Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Details: Winter in DC

We are here at a cold, but quiet time, before both the holidays and the inauguration.

The posts:
December 6, 2008
Have we really left Minnesota?

December 7, 2008
Waiting for the Metro
DC Puts On Its Christmas Finery
Where Better to Spend a Blustery Day than in a Museum?
December 8, 2008
The Indian Craft Shop
Out and About on a Chilly Day

December 9, 2008
Around the Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
The Details
Weather in DC can be unpredictable at this time of year and we had the misfortune of arriving during a particularly cold spell. The good thing about DC though, is that there is always plenty to do INSIDE, so the we had plenty to keep us busy.

For the first time we didn’t stay near the Mall, but instead stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Madera near Dupont Circle. The hotel was exactly as advertised: comfortable, welcoming, affordable, and a little funky. I would definitely stay there again.

Jaleo is always one of my favorite spots to eat. I’m always surprised when a hot new restaurant is still hot years later, but the food here is still wonderful. This time we tried the paella, which was amazing. (Go early in the evening or make a reservation, because it’s always crowded.)

Teaism now has locations in several parts of the city. While still partial to the Penn Quarter location, the Dupont Circle is equally inviting. It’s a great spot for breakfast or lunch, not just for tea – although the tea is marvelous.

Luckily Firefly, the restaurant located in our hotel, turned out to be a great find with fabulous food. Make a reservation if you want to enjoy the pretty main dining room instead of the boring overflow room in back.

Mitsitam CafĂ© at the National Museum of the American Indian features foods from native cultures throughout the western hemisphere. It’s not cheap, but this is by far the best food available on the Mall and the dining area is fairly pleasant.

If you have reason to take the red line up to Wheaton, the Royal Mile Scottish pub has good food in a family-friendly setting.

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