I had such a lovely day with my aunt & uncle! We drove to downtown Fredericksburg and walked around the shops. It was 60* in the sun! Such a change from the freezing temps and cold we’ve had all over the state lately. There is still a lot of snow on the ground at my aunt & uncle’s house, Liberty Farm, but hopefully some of it melted today!
After walking around we stopped at Capital Ale House for lunch. There are 3 of these gems in Richmond (where I went to college) so I am well versed in the menu. But since I’m now a vegetarian, I went with something new, their black bean burger! It was good but a little too mushy for my taste. It should have been sauteed longer to crisp up a little. They also have a portobello burger that looks good, so if I return I will give that a try. And I subbed the vegetable of the day (haricots verts) instead of fries. They were a little buttery, but I was happy to get some much-needed green into my diet.
We had an amazing find at an antique store afterwards. There was a scarf donated to a charity auction in the 70′s by Princess Grace of Monaco and, as fortune would have it, it ended up in this shop! The dealer offered my aunt and uncle an amazing deal, so they got it. Liberty Farms now has a framed scarf of Princess Grace (with documentation). Pretty nifty, eh?
When we got back I packed up quickly and bid adieu to Liberty Farms. I had to get on the road but was very sad to leave.
I should have packed a snack, but forgot, so I called a few friends to see if they’d meet me for dinner in Richmond on my way through. No dice. So I was STARVING when I rolled into the driveway in Va Beach, 6 hours after eating lunch! I wanted roasted veggies but was way too hungry and impatient to cook them. So I made a grilled goat cheese sandwich. EPIC WIN. Go out and buy some stinky goat cheese and make this. I also supplemented it with a wedge of Laughing Cow Original Light so I didn’t eat too much goat cheese. Still, super tasty.
I’m pretty tired so I’m going to quickly unpack and veg out in front of the Olympics before hitting the sack. What a great weekend! Tomorrow is back to the gym for me! Oh and work…
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