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July 23, 2011

Guess what we did today? Escaped!!



Matt and I slipped away from business to entertain our guests in the countryside. Given the heat, we needed to find an indoor activity. Cool drinks sounded good, so we ended up doing some wine tasting!



Our first stop was King Family Vineyards. It was our first time there!




I really wasn’t much in the wine mood, so mom and I shared a tasting. A tiny sip was just enough to get the vibe of each wine. I loved the bourbon-y port!!


Next stop was Pollak Vineyards, just down the road!


We loved many of their wines – Dad bought the Pinot Gris


Our last visit included pulling into Blue Mountain Brewery for a beer flight – again, we shared all of these


The Mandolin is the best!


We rounded up our escape back at the bakery where Allie and Hannah had done a great job selling the goods!! We helped them close down and had a few nibble snacks to tide us to dinner. Best time of day!


Back at home we greeted the glowing Karen for a little wine before we headed out to dinner


I know it seems like all we did all day was drink, but we really just had small sips!! I declined the cocktail hour wine – this heat just makes me thirsty for water!



Tonight we went downtown for dinner and dined at Bang!, an Asian tapas restaurant. We had an incredible meal!!


Water for me


Although I shared a little of Kanz’s Manhattan – delish!


Our dishes were all excellent!

Edamame Ravioli


Seared Tuna with Garlic Aioli


Wild Mushroom Wontons


Chickpea Springrolls


Crab Potstickers


And then it got too dark!!!

We also had Firecracker Shrimp, Chicken Curry, Kale Tortellini, Vegetable Salads and a Kale + Chevre Purse. Everything was incredible!!

But can we talk about the coconut rice?!


It was soooo creamy – I’m sure they just poured on the coconut milk – and topped with toasted coconut. My favorite dish of the night!


I highly recommend Bang! – so much flavor, good prices, delicious choices. What I loved most was that almost every dish came with a little bit vegetable! Julienned carrots, cabbage, bok choy and the like.

[Fun fact: I was recognized at the ladies’ room by a KERF reader from DC! Actually, she recognized Dad first!!]



After dinner we strolled the downtown mall and Karen pulled us into Splendora’s for a coconut treat!


More sharing – mom, dad and I shared an Amaretto Coconut!


Today has felt like a vacation day – so fun yet so relaxing! We’re even more stoked to sleep in tomorrow and make a pancake brunch. My parents are staying until Monday, so we have dinner in planned tomorrow here.

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1 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Fun day! I love Karen’s belt, so colorful!


2 kaila @ healthy helper! July 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Wow coconut rice sounds heavenly!


3 laine July 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I love Karen’s outfit! That shirt is so cute, and the belt. I think you need to do a Karen Fashion Show Post.


4 Sarah July 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Sounds like a wonderful day! I wanna try that coconut rice!!


5 Silvia @ skinny jeans food July 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I love Karen! Does she have her own blog?!!


6 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

That coconut rice sounds amazing!!


7 Melissa July 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I’ve got to know where Karen got that belt. So cute!


8 Karen July 24, 2011 at 10:38 am
9 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith July 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Kath, I keep meaning to ask – How’s Karen feeling?


10 KathEats July 24, 2011 at 8:06 am

She’s feeling SO much better! Thanks for asking


11 Kristen, Sweetly July 24, 2011 at 8:58 am

She looks incredible. :-) I’m so glad. The photo of you with the mommas is definitely a keeper.


12 Keelie July 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Delicious! And GORGEOUS photos! :)


13 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Little did I know y’all were out playing without me (and nanner!). I love that photo of the shot glass + your wedding ring.


14 jane July 24, 2011 at 11:12 am

i love that shot as well! This is random-but I love your ring! Can we get a better shot of it? lol-im looking at rings (ahem and hopefully will get one soon ;-)) and just LOVE yours from the shots I have seen of it at different angles. ok this is random but i just had to ask!


15 KathEats July 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Here are a few close ups of it!! It’s by A Jaffe :)


16 jane July 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm

why thank you very much!


17 Lindsay July 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I worked at a bagel shop all through high school, and my least favorite part was having to throw away all of the bagels and sweets at day’s end. For some reason, management (I worked at an Einstein Bros.) had really strict rules about donating leftover goods, and we were only able to do so very occasionally. I always wondered if it was a health code issue or something.

How do you all handle inventory at the end of the day?


18 KathEats July 24, 2011 at 8:07 am

We are donating them to both the local food bank, our friends, local businesses (surprise drop offs) and freezing for bread pudding. it would break our heart throw them away!


19 Janice July 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Oh my. I love Karen’s style. She’s become my fashionista idol. Where did she get those shorts, top and belt? I want.



20 Karen July 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

The shorts are Talbots, shirt Banana Republic. Go to for the belt. All three of the items are several years old. Hat is Zappos but I’m wearing it only to cover my bald head! Glad to report that the hair is beginning to grow back!


21 Mary Frances July 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Along with your ensemble, your hat is cute, too; but I’m sure you will be happy to sport a stylish hairdo soon. You will have to showcase your first trip to the parlor…maybe treat yourself to the works that day–you deserve it! You look beautiful.


22 Margo @ Peanut Butter Trees July 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Aww this looks like SUCH a fun day!! Love when days feel like mini vacations because there’s so much fun packed in, especially when it’s somewhere bit aways from home and the usual scenes. We loved Pollack and Blue Mountain Brewery when we visited last weekend – such fun. After seeing your photos of Bang I wish we had gone, especially since it was practically right outside our door at the South Street Inn! Looks so good :)


23 Jen July 23, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Looks like a great day, but I must admit, I think Karen stole the show! She looks so stylish and happy in your pics…great to see she’s feeling good!


24 Samantha July 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Karen is so dang cute!
Seriously, where did Matt get that t-shirt?


25 KathEats July 24, 2011 at 8:07 am

The Brewing Network


26 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio July 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I’m so glad y’all had a fun day!! I’m kinda jealous of your ice cream…. that’s all I wanted to tonight but time ran out :( Sadness. I’ll have to get some tomorrow!


27 Jaime July 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Karen is completely adorable! Hope she is feeling well!


28 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I’ve never had tapas but I know I’d love it as I love to sample little bits. Your dinner looks amazing!


29 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm

What fun you all must have had!!! :)


30 Hannah July 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I have to recreate that coconut rice stat! It does look absolutely doused in creaminess!


31 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 24, 2011 at 12:40 am

What a fun family weekend :) That is a darlin’ pic of Karen above.


32 [email protected] July 24, 2011 at 12:46 am

Love seeing family get togethers! Haha, it’s funny how Matt always has something to drink in many of his pictures 😛 Guess what Kath!! Ommmmgshhh I was so excited today to find out through Sophia in LA that we have a GH around LA! Well, pretty close to it. Youpiiiii


33 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine July 24, 2011 at 1:42 am

That coconut rice is drool-worthy! I also had edamame dumplings the other day :)


34 Sue July 24, 2011 at 2:30 am

Looks like a great day out – love all the photos! But you have to tell me why was your Dad in the ladies?? (Sorry – someone had to say it!)


35 KathEats July 24, 2011 at 8:07 am

Ha, it was a unisex onsie so he was just waiting outside!


36 Pamela July 24, 2011 at 3:00 am

1) I have that black dress! Reminds me that I need to wear it this season…
2) Karen truly DOES glow. I’m so glad she seems healthy and happy.
3) I totally dreamed I visited your bakery last night. Creepy much? So sorry. But it was vividly real – which I think is a credit to your amazing photography skills!


37 KathEats July 24, 2011 at 8:07 am
38 Khushboo July 24, 2011 at 4:42 am

Karen really is looking great, and is an inspiration to all!


39 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. July 24, 2011 at 4:57 am

I love King Family Vineyards! I went to a wedding there and it was just gorgeous!!! They closed the wine-tasting though, so we didn’t get to do that.


40 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 24, 2011 at 4:58 am

What a fun day! :)


41 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 24, 2011 at 5:23 am

Karen is so cute in all the pictures I ever see of her on the blog haha :) Is she holding that flower to her shirt because it matches?


42 Tracey July 24, 2011 at 5:26 am

Karen looks fantastic! I hope she is feeling as good as she looks!


43 Becki @ Becki's Whole Life July 24, 2011 at 5:45 am

The Asian tapas sound wonderful…especially the edamamme ravioli. Have fun with your parents and a great day off. Enjoy!


44 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 24, 2011 at 6:05 am

Chickpea Springrolls
The mushroom wontons
The coconut rice! (i have a recipe on my site for coconut rice with veggies…and I then add PB at the end, too….may as well just get all the flavors going while you’re at it..ha)

And the tastings…delish!

You had a wonderful day it seems…love it, Kath!


45 Simply Life July 24, 2011 at 6:09 am

looks like such a fun day! I want to try those potstickers!


46 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 24, 2011 at 6:11 am

Coconut rice? Must make that!! And man I miss potstickers and all things asian. One of my best friends who is China obsessed and a great cook would feed us great chinese cuisine often… she moved across the country and I miss her/herfood all the time!!


47 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 24, 2011 at 6:43 am

I’ve never tried coconut rice or milk! sounds like it would smelll and taste heavenly!! Love your black dress :)


48 Lauren July 24, 2011 at 6:52 am

I love making coconut rice (simply sub coconut milk for the water). It really does take brown rice to a whole new level.


49 Liz July 24, 2011 at 6:55 am

Coconut rice looks amazing–makes me wonder about a coconut rice pudding…

LOVE the picture of you and your mom and Karen! Like everyone else has said, Karen is positively radiant. As a fellow cancer survivor, I now know that attitude is everything, and she’s clearly got a great one–it really shines through in these pictures!


50 cj weaber @ July 24, 2011 at 7:06 am

that tuna looks so delicious! I am glad you got a fun day out!


51 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out July 24, 2011 at 7:10 am

Aww, that looks like a lot of fun.. And may I just say that all three of you are glowing. Lovely picture of the ladies.


52 Karen July 24, 2011 at 7:10 am

So glad you took some time to escape with the family, Kath…such a beautiful, loving group you are. Great job capturing the warmth among you all. The photo taken of your parents from behind with your Dad’s arm around your mom’s shoulders is so sweet as are the close ups of your adorable Dad and Karen (go, Karen!)

Let your fun continue on Sunday…


53 Hillary July 24, 2011 at 7:14 am

You make the Cville dining scene look out of this world! I want to eat at every single restaurant you highlight.


54 Shannon @ My Place In The Race July 24, 2011 at 7:19 am

I love the pictures of Karen and just the ladies. Such beautiful strong women :)


55 Jennifer July 24, 2011 at 7:23 am

Wow…what a fun time! Nothing better than sharing it with family, too. :) Enjoy your day off and make the most of today!


56 katie @KatieDid July 24, 2011 at 7:25 am

It’s great you are able to step away from the bakery once and a while for fun days, you deserve it! And Karen always looks so happy and yes, glowing as you said! Curious, what setting do you normally shoot in for things like this when your moving around and taking lots of pictures?


57 KathEats July 24, 2011 at 8:08 am

AV mode, between f/3.5 and 4.5


58 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 24, 2011 at 7:34 am

I had coconut rice at a restaurant last summer and I went crazy over it! The chef then kindly gave me the recipe – he cooked basmati in coconut milk with a pinch of brown sugar, then sprinkled coconut toasted in butter on top. I’ve made it so many times since. 😀


59 Cait's Plate July 24, 2011 at 7:34 am

This whole post felt like reading about my life! We did a wine tasting yesterday but I wasn’t much in the mood for wine so shared the tasting sips with my boyfriend. I skipped wine at dinner saying “This weather makes me feel too dehydrated” AND we’re having a GH Cville pancake breakfast to kick off Sunday as well! Great minds think alike 😉

So funny that reader recognized your Dad – though I guess I probably would too, haha.


60 [email protected] July 24, 2011 at 7:41 am

1. Love the bicep curl with the wine glass.

2. Even more I love your tan line from short socks!

Signs of a true athlete!


61 KathEats July 24, 2011 at 8:08 am

You should see my shorts tan!!


62 [email protected] Flying ONION July 24, 2011 at 7:53 am

Coconut rice?? Oh my word. That sounds heavenly. 😀

And I love your little black dress! Very cute and it looks so comfy for summer. 😀


63 Crystal V July 24, 2011 at 7:57 am

Came to the comments to comment about how snazzy Karen looks and thought “I bet she was the star of this post!”. Sure enough, lol! And her hat is super cute =)


64 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food July 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

what a wonderful way to spend the day! :) So glad you guys had a such a great and delicious time with your parents! 😀


65 Living, Learning, Eating July 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

Can you PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE open a Great Harvest near Harvard? Preferably in Harvard Square, so I can be a lazy, time-strapped college kid and eat there every day? Because my mouth is ALWAYS watering when I visit your site and we don’t have anything like it.

If you did, I’m pretty sure you’d have a HUGE Harvard fan club, and we’d love you forever :)


66 Ma Fea July 24, 2011 at 8:30 am

Karen, jumping on the bandwagon to compliment your summery look. And that color (blouse) is TERRIFIC on you!


67 Meagan July 24, 2011 at 8:44 am

The picture of your Dad with Matt in the background is a keeper!!


68 Katie July 24, 2011 at 8:49 am

Ahhhhhh there is so much to comment on in this post!!

Awesome you guys got to escape and enjoy the day! Karen is so cute! I love the pic of her and the ice cream, cone, she looks like a kid in ice cream heaven!

So funny your dad got recognized ! Love it!

Coconut Rice looks AMAZING! All the food does, especially the wonton mushroom yummies!


69 Molly @ RDexposed July 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

Glad to see a flight in there since Matt was sporting a hop shirt!


70 Katie @ Finding My Om July 24, 2011 at 9:32 am

Coconut rice??? Oh my I hope that’s in my heaven. :)


71 Lea July 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

You all looked so healthy and happy, especially Karen! She looks very stylish in the above photos and that belt is super cute (I see from the above comments that I’m not alone in that opinion!).


72 Meredith July 24, 2011 at 9:51 am

My friends and I are regulars at Pollak (btw, no “c”!), they are the best!! You should check out their Friday Sunsets concert series, the next one is July 29 (next Friday) :)


73 KathEats July 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

Oops – fixed typo!

We’re gonig to the Jefferson Vineyards Americana night that night, but maybe we could join you for the next one?


74 Meredith July 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

Holy moly that was fast, haha! Yeah, I’m not even sure I’ll be going Friday since I’m moving the next day and might need to pack, etc… I’ll definitely let you know when the next one is and we can plan something :) Have fun at the Jefferson event!


75 Cait @ Cait hates Cake July 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

You had an awesome day of food and drink! I love tapas restaurants, but have only had Spanish, never Asian. It looks delicious!


76 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

I looove Karen’s outfit! Hope she’s doing well :)


77 Christine (The Raw Project) July 24, 2011 at 10:11 am

Wow, fun day with gorgeous pics! Everything looks delicious.


78 lynn @ the actor's diet July 24, 2011 at 10:15 am

i desperately needed that escape last night!!!


79 Adrienne July 24, 2011 at 10:55 am

Karen looks fabulous! That magenta looks great on her, and I LOVE the hat.


80 Jackie July 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm

You weren’t kidding about a glowing Karen! She looks fab!


81 The Healthy Engineer July 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

This is probably random, but my dream trip is to go to Napa with some good friends and go wine tasting!

It sounds like so much fun


82 rumfunandsun July 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Karen is looking really great!

I love Tapas, makes you feel like you have ate a ton when you just had a bite of everything!


83 E July 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I love the pic of you with your mom & Karen – you all look so cute! (Especially love your black dress & Karen’s belt 😉 ). By the way, Karen is looking wonderful these days :)


84 Sonnett July 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm

what a lovely day you lot had! and well deserved too after a busy week!


85 Brittany @ Eating Bird Food July 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm

We still have yet to visit Blue Mountain Brewery! I’ve heard such great things and every time I see it on your blog I’m reminded Isaac and I need to plan a visit.


86 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) July 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Wow, that foods looks so good even though I’m not hungry. It’s just absolutely beautiful!


87 hemp jogger July 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm

man, i LOVE bang. food is incredible, and the martinis are fantastic! glad you enjoyed :)


88 Anne @ Baking Me July 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The coconut rice looks amazing! Looks like a such a fun day!


89 Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Your dinner looks delicious! And the drinks don’t look to bad either! Wine, beer, AND cocktails???? My kind of night :)


90 Anne @ Your kind of Salad July 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

What a beautiful day with your family! Your mother and mother-in-law are so fabulous in their summer gear; enjoy them!


91 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

OH fun!!! That food looks SO SO good. I want the spring rolls. Now 😉


92 Cassy July 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

Karen looks GORGEOUS in that first picture of her! (as she always does) Love that color on her!!


93 Alaina July 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm

There are so many things that I love about this post!! The wine tasting, the coconut rice and the ice cream. Looks like a wonderfu summer afternoon!


94 Christy August 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Love your black dress! Where is it from?!?!?


95 KathEats August 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm



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