|The view from the rooftop bar, Whiskey Charlie|
Driving to Washington, DC, can be a tragic mistake, with traffic jams and short tempers. But on our recent trip, we had smooth sailing.
And we stayed at a waterfront hotel where we could have gone sailing - or kayaking, or on a water taxi.
|First, a Korean car. Then, Korean food|
Not only that, we 'drove' to Asia, courtesy of a new restaurant, Kaliwa, that featured food from Korea, Thailand and the Philippines. And we were driving a Korean car, a Hyundai.
First, the car: thanks Hyundai
|The Wharf 'street' for cars, walkers, bikers and runners|
|Apple CarPlay in the Hyundai Elantra|
The Hyundai Elantra has Sirius XM radio, so we had great music for our whole drive. And our phones connected with Apple CarPlay so we could listen to a podcast or two. The GT model that we drove had premium speakers and the cabin was quiet, even with the windows open.
There was a wireless charging pad, as well as a USB port for charging.
|Pickled vegetables at Kaliwa|
Asian food, a short walk from the hotelDistrict Wharf has quite a few restaurants. The Canopy by Hilton hotel has a rooftop bar, Whiskey Charlie. Bar food like crab cake sliders and a warm soft pretzels with beer cheese sauce stave off hunger. We had just two of us drinking, so we couldn't have the cocktail tankard. These giant cocktails serve 4-6, and you aren't even allowed to get one for less than 4 people.
By rooftop standards, $52 for a cocktail that serves 6 is a bargain. We had delicious Manhattans. There is, naturally, a great selection of bourbon and rye.
|Korean vegetarian bibimbap|
From Korea, we had vegetarian bibimbap. This stew of pickled vegetables and rice had a spicy chili sauce. A sunny side up egg topped it
We also got a plate of more pickled vegetables. The sweet pickled shiitakes were delicious.
|Thai crab curry|
|We also took the Hyundai Elantra with us to shop in Dumbo, Brooklyn|
We ate outside, watching the water lap the boats bobbing on the Potomac and felt transported far from I-95.
Note: Hyundai loaned us the Elantra GT for this trip. Opinions expressed are my own.