that i made my own version of it and shared it here.
the next day we ate at another spanish-influenced tapas restaurant called oyamel.
we had their guacamole and some mini tacos, but the thing that impressed me the most was their hearts of palm salad, which contained julienned hearts of palm, radish, orange, grapefruit, and avocado with a tamarind dressing. some day i will recreate this as well. yummm. isn’t it pretty?
i mentioned this in a previous post, but the third day we were there, we had lunch at the american indian museum. they have authentic native american cuisine, much of which is gluten-free and vegetarian. all the food was even labeled based on different food allergies and preferences. AND it was delicious.
thankfully, we found a few cupcake places that sold gluten-free cupcakes. our favorite was hello cupcake, which offers a different gluten-free flavor each day! needless to say, we went there every day we were there. hehe. my favorite was a lemon cupcake with strawberry icing (NOM), but i did also enjoy the chocolate cupcake with peanut-butter frosting. mmm.
we also found red velvet cupcakery, but they only offered one gluten-free flavor at all times. still good though.
last but not least, lucky for us, we found a cute little tea shop called teasim, which we ended up visiting every day since it was so cold. the place was awesome! sooo many teas (my favorite being a berry tisane), and even had a food menu. i loved that we found this place; it was a life saver in the 20 degree weather for us texans!
so, this is the last of the washinton, DC posts. are you sad? well, you should just visit!! but before you go, make sure you check out all of my DC posts so you don’t miss out on some amazing stuff while you’re there!
[All photos were taken in March 2011.]