This post was a little picture heavy, so I tried something new. HB, LB, and I headed down to Tidewater on Friday. After a long drive, a playdate, and a couple beers, we called it an early night. The next day we had some delicious biscuits (LB had her first taste of sweet potato biscuit), and then enjoyed a beach all to ourselves. Lil Steve dropped by with Jess, and then Thom came by as well. The weather, company, and location were perfect. It could not have been a better day. Sunday morning we enjoyed a hearty brunch at No Frill. We watched the highlights of Bobby Light’s Canaries spanking my Black Cats. The girls said their goodbyes, and then we hit the road. Thanks again to the Brammers’ for their hospitality. It was a great weekend. Jess made a great first impression and felt like an old friend right off the bat. And as for Thom, see if you can spot his first vista pic below, and also, the glare from his body in his little draws. The gauntlet has been thrown down HW…
Last weekend was rare in that we had no plans. We had some sushi. We made brunch in, and watched opening day of the EPL. Then some friends from DC called and said they were in the area and wanted to hang out. Not long after, another set of friends said they were just down the way on a rare night away from the kids…
We checked out at rite aid (where we got the calls), walked home with a impulse buy pool, and frantically cleaned. LB loved the pool. Best $15 bucks I ever spent.
HB and I saw that an Astro doughnuts and fried chicken was coming at Falls Church. Instead of waiting, we bought some krispy kremes and chicken strips. I had RP buy a few extra strips on his way over. Since he gave me some bs about it not being paleo, we had biscuits and gravy chips, and chicharones as sides. I was worried the sandwich would be dry, but it was surprisingly good. I even had a few bites with american cheese, which was much better than expected.
Then came the juleps. I grow my own kentucky colonel mint, and have had a bumper crop this year. It was definitely time, and the season, for some juleps.
JD and R came over, and things escalated quickly. When you don’t party often, you have to party hard (and long). The next morning, I surveyed the aftermath. The massacre of so much bourbon and taco bell will go down in infamy. A good time was had by all.by rsiv with
The other day HB and I needed to do a little grociery shopping at the teeter, so we grabbed some lunch at Peter Chang. This place has been all over the social media, washingtonpost, etc., so we thought it was time to check it out.
The fried pork belly was very good. I also thought the hot and sour soup really stood out. They really do seem to go the extra mile here. Eggs rolls come with orders of soup. The portions are large, and the menu is much more interesting than your typical Chinese joint. I agree that this place is upscale, and fortunately, the price doesn’t match. Check it out.by rsiv with
After a long drive, we made it to Savannah’s first bday.
In a lot of ways, its still like old times.
It was a little hot, so I was worried about LB, but she had a great time.
Rob helped CW stayed hydrated.
Hey EF, you know how I know you’re a redneck…
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EF’s second cousin was in town, so they went to Great Falls.
Later in the week, EF wanted to take her cuz to Mount Vernon. We started with a nice lunch at Gadsby’s Tavern.
EF slept through the entire lunch.
George gave me a break and pushed the stroller a while.
We saw some more American Rehab Virginia…
The Butt was more than game for a photo shoot…
LeBeef taught EF and Britney about touchmenots in the upper garden.
Like GW, I’m trying to catch some Shad this April.
We we got home, I celebrated Black Tot Day.
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Uncle Billy was in town, so we got some of the old gang together for brunch. Its safe to say things have changed a little since college, but we easily picked up where we left off.
The next evening, we splurged on some fancy waygu beef from the Organic Butcher and had a very decadent meal.
Louis Camille Maillard eat your heart out.by rsiv with
The other weekend Pam-ela, Ryry, and WinnDixie had us over for a day at the pool. We enjoyed good weather, great company, and lots of delicious food. WinnDixie hooked me up with a 45 minute smoke…
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I’ve been taking my truck to the All Tune and Lube since I’ve had it. I have a guy a trust for my BMW, but I needed someone different when I got the truck. Not long after I bought the truck from my uncle, I took it over to Smokey’s Garage in Falls Church when the hood release cable got worn out. Smokey’s is the closest garage to me. They called me about four hours later to tell me they couldn’t figure out how to pop the hood and that I’d need to take it somewhere else. I had been able to pop it with a screwdriver and some perseverance, despite being particularly mechanically inclined, so I knew Smokey’s was just blowing me off (or are really really bad at their job). After writing them a fairly scathing yelp review, I found ATL and never looked back. They have done great work for me, so when I saw on yelp that they closed, I was devastated. I drove by to see if I could figure out what happened, and fortunately, its just an ownership change, and the same guys are still there doing the work. To date I’ve had Tom at A.T Auto Services replace my suspension, replace the brakes, replace some driveshaft bushings, cables, etc. I’ve been very satisfied with the work done and price charged each time. I definitely recommend them. A.T. Auto Services is the place to take your truck in Northern Virginia.by rsiv with