From Namita Koppa. Email her at namita[AT]borderstan.com.
This summer, I have three goals:
- Read more books, namely Michael Pollan’s Cooked and Mark Kurlansky’s Salt, Cod, and The Big Oyster.
- Spend more time in DC Public Libraries (related to #1).
- Only buy food in restaurants that I cannot make at home already. This is not only a budgetary measure, but a dietary one as well.
Not too strenuous a to-do list, right? I think I have a fighting chance of actually accomplishing these!
I really enjoy Sunday mornings. Like so many others in Borderstan, I head to our local farmers’ markets (Dupont and U Street) to grab a sample from Dolcezza, check to see how large duck eggs actually are, and if I’m lucky, buy a bunch of pineapple sage or chocolate mint. Lately, rather than heading out for a traditional brunch, I’ve taken to finding a nice spot in the shade, indulging in a treat from one of the markets, and reading. It is a little window of heaven before I #GSD for the upcoming week.
Both Dupont and U Street markets boast fantastic options for sweets and treats. My tastes lean toward sweet, but plenty of savory ready-made treats are available, too. Here’s my top five in no particular order:
- Panorama Bakery’s sticky buns – a gooey, delicious mess better than any cinnamon roll I’ve encountered. Say hello to Emmanuel, who will explain how any product Panorama bakes is made.
- Chocolate almond croissants from the Bonaparte Breads – enormous enough for two, maybe three people. Fresh almond filling (not the stale amaretto flavoring many croissants include), semi-sweet chocolate, and delicious butter!
- Keswick Creamery’s quark with fresh preserves over bread of your choice. The quark is creamy and slightly tangy, making it a delicious counter-balance to sweet, chunky preserves.
- Honey Greek-style yogurt from Blue Ridge Dairy Company. Rich, creamy, yummy!
- Pumpkin whoopie pies from Pecan Meadow. A bit surprising from a producer that sells mostly meats, but these whoopie pies are phenomenal.
My next goal may have to be Sunday night workouts to combat all this deliciousness. Bon appetit!