First we had lunch at Panas a gourmet empanadas quick service place. It was really unique and fun.
The empanadas were served in this long boat with dipping sauces and fried plantain chips. You can also see just a bit of the "ticos" which were cucumbers topped with a mix of avocado, black bean and cream cheese.
Each empanada was marked with little initials denoting the flavor. This CP was Chicken Pesto. Fun, right?
I snapped a picture of this beautiful shadow on our way back to the car.
We had a great guide at the Capitol. Here we are in the crypt, the circular room at the base of the capitol with forth columns that support the dome.
Washington was supposed to be buried here, under this star. He opted to be buried at Mount Vernon instead.
I wish I would have asked the tour guide about that one red brick in the picture above. She was a wealth of information and I suspect she would have had an interesting answer. Please note my new black boots. I ordered five pairs of black shoes from Zappos before I settled on these.
You may not be able to see the sign above the door. It leads to the Lindy Clairborne Boggs Congressional Women's Reading Room. I like the idea of a place for congresswomen to read... and rest and gather.
In the visitors center there is a full size replica of the Statue of Freedom that sits on top of the capitol dome. Isn't she lovely?
It was cool to examine all the details including the trim of her gown (pom pom fringe?) and her eagle helmet.
It was a beautiful day!
Ethiopic to dinner. It's a newish Ethiopian restaurant in the metro area and I've seen it written up here and there, and I thought it would be an interesting new experience. None of us have eaten Ethiopian before. Have you?
We started with Butcha which is chickpeas pureed and chilled with seasoned with red onions, garlic, jalapeno pepper, olive oil, lemon juice & spices. When the waitress brought it, she asked gently, "Do you know how to eat it?" I replied, "No. Please show us."
We opted for the beef and chicken sampler which was served in the center of the table with a big basket of injera. The green dish is the chicken doro alechta wot and is served with a whole hard boiled egg. You can probably see the two eggs covered in the sauce.
The chicken dish was my favorite. I really liked that green sauce. We had a great time. It's good to experience new things. Honestly, I think I can cross it off my list. It's a little too far outside my comfort zone and I didn't find the food so incredibly delicious that I'm eager to return. But I am definitely up for other new culinary experiences in the future.
And more DC landmarks too. We need to visit the new seal exhibit at the zoo, National Building Museum, Library of Congress, bike through Rock Creek Park, Marine Corps Silent Drill Team...