La Traditionelle Mouclade des Charentes at Bistrot du Coin in Washington, DC
Here in DC, I’m satisfying two years’ worth of built-up irrational cravings, and man, I’ve been having some fun. Last Friday, we met our friends and their toddler out at Bistrot Du Coin, an old neighborhood standby of mine. It’s not the fanciest or the best French I’ve ever had, but it’s solid on steak frites and mussels. Oh, how I love a good Staub crock filled with fresh mussels. While we had plentiful fresh seafood in Malaysia, mussels were rare, and my favorite preparation, steamed with garlic, white wine, and parsley, was practically unheard of there.
Lamb steak special
This time, I had La Traditionelle Mouclade des Charentes, which are mussels steamed in a light curry cream sauce. I have become, in my short tenure overseas, a sucker for curry, and the thought of curry, cream and mussels was enough to make my head swim. Or it could have been the Cotes du Rhone. I’m okay with either cause.
Vive la France at Bistrot
The hubby’s craving was for lamb. We had it occasionally in Malaysia, when I could find a good imported cut from Australia. Now that we’re back, though, it’s hard for him to pass up a lamb dish, especially when it’s the special for the evening.
We had a lovely dinner. Especially the part when we chased our toddlers around the Bistrot, dodging waiters, trays of hot food and righting upended chairs. It’s not the same sort of relaxing evening we used to have, but it’s bliss all the same.