Something spectacular is happening in my hometown—and most likely, yours too. On Thursday nights, at 5 o’clock, for five dollars, you get access to five tables serving small plates accompanied by wine. Notice the theme?
Not only is this a fun time to mingle with townies, it is also a good way to:
-taste new plates
-have dinner for under $5
-fill up a grocery cart
Curry Peach Tilapia + Mas Carlot Rose
Quinoa with Peaches and Cherries + La Formica Soave
Thank you, Whole Foods.
Nothing gets me more excited than a boutique grocery. Somewhere you can run into, pick up 10 random items and have the most unique picnic. I found this in Old Town Alexandria at Society Fair.
Each table display was centered around a different food category (my favorite food categories). These food categories included: chocolate & sweets, cheese, baked goods, wine and coffee.
I’m telling you, you can walk in with a blindfold, pick things up and come out with a bunch of delectables.
There is a cold area with items ranging from fresh guacamole to homemade yogurt parfaits. There is also a bar where you can order tasty sandwiches.
The ice coffee—my summer favorite—was delicious. I took mine to go, but the comfy plush leather chairs were calling my name for my next coffee break.
Who I would take as my date: My girlfriends for a coffee pick-me-up after shopping in Old Town!
I wouldn’t call myself a wine snob, but the wine classes and tastings I participated in in Paris definitely don’t help my case. I know a thing or two about wine, that’s why I was so excited to find this gem right near my home.
The appetizers during happy hour were $5 each, providing a perfect excuse to “keep em’ coming.”
Mussels (with the most incredible white wine sauce)
Patatas Bravas (a favorite my gluten-free friend introduced me to in Barcelona, think creamy, spicy, warm potatoes)
From now on when I need a happy hour go-to, I will be in the car on my way to Evo Bistro.
Who I would take as my date: Anyone who can appreciate a good glass of wine