12/24: Lamb Momos, Christmas Drinks, Ice Skating
Get a taste of Tibetan food at Dorjee Momo, currently popping up at Shop Made in DC through December 30. Their menu features handmade Tibetan dumplings filled with meat, veggies and spices (momos), plant-based Himalayan dishes, dumpling shots and more.
Downtown poke purveyor, Poke Papa, is offering a new bowl on its menu: the California Roll Bowl comes with Ahi tuna, crab stick, avocado, cucumber, masago, toasted sesame seeds and furikake, topped with beet-pickled daikon and garnished with pickled ginger, edamame, seaweed salad and fresh-cut pineapple.
Bourbon Steak's new winter cocktail menu has officially rolled out with festive cocktails like The Nutcracker made with Knob Creek bourbon, Irish Stout almond milk, egg white benedictine and fresh lemon; The Upside Down mixed with Papa's Pilar, pineapple, coconut, lime, chai tea and Frangelico foam and the You're So Vain with Belvedere Smorgory Forest, Rosemary Morolo Dopo Grappa and Dolin Blanc misted with an aromatic perfumed spray of Orange Blossom water.
Taqueria del Barrio has a playful new cocktail - the SnoQuito - a mix of white rum, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and shaved ice is a perfect blend of spices and festive flavors. The SnoQuito joins a roster of new winter cocktails from Beverage Director Chris Martino, available now at the Petworth Mexican eatery.
Check out my Drink DC piece on restaurants and bars open on Christmas Day - hit this up if you're looking for last minute dinner plans or need to make an Irish exit for an alcoholic beverage post-family time.
Skate season is in full swing. Take advantage of all the ice rinks popping up around the city before the weather warms up again. If you're like me and would rather drink than strap on thin metal blades whilst trying to stay upright, fear not, grab a hot cocoa or cocktail at restaurants and bars nearby. Where to go ice skating in DC:
Canal Park: The Capitol Riverfront rink is open through Feb. 2018; $9 adults, $8 children. Snag a sit-down dinner at Osteria Morini, drinks at Due South, or a fast casual Indian meal at colorful Rasa before lacing up your skates. Worked up a sweat? Cool down with a scoop or two at Ice Cream Jubilee (winter flavors include Boozy Eggnog, Candy Cane Pretzel and Cranberry Sorbet).
The Fairmont: The Georgetown hotel's rink is open through Dec. 31; $5 for one hour open skate. Warm up at the courtyard-turned-Winter Wonderland complete with fire pits, twinkling lights and hot cocoa.
Sculpture Garden: The National Gallery of Art's ice rink has become a popular destination for tourists and district denizens alike; open through March 11, 2018; $8.50 adults, $7.50 children. Sip on pisco sours at China Chilcano, cocktails and beer from The Partisan or margaritas from Oyamel just down the block from the rink.
The Watergate: The hotel's bar Top of the Gate debuted it's rooftop rink earlier this year with 360-degree views of the city skyline; $20 adults, $10 children. When you're not gliding around the rink, enjoy warm winter cocktails like mulled wine and spiked hot chocolate.
The Wharf: The rink at the Southwest Waterfront is open through mid-February; $10 adults, $8 children. Plenty of food and drink options from newly opened eateries on the Wharf like Hank's Oyster Bar, Spanish plates and wine from Del Mar, and rooftop cocktails Whiskey Charlie.