MDW

Long weekends are a great excuse to get out of the city and the normal routine, and this Memorial Day weekend I was able to knock out some great suburban and urban adventures. To kick it off, Claire, Kelsey and I hit the open road to soak in nature and wine.

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We headed north and landed on Caderock trails right over the Maryland border. It was still a bit too damp for serious hiking, but the earthy vibes went a long way!

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Continuing on, we made a visit to Rocklands for an evening of wine tastings, wood fired pizza, sausage and kraut dogs and live music on the farm. So fun!

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The rosé was delightful and the friendly and rustic ambiance couldn’t be beat.

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Back in the district, I experimented a bit in the kitchen with pickled onions and peanut sauce. Both really helped elevate the ever-evolving homemade fast casual bowl! The onions were set in apple cider vinegar and a bit of salt and sugar. So easy, but so much punch! The sauce was a combination of peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic and lemon juice. A great alternative for the store bought variety.

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And on Monday to celebrate the start of summer some more, I met up with Dan, Annie and Keely on the Southwest Waterfront for a relaxing picnic in Yards Park.

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Cheers!

-EmPan
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