Of course we had plans but well, we saw Filene's Basement and that's that. I ended buying a pair of black comfy rubber shoes (aka pang-travel na sapatos) that actually look good but wasn't too expensive. I actually saw the same pair at Jersey Gardens and didn't buy it because I was trying to save some money. It was cheaper in Jersey but I couldn't help but buy it in DC. I felt that it was fate. My friend on the other hand bought a pair of heels. By the time we got out of the store (it was closing), it started to drizzle. Then the drizzle got stronger and eventually became a downpour. So there we were, no umbrella, trying find someplace to seek shelter. Running into the empanada shop was the best we could do. There was a bar right beside it but I don't think that 2 dishevelled and almost rain-soaked ladies would be attractive. Not cool at all, I know.
Julia's Empanada's a hole-in-the wall type of place was our refuge for the moment. It was warm inside, comforting in a way. I decided to order the Saltenas (chicken, potato, green peas, hard boiled egg, raisins, green olives and onion) empanada and a large coke. I think it's a steal for $3. The dough that holds all those delicious ingredients is thicker and more bread-like compared to the crusty empanadas here in Manila. It's size is similar to a good-sized russet potato. The empanada is stuffed to the brim. This was dinner and I couldn't complain about it. It's really filling. After chowing down every last bit of it and waiting for the rain to stop, Frank, the cashier/owner, motioned me to go to the cashier. I guess he noticed that I was enjoying my empanada so much. He said, "I'm giving you and your friend another empanada for free so choose what you want." Wow, was I surprised. Happily surprised. I chose one of the fruit empanadas. "Hey, do you want more? I can give you more", Frank added. Was I feeling blessed at that moment. Me in DC being given empanadas on a cold and rainy night, this was truly a night to remember. Economists would always say, "There's no such thing as a free lunch". I agree but I did get free empanadas at Julia's.
You'll find Julia's empanadas at
Dupont Circle1221 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20036