Time to kick off the summer! Just a wee bit early, but just as fun : ) Tonight was the very first of Cville’s wonderful Fridays After Five, a free concert series that goes throughout the summer. This is the 25th anniversary!
I ran into this guy on his bike ride home and on my way home from downtown to meet a few blog friends who are considering moving to Cville!
We decided to pack up a picnic to take downtown for dinner.
Chilled salads are one of my go-to picnic foods. You can use any kind of grain or pasta as a base – from millet to quinoa to traditional pasta bowties! Mix in any kind of veggies, a bean or protein source like shrimp or tofu (optional, but I like one if it’s a main course salad) and a sauce of sorts like pesto, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, a crumbled cheese, etc.
For this super simple pasta salad, I cooked pasta and added a chopped zucchini and bell pepper in the last 2 minutes of cooking. With that I tossed in a bowl: 1 drained can of cannellini beans, 1 pint of sliced baby heirloom tomatoes, 5 fresh basil leaves from the garden, about 1/3 cup jarred pesto and a honkin’ amount of goat cheese, probably a heaping half cup, all tossed together.
We packed up half in tupperware and walked downtown. I was excited to see Carpe Donut had their wonderful organic lemonade again. It’s not too sweet and great to be able to participate in the all the drinking going on.
We ran into tons of our friends downtown. It’s like one big college party where you just keep seeing people you know! Between friends, gym members, and Great Harvest customers, I saw so many familiar faces!
We finally sat down to picnic and listen to the 80s blue grass cover band for a bit. The band was awesome!
Matt had the bigger packaging (the leftover pesto container), so he dumped some of his into mine (the washed tomato container!) when I made room.
I had LOTS of fun holding Baby D after tracking him and his mama down! Last summer we were just starting to think about baby making, and these concerts are just crawling with adorable babies and kiddos everywhere! It’s the family event of the week. I’m so excited to bring our little guy here next year!
Lynsie is the coolest mom and we could talk about all things pregnancy and babies for hours!
When the sun set and the band finished their encore, Matt and I ran into more friends, but we had to turn down a beer/ginger ale because Matt requested an early bedtime due to the farmer’s market starting before dawn on Saturdays (he won’t be doing this every week, but is still helping in these early weeks to get settled in).
On our way home, I requested the ultimate summer night cap: ice cream! Birthday Cake flavor, of course. Something has changed in my mouth and I no longer like the taste of frozen yogurt. It’s too icy, too sweet or just too chemically for me right now. All I want is old fashioned ice cream, and I found my match at Chaps!
Perfect end to the night <3