The Hamilton

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Another weekend day, another brunch, right? Right. So, my friends brought me to The Hamilton in Washington DC. This grand venue has a couple enormous dining rooms, another room for a bar, and even a room downstairs where they’ll host a Gospel Brunch. Hallelujah!

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They have a really eclectic menu too, with some great American classics, Southern dishes, a sushi menu, and even some signature boozy milkshakes. While the decor really gives you a grand, and elegant atmosphere, you can actually dine pretty casually. 

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To start, I ordered  their Hibiscus Mimosa (Carmina Prosecco, hibiscus flower, Byrrh Grand Quinaquina). Loved it. It was refreshing, not too sweet, and the best part is the edible candied hibiscus flower at the bottom.

Then for the table to start, we had the Salted Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun. Yeah, you should probably get that. It’s generous in size, served warm, with a sweet and slightly salted glaze that’s perfectly topped with candied pecans. I mean, nothing to complain about here. 

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Then, for my entree I had the Herb Crusted Cod with smashed peas. I really enjoyed this dish. The peas were a mix of smashed and puree and whole, which was a really great textural combination. The Cod was savory and flavorful with a really nice texture, going so wonderfully with the peas. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Hamilton
Location: 600 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. That hibiscus, the sticky bun, it’s a win-win situation. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, and I’m pretty positive the Gospel Brunch is amazing. 

Li-Lac Chocolates

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Alright, alright…it’s Valentine’s Day. But, I know other people are really into it. Yesterday I posted an easy recipe for Red Velvet Cake Bon Bons. But, if cooking and baking isn’t your thing, what better way to say “I love you” than some chocolate? There isn’t one. Li-Lac Chocolates is Manhattan’s oldest chocolate house, since 1923. How did I not know this? Well, I didn’t, until I found them on my Grand Central Tour.

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Described as “stubbornly old fashioned”, this chocolate company has been making their chocolates the old school way, not changing or conforming to trendy, new comers along the way. They have a range of classic truffles, fudges and caramels, something for everyone.

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I tried a couple of their signature items. First, I had a Hazelnut Truffle Square. Holy mother of candy. This was incredible, maybe one of the best hazelnut candies I’ve had? Maybe? It’s decadent, rich, chocolaty, and an amazing nutty, hazelnut flavor. It’s pretty generous in size too, so, you basically get four pieces in one. 

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Then, I also got a Champagne Truffle. Another one that made me believe in Heaven. It’s silky, creamy, and melts in your mouth. You really get a nice champagne flavor as well, which, I mean, what goes better with chocolate than champagne?

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Champagne + Chocolate Truffle = Power Couple.

The Shorts:
Name: Li-Lac Chocolates
Location: Grand Central Market (43rd Street and Lexington Avenue), NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Uhhh…YEAH!!
Would I recommend it? Definitely, some of the best chocolates I’ve had in a while.