Two members of the Sumfood team traveled to Washington, DC last week to obstensibly attend food policy conferences but, of course, enjoy some of the city's culinary treats. Tourists make the springtime pilgrammage to see DC's famous cherry blossom trees in full bloom but we were more excited to come across this Cherry Blossom Donut at the city's beloved Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken on G Street NW. Cream cheese icing and cherry jam made it even tastier than it looks. Also on the day's donut menu was the Maple Bacon specimen shown below. We didn't partake, but it demanded its own glamor shot.
Two days after the 'March for Our Lives' protest, all was (reasonably) quiet in front of the White House.
At bustling Founding Farmers restaurant, where a Sumfood team member had keenly booked a table well in advance, we enjoyed cornbread (embedded with sweet kernels of corn) served in a skillet before sampling the Impossible Burger shown below. Made by Impossible Foods -- 'committed to creating a better planet and better meat' -- we're of the belief this magnificent, plant-based replacement for ground beef represents a hopeful, delicious future for those seeking to incorporate DOING GOOD into their everyday nutrition. Mostly, however, it's delicious. Honestly, unreservedly, delicious. (Important note: Sumfood has no affiliation with Impossible Foods. We're fans, both of their tasty burger and Earth-positive mission.)
Founding Farmers mac'n'cheese was damn good, too.
After lunch we wandered through a Foggy Bottom Whole Foods. The US gave birth to the concept of 'super-sizing' but it's always ... confronting ... to encounter the scale of retail offerings in its stores. Whole Foods may refer to itself as a 'market' but its 2-level Foggy Bottom store is as large as any supermarket in New Zealand. Wandering it aisles bursting with organic delicacies we encountered this odious wall of pre-sliced fruit in 'convenient' plastic containers ...
... before drifting past a totem of white quinoa and assorted lentils, presented like the pyramids of canned goods of mid-20th-century lore.
Nowhere is the concept of fine food on an industrial scale better revealed than at the entrance of this Dean & Deluca in Georgetown. Every item on display was mouth watering, every surface glistened ... it was like a Santa's workshop of beautiful foodstuffs. We stopped for a coffee, which meant imbibing in opposing schools of caffeine delivery. But we'll save that debate for a future post ....