Walking from Mount Pleasant towards Dupont Circle, I came across a half-marathon: runners, walkers, cheerleaders on the side, music playing.
I continued south. My friend, Jess, was visiting from Portland. We met for brunch at Founding Farmers. As usual, I ate too much. This city is serious about brunch.
Later that day, I took the Metro to meet Ethan in the Noma/Gallaudet neighborhood - to visit Union Market.
Ethan wasn't as enthusiastic about the place as I was, but this may be my favorite DC market yet. It's a little bourgie-hipster, which runs in stark contrast with the immediate industrial environment. The pros and cons of gentrification aside, I confess I enjoy a fancy market. Now and then, I need to delight in (arguably) overpriced artisan pickles, good bread, and freshly-squeezed juice concoctions. This would be a great place to bring visiting family/friends.
It was 65+ degrees that day! We sat outside, soaked in the sun, and watched many young families do the same. Once, twice, a bike "gang" rode by, dressed in costumes and obviously drunk from sunshine, reminding me of Portland days. (Cue: Ethan eye-roll.)
But, the primary reason I wanted to visit Union Market was for the pop-up extension of H Street's ramen shop, Toki Underground. (Food occupies so much of my weekend planning.) I once tried to have dinner at Toki Underground, but was told there was a 4+ hour wait. I never returned.
Technically, the pop-up isn't a ramen shop, more like a noodle shop. There are two tables that seat perhaps 6-8 people, and there is only one soup offering each day (week?). On Saturday, it was a Taiwanese spicy beef noodle soup. Freshly made pandan and pork ham bao were also available. Other noodle dishes the chef has done: khao soi (one of my favorite Thai/Burmese soups), laksa, southern Thai curries, pho, even Khmer noodle dishes. Definitely worth a re-visit.