Our first stop was the National Zoo replete with lions, tigers, and bears…and hippos, apes, elephants (you get the picture).
From there we headed up to
We ate at Dino the last time we were in DC. They continue to live up to and exceed our expectations. The menu contained a whole heap of appetizers – we wanted to order everything. They also featured a cheese plate. What to do? What to do? We looked at the wine list – a multi-page affair on a clipboard. The Brunellos and Barolos were too dear for our pocketbook, so we opted for the next best thing – 2004 Rosso di Montalcino Collemattoni. Full body and tannin balanced against dark fruits of cherry and cassis. Can you say yummy? We sure did. Once we had our wine, we found out the special of the evening – a 2 pound ribeye for 2. That did it. We dropped our other appetizer plans. Well, my hubby ordered a small plate of the meatballs (3 small ones in a delicious tomato sauce), and I ordered an Acciuga salad (Caesar-like), complete with anchovy filet. The steak was a honking piece of beef. Bone in, charbroiled with herbs, and drizzled with olive oil. It was served on a butcher block. Medium rare. Great with the wine. Served with a very tiny portion of fingerling potatoes and sautéed greens (we could have done with a few more potatoes). We ended up taking the whopper of a bone home, so I can make stock. For dessert, I chose the sinful chocolate route with Tris di Cioccolato – warm chocolate soufflé cake, bittersweet chocolate gelato, and chocolate crema Inghlese – washed down with a glass of Dow’s 2000 Late Bottled Vintage Port. While my dessert was pure dark chocolate heaven, my husband’s dessert (actually dessert drink) was a tasty discovery. He ordered Gelato Affrogato – house made vanilla gelato “drowned” in espresso. To drink he made a bold move and ordered a glass of Altri Grappa – Nardini Cedro (sweet
We awoke to a cloudy, drizzly day with much cooler temperatures. We headed over to
So, as we drooled over our wine, we ordered lunch. My hubby had to have the Hanger Steak with Frites. Good choice, given the wine. I decided in favor of brunch – Eggs Benedict with crab cakes and sautéed spinach instead of Canadian bacon. The crab cakes were all sweet crab. And the wine was so yummy, it paired well with all food choices (maybe, I was a wee bit enamored over this bottle?).
For dinner we returned to
Despite the misstep at Lavandou, we had a lovely weekend away from workday worries. Next time we will avoid the cow poo.
I'll leave you with a few more pictures of DC...