Weekend Recap: Wine and Dine

Happy Monday! I had a jam packed weekend and thought I’d pop in with a quick recap. I followed my own advice and did a couple of day trips to spend some time outside and get a change of scene. Since I spent most of the weekend out of the apartment my housework and errands were definitely neglected, but I did manage to make it to the gym both days, grocery shop and do a couple of loads of laundry so I’ll let the rest of the stuff slide.

Adam and I kicked the weekend off Friday night with a trip to Salt for restaurant week. We got six different dishes among the two of us and each of them was fantastic – as were our cocktails. I posted our starters on instagram so I’ll just briefly talk about our main courses here. Adam got the grilled hanger steak which was super flavorful and perfectly seared on the outside. I got the cod which was served in a tomato-y broth. The dish was soupier than I expected but also very good. Dessert was a riff off of strawberry shortcake with lemon poppy seed shortbread, fresh strawberries and mascarpone sorbet. The sorbet might have been the best thing I ate all night. Such a unique flavor!

Salt - Steak

Salt - Cod

Salt - Dessert

 

Saturday we spent in Bethesda at a friend’s pool. Our friend goes all-out when entertaining and decided to make this weekend’s pool sesh Christmas in July themed complete with costumes and a white elephant gift exchange.  We spent several hours in and around the pool and by the time we made it back to Baltimore we were exhausted. It seemed like everyone and their mom was going to the Billy Joel concert that night, but since we were to poor to spring for tickets we stayed in and made this Cooking Light Chicken Tamale Casserole. <— It is a crazy easy and delicious recipe! A friend first told me about it this past February and I’ve made it a bunch of times since then. It also reheats really well and I brought some leftovers for lunch today.

Sunday afternoon I hopped in the car for the hour drive to Linganore Winery where I met up with a bunch of girlfriends. We all met as freshman living in Cumberland Hall at the University of Maryland and have stayed in touch with regular get-togethers. We paid $5 to do a tasting and sampled 10 of Linganore’s wines before buying a few bottles and settling in outside for a potluck picnic feast. Everyone brought something to share and we enjoyed catching up and munching on cheese, baguette, hummus, veggies, sweets and table side guacamole courtesy of Jeanette. It was a beautiful (hot) day and the perfect, relaxing end to a busy weekend!

Winery

Winery - Girls

Winery - Guac

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Have you ever been to a winery? 

Linking up with Tara for Weekend Update.

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