TRIO Grill is one of my new favorite date night spots in Northern Virginia. TRIO (by the team behind the Circa restaurants) has recently been gaining popularity as a happy hour spot in Merrifield for its awesome (cigar) patio and signature handcrafted cocktails.
Starting last week, they’re upping the game even further with a Raw Bar Happy Hour. Monday-Friday 4-7 PM, check out TRIO for the following:
· Clams | $5/half dozen | $10/dozen
· Oysters | $9/half dozen | $18/dozen
· Tuna Tartare $10
· Daily Ceviche | $8
· Shrimp | $6/3 pcs |$10/5 pcs
Drink specials: $4 draft beers, $5 well drinks, $6 featured wines by the glass, $7 seasonal cocktails.
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!
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 night we had an AMAZING meet up at Hooked in Sterling! Over 150 women (and men!) came out to network, mingle, and meet new friends. You can see the full photo album on our Facebook page. Feel free to tag yourselves!
Our next meet up will be on March 27th at 6pm at the Hyatt Fairfax in Fair Lakes. RSVP today!
(FYI, mark your calendars now -- our meet ups are on the last Thursday of every month in 2014)
Special THANK YOU to Alimond Photography for taking such great pictures last night!
Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to be invited to The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner to participate in their Stay, Play and Write campaign. My mom and her girlfriends were already planning a trip to Tysons Corner Galleria to do some holiday shopping - so I figured it'd be the perfect time to coordinate with them and have a girls getaway.
My mom and her friends arrived from Richmond early to get their shop on, so I wasn't surprised when she called to tell me that they had already checked into the room. I was surprised, however, when she said that we had THE RITZ-CARLTON SUITE... like... all 1800+ square feet! All I could think is that I might be sleeping in the same bed that Harry Styles slept in...
The suite greeted us with double doors, a foyer, three bathrooms, king bed, formal dining room with seating for 8, kitchen, and a spacious living room with fireplace. Also -- the suite offers club access to the concierge lounge with 5 food and beverage presentations each day.
I was treated to a seat at the last class in the Fall Epicurean Series on Saturday with the Executive Pastry Chef, Fred. I posted this before, but each Saturday in October, The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner offered opportunities to cook with their team. I actually ran into a nice lady at the cooking lesson who said she was there because she read it on my blog... pretty cool! If they start this series up again in the future, I'll be sure to post the schedule. For now, you can check their calendar of events for more happenings.
Anyways, the class was 3-4:30... and I probably would have a lot more to say, but they paired three of the four desserts with cocktails in those 90 minutes and I was just happy I didn't fall off of my bar stool. Chef Fred was pretty amazing and he made everything look SO easy. I am inspired enough to try to make creme brulee at home - his tip was to go straight to home depot and get a blow torch. I think I can handle that! Check out the sweet potato bread pudding, milk chocolate and caramel rounds, sweet potato pie, and pumpkin spice creme brulee:
Aside from enjoying the complimentary food and beverages in the club lounge, we also dined in ENTYSE Wine Bar & Bistro. Since there were 5 of us, we went ahead and made a reservation for 8pm. Good thing we did because it got packed. There was an awesome Latin trio performing - and I've been told that it's one of the only upscale places in the area with live music on the weekends.
For dinner, everyone in our party ordered surf and turf or the filet... you can't go wrong with either option. For breakfast at ENTYSE Bistro on Sunday morning, I had their famous eggs benedict with jumbo lump crab cakes. It was supposed to be a "shopping weekend" in Tysons... but I think we did way more dining then shopping.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway - so close to home, but so far removed from the busy hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia.
I was provided with a complimentary stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The weeklong celebration will be dedicated to enjoying wine, wine education and an opportunity to help support the area’s growing local wineries, wine shops, wine bars and restaurants. Expect hosted themed events throughout the week, paired menus and special oﬀers from participating bars and restaurants. Official events can be found on www.dcwineweek.com. This year there is Yoga & Wine, Tapped wine from The Coupe, Italian Fest, Oysters & Wine, Wines from Greece and Bocce & Wine to name a few.
D.C. WINE FACTS
- D.C. leads the nation almost every year in per capita sales and consumption of wine.
- There are 27 wine trails and over 343 wineries in Maryland and Virginia that contribute to the wine culture of the city.
- The Washington Wine Academy was voted one of the top five places to study wine by Food and Wine Magazine making D.C. a top location for wine education.
- Mayor Vincent Grey proclaimed DC Wine Week 2013, making this the third year in a row that the mayor has proclaimed DC Wine Week.
Event Partners: The Coupe, DiVine Wine Tours, Greek Embassy, Kellari Taverna, Mimi Rieger, Ristorante i Ricchi, Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, Tel’Veh Cafe & Wine Bar, Veritas Wine Bar, VIDA Fitness, Vinolovers, Vinoteca
Event Site: www.dcwineweek.com
About the DC Wine Week: DC Wine Week is a weeklong celebration dedicated to enjoying wine, wine education and an opportunity to support the area’s growing number of local wineries, wine shops, wine bars, restaurants and merchants. DC Wine Week is brought to you by Pivot Point Communications and Lisa Byrne.
The 38th Annual Virginia Wine Festival returns to Great Meadow Event Center in The Plains, Virginia September 14th and 15th. The Commonwealth's original celebration of Virginia wine, the Virginia Wine Festival will feature more than 50 Virginia wineries and offer free wine tastings and educational viticulture seminars to festival-goers during the two-day event. The Virginia Wine Festival will also play host to a variety of local musical talents and vendors, allowing guests the opportunity to experience a little of everything Virginia has to offer.
Confirmed wineries for the 2013 Virginia Wine Festival include: Barboursville Vineyards, Davis Valley Winery, Old House Vineyards, Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery, Veritas Vineyard & Winery, the Williamsburg Winery and MORE!
Festival musicians include: Inner Rhythm Quartet, Johnny and the Headhunters, Glory on the Floor and Jr. Cline and the Recliners.
A van shuttle to and from the Vienna Metro stop is also available to guests coming from across the Washington, DC metro area. This and food pairing options are accessible to all festival guests through the variety of ticket options.
Tickets for the Virginia Wine Festival are on sale now at virginiawinefest.com or by calling 888-VA-FESTS. For more information about the Virginia Wine Festival, including a schedule of events and full list of participating wineries, visit virginiawinefest.com.
Enjoying a glass of Barboursville Reisling at the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival.
We spent our time at a picnic table next to the moon bounce and sipped while B jumped endlessly. Quite a perfect Sunday afternoon!
Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd, 2013 is the 32nd Vintage Virginia, featuring the Commonwealth’s best wine, food and music each year during a fun-filled festival at Bull Run Park Special Events Center.
This year’s Vintage promises to be the best in decades, with an emphasis on Virginian cuisine, showcased by free daily cooking demonstrations by TOP CHEFS from across the country! Additionally, a line-up of nearly two dozen of the Washington, DC-area’s favorite FOOD TRUCKS will be on hand, making for a perfectly balanced weekend of wine, food, friends and music. Vintage Virginia 2013 - The Best Vintage Yet!
Buy tickets online now or enter to win TWO tickets below! Check out our pics from last year's event too!