a-mazen weekend

January 23, 2013

Aunt Larbs and Uncle Matt came to visit us this past weekend. We had a blast eating and drinking (per usual) and keeping Mazen at the center of attention.


They arrived late on Friday night, and Matt and I had pizzas underway.


Whole wheat crust with two kinds of cheese.


One with shitake mushrooms, lamb sausage, tomato sauce and fontina


And the other with veggies and homemade mozzarella


Salads on the side!


We all shared this beer, which is now on my top 10 beer list. It was incredible!!


Saturday we enjoyed French toast, went running in shifts and came back to a make-your-own lunch bar with everything in our fridge


Our afternoon was spent wine tasting –


We went to Stinson first and really enjoyed their wines


Matt and I bought the Sugar Hollow Red



Next we went to White Hall (our first visit there) and were blown away by the wines!


Matt and I bought the Chardonnay, Cab and Petit Verdot, which was our favorite


Sleepy head napped most of the visit but then came out to play!



Larbs has been wanting to go to Zocalo for YEARS and we made it the highlight of this trip. We got the usual for dinner: the fritters, scallops and relleno pepper (my favorite entrees in town!) and threw in a wild card this time: the rockfish.


Larbs actually liked the scallops and their carrot-vanilla sauce the best!


The next morning:


Brunch at Commonwealth! Our favorite brunch spot in town.


I had the lobster and cod cakes eggs benedict, which were amazing. Salad on the side


I gave one of my stacks to Matt in exchange for some of his entrรฉe โ€“ the Caribbean Veggie Benedict


Another amazing few days of food.

And another a-MAZEN weekend!


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1 vidya January 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Wow great photos of Mazen and food!!! You all look awesome, I love love the pic of you two with mazen in between. Lovely pics Kath. You are glowing and radiant in all the pics.


2 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Dragon’s Milk rocks! They had it on tap last fall at my favorite beer bar in ATL – I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I tried it.


3 joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm

It’s crazy how much you and Matt look like your sister and her fiance! Twins. :)


4 Annette @FitnessPerks January 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I LOVE that pic of you 3 together. Such a great photo! Looks like a fantastic weekend with yummy eats. Mmmmmmm


5 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

A great weekend indeed! mazen looks just like you in that last pic.


6 Sara January 23, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Mazen looks so cute in that hat! White Hall was the first winery I ever went to (for work.) Glad you liked it!


7 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

All of that food looks amazing, I’m always surprised what great restaurants there are in Charlottesville!


8 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

What a nice little family reunion!


9 Lisa January 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Off topic, but that looks like a cloth diaper under there? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m glad you had a nice weekend with your sister!


10 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux January 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Your weekend was full of all of my Charlottesville favorites! I had the fritters and relleno at Zocalo on Friday night ๐Ÿ˜‰


11 Shannon Bell January 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm

he just gets cuter and cuter!!


12 Amelia January 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

The picture of the three of you before the fritters picture is absolutely beautiful. I have never seen you look happier or glow so much! Matt and Mazen are pretty cute too. ๐Ÿ˜‰


13 Lisa January 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm

That pizza looks amazing! Any tricks (from you or matt) for tossing the dough? I’m always tearing it.


14 Matt January 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

The trick is that you really don’t have to do the stereotypical flinging and swirling! Get each pizza kneaded into a dough ball and let it relax for 10-15 minutes. Use a rolling pin and a lightly floured surface to get it started. If you get to a point and it’s really springy then feel free to let it relax again for 5min. Once it’s maybe 75% the size you want, you can pick it up and let it droop over the back side of your hands. Use gravity to stretch the edges, while pulling your hands in opposite directions (lightly!) to stretch the interior of the pizza. Rotate slightly and keep doing this until it’s the desired size. If it feels like it’s going to rip, it is! Just try not to put any more stretch on an area that feels too thin.


15 Laura Lea January 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I’ve had this problem too, and your response was super helpful. Thanks Matt!


16 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy January 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I always love your pizza photos. Your pizzas always look the best. :)


17 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm

What fun photos, Kath! Family pics with Larbs, Mazen pics, the winery (tack sharp, crystal clear, love the blue skies and great photos!) and the good food!


18 Bonnie January 23, 2013 at 1:30 pm

LOVE the outfit Mazen was in!!!


19 Mom January 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Thanks! From me at Christmas.


20 Alison @ Health Assets January 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm

OMG You all look so much a like!!! I was confused for a moment :)


21 lucy Lincoln January 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

fabulous weekend it looks! maze is honestly too cute…almost can’t take it- almost! but gosh your making me broody kath haha. and the family photo- you look glowing! as always nice to see the kerf bunch !


22 [email protected] January 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Looks like a fun filled weekend! Little gorgeous happy baby! Matt (your Matt) looks so like the other Matt!


23 Joanne January 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Wonderful! As enjoyable reading and seeing your weekend as you had partaking. :)


24 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Wow! Great food, great wine and a great time with family…sounds like the perfect weekend to me! :)


25 Eileen January 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Do you ever worry about drinking alcohol and breastfeeding? I was wondering how you handle this? I have read it’s best to not drink while breastfeeding and have been avoiding alcohol for the most part.


26 KathEats January 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I taste a lot but drink little


27 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

What does the beer taste like? Sounds so unique.

Maze’s expressions are priceless, he is too cute for words!


28 KathEats January 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm

A brown ale with bourbon, vanilla and oak. Slightly sweet, higher in alcohol. So good!!


29 Lauren January 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Ah, I still have dreams about those scallops from Zocalo. Glad you had a great weekend!


30 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite January 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

what a great weekend, fabulous pictures and mouth-watering looking food!


31 Lauryn January 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm

ok that little hat on him is sooo stinkin CUTE!!!! You have like the cutest baby ever.


32 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm

So fun! I think weekends with family visitors become even MORE fun once a baby is in the mix! Although the drinking usually goes down considerably, hahaha. :-)


33 KathEats January 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm



34 Shan January 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Did you use great harvest pizza dough? Or Trader Joes? If GH, can regular customers order it?


35 KathEats January 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Great Harvest and yes, you can special order it at our bakery!


36 sara @ fitcupcaker January 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm

you guys def look alike! I love making homemade pizza!


37 aimee levance January 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

how did your sister get her nickname? just curious ๐Ÿ˜‰


38 KathEats January 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm

A friend from elementary school : )


39 Laurie January 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Your posts are always the perfect blend of food, life style, baby and family all rolled into one! I LOVE KERF!!!


40 Vidya January 23, 2013 at 10:29 pm

I agree.100 percent.


41 Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

What a great weekend! Great food/drinks and great company! What more could you ask for? :)


42 robin January 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm

That kids adorable! Does he eat any food yet? And how much does he weigh now?


43 KathEats January 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm

No another month or so until we start solids. He’s 17lbs!


44 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Looks like a great weekend and I love that picture of you, Matt, and Mazen at the vineyard. What a cute little family. :)


45 Katherine January 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm
46 Bjรถrg January 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Ahhhh that sounds like the perfect weekend. Good food, good wine and family.
All that matters


47 Katie @ SkinnyMinnieMoves January 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm

That pizza looks AWESOME


48 [email protected] January 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm

this is my favourite type of blog post, kath!
wonderful photos and it was fun to read about your weekend. :)


49 Alyssa January 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

You all had some GREAT food this weekend! Wish I was partaking as well :-)


50 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm

The first thing I thought when I saw that vineyard was, “Barney Stinson has his own vineyard?”. And then I realized that this probably wasn’t the case considering that Barney Stinson is a fictional character, lol. Anyhoo, looks like you all had a great time!


51 Vidya January 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Mazen is way beyond cute in that last pic. How lucky you get to play with him everyday!


52 Stephanie @cookinfanatic January 23, 2013 at 10:45 pm

wow, this is seriously just the perfect weekend! it’s making me want to return to c-ville for wine tastings and delicious food galore as soon as i can. will have to keep stinson and white hall in mind too for next time around!


53 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 24, 2013 at 7:06 am

Those pizzas look delicious! Whenever you make pizzas, they always look so good. I’m jealous! :) Sounds like a fun weekend!


54 Madison January 24, 2013 at 7:33 am

What a great weekend! All the food looks amazing and a healthy indulgence. :)


55 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body January 24, 2013 at 8:45 am

Wow, what a way to make me jealous. From the yummy food and tasty wine to the word play on Mazen’s name. My daughter’s name is Penelope and it always auto corrects to penetrate (gross!) on my phone. This has me very concerned for her future as a texting tween.


56 KathEats January 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

Hahaha! Maybe phones will be smarter then : )


57 Nicole January 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

My daughter’s name is Penelope too! I never thought of that possible nickname. Oh dear, we’re in trouble! ๐Ÿ˜


58 Carrie @ Season It Already! January 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

We adore Dragon’s Milk! It should be on your Top 10 Beer List! ๐Ÿ˜‰



59 Amanda January 24, 2013 at 9:11 am

Matt and Matt look alike! What a nice weekend to have. Mazen is so cute!


60 Ashlee January 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

Sounds like a great weekend!! Mazen is getting SO BIG! You can really tell in the last picture! Adorable.


61 Morgan January 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

What a perfect weekend — good food, good wine and time with family.

Each time you post a picture of Zocalo’s relleno pepper, I am seriously left drooling. I may have to take a special trip to Cville just so I can get it out of my system ๐Ÿ˜‰ But really, that crust looks incredible! :)


62 Emily @ www.main-eats.com January 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I would give just about anything to eat some of your pizza-it always looks SO good! What a great looking weekend, glad you got to spend time with your family!


63 ilikesimple January 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Hi Kath,

I have a question about tuna. I normally buy the low sodium kind (I eat the entire 120 gram can in one meal for myself). But I could only buy regular tuna today. The ingredients are : skipjack tuna, water, and salt. And the sodium for the entire can is 300 mg…is that still a CLEAN, healthy , real choice? I hope so…

I also eat a lot of fish (mainly sardines and salmon, also halibut, cod, and tuna occasionally …usually 5 nights a week. Too much?).


64 KathEats January 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I think that amount of sodium is fine if you don’t have a clinical reason to watch it. 5 nights a week sounds like a lot..I’d go with every other night Max, but that’s just my personal opinion of variety. Some populations do eat fish daily


65 Wendy January 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Those pizzas look delish and so does that a-mazen darling boy of yours!
There’s something about a sleeping baby and their pudgy lil’ cheeks and hands, oh, I just don’t have the words to describe how adorable!


66 Kristin January 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Ohmygosh that pizza!! I’ve used your whole wheat dough recipe a ton, and it is always a hit!


67 Diana @ Eating Made Easy January 24, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I LOVE wine tasting! So great to see you took Mazen too. Where can I find your whole wheat pizza crust recipe? I’ve been making my own for a long time but I’m always open to try something new.


68 KathEats January 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

It’s on my Recipage! “whole wheat pizza dough”


69 Diana @ Eating Made Easy January 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Looks so good! I’ve never added olive oil. Thanks!


70 Leah January 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Not related to this post…but today is National Peanut Butter Day! I would love to see a post about your favorite nut butters or what to look for when picking up nut butter, or your favorite recipes that include nut butter :-)


71 Morgan January 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm

It is remarkable how much you two as couples look alike!


72 Patty January 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Perhaps this comment/question has already been posted but I can’t help but notice how much your husband and Larb’s husband-to-be look so similar to each other and they have the same first name…OMG…you two sisters obviously have similar tastes. When Larbs first started dating Matt what did you think? Did you see the similarities? Did your parents have a good laugh?


73 KathEats January 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm

we don’t think they look as much alike as you guys do : ) but yes, the name is quite hilarious!


74 Nicole January 25, 2013 at 8:51 am

Mazen is getting cuter and cuter with each post!


75 Ali January 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I didn’t know you made your own mozzarella? You mentioned homemade so I was curious where you get your ingredients?


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