We're in DC on vacation this week, sightseeing and sweating a lot*, but mostly visiting my sister.My sister, aka FG4.
Love that this runs in the family!
|Fresh off a tour of the Capital, we walk a few short blocks |
to Eastern Market, a 136 year old continuously
operating public market. FG4 had unearthed
this place in her pre-visit research. She done good.
|It has none of the foodie elites of the Ferry Building or the |
toursits of Faneuil Hall. Instead, it feels just like a great
neighborhood gathering place for people who like to eat well.
|Our objective, however, was not fixin's for cooking dinner. |
It's VACATION, for heaven's sake. No, we were headed to
the one place in the market that serves hot lunch. Suitably named:
The Market Lunch. Due to an unfortunate encounter with a
wharf full of live crabs and mediocre dinner yesterday, the kids
recoiled instantly at the thought of anything from the ocean
coming within shouting distance of their plates, so they headed
across the street for burgers while we lucky two lined up
to place our order.
|Famous for their breakfasts (fried green tomatoes, blueberry|
buckwheat pancakes, and crab cake benedict) that reputedly
draw lines out the doors on Saturdays, they are nearly
as well known for their lunch menu.
|Everybody here is loud. |
When she hands you the red tray, it comes with a brassy,
"You want tartar sauce or hot sauce with that?"
|The glorious $7 fish sandwich!|
|With which we DO want tartar sauce. |
Homemade, creamy, tangy, and fantastic.
|The true test was, of course, the crab cake. This one was |
very, very good. Full of sweet lump Dungeness crab,
still in chunks, and laced with bay seasoning and perhaps a hint
of curry. One of the best I've had that I didn't make myself.
Particularly when paired with their "pink sauce": hot sauce
mixed with mayo and lemon juice. Mmm, mmm!
|The happy sisters, after the feast!|
|Giant panda, on the move|
|Our old house|
|Public transportation! What a concept...|
|Decoding a message during our undercover spy mission|
|Touching a piece of the moon|
|Although it has stood on its own for quite a while|
|Seeing the monuments at night is stunning. |
Plus its much, much cooler out, and the crowds have died down.
|Freedom, looking a bit shell-shocked by the |
number of 8th graders thronging
the visitor's lobby at the Capital
|On the steps of the Supreme Court, making a mockery of things|
|Sunset over the Potomac|
** This was such a special occasion that we also had a lot of dessert its honor:
|Peanut butter brownie, from Baked & Wired|
|Pecan Brown Sugar Brownie, Apricot Crumb|
Bar, and Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies, also from
Baked &Wired. We did try their cupcakes,
but their brownies are what we'd go back for.
|The assortment at the good, but not worth waiting |
more than 5 minutes for, Georgetown Cupcakes