Monday, November 22, 2010

Washington, D.C.: Leopold's and Urbana

On Saturday morning, after meeting up at Union Station and dropping off my bags at her apartment, Paras and I went to Georgetown for brunch at Kafe Leopold.  We lucked out with lovely weather and plenty of sunshine streaming into the courtyard where Leopold's is located.  This restaurant/bakery has minimalist furniture and a rather decadent spread of pastries in the glass bakery case.

We started with hot chocolate and a cappuccino, served on trays along with a small piece of hazelnut milk chocolate (which, sadly, I think we forgot to take with us when we left), and Paras had some fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.  We shared lemon souffle pancakes with mango sauce (pictured at top), a malted waffle (with syrup and malt butter), and the house-made sausage (also at top).

Both the pancakes and waffle were literally melt-in-your mouth (with a thin, crisp shell on the latter), and the sausage was essentially a springy meatball.  We were happily stuffed, but in the spirit of decadence, we bought a bag of macarons that we grazed at over the next several hours.  I wish Leopold's were located here in Palo Alto!

We spent the afternoon and early evening shopping, sightseeing, watching Big Game on TV (hooray, Stanford!) while eating lots of pita chips and hummus, and freshening up.  Around 9pm we headed out to Urbana wine bar near Dupont Circle for glasses of cava and a thin-crust sopressata/onion/sausage/olives/artichoke pizza.  Our evening ended with some shiraz on the roof deck of a friend and former dorm-mate's apartment building.

Thanks again for a fantastic day and night in D.C., Paras!

[Note: in my first draft of this post, written while very sleep-deprived, I titled it "Leopold's and Ubuntu."  Is this what happens when some of my friends are computer science majors?]