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!
Seared Tuna with Garlic Aioli
Wild Mushroom Wontons
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.