BFF in Town Weekend Round Up

Every weekend this summer has been jammed-packed full of friends and good food and drink. This weekend was no different. One of my best friends from college, J, was visiting this weekend. It was so nice to get to spend some time catching up and showing her around our neighborhood a little bit.

Friday afternoon, co-worker C and I took a short break from work to enjoy Cafe La Ruche one last time before it closes.  I had packed my lunch, but I still had room for an appetizer. We sat out on the patio and split an order of escargot. It was pretty sad to know that they’re closing after so long, but I’m curious to see what Chez Billy Sud will bring.

Since J was coming to town later in the evening, that lady and I picked up some Momo Sushi for dinner and spent the evening cleaning the house. I scooped J up from the airport and our weekend adventures began.

We got up early on Saturday and walked the mile and a half to the Old Town Farmer’s market to pick up ingredients for dinner. It was actually only the second time I had been to the farmer’s market. We got all kinds of fresh produce and I was able to pick up some beautiful flowers for the lady. It’s definitely going to be a more regular stop for me. We finished up our shopping but still had some time to kill before brunch plans, so we wandered down to the Waterfront Market. We ordered coffee and chatted for a bit. I’m looking forward to stopping there for breakfast after weekend morning bike rides.

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I decided that I wanted to take J to a Neighborhood Restaurant Group restaurant. She said she like eggs benedict, so I made reservations at Columbia Firehouse since they had a few different options. That was the perfect choice. It was delicious. That post will be up later this week. As a bonus, we even ran into another friend who lives in the neighborhood who we keep meaning to get together with. I gotta get on that!

After brunch, the lady and I had plans to head out to Ashburn for her high school best friend’s daughter’s 4th birthday party. It was a pool party, so we spent a couple of hours splashing around with preschoolers and eating ice cream cake. It’s nice to occasionally trek out to the suburbs and borrow some kids for a while. It’s like “Well, this could be our life… good to know! Let’s head back to Alexandria and party with our friends.”

We came back and J fixed us an amazing dinner. Afterward, we weighed the options of getting all dressed up and heading into the city for fancy cocktails or sticking close to home and making our own. We decided on the lower key night, made some drinks, laid out a blanket in the courtyard, and enjoyed the evening with neighbors.

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J had family plans in the city Sunday morning, so we got up, said our goodbyes, got her on her way. The lady and I decided to make it an NRG weekend have brunch just a few blocks from home at Rustico. We’ve been there dozens of times, but this was the best meal we’ve ever had there. I will definitely be writing about that this week.

After brunch, we ran the last of our errands, and spent the rest of the afternoon just sitting still, for the first time in a very long time. It has been an amazing summer so far, but wow. I need a nap! Looking forward to a short work week this week!

 

 

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A Wedding Weekend Round Up

Last weekend started on Thursday for the lady and I. We took the last two days of the week off to pack, get prepped for, and head out to Purcellville for the lady’s sister’s wedding.

We didn’t actually have to be anywhere until Thursday evening, so we took that time to do a couple of things we had been meaning to do for a while. We started with a trip to Mockingbird Hill to try out their coffee service and lunch. It was the most perfect start to a wonderful weekend. That post will be coming up later this week.

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After we were properly fed and caffeinated, we hit the road. We realized that we were going to beat everyone else to the farmhouse/ bridal shower location, so we decided that since we were in wine country, that a wine tasting was in order. We chose Sunset Hills Vineyard because it was the closest to the farmhouse. We did a full tasting and then decided to buy a bottle of rose, cheese, and crackers. We sat out on their covered porch and enjoyed the wine and cheese while we watched it pour rain. It was a perfect afternoon.

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On Friday, we had some more time to kill after a little bit of initial set up for the wedding, so we headed over to Purcellville for lunch at Market Burger and Catoctin Creek Distillery for a tasting and a tour. Well, the lunch destination wasn’t planned, but we stumbled upon Market Burger and I’m so glad we did. It was DELICIOUS. We found out during our tour that the cows used for burgers there are fed the leftover rye from Catoctin. How cool is that? That post is also coming later this week.

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Friday evening was the rehearsal dinner and Saturday was the wedding, so we were pretty occupied. The wedding was at Stoneleigh Golf Course and Country Club. It was an absolutely beautiful space and the service there was top notch. The wedding could not have been any more perfect. I just can’t get over the massive amount of love I felt all weekend. I love the lady’s family so much and so appreciate how much they make me feel like part of the family. It’s so comfortable with them and I always get so excited and look forward to seeing them all.  And so awesome to get to meet so much of his family! I hope I get to see more of them as well, since they live in the area. It was such an honor to be able to stand beside the bride as one of her bridesmaids. I’m so excited that she lives in the area now and that I have a brother in law! I can’t wait for them to get back from their honeymoon so we can commence hanging out all the time.

I won’t even admit to where we went for lunch (a :gasp: CHAIN restaurant) with the family on Sunday. We were in the suburbs and I needed a place that could easily accommodate 14 people. It was the best of my limited options.

After lunch, we headed home and climbed straight into bed to recover from the long weekend. I managed to pick up a cold from one of the other bridesmaids, so I was down and out for the rest of Sunday and even Monday. With another busy week/weekend ahead, I’m just counting down the days to vacation in just over a month. Whew!

 

 

Shakin’ it up

Yesterday was my 50th post. For only having been “in business” for 2 months, that’s a lot of posts! It feels like a good base on which to build a blog but it has begun to feel pretty fast and furious. And it’s a lot of calories consumed and dollars spent. So, I think it’s time to slow it down a little bit. It’s like when you scarf down a meal as quickly as possible, you don’t have time to savor the experience. Trying to hit 4-5 new spots in a week to have blog content doesn’t allow for as much time for enjoying them. Nor does it allow us to return to our favorites as much as we would like. So, I’m thinking 3-5 posts per week, just depending on what I’ve been getting into. Sound good to you? Great!

Stayed tuned for tomorrow! I’ll be talking about one of my verrrrry favorite things! Pizza!

Tasty Kabob Food Truck (DC)

We’ve been getting lucky lately in Georgetown and have been able to get lunch from food trucks for the past couple of Fridays. Food trucks don’t frequent the neighborhood, I assume because of the lack of parking plus the high density of restaurants already in the area. I think (hope!!) they’re starting to realize that you can actually find parking, and that the people of the neighborhood are tired of all the brick and mortar places / ready for more cheap eats.

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This day, I got the word from co-worker C, that Tasty Kabob was going to be parked on our block. It was perfect! I hadn’t packed a lunch and had planned to buy lunch but hadn’t decided what I wanted. It was nice that the decision was made for me. And I had been craving a gyro for weeks. We gathered the team and headed outside for lunch. After looking over the menu, most of us decided on the lamb gyro. One of the co-workers went with chicken. When we ordered, they asked if we wanted all toppings and spicy. I went all in.

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Food came really quickly and we walked over to sit at the tables at Washington Harbour. We dug right in. Above is the lamb gyro and the chicken pita. The spicy was a little bit different than I had ever had on a gyro, but it was good! Pretty spicy. It was a little messy, and I got gyro all over my shirt, but worth it. The lamb was nice and tender (it looked like it had been chopped off of a spit.) I really hope food truck Friday becomes a thing because I’m enjoying it!

 

  • Favorite thing I had: Well, all I had was the lamb gyro, but it was really good!
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: Maybe the chicken or lamb over rice. I’d like to try the chickpeas side.
  • What makes this truck stand out: It was a halal truck. And they’re one of the few that ventured to Georgetown. We asked how often they came and they said that was actually their first time there.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): Next time I’m craving a gyro and they’re nearby!

All pics courtesy of co-worker, C.

So here’s the plan…

It’s been my mission to try something new every week. This blog is my way of documenting the good, the bad, and the things I want to try next time. A little narrative, a couple of bullet points, maybe a rating. All for my own records, but maybe you’ll find it helpful too?

Let’s explore this beautiful city and surrounding areas! You find restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries here. Maybe eventually parks or festivals. We’ll just see where we end up. Right now, my area of exploration is the district, most of the state of VA, occasionally NC, and whenever else I might end up.

First, we have some catching up to do. I’ll be combing the mind archives to give you some insight on places I’ve already been to in the past few months. Let’s do this.