VD Weekend

Friday both of us were pretty wiped, so I made a quick dinner of roasted chicken with BBQ sauce, baked potatoes and sauteed asparagus. We watched the Olympic opening ceremonies then made it to bed before we fell asleep downstairs (shame that Rush got preempted, ’cause the new version of “We Are The World” was terrible).

Saturday we got up early enough so a painting contractor could come by to give us an estimate, then I ran some errands. Jill didn’t see me bring in the six bags of groceries, but she did catch me taking her flowers in, but she says she earned it because our first VD she got them later. Soon we headed into DC, Metro was fully open. I’d wanted to do lunch at the Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, but WTOP reported traffic there was a mess, so we headed to the original Dupont location, since they still had a fair amount of beer. We started with the Insalata Italiana, then split the Bosco pizza (nice with added sausage). The beer was good, the standout was the “dessert beer” we shared: Brooklyn Cookie Jar Porter.

Next we went over to the Kennedy Center, where 2/3s of GrooveLily was doing a free performance at the Millennium Stage as part of a Broadway: Today & Tomorrow series. The trio’s found new life as musical creators, and the show featured pieces from their musicals Striking 12, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Long Story Short and Toy Story. It was great and over far too soon, and we headed back home where Jill watched Olympics and I surfed.

Sunday I took Illa for a walk in snow so deep he got stuck and I had to pull him out. In the late afternoon we returned to DC for dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s The Source. Puck isn’t there, but they turn out some damn fine food. We were a bit early so we went to the bar where Jill had a glass of sparkling wine and I had a pear cocktail. We were soon seated and checked out their special VD menu. While I was away from the table, our waitress broke Jill’s glass while gathering up the unused glasses and dumped her wine into her lap. Jill was ok, but the waitress insisted on bringing us both glasses of pricey champagne, which was nice (it also got me a second glass of sake later).

After the amuse bouche of sushi that Jill actually ate (I was surprised), my first course was the “General Tso’s Style” Quail while Jill had a sushi roll with her favorite cooked sushi, both good. She has the seared scallop while I had the surf and turf sushi roll for the second (Kobe beef and lobster). I think we both really enjoyed the next course, where she had duck two ways (including roasted Peking Duck in a steamed Bao bun) and I had lamb two ways (the stir fried Colorado lamb in a lettuce cup was so good even Jill liked it). The dessert of chocolate four ways was excellent as well.

Today we were up early to get to Whitetail soon after it opened. We skied together for a couple runs, then we split up. I did some of the blues, but my favorite was the black “Far Side” on, yes, the far side of the resort. On the way back we stopped at the Buffalo Wing Factory for takeout, Extra Hot and Spicy Honey Garlic Butter for Jill, 911 and General Tso’s for me. Then more Olympics for Jill and computer for me, then I made hot dogs for dinner (I’d wanted to go to Windy City Red Hots for lunch, but they aren’t open on Mondays).