This post originally took place on Saturday, May 29, 2010.
Every night, or rather, every time I’m back at the hotel room, I resolve to upload photos, Yelp!, write posts, etc. But every time, I sit/lie down on that oh-so-comfortable bed, and doze off. Sitting in a cramped little Bolt Bus seat right now, I have time!
Saturday (and every morning at Omni really) started off with the complimentary drinks. This time around, we got some coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
The hot chocolate comes with these amazing and totally cubic homemade marshmallows. These had a tinge of peppermint to them.
The cream came in this cute ceramic milk jug.
The hot chocolate itself is homemade too. I suspect a rich mix of chocolates is melted into water, ending up with a nice thick consistency. The peppermint marshmallows conjure up a bit of holiday memory.
After getting ready for the day, we headed to nearby Open City, a diner-esqe restaurant and bar across the street. This place is always buzzing, day and night.
A. tried their cuban coffee, which was so good. Really strong and creamy. It included a couple of animal crackers. 🙂
C. went for a half order of mussels in a white wine sauce. Garlic lovers, you’ll love this – plenty of garlic in the sauce, and you can mob it up with the included bread stick. This dish was a steal, $8 for a half order, and $12 for a full. So, so good. Brings back memories of Paris.
Y. had the grilled tilapia with a coconut creme corn and spinach. They didn’t mush up the spinach – yay! It was freshly stir-fried with some oil. The corn acted like a sauce to the tilapia. The coconut flavour added a hint of tropical to a sunny summer day.
T. had the Open City omelette, an omelette stuffed with hash browns and applewood bacon. I couldn’t stop stealing bites, the bacon was addicting.
A. had the croque monsieur. It was really big. And cheesey.
I went back to basics, and had sausage, egg, and cheese on an English muffin. The sausage was nice, not too salty or overpowering. The hash browns were great though; moist and seasoned well. I only wish they were a little crispier.
After our meal, we took off to the Eastern Market, a Union Square-esque farmer’s market with a huge added flea market.
The day’s heat led us a smoothie stand with these simple, but amazing smoothies. We had a blueberry, peach, and pineapple smoothie, and a peach and pineapple smoothie. No sugar added.
We had some free IMAX tickets at the Air and Space museum, so we headed over to the National Mall. I was starving by the time I got there, so I gave in and got some McDonald’s. 🙁
This latte was a rip-off. It was four bucks, and tasted like crap. McD’s coffee is usually acceptable, but this latte was not.
Gingy helped save the day though.
On the way to dinner after the IMAX show, we passed by the US Capitol. A decent shot I think, for leaving my telephoto back in the hotel rool.
We ended up at the Teaism in Penn Quarter, since C. figured that this is my type of eatery. It was indeed – Asian Fusion, with a large variety of tea to sample. The fact that they have these crunchy and buttery cookies only sweetened the deal.
The palak paneer was alright. They put a whole bunch of raita on the side, and I can’t stand cucumbers. 🙁 I usually prefer basmati rice to brown rice as well.
C. got some naan to go along with the palak paneer.
One of my two favorites of the night, this vegetarian (!) dish was surprisingly good. I think it was the fresh stir-fried spinach and the plentiful chopped macadamia nuts.
We mistakenly ordered the salmon bento box (thinking of the handroll box), but the salmon was tender with a sweet sauce over it.
This was the bento box we meant to order. There’s tea cured salmon, rice, and nori for you to make your own handroll. An interesting, upscaled Lunchables concept. The salmon had a great smoky flavour, but I couldn’t detect any hint of tea.
The shrimp udon bowl was kinda meh. There was a strong undertone of ginger, which I didn’t like. I much prefer the udon from udon bars back home.
Since I couldn’t decide on what tea to try, I just went for two staples: Teaism’s Chai and the day’s iced black tea. The chai was really well spiced, so well that I needed another drink to wash it down. It went very well with dessert too. The iced black tea was simple but refreshing. Free refills were awesome too. 🙂
Teaism is where I’ve grown to love the salty oat cookie. There’s something special about that sea salt that balances the light sweetness of the raisins. My favorite cookie by far.
Each day I spend in Washington DC, I grow to appreciate the MTA subway system more and more. Metro, I have some things to settle with you, including machines with too many buttons, paper tickets, and poor programming of the ticket booths.
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
225 7th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Teaism – Penn Quarter
400 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004