A February 2004 trip
to Washington, D.C. by tamtbell
Quote: Living in Southern Maryland as a child I visited DC from time to time. However now as an adult I visit whenever I get the chance. DC lacks the warmth of some other cities, but it makes up for it with good food, culture, and scenic beauty.
We arrived a few minutes prior to our reserved time and the five of us were promptly seated with another family with three small children. After all of us had looked over our menus we ordered our food as well as a small sample platter of sashimi that contained thin slices of mouth watering red tuna, small slices of strong tasting mackerel, and paper thin slices of salmon that almost melted in our mouths that was all served on a small salad of sliced daikon radish. Complementing the sashimi was thinly sliced ginger, hot spicy wasabi and soy sauce all served on traditional Japanese china. In between enjoying our sashimi we sipped hot sake and chatted with each other as well as with the other family sitting across from us.
After eating our miso soup and small salad that was topped with the usual ginger dressing our young chef arrived with his cart and a very pleasant smile as he greeted each one of us. Right away he began the normal routine of the flying knives and usual jokes such as the shrimp tail in the chef hat and the spinning "egg roll" which is basically an egg that the chef spins in circles on the hot cooking surface. At one point one of the younger child had a special thrill when our chef (Jung?) created a fiery volcano out of a half of an onion which then led to the child telling him over and over "do it again, do it again." This made all of us chuckle quite a bit throughout the meal as we heard the child saying he wanted to see more fire.
Towards the end of our dinner a waitress arrived with a small slice of cheesecake with one lit candle and helped us sing a hearty round of happy birthday to my father. All in all not only was this a delicious meal but a truly entertaining one that will be remembered fondly.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 27, 2004
Sakura Japanese Steak and Seafood House
14532 Potomac Mills Road
Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
Attraction | "The International Spy Museum"
Upon arriving at the Museum we discovered that admittance for us was $12.00 for my husband and father due to their military affiliations, and $13.00 for my brother, mother and me. Once paying our admission we stood in line and waited for an elevator to take us up to the beginning of the exhibits.
When you first arrive upstairs you are told to pick an identity from one of the many adorning the walls and to memorize it as this will be your identity during your time at the museum. Honestly each one of us attempted to memorize everything about our chosen identity in the assumption that at one point during our time at the museum we would be questioned about who we were and where we were going.
After a few moments of standing around and asking many of the other guests in the museum “Who are you?” rather jokingly, a pair of double doors opened rather ominously and we were instructed to take a seat for our briefing. It turns out that this was just a movie narrated by “actress name” that simply explains the many difficulties and complexities of the life of a spy. After the movie ended we filed out of the small auditorium through the double doors and were then surrounded by the exhibits in the Tradecraft skills area which has an amazing array of devices such as miniature surveillance equipment and weapons that were designed to be hidden in coat pockets, sunglasses or lipstick cases. There are even some hands-on exhibits that you can try out for yourself.
After approximately an hour and a half we had finally reached the end of the exhibits, walked through the doors marked exit and found ourselves in the Museum gift shop. We were all rather disappointed as not once did anyone inquire about our adopted identity which we all struggled to remember. We were also very disappointed by the lack of organization and directions as it just seemed as if the exhibits were just placed here and there randomly. Most of all we were rather frustrated because of the amount of adults and children that were present on a Friday morning which filled the museum hallways and made it extremely difficult to view many of the exhibits.
For more information please see the Museum’s website www.spymuseum.org
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 1, 2004
International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004