Living (the) Social (Life)

Last weekend in DC, LivingSocial had a deal that looked good, almost too good.  Per the email, for $39 you could get a luxurious 1.5 hour Wine & Chocolate Tasting AND 4 bottles of wine to take home?  The tasting part included 6 tastings and nicely paired chocolates.  Then 4 FULL SIZE bottles to take home.  I figured even if they were roughly $10 bottles you break beyond even.  Only Two (or Three) Buck Chuck would make it a bad deal if you’re that picky.

So, a few friends and I took the plunge and checked it out.  It was nice!  Gorgeous set up, you check in, get a nice tasting glass (plastic, ergonomic with finger ‘area’ and stemless — SMART!) and wine tickets.  You travel from stations 1-6 and get a rundown on the wine and the taste, of course, and unique chocolate paired with it.  The whole place was not too loud and very laid back.

Wineglass

The wines we tasted were 3 whites (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Moscato) and 3 reds (blend, Malbec, Merlot):

LS6

LS3

LS1

LS5

LS4

LS2

Before we left, we each turned in our last tickets and were handed a box of 4 random bottles of wine.  They weren’t necessarily ones we tasted that night.  Between my friends and I, each of us had at least one of the bottles we sampled.  After some research, I found that the average cost of the bottles was about $9.  Not bad considering the price of the event.  Would love to see more of these come to town!

A Pre-Halloween DC Tradition

Note:  This post has nothing to do with food.  But, it’s fun to change gears sometimes.  I have been living in the DC-area for over a decade and finally made it to the High Heel Race this year.  It takes place the Tuesday before Halloween and is a huge tradition in the city.  The weather was perfect, the costumes put most of us to shame by just going to the costume store and the entertainment was phenomenal!

Some local news (recap) links are at the bottom, too.

Lots of pictures (there was so much going on that the quality isn’t great on all of them because I was in constant motion)!

 

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/23824780/thousands-cheer-on-runners-in-27th-annual-high-heel-race#axzz2jKPGttyH

http://www.voanews.com/content/washington-dc-halloween-race-features-high-heels-drag-queens/1780650.html

 

 

Upper 80s Makes it Beer:Thirty

Washington, DC (April 10, 2013) — Upper 80s, early April…last week we had sub-freezing temps at night and wanted to sit by the fire.  If we have this weather now, what’s it going to be like in July and August?

With the warm temps, it was high time for post-work happy hour, aka beer:thirty, outside.  A great place to take advantage of the beautiful weather is in Cleveland Park at the Cleveland Park Bar & Grill.  Roof top deck, happy hour specials, TVs, good atmosphere and Metro accessible.

They have a great variety of beer on tap (though of course the really good stuff isn’t on special, but there could be worse things in life).  I sacrificed and had some Fat Tire and Magic Hat #9.  On the other side of the table was Blue Moon.  My friend and I just sat there for what felt like ages relaxing and enjoying the perfection of weather.

Figuratively the glass was more than half full, literally –‘Bartender…next round.’