Weekend in DC: Day III

After a late Saturday night in Adams Morgan, we woke up the next morning to rejuvenate at the Dupont location of Teaism. My first experience with Teaism took place two months past, when Darien brought along a bag of Salty Oats on one of her weekend visits to the city. The crumbly oat cookies generously speckled with sea salt, proved so memorable that we made sure to include Teaism in our weekend agenda.

Moroccan mint green tea

The restaurant was quite lively in the morning with crowds of hungry customers, though luckily enough the lines move efficiently and we were able to find a seating for our group of seven with no issue. A few of us had the Moroccan mint green tea featured above, slightly sweetened and heavy on the mint.

Birchermuesli with homemade yogurt & fruit

I spotted Muesli on the breakfast menu and immediately settled upon that. I’ve always had a soft spot for museli, be it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There’s something oddly comforting and very satisfying in yoghurt soaked cereal, often with a handful of dried cranberries and raisins. The best muesli is doubtlessly found at Kahala Resort’s breakfast buffet in Honolulu, but with that said, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with concocting your own muesli. Up until last year I used to prepare muesli for breakfast right before going to sleep. I’d mix cereal (either store bought or a personal mix) and dried fruits with plain yoghurt and a swirl of honey then store in the fridge till breakfast when I’d top it off with blueberries, bananas, and strawberries. The only hard part (for me at least) was resisting the temptation of waking up in the middle of the night to polish off the muesli – it was too good to leave till morning! Thai Chicken Curry

Shann went with Thai curry over brown rice (it automatically come with brown, not white :), while Chrissy had the Palak Paneer, and Kelly, a sort of assemble your own roll set, complete with tea cured salmon, miso mayo, nori, braised cabbage, and brown rice.

Cilantro Scrambled Eggs with Tea Cured Salmon

Pictured above is Nat’s dish of eggs and salmon…click here for a photo of Darien’s veggie burger on wheat focaccia. The variety of menu options is vast, and thus either impressive or disappointing depending on the eyes through which you view restaurants. There are places which you patronize with the sole purpose of eating, and eating well. And then there are other in which you do want good food (one should never desire otherwise!), but company and the need to please the taste buds of all involved becomes a greater desire. Teaism falls in the latter, and there on a lazy Sunday morning, with good company in the sunlight drenched second floor of Teaism, there was no place else I’d rather be at that very moment.

We followed the morning meal with a walk through the Washington DC Farmer’s Market which rivaled that of NYC’s Greenmarket in both size and variety of vendors. Prices were right on par with the city…am I the only one who finds paying $4/pound for peaches absurd? There’s no arguing that they’re ridiculously delicious, but its hurts my wallet to the same extent it pleases my taste buds.

We spotted everything from steamed clams to a Dolcezza stand with more of yesterday’s gelato…and of course, seemingly endless bounty of heirloom tomatoes, and summer corn.

I thought this little watermelon chart was adorable :)
We spent the afternoon in the city of Georgetown, a large chuck of it within the safe haven of Baked & Wired with sweet and cups of coffee and.

The bakery layout was charming, if not confusing to navigate. You enter on the left, but need to walk to the right side (there’s a wall dividing the two sides) to order drinks first. You then have to take the drinks back to the left where you select baked goods of desire, and then pay for them all at the end counter. It’s a bit disorganized, but the sight of sweets calms all.

Each product is outfitted in a glass cake, a la these carrot cupcakes seen above, with a bright “name” tag. Very, “awww, so kyoot” inducing.

Shann’s chocolate hazelnut biscotti was the sure winner of our selections for the day, chocolatey and crumbly just right with generous hazelnut chunks. Perfect for dunking in a warm latte.

My “Jolt Brownie” on the other hand…

…was some sort of oddness more akin to a chunk of fudge as opposed to a brownie. Toothachingly sweet and dense…I don’t mean fudgy brownie, but just plain fudge ^_^ The “jolt” of espresso was bright and clear, the single satisfying element in the brownie.

It was late afternoon before we realized it, and Shann and I were soon due on our bus back headed to NYC. The estimated five hour ride ended up taking seven hours, and we were glad to heed Darien’s advice of taking along dinner from Granja De Oro Chicken A La Braza for the bus ride.

1/4 chicken with fries and salad – most enjoyable meal I’ve had on a bus to date! I feared the smell of fries and chicken might have upset neighboring bus riders, but when others whipped out a plethora of burritos, pizza and doughnuts, I knew everything would be just dandy.

2009 R street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-3827

Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-2500

Granja De Oro Chicken A La Braza
1801 Adams Mill Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-8888

  • SicklyBug & Cassaendra
    September 7, 2008

    Hi Kathy~Teaism looks really awesome! Any restaurant that serves shrimp rolls, curry lentil soup, salmon bento, Thai chicken curry, ochazuke, jasmine creme brulee, mint green tea, and mango lassi in one sitting is my kind of restaurant!!! *swoon* The muesli looked good! I think I pay too much for mine at Au Bon Pain, but it’s so good! :Teaism is a definite must-do the next time I’m in DC! Crud, now I’m hungry! :D

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 7, 2008

    Hey Canssaendra!There really did cover EVERYTHING on the Teaism menu, lol…I always feel a bit gypped when paying for muesli, but when the craving hits and you’re at the register, what more can you do? ^_^

  • kelly
    September 11, 2008

    I need to try that chicken place sometime. Glad you visited though!! It was fun and once you guys are settled in you can count on me returning the favor. ;)

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