Weekend Adventures Part 1: Cherry Blossoms + Plume

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. :)

cherry blossoms dc 2016

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.

homemade healthy burger with sweet potato fries

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. :)

dc cherry blossoms photography

It was a total mob scene down there but the blossoms were looking lovely!

close up cherry blossoms dc

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!

hains point cherry blossoms dc

running on hains point

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?!

heirloom beet puzzle appetizer

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:

beeswax poached salmon

YUM. That poaching method makes the salmon really tender and moist – so delicious!

beeswax poached salmon

To finish out the night, I got their cheese plate with some unpictured bread. Also delicious!

fancy cheese plate

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!

p.p.s. Need something to do with leftover hard boiled eggs? Try this healthy egg salad recipe (makes a great packed lunch sandwich) or you can always make my healthy deviled eggs!


  1. 1

    the CBs look GORGEOUS. I am coming down next weekend to run the 10 miler! Will the Cherry Blossoms still be there?!

  2. 3

    I love those cherry blossoms! I am partial to ham. Yum.

  3. 5

    Love the cherry blossom photos! I (still) have not made it down to see them in person but am making it a priority in the next couple of days. I have heard Hains Point is an awesome less-crowded spot to see them. For good eats this weekend – we made roasted turkey and your celebration cranberry pecan quinoa salad! It got rave reviews from our guests and I doubled the recipe so looking forward to having it on hand as leftovers!

  4. 7
    Erin Salbilla says

    I’ll be in DC area for a work conference near the end of April – sad that I won’t be there to see the cherry blossoms! – and I was wondering what good running routes there are near Old Town Alexandria (staying at the Crowne Plaza)? I’d like to be able to get some running in before the conference starts up each day. Thanks!

  5. 10

    Love your cherry blossom photos! I’m also so excited to use the grill again and eat outside : ) Makes it so much more enjoyable, especially after work. The best thing I ate this weekend was a delicious vegetarian huevos rancheros that I love. It’s SO good!

  6. 12

    The cherry blossoms are so beautiful! And I love the edible puzzle pieces!

  7. 14

    i’m so tempted to fly down to DC for the 10 miler! and after my trip with my mom, my dad wants to go now :)
    i remember you posting about that salmon last tie you went to Plume! That place looks amazing. I’d so get the beet puzzle :) lucky you!

  8. 17

    The salmon looks beautiful! Do you have a favourite type of salmon? I love sockeye, really hard to get here but managed to find a new source, addicted!

  9. 19

    Crossing my fingers for some cherry blossoms still blooming this weekend for the race!

  10. 21
    Roadrunner says

    What a great start to the weekend. The salmon looks awesome!

  11. 22

    Wow! The cherry blossoms are gorgeous! That puzzle looks too cool to eat! I am also so excited to have warm weather and be able to grill outside!

  12. 23

    You girls look so HAPPY and great!! :D Also, Anne I always approve of cheese plate, bien fait ;)

  13. 25

    I’m loving all your cherry blossom pictures! I really hope they stick around until the race this weekend! And that salad looks delicious—so creative!

  14. 27

    That puzzle-piece dish is so cool and looks delicious! I will be back in DC for the weekend- I can’t wait to see all of the beautiful cherry blossoms!

  15. 29

    Those pictures are just beautiful! Amazing to see the cherry blossoms bloom! I’m missing them this year, but I am heading up next month to enjoy spring time in DC. I’m actually staying in DC this time instead of with family outside of DC. Any recommendations on restaurants in or near Capitol Hill?


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