Happy Monday! How is everyone doing today? Hopefully you are all doing well on the fine Fall day. This post is coming to you from outside of D.C. today, as I am tagging along on the hubby's work trip. I hope you had a nice weekend, maybe got out and did something fun. We decided to hit up a couple of festivals happening around Richmond on Saturday, then headed up to the D.C. area last night.
It is absolutely ridiculous how many festivals there are in Richmond every weekend. Not kidding. There are more than one can possibly do in two or even three days. My calendar is packed with events! This weekend we decided to hit up the 10th annual Italian Street Festival, held at the 17th Street Farmers Market, celebrating Italian culture and raising money for charity. Flags, banners, music, food, wine, and fun transformed this marketplace into a little slice of Italy. The smell of Italian cuisine filled the air, stirring up an appetite for food with that homemade flavor that only tradition can bring. Local restaurants serving meatballs, baked ziti, tortellini, calamari, pizza, calzones, canolis, tiramisu, gelato, and more, were set up in booths all around, with the most enticing aromas drawing you in at every turn, and making it nearly impossible to decide what to eat first! We went with meatballs and manicotti in pork sauce for starters, and finished up with salted caramel gelato and a chocolate canoli. We also sampled our first taste of Limoncello; a traditional Italian liqueur made of grain alcohol, lemon peels, and sugar. A deliciously refreshing, yet strong, treat on a warm day. A few of those will definitely catch up with you.
After we had our fill of food at the Italian Street Festival, we went home for a bit of a break before hopping the bus Downtown for the 11th annual Capital Ale House Oktoberfest. Spanning several city blocks, this celebration of beer, food, and fun helped raise money for UNOS, the United Network for Organ Sharing. Lederhosen ruled the streets as German music kept the spirits up and German dance groups kept the crowd entertained. Brats, knocks, krauts, cabbage, potato salad, and pretzels the size of your head, accompanied a variety of brews for a fulfilling Oktoberfest experience. Giant souvenir steins for swilling said suds, were available for purchase, so of course we had acquire a couple of these Oktoberfest trophies. All in all, it was a good day, and we helped support some good causes with a little bit of fun and celebration.
Yesterday we headed up to D.C. for work, but had to find a way to make some fun out of it, as always. We decided to catch a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse in Ashburn. For those of you who don't know, I used to work at one of the Alamo Drafthouses in Austin. During my time there I made some wonderful friends, and was able to combine work with something I loved; movies. Even after I stopped working, Keith and I visited often, enjoying some fine cinema and catching up with friends. Something I have missed since leaving Texas. Visiting the theater here last night was a bittersweet experience. It was like having a little piece of home in Virginia, but I was definitely missing the familiar faces that I so love to see. There were no hugs or big happy smiles greeting us when we walked in. We enjoyed ourselves, but it just wasn't the same. So, for all of my Rabbits and Alamo peeps, here is a big hug from Virginia! We are missing you.