Saturday, July 08, 2006

Eating in DC....

FOOD is one of the important aspect of travel. No trip is complete without the memory of good food we eat. For our Washington DC trip, we hunt for cheap and good food recommended by other travellers and the DC local paper- Washingtonian.

First Day: Our flight was delayed due to bad weather. After an one hour detour stop at the nearby Dulles Airport, we reached the Ronald Reagan Airport around 8p.m. We have ham sandwiches as dinner that night.

Second Day: For lunch, we went to Cosi, a sandwich place where they serve breakfast and lunch. We sat near the counter where we could see the staff kneading the bread dough, putting them in the old fashion, cave like oven ( I don't know its proper name) and taking out the baked one. There's only one type of bread with different fillings, which I think is a good idea. Sometime too many choices make life complicated (at least for me). I ordered a BLT sandwich and OCT had a Grilled Chicken Sandwich. I preferred his actually, for the grilled chicken was so succulent and the bread was niceand crispy in a good way! I don't mind eating it again if we didn't make other dining plans for the subsequent days.

Dinner was at Malaysian Kopitiam. This is a small restaurant run by 2 Malaysians from Ipoh, and the place was being voted as a Cheap and Good eating place! We ate lamb satay, fried oyster, char kuay teow and rice. It was a nice meal except the chilli was not as hot as those in Malaysia.

3rd day: 4th July. Everywhere in the Mall area was crowded, humid and hot. After visited only one museum and watched first part of the parade, we decided to retreat to the comfort of our hotel room. Besides, OCT wanted to watch Italy vs Germany at 3p.m. We had our lunch at another sandwich place : Potbelly, which was pretty good and much cheaper than Cosi. For only $3.99 each , we had a sandwich which we ate for lunch and dinner. They even have live music performance in the restaurant when we were there. I don't mind eating there again, if it's not for the other plans we have......Oh, when being asked for the condiment choices, OCT told the staff we want EVERYTHING. hehehe, this is so OCT.

4th day: We woke up late, and had to give the Capitol tour amiss. We went straight to the Library of Congress tour, which took our breath away. I am not exaggerating, the beauty of the place is beyond words. And certainly my 3.2MP camera can't even capture 1/10 of its magnificient view. I greedily took in as many sight as my little brain can accommodate and save them in my memory. After the tour, we had lunch at the Longworth Cafeteria, just opposite the Capitol. It's a Senate Office building, the food there are reasonably priced, and tax-free. Not only that, they have wide choices of food for everybody. I ordered a wrap, which was huge, and OCT ordered a burger. Then we decided to share a salad among us. I really like their salad bar as they have many choices of veggies and meat.
Dinner was a Chinese meal at the Union Station Foodcourt. The fried rice was pretty tasteless, this was the worst meal we have in DC.

5th day: Last Day in DC, and we overslept AGAIN. Seems like we are destined to come back to DC for the Capitol tour another time. We had breakfast/lunch at Breadline, one of the local sandwich place at Penn. Ave that receive tonnes of rave reviews from other travellers and locals. We share a Cuban Sandwich among us. You won't believe how filling it was....

And for a late lunch, we checked out a local burger chain "Five Guys" . This family run business offer cheap and good burgers where they grind their beef chunk and handmade them into patties. They are opening a new outlet at the airport soon. If you happen to go there in the future, do check them out.

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