Going Home Again: A Washingtonian’s Wish List

I try to visit home once a year to see my family, friends, and satiate my need for my favorite foods. It’s true, though Ireland is a wonderful home and Cork has some of the finest dining in the Republic, I miss the restaurants, ingredients, and home cooking I grew up on. I also long to visit the museums in the Smithsonian! This is my list of things to do and places to go while I am visiting Washington, D.C. this time around.

My parents are already stocking the kitchen so my first morning there I can have a nice bowl of Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal. They’re so sweet. But then there will be many many meals after that, but before I return to Cork so why not make the most of them with these cravings…

Martin Luther King Jr, Washington DC

Hey, Batter Batter Batter

National Mall Museums and Hours

My Favorite American Kitchen

Things to Do
Window shop in historic Georgetown
Smithsonian! Julia Child’s kitchen and the American History Museum gift shop are my faves.
Visit the luxurious Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery of Art
Outlet shopping in Hagerstown or Rehoboth
Day trip to Philly
Maryland Wool & Sheep Festival with my knitting friends or visiting Fibre Space in Old Town Alexandria
Crate & Barrel Outlet, Alexandria, VA


And of course, there’s good food too! Skip the tourist spots and go to local favorites like Ben’s Chili Bowl or someplace with good Southern food.



I Dream of Fried Green Tomatoes

Ted’s Bulletin
Shanghai Village, Bethesda, MD – veggie dumplings, Peking duck, filet with scallops, string beans.
Positano, Bethesda, MD – penne al arrabiatta
Manoli Canoli, Chevy Chase, MD – pizza!
Tastee Diner, Bethesda, MD – creamed chipped beef at any hour
Tia Queta, Bethesda, MD – enchiladas verdes and crepas
B. Smith’s or Georgia Brown’s, Washington, DC – fried green tomatoes
Hinode, Bethesda, MD – Vegas roll sushi, tamago, miso soup
Haandi, Bethesda, MD – samosas with coriander chutney and mango lassi
Harris Crab House, Kent Narrows, MD – crab cake!
Little Italy, Baltimore, MD
Chili’s Grill & Bar – queso and chips
Bethesda Crab House
, Bethesda, MD – steamed Maryland blue crab encrusted with Old Bay and served on yesterday’s Washington Post
Chick & Ruth’s Delly, Annapolis, MD

Gate of Friendship, Chinatown, D.C.

My posts about Washington, DC (date of original posting noted):

The Nation’s Capital – Washington, D.C. (October 2009)

Traveling to Washington, D.C. (January 2009)

My Favorite Places to Eat Inside the Beltway (January 2009)

Free Things To Do in Washington, D.C. (January 2009)

Day in D.C. Ideas! (January 2009)

Day in D.C. – Art Museums & Capitol Hill (January 2009)

Day in D.C. – Georgetown (January 2009)

Day in D.C. – History Museums & The National Mall (January 2009)

Day in D.C. – Mount Vernon (January 2009)

Day in D.C. – Northwest D.C. (January 2009)

Day in D.C. – Penn Quarter & Chinatown (January 2009)

The Streets and Highways of Washington, D.C. (January 2009)

The D.C. Streets – Understanding the Quadrants & Names (January 2009)

Outside links and resources:

Dr. Gridlock of The Washington Post (DC area roads, traffic, and commuting – a ‘must read’)

DCist: Washington DC News, Food, Arts & Events

Washington.org – Official Tourism Site of Washington, DC


100 Free (or Nearly Free) Things to Do in DC

Washington D.C. Tourist Traps (Virtual Tourist)

Visit Washington, D.C.

Best of Washington DC

Washington City Paper

April in Washington, DC

Inside the Jefferson Memorial

Pandora's Chicken

Mom’s Cooking
Matzo ball soup (if you can’t make a trip to Mom’s, try Barkat Matzo Crackers – 200g from Amazon.co.uk)
Stuffed grapevine leaves
Pandora’s chicken (a Joan Nathan recipe from her book, Jewish Cooking in America, available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com)
Dad’s salmon

Food to Eat & Bring Back
New York Style Bagel Chips – sea salt and garlic (also available from Amazon.co.uk for my fellow expats or at Harvey Nichols in London)
Calbee Snack Salad Snapea Crisps – original flavor
TJ’s honey sesame snack sticks
Frontera Foods Medium Tomatillo Salsa
TJ’s green salsa
Kraft Blue Box Macaroni & Cheese (also available from Amazon.co.uk)
Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal
Snyder’s of Hanover Hard Sourdough Hard Pretzels


Expat luggage treasures


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