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Global Feast : Washington DC

Top Five in DC
September 1, 2011

In the airplane from DC to San Francisco, I thought what are my most memorable meals in last two years in DC. I have two categories on this subject. One is top five dish and top five most memorable meal. I wrote about my five bites in July 2010 and I wonder if they changed since then. So here is my best of Washington DC from 2009 -2011.

Top Five Best Dish
1. Everything from Bar Pilar but especially chicken salad sandwich and chicken liver pate are always my favorites.
2. Roast chicken and fresh corn ravioli at Palena Cafe
3. Shiitake mushroom veluté at Volt
4. Tom Kha Gai and pampkin curry at Thai X-ing
5. Fried potato at Blue Duck Tavern

Top Five Most Memorable Meal
1. Lunch at Bar Pilar during snowmagedon in February 2010
2. Outdoor dinner at Palena Cafe after long walk with my husband and dog in September 2010
3. Dinner at Thai X-ing with friends in April 2010
4. Dinner at Al Tiramisu just before I left DC in August 2011
5. Birthday dinner for my hustband at KOMI in May 2009

The Columbia Room
August, 2011

One of our last destination in DC was The Columbia Room. Starting from Gibson on 14th street, handcrafted artisan cocktail became huge phenomenon in DC. Besides Gibson, PS7 serves wonderful cocktail and recently opened Rogue 24 sounds really amazing. The Columbia Room is not only the top in DC but also nominated as top 10 cocktail lounge in the U.S. It is located inside of the bar, Passenger, both owned by the king of mixologist, Derek Brown and his borhter Tom. The Columbia Room is a reservation only bar offers three course coctails.

When you enter from the door at the back of the Passernger, there was the tiny reception area with a small table with lethered reservation book. You wait there until your seats are ready.

Columbia Room

We all sit at the bar in front of the mixologists. There was a seating area at the back the bar for the customers who would like to hang out and order more drink after your time is up.

The first cocktil was called "Cockton Winfield Cup". It is like an adult cream sodaThere is no photo of the first coctail. The coctail reminds me the Japanese kid's drink a bit. But it was very tasty.

The second coctail was "Cezanne mint julip". It is mized with peach shrub, Michel Jodoin apple brandy and stillwater American farmhouse ale. It is garnished with fresh mint and top with powdered sugar. They served the small snack with it.

The third was your choice of cocktail. You can either tell the mixologists the name of the cocktail or flavor you like or specifi alcohol choice and they make one for you. My choice was the cocktail made with tequila and bitter. The mixologist made me the cocktail with tequila, Aperol, fresh grapefrut and sparkling wine garnished with orange zest. My husband's request was also something with bitter, more specifically with Campari. We both love negroni (gin, sweet vermouth, and campari) and boulvardier (bourbon, sweet vermouth, and campari) and the mixologist made the cocktail called "old pal" for him. Old Pal is rye whiskey, dry vermouth and campari.

 

Graffiato
August, 2011

When you enter from the door at the back of the Passernger, there was the tiny reception area with a small table with lethered reservation book. You wait there until your seats are ready.

Columbia Room

We all sit at the bar in front of the mixologists. There was a seating area at the back the bar for the customers who would like to hang out and order more drink after your time is up.

 

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