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…
DC Food Tour in Georgetown; Washington, DC (Part I of III)
About twice a year, my parents make the trip from North East Ohio to our nation’s capital to visit my oldest brother. I happened to be home from school for this trip, so I tagged along.
A few weeks before the trip, my mom found a website that offers food tours for different neighborhoods around Washington DC. I think the other options included Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle; we chose Georgetown. Being a family that loves to eat - this was practically made for us. After meeting our tour guide, Ada, on the neighborhood’s main street, we learned a little history of the area before walking to our first destination.
Fino is a small Italian restaurant with maybe 12 tables in it. When we sat down, they presented us with a ravioli trio. Without a doubt, this trio (which was actually made up of four ravioli) was probably the best ravioli I’ve ever had. The two small orange ones were pumpkin, which I immediately didn’t think I would enjoy. This proved largely incorrect, because it was actually my favorite out of the three different kinds.
The spinach filled one was also very good, but it was the pesto sauce that made it delicious. And finally, there was the Portobello and Parmesan filled ravioli that was covered in a cream sauce. They were all very good, and I would gladly eat a plateful of any of them; but the pumpkin caught me off guard, so I have to hand it to them for that.
From Fino, we moved to a European-influenced lounge Puro Cafe after stopping to see the oldest building in all of DC and a few other notable sites. We sampled the housemade lemonade (infused with ginger, sweetened by brown sugar) and one of their flatbreads. The pizza-like dish was covered with arugula, prosciutto, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
Obviously I’m a fan of anything with prosciutto (almost Italy’s version of bacon) in it. This was no different. The flatbread was warm, and the arugula was peppery. This would be a good appetizer for almost any meal since it was so good and can be shared so easily. I wasn’t really a fan of the atmosphere within the cafe (which included techno in the background and a fashion show on the flatscreen), but the food was good, so I can’t complain.