Reading and eating are two of my favorite things in the world. So, when I came across the perfect union of the two on a recent trip to Washington D.C., I was almost overwhelmed with excitement. I think I literally let a squeak come out of my mouth.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords: Bookstore and Cafe on 1517 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, is a wonderful experience: you can read a book and eat brunch all in the same establishment! Eureka! The Saturday we dined there was an uncomfortably windy day, where finding refuge from the elements was our only option. The good friends who were sightseeing with us recommended Kramer’s food. What a good recommendation it was.
My brie omelet was great: not too oily, not too dry (just right), the brie, although not as much as I would have want, was melted and danced well with the spinach. My husband, Francesco, tried the Cuban sandwich, a mighty looking concoction with various cold cuts, grilled onions and spices.
Next up: Dinner. There are so many choices in D.C. Our groups of friends thought it would be fun to hang out in a pizzeria (with Francesco and I being Italian and all…..). We took a cab from our hotel and stopped at Sette Osteria, also on Connecticut Avenue. I tend to cringe at the mention of Italian pizza, or Italian restaurants. I know, sounds snobby, but when I am presented with Angel Hair pasta with Alfredo sauce, what am I supposed to say? (Alfredo sauce does not exist in Italy…in fact, I discovered it one day while I was out shopping for groceries. Yeah, I tasted it and yes, I hate it.)
But I was pleasantly surprised! The Regina, with San Marzano tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and basil, was the right balance of crispy and juicy.