Sunday, February 2, 2014

Downstate Weekend -- Saturday Touring

Showing the love at Cardinal Point

I'll be honest -- we covered a lot of ground and as the day wore on, my notes got less and less. But we hit some good places and had some good beer and wine. Here's the rundown:

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Downstate Weekend -- the Ride Down

Half the fun of a trip is the journey, and that's especially true when you're stopping at wineries along the way, right? After a burger in old town Warrenton at the Iron Bridge Wine Company, we started southwest and hit three wineries on our way to Nelson County:

Friday, January 31, 2014

Headed to the Blue Ridge

Been a couple weeks since the last post, but a business trip, a heavy workload and a (much needed) slow weekend will cramp the Gastonomical adventures. This weekend, on the other hand, we've got a little getaway going down. We found a Living Social (Or was it Groupon?) deal for a dog-friendly B&B down in Nelson County, VA, just southwest of Charlottesville.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fermentation Friday: DC Brewery Crawl

"Fermentation Friday":  An semi-regular look at the holy fermented trinity:  beer, wine and cheese.

A couple Saturdays ago, while we were in the throes of the Polar Vortex, Patti and I embarked on a journey that would’ve been unthinkable five years ago – a District of Columbia brewery crawl. By my count, DC itself has at least seven breweries or restaurants that brew their own beer (and I’m probably forgetting some) and there are several that we haven’t had a chance to check out. Sure, we did DC Brau last summer and recently visited BlueJacket, but there are so many more in DC’s burgeoning craft beer scene. So, after a hearty late lunch at Union Market (TaKorean for me, Toki’s popup for her), we set out to find some breweries and taste some beer.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Philly Visit: Reading Terminal Market

Another must-stop when we visit Philly is yet another market (sense a theme here?). The Reading Terminal Market is smack-dab in Center City Philadelphia, just off of Market Street. It's part of the city's Convention Center Complex and according to its website, it's been in operation since 1893 and was originally tied to the Reading Railroad that ran through there. It's had its ups and downs over the years, but it sure is thriving now, with many of the original stalls still in place.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fermentation Friday: Melting in the New Year

"Fermentation Friday":  An semi-regular look at the holy fermented trinity:  beer, wine and cheese.

This year, with New Year's Eve/Day being in the middle of the work week and returning from our weekend in Philly, we hadn't given a lot of thought or effort to what we'd do for New Year's. But as we were spending our last day in Philly standing in DiBruno Brothers' Rittenhouse Square outpost with Patti asking, "What are you going to do with all of that cured meat you always buy here but never finish?" we had our answer:  Raclette.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Welcome to Philly!

Since we always come from the south, our perfect reintroduction to Philly comes as we get off on the Broad Street exit, head a little ways north, hang a right on Passyunk Avenue and up to the Italian Market section in South Philly on 9th Street. Today, we departed from our usual MO of getting a cheesesteak from Pat's or Geno's and instead hit Paesano's, one of chef Peter McAndrews' several Italian places in Philly (and maybe not the last one we'll sample this trip!), where we split an Arista (pulled suckling pig, Italian long hots, broccoli rabe and provolone) and a bowl of Italian wedding soup. Both quite excellent! After that, we took advantage of the sunny and not-too-chilly weather to take a stroll through some of the market's more iconic shops and sights. Here are a few photos from our walk: