Monday, February 10, 2014

Dim sum & a Devils shutout

On Saturday, we went to our first (and probably only) Caps game of the season! C & I (along with the rest of my family) are huge hockey fans (we had our first date at a Caps game!), and have made it to several games for each of the last few seasons, but with ticket prices rising and increasingly busy schedules, we hadn't had the opportunity yet this year. We remedied that by buying my parents tickets to a game for Christmas, and included ourselves in the fun. The game was this weekend against the New Jersey Devils, and we had a blast! We also took the opportunity to bring my uncle along to his first NHL game, and my college roommate and her husband got tickets to the game, too, so we had quite the crowd!

On the metro into the city
Dad & I down by the ice
We started with dinner at Ping Pong Dim Sum, which was a new experience - I've never had dim sum before, but was willing to try it out! Since only Michelle and her husband had been there before, we let them lead us through the dinner choices and order lots of fun things to try. Dim sum is kind of like Spanish tapas: lots of small plates with a few of each item. If you like something, get another order of it; if you don't like it, try something else! We had fun passing plates of food and bowls of dipping sauces around, and we all found new dishes that we liked. My only complaint was that it was very dark in the restaurant, which made it hard to read the menu and hard to see what I was eating (oh, gosh, I'm getting old, aren't I??) - other than that, it was a lot of fun, and really delicious. I would definitely go back!

After dinner, we headed to the Verizon Center early. We wanted to get there in time to see warm-ups! You are allowed to go down to the boards and see the players up-close during warm-ups, even if your ticket is for a higher-level section (like ours were). We haven't done this in a long time, but we wanted my uncle to get a chance to experience it. It's fun to see the players that close and see how big and fast they are!

Ovi goes flying by...
Awkward goalie stretches. Love Holts!
There were a bunch of kids standing in front of us, and Ovechkin came over to stretch and checked the boards in front of them (which was very exciting for the little ones). He even flipped a puck over the glass to a little boy who was there! I love how interactive the players are with the fans and how appreciative they are of the people who come to see them play.

Uncle & mama having a blast!
The game itself was a bit boring (hate to say it, but it was) - the score was 0-0 until the third period! Towards the end of the third, the heavens opened up, and our Washington Capitals scored three goals in just minutes! It was looking rather bleak, and all of a sudden, we were dominating. I was thrilled that my uncle got to see a couple good goals, and got some excitement (amidst the inevitable excitement of just being at a game) - it was a great way to end things! A shutout is always a great ending - it's so much fun to send the other team home scoreless!

Fun times with one of my favorite friends <3
Hockey selfies (hi girl in the back...)
Back where it all began ;)
So tell me...
  • How was your weekend?
  • Have you ever tried dim sum? 
  • Have you ever been to an NHL game? Or some other kind of professional sporting event?


Lisa C said...

I'm glad the Caps won. They went on a hellacious losing streak after Mac left. I guess they were just as sad that he deployed as I was, haha.

Brianna said...

Hockey is so fun! Looks like you had a great time i'm jealous!!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

Yay for the Caps!! I definitely need to make it back up to a game before the season is over! Looks like you guys had a great time AND you got the Caps win (a rarity lately, unfortunately!) Also, I've only ever had Dim Sum once before, but I absolutely loved it! SO MUCH FOOD!

Tammy Jo said...

I've never been to a hockey game but I totally want to! Looks like so much fun!