Birthday Trip ~ Washington DC

My best friend Marie and I spent 2 days in Washington DC to celebrate my birthday. We ate, a lot, as well as visited some of the Smithsonian galleries (Freer and Sackler, Museum of Natural History). The weekend started in Richmond Friday night with dinner at Bonvenu; Shared oyster appetizers, followed by the “Chicken Fried” Portabella Mushroom with sweet corn gravy, and a fresh raspberry tart for dessert.

Saturday morning we headed into DC and our first stop was China Town for Dim Sum. We went on the recommendation of a friend to Tony Cheng’s and were quite pleased. In fact so much that we inhaled 9 different types of dim sum and noodles (lovely handmade noodles cooked to perfection).

To busy eating to take pictures of the dim sum, so here is the aftermath
Of course with my birthday being in February the weather is always a factor. Marie and I have endured below freezing temperatures in Philadelphia, wind and snow in Massanutten, and this year, 30-40 mile per hour wind. After a wind blown day of dim sum and museums, we headed back to our hotel to rest and relax. We had originally planned on heading out for a night on the town, but the drop in temperature and the wind kept us in. We decided to grab a bite downstairs at Le Bar. We split an appetizer of Tuna Tartar with an olive tapenade, for dinner I had asparagus and portabella mushroom pizza, Marie had dry rub wings and sweet potato fries. The fries were delicious and presented in a miniature fry basket, they were crispy and very tasty, especially with the garlic mayo dipping sauce.

For dessert, our waitress (Emma) surprised us with a chocolate sponge cake over a layer of hazelnuts and raspberry jam.

Sunday, before leaving for home, we ate at Old Ebbitt Grill , located near the White House in downtown DC. A varied brunch menu and separate oyster menu made for a yummy lunch.

I have to say that this year I was very lucky to spend time with great friends. I hope every birthday is just as special.

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