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Washington, DC

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This weekend I paid a visit to my last life, in Washington, DC. Although I’m on to more Clevelandy things these days, it’s nice to return to old friends and favorite spots every now and then. Most especially my sister Louisa and kitten niece, Amelia Bedelia.

It was a great mix of good friends, outdoor playtime, indoor swanky gym time, cooking, wining, dining and when Saturday’s endless rain got tired, a whole lot of not-so-intelligent Netflix watching. Oh my helicopter.

Some food?

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Cheestique for wine and cheese

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One of the BEST meals in recent history at the very excellent Curious Grape

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Spring vegetable salad on the Flying Fig patio, back in Cleveland on Sunday night. Well okay, that has nothing to do with DC but I just can’t resist that photograph :).

An all around, exceptionally delicious weekend. Easy travel, great food, excellent company and a whole lot of laughing. There is no kind of weekend that makes me happier.

xo Beth

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Amelia Bedelia’s Supper

The Weekend2For the last two weeks I’ve been sitting my kitten-niece, Amelia Bedelia, while my sister was away in Hawaii. She’s absolutely adorable…although a little too much trouble for her own good. But it was a nice excuse to see Louisa as she dropped off and picked up my pest of a babysitting charge on her way to and from far more exotic locations.

Louisa arrived back in town on Friday and last night we gathered for a delightful meal, along with our parents and a few good friends. It was multi-chef collaboration that resulted in one very decadently delicious Saturday night dinner!

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We enjoyed three awesome wines over the course of the evening: Trump’s Cru sparkling white as our aperitif, Twomey Sauvignon Blanc with our main and Bouchane Pinot Noir with dessert. I certainly do not drink that well every night. Luxury!

For our main, my dad made one extremely gorgeous paella, paired with a lovely fresh salad from our friend Diane.

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The paella most definitely tasted at least as good as it looks. So if you love that vibrant photo as much as I do, it should tell you something :).

Post-supper we cracked open our third bottle and took a brief intermission while Louisa and I went to town on dessert. While in Hawaii Louisa enjoyed the chocolate lava cake of her life. We heard allll about it. So for our Saturday night pudding, it seemed only fitting to recreate our own.

Luckily, my idol Joy the Baker has an epic recipe for a Single Girl Melty Chocolate Cake in her new cookbook. We made seven :). They were absolutely dreamy – super rich in the best, most molten chocolaty way possible. Served with a scoop of local Mitchell’s vanilla bean ice cream melting over top, spilling out a delicious pool of chocolate with each dip of the spoon. They were a perfect ending to a great night.

And now my little sis is back home in DC and I miss her already. And Amelia too. Kind of, not really. Of course I do ;).

xo Beth

Charlottesville

Good morning, gorgeous.

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So Charlottesville! I am obsessed with Charlottesville, VA. I had six days off over my birthday week and therefore decided a mini-vacation would be necessary. I’ve only been to Charlottesville once before, to run a half-marathon. So although it was fantastic, I vowed to come back another time when we could fully enjoy the wineries.

My best DC friend Jackie and I met up at her place and then headed down on Friday morning to enjoy a full weekend of wine-drunk fun. Our first stop was Jefferson’s Monticello, to soak up a little American History. And although it’s not the best time of year for scenery, Charlottesville is one of those places that’s just too gorgeous, even in the dead of winter.

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Ah sigh.

After taking in the sights, we enjoyed some cupcakes in our hotel room and almost set the whole place on fire with trick candles Jackie brought by mistake. Oops. So after running them under water, stuffing them in the lobby trash and fanning our smoke alarm for 20 minutes we figured we better vacate the premises and head to a wine tasting.

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I could not love Market Street Wine shop any more. It’s an absolutely charming downtown nook, stuffed into a cozy brick-wall basement. There’s a massive local, national and International wine selection and lots of yummy food, including a little section of British goodies which warms my English-born heart. And on Friday nights, a free wine tasting! It was a crowded affair. We enjoyed ourselves there a little while before taking a nice stroll around downtown and eventually stopping for a casual dinner at Rapture.

I blame our hotel room’s blackout curtains but after a solid 12 hours of sleep (yikes) we were ready for a perfect brunch at Pigeon Hole (please indulge in Monte’s Little Sis) followed by a full day of Virginia wineries.

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We spent time at Trump (by Donald Trump), Blenheim (by Dave Matthews), Wineworks and Jefferson. Trump was fancy of course but also surprisingly accessible and very friendly. Blenheim was arty, crowded and fun. Virginia Wineworks was one of my most favorite tastings ever.

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Held in their production facility, we actually thought we’d come to the wrong place. But after driving around twice, we checked the door and realized we were indeed in the right spot. The ‘tasting room’ was two pieces of plywood balanced on barrels and it was freezing cold! But then of course the wine was amazing and we had the best time with the pourers. We even got to take a little tour of the process which always makes wine taste that much better, no?

Followed by a two hour nap, because that was necessary and one of my most favorite dinners in recent history at Zocalo. Chili dusted scallops in carrot-vanilla sauce? Yes please.

So that’s it. The next morning I drove back to CL and back to normal life. It was one of the happiest birthdays I can remember and for that I feel very grateful. What a lucky life it is.

xo Beth