Last week was school vacation here in Massachusetts and we spent most of the week in Washington, D.C. One of the first things that I do when planning a vacation is to search for good restaurants. We rarely eat out and when we do I want it to be great. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so. Three places deserve mentioning but the rest I’d like to forget.

  1. Silver Diner is a chain with locations in Maryland and Virginia that serves fresh and local food. They have monthly specials featuring in season food and serve bison and grass-fed beef. We loved the retro vibe and it was very bright and clean. We finished off our dinner with yummy milkshakes. My daughter said they have the best french fries that she’s ever eaten.
  2. Goodstuff Eatery is a burger joint with a couple of locations in D.C. It’s tough finding a parking spot nearby but it’s worth it when you do.
  3. The Pavilion Cafe at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is the standard cafeteria of a museum with some better selections than normal. The food is prepared to order and you get buzzed when it’s ready. I thoroughly enjoyed the Wild Mushroom and Swiss Chard Savory Tart.

Inevitably, we end up eating fast food some of the time just because that’s all that’s around on the highway. So after a vacation I’m usually craving vegetables big time. I created this broccoli salad the day we got home from our trip and it really hit the spot.

Raw Broccoli Salad

  • 3 cups, chopped broccoli (including the stems)
  • 1/2 cup chopped or grated carrots
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar (or less)
  • minced chives
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Place broccoli and carrots into a medium bowl and set aside. Add the rest of the ingredients to a lidded jar and shake to combine. Pour over the vegetables and toss to coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving or up to 1 day.