Monday, May 19, 2014

DC and Cherry Blossoms: Pie Sisters Rock My World!

I've never been to DC for cherry blossom season. And even though I went to visit a good friend there at the first week of April, I have to admit I've still not been to DC for cherry blossom season...that's because the flowers were late this year, and I came smack in time for magnolia blossoms, but a week shy of cherry blossoms. Ah well! DC is still one of the neatest cities I know to visit, and when not hearting Lincoln and hearting Washington, and hearting the Whitehouse, I took the opportunity to fulfill two long-held culinary dreams.

I had a veggie dog at Ben's Chili Bowl. And believe me, it was the first chili dog I've had since going vegetarian that satisfied as a taste experience...literally, I wouldn't have known there was no meat in that thing, that's how tasty it is. I found this politico hot dog diner to be a place where it is hard to score a seat, but if you're lucky you might just be sitting in the same spot where the president had a chili dog. Throw in some cheese fries, potato salad, and coleslaw, and you have a party!

And for my other food adventure, I feasted on pastries in Georgetown! Now, truly, and entire chapter could go to Georgetown pastries, and I only had one weekend. So I will simply tell you about the bakery I went to that will now and forever have a pie-shaped slice of my heart: Pie Sisters.

Located on the edge of the Georgetown strip, Pie Sisters is a little shop that does something extraordinary with pies...among other mysteries, they have created cream pie cupcakes. Piecakes, if you will. A little pie crust baked in a muffin tin, stuffed with every pie filling you could desire and topped with flaky pie crust "cookies." They have full sized pies, of course, that you can order by the slice.

But it was the piecakes that got me. I do believe that I may actually have made little gurgling exclamations of joy, somewhat akin to the noise that llamas make when excited, as I caught site of their cup sized mini pies. There is something so utterly alluring to the notion of devoting a store to this one culinary art form. We all know that when pie crust is done right, it is one of the most heavenly things you can eat. And yet, so often it is only in our collective imagination that we have that perfect pie crust that is both flaky and moist, a juicy filling, and perhaps a scoop of ice cream on top. Pie sisters conjures all of that and more, with everything from coconut cream to strawberry rhubarb to bourbon chocolate pecan. And they even have savory pies!

I think pie is a fundamental comfort food, that one dessert that says Americana, remembered and imagined from our childhood, now often lost in the world of modern food experiences. It is really very rare that you sit down at a cafe or a restaurant and say, "I'd like a slice of pie, please." And even rarer that you might look at a menu and see the main accoutrement offered are glasses of milk and scoops of ice cream.

And that to me is the charm of Pie Sisters. You can and should come across town, if not across the country, to sit down in a sweet little cafe, order a piece of pie or two, and don't forget the glass of milk!

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