This weekend I…
1. Had a quiet night in to myself on Friday since I knew the weekend was going to be busy for the next couple of days. I made my favorite cauliflower mashed potatoes (recipe will be posted soon), binge watched on episodes of Californication via Netflix, and started making a list of things I need to get done this week before I leave for Paris/London next weekend!
2. Went to the National Portrait Gallery. It's one of the few museums that opens late on the weekends and wanted to check out the Richard Estes' exhibit. His work consists of clean, geometric landscapes which is amazing because his paintings look like photographs. So good. The exhibition will be there until Feb. 8th.
3. Was in the midst of baking until I noticed my brown sugar turned into a rock-hard brick. Brown sugar has the tendency to do this and I usually keep several slices of stale bread in the fridge to use to soften brown sugar. I let it sit for a day and the brown sugar softens like a charm. I read that apple slices works as well.
4. Checked out a new DC Laotian restaurant called Thip Kao in the Columbia Heights area. This was my first time having Laotian food but looking over the menu prior to dining gave me the impression it is somewhat similar to Thai food which I love. We told the waiter this was our first time eating Loatian food and that we wanted dishes that would represent the cuisine so he suggested Sai Qua (pork sausage), knap pah (grilled fish wrapped in banana leaves), and naem khao (crispy rice salad) all shared between two people. I can't rave enough about the flavors and execution of the dishes--perfectly balanced with spicy, sweet, and sour notes (though their drink menu could improve). The last time I was impressed with a DC restaurant was when Rose's Luxury (now named number 1 new restaurant in the US via Bon Appetit) opened...until I ate at Thip Kao. Highly recommend this restaurant and they take reservations which is always a bonus. I have a feeling this place is going to gain popularity quickly.
How was your weekend?