Sunday Funday Around C-ville

Yesterday we ventured to Charlottesville to visit with friends. The weather was mild for an August day and perfect for exploring.

First stop, Carter Mountain Orchard. We were going to pick peaches but apparently the orchard had been picked out so you could only pick apples. It was okay because I wasn’t really dressed appropriately for picking anyway so we decided just to buy some pre-picked peaches and apples (and apple cider donuts) and call it a day.

Carter Mountain

We ate a mid-morning snack at the orchard and then headed on our way to meet up friends for lunch and beer on the Brew Ridge Trail.

Eating An Apple Isaac Donut

Human friends and dog friends. :)

Fletcher and Isaac Angandi

Angie and I went to elementary through high school together and she was a bridesmaid in our wedding. She and Kirk live in NOVA and we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like. They had a birthday party to attend in Gordonsville so we decided to meet up for lunch near Charlottesville beforehand.

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We decided on Blue Mountain Brewery since it was dog friendly and they’d be bringing their new puppy, Fletcher. It’s also one of our favorite local breweries! I was too caught up in chatting with Angie and Kirk that I didn’t end getting any pictures of my meal. It wasn’t anything too crazy though — just a hummus plate, grilled tofu salad (with Twin Oaks Tofu) and a Barefoot Bucha ginger kombucha.

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Fletcher totally stole the show!

After lunch we ventured over to Wild Wolf Brewery for one more drink. Soon after Angie and Kirk headed out to go to the birthday party and Isaac and I headed over to C-ville.

Isaac LOVES Beer Run so we went there to shop around and hang out for a bit. I had an iced coffee while Isaac sipped a beer. The weather was so nice outside. We just hung out, chatted and enjoyed the relaxing day.

Then… we made our last stop: Dinner with Kath, Matt and Mr. Mazen.

Kath + Mazen + Me

Both of our guys (Matt and Isaac) are really into beer so we sampled a few beers while catching up before dinner. I’d only meet Mazen once before and he was a tiny guy then so it was fun to play with him and see him crawling over all of the place, pulling himself up and even talking a little bit. Such a cutie!

Mazen

He was a little shy in the beginning but he warmed up to us pretty quickly. Isaac even had him laughing after dinner.

Gulden Draak

I think this Gulden Draak was my favorite beer of the evening — strong, fruity and delicious.

For dinner, Matt was the grill master and whipped up NoBull Burgers, grilled zucchini, carrots and okra fries.

Grilled Veggies

I love NoBull Burgers so I was excited when Kath said they were on the menu for dinner. (Read my review of NoBull Burger here). I had mine on a seedy Dakota bun from Great Harvest Bread Co. (Matt and Kath own the Charlottesville location) with all the fixin’s — tomato, basil, a pickle and ketchup. I usually eat burgers on top of a salad so it was a nice treat to have the whole burger experience. So so good!

NoBull Burger

We finished dinner off with Isaac’s mom’s chocolate chip cake with a spoonful of toasted marshmallow ice cream that Kath picked up from a local vendor at the farmers market.

Chocolate Chip Cake

I’ve had Ellen’s cake many times and it’s always amazing, but the toasted marshmallow ice cream was new to me. It had the exact flavor of a toasted mallow and the same mouth feel. Apparently the lady that makes the ice cream makes s’more ice cream sandwiches with it. Note to self — definitely need one of those in my life next time I’m in C-ville on a Saturday morning!

Overall, dinner was delicious and the company was even better.

Matt + Isaac

Cheers to a day full of friends and fun. Oh, and beer. Lots of beer — at least for Isaac. :) Hopefully your weekend was a blast as well.

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Comments

  1. that cake! I hope you share the recipe sometime!!

  2. As soon as you said Charlottesville, I was wondering if you’d get to see Kath! Looks like an awesome weekend. And I seriously can’t get over how cute Mazen is! I’m glad he warmed up to you guys quickly :)

  3. What a fun weekend! I love reading your blog and Kath’s blog so it is always fun to see you bloggers get together.

  4. All the food looks wonderful!
    That’s so fun you got to meet up with Kath. Charlottesville always looks amazing when I see photos of it. I’d love to go some day.

  5. Apple cider donuts sound amaaazing! How were they? Also, what an awesome and creative idea to use okra as “fries!”

  6. If you like No Bull burgers, you need to try Decanto’s Best Burgers! They are gluten, soy, dairy and nut free- seriously the best burgers I have ever tried! Contact me and I can get you a sample!

  7. Looks like so, so much fun! I love experiences like that! Plus, Charlottesville looks like a beautiful town, I definitely would love to visit sometime!

  8. LOVE the black dress! Very classy with the tan bag and sandals!

  9. :) Such a fun night. M says hello!

  10. Can you share your mil’s recipe?! Please?!

  11. Your MIL’s cake sounds delicious and so does the ice cream!! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!!

  12. Woah that looks like an awesome meal. Especially those grilled veggies mmmm.

  13. I always love seeing your recipes and places you go. I have family that lives near Farmville and in Orange so it’s great to see some places I might be able to visit when I am out there.

    Thanks!

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