This time last week I was driving down to Virginia for a long weekend. Unfortunately, it rained most of the time I was there, just as it did at Christmas. It seems like I bring the bad weather! We certainly made the best of things, though.
Saturday’s main event was a cookout featuring plenty of beer and burgers. On Sunday we packed in brunch at home, a movie, a walk on the Huckleberry Trail, and dinner at Mellow Mushroom. I was excited that the draft list at the Blacksburg Mellow had improved since my last visit. I enjoyed one of my favorite southern IPAs, the Foothills Jade.
On Monday our grandmother treated the sisters to lunch at Radford’s new coffee shop. We were so impressed! The food at Radford Coffee Company
is fresh and tasty, and the proceeds are used to educate children who live in rural communities alongside Nicaragua’s Ri Coco river.
Tuesday morning we ventured out for a quick, foggy hike in Salem, followed by lunch at Grandin’s Local Roots
. I had my only Get Bent of the trip over lunch and it was as delicious as always (the $2.50 price tag certainly didn’t hurt). Since Riley and I were dining with local celebs, the generous LR staff sent us a complimentary cheeseboard to start. Those pickled strawberries are something special!
On my final night we celebrated Taco Tuesday–a Chitwood family staple. While chopping veggies and waiting for dad to get home from work, the gals split Potter’s
Grapefruit Hibiscus Cider. This dry, tart beauty drinks more like rosé than cider. It has juicy grapefruit upfront, followed by subtle notes of hibiscus, sweet apple, and oak. My mouth is salivating just remembering the delicate, yet bright flavors. Potter’s launched this seasonal variety last summer; I hope to find more when I’m in Charlottesville in June.
Taco Tuesday also featured Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas by the Minimalist Baker
. Cider is not beer, and margaritas are DEFINITELY not beer, but the world needs to know how good these are! Expect a full write up next week. After all, half the fun of having your own blog is getting to make the rules.