Dominque’s kouign amann (DKA) – Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominque's kouign amann (DKA) - Dominique Ansel Bakery
Flaky and tender bread with caramelized layers. $5.25
Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York NY

Dominque's kouign amann (DKA) - Dominique Ansel Bakery
Mmm, this kouign amann was delicious! I loved all the buttery, flaky layers and the soft, caramelized center. Along with a cup of coffee, this makes for a wonderful breakfast treat.

Madison Square Park
Madison Square Park.

Yellowtail sashimi – The Source

Yellowtail sashimi - The Source
Pickled jalapeno, citrus ponzu. Happy hour 3 food items for $22
The Source, Washington DC

This is a pretty good appetizer! You can choose any 3 items on their lounge menu for twenty two bucks. Count me in! This sashimi was ok. I question the freshness of the fish. It didn’t taste old or bad, but it also didn’t taste super fresh.

Atlas District Common draft beer - The Source
Atlas District Common draft beer. $8

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon VA.

Oysters on half shell – Hank’s Oyster Bar

Oysters on half shell - Hank's Oyster Bar
Kusshi oysters and Hood Canal oysters. Served with mignonette, fresh horseradish and lemon. Half dozen $13.50
Hank’s Oyster Bar, Washington DC

Finally, I found small, delicious oysters from the West Coast in DC! These were delicious especially since all I’ve encountered are the medium to large East Coast oyster which I don’t like very much. They tasted clean and briny and were perfect!

Goldfish crackers - Hank's Oyster Bar
Goldfish crackers. Complimentary

National Harbor
National Harbor MD.

Salami focaccia – Caffe Bene

Salami focaccia - Caffe Bene
Caffe Bene, New York NY

Ugh, this isn’t what I really wanted to eat, but it was convenient and I was starving. The focaccia wasn’t very good and the toppings were over re-heated and hard. The service here was also laughable. Nobody new what they were doing and they were SO frickin’ slow!

Classic New York city coffee cup
Classic New York city coffee cup.

Times Square
Times Square.

Rum raisin cronut – Dominique Ansel Bakery

Rum raisin cronut - Dominique Ansel Bakery
Half croissant, half doughnut pastry. $5
Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York NY

Rum raisin cronut - Dominique Ansel Bakery
Well, the long line was hell (I think I waited for about an hour), but I’ve got to admit that this cronut was pretty amazing! I don’t even like rum raisin, but I still really liked this pastry. (They only feature one flavor each month.) I was struck at the perfect construction of this thing. The layers were perfectly cooked (moist and fluffy on the inside and crisp and flaky on the outside) and yet it still allowed for the oozy filling goodness in between. NOMS!

Rum raisin cronut - Dominique Ansel Bakery
It takes up to 3 days to make one of these things, and I must say that their process certainly makes a near perfect pastry. I sometimes wonder if I’d wait in line again for this thing. Perhaps with the right flavor, I would. Who am I kidding, I definitely would! :)

Cronut line
Cronut line at Dominique Ansel Bakery.