Fall Weekend at Home

Fall is our favorite season, and having a weekend at home to enjoy nearby places is sort of a luxury. This past weekend was no exception.

Friday night we met newlyweds Becca and Jason at Coco Sala and enjoyed a decadent meal. Nearly every dish involves chocolate in some way, and small plates mean you can sample many things from the menu without breaking the bank. We especially loved the goat cheese and beet salad, the coconut crabcake, and the bacon mac and cheese (topped with a chocolate covered piece of bacony goodness, mmm). And you can’t leave without sampling the cocojito: a chocolaty version of the delicious mojito that’s just divine.

Saturday we enjoyed the crisp fall air in nearby Glen Echo Park , a former Chautauqua turned amusement park turned art center/theater/playground. After exploring the site we walked over to the Irish Inn at Glen Echo for lunch: a fig salad (with arugula, spiced pecans, blue cheese, and prosciutto) and a grilled Kildare melt (Irish ham, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, Irish cheddar, and a Guinness mustard spread). Delish!

On Sunday we went to the lovely neighborhood of Del Ray in Alexandria to check out the shops and the newly expanded Cheesetique. In addition to being a specialty cheese shop, they are also a café featuring delightful dishes. We sampled the Guinness cheddar (mmm), a creamy camembert with cranberries, and the ménage (made with goat, sheep, and cow’s milk). Then we stopped by Artfully Chocolate Kingsbury Confections to indulge in some truffles. Between the snacks and the window shopping – if you haven’t been to Del Ray in a while, it’s totally worth the trip.

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