When I come to DC, the first thing I want to do is check and see what restaurants are close by.

Usually, I go to restaurants that’s recommended by friends or family who live in the area.

This time, I wanted to try a different restaurant.

I was really wishing and hoping for one of my favorite foods, Thai , and I was hoping with as many different type of restaurants that DC has, I’d be able to find at least one Thai restaurant in the area where I was going.

Enter Absolute Thai Restaurant at 541 G Street, right across the street from the Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Wizards basketball team and the Washington Capitals hockey team.

(Could the Sports Diva be any luckier since I was taking pictures of the Capital One Arena?)

The restaurant is easy to get to by Metro.

Since it’s at the Gallery Place Chinatown station , just follow the signs to the arena.

But then it gets tricky.

You’re on 7th and G street, but you have to walk around Capital One Arena to get to the lower numbers of G Street.

Or you can do what I did. Walk through the alleyway of Gallery Place.

You’ll see the restaurant, which is small.

Now what about the food?

I had my favorite food to have whenever I go to a Thai restaurant.

Penang Curry with beef and Jasmine rice.

I started off with Chicken Satay with red onion and cucumber salad and peanut sauce which I gobbled down like it was my last meal or something.

As for the Penang Curry, it was enough for 2 or more people to share.

It was so good and not too spicy, just the way I like it.

Of course I had to have some Thai Ice Tea to go with it, even if it was cold outside.

All of this came to $30 or so, not including tip, which I was happy to give because the waitresses were so friendly and helpful.

This restaurant isn’t expensive at all even though they’re that close to the arena.

I would definitely go again, but next time no appetizer, just my delicious and mouth watering Penang Curry.


I crossed another thing off my bucket list .

As I shopped until I dropped at the Rideau Centre in Ottawa, I stopped at the province of Ontario liquor store , The LBCO or Liquor Board of Ontario.

I brought a bottle of Ice Wine , which is number 2 on my bucket list.

It’s actually pretty good and I’m not really a wine drinker.

Jack Daniels, Patron Tequila and Fireball Whiskey is more like it for me.

I’m here in Ottawa for two more days and I’m drinking this sucker before I go back to New York .

How can I describe the taste of it?

The saleslady told me it was more like a desert wine, so drink small glasses.

She was right.

Why is it called “ice wine”?

Could be that the grapes are frozen and the wine is cold even when it’s on the shelf, but I’m not really sure.

It wasn’t that expensive either.

$15.99 Canadian , I can deal with it.

One more thing off the bucket list with more to come.