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EAT : Washington DC

Sunday Brunch at Rosa Mexicano Restaurant

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I have always read or seen famous people in TV bloating about their favorite restaurants on a faraway place and saying things like “each time we are in Milan we have to eat at …” or “my favorite restaurant in Paris is …” and I always thought how obnoxious of them (Okay, so I am jealous but I cannot confess that on my own blog, so I will just call them obnoxious).

Then a few weeks ago, I realized that I can be obnoxious too !!
This is because one of our all time favorite restaurants is Rosa Mexicano in Washington DC and every time we are visiting DC we make a point to stop by.
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Recently, we were driving back to Raleigh on a trip from Philadelphia, and had to make a detour to Washington DC to have brunch at Rosa Mexicano. It was a nice summer day and we relaxed outside on their beautiful terrace eating and watching all people walking down to the Mall.
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To refresh ourselves, the kids drank Rosa’s Aguas frescas ( sandia o tamarindo) …
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and for papi and mami a cold Chelita !! (Tecate, fresh lime and spices served with over ice with a salted rim).
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Of course, if you visit Rosa Mexicana you have to order their famous freshly made Guacamole en Molcajate prepared table side.

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Guacamole en Molcajate: avocado, jalapen~o, tomato, onion and cilantro, served with warm corn tortillas, tortilla chips, salsa pasilla de Oaxaca and salsa de tomatillo y habanero).
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It would not be a Sunday Brunch without a Bloody Mary: on the left the Chile Ahumado (Pasilla de Oaxaca chiles and tomato juice with roasted garlic, celery and fresh lime juice) and on the right the Maria Verde (Tomatillo and cucumber puree with garlic, lime and cilantro).
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For the kids: Quesdailla, sweet potato fries and veggies.
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Tacos para Desayunar
Scrambled eggs served in a cast iron skillet with melted Chihuaha cheese and mixed wild mushrooms. Served with mixed greens, black beans and flour tortillas.
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Huevos Ranchero Rosa
Two eggs over-easy served over corn tortillas with salsa verde. Topped with diced bacon (I chose to omit this), crispy plantains, tortilla strips and grilled asparagus tips.
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I was asking so many questions about the menu and the drinks that the manager brought us two small tasters of their signature cocktail: the Pomegranate Margarita (Silver Tequila, pomegranate and lime juices). What a way to finish!

So now when people ask me what is my favorite restaurant I bloat and say “well, each time we are in Washington DC we have to stop at Rosa Mexicana for brunch” and I know that the people whom I am telling this to must rolls their eyes and think how obnoxious I sound.

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