Easter Sunday in DC

We decided on Saturday evening to not try to get everyone up and going in time for 8:00 church Sunday, but rather to wait till the 4:00 Evensong service, which sounded kind of like something different anyway. So we planned instead to have a little earlier brunch with one of Alex's former roommates and his…

Baked polenta

At il piccolo forno in Lawrenceville. Toppings are: cherry tomatoes with balsamico, gorgonzola, and a mushroom spread, plus artichoke hearts and olives. Very tasty! (although the mushroom one was a little on the bland side) For dessert, I had a limoncello tartufo, which was a limoncello center surrounded by lemon gelato, and some raspberry sauce…

Thai for lunch

Before going grocery shopping in Tenleytown, Alex and I wanted some lunch. He suggested a sushi place on Wisconsin, but when we got there we found they were closed for remodeling, so we decided instead to go to Neisha Thai. We had been there once before, for dinner, and had enjoyed it. Here, I'm having…

Redoubtable repast

Our Hobbiton tour bus took us back to Matamata just in time for an early dinner, so we walked across the street to the Redoubt Bar & Eatery, which had been recommended to us by the friendly woman at the information center. (I don't think we met a single person in NZ who was not…

Drizzly day on the Matakana Coast

  McKinney Kauri The weather website didn’t look too promising Monday morning, rain called for all day long. But heavier later, so we decided to do what we could early in the day.Β Part of our plan involved lunch at a local winery, though, so we did wait a little while before walking through the drizzle…

Dinner on the South Bank

  Brisbane late afternoon For dinner we decided to go to a brewpub in the city, so after showering and changing, we walked to a bus stop since Alex thought that might be quicker to get to where we wanted to go. After walking up and down Albert St a couple times, we found the…

More wine

  Hillebrand restaurant patio It was almost noon by the time we finished our Peller surveys and champagne, so we chose to go to Hillebrand next, where D&E knew they had a nice restaurant. Very nice, in fact.   Papardelle at Hillenbrand We were able to sit outside, and after the sun-dried tomato bread with…

Trip to Canada – Part I

We got going around 2:00, and after a late lunch stop in Erie, made it to Buffalo just in time for rush hour at 5. We decided to cross the Rainbow Bridge, because we didn't want to get on the QEW, and the overhead signs said there may be a 2-hour wait at the Queenston Bridge.…

Marrakesh Palace

Since this was to be Nikki's first time to come along with us to DC since Alex started school there, I'd told her a couple of weeks ago that she could choose the ethnicity of our Saturday night dinner [each trip we choose a different type of restaurant, since DC has them all – so…

Casa Fiesta and some groceries

The three of us drove down to DC to spend Easter weekend with Alex, rather than try to figure out a way to get him home for only 2 days. We left around 7:00, after breakfast and coffees at home (for a change), and headed out in the mini-snowstorm (enough, already!). It was variously snowy,…