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.

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!

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!

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.

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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