Tuesday was one of those Good days.
It started w/my first visit to Boqueria, a popular Spanish-themed restaurant a couple of blocks from home. It’s part of a small restaurant group, w/three locations in New York, one in Hong Kong, and one in Washington.
Boqueria is named after the huge and luscious marketplace formally known as Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, off La Rambla in Barcelona. It’s usually just called “La Boqueria”, and it’s been around, in one form or another, since the 1200s. I spent hours there when I was in Catalonia—I’ll post some pictures in a few days.
I decided to get a selection of tapas.
Pan Tomaquet con Manchego o Jamón
First up, some finger food. This was grilled bread w/garlic, olive oil and a tomato glaze. It came w/a small serving of Serrano ham.
Txipirones con Salsa Verde
This was the standout: Grilled squid and some crisp potatoes. Can’t rave enough about the paprika-dusted potatoes, the mild salsa verde, and the perfectly grilled calamari.
Bocadillo de Albóndigas
I finished w/a sandwich made of lamb meatballs, tomato sauce, sheep’s milk cheese, and cucumber.
It takes significant self-assurance to open a tapas restaurant in DC. Washington, after all, is the adopted home of the much-loved and admired José Andrés, who is generally acknowledged as the chef who brought small plates dining to America. Boqueria is a welcome addition.
After Boqueria, I stopped by Bread and Chocolate, which makes the best sugar cookies in town.
Bread and Chocolate
Got my flu shot at Kaiser Permanente next door–in and out in 15 minutes–and then to West End Cinema, next door to Kaiser, for a screening of The Two Faces of January. (B+)
Finished the afternoon at Trader Joe’s, buying peaches and California Estate Olive Oil (top rated by Consumer Reports), and admiring the mural of Barney Frank, Crazy-Eyes Bachmann. John Boehner, and Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Nothing earth-shattering—just a pleasant October day.