Hello my friends! I had my favorite kind of weekend: packed with lots of outdoorsy adventures and quality time with Matt, friends, and family! I’m splitting it into two posts because I have a lot of photos to share. 🙂
Matt and I kicked the weekend off on Friday with some burgers on the grill. Yay for warmer nights – makes everything better! This is Matt’s very serious “this burger will be awesome” pose:
The end result! My job was the sweet potato fries – delicious as always.
I was well fueled for Saturday morning’s adventure, which was my last long training run for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler this coming weekend with friends Sarah and Kathleen! We’re so excited for the race!
We met up in Georgetown and set out for around 8 miles, deciding to hit up the tidal basin and check in on the cherry blossoms while we were at it. 🙂
It was a total mob scene down there but the blossoms were looking lovely!
Nerdy photo with the blossoms:
After a couple quick pictures we hightailed it out of there and away from the crowds! We decided to do most of our run on Hains Point – it’s part of the race course, so we knew it would be a nice preview, and there are also cherry blossoms lining the road. Beautiful!
More photos with the blossoms? Obviously. We only get to enjoy them for about a week each year so we have to take advantage! 🙂
Such a fun run with two of my favorite ladies. We ended up covering 8.5 miles – we overshot a little bit – and then stopped at Starbucks and finished out the last 0.5 miles to our cars walking with mochas in hand. 😉 I also grabbed some salty almonds to snack on – yum!
Saturday afternoon was spent checking out the National Arboretum in Northeast DC! I didn’t get any photos but it was beautiful and really nice to stroll around on a pretty day. Worth a visit if you’re in the area!
After our Arboretum adventure, Matt and I came back and got dressed up for a special outing: dinner with family at Plume in the Jefferson Hotel. This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC – delicious food and wonderful ambiance. It’s not cheap – definitely a special occasion type place – but I highly recommend it!
I started with the Heirloom Rainbow Beet Puzzle with Goat’s Milk Créme, Chickweed, and Raspberry Vinegar – how cool looking is this?!
And for my entrée, I got my old favorite: the Beeswax Poached King Salmon with Baby Bok Choy, Bee Pollen Roe, Rutabaga Confit, Purple Radish, and Pernod Reduction. I had this the previous time we came and it was SO good – had to get it again! Plus, they pour the hot beeswax over the salmon tableside – such a creative preparation method! Before and after:
YUM. That poaching method makes the salmon really tender and moist – so delicious!
To finish out the night, I got their cheese plate with some unpictured bread. Also delicious!
After all that running, walking, good food (and some Prosecco and nice red wine) I definitely slept well on Saturday night, that’s for sure!
I’ll be back tomorrow with part 2 of our weekend. Have a great day, my friends!
DC friends – have you checked out the Cherry Blossoms yet?
What’s the best thing you ate this weekend?
p.s. Need something to do with leftover Easter ham? Try my Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs!