Busy Valentine’s Day Weekend

Friday we met up with the Jewels at their house, then headed over to The Tortilla Factory for dinner. We enjoyed some chips and salsa then Jill had the chicken enchiladas and I had the absolutely enormous Carne Machaca Burrito. I ate way too much and was uncomfortably full the rest of the night. Happily the rest was nothing but music.

Julie Murphy Wells was playing that evening at the Barns at Wolf Trap. Lead singer of Eddie From Ohio, she hadn’t played a solo show in 11 years. Since I’d only been a fan for 10 years, you can do the math on why I was enthusiastic for this show. The show was a mixed set of standards and Broadway tunes, very nice. Highlights for me were songs from Wicked, a song she wrote called “When You See What I See”, and an awesome duet with Robbie on “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”.

Saturday was mostly relaxing (I had to run out for flowers in the morning), I kept working on cruise DVDs. At night we went out for dinner at PassionFish in Reston. A new place from the owners of DC Coast, it was on my radar for a while but I hadn’t found a good reason to go there before now. It was a very nice place, and we were seated right away. They had a special Valentine’s Day menu, mostly their regular menu, but it did include a crawfish empanada to start, which was nice. Then I had the Ahi Tuna Tartare, nice mix of jalapeño, grapefruit and tuna, while Jill had the crispy oysters, which had a nice aioli sauce.

For entrées, I had read a review talking up the Arctic Char, and it was an interesting earthy mix of flavors; Jill made the best choice with the Butter Poached Lobster with a red curry sauce and other Thai flavors, outstanding. Dessert was included as well – Jill had the Crème Brulèe and I had the mousse on praline crunch, both very good. It was raining when we got out, so I got the car and picked her up, then we headed home. We watched Dollhouse when we got back, interesting show so far.

Sunday was pretty lazy for the most part, I did some more DVDs but mostly tried to catch up on my TV backlog. Jill made a very tasty Jambalaya for dinner, then we headed over to the Old Brogue to see Beth Patterson. We met up with a coworker and his wife, then headed in for the show. Beth put a funny and energetic show, with many of our favorites (especially “Darlin’ Please”) and I enjoyed some of the pub’s tasty beverages as well.

Today we headed out in the middle of the day to see Coraline in 3D. It varied a little from the book, but it was certainly the best adaption of his work on film yet. I checked out the closeout sales at Circuit City (need to research prices to see if there’s a good deal there on HD camcorders and cameras), then we hit Total Wine for some beer and soda. I made pasta and chicken for dinner, then finished off the rest of the cruise DVDs and watched some TV.

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