Monday, March 06, 2006

American Indian Museum

Yesterday we were going to see the Cezanne in Provence exhibit at the National Gallery, but left a little later than we should have. So first we stopped at the AIM to look around for an hour and then have lunch in that amazing cafeteria.

This was my second trip so I just went an viewed the newer Pacific Coast exhibit. They did have 3 Tinglit weavers there. Amazing stuff. Once again I was blown away by the beadwork that was included. And I admired the mother-of-pearl button blankets.

Now if you go to D.C. you must visit this cafeteria. You get to choose regional cuisine done with native food items. I had smoked trout salad on walnut apple bread with dandelion greens. Yummy. DS had a navajo taco - sort of a tostada made with fry bread. And sassafras tea - not something you can get just anywhere. DH went for the cedarplanked salmon with wildrice and a seaweed and mushroom side dish. The setting of cafeteria alone is worth the trip. If you're lucky you'll score a table near the window and get to watch the water.

Then it was off to see Cezanne. Pretty powerful stuff. Wish there had been fewer people there, but what are you gonna do.

Came home and finally had DD's birthday meal - nice thick ribeyes, with sesame green beans and pinenut couscous.

She had asked for a raspberry cake and I sold her on a chocolate cake with raspberry accents.
I used the chocolate cake recipe from the King Arthur cookbook, put raspberry jam between the layers, frosted it with a special dark cocoa frosting and served it with whipped cream and raspberry sauce and raspberries. Went well with the Oscars.

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