Recently I had the opportunity to be a tourist in my own city, Washington, DC. Now while I will admit, I am not always fond of the flocks of tourists and traffic they bring to the city, it was pretty fun to explore the city like a newbie. How so? I joined a small group for the Mangia DC Georgetown Foodie Tour.
Mangia DC is a locally owned and operated food tour business and their Chief Eating Officer Dave Saxon was well versed in the history of Georgetown and the local businesses we visited. The first stop on the tour was Stachowski Market where we sampled prime rib perozki. Perozkis are traditional Russian mini pies, made with a variety of different fillings. I am a huge fan of meat pies, so I thoroughly enjoyed this stop on the tour. Sorry I was so quick to start stuffing my face, that I forgot to actually take a picture of the perozki.
I love markets like Stachowski’s because they seem to be rare these days with larger supermarkets taking over. But often at the smaller markets, you get personalized service.
If you’ve ever been to Georgetown, then you know how popular the area is and how crowded the streets can be. Mangia Food Tours did a good job of avoiding all the high traffic areas and keeping the group together by taking you on a walk through the quieter streets of Georgetown. So during the tour, you are able to see the pretty homes in the area and learn a little about the history of Georgetown and its residents.
I was fascinated by the doors in the area and captured a few. I might have to do a photography project on the “Doors of Georgetown”.
This entry way really captivated my attention.
The next stop was at Georgetown Olive Oil Company and this happened to be one of my favorites on the tour.
I learned so much about olive oil and never knew there were so many different flavors. Georgetown Olive Oil Co. carries over 60 different flavors. And after learning the difference between the smells of fresh EVOO and old EVOO, I’m side-eyeing the olive oil in the grocery store like, “How fresh are you?”. If you’ve never been to Georgetown Olive Oil Co. this is a must-visit place. We were privileged to meet the very knowledgeable and friendly owners Emil and Christina.
The Green Chile olive oil happened to be my favorite, so I couldn’t leave without purchasing it. The owners were nice enough to throw in a small bottle of balsamic vinaigrette; I went with Cranberry Pear. AMAZING!
So many flavors, blood orange was also surprisingly good.
Georgetown Olive Oil Co. also sells Bacon Jam (sounds intriguing) and a number of spices.
There are so many things that I could tell you about the next location on the tour: Via Umbria and I honestly could have stayed here for hours. I loved the authentic Italian decor.
The artwork and ceramics. Did I mention they have an art gallery?
And of course the food. We were served roasted pork sandwiches or a cheese plate for vegetarians. Since I am all about meat, the pork sandwich was great. The pork was perfectly crusted around some of the edges, for a great crunch.
After we ate and drank, I totally got distracted by the homemade pastas and food available in the market.
Dave had to come back in and get me. No foodie left behind! Seriously though, I really wanted to explore the pasta selection and taste some peppers.
We made our way through the canal area of Georgetown to the last stop of the tour, Dog Tag Bakery.
I love the decor in the bakery, especially the dog tag display. Dog Tag Bakery has a great story, check out their website to read more about their mission for veterans.
We were given two cookies at Dog Tag Bakery and I will admit when I first saw the cookies, I was a little skeptical. Why? Because I am one of those bakers who takes their cookies out before they have really darkened and the middle is still a little soft. So yes, I just cookies based on color. LOL
However, I’m not one to turn down cookies and especially for this review I sampled the cookies. Verdict: don’t judge a book by its cover. These cookies were moist and chewy. I took another pack home and ate them three days later. Just as chewy and moist as the first day.
So if you’re in the DC area or coming for a visit, make sure you check out the Mangia DC Georgetown Foodie TourMangia DC Georgetown Foodie Tour. It’s a great tour where you will learn a little more about the area, meet great people and eat yummy food.
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