Monday, March 7, 2011

a wine + cheese weekend

our wine rack
Friends, I have found heaven on earth, and it's located at Cheesetique in Alexandria.

I've been wanting to go to this gourmet cheese shop for ages, and this weekend learned just what I've been missing out on. It's located in the cute Del Ray neighborhood - and a few years ago they changed locations so they could include a wine shop and little restaurant/bar. I have to say, it's a good thing we don't live in Del Ray because I would be at this place every weekend, stuffing my face with wine and cheese and other delectable goodies from their outstanding menu. And while that scenario would make me very happy, I would also end up weighing about 500 pounds.
cheesetique
cheesetique
Last week I saw an article in the Washington Post listing the best restaurant mac and cheeses in the area - and when I saw Cheesetique's Goat Gouda, Asiago, and 30-day Pecorino Mac N' Cheesetique, I knew we had to head over there this weekend. Bonus - they have wine tastings on Saturday afternoons - $5 for 5 tastes, plus you get $5 off if you buy a bottle - great deal. Between the tasting, and the flight of reds I had with my Mac and Cheese, I had tasted eight different wines by the time we left. We also bought 4 bottles, including a bottle of Portuguese red for our monthly international meal (the one for February that we still haven't cooked!) And our wine rack is now restocked:
our wine rack
The cheese case was seriously impressive - there was more cheese than I'd ever seen in my life - in big hunks the size of my head. The only reason we didn't buy any is because we were heading to a party right afterwards and didn't want to leave our cheese loot in the trunk of the car for the rest of the evening. No worries though - we will be back to this place...maybe next weekend? I have a lot of wine and cheese loving friends, so I can't wait to take them with me as I eat my way through their menu.
cheesetique
The party was great, too - lots of cute guys:
me & sebastian
As for Sunday, it was one of the rainiest, gloomiest days I've ever experienced. Even with our fireplace going, it wasn't a cozy rainy day, it was downright depressing. Banjo had the right idea:
banjo
The weekend ended with movies from OnDemand (we finally saw The Social Network and The Kids Are Alright - both of which were fantastic) and scary scary wind that kept me terrified all night long. I have good reason to have a phobia of wind after our experience last summer.

Well, I'm off to meet my boy for a burger and shake at Elevation Burger - followed by another evening on the couch watching hockey and drinking beer.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Stuffing face with cheese and wine and watching On Demand movies sounds blissful. You deserved it after all your late nights and hard work! BTW, I've been meaning to ask you, where did you get your wine rack? Love it! Want to get one just like it!