Ever been? Some Ethiopian food down on U Street. This is probably a more popular and well known spot, but not necessarily the best in D.C. My friend who had real Ethiopian food in Ethiopia said this wasn’t as flavorful as the real thing.
We got the veggie combo platter, which consisted of chickpea curry, lentils, vinegar cabbage and potato, spinach, tomato salad, spicy brown lentils, yellow lentils…
I’d say it was decent. I always enjoy eating the spongy bread and scooping up the yummy lentils. Actually, come to think of it, I’d like to go back to Marrakesh sometime on New York Avenue. They have belly dancers too if you go at the right time! And an over friendly restaurant owner who wants to take group pictures with you and then post it onto his restaurant website with strange and loosely related, framed pictures…. MARRAKESH
Oh, and oops, that’s MORROCAN food, not Ethiopian, but similar?
Before this, we actually stopped by Love Cafe further down on U Street. We shared a cupcake, not the greatest, and some coffee. Love Cafe is owned by Warren Brown who started CakeLove right across the street. He’s now expanded to Baltimore, National Harbor, and downtown Silver Spring. I actually appreciate his cakes more than his cupcakes; the Neil’s Hat Trick for example, is a wonderful raspberry and chocolate butter cream cake. 🙂
Anyway, we further expanded our stomachs by walking to Q and 14th street NW to ACKC aka Artfully Chocolates Kingsbury Confections. Very cute chocolate cafe which has expanded into a mini wine bar. It’s outrageously decorated with BOOTYfull paintings (and I mean filled with BOOTY) and flower decorations. There’s plenty of chocolate and variations on hot chocolate, which they also convert into ice cream and milk shakes or iced drinks now. Whew, ACKC, you’ve expanded!
I got a hot chocolate wasabi concoction and for a chilly night, it was a good feeling going down my throat, warming up my tummy. Friend opted for the ice cream version of a white chocolate cardamom truffle. She’s not into actual chocolate, and for the ice creams, if it is white chocolate, they use vanilla ice cream. Her ice cream was ginormous. They over topped it with whip cream. My favorite part were the dried blueberries. I think it wasn’t enough cardamom for her so she got more, and they like dumped it! But she could’ve had more! I think that was more than enough for me…..
I love their decor. It’s absolutely eye-catching and completely sets the mood for the cafe. Tres bon!
Oh yes, I could not leave without getting a box of truffles (6 for $12). Top to bottom, left to right: Butter & Scotch (butterscotch chocolate with real scotch), Cool Vanilla (chocolate with rum), Cherry Blossom (Dark Chocolate with cherry filling), Just Dark (Dark Chocolate), Cocoa Nibs (Dark Chocolate with actual cocoa nibbles), White Chocolate Cardamom topped with dried blueberry.
I tried to share with my honey, but ended up only giving him the butterscotch and just dark. I ate the rest while we were apart… hahahaha, shameful I know, but I couldn’t help it!! If you only knew, you’d understand how difficult it is to resist truffles when you’re me.