to spend a Sunday afternoon, perfectly

WC and I spent Sunday afternoon at the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival at Bull Run Park in Centreville, and it was definitely worth the ride out of the city. We bought the tasting tent tickets, but we had the most fun going from tent to tent trying (and buying) wines from the vineyards themselves …

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TO DO: Saturday afternoon

In my humble opinion, Cleveland Park is the best area to live in D.C. It has the perfect combination of great restaurants, local businesses and close-knit neighborhoods. We enjoyed the latter on Saturday afternoon, grilling up hot dogs and sliders, hanging on our front lawn, playing with the dogs that walked by and our neighbors who came outside.

We ate, drank peach wine (too sweet! (:) and played rummy. One of our neighbors was raving about Quiddler, a card game like rummy, but with letters. Have you played? :)

to save the date: Wicked in Baltimore

Psst: Do you play the entire Wicked album on full blast when you’re cleaning your house on Sunday, wishing you had chops like Idina and Kristin? I thought so. You’re not alone. Wicked is coming to the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore from October 3 through November 4. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be humming “Defying Gravity” for the next five months :)

PS: Do you remember this 2006 Tony Awards performance?

TO DO: (in Capitol Hill, part 2)

Sunday I met my friend Katie in Capitol Hill for brunch and shopping. I had an amazing seafood omelet (with crabmeat! yum!) at the Chesapeake Room before heading over to Eastern Market (where we scoured the jewelry counters for hanging earrings and simple bracelets). We stopped into Metro Mutts where I got adorable faux peanut butter cups for Teddy R (with yogurt in place of chocolate), and I even stopped at a little entrepeneur’s lemonade stand.

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brunch and bouquets

This weekend seemed to fly by! It was a wonderful collection of friends, family and sunshine, but should have been twice as long :)

[Above: peonies at the Dupont Farmers’ Market on Sunday morning, bright baubles and neon tees for a Mother’s Day BBQ, round 2 of cucumber and strawberry plantings]

Read on for a wonderful new brunch recommendation.

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TO DO: start a wine club [check!]

Shortly after moving to D.C., my then-colleagues and I decided to start a book club. We thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company, loved drinking wine together, but had a book-completion rate of about 40 percent (I’m being generous). It’s not that we didn’t love reading; we just preferred chatting over good wine. So we turned our book club into a wine club, and now meet monthly to celebrate the grape (except for our exotic fruit month, when we celebrated blueberries, pomegranates, pineapples and other non-grape wines). On Monday, we had our first wine club seder (my first seder (:) and enjoyed good wine and great friends.

[wine + my photographic obligation = a camera with an empty memory card, so I trusted my old Canon to my friend, Katie, who snapped these pictures. Check out her awesome blog, The Eight Hour Project.]

friends out-of and around town

This weekend, my friend Katie was in town from Atlanta. I met her for drinks at standard, which is an outdoor BBQ/beer spot on a patio with picnic tables on 14th Street (fear not, fellow Celiacs, they carry Bards gluten-free beer). It was so wonderful to spend a night chatting and catching up with an old friend! One of my favorite things about living in the District is the number of people who come into town. :)