You know it’s been a great weekend when you sit down on Sunday night and think, “How the HECK am I going to fit this into one post???”
But I’ll try.
SO. Friday morning we set off on our big road trip to Fredericksburg. Instead of taking 35 through Austin, we opted for back roads through teeny-tiny TX towns. Very fun but it took for-EVER to get there. And there were several stretches of highway where we thought, “Wow, we would be totally screwed if we ran out of gas right now.” Like nothing but dirt and cacti.
Five hours later we rolled into Fredericksburg. SO CUTE. You know the SNL skit where Chris Farley and Adam Sandler are an old married couple, and Chris Farley is reading the Zagat guide and squealing over every restaurant? Yeah, that was me. So many awesome shops, wine bars and bakeries.
But first we dropped our bags off at our B&B (er, “Guesthouse”):
Awesome, right? A few more pics.
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering Main Street and then headed back to get ready for dinner. After scouring Yelp reviews, we settled on Navajo Grill. I loved that they use local ingredients and change the menu seasonally.
We started with the cheese plate- Point Reyes Blue, TX Goat Cheese, pears, flatbread, kalamatas, grapes and pear salsa.
One of the specials was a tomato and goat cheese salad with capers, pickled red onions and balsamic. All of my faves; how could I resist?
It was REALLY hard to choose an entree, mostly because all of the sides sounded so good. Brown butter spaghetti squash? Mexican cucumber salad? Sauteed kale with roasted garlic???
I ended up ordering the cedar plank salmon with cucumber salad and spaghetti squash.
Happy 5th Anniversary!!!
I was dying to eat at Rebecca Rather’s (daughter of Dan) restaurant Rather Sweet, so we decided to grab brunch there on Saturday.
SO glad we did. It was amazing- cozy and quaint, like having lunch in your Grandma’s house.
I had lemonade envy… Brian let me steal a few sips.
My lunch: Mediterranean Veggie Melt and a cup of gazpacho.
If gazpacho is on the menu, I have to order it. Brian had a cup of cucumber-avocado soup that was equally delicious. But the best part by far was the focaccia. Oh my goodness, so soft and chewy with a little sprinkling of crunchy kosher salt. I’d been eying their cookbooks, and after lunch Brian declared that if one of the books contained the focaccia recipe, we had to buy it.
After lunch we headed out of town down 290 to check out a few wineries. First stop: Grape Creek Vineyard. How is this Texas??
Wine tasting. I’m usually a white wine girl, but my favorite here was the Mosaic.
Next on the list was the Becker Vineyard. This winery was particularly cool because it also housed a lavender farm.
Instead of a wine tasting, we just grabbed glasses of wine and headed out to the patio, then wandered around for a bit. So pretty… I want to go back again in the fall when it’s not 100 degrees out.
The trip was amazing! It was great to get away for a while, and Gia and Grandpa took such good care of Jack. Apparently he had just as much fun as we did, judging from the picture messages my mom was sending (he had his first bubble bath!)- and he took the bottle like a champ. That was a big worry. As much fun as we had on the trip, we spent about 90% of the time talking about The Senator and basically sped the whole way home so we could get our hands on him as quickly as possible.
To cap off the weekend: Father’s Day! Jack and I let Brian sleep in a little bit, then I went for a short run while the boys hung out. Lunch was at Snuffer’s (cheese fries!) and then we met my parents, brother and Laura for dinner at Bo Bo China. Apparently the boys called each other and coordinated outfits beforehand.
Zach being creepy.
Brian asked for P90x for Father’s Day… I’m pretty curious to see just how hard these videos are. I’ve heard they’re pretty intense. Anyone tried them?
Okay, off to upload a thousand pics and then bed! I’m trying to go to bed earlier so that I’m more likely to get my butt up and out for a run first thing in the AM. Heh, we’ll see if that happens.
Happy Father’s Day to Brian, my awesome Dad and all the other great fathers out there!
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Road trip or plane ride?