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Hi everyone! I hope y’all had a good weekend! Before I share my tasty weekend, I want to share two more even tastier desserts I worked on last week for She Knows. Trust me, y’all are going to want to try them. Especially with Easter coming up!

Bite size carrot cake bars

Tangy Key Lime Pie Bars

So incredibly delicious. So make them! Now, onto my weekend. It was surprisingly eventful and full of last minute, spontaneous adventures. Which, as you may know for my penchant for planning things, isn’t something that happens often. And you know what? It needs to! I had a blast! Not only was it fabulous, it was full of delicious eats and drinks that I snapped with my iPhone. [On Instagram? Follow me! Realnutritioncg!] So, why not share with you, my fellow food and drink lovers!

On Friday, I had a friend over and we watched some truly great pieces of Cinema, like Shark Night and Paul. However, we did end the night with Midnight In Paris, which has me so head over heels in love with that city I can barely stand it. To go with our movie night, I made Gina’s skinny spinach and artichoke dip.

So freaking good! We paired this dip (which we shamefully ate like 1/3 of) with the cutest bottle of wine, called Middle Sister.

It was surprisingly good! It’s always a hit or miss when you get “white table wine” but this was a really good bottle. Crisp, fruity with just a hint of dryness. I’m definitely a fan.

On Saturday, aka St. Patrick’s Day, I didn’t really have any big plans, until my hubs surprised me with a date night! Because the fact I work in the food/blog world, I’ve been over St. Patrick’s Day since the beginning of March (when all my articles were due!) So instead of noshing on traditional Irish fare, we went to a Mexican place right near our house. I may have been over Irish food, but I still rocked green pants to celebrate.

Plus, it was warm enough I could rock my new flower sandals from Victoria’s Secret! (They have great summer shoes!)

The weather was absolute perfection we sat on the patio with margaritas and chips and dip.

Hubs got a burrito (and ate the entire thing) and I got a steak fajita salad. It was amazing! After dinner, we putzed around town then went to see 21 Jump Street. Guys? YOU HAVE TO SEE IT. It’s absolutely hilarious (I was tearing up because I was laughing so hard) and it has Channing Tatum.


Do you really need more reason than that? I think not.  Although it was so fun to hang out with the hubs (he’s been so busy with work), I did miss a happy hour being hosted by Gretchen for some of my fabulous healthy living/runner friends, including my amazing roomie from HLSCaitlin

I would have been BUMMED if I missed her so we made a plan to meet for brunch Sunday morning at Kramerbooks. She was joined by the lovely Ashley and Theodora, who I didn’t know until yesterday and absolutely love. She’s so sweet! Caitlin, Theodora and I sat down (Ashley had other brunch plans), ordered some great food and caught up. It was just so nice to see them!

Brie, tomato and basil omelet. So good but SO filling. 

After they left, I did some cookbook browsing while waiting for my hubby to meet me for a wine tasting in Adam’s Morgan.

When he finally got into the city, we stopped by the cutest little farmers market in DuPont and tasted some cheese. (Obviously).

Then we made the hike to Adam’s Morgan for a wine tasting! He heard about it through a friend and I’m so glad we went! It was at a bar (which I can’t remember the name for the life of me) and was featuring the French winery, Cave de Lugny, who is known for their un-oaked Chardonnay.

We got to try three different varieties of Chardonnay.  Of all three, I liked the 3rd the most because it was definitely more buttery and fruity. The other two were pretty crisp and dry.

Plus, the coolest part of the whole thing was the fact that they flew out the wine maker, FROM FRANCE, to chat about the wines! Freakin’ cool, right?

My shirt is really billowy so  please disregard the fact I look pregnant. In addition to learning about wine, they also had some delicious cheeses and snacks.

After a few snacks, we left because E was hungry for something with more substance. So, I suggested “let’s get a jumbo slice!” See, I’ve never been to Adam’s Morgan (I know, and I  live here?) and all I hear about Adam’s Morgan is the jumbo slice. So, we headed to Pizza Mart (which was featured on Travel Channel) for a slice. And um, they don’t lie when they say it’s jumbo. The thing is flipping huge. More than enough for a family of 5.

So big, in fact, E had to eat it with a fork and knife.

After that binge and my brunch, I was in a serious food coma. So, we headed back home and I proceeded to lay on the couch for the remainder of the night. Shockily, despite this binge, I lost -2 pounds since last week! Down a total of 4 pounds since starting Weight Watchers, but I’ll save all that for another post I have coming up this week.

So friends, how was your weekend? Share your favorite highlights with me!

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  1. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Monday, March 19th, 2012
    Sounds like you had an amazing weekend, I'm totally due for a wine tasting. I'm making you take me next time I'm in DC. No arguments! And a Jumbo Slice after that. ;)
  2. Posted by Kelly on
    Monday, March 19th, 2012
    Looks like you had such a fabulous weekend!  LOVE the new sandals and just adore your teal pants!!!
  3. Posted by Tina@flourtrader on
    Monday, March 19th, 2012
    No doubt your weekend was filled with lots of fun and great food!  You do have some tasty links here, I really like the key lime bars-yum!  Thanks for sharing your weekend adventure as well as the links to the recipes.
  4. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Monday, March 19th, 2012
    Wow, what a lovely weekend recap! I wish I could have been to a wine tasting - instead I spent it in bed with the flue :/
    Love the green pants!
  5. Posted by Alicia French on
    Monday, March 19th, 2012
    WHAAA?!! All I want is that pizza right now. Plus the wine. 
  6. Monday, March 19th, 2012
    Looks like you had an amazing weekend! I totally want to se 21JS (that's how the cool kids are writing it, I swear), looks hilarious. I don't even care if I have to go alone. 
  7. Monday, March 19th, 2012
    Great post, Claire.  It looks like you had an amazing time and I love seeing a bit of my fellow blogger's lives.  Thanks for sharing.
  8. Posted by Lizzy Do on
    Monday, March 19th, 2012
    What a fabulous weekend! All your food photos have made me hungry...and I just ate dinner! Congrats on your weight loss~
  9. Posted by Erin on
    Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
    I'm really curious what bar you went to for wine tasting -- looks adorable and so *not* typically AdMo. Good on you for braving Jumbo Slice. There was a bad experience with it in college that has (probably thankfully) put me off Jumbo Slice for life...
  10. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
    What an excellent weekend! That slice is huge!