In February, Ross and I were discussing going to visit his sister, Claire, in New York City and our friends Lori and Brian in Charlotte, NC. Next thing we had a ten day road trip planned to see them and others along the way. As the trip included many food adventures I thought I would document it for you here. Here is part three of the trip.
Saturday April 23
Breakfast of smoke fish and bagels (see post 2) followed by a trip into DC to go the Bureau of Engraving. Oops. Closed on weekends. Thanks government web site for telling us that when we checked the hours. NOT.
We decided to go to the American History museum at the Smithsonian to see Julia Child’s Kitchen. It was in “Food” which was a great exhibit. Her kitchen was awesome along with her histories and some old videos of various shows including a really old Emeril episode when he was probably thirty something.
We walked through the transportation exhibit which included an old Chicago Ravenswood B train. Very cool to see a piece of my childhood in a museum…As Kristin said “hmm our childhood is in a history museum”. Good? Not sure. Decided we needed a road trip down the historic Route 66 some year. A journey trip as opposed to a destination trip (again quoting Kristin).
Went for early Korean dinner at Kogiya in Annandale, VA. Some of the better Korean we have had. Banchan was already on the table when we were seated so we dug in and kept digging into many things for well over an hour.
I ordered a Korean wine that turned out to be a small bottle of a flavored soju. Needless to say I drank, in a shot glass, barely half and smuggled the rest to share with John and Wesley on the next leg in Richmond.
Back to the house for wine, a cello concert by Madame Eve (aka Genevieve) and our first episode of “The Night Manager“, a British show, I am already hooked on.
Sunday April 24th
Checked out of Hotel Genevieve (she plays hostess at the “hotel” aka their house) and headed to DC to see our friend Mike. It’s been a couple years and it was great to see and catch up with him.
On we went to Quantico, VA to take a quick look through the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Liked the war-by-war setup off a circular hallway. Hope to get back someday when the museum is complete. It is only ten years old and they are still collecting memorabilia to continue the exhibit expansion.
We headed south to Richmond, VA for a quick visit with John and Wesley. They’ve built an amazing structure I’ve watched in photos, become a house. We were very much looking forward to seeing them (Ross and Wesley hadn’t seen each other in over ten years!) and their amazing house. They have a skylight in the center of the house over the staircase which has glass flooring to cross over. You have to see it to really get the feeling of what I’m talking about. It is, by far, one of the most unique ideas in home design I have ever seen.
We walked a couple blocks to Saison for cocktails. Gladness in the Kingdom (Mezcal, Cocchi Torino, Averna, Campari, Orange Bitters) was sooooo good. Love a good mezcal beverage!
Dinner at Maple and Pine in the Quirk Hotel was very good. The gnocchi and pate were excellent. Scallops were good and salmon rillette too. Spring veg I liked much more than any one else. Schnitzel, swordfish, lamb, hanger is the order we preferred the mains. The sides with the hangar were awesome but the meat too chewy.