Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving in Washington DC

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you if you live in the United States. And if you don't, happy 26th (or 27th) of November.

Paul and I may be starting a new tradition of being non-traditional on Thanksgiving. Two years ago today we were in New Orleans. Last year Karl and Peg Schilling, Terry and Kathy Lebo and Paul and I had Thanksgiving dinner at Prairie Meadows casino in Altoona. This year Paul and I flew to Washington DC to visit Galen BrooksDavid Voight and Paul's college pal, Kit Bonson and partner, Steve Grant.

Paul, me and David

Galen, David and Paul and I had an elegant meal at Bistro Cacoa the night we got in. The next morning the four us had breakfast at the Tune Inn, which has the distinction of being the third-oldest restaurant in Washington DC; the first is the National Press Club. After breakfast we took a walking tour around the area that includes the Supreme Court building and the Library of Congress. Such magnificent architecture everywhere.

James is the heart and soul of the Tune Inn.
Paul contemplates a new hair style and persona.

Galen and David were off to Iceland later that day, and Paul and I discovered a great little place for dinner called Hank's Oyster Bar. We thought it was a find. BTW: The names of the drinks were hilarious. (See below.)

Kit had arranged for the three of us to volunteer at a bookstore/restaurant called Busboys and Poets serving free Thanksgiving dinners, but they had about five times as many volunteers as were needed, so Kit headed home to finish cooking dinner while we had lunch at a Salvadoran restaurant called Judy. Paul got to have tamales, which he loves, and I had a drink called a horchata for the first time. A Salvadoran horchata contains ground cocoa, cinnamon, sesame seeds, nutmeg, tiger nuts, vanilla and milk, blended and poured over ice. It was delicious.

We drove to Silver Spring and picked up poet, artist and Facebook friend Rob Kleinsteuder later in the afternoon for dinner at Kit's, and my oh my what a meal! Kit is famous for her dinner parties. She made a zucchini/cauliflower soup that was to die. Then mushrooms stuffed with bacon, and a different kind of mushrooms with bacon served on a bed of romaine lettuce. As a main course she served roast turkey, dressing, roasted potatoes, gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and homemade cranberry sauce. For dessert, there was butterscotch pie with whipped cream and cashews, and apple pie. See what I mean about her dinner parties?!

The table is set and waiting.
Cauliflower-zucchini soup 
Stuffed mushrooms on a bed of greens
Ready to pile up our plates.
SO good!!
Butterscotch pie with whipped cream and cashews.
Kit and Paul.
Rob stretching out to his full length.
Paul and Steve watching Mystery Science Theater.


  1. What a great trip! I love DC in the wintertime - it's totally different than in summer. I hope you are still having a blast.

    1. We're having a great time! The weather has been superb! It was in the low 70's on Friday!!