Whole Foods: Five After Five

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

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/store/event/five-after-five

Thank you, Whole Foods.

Society Fair

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!

http://www.societyfair.net/home/

Evo Bistro

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.” 

Assorted Olives

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)  

Grilled artichokes

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

http://www.evobistro.com