Saturday August 23 cont.
We took the Metro to Smithsonian and headed towards the World War II Memorial.
Maybe it is because my dad fought in this war (lied his way in when he was 16), but this place holds special meaning to me and is one of my favorite places in DC.
Mariton and Emilou also posed in front of the pillar representing the Philippines.
Since we wanted to walk as much of lunch off as possible and get us hungry for dinner, we continued our trek down to the Lincoln Memorial.
Great words behind Lincoln
The entire Gettysburg address in inscribed in the wall.
We walked back to the Metro, took it to U Street and our car and drove to the hotel to relax for an hour. Soon it was time to drive to Falls Church, VA and dinner at Peking Gourmet Inn
In doing some research about the place, I read that they can get quite busy. So, I thought it would be a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time and thank goodness I did. The place was mobbed! But, we got seated within five minutes of our arrival.
Emilou ordered her old favorite dish here, the Gourmet Chinese Eggplant.
She was very happy with her meal.
Johnny ordered the Ginger Shrimp with Asparagus.
The shrimp were very light and tasted very fresh. Excellent dish!
Now, that was what I had planned on ordering before Johnny stole it from me! Not having a backup dish ready, I just got the lemon chicken,
which was a mistake. With a heavy, gloopy sauce, no one really cared for it, including me. My hot and sour soup was good, though.
The star attraction on the menu and the reason this restaurant packs them in is the Peking Duck, which is what Mariton ate. One of the cool things is that they actually slice it right at your table.
The girls recognized the older man from years ago. I imagine he has sliced quite a few ducks in his time.
The plate of duck meat looked like
Since Johnny and I were unfamiliar with the process, Mariton and Emilou showed off their expertise. For those that don't know, which included me until recently, you start the Peking Duck meal with a pancake and put some of the provided sauce on it.
The sauce is unlike anything I have tasted before. I was thinking for a few minutes it reminded me of molasses, but that isn't it.
Next, you put scallions on it.
Then come slices of cucumber. Interestingly, the owner himself brought over a plate of cucumbers. He told us that after customers watched the Olympics and saw the Chinese eating their duck with cucumbers, they started asking for it. So, now they just automatically bring it out. You put the duck on it next and roll it up. It ends up looking something like this.....
The duck itself was delicious. Johnny has never been a fan of duck, because he thought it was too greasy. But this wasn't greasy at all. Even better was the crispy skin.
The Peking Gourmet Inn
comes highly recommended. By the way, the vast majority of those dining were Asian, always a good sign! http://www.pekinggourmet.com/
After driving back to the hotel, Johnny said his goodbye, since he had to work the next morning.
More to come.....