A few Fridays ago, Raisin Bread's office moved, which gave him the afternoon off, and since I am currently a lady of leisure, we decided to meet up in the city to explore.
We ordered the chilled cucumber avocado soup to start. It was extremely refreshing with little bits of crab meat hidden in between rich and creamy spoon fulls. Raisin Bread tried to lick the bowl clean, but I was able to stop him.
|Chilled cucumber avocado soup|
For my entree, I had the shrimp burger with jalapeno, shaved cucumber, cilantro, and pickled daikon and carrots, and I also added in the sprouts for good measure. The pickled vegetables made this burger.
|Proof Shrimp Burger - $15|
Raisin Bread ordered the lamb burger with chickpea fries. We were a little skeptical of the fries, but when we asked the waiter how they were prepared, he said they puree the chickpeas, lay it on a sheet pan to bake, cut them up into fry-shape, and then did something else I can't remember. With so many steps to create a couple of fries, they must have been remarkable. The lamb burger was so juicy that I burned my hand after my bite. Owwie.
|Grilled Shenandoah Lamb Burger, harissa aioli, crispy onions, chickpea fries - $14|
Our next stop was a visit to the National World War II Memorial. The last time I visited DC as a tourist was in 2002 and this memorial was not yet open. For some reason, I have also had a strange fascination with the history of WWII, so I felt the need to visit this memorial. I always found it strange that there were memorials to the Korean and Vietnam Wars but not to WWII. My sense from the memorial is that it doesn't really convey the spirit of WWII. It's a marble monster with tourists splashing around in the fountain. There isn't the sense of respect or reverence that I would like visitors to feel when thinking about this war.
|National World War II Memorial|
We asked a couple to take our picture. After which, we had to explain that they could see Lincoln for free. They just needed to go up the steps and inside the building that is on pennies.
|Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument from Lincoln Memorial|
I don't know much at all about the Korean War, but this memorial has always struck me as very effective in inspiring utter silence from its visitors. The memorial is powerful in that visitors don't make a peep when walking through it until they have reached the other side. I also find this to be true of the Vietnam Memorial, which we did not visit this day.
|Korean War Memorial|
775 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001