“The job is great,” says Hammond, who lives in the H Street corridor. “I meet really interesting people, and I do really interesting artifacts.”
Hammond served in the Royal Air Force before returning to school full time in 2005. He holds a PhD in History and International Relations from the University of Warwick in England and has held several fellowships in National September 11 Memorial MuseumThe Library of Congress And more institutions before he gets his coveted job at a spy museum in 2020.
Like a CIA agent cleverly observing his surroundings, Hammond would spend much of his dream day in the capital outdoors in some of the city’s best people-watching spots.
The first thing I will do is go to Wydown On H Street. They’re a coffee shop, and they’d die for blueberry muffins. They are very good. You have the really nice stuff on top of the crumbly buns. And you get to the bottom and there are these blueberries that aren’t too hot but warm and they just explode in your mouth. I usually get up very early, usually in front of my wife and daughter. I would walk around there, pick up a latte, grab a pie and then come back and sit on the balcony and watch H Street come alive.
I’m really obsessed with Biale, and when I left New York I spent a lot of time trying to find the best Biale in town, and I didn’t really find one that’s great in D.C. They might actually exist, but I didn’t. So if we’re going out, we’ll probably go to Buffalo and BergenAnd the And I would have the poppy seed cake with cream cheese and regular drip coffee with half and half.
I guess then, I think if it was a nice day, I would go with my wife and daughter to the sculpture park and National Gallery of Art. I really like to just sit around and spend time away. If this was the day of my dreams, I wouldn’t want to rush frantically from one place to another. So I guess I would just like to sit there and enjoy the atmosphere and look at the art and spend time with my family.
then if [the weather] It wasn’t good, there is a vintage shop that my wife and I love in the Logan Circle area, 14th Street NW good wood. We don’t always buy something when we go there, but we like to rummage there and spend time looking for things.
After that, I think it will probably be time for a late lunch, an early dinner by then. There is a wonderful place that we discovered a few weeks ago called Paraiso Takeria On Pennsylvania Avenue in the Southeast. I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the Library of Congress, and this place is very good. Nachos are fried whole tortillas, and you get them with salsa. It’s not the standard “here’s some chips and salsa” formula and it’s, say, a routine—that’s part of the experience. My wife and I love the cod tacos. They are really excellent. If I was looking for some alcohol, it would be a margarita. Classic on the rocks.
After that, we’d walk home, and on the way, we’d stop too Lincoln Park or Stanton Park. I love the parks on the east side. We would sit under a tree and watch the world at work. People play sports or do tai chi, children play, people walk their dogs. I love just laying on a blanket in the garden and listening to all those sounds. I think I might spend the hours before dark sitting in one of those parks.
Return full circle to H Street, Copycat Company It is just an excellent cocktail bar. I love the ambiance. Personally, I love cocktails that deliver the spirit, like Negronis, Manhattans, Martinis, and those kinds of things. I love just sitting at a cocktail bar while I’m away a few hours. So I think that’s where a nightcap is likely to be. I always thought to myself, if I were to live another life, I would open a talk called Spy. And it would be very interesting, but it is rooted in the real world of intelligence. You try not to make it too funny. You know, like a code word to enter, secret items in the menu, cocktails called names like Dead Drop, Covert Action, Encryption, Double Agent – then get a really cool mixed world.