I'm back...like I said, summer vacation means time to blog! Continuing on the story of our eventful and delightful June, I'll pick up where I left off, with the end of school....The very day that school ended we had dear friends visit from Indiana. Glenn went to high school with Brian and has known Leslie ever since he was in their wedding. As soon as I met them at our wedding, I knew that we would hit it off. We usually only see each other once a year in Indiana, but they were able to take an entire week to visit with us and explore DC and the Virginia wine country.
I know that both of them appreciate good food and restaurants, so I had fun putting together a menu of delicious food and choosing restaurants for nights out. I wish that I would have taken photos of Friday night's dinner, because it was so good. Flank steak, Susan Branch's tomato salad, asparagus, french bread and blackberry cobbler with ice cream! Mmmm...I wish that I could have it again tonight :) Saturday morning, I made a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast ring, pumpkin muffins (I added mini chocolate chips), Barefoot Contessa bananna crunch muffins (I left out the granola, banana chips & coconut) and berries. Again, soooo good. Bonus: the breakfast ring and pumpkin muffins are Weight Watchers compatible to those of us attempting to get rid of the effects of winter hibernation.
(photo from Foodnetwork.com)
(photo from Savorysweetlife.com)
Sunday night was chicken marsala, mashed potatoes and green beans.
For dinner out, I really wanted to try Blackwall Hitch, a restaurant that has been in Old Town Alexandria for about a year and has been getting a lot of positive talk. I loved the setting and the interior -- it's right on the waterfront, with gorgeous views of the river and boats. The interior is fun mix of industrial and vintage, with a bit of a nautical theme thrown in. We sat inside, in a booth. The food -- mine was only meh, but Brian and Leslie really liked theirs. I think that I'd like to return, sit outside to enjoy the views and give the food another try before giving a final review. DC area peeps -- any opinions on Blackwall Hitch?
(photo from Theblackwallhitch.com)
Believe it or not, and it's hard to tell from this post, we did something other than eat. Saturday, we went to Mount Vernon and George Washington's Distillery.
Did you know that our founding father was a wiskey distiller? The restored mill and distillery is really interesting (worth a visit if you are in the area) and you can purchase wiskey made from on the premises from his original recipe. Mount Vernon is always a beautiful site to visit, with it's perch overlooking the Potomac.
On Sunday, knowing that Brian and Leslie enjoy hiking, we went to Great Falls National Park to walk around and see the famous and dangerous falls.
(All of the photos, unless otherwise noted, were taken by Leslie. For some reason, I didn't take any pictures the entire time that they were here!)
It's an easy walk, along the river, and you can easily see the falls from various viewpoints. There were a lot of people there including many kyakers, but we stayed a safe distance from the water, on the high path!
After the weekend, Brian and Leslie explored DC on their own while Hope and I had to leave to meet my parents in Maine (more to come). Right before they left our house, Leslie snapped this great picture of these great friends: