What a fabulous weekend!
The weather? Perfect.
The company? Awesome.
The food and wine? Outstanding.
I won’t keep you in suspense….get comfortable and let’s do this thing:
Friday started the weekend off right with an early release from my office (!), a long walk and chat with my friend Beany, and a stop at my favorite ice-cream place in Boston: JP Licks. JP Licks is known for their fun seasonal flavors and they did not disappoint on Friday.
Saturday morning, I ran a quick 3 miles around the river and quickly packed my bag for my weekend adventure…
My family and I were headed to tour Wineries! Wineries in Massachusetts you ask? Hell ya, I reply. I was familiar with some of the local wineries; especially Westport Rivers, a personal favorite; but I knew there were more out there to be discovered. After thoroughly canvassing the Coastal Wine Trail map; we had a plan in place.
Saturday afternoon, we piled into cars and drove straight to Westport Rivers for their 3pm Wine Tour and Tasting.
We spent the next hour touring the vineyard and learning about their grapes, harvesting processes and bottling procedures.
Westport Rivers is known for their champagne-style sparkling wines (how shocking that I chose this vineyard); and it was fascinating to hear how sparkling wine processing differs from standard wine production.
After freshening up and enjoying a pre-dinner glass of our newly purchased 2005 WESTPORT BRUT “RJR”; we headed out for a seafood dinner at The Back Eddy.
The Back Eddy describe themselves as a “seafood restaurant that does things a bit differently”. Amen to that!
It was already dark when we arrived, so regrettably I didn’t get any shots of the marina and river that the restaurant sits on. The restaurant itself is cozy and home-like; with hard wood floors and ceiling beams.
I started the night with a very blurry Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale.
I love pumpkin beer 🙂
We ordered several appetizers to share amongst the table:
I’m not a huge fan of steamers; so I skipped these; but the family seemed to enjoy them.
What I loved were these beauties:
These were incredible! The mussels were little and plump; and the Thai-inspired broth was to die for! We wanted to drink it like soup!
I forgot to snap pictures of their “Honky Fries”; which were thick cut french fries with herbs on them. Delicious. (especially dipped in the mussel broth? Our own moules frites!)
Dinners were equally yummy:
I ordered the Chourico and Cornbread Stuffed Shrimp with Broccoli. So good. Another fall-flavors favorite. I loved the hearty stuffing with the light shrimp; and I was glad it was paired with simple steamed broccoli. I managed about half of this before admitting defeat. I filled up on Mussels and Honky Fries!
I had to snap a pic of my sister’s dinner, it looked so gorgeous (and tasted amazing, yes, I snuck a bite; do you see why I couldn’t eat my dinner?)
We rolled ourselves back to the hotel (no room for dessert) to put on sweats and relax with some of the port-like dessert wine from Westport Rivers: PINEAU DE PINOT. Heaven.
After a cozy night’s sleep, light breakfast and a swim in the hotel pool (ok, sit in the hot tub for me); we were off again for more wine tasting.
After getting a bit turned around; we made it over to Sakonnet Vineyards.
Upon arriving, we jumped right into the tasting room to get started.
We bought almost everything on the menu and made a lovely picnic with a bottle of wine we purchased. I was too busy eating to snap pictures; but amongst the six of us we enjoyed: Cod Cakes, Lobster Bisque, Clam Chowder, Tomato Bisque, Chicken Pot Pie, a BBQ Roasted Turkey Sandwich (SO GOOD), and a grilled Portobello Wrap. Even their Hot Dog and Chicken Tenders (for my niece) were delightful (no breading on the chicken! Just grilled perfectly; yum).
Once stuffed with deliciousness, we relaxed for a bit. We walked the grounds, made a coffee run into town (which is hilariously named “Little Compton”) and we bought a pumpkin the size of me (what can we say – if we see a sign on the side of the road that says “GIANT PUMPKINS” – we buy one).
Young’s Family Farm (about 1/2 mile from Sakonnet) was having an Apple Festival; so of course we went.
Since we had just eaten lunch; we simply walked around a bit and enjoyed the sun.
After nibbling on some treats from Wilma’s; and taking a last walk around; we all piled into our cars and headed home. The GPS took us a winding way through some of the seaside Rhode Island towns; which only added to the beauty of the ride.
We spent the night relaxing and watching a 007 marathon (and eating pie); good times.
But my weekend wasn’t over yet! (I know, I’m exhausted just retyping all this).
On Monday, for the third year in a row I took part in the Tufts 10K for Women.
This is an amazing event in Boston that supports health and wellness for women and their families. It’s such a fun day; with vendors, samples (!) and fitness instruction in addition to the 10K race.
The race itself was great; it’s a 6.2 mile loop around the Charles River; and there are spectators all along the course cheering away. I felt pretty good for most of the race; bu honestly, I had to walk through a few water stops in the 4-6 mile stops; my lungs felt great; but my knees were killing me! Even with stopping a few times, I managed to finish in 67 minutes/13 seconds or a 10:50 pace. Not too bad for um, not training!
I was late getting to the event; so sadly I don’t have pictures of the event itself; but I’ve got some post-run pictures from home to share (so not the same, I know).
As soon as I walked in the door I wanted brunch STAT; so I put together the following omelette:
Egg white and scallion omelette with sautéed onion and apple on top with 2 slices of white American cheese melted on top (this stuff was born to melt). I added a healthy shake of Tumeric to the egg whites. In addition to adding a beautiful yellow/orange color; Tumeric is an excellent anti-inflamatory agent; in addition to its many other health benefits. This omelette was savory, cheesy and delicious. Just what I needed.
I also went through my swag bag!
The post-race refreshment line included:
– Dunkin’ Donuts Bagels & Cream Cheese
– Quaker Granola Bars
– Larabars (!)
– Dole Real Fruit Bites
– Ocean Spray Craisins
– Pre-packed Swag Pak (more on that in a sec)
I obviously only grabbed my favorites: Larabars, Craisins, a banana and Dole Real Fruit Bites.
What was really cool was that one of the kiosks was handing out pre-packed snack paks; these were awesome!
– Method Dishwashing Tablet
– Nature’s Path Pumpkin Spice Bar
– Nature’s Path Flax Plus Cereal
– Back to Nature Mini Chcoolate Chip Cookies
– Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea
– Dorset Fruit & Nut Cereal
– Barbara’s Snackanimals (These were awesome! Love the chocolate chip flavor!)
– Rice Select Jasmati Rice
Plus a whole slew of coupons for Kefir, Stonyfield, Back to Nature, Method and more.
Tufts runs a well-organized race; and the quantity of their vendors and samples show how excited people are to be part of this day. Another great Tufts 10K done and done!
I spent the rest of Monday relaxing, cooking and cleaning; a perfect way to get geared up for the week.
I hope you enjoyed this monster of a recap!
What did YOU do this weekend? Do you love wineries like I do? Get any running in? Eat anything completely amazing??