Our third stop on the food tour (see the first two stops here) was Morso - A Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant on M Street. Having never had Turkish food before, I didn’t really no what to expect. But now that I know, I definitely want to go back.
Our first plate held a cheese-stuffed pastry served with a chipotle mayo and a goat cheese stuffed date surrounded in air dried beef (called pastirma). Here’s a picture from Yelp of the dish. That stuffed date was probably my favorite bite of the entire day. The date practically melted in your mouth and the pastirma was amazing. It was like beef jerky taken to another level.
Our second plate was a warm pita served with a roasted tomato hummus, this is what is picture above. Hummus is the one thing there that I actually previously knew about. I love the stuff. Some people can’t get over the texture, but I have no problem with it. When the farmer’s market is in town (or when I make a trip to the West Side Market), I always grab some hummus. It just so happens that tomato basil is my favorite flavor. Morso obviously did their research on me.
From there we moved across the street to Dean & Deluca. It’s a food market that also has a large wine selection. We got to taste three cheeses (a blue cheese, a swiss style cheese, and a brie) while sampling a white wine. My family doesn’t drink that much wine (we make up for it in beer), so we learned some wine-related facts from the manager (Side note: It’s a good thing I’ve seen “Sideways” multiple times… otherwise I would have looked like a real idiot).
We had a few minutes to look around the market; and that’s where I found this Iberico ham that is $99/pound. Iberico hams are large black-hoofed (Pata Negra) hogs from Spain and Portugal (Iberico = from the Iberian peninsula). According to our guide, they are fed only acorns for their adult life. And because of this, the meat has a nutty taste which is why some DC foodies are willing to put up $20 for a ham sandwich that they have to make at home. You learn something new every day…