Happy Monday and happy first weekend in August! I’m going to be super cliche right now, and say where in the world has the year gone! It just seemed like a few weeks ago that we were heading to Orlando for our first weekend trip! The next couple of months are going to be super busy with all of the trips that we have planned, but I’m getting really excited and looking forward to all of the fun that we’ll be having. With everything that we have coming up, it was really nice to spend a weekend with some good friends in Dallas!
Friday was pretty much like every other Friday, except that after work on Friday I drove to Dallas by myself. Well technically I wasn’t by myself, Dart was my super cute copilot that didn’t help me out too much with navigation, especially since he slept pretty much the whole way.
Even though I’m usually not one that likes driving by myself, this time I was looking forward to my drive because my mom just downloaded the new Liane Moriarty book Truly Madly Guilty on Audible, so I had something to entertain me on the way there. Once Dart and I got to Dallas, we spent a few hours catching up with our friends before heading to bed since we had a full day in store for us on Saturday!
In keeping with tradition, Saturday morning we woke up and had Panera for breakfast. When Katie lived in Houston, every time we would go shopping on Saturday morning we’d hit up Panera for a bagel. We always enjoyed being able to catch up during our Panera dates, and Saturday morning was no different!
After breakfast, it was time for the main event, our wine time! Last year we visited Katie and Jack and we drove up to Grapevine for a day of wine tasting, and after breakfast Katie and I were so excited to do it all over again!
Our first stop of the day was at one of our favorite wineries from last time, Grapevine Springs Winery. What makes Grapevine Springs so unique is the fact that it has a wide variety of wine, including a lot of fruity wines. Normally I’m not a fruity wine fan, but there’s something about the wines that Grapevine Springs produces that I can’t get enough of!
After our flight and cheese tray at Grapevine Springs, we headed next door to Umbra to try a tasting there as well. Their food options looked and sounded so delicious so we ordered some bruschetta with our tasting. We were debating about ordering something else off the menu, but the bruschetta was so delicious that we ended up ordering another plate of it!
While we were sitting at the bar for a while, one of the servers was working on getting stuff organized behind the bar, and he was putting what looked like french fries into the ingredient sections. When we asked him about it, he told us that they were actually candied lemon peels that they use in their signature champagne cocktail. He could tell that we sounded interested, so he made us each a mini sample of the champagne cocktail! Oh my goodness it was so good! The champagne cocktail consisted of elderflower liquor, champagne, candied lemon peel, and a stick of rock candy for a stirrer! It was fantastic, and I can’t recommend it enough!
You might think that we would have been full after all the bruschetta and cheese that we ate, but we still had a little room in our stomachs for a small lunch, so once we were done at Umbra we headed across the street to Main Street Bakery for a salad and some great Mac & Cheese!
At this point in time, we were pretty much done with wine, so we headed back to Katie’s house for some card playing and drinks before dinner time! For dinner we headed to downtown Fort Worth for dinner at Lili’s a restaurant that our friends love. They’re motto is “unpretentious global cuisine”, and everything that we had was so good! We started off with the gorgonzola fries for an appetizer, then I had the quinoa stuffed poblano pepper for dinner, and we ended with the donuts and coffee ice cream for dessert. If you live in the DFW area, you definitely should check out Lili’s if you haven’t yet!
We were all so full after dinner, but we decided to head to a bar called The Usual for after drink dinners. The place was very crowded, but they had a great drink menu with a quite a few unique drinks. It’s a great place to try out if you’re in the DFW area. After drinks, we headed back to the house to go to bed because let’s face it, we’re too old to stay up super late!
Sunday morning we woke up early and headed for some more bagels for breakfast before I got on the road. I made a quick stop by my grandmother’s house to say hi before making the trek back to Houston with Dart as my copilot again, and again the copilot was sleeping on the job again!
The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing, getting ready for the week, and getting caught up with Chris since he spent the weekend at the deer lease. Like I said, the weekend goes by too quickly, but hopefully this week will speedy by as well! I’m linking up with Biana of course, for her weekending linkup.