Paradise Springs

My friend Shannon and I went to a great little winery so close to DC! It is in Clifton and is called Paradise Springs. It was so quaint and quiet in the outskirts of Main Street, Clifton has such a small country town charm to it (but can be really overpriced) this place was great, affordable wine that was DELICIOUS. They give you the option to bring a picnic (or they have cheese/sandwhiches/meats) and the provide plenty of chairs and tables around the vineyard or out on the deck. It was raining when we went but the deck is covered so everything worked out great.

Every Friday they have live music and I think they are doing a free movies series out on the lawn Saturday nights. If you are looking for something near by and can’t stand the crowds at other wineries, this is the place to go!


We found Him

So as a follow up to my post about the Searching for Sugar Man documentary, we found him…. Rodriguez came to DC! I am so selfish, I was secretly hoping no one else saw the film so we could have a private concert but it was so exciting to see it was sold out! There was such a great crowd there to support a really amazing person.

We were all ready with our tickets and cd!

We enjoyed a yummy dinner before the concert and even thought we had time for some fro-yo …. dummies, we walked up to 6th and I and to our surprise there was a line around the block!

We stayed all smiles while waiting in line, Migs is wearing a Duly’sĀ shirt and strangers from Detroit were walking up and introducing themselves. Some guy graduated from Mig’s elementary school in the late 60s!

The concert was at the 6th and I synagogue so it had a really great vibe, very intimate and cozy. I absolutely loved it and am looking forward to more events here! Plus if you know me you know I am SUPER interested in Judaism.

The legend

It was so surreal to feel the crowd’s energy and we were in the front row! If you ever have a chance to see him you should jump on it. Also, I would love to hear about other artist/small venues, please recommend!

That cutie is in his 70s!!!!! Still has amazing finger dexterity… I need to start training šŸ™‚

Searching for Sugar Man

Migs has a ridiculous busy work schedule and miraculously had Wednesday off so I took a half day and we had a date.

First thing first that bum šŸ˜‰ needed to buy a computer. I can not tell you how many times I’ve heard him say he was going to get one and then would read that a new version was coming in the spring… and then the fall…. and then the winter… and now 2014… but enough was enough he did it YAY!

We drove to Bethesda for a film that was playing. Along the way Migs was asking what to yelp for my eating habits. I told him to try healthy which yielded nothing, poor America and then eventually we tried gluten free. We found this gem Lilit Cafe and it was AMAZING! He had the crab cake which was highly recommended and I ate a super juicy grilled chicken breast over greek salad (feta on side for him to scarf down). He also ate some homemade gelato, I will be back to try a baked good! We liked it so much he went back Saturday!

Afterwards we saw a PHENOMENAL film, Searching for Sugar Man. It is a true story documented in an interesting way. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s a look into how much a humble artist can influence a social uprise. Really spectacular, and we will be seeing Rodriguez in concert next week!


Everyone should YouTube Rodriguez!


Migs finally bought a laptop šŸ™‚

Reston Concert Series

Every Saturday Reston VA holds a free concert where you can bring chairs and picnic. They usually bring some interesting bands and it is almost as good as the airport for people watching!

Tonight was beautiful, no humidity, high 70s so we set out for some outdoor fun. We set up our chairs in a prime location and walked around the shops with an impromptu photo shoot near the fountains.

Tonight’s band was excellent, their name is Beleza and they were a really great blend of Brazilian music (Samba, Jazz, Funk). Lots of people were up dancing and clapping their hands. The band and especially the lead singer had a lot of
energy. They have several CDs out and tour all over, I will definitely be seeing them again!

Lots of people brought takeout from the 900 restaurants in the area and the man next to me was munching on some French fries that smelled heavenly, but don’t worry I stayed strong!