October 19, 2008 § Leave a comment
I was so happy when my dad and sister Laura came down for Parents’ Weekend yesterday. After experiencing midterm-hell for the past week, I needed to see them…and the goodies that they would inevitably bring with them. Mooncake, red bean paste, dried nori, etcetcetc. I will be satisfied in the Asian snack department for quite some time.
They were only here for the day so we had to sort our time wisely and efficiently. So we walked down to Rosslyn metro (the weather was absolutely beautiful outside, if a tiny bit chilly) and took the train to the Smithsonian where we got in touch with our inner child and oohed and aahed at the mammal dummies and Hope Diamond. We also got to see the new Ocean Hall that opened up.
Afterwards, my dad decided to take a catnap at the Shops at Georgetown Park, a wise choice since Laura and I used that time to stop by the lovely Baked and Wired (which is officially better than Georgetown Cupcake to me now that I’ve gone there twice) to get a Obama-yo-mama brownie (espresso and chocolate in the fudgiest fudgy texture) and Carrot cupcake with a heavenly creamcheese frosting. Speaking of creamcheese, I found the nicest vintage black tuxedo jacket with satin piping at Annie Creamcheese which I fell in love with. That and there was another spoon ring but I didn’t get it this time.
For dinner, the three of us walked down Cady’s Alley to Leopold’s, which I have been meaning to try for a while. It’s a very European-chic Austrian cafe that sells wonderfully hearty entrees, like the bratwurst with kraut that Laura got, delicately delicious pastries (there’s a giant case of them near the bar), or strong coffee for those visiting early in the morning.
My dad has a weakness for mussels so he got them in garlic and white wine broth paired with these extremely crispy frites and I got the roast chicken with chard, fingerling potatoes, and mustard sauce. To be honest, we weren’t really paying attention to the food, we were too busy talking. But that’s a good thing! I did manage to snap a couple appetizing-looking pictures so enjoy!