Happy Monday! I had a super fun weekend, so I wasn’t a huge fan of today… especially since I’m going on week two of my no-coffee challenge 😉 What made this particular weekend stand out? The weather helped, of course. It was absolutely beautiful on Sunday! And I had some great friends to make me forget about the rain when the weather wasn’t so pleasant and some fun artsy and outdoorsy activities to keep me busy.
Friday started off pretty low key. Caudalie threw a sorbet soirée to introduce its new Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet collection. I’m very French in that I prefer to invest in skincare rather than make-up, and Caudalie ‘s products have been my go-to since I was in my twenties. I was stoked when the French natural skin-care and cosmetic brand opened a shop and spa at City Center and pretty excited to kick off the weekend getting mini-facials and sipping Château Smith Haut Lafitte there with my friends Cecile of the Worldly Bite and Jessica of Young Winos of DC. I picked up a travel size version of their new Vinosource Limited Edition Organic Grape Water and Moisturizing Sorbet both of which are my favourite products from the brand.
After that, we wanted a little more vino and headed to nearby DBGB DC for some rosé on tap. Daniel Boulud’s DC outpost serves a Gotham Project‘s 2015 Sabine rosé Coteaux d’Aix en Provence. It’s not my favourite pink from Provence and since the weather was a bit drab anyway, I opted for a 2014 Chateau Gambon Gamay Beaujolais which paired pretty well with the Alsatian tarte flambée.
We were having a really good time so rather than head home we headed out to China Chicano for cocktails afterwards. The Five Spice Old Fashioned was just as good as I remembered but the next morning was definitely a little rough! Good thing I didn’t have to be at the Dupont Underground until 2PM 😉
So I spent most of Saturday glue-ing plastic balls below Dupont Circle again. It was my second time volunteering to put together the Raise/Raze project. I had volunteered very early on in the process (read all about it here) and I was looking forward to seeing the art installation close to completed… except it really wasn’t so I’ll be volunteering again on Tuesday evening. In the 1940s, the Dupont Underground was home to the city’s streetcars. When the trolley system was suspended in the 60s, it was used as a fallout shelter and later a food court. Since then, the 75,000-square-foot tunnel has been underutilized and I can’t wait to see it evolve into a visual art and performance space with its Raise/Raze. You can buy tickets to view the art installation in May right here. Until then, check out some of the pictures we took in the tunnel after we were done with our hot glue guns.
After spending most of Saturday undergrounds, I was grateful to be able to spend some time outdoors. All week, the National Park Service had been celebrating its 100th anniversary with special events, free admissions to all National Parks and a great #FindYourPark slogan. I decided to find my park right in my own background with an impromptu solo hike in Rock Creek Park. Can you believe that after living in DC for 12 years this was my first time there? It definitely won’t be the last though!
I wrapped up the weekend with a rosé tasting at Wardman Wines in Brookland. I’d never been to this wine shop, but it has a great selection of French wines, as well as interesting bottles from other regions AND a resident corgi called Sancho. Wine. Corgi. Again, I have a feeling this was the beginning of a longer term relationship!
I picked up a bottle of 2015 Fiefs Vendeens Mareuil rosé, which paired very nicely with the Good Wife. Do you watch the series? I can’t believe there’s only 2 episodes left in one of my favourite legal drama…
How was your weekend? Up to anything fun?