Welcome to a fresh new week, and a new addition to Gypsies Crafts & Treats call Tourist Tracks! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We got some rain around here on Saturday, but had a gorgeous Sunday. It was perfect for getting out and enjoying some local festivals.
Saturday was an utter fail for us, for the most part. I woke with the intentions of getting a batch of Kolaches started (because these two Texans are missing their Kolaches something fierce), and was completely heartbroken when my dough failed to rise twice. Turns out my active dry yeast was expired. Major bummer. I'll try again soon and share my recipe. After breakfast, we tried to hit a few festivals that were going on here in Richmond, but the weather seemed to have made most of them a wash. We did hit up the 43rd Street Festival of the Arts, and were impressed that so many came out despite the rain, but found it hard to peruse art whilst trying to stay dry. So, we went in search of some hot food to chase away the chill brought on by the inclimate weather. We found a cute little Thai restaurant called My Noodle & Bar, that turned out to be just what these cold weekend warriors needed to replenish ourselves. I had the most scrumptious duck soup that was served in a bowl that was easily the size of a swimming pool. I was able to fill myself to the brim, and still have plenty to take home. I am looking forward to enjoying the leftovers tonight! I definitely recommend trying this place out if you are local.
Sunday was a win for us. The weather was gorgeous, and we were rested and ready to enjoy some oyster at the Shockoe on the Half Shell Festival. This annual celebration of oysters is held at the 17th Street Farmers Market, and features local restaurants serving up these slurpable delicacies raw, smoked, grilled, and fried. Each putting their own unique spin on them. We were in oyster heaven, and tried them raw, smoked, grilled, and with several different sauces. We even got lessons on growing and shucking oysters. I also had the chance to enjoy some of the Blue Bee Cider's delicious cider on tap. I absolutely love hard ciders, and I am so excited that this is a local cidery that is located in my neighborhood! Taking a tour of the facility is high on my list of local things to do.
After getting out fill of oysters, we took a short drive to New Kent Winery for the annual Classics on the Green car show. This year's show featured Ferrari, British, and European Classic cars, as well as wines from wineries located in the Colonial Wine Trail. An afternoon of sipping wine and looking at gorgeous automobiles on the scenic grounds of a winery, sign me up! The cars were truly remarkable, and a sight to behold all lined up along the grassy lawn. A few of the people showing were the original owners of cars that were over fifty years old and were still in pristine condition. That is quite a feat. I just lost a necklace my husband gave me last year in the washing machine (and was utterly crushed). We had such a good time strolling around, admiring these fine pieces of automotive history. I can honestly say, if my husband came home one day with a classic car, I would not be upset!
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