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 entrée – the Caribbean Veggie Benedict
Another amazing few days of food.
And another a-MAZEN weekend!
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.
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
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.
joelle (on a pink typewriter) says
It’s crazy how much you and Matt look like your sister and her fiance! Twins. 🙂
Annette @FitnessPerks says
I LOVE that pic of you 3 together. Such a great photo! Looks like a fantastic weekend with yummy eats. Mmmmmmm
Lynn @ the actor's diet says
A great weekend indeed! mazen looks just like you in that last pic.
Mazen looks so cute in that hat! White Hall was the first winery I ever went to (for work.) Glad you liked it!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
All of that food looks amazing, I’m always surprised what great restaurants there are in Charlottesville!
Kaila @healthyhelperblog! says
What a nice little family reunion!
Off topic, but that looks like a cloth diaper under there? 😉
I’m glad you had a nice weekend with your sister!
Lindsey @ Pas de Deux says
Your weekend was full of all of my Charlottesville favorites! I had the fritters and relleno at Zocalo on Friday night 😉
Shannon Bell says
he just gets cuter and cuter!!
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. 😉
That pizza looks amazing! Any tricks (from you or matt) for tossing the dough? I’m always tearing it.
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.
Laura Lea says
I’ve had this problem too, and your response was super helpful. Thanks Matt!
Lauren @ Sassy Molassy says
I always love your pizza photos. Your pizzas always look the best. 🙂
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
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!
LOVE the outfit Mazen was in!!!
Thanks! From me at Christmas.
Alison @ Health Assets says
OMG You all look so much a like!!! I was confused for a moment 🙂
lucy Lincoln says
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 !
[email protected] says
Looks like a fun filled weekend! Little gorgeous happy baby! Matt (your Matt) looks so like the other Matt!
Wonderful! As enjoyable reading and seeing your weekend as you had partaking. 🙂
Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles says
Wow! Great food, great wine and a great time with family…sounds like the perfect weekend to me! 🙂
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.
I taste a lot but drink little
Christina @ The Beautiful Balance says
What does the beer taste like? Sounds so unique.
Maze’s expressions are priceless, he is too cute for words!
A brown ale with bourbon, vanilla and oak. Slightly sweet, higher in alcohol. So good!!
Ah, I still have dreams about those scallops from Zocalo. Glad you had a great weekend!
Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite says
what a great weekend, fabulous pictures and mouth-watering looking food!
ok that little hat on him is sooo stinkin CUTE!!!! You have like the cutest baby ever.
Anna @ On Anna's Plate says
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. 🙂
Did you use great harvest pizza dough? Or Trader Joes? If GH, can regular customers order it?
Great Harvest and yes, you can special order it at our bakery!
sara @ fitcupcaker says
you guys def look alike! I love making homemade pizza!
aimee levance says
how did your sister get her nickname? just curious 😉
A friend from elementary school : )
Your posts are always the perfect blend of food, life style, baby and family all rolled into one! I LOVE KERF!!!
I agree.100 percent.
Kerry @ Totes My Oats says
What a great weekend! Great food/drinks and great company! What more could you ask for? 🙂
That kids adorable! Does he eat any food yet? And how much does he weigh now?
No another month or so until we start solids. He’s 17lbs!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
Looks like a great weekend and I love that picture of you, Matt, and Mazen at the vineyard. What a cute little family. 🙂
You look so much alike!
Ahhhh that sounds like the perfect weekend. Good food, good wine and family.
All that matters
Katie @ SkinnyMinnieMoves says
That pizza looks AWESOME
[email protected] says
this is my favourite type of blog post, kath!
wonderful photos and it was fun to read about your weekend. 🙂
You all had some GREAT food this weekend! Wish I was partaking as well 🙂
Liz @ Tip Top Shape says
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!
Mazen is way beyond cute in that last pic. How lucky you get to play with him everyday!
Stephanie @cookinfanatic says
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!
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
Those pizzas look delicious! Whenever you make pizzas, they always look so good. I’m jealous! 🙂 Sounds like a fun weekend!
What a great weekend! All the food looks amazing and a healthy indulgence. 🙂
Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body says
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.
Hahaha! Maybe phones will be smarter then : )
My daughter’s name is Penelope too! I never thought of that possible nickname. Oh dear, we’re in trouble! 😐
Carrie @ Season It Already! says
We adore Dragon’s Milk! It should be on your Top 10 Beer List! 😉
Matt and Matt look alike! What a nice weekend to have. Mazen is so cute!
Sounds like a great weekend!! Mazen is getting SO BIG! You can really tell in the last picture! Adorable.
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 😉 But really, that crust looks incredible! 🙂
Emily @ www.main-eats.com says
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!
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?).
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
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!
Ohmygosh that pizza!! I’ve used your whole wheat dough recipe a ton, and it is always a hit!
Diana @ Eating Made Easy says
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.
It’s on my Recipage! “whole wheat pizza dough”
Diana @ Eating Made Easy says
Looks so good! I’ve never added olive oil. Thanks!
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 🙂
It is remarkable how much you two as couples look alike!
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?
we don’t think they look as much alike as you guys do : ) but yes, the name is quite hilarious!
Mazen is getting cuter and cuter with each post!
I didn’t know you made your own mozzarella? You mentioned homemade so I was curious where you get your ingredients?