Saturday afternoon, I was invited to a sneak peek and tasting at the new Chuy's in Fairfax. I ran into my friend (and former BlogHer roomie) Sarah from Capitally Frugal so we teamed up to sample the fare and catch over some delicious adult beverages.
We started with the margaritas, which were amazing... followed by a tour of the kitchen. The freezer in the restaurant is almost the same size as the one in my kitchen - proving that everything on their menu is FRESH. The tortillas and chips are made to order on-site... and you can't leave without trying the Elvis Fried Chicken. I know, you're thinking - fried chicken at a tex-mex restaurant? Trust me. It's incredible!
I went with my mom, dad, brother and his fiance to Hollywood Casino on Saturday night to celebrate my mom's 50th birthday! I had the best luck of my life when I hit 4 of a kind at the texas hold 'em table! #WINNING
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Party DC’s VA Wine Fest Bus Trip is Saturday, Sept 13! Over 1,000 attendees on last year's bus trip -- this is definitely something you should add to your NOVA Bucket List! Join Party DC Events & On Tap as they travel in style to the DMV's Largest, summer wine festival where over 50 VA wineries gather in one place (Great Meadow in The Plains, VA - same location as Gold Cup), where you will have over 300 wines in which to taste (included in your ticket price).
Luxury Coach Buses leave from:
1. Rock Bottom (Ballston) - on the Orange & Silver Lines
2. Clarendon Grill - on the Orange & Silver Lines
3. Ireland's Four Courts (Arlington) - on the Orange & Silver Lines
4. Clyde's (Reston Town Center) - just one exit from the new Wiehle stop on the Silver Line
All-Inclusive Bus Trip package Includes All of the Following:
* Luxury bus transportation to/from Wine Fest (each bus equipped w/ air-conditioning & restroom). Buses start leaving at 10:00 AM; leave Wine Fest at 5:00PM sharp.
* Admission ticket into the wine fest ($30-$35 value)
* Unlimited tastings of over 300 wines from 50+ wineries *
* Souvenir Wine Glass
* All-Day, Live Music from Many, Great Bands
* Pre/Post parties at all four restaurants (pre-party & guest check-in start at 9AM - everyone must check in)
* Multiple VIP tents w/ seating in front of main stage (only for bus trip guests)
Tickets: start at only $49.99. Buy tickets here: http://www.partydc.com/virginia-wine-festival-bus-trip/
Please note that there is only one, round-trip journey from each of the restaurants to/from the Wine Fest.
Each location has their own designated buses.
We had such a blast last night as we hosted Margarita Monday at Coyote Grille in Centreville! It was our first mini meet up in the Centreville area and we had a fantastic group of women come out for a night of networking, mingling, and fun! Check out the full photo album on our Facebook Page.
Special Thanks to Tatjana and her team at Coyote Grille for hosting such a fun event! Event photography courtesy of Pretty in Pic Photography and Carrie's Family Photography.
Did you miss out on the fun? Check out our upcoming events!
Last week, I hosted a Blogger Night Out at one of my favorite hidden gems in Northern Virginia: Sterling Restaurant Supply. It used to be the Fortessa Outlet - and while they still carry Fortessa products, they have amazing deals on items for your home kitchen as well. I actually met Laura from Sterling Restaurant Supply at the PGA Family Day that I hosted a few months ago -- and when she told me about her store, I knew I had to check it out.
Laura set up a beautiful array of appetizers, adult beverages, and desserts to enjoy while we shopped, chatted, and tweeted/instagramed our night. One of my favorite pieces the store carries are these one-handed food and drink plates (pictured below). For only $4/plate, how can you go wrong?
They carry great, inexpensive items that are perfect for hostess gifts - how about a wooden cutting board and cheese knife for less than $20? I walked out of there with an 8quart stainless steel stock pot... just in case I plan on making chicken noodle soup for the entire block.
If you'd like to stop by, you can find more information and directions at www.sterlingrestaurantsupply.com. Mention Real Housewives of Northern Virginia and you'll get 10% off your purchase!
Special thanks to Laura and the Sterling Restaurant Supply team for hosting us!
My friend, Sean, and his family live out in Waterford, VA on a beautiful property with a large winery right across the street. We stopped in on Saturday night for "Vino in the Village" with 100 other guests.
We started off at the winery for a private tasting at Village Winery and Vineyards with the winemaker. He was so fun and chatty -- and he only sells the wine in boxes. It's eco-friendly -- and each box is the equivalent to 4 bottles of wine. He had some great summer, patio wines that were a little more fruity. Sean actually made a few batches of sangria with them at his party.
After the tasting, we mingled over to Sean's house for food from Tapas Truck of DC, live music from Trio Caliente, and dancing!
In honor of the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary, Ford partnered with OPI to create a line of nail lacquer with 6 limited-edition shades. Ford introduced the collection on August 14 at Metropolitan Nail Bar in Pentagon Row. I popped in for a mani, pedi and some bubbly beverages!
photo credit to my girl Sarah from @CapitallyFrugal
I popped in for a tasting hosted by RdV Vineyards’ Master Sommelier, Jarad Slipp, at America Eats Tavern at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. America Eats Tavern highlights the long-lost recipes/nostalgic favorites that have made up national flavor profiles and has uniquely partnered with RdV on an exclusively packaged 18-litre bottled collection that is showcased at the main bar in the restaurant.
Last week's photos are finally up from the Girls Night Out at the Hyatt Fairfax in Fair Lakes! We had a great night out with girlfriends old and new. Join us for our next meet up: Margarita Monday at Coyote Grille in Centreville. You can RSVP here.
There are two albums to check out on our Facebook page -- be sure to tag yourselves!
Step and Repeat by Classic Portraits & Event Photos by Carrie's Family Photography.
Friday night I stopped by one of my favorite photographer's studio in downtown Leesburg for their anniversary party! Lots of great connections (BowTieStrategy pictured with me -- without his bowtie!), tasty appetizers, and delicious local wine to celebrate the studio's success.
Sorry for the blurry pic, clearly Aliyah didn't take it...