Every now and then, it’s electrifying to pack your bags and head out of town for a weekend. To experience new things, new flavors, new places, and all that the excitement of travel has to offer. I recently did just that and met up with the lovely Jess, one of my most adored friends and fellow blogger over at Hello to Fit. Check out her awesome fitness and wellness blog – it’s inspiring and filled with great ideas on getting toned, keeping things fresh, and living a healthy lifestyle. Sounds pretty great, right? Here’s a glimpse at the weekend we enjoyed together – naturally, filled with fantastic eats, drinks, and making the most out of the beautiful sunny spring weather.
Without a doubt, one of the best lunches that I’ve ever had – this White Prawn Escabeche was fresh, light, and so stunningly presented. Complete with delicate microgreens and edible flowers, it was as lovely to look at as it was to eat. To top it off, I enjoyed this with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc overlooking the hills of the winery. Sun streaking over the patio made for such a delightful afternoon.
To finish lunch on a more indulgent note, we shared these gorgeous little bites: Petit Verdot Chocolate Cupcakes with creamy thyme-scented frosting and a drizzle of Chambourcin reduction on top. These dark chocolate little bites were heavenly – rich, yet well balanced. Red wine and chocolate gets me every time.
We had an incredible Lemon Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis at a local tapas bar. Aside from the garlicky toast with tuna tartare, the aged Manchego with hearth-baked bread, and the Medjool dates roasted inside of smoked bacon, this cheesecake made a dessert that was nothing short of fabulous. Slightly tangy and ever so creamy, this cheesecake made my knees weak.
Just some morning warm water + lemon. One of my favorite ways to start the day, a simplified version of my beloved version with turmeric. Refreshing, energizing, and hydrating – it’s a lovely way to slip into the morning and begin the day.
Simple, colorful, and sunny – it was a delightful weekend to share with a friend. Where are you headed next? Which place is one in which you long to visit again? I have quite a few places I want to experience – many of which are on the opposite side of the globe. So many destinations, so little time, yes?
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